Jul 31, 2009
It is not much but, I love these old scales. I found this one at a garage sale this morning and decided it needed to be rescued. Although it is missing it's glass front, it is still exceptionally accurate. A little light sanding and some paint is all it took to achieve this lovely rustic appearance.
Jul 29, 2009
Do you remember the ear ring holder that I recently made for my daughter? Well, this is a variation of that idea. The materials needed for this project are basically the same however, you need chicken wire instead of wire mesh and I use wooden clothes pins to attach my papers, notes, and etc. I usually make these bullentin boards out of old windows but, I had this frame that was the perfect size to hang above my desk. So, I just painted the frame, attached a scrap peice of chicken wire, a scrap piece of fabric and added a few clothes pins and I had a custom bullentin board that reminds me of something that I might find in Ballard's Designs for a fourth of the price.
Jul 24, 2009
Photo Courtesy of Country Living Magazine
The best thing about all of this craft storage is that is can be found at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. Some of it, is just simply items that have been recycled into something else. For instance, the vintage lunch box is now stationery storage, the jelly jars are for storing paper clips and other miscellaneous items, and the old ball jars are filled with vintage buttons. One of my favorites is the 1950's kitchen canisters that I use in my craft room. The are terrific for storing ribbons, trim, and other embellishments all the while looking fabulous sitting of the shelf. Hopefully, you have seen something here that either inspires you or that you can implement in your craft area.
Jul 22, 2009
This project could not be more simple. All that is needed is a cute picture frame, wire mesh, fabric, and a staple gun. It took me 10 minutes to put it all together and I could not be happier with the end result. It's a wonderful way to display your earrings and other accessories while keeping it all organized. I made this particular one for my younger daughter however, you could do this on a much larger scale and make it as simple or fancy as you want. I think it is pretty thrifty chic!
Jul 16, 2009
You can find these fairly inexpensive metal trays at estate sales, thrift stores, and antique shops and a great way to re purpose them is to turn them into bulletin boards/inspirational boards. They not only help keep you organized but, they add a little vintage whimsy to your room. To give the project further whimsy you could create one of a kind magnets. The button magnets displayed above were created by my dear friend Stephanie of My Piper Dog.
You can find some of her other fun creations at http://www.etsy.com/
Jul 14, 2009
A simple and fun way to add some whimsy to your table scape. All that is needed for this project is a few empty cans from the pantry, some paint, and some 18 gauge wire. These lantern are not only fun and colorful, but they also cast a beautiful glow for those outdoor gatherings. I especially like this project because you can get the kids involved.
Jul 12, 2009
I love the look of this old glider paired with these fun and funky pillows. It takes something ordinary looking and makes it look extraordinary. Although, you could certainly make these pillows yourself, you could also find something quite similar at one of my favorite stores http://www.anthropologie.com/.
Jul 9, 2009
I stopped by one of my favorite craft stores, Michael's and I am so glad I did. I found these adorable birds on sale for half off. The larger birds were only $2.50 each and the smaller birds were just a $1.00. I recently purchased the bird cage cloche and I think they look adorable placed inside. The cute signs that read peace, family, and dream were only a $1.00 as well. I hope you have a Michael's near you and have the time to swing by and pick up one of these sweet little accents for yourself.
Jul 5, 2009
How easy is this. You could place a calendar behind the window and use the window as a dry erase board. The blue ball jar project is an excellent organizational tool and the blue ball jars add a fun color to the room. All that is necessary for this project is a piece of floor molding and the medal rings to affix the jars. Once, you attach the molding to the wall and you are ready to fill the jars with pens, pencils, markers, paint brushes and much more.
Jul 3, 2009
Of course, the picture frames are future bulletin boards and/or chalk boards, the little drawer in going into the office, and I've already put the 7up crate to use. It is perfect for carrying drinks and other miscelleanous items from the house to the deck. Not to mention, the colors are perfect for our fourth of July gathering. I absolutely love it!
Jul 2, 2009
Photo Courtesy of Country Living Magazine
Who know that something so ordinary could be so beautiful and yet, so functional. Vintage suit cases are great to use in a vintage decor setting, as end tables and/or storage. I think for added charm, I would attach a darling hand made vintage tag from the handle to indicate what is being stored inside.