So thought i would maybe give Etsy a try-and in doing so someone asked me about making mini corkboards to use as place settings for a wedding. Well that got me thinking, how could you do that to where they sit up by themselves-now Im sure one of you Totally Creative Bloggers out there have already done this, But For a first attempt without seeing one for an example -not so bad. I used those plastic photo holdrs, spray glued corkboard on to it, added fabric,hot glued to seal, then added twine around edges and a cute little bow. Then Topped it off with a stamp. Just think, you could use, differ fabrics, textures differ sizes of frames to prop them up.. Anyway love when something kind of works out the way you thought it would. P.S. Turns out that what the Etsy person was looking for was a Large Board for place cards- not miniature corkboards. (Oh Well!)
Ok so I can admit i am a (copy cat) but that is the best form of flattery (right?)..SO here is the pic's again of the Easter Baskets I made after seeing a Post from Disney at Ruffles & Stuff on her emulated Pottery Barn Baskets she made. I found old baskets in garge, painted green, spray glued some mossy stuff on them (not the stuff she recomended, not sure what i was using) but it worked. Then patted it down, let dry and then hot glued in some mini flowers aimlessly around basket-added a little bow & Pretty Cute Little Baskets.. Love all The Sharing Of Such great Ideas...
Loving my Dresser i just finished, i usually only use Heirloom White on my pieces,But this time thought i would be different and use a Blossem White & I LOVE IT! So while doing it for some reason the paint started to cackle (or at least that is what Im calling it), first i was Bummed, but now I Think I like, I'm going to say I was aiming for (Charming Character)that looks Aged?
After painting many hutchs,desks,tables,chairs,and so on, i really like being creative and trying to think of different things to make or ways of designing or re-finishing an item. SO when my husband brought me this little treat home I was over joyed in an opportunity to try something new. SO this dark cabinet was a little dreary,so i decided to 1.Paint in a heirloom white, slightly distressing it to bring out the details (that i love so much) 3. use old music book sheets to decopage the back of cabinet ( i ran out so had to use my blk-white printer to copy some of the sheets) & acutually gave it a more unique look. 4. I spray glued the back of cabinet-then put all the sheets on randomly & then used decopage glue to seal it 5. then i lightly used a polyurathane to seal all edges and shelves.. A little Different, but unique and the total cost $15 ($8.99 for cabinet,.50cents for old music book, $5.00 for paint & already had polyurathane and decopage glue). Not so Bad for this little musical cutie!
I have been searching high & low for some old vintage raggedy doors with the paint chipped away to use for background pic's for my items for shop, but they are a bit pricey, thought about trying to age my own but (really how long would that take)so I kind of put on back burner. Well as i was taking a picture of a table cloth i made & I realized I have my own cute background in my own front yard, sometimes the answer is right in front of you. What Do You Think?
So i forgot to include the other cute find, that box isnt that too cool, the shape, the flowers painted on it.. I Love It!, and well that is the dome thing, i attached to a urn like flower holder-painted and added a birds nest and eggs-but really would probably use to display our cookies or a few cupcakes.. Love those Amazing Finds!!!!
Ok so Stopped by my most Favorite store today (Can you Guess Where?) and found these wonderful treasures the 2 chairs- which are cute the way they are,but I think Ill do them in black and distress them, The litle glass dome thing-probably will paint the wood portion attach it to a candles stick holder and make into a standing cookie or cupcake display (yes always thinking of those lovely treats), and well the large white frame was a vintage mirror that my poor husband was trying to scoot along the wall at the shop and the wire broke, and well we had to buy it for cost... So now i have to figure what Im going to do with it-can't let it go to waste- i can patch up where the wood broke, and lastly the cute little ladder back vintage chair- could not pass up either, im thinking white-then distress it so that wood comes through and then sewing some black -white toile cushions for it..Oh yeah well the ladder was from the owners of our building, she was done with it, so i thought i could maybe paint it and stencil or paint some design on it.. We will see, as you can see I totally have A-D-D i just know it, not that i would change it, but my mind goes oh so much faster than my little hands can go..As i type this i can see my project Im still working on for Ruffles & Stuff (contest),i did the hat, now i got one more im doing-almost done.. Yes I am just all over the place- this is why I don't sleep.. I would love some ideas of inspiration on that Ladder...
Ok so i had to take the picture-to prove to my husband the Tahoe could fit in garage-Because it may not happen again for some time seeing as that Saturday was the first time in 10 months it squeezed in. And that was with the help of my girls on either side guiding me after pushing-shoving,stacking my precious vintage chairs, tables on the side, Thank Goodness that Antique Fair is coming Soon. P.S. it is in driveway again...
The set up is done, at least for now, long vintage farm table, a varitey of vintage chairs with unique upholstery or paint colors, tons of shiny silver tea pots, platters, mercury glass, music sheet wrapped flowers in the LOVELY shade of Pinks,pearls strung along the arms of the jeweld chandelier & the place settings are set,tea cups ready,one black top hat, ALL I need is that; Darling PINK CHANDELIER necklace over at That Amazing Blog whippycake.blogspot. How darling would that be to serve tea & cupcakes to our customers at Not Too Shabby wearing one of those lovely (Pink Chandelier) Necklaces? I say Perfect!!!
Just a little sharing,I love flowers-and right now all shades of pink. Doing a display of (Mad Hatter's Tea Party) at the shop, so using this rustic vintage bottle holder we thought we could stick flowers in it aimlessly-giving a kind of garden feel with prettyness. Instead of newspaper to wrap flowers i used music paper,I found an old music book at goodwill, and tore out pages to wrap flowers.. A little different for a centerpiece, but i think it is a bit charming,at least for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party that is, and with that i made a cute little pretend three layered cake out of old round gift boxs, that i painted & added fluff to it.. Love My Pink..
As I Love anything over the top, I saw a picture over at (The Pink Funny Farm)of a sweet little doggy bed. Well i aspire to Create, So I thought, I could do that (well maybe)..So i had bought an old dolly bed (for what-not sure) but i had it, so I had my husband add posts to all four corners, bend some metal for me,attach to top, then i put some thin cardboard over the top as well. Next i covered with some blue satin- made a cushion with flannel blue &white stripes,made a pleted skirt,added some brown pom poms-sewed a little mini pillow,embroidered Prince on it,added wood crowns on head-foot board. And here is my little (Made for a Prince Doggy Bed)..Our little Henry loved it as well, we couldn't get him out of it & he already has a bed with our son so I ended up donating it to a Fundraiser.. ($5 for bed that came with cushion, $15 for fabric trim ,$10 for wood posts,metal,cardboard top-A total cost of about $30 not so Bad, although it did take a few days..But Kind of Cute!!
Well, I guess you can tell I can't leave behind a piece a furniture no matter where i go. If it looks old-tattered-worn-chipped, icky, & just plain forgetten as if someone gave up on it, I swear i hear them calling me (Please don't leave us) Thus how i have a garage of fabulous vintage furniture & 1970's throw aways.I thought i would share some of my re-do's & re-loved pieces. Amazing what some sanding,paint,& fabric can do.. P.S. Im so excited, that black hutch i had so much trouble with sold (in 5 days) Yeah!!I get so tickled when someone chooses a piece I re-finished or re-upholstered-or designed & created, Exactly why i breath,eat,sleep,dream of creating..
I love the pom poms i saw on Martha Stewarts site, so cute, we needed something to bring some attention to store front. I bought the package of Martha Stewarts Pom Poms $20 not to bad, but i really wanted red- so i used hers to make a pattern. Then went & got red tissue paper and made my own. Well the rain came and ruined our cute little eye grabber. So then thought there has to be something that we can use that is waterproof? Well after a trip to the Dollar Store, discovered plastic table cloths, So i bought the red plastic table cloths used same pattern and made my own bright red Pom Poms, and the more you do, you can put them together to make huge or smaller just to add cuteness to your space. Here is an example of how to make one out of tissue, but you can use plastic table cloths, and once you have pattern, you can use any color, pattern..Totally Cute I think the pom poms give a whimsy feel to a room, party, or even a store front!
1.lay out tissue-flat squares/or rectangles, and cut out your design-scallops,pointy tips or just leave flat ended. 2. once your edges our cut-you will fold according style folding back -forth 3.then gather in middle -pinch and wrap thin wire around making real tight. 4. carefully pull each layer away,(away from each other). 5. then you fluff how you want, and use same wire to hang or add ribbon for darling touch. i added the pic, of the plastic ones i used at shop(those were 2 added to each other for a fuller look.)
A Mom of three, 17,14,& 10-Married to my highschool Sweetheart,shoppe owner Loving all that is old-worn &vintage,with a history especially furniture.I have a passion for re-finsihing,re-painting -re-upholstering pieces that i find. I like to create something out of nothing & all that is home made. Mostly love sharing ideas, creativity and Hopefully Inspiration.
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Tattered,Torn,Water logged & Dirty, My husband spotted this and surprised me with it.
He knew I would love it none the less, What a Great Guy I have!
What is Blessed ,but when you have an amazing family!
Truly a lucky gal to have a super suportive husband who helps me hunt down my fabulous finds, fix up or add molding if need, or deliver to customers, & brings me lunch on weekends. Children 15, 12, & 8 who help set up shoppe, straighten up our home while Im at work or help me host parites or pick fabric. So lucky to be able to have my dream job & family who helps me..