Saturday, June 25, 2011

Jumping on the Cloche Bandwagon

Ok, I'm sure most of you know that cheese dishes/domes turned cloches are popping up all over blogland.  I think they're pretty...not exactly my style, but pretty nonetheless.  So when I spotted the glass dome at Goodwill for 1.49 I decided to experiment.  A few weeks later I found the wooden base at a different thrift store for .79.  And then a couple of weeks later I found the candle holder for .99.

I used a good strong glue and attached the candleholder to the base.  Roughed it up, painted the blue part a dark brown, then did a couple of layers of dry brushing over the entire thing, and added a clear coat. 

And here's what I got.

I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it now because like I said, not really my style, but it was fun to experiment.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Yard Sale Fun

Are you like me?  Does the site of this vintage/retro style typography make your heart go pitter patter?  And does the sight of it's $1 price tag make it pitter patter a little faster?  I was SO excited to find this for only one buckaroo!  It will be a nice addition somewhere on the porch or in the flower beds.

Growing up, we had these same butterflies in our bathroom for umpteen years!  But they won't look like that when I get done with them, and they won't be in the bathroom.  The $1 luggage rack is also on the list for a makeover.

Vintage Christmas ornaments - $1 for all.  Nice, right?  My husband and I take turns each year deciding how our tree will be decorated and this year I had wanted to do an all vintage tree.  But this is the first stuff I've found in over a year that wasn't outrageously priced!  I don't know if I'll have enough collected to do it this year.   

Shirts and much needed summer sandals for my daughter - 1.50

Cozy Coupe (is that what they're called?) in great shape for $5, and a fun little Tonka
 toy for the Bubsters for $2.

 The Tonka toy has these little "sweeper" arms underneath that pick up small toys when you run over them and stows them in the middle compartment.  So cool!
  And we added new batteries and all the lights and sounds work like an annoying charm.

And last but not least, my husband needed a specific sized wrench and I found it for him for $2. 
From what I understand, this is about a $25 tool!

So, all in all today I spent $14.  I deem that a thrifty success.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

More Dollar Store Fabulosity

Ok, so "fabulosity" is probably a made up word, I'm not really sure, but I think it applies.  A couple of months ago I did a shabby chic dollar store bird makeover.  Well, today I'm bringing you another great dollar store project.  The inspiration for this came from Pick Your Plum when their item for sale one day was a small sheet of metal.  In one of the pictures they had it decoupaged with paper and displayed as a magnet board.  I thought it was super cute, but too small to be of any real use.  It needed to be bigger.  So I started thinking how to get a larger sheet of metal on the cheap, and I thought of cookie sheets.  With a coat of spray paint on them it wouldn't matter what kind of grungy shape they were in, so they would be a great thrift store find.

  I stored all this info away in my lil' noggin'.

A few days later I realized my niece's 3rd birthday was coming up and I would need a gift for her.  My sister has been in the process of redoing her room into a big girl room with lavenders, white, and green.  My ol' wheels started turnin' and things started clickin'.  I knew I had the perfect set of scrapbook paper that I had been saving for just the right thing.  So I decided to tackle this project.

But, of course, when I wanted an old grungy cookie sheet they weren't to be had.  So, I just picked this one up at the dollar store guessed it....$1. 

Hubster drilled the holes for me and I gave it a few good coats of ivory spray paint.  Here it is pictured with the papers I've had FOREVER.  Now they had the perfect use.  I found the green ribbon in my stash, too.
(I wasn't worried about the middle/front area being painted too well because I knew it would be covered by paper)

I just eyeballed the sizes of paper I would need, and ripped them out so that they'd have an uneven edge.  I rounded the corners to fit nicely, punched holes to fit over the drilled holes, and inked the inner edges of the torn paper.

Then I Mod Podged it on.  Again, this is for a 3 year old, so I went ahead and did another coat of Mod Podge over the top, too, to help protect it.

I scrounged through all my embellishments trying to find something to make cute magnets out of.  I finally settled on some typography type word squares.  Incidentally, just a couple of days before this I bought a large tub of craft stuff at a yard sale for $5 and in it was the perfect amount of magnets I needed for this project!

And here she is all finished. 

I put a picture of my daughter and the birthday girl (BFF cousins who miss each other VERY much!) that was taken a couple of years ago under the "Remember When" magnet, and added a little note.  And yes, "Wild Thing" is befitting. She's a very energetic, go-getter, tree climbin', monkey girl!  : )

After I completed my project, I Googled the idea to see if there were more like it out there in the crafty world, and yes.........there are tons.  The idea was not original apparantly.  There was a really cute one for a Christmas Advent calendar that I'd love to make some time.

So, any hoo, cost breakdown of this birthday present:

Cookie Sheet - $1
Scrapbook Paper - $0 (had on hand), spray paint - $0
Ribbon - $0, Mod Podge - $0
Magnets/Embellishments - $0

Total Price:

Beautiful and cheap.  See, I told you, FABULOSITY!!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Still Seeing Red {Roses}

I can't take any credit for these roses, the bush was already here when we moved in and I haven't done much of anything with them, but I sure am enjoying them!

They actually have more of a pink tone to them in real life, but I couldn't get that to come through in the pictures.  They look more red here.

Did some color editing on this one.
And I'm LOVING having fresh flowers to cheer up my kitchen!

Hope you're having a blessed week!
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