Showing posts with label decorating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decorating. Show all posts

Monday, January 21, 2013

Needlepoint Clock Make-Over





I snagged this needlepoint clock at the thrift store for about $5.  Here's what it looked like when I brought it home:

Dull, brown frame, broken hand, and I'm pretty sure the clock mechanism probably didn't work (I didn't have the right type of battery to check it).

For barely more than the cost of a battery, I bought a new clock kit from Hobby Lobby, although I was able to re-use the hands.  Then the frame got a few coats of bright white paint.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Floral Embroidered Table Runner





I like to pick up pre-printed embroidery designs when I see them at thrift stores and garage sales  - it's the easiest way to do embroidery  (you can see a pillowcase that I did here).  That's how this table runner started out (thrifted, 50 cents).  It's basically a fill in the blanks project, kind of like coloring only with a needle and thread.  Another great lounging on the couch at night project (like this one)


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Little Needlepoint Pillow


I like to have a project to work on in the evenings while my husband and I relax and catch up on our favorite shows (Game of Thrones being the latest).  It has to be something I can work on while vegging on the couch; something that doesn't require too much thought.  This was my latest - trying my hand at a little needlepoint.

I started with a scrap piece of fabric which I drew my grid on using a ruler and a pencil.
Then I used a satin stitch and needlepoint yarn to fill in the design.
This is great for beginners (like me).

When your design is finished, complete like any other pillow.


joining the menagerie on the couch

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Spray Paint Wreath


Supplies needed:
1 grapevine wreath (I find these at thrift stores all the time)
1 can of spray paint
floral sprigs and embellishments (mine all came from the dollar store, even the funky little owl)

Steps:
1.)  Go to town on your wreath with a can of spray paint - mine took quite a few coats
2.)  Add embellishments

Easy, peasy!!!





Thursday, April 5, 2012

Crocheted "Flowers"


These crocheted "flowers" started out with these wooden beads which came in a grab bag of craft supplies from the thrift store:


I used this tutorial to crochet over them.

Then I pruned a few branches off of a bush in my front yard, stuck a little hot glue on the end, and slipped on my crocheted bead "flowers".
They now live in a vase with some dried flowers:


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Wreath Round-up

This is the wreath that's on my door for spring right now (although, technically, it's probably not yet spring here in Colorado). It's a wreath I made several years ago - strips of felted wool wrapped around a wreath form and hot glued in place, then I added a few crocheted flowers.


And this was my spring wreath from last year. I may trade out for this one later in the spring. You can see more info on how I made this one here.


And here are a few beautiful spring wreaths that I've seen, mostly via pinterest:

cute and simple, via


Spring Grass Wreath, tutorial


a non-wreath wreath, via


via


coffee filter wreath, tutorial

Monday, January 23, 2012

Living Room Tour

Sorry, no before pics of this project because it was a bit spur of the moment. But, prior to this little revamp, our living room was painted shades of beige and chocolate brown with huge, overstuffed, dark furniture. I was sick of it - and had been for a while. So I had been on the lookout for a new couch and finally found one I liked (and could afford) over Christmas. But it was a camel/beige color and it definitely wouldn't work with the beige walls. So I started painting. And, bonus, the kids were home to help me with this project!

Here's our living room now - with the new couch, new paint color, some additional new-to-me furniture and a few already owned but revamped pieces as well (warning - lots of photos):


the painting was an e-bay purchase several years ago


thrift store table + a coat of paint (and notice the lamp from this project)



The wingback chairs were both purchased at a used furniture store. I just painted the legs white to update them a bit.



We've had this coffee table forever - I gave it a new coat of white paint. And distressed it because eventually my kids were probably going to distress it for me anyway.

Overall, the room just seems so much bigger and brighter now. And has already gotten way more use than it did before.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thrift Store Score!

Our house has high, vaulted ceilings in the kitchen and living room which leads to soffit-type shelving up above our kitchen cabinets (at least that's what I think that type of shelving is called). You can see pictures of it here -


and here -

Pictures from my cabinet painting project.

See those shelves up above the cabinets? With the clock, and the candle, and other doo-dads?
Well, I decided I was tired of the doo-dads. I wanted something less cluttery. So, everything came down and I hit the thrift store for inspiration.

Here's what came up with -




The huge mirror and painting were $10 a piece - a steal!


And on the other section of shelf (a 3/4 wall that divides the kitchen and living room), I placed these 3 globes, also thrifted -



Got that idea from this photo on Pinterest -

(I don't know what that yellow arrow is for)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

30 Days For 30 Dollars - Day 29 - Yarn Wrapped Writing


Wondering what 30 Days for 30 Dollars is?? Read all about it here.


I originally saw this idea . . .

. . . on Family Chic blog.

I decided to give it a try:



With some clothesline found at the thrift store -$1.25 (the yarn I already had)



Here's what I learned:
a.) The lettering will be pretty flopsy until you wrap the yarn around it - the yarn will stabilize it and hold it together
b.) Unless you want to spend the rest of your life wrapping yarn around wire, use really chunky yarn or double/triple/quadruple your strands of yarn. I ended up quadrupling mine and it went pretty quickly.

Total spent today: $1.25


Total spent:
Day 1: $1.00 Recipe Card Box
Day 2: Free Recipe Card Holder
Day 3: $2.00 Hot Pads
Day 4: $1.00 An Artsy Bangle
Day 5: $1.00 Embellished Pillowcases
Day 6: $.50 Earrings
Day 7: $.75 Button Necklace
Day 8: $.40 Lace Coasters
Day 9: $2.00 Faux Depression Glass Fruit Bowl
Day 10: $1.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Day 11: Free Lace Earrings
Day 12: $1.25 Puzzle Piece Pendants
Day 13: $1.00 Linen Napkins
Day 14: $2.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Da:y 15: $.50 Scrabble Tile Ornaments
Day 16: Free Scribble Stitch Gift Tags
Day 17: $.50 Inexpensive Artwork
Day 18: $1.00 Giant Snowflakes
Day 19: $2.00 Vintage Tool Tray Centerpiece
Day 20: $1.00 Dress to Apron
Day 21: Free Tonal Chain Earrings
Day 22: $1.00 Modern Art Vase
Day 23: $.50 Doily Pocket Cardigan
Day 24: $1.30 Found Object Magnets
Day 25: $.50 Magnetic Memo Board
Day 26: $1.00 A Christmas Wreath
Day 27: $2.00 A Bracelet Tree
Day 28: $1.00 Embroidery Pendants
Day 29: $1.25 Yarn Wrapped Writing
___________

Total: $27.45

Friday, December 9, 2011

30 Days For 30 Dollars - Day 26 - A Christmas Wreath


Wondering what 30 Days for 30 Dollars is?? Read all about it here.

A Christmas Wreath



This project started with this grapevine wreath form from the thrift store ($1) -



Then I dug through my craft room to see what I could use to embellish it. Here's what I found:
*a scrap of felted white wool (you could also use standard crafting felt)
*some red berry floral picks
*red fabric

To make the big white flower:

Cut a strip of felt approx. 4 inches wide - I didn't measure, it doesn't have to be exact.


Fold in half length-wise, then cut notches along the folded side, but don't cut all of the way through.


Once all of your notches are cut, roll fabric up, using a little hot glue here and there to help hold it together as you roll.
If 1 strip doesn't make a big enough flower, prepare another strip, attach with hot glue, and continue rolling. I used 2 strips for my flower.


finished flower

Attach the flower to the wreath form with hot glue.
Stick floral picks into the wreath form
For the bow and hanging loop, I cut strips from the red fabric and attached them with hot glue.




Total cost: $1



Total spent:
Day 1: $1.00 Recipe Card Box
Day 2: Free Recipe Card Holder
Day 3: $2.00 Hot Pads
Day 4: $1.00 An Artsy Bangle
Day 5: $1.00 Embellished Pillowcases
Day 6: $.50 Earrings
Day 7: $.75 Button Necklace
Day 8: $.40 Lace Coasters
Day 9: $2.00 Faux Depression Glass Fruit Bowl
Day 10: $1.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Day 11: Free Lace Earrings
Day 12: $1.25 Puzzle Piece Pendants
Day 13: $1.00 Linen Napkins
Day 14: $2.00 Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan
Da:y 15: $.50 Scrabble Tile Ornaments
Day 16: Free Scribble Stitch Gift Tags
Day 17: $.50 Inexpensive Artwork
Day 18: $1.00 Giant Snowflakes
Day 19: $2.00 Vintage Tool Tray Centerpiece
Day 20: $1.00 Dress to Apron
Day 21: Free Tonal Chain Earrings
Day 22: $1.00 Modern Art Vase
Day 23: $.50 Doily Pocket Cardigan
Day 24: $1.30 Found Object Magnets
Day 25: $.50 Magnetic Memo Board
Day 26: $1.00 A Christmas Wreath
___________

Total: $23.20