Blemish Bliss

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I purchased this amazing wood panel that came off an antique chest in a little shop in downtown Glendale Az. Someone added wire to the back for hanging so I brought it home for a mere $12.99 and hung it over my big screen TV. The more and more I looked at it the more the round blemish on it’s left side bothered me. Out came the chalk paint.  

I first tried outlining the carvings but it looked terrible so I highlighted the beautiful flowers with a light brush over. Then I painted the entire piece and used sandpaper to highlight the grain. It’s hung back over my large TV to add some character without the huge round stain glaring at me. I love it!

Memorial Day DIY Flags

Memorial Day is often thought of as a vacation day or just another day off our busy work week but it’s truly a time to honor our veterans who have lost their lives keeping you and I safe. My heart goes out to those who have lost a loved one who was fighting for our country. Show your patriotism with your own flag DIY style of course. 

Breadbox Happy

I love old, vintage breadboxes that have been brought back to life by happy crafters. Here are some great examples of redo’s by others who are love breathing new life into dated and tired pieces. The possibilities are endless so grab a hold of one and re-create!

Happy Vintiquing!

Rusty Can Upcycle

Follow this link to learn how to make these fabulous rusty planters. Can Planter How-to

Adorable small silver brown bird. Free Shipping!

Vintage Annie’s Market

Set of 2. $10.00. Indoor outdoor use. 

Not Your Grandma’s Dining Room

A few years ago I was in Boston at my boyfriends grandma’s home. She was about to reach 100 years in age and insisted on making us dinner. She proceeds to remove her vintage silverware, plates, cups and saucers, fabric napkins with a beautiful floral tablecloth, all from a Victorian style buffet chest. The candlesticks were lit, the matching table and chairs were filled with hungry family members and dinner was served. 

It seems like gone are the days of making a production out of dinner time but I do love the unique style everyone is using to assemble a dining set. Apparently anything goes when it comes to tables and chairs. Benches, crates and mix-matched metal and wood chairs are the new farmhouse look and I love it!

Lighting Up Your Life….

With a vintage match safe. I was reading Kovel’s May newsletter and came across this interesting article about Match Safes. They were used to keep matches dry and were small enough to fit nicely into ones pocket. Made of silver and other metals the style of match safe one possessed was said to reflect a persons stature. I was amazed at the range in pricing for them today have learned that they are highly collectible. These pictured are for sale on eBay. Who knew?

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Outdoor Tablecloth Weights

I could have used these Easter Sunday. Great idea!

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With summer coming up, I found this great solution for a problem outdoors! Do you have this problem??? Wind blowing your tablecloth all over the place….It gets pretty windy here! I love the tablecloth I have on the outdoor table. The problem is….it blows all over the place. I’ve been thinking of different items I could use to weight the table cloth down. I wanted something that I could remove also, if I have to wash it . I have perhaps too many bins of ‘stuff’. I found some curtain clips. Now I just have to figure out what to add to them for weight. These are some of the options I had:

I decided I wanted sparkle! Of course. So I painted the clips with Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint.

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I decided to go with the marbled vase fillers. They have weight and would look pretty with the silver. I…

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Pine Cone Easter Decor

Because they’re free….

After picking up rotten oranges and pine cones that made their way onto my lawn I decided to toss the oranges but not the cones. I needed something to fill terra-cotta pots for my centerpieces and I recently saw a wreath made of painted pine cone bottoms. Just in case you didn’t know it the bottom of a pine cone looks like a flower when painted. So I pulled out some happy paint colors and a paint brush and went to work. Then I added chalk paint to the pots so I can write funny stuff on them for the party. You know, Hoppy Easter, For peeps sake, egg-cellent etc….  Did I say funny