Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My New Table Runner...

Remember my post about the Etsy stores a few days ago? I mentioned how much I loved the table runner from TheShabbyChicCottage? Her burlap table runner was so gorgeous, I felt inspired to try and make one myself.

It turned out pretty nice, I'm really happy with it. I love burlap! Thanks for the inspiration, ShabbyChicCottage!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ohhh, I love Etsy!

Of course I need a vintage map of SC. Of course I do. This one's from Holcroft.

I have 4 children and 1 husband. So I need at least 5 numbers. Maybe I should get another husband just so I can have another number? Numbers from MyPrimitiveBoutique on Etsy.

Pretty Blue Fan from MustLoveJunk on Etsy

Gorgeous Burlap Table Runner from TheShabbyChicCottage

Pretty Stars from Christayy. (Bought them and will paint those bad boys black or white!)

Do you love Etsy as much as me?


Friday, November 19, 2010

The Basket Light? The Aluminum Lamp?

We had a similar discussion at JustBeachy recently about the basket lights. I'm not sure how I feel about them, I think it's great that they are easy to make, but, I just don't quite *love* them, for my home anyways. I'm afraid it would look like an afterthought, an accident... Now, I don't mean to generalize because there have been times that I've LOVED the basket lights, I just don't know about putting one in my home.

So what about the industrial clamp lamp? I mean, I have this lamp laying around waiting for something to be done with it. I used it to warm my baby chicks when they were little. I told my hubs, Jeremy, that I had seen them all over decor blogs. He looked at me and said, "Really? Do we have to do everything you see in decor blogs? There has to be a line somewhere."

But... But... I have the lamp. It's ready to plug in. He sort of hurt my sensitive little decorating feelings ;-) Humor me, honey! I'll do the same for you the next time you want to buy another tool you won't use to build me furniture. ;-)

One of the first times I saw the industrial clamp lamp was over at Savvy Southern Style in this post about Kim's sister's house. The lamp looks so charming! Go check it out!

Then I started seeing the lamps in other places, like apartment therapy's site. These for example:

So what's your take on the aluminum clamp lamp? How about the basket lights? Love 'em, hate 'em?

Thanks for visiting and for being such inspiring bloggers!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's the little things...

My husband thinks that I am really easy to please. "Low Maintenance," he calls me. I guess he's easy to please because he overlooks that my hair costs us $175 every 2 months. What a dollbaby!

But aside from the expensive hair visits, I guess I am pretty easy to please. I'd rather have $10 and a trip to a couple of good thrift stores than almost anything shiny and expensive. Perhaps it's the hunt that I love. You know you'll find something pretty at Pottery Barn or Anthro, but it's more fun and challenging to make something pretty for just a couple of bucks.

This watering can is not a great example because I found it as lovely as you see it, I didn't have a challenge making it pretty. S-c-o-r-e!

Last week I ordered some dried hydrangea from JoBunch on Etsy. I really didn't have anything pretty to put them in, so I started window shopping on Etsy, trying to find something to vase my flowers. I was thinking a metal milk jug or a couple of pretty Mason jars. I saw this pretty pitcher below at ZinniaCottage on Etsy, but it's just out of my price range at $75.

I did my usual weekly visit to the thrift store yesterday. I never really have anything in mind that I'm looking for, I just hope that I happen upon something special. Well yesterday I couldn't find a single thing. I decided to do another walkthrough before I left, sometimes you miss things on the first browse. And I saw this beautiful watering can. I heard an angel chorus when my eyes landed on it! And for $6!? In my opinion, it's as pretty as the pitcher above but a wee bit more affordable. And wouldn't you know, I got home with my watering can and my hydrangeas had arrived in the mail. They look great in that watering can, no?

Originally I thought I'd paint it white with black accents like the pitcher, but I kind of like the old dirty coppery look of it. I might just leave it alone. I love the number/letter on the side-- I wish it popped out more and that's kind of why I wanted to paint it. But it's all good, I am keeping the watering can on top of my china cabinet anyways, so you wouldn't be able to see the number/letter anyhow...

I love the little things, like a good thrift store score!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Easy Ornament Recipe

When I was a kid my Aunt taught me to make ornaments with the simplest ingredients-- flour, salt, and a bit of water. Since I am in desperate need of some cutesifying in the Christmas decor department, I figured I'd make some Christmas ornaments with the kids. I used the old ornament recipe to make starfish and sand dollars. The kids made Gingerbread men.

Funny thing is, once the ornaments cooled from baking, the kids pulled their Gingerbread Men off the tray and played with them for HOURS! Who knew? My Middle Man loved his so much, he slept with the poor, haggard, legless Gingerbread Man who lost his legs somewhere in those hours of playing. Let's see you run now, Mr. Gingerbread!

I'll probably paint those starfish and sand dollars a pearlescent white and baby blue. We used to just dip the ornaments in polyurethane after painting them. You can also get an aged color to the dough, if you don't want to paint them, by using a bit of instant tea or using leftover coffee instead of water. Then did them in polyurethane. I think it would be fun to use chalkboard paint to paint stars and then write some cute words on them to hang on the tree-- "Christ", "Love", "Family", "Santa"... etc...

The dough is very easy to mold with, so you can make just about anything. Just add little bits of water if dough gets crumbly while you're working. Just make sure you don't put too much water in, it really won't work well if you do. You can always add more water, but you can't take the water out.

The ones in the first picture are finger starfish. I'm happy with how those came out. I poked little holes with a kabob skewer to make them look a bit more real. You can hot glue bows, ribbons, hemp string for hangers after you're all done. You can also put half of a paperclip as a hanger before baking and it will just harden into the dough.

With my first batch of ornaments, I made these "starfish" which didn't turn out quite like I wanted (ok, nothing like I wanted). They look cartoonishly bubbly. But they will work for gifts maybe. I just hot glued some hemp twine for hangers.

Ornament Recipe
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
approximately .5 to 1 cup hot water

Mix dry ingredients, add water slowly until you get the dough right. It will be very similar to playdough textured. Don't add so much water that it gets sticky. If it happens, just add a bit of flour until texture is right. Bake at 285 degrees for 2 hours, or until hard.

It's that easy! Let me know if any of you make some ornaments with this recipe, I'd love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Newby question here...

I feel like a total dork asking this, but I tried to find the answer and no Google search helped me at all. When I visit your blogs and leave a comment, a blogger profile pic shows up next to my comment. The thumbnail it uses zooms in on my boobs from my profile pic... And, well, that's just a little bit weird. I'm sure y'all must think I'm some kind of exhibitionist or something, leaving comments on your blogs with my boobs all poked out. :-)

Anyone know how to alter that thumbnail for the comment picture? Maybe I have to change my pic all together? I'm going to go try messing with it some more... Maybe I'll figure it out.

Thanks for suggestions!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Love me some Graphic's Fairy

Oh, I just love the Graphic's Fairy. She uploads these pretty little vintage images for free. And there are so many it's hard to choose!

I searched the sight for seashells and found these. I framed them last night. I took some printer paper, soaked it for a second in my coffee pot (filled with this morning's coffee) laid it in the microwave and zapped it for 1 minute. When I took it out, the coffee stained paper was a little wrinkled, but had lots of character. I then just ironed the paper to get it ready for the printer. This particular image prints with an aged look anyways, as it was scanned out of an old book. But it's even more authentic looking after being printed on coffee (or tea) stained paper.

The frames were 8 x 10, and the image is more like 6 x 10. So I got some pretty paper at my local art supply store and put it under the image to fill in the space. I had the frames stashed in my closet, I just spray painted them to liven them up a bit.

Total cost for this image: $2 for the pretty paper. That's all! And there's plenty of paper left to use on another project down the road.

Thanks for stopping by & thank you all for your inspiration!