Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thrifting around my Home

I've been doing some work on my blog and so I have to go back and look at it a lot. And I was pretty sick of looking at that big red fish monstrosity from my last post!

So I thought I'd show a few things around my house that I've found while thrifting. I love thrifting. It's like therapy to me. I can spend a little time and find something that's unique and usually doesn't cost very much. The danger is doing it too much and ending up with a lot of junk that you don't need, or bringing home stuff that really belongs in the trash. But so far, no one has told me my stuff is really ugly. What do YOU think?

Almost everything in this cabinet came from a thrift store. And I was happy to find the coffee filter wreath. I added my own burlap bow. I think I might try to add some more filters to make it fuller. These are pottery barn metal baskets. One was already white, the other I spray painted white to match. The basket and flowers are thrift store finds on two separate occasions. I thought they might like to be together.

I'm not sure what this rusty looking piece is but I love it.

The chicken came from a yard sale and the wooden stool and gold frame are thrift store finds.

this chunky family picture frame is kind of different, it commands attention.

This basket sits on top of my kitchen cabinets and I love it's texture and leather handles.

Thrifting is a great hobby for me, just like blogging and decorating my home.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Rescued Canvas

I found this canvas at Goodwill.  What the fish? This thing is large and in charge!
But the price tag just couldn't be beat.  Yes please.
I didn't know what I wanted to do with it when I bought it but knew something could be made of it.
So today I decided to just do something  with it instead of let it sit in my "I'll get to you someday stash".  First thing was to paint over it and get it back to white again, like nature intended it to be.
Then I got out my letter stencils that I've never used.  If I had a vinyl cutting machine I wouldn't even be talking about stencils right now, but I don't.  So I am.
I mixed up some brown and black craft paint together and just applied with a foam brush.  Again, not really knowing what I wanted but just making it up as I went along.
I did know what quote I wanted.  So I just made me some lines with a straight edge and planned out where the letters should go.  I like how it looked, but it was too white.  So I added a little water to the paint and did a wash over the whole thing when the letters were dry.

And wiped it off with a paper towel.  .
The canvas naturally took the paint more saturated in some areas than others.  I like it that way, it gives it a more aged look.
And here is the finished canvas.

It fills the space on this wall in my bedroom.
One ghastly goodwill canvas rescued.

Fabulously Creative Friday

Feathered Nest Friday

Monday, August 12, 2013

A New Year!

My baby is starting Junior High this year.  The big 7th grade.  She's so excited and nervous.  She layed out her first day of school outfit last week!  We've packed and repacked her backpack I don't know how many times.  She's pinned school lunch ideas on pinterest.  Her only request for back to school clothes was a new shirt and some shoes.  But of course I had to get her more than that!  She's gone over her schedule and studied her new school map.  Starting at a new school can be a little scary.  But Isabelle has got it together.  She's got it going on.  She'll do great!
Here's to a new start and a new school year!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Updates to the master

I've added a few little details to our bedroom.  It still has a long way to go, there are a lot of things I want to add.  It's not a very big room at all, so I have to be selective in what I put in there.  So I'm always on the look out for the perfect things.  But wall space is something I can play with and it doesn't really affect the flow of the room.
I've had this empty frame for a while and decided to try it over the bed.  I printed out some of my favorite photos of us in sepia and clipped them to the wire that already existed.  I used teensy tiny clothes pins.  I noticed something kind of odd when I was hanging these photos: I'm to his left in Every. Single. One.  I wonder what that's about?

Then I saw these german glass glitter letters in Michaels.  They didn't have a B so I had to get two P's and turn one upside down. Whatever. It works.
It makes our room personalized. 


I added to our travel gallery wall from our last trip.  I just love this wall.
It tells a story of where we've been together.
A little chalk board art hangs on the wall opposite the bed.  I'm trying to get better at chalkboard writing.  It's not that easy.
I still want to change out the curtains and bedding, add some sort of soft seating and a cabinet or shelf for a TV.  It's fun to be a work in progress.