Friday, February 17, 2012

Put the Squeeze on it!

I was trolling the aisles of Dollar Tree looking for a project. to keep me busy. I  was out of luck, no inspiration. A couple things did fall into by little hand basket, like this toothpaste tube squeezer,

 but no crafting items.
Upon returning home and putting my tube in place,

 I had a revelation. This would work great on my E6000 tube that is hard to squeeze and always a crumpled wreck.

 It will also help get all my precious sticky out of the tube. Waste not want not.

 Maybe it will help you too.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Meet Miss Maddie

I was inspired by some birds I saw while cruising Pinterest. Then while I was out
I found this wonderful southern belle hiding in a corner of a little antique shop. She must have been embarrassed by her dress being so dirty and banged up. I don't blame her.

I scooped her up and took her home.  She got set on a silver dish, then lifted upon a pedestal and of course glued together with E6000. There really is nothing better!

Next I needed to make her colors flow properly. I gave the whole thing a good coating of Frosted glass paint. This is clear but gives it tooth for the next coat to grab on to.
Once dry it was time to base coat the whole thing in an antique white.

 Now for the color. I choose a nice creamy brown (you know, whatever I had in the shelf) and watered it down a bit.

Next It got brushed all over and especially in the nooks and crannys of the whole piece. With paper towels ready, I wiped off the excess brown until I was satisfied with the proper amount showing.

Then she got a few slight gold highlights to add a bit of shimmer. Not too much, just a hint.

The final step was to give her a clear coat of UV Protection sealer. Now she holds her head high and sits in the shop waiting for someone else to find and love her. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

He saw the potential.

You know you have raised an optimistic child when they too can see the good and the 'could be' through all the stuff and yuck.
My 21 year old  son has been living on his own for the better part of two years now. He recently had the opportunity to move. He saw the potential and took this new home. However, moving day came at an unfortunate time. The old renter had not removed all their belongings and as soon as Kevin's  things were delivered (dumped) in the new place, he had to be out of town for a few days. My husband & I went in and pulled a 'while you were out' sort of  event.

We cleaned, straightened and moved in a few more goodies.

It was a nice surprise for our son when he arrived to find he had his house in order.





Not too bad for a young person. So glad he can see potential in junky environments. It surely isn't my style, but then again it isn't my room. His room is truly REFRESHED and perfect for him and his dog.

 I am linking to Jennifer Rizzo's 'Refresh your Room Party '

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lost but not Forgotten

I was itchin to make something I saw while glancing  ( OK OK who could ever just glance) at Pinterest.

The idea was emblazened in my to-do head. Kristy from My Pretties had shown what was a school project that I seemed obsessed with.
A lost sock holder! That was it pure and simple. Who dosnt have lost socks? And when you find one how do you know that isn't the one waiting for a mate? Or if you finally find the mate it seems the first lonely one has gone missing. It could go on and on and has in my home for years.
But alas, I SAY NO MORE!
I was not sure exactly how I was going to tackle this project so I looked through the piles of treasures I have collected and found two dollar store trays.

Perfect! Well as soon as holes were drilled in two corners.

Now we needed words, Hhmmm Cricut, Stickers, Chipboard? There are soooo many options.

Again while searching through the Alphabet drawer, I decided on Scrabble letters. Yes, I am getting happy.

Glue Glue Glue.

Next I gave the clothspins a nice little paper jacket to wear. That dressed it up just enough.
Now we are ready for a hanger. What beats Jute?

Wahlaa! No more missing socks. One for me and one to go into the shop.

Now let's see what other inspiration I can find on Pinterest. What will you make?

Friday, January 27, 2012

We all need a little 'Bling'

It is deep winter around here, we are averaging temps in the low 60's. Yes, I live in California and we are not getting the rain we need. So what do you do? Go Shopping for Glass to get the garden looking good.

I decided to create some new artwork for the shop (Vintage Corner in San Juan Bautista, CA) These sold out last year and with spring on the way and our lovely weather, I felt inspired.

This year Tom made me a display system that will handle the revolving inventory.

With the inspiration from a friend to display them in flowers,I came up with the name 'GARDEN BLING'.

I also have the most FANTASTIC SCRAPBOOKING SOFTWARE, (You can try it FREE for 30 days)
so, I was able to go into the garden, set up the 'Bling', take a photo, go back to the computer and make a wonderful catchy sign, print it out and now the display is complete.

I am loving it!

Here is how it looks in the shop. ( must move ladder, oops)

What do you do in the winter months? Where do you have your 'Bling"

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Back in the Studio!!

With a little revamping and an awesome new business partner who is top notch with record keeping,the shop is booming.

 I have been having so much fun creating all kinds of  items to add to the charm. It seems I no sooner get it in there, then it is swooped up by some lucky shopper.

I saw on a blog how to make a feather from music paper and knew it was something I was going to need to do. I am so grateful to have come across this post and let the inspiration take me to new creations.

The latest two plaques are ready to hang and wait for their new owner.

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