Before & After: DIY Woodgrain Fridge

March 30, 2011 by · 12 Comments
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A couple of weeks ago I ran across this tutorial on Delightfully Tacky and found the solution to my ugly fridge problem.  When my husband and I bought our house, our current refrigerator came with the house.  The previous owners painted the front of our refrigerator an ugly beige color, leaving the sides white.  I hate it.  Not only because it is ugly but also because the light in the fridge has a short and only works sometimes randomly.  So until we can afford (maybe...

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Easy No-Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

March 18, 2011 by · 6 Comments
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Recently I have been trying to find ways to make our living room look brighter and more inviting,  which is a challenge with our wood paneling.    The obvious answer would be to open the blinds and pull back the curtains but we live on a somewhat busy street and I enjoy my privacy.   While looking at a home tour on either Design*Sponge or Apartment Therapy (sorry I can't remember which one) I noticed that someone mentioned their curtain was actually a drop cloth.   So I measured my windows and off to Lowe's I went on a...

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Before & After: Vintage Mirror

March 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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My friend Jillian had this really neat vintage  mirror in her guest bedroom.  She said that a friend had given it to her and she had been meaning to do something with it.  She told me that I could have it if I wanted it.  Of course I was overjoyed.

The mirror was so awesome but needed a lot of work.  The frame had a thin laminate covering that was peeling in some places, it needed to be cleaned and needed a couple coats of paint.  After reading...

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Before & After: Mail Organizer

March 8, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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I bought this charming little mail organizer at the Salvation Army with the hope of painting it and making it wonderful.  After the first coat of paint, I realized that there was nothing charming about this dumb mail sorter.  I underestimated its cheapness really.  Also I hate sanding, so I skipped that step which was my first mistake. The paint of course did not stick. Skip ahead 6 months.   I decided to dig my failure of a mail organizer out of my closet and try again.  This...

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Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards

February 14, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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Happy Valentine's Day!  I have been having so much fun making Valentine's Day cards for my friends and family. Here are a few of the Valentine's Day Cards I made this year: After scanning the vintage early readers for cute images, I used my sewing machine to sew the images onto cardstock that I had previously folded and scored using my bone folder. Next I glued patterned paper to the inside of the Valentine using rubber cement to cover the exposed string and make the Valentine look more neat and clean. For this Valentine, I printed off  a Niagara Falls WPA poster image...

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Before & After: Jewelry Organizer

February 2, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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Last night I decided to make a jewelry organizer for my bathroom, since I have a habit of getting knots in my necklaces and misplacing my pretty pins.   I found this old picture frame in my craft room.  It was missing the glass and I have been holding on to it for just such an occasion.

First, I wrapped a piece of cardboard in pretty tissue paper.  Next I added ribbon and Chantilly lace and  secured everything on the back with duct tape.

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DIY Upcycled Band T-Shirt Pillows

January 21, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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A couple of weeks ago, you may remember that I made a tiny baby pillow for my friend Jillian's baby shower from one of Ben's old band t-shirts.   Well, Jillian and her husband Todd liked it so much that they asked me to make them a couple more!  I am pretty stoked with the finished pillows and I really love this idea.   Ben and I have so many cool vintage t-shirts and too many band t-shirts that we have either grown out of or worn to death.  And I don't know if you guys are like me but...

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Tiny Stuffed Owl

January 19, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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This weekend I decided to attempt to make a tiny toy owl.   I was inspired by a postcard that I received from Dawn from Skunkboy Creatures.   Katie at Skunkboy Creatures is so creative and makes the cutest stuffed animals.

I think my first attempt turned out okay.   I am not sure what I will do with it now but my dog June sure likes it and thinks I made it for...

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DIY Tiny Baby Pillow

January 11, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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Right before Christmas, my very pregnant friend Jillian had another baby shower but this time it was here in Starkville.   Although I had already given her a gift, I didn't want to show up empty handed.  So I decided to make this quick and easy tiny baby pillow using thrift store fabric and one of Ben's old t-shirts.  Both the t-shirt and the fabric were super soft, which I think should be perfect for their new little baby.

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DIY Winter Wreath

January 5, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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This holiday season I decided to make fun DIY decorations for my house.   I made this green and silver winter wreath using this tutorial from Design*Sponge.  Mine doesn't look a lot like their wreath, but I am happy with it.  I love the way this wreath looks on my front door and it was not hard to make but be advised that it takes longer to make than one would...

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