Monday, September 28, 2009

Good Will Frame- $1.25 total and Announcement!!

Of course, I am joining the party at The Shabby Chic Cottage. Please check out the site for more great ideas!!!

This is the frame, before. I picked it up at Good Will for .25! I didn't like the gold nor the picture, so here is my Transformation Thursday Project this week.

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I spray painted it with one of my new favorite colors by Krylon- Bahama Sea.

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Then, I rubbed (with a paper towel) some craft paint in Metallic Bronze (another new favorite). I almost sanded the frame to let the gold show through, but wasn't sure how that would turn out w/this 'nice' gold plastic frame, so I replicated the feel w/the paint.

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Then, I cut some scrapbook paper (had on hand) and did an "A" stencil with black craft paint.
here is sits in my kitchen window. Even hubby said he liked the transformation (AND he noticed the small touch.)

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Thanks for stopping in!

Oh, and as if this little transformation wasn't enough excitement for you......let me announce something!

Cheri from It's So Very Cheri is doing a weekly home tour every Friday. This week, she is featuring yours truly. Yes, me. And yes, my house can clean up nicely most of the time even with Irish Twins.

Be sure to check out her blog on Friday to see the It's So Very Cottagey tour and yours truly!

Thanks for stopping in,

DIY Tuesday –Quick Fall Vase & Arrangement

I am joining Kimba from a Soft Place To Land DIY TUESDAY party…did you catch that?! Yes, I said Tuesday! Kimba moved her party to Tuesday! Please check out many other wonderful DIY's here.

I am editing to add Cheri's Celebrate the Holidays Wednesday tour. Please check our Cheri's site for more great Fall ideas.

This week, I decided to throw together a great Fall arrangement on Saturday morning. I actually did a few projects while it was overcast and rainy here, and my kids were behaving sleeping.

I forgot to take a picture of the vase, but I've had a rectangle vase that I have used for various (real) flower arrangements. I got that out and decided I needed to update it for Fall.

Other than that vase, here is what I recently purchased on various shopping trips.

Box of misc Fall looking cones and nuts was on clearance from Big Lots, $6.

Folk Art Metallic Taupe (my new favorite color) paint from Hobby Lobby, $1.25

Faux Fall hydrangeas came in a bunch for $5 at Walmart (I was so excited about this project, I had already cut some branches off)

The faux leaves and sheer ribbon came from the Dollar Tree—LOVE it.

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I put some of the cones and nuts in the bottom, spacing out the colors then stuck some hydrangea branches in.

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Then, I experimented with the Metallic Taupe paint. I wanted them to have a sheen bling but wasn't sure how much this paint would do. The one on the bottom is original, the one on the top left is medium coverage, and the top right is heavy coverage (done with a paper towel, no doubt). I chose the medium coverage.

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At the last minute I decided to pull out this orange glitter ribbon I recently found at JoAnn’s Fabric. I LOVE this ribbon!

I wrapped the shimmer (pumpkin) ribbon around the vase and hot glued it. Then, put this glitter ribbon in the middle of it and hot glued it as well.

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Then, I glued the leaves on the middle and Viola!

Finished, QUICK project.

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Here is it on my breakfast table. Perfect for Fall, wouldn't you say?

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Thanks for stopping in!!!


I heart Faces - Blue theme

This week is 'Blue' at I Heart Faces.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Recent Thrifts

On a recent trip to Good Will, I found some neat treasures.

My total bill was $12!

Clothes for Fall for my kids.

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A Christmas wreath for $1! No, those decorations will not stay on…. you know me. It’ll be stripped, fluffed out, new bow and tons of white lights. I can’t wait!

Rafia .50

Frame .25

Green ‘foam’ hat .50 (which will be part of a Halloween costume…more to come.)

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The hat was a hit with my daughter and that isn’t even part of her costume! Just had to share a cute photo.

(and as you can see we’re getting ready for Halloween already here!)

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Thanks for stopping in and please check out more great finds at Rhoda’s!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Chalk board tray/platter

I am joining the parties, Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage and DIY Day (and there is a giveaway today!) at A Soft Place to Land. Go check those two sites out for many more great ideas!!

I found this tray at His House. I tried to clean it up but even Wright's Silver Cream didn't work.

Enter Mr Spray paint.
And Viola!

I sprayed the whole thing Heirloom White and painted the middle with chalk board paint. And incase you are wondering and aren't from the South, our local football team is the South Carolina Gamecocks. Around here we just say Go Cocks! (hee)

I had another plate in this spot but it wasn't big like this one...and here is what it helps hide. This is behind the plate.

Not bad huh?
And kind of appropriate thing to post today since tonight is our weekly football game! Go Gamecocks!
Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Completely Candid

This is my first time joining the photo challenge at I Heart Faces (I just stumbled upon this site and already love it!). This week is 'completely candid' and I knew I had many candid moments to share, but narrowed it down to this picture. It was totally candid and completely describes my life with Irish Twins.
A picture is truly worth a 1000 words........Enjoy!
Now, if we only knew what she did to him right before I took this...........

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thrifty Treasures Monday-His House finds

Here are my recent Thrifty Treasures from His House. I really LOVE that place and they're starting to know my face....uh ohhhh.
I am joining Rhoda's Thrifty Treasure Monday party. Go check out many other great finds there!

I got all of these (6 items-one you'll see below) for $6!
I got two outfits for my son for this Winter (all clothes are $1 at HH), the chunky candle stick, and the coverlet (that I have been looking for for Daughter's new room)--can you believe that bedspread was only $1!?

Add this sweater to the above to equal 6.
It's hard to see but there are clear sequins around some of the circles.
I normally don't buy clothes for myself at HH, but this stuck out to me for some reason and it's well made, in need of washing is all.

See the close up of this set of four snowflake dishes!?!?! $1
And I am loving the color, although I typically don't 'do blue' for Christmas....

I couldn't believe the price. The candlestick has already gotten a makeover so can't wait to show you...maybe Transformation Thursday??
Thanks for stopping in...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Plaque makeover....For Metamorphosis Monday

I am joining Susan's Metamorphosis Monday party again this week.
Sorry, but I didn't have alot of before and during pictures but you get the gist.
I got this wall hanging from Target a while back. It was on clearance for $1.25 and I had originally planned to hang it as, in a grouping of similar plaques. Now, I'm thinking of redoing most of the ones I got. We shall see.
This is after. I painted the whole thing solid black and decoupaged this palm tree on the front and hung with a black ribbon. (the palm tree is the same stencil I used for the tray, here but this time, I cut the design out of scrapbook paper to change it up a bit.)
It's found a home right here for now.

This area looked like this for several years. Even hubby noticed the change...but, then again he's in the kitchen alot of the time.

Thanks for stopping in! Please do leave a comment...I'm so addicted to what you all think!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Small Transformation and DIY project

I am participating in Kimba's DIY Thursday and Gina's Transformation Thursday parties.

I found this at His House and they man only charged me .50 they are starting to 'know' me and that's scary.
It had a scary looking flower arrangement in it that I pulled out before I even got it in the house.

I spray painted it black and put these Fall looking flowers in it and hung it in my kitchen.

Here is it's new home and I can see that the motif will change from season moodto season mood.

Thanks for stopping in!!! And please don't forget to check out Transformation Thursday and DIY Day for more great ideas.

Favorite flowers-Outdoor Wednesday

I am participating again in Outdoor Wednesday with Susan and many others. Go check them all out!

Sunflowers outside my front door.

Someone else enjoys them too.....

My favorite flower is hydrangea. I will admit that I have NO green thumb, but these do quite well and I simply prune them back each year. I have three (blue) and usually get a new one on Mother's Day, which I love!
*above hydrangea picture was taken the first part of Summer when they were still blooming here.*

Thanks for stopping in and please check out Susan's site for more outdoor photos!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday-candlestick bottom to cake stand

Today, I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.
See her transformation of her closet and many more ideas here.

Notice the taller candlestick .....this is what I transformed this week.
I didn't get a true 'before' picture of it but when I bought it (at His House for .50!) it was all dirty and dingy.
I housed it here until I could find a project to use it in (although had the 'vision' when I picked it up)

I had found this plate 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby and fell in love with the pattern! (I have a square one sitting in my kitchen, on a stand.)
I painted the candlestick black and E6000'd it to the plate.

A not so great side view of the new cake stand.

My new cake stand. I plan to use it for cookies for parties, namely my daughter's 3rd bday party in December (since she's a Princess).
And...I may add some crystal chandy pieces hanging off the edges......what do you think? I'm thinking pink chandy crystals would be nice!

Thanks for stopping in!
And check this post out for a giveaway...I'm close to my goal so would love to succeed at my first giveaway. It too can serve as a Metamorphosis Monday post!