Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bring Back Summer

Good Thursday Morning everyone.  In Michigan we have a rainy, warm and very windy day. I guess in the Fall we will get these days, but when it's sunny I am a lot more productive than when it's gray and cold.  Also when the days are rainy in the fall I reminisce about our lazy warm and sunny summer days.  Well, I have this cute little metal table (that reminds me of summer) that I bought at a garage sale awhile back but I love that it is old and probably came from the 50's.  The paint was chipping off but I liked the original red color it was.  Here is the before picture:

I removed the loose paint and did a quick sanding job on it and as I sanded I found that it had been painted a few times.  I found some red paint and started painting.  I loved the way it came out and it was a bright and happy color of red.

It is always amazing to me how a little bit of paint can really change a piece of furniture or anything.
I ended up putting it by my little chair under a birch tree.  It turned out to be a quiet little hideaway to read my book or to do some handwork and be able to watch the kids in the lake.
So, what do you think?  Kinda of brings back summer, don't you think?  Until next time, Dianne......

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Green Chalkboard - From Boring Frame to Chalkboard

Hey guys!  Hope your well....Life has been very unpredictable and busy lately.  I hope this post finds you healthy and happy:)

I have blogged before about making chalkboards from mirrors....well this one is no different either. This time around I chose to use a boring frame. I do love chalkboards and when you have a simple frame or mirror that needs to be "jazzed" up what better way to do it than with a chalkboard....right?

I started with this simple and quite boring frame....

I simply sprayed the frame green and then antiqued it with some black acrylic paint.  I then sprayed the glass with chalkboard paint.  Here she is now.....

Take care of yourself and your loved ones....
If you're reading....ThAnKs:)

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Re-purposed Purse

Brrrrrr........that's pretty much all I have to say today. We went from 80 to 30 degrees in no time. It's definitely time to pull out the winter coats and hats around these areas. Last night we even had snow or hail or some sort of precipitation coming from the sky. Speaking of last night I was at my sisters house hosting a little baby shower for my older sister who is expecting twins. Yes I did say twins!! We are all super excited. She is having a boy and a girl so she gets the best of both worlds. So when we decided to host this little get together for her with some of her closest friends we went right to work on preparing some homemade gifts from the heart for her.

My sister Kim found this adorable and EASY pattern online that she wanted to try. If you notice the emphasis is on easy because these were such an easy pattern. I should say it's easy depending on what material you choose to use. She had this wonderful idea of cutting up an old purse of hers and they turned out adorable so that's the route we decided to go. I headed to Salvation Army, one of my favorite places to go and browse around lately, and purchased a couple of purses. The first one that I bought I thought would make such cute little booties for a baby girl. That they did although it took about half a package of needles before I figured out how to make it work. In the end they turned out just how I liked them but they were a little bit more work than the ones I made with a softer material.

This is the purse that the pink ones came from. I unfortunately didn't take a picture of the purse that the silver ones came from but you can probably just imagine what the purse did look like. This was the tough material to work with because it wasn't very flexible. Like the saying goes the best things don't come easy...right? I think that's how it goes.

Anyhow here is the ending result. After I made the booties I added some cute little feminine flowers to embellish the toes. I can't wait to see them on a little model. I am sure they will look even cuter. My model has been out of this size for quite sometime now.

Also, please don't look to closely because I haven't perfected the art of sewing. :) I probably have many more years of practice before anything is remotely close to perfect.

Here are the silver ones. For these ones I decided to add a simple button on top. You probably wouldn't have to add anything but sometimes I think I have a little bit of my Mom in me. We all know that she likes to add a few finishing touches to everything. :)

Here they are together...I can't wait to have another little one to make these for. Have a great day!!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Just A Little Color

Good Morning everyone.  It's Wednesday and I am blogging today.  Michigan has some beautiful weather today and I have so many projects to do and not enough time for all of them but I feel energetic.  My husband found this adorable old rocker by the roadside.  I'm not kidding, someone was going to throw this chair away.  There was even a seat that had to be recovered.  This is the before picture:

I wanted to keep the rustic feeling that I was seeing but I wanted some color.  So I got out some aqua  paint because I had this awesome 50's material that someone at one time had used for curtains.  I used an aqua primer paint and just rubbed the paint on and left some of the bare wood showing thru.  I than used Miss Mustard Seed wax on the top to finish off the finish.  I than recovered the seat with this wonderful aqua and yellow print.

I hope you can see the wood showing thru on the arm of this sweet little rocker.

And here is my little rocker, all finished.  Couldn't you see yourself rocking someone to sleep on this little old rocker?

Better or worse?  Until next time, Dianne......................

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Monday, October 21, 2013

75 Cent Bargain Print

Good's getting to be a bit late in these parts of Michigan.  It was a dreary...cold....and rainy Monday.....which made for a LAZY day:)  I am hoping to dig deep and find some motivation tomorrow:)

I found this 75 cent print this summer.  I just thought it was such a cute photo and loved the meaning behind it.  As a mother who has gone through potty training with her son....I know how much "effort" it takes the little ones to become potty trained:)

I decided on painting the frame and lightly antiquing it with some burnt umber acrylic paint.  I then cut the print out and glued it on some "fun" wrapping paper and then placed it back in the frame.  Here it is after....oh how I love the one day projects:)

I hope you have a great rest of the week:)
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Witching Hour

 Good Saturday Morning everyone.  It's a cold and rainy morning here in Michigan but I guess one will get these kind of days in the Fall.  I do alot better with a sunny day as far as being productive.  When it's a rainy day all I feel like doing is sleeping but I still love Saturdays.  Well, I was having a little bit of fun with some Halloween painting.  I had these gourds that my husband picked at an estate sale and I didn't know what to do with them.  Here is a picture of the gourds:

Well I decided to make one of them into a witch for Halloween.  It was the perfect size to make a witch's head.  So out came the acrylic paints and I painted the lower 2/3's of the gourd with a mixture of a witchy green color.  I painted the top 1/3 of the gourd with a black paint for the hat.  I painted the face features with black paint only and even painted the cheeks a soft black.  I made a brim out of felt and before I glued that on, I made hair with yarn and paper ribbon.
 After I glued the hair and the felt brim on I added some material ribbon around the brim and left that kinda of shaggy.  Glued some sparkly silver pipe cleaners coming out of the ribbon.
 She turned out a little shabby.
 I left her a kinda of a shabby looking chic witch.

 So what do you think?  Is it the Witching Hour?
Happy Halloween everyone.  Until next time, Dianne................

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Got Milk Paint?

Hi all!! It's officially Fall weather here in Michigan today. I went out of the house with my boots on and a jacket. I hate to say but I kind of enjoyed putting both of those things on. I know that I will be complaining come February but that's why we LOVE all of our seasons. We get a taste of all sorts of weather and then as soon as we get sick of one we get the next. I guess I should speak for myself though.

I bought some milk paint for the first time and I was so excited to try it. I LOVE the chippy, distressed look on furniture and I love when it looks authentic. I think I found the perfect paint to achieve that look. My mom, sister and I all bought this piece together, along with much more, from a lady that was trying to get rid of a bunch of items. It is a beautiful, well made, vintage piece that I was super excited to work on. I decided to try milk paint on it for the first time. During the process I was a little nervous about the outcome but the end result was just how I had imagined and I cannot wait to try it on some more pieces. The fun part about milk paint is you have to kind of let it work it's own magic. It will distress itself where it wants to and then you can also add more distressing to where you want it. You definitely need to put some sort of wax or hemp oil, which I chose to use, on it to finish it off. It was such a fun project and I can't wait to use this paint some more. Have a great evening!!

This is the before without the mirror. Hopefully you can still get the idea of what it looked like before.

I didn't get around to taking pictures of it before it made it's placement into our little Shabby Gal's spot. So here are some pictures with it all decorated and ready to find a home.

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