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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Few Recent Projects

Bonjour!  Hope you all are having a great week!  Thank you for your kind comments about my craft room!  While getting it organized and "camera ready" was alot of work, it feels great to have a tidier and freshened up space!  If you missed the post, you can view it here.
And be sure to check out all of the other amazing spaces  at the "Where Bloggers Create" party, while you are at it!  I've been getting tons of ideas and inspiration from visiting everyone's studios and craft rooms!

Today I thought I would share with you a few of my latest projects, that I've created and added to my 
etsy shop.  You know how much I love creamy dreamy white, and I've painted these creations my very favorite creamy hue!
 I found this adorable little wire basket last week, just begging for a shabby French makeover!  It was black when I discovered it, and I can't believe the different several coats of paint make!  
 The basket has the cutest little wooden handle, which I painted as well.
 I just had to add an oversized Frenchy tag, that I created from vintage sheet music, and this gorgeous French soap label image from the Graphics Fairy.  A touch of glitter, a generous bow of taupe crinkly seam binding, and just the right amount of distressing, and
oooh, la, la!
 Next up is this gorgeous vintage desk organizer and pencil holder.  I found and repainted quite a few of these very organizers when we were living in Washington State, but now that we have been back here in the Midwest for a year, I have only found one!  So I was more than excited when hubby came home last week, with this set that he picked up for me!
  (wow, I guess I have taught him well, he knows just what to look for when he's out treasure hunting for me!!)
 In my excited haste to paint this puppy, I neglected to take a "before" shot!  I'll try and get better about that next time, I promise!  Anyway, if you have been lucky enough to find these organizers, they start out life a very boring dark brown, ugh!!
What a difference paint makes!
(Ok, the next organizer I find like this I am keeping for myself, for sure!) 

I'm always searching for pretty picture frames that I can transform, and I was thrilled to discover these beautiful frames earlier this summer, when we were camping in northern Michigan.
The are vintage metal filigree, and were just begging for a makeover!  Originally gold, I think they look oh so much better painted creamy white!  The details on the frames are just amazing, and were totally lost in all of that gold!
 I added some of my Parisian themed wrapping paper to the insides, but whoever purchases this set can easily remove it and add their own photos.
 I am so happy with the way they turned out!
 For now they are in my craft room where I can admire and enjoy them!
 That's it for now, hope you are inspired to search for your own treasures to paint!
Have a great day!

Joining Timewashed for Blissful Whites Wednesday. Be sure to visit for lots of inspiration!


Musings from Kim K. said...

Your beautiful tags make everything even prettier.

Bente said...

So pretty, Donna. Love that cute basket. That tag makes it. Beautiful.

Have a great week.

Hugs from here

Susie said...

Donna, I like all your new things. :):) The desk organizer is my favorite. I need a much bigger one for all my journals, scrap paper and such. Hope you are loving Summertime. xoxo,Susie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

As always, you gave these pieces a beautiful update.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, I just love your newest creations. The wire basket is adorable and I love the tag hanging from it. Those organizers with pencil holders are wonderful pieces and how great they look in white. Your hubby did great finding those for you. The frames are divine with the French paper. Love the detail on the frames.
You sure have been busy and so creative my friend.
Have a great night.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Debbie said...

All of your projects turned out just as pretty as ever...as they always do. I hope your summer is going well, Donna. Even tho it's hot, and humid, I'm loving it. The season is way too short for me. Have a wonderful weekend!

Gail said...

wonderful projects Donna ..what a transformation ! love your tags too of course ! Gail x

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I missed this Donna. I was so busy helping my friend that I have not gotten around to visiting like I should have been. LOVE your tags...well...and everything else, too. xo Diana

Grammy Goodwill said...

Those frames are beautiful.
I painted one of those organizers black, and now I want to find some of my very own creamy white so I can copy you. hehehe