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New Craft Booth – Lakauai

New Craft Booth – Lakauai

I’m starting a new venture and I’m so excited about it!!! I will now have a craft booth at University Pickers, one of my absolute favorite stores. If you live in the Huntsville area, you are in luck!  This store has the best of the […]

Kitchen Table Makeover

Kitchen Table Makeover

  This is the first piece of furniture I did a makeover on for my new craft booth at University Pickers. I got the table from CraigsList for $25!  What a steal!!  I did have to drive about 35 minutes to get it, but it […]

Upcycled Entertainment Center – Winebar

Upcycled Entertainment Center – Winebar

 

This piece of furniture has been hanging around our house for ages. It started out as our very first entertainment center and I remember measuring the big space to make sure that our tv would fit in it. Not the width of it, but the depth. Remember tv’s like that?? They were often times deeper than they were wide! This piece was used in my son’s room for a while to hold his myriad of electronics with his Playstation having prime real estate, of course. After that it was relegated to the garage where it humbly stored crafting supplies.

Enter the Great Garage Clean-out. I decided that since my children were almost teenagers that there really wasn’t a need for play dough, confetti and 6,728 broken crayons. Whew, that was a load to take the thrift store! When I unearthed this treasure, I thought oh, I should paint that and make it pretty to use somewhere in my house. But, the problem is that I have nowhere to put it nor do I need it.

I decided to put it on CraigsList. I thought I was being reasonable asking $150 for it. No takers. Ok, that’s fine so I dropped the price to $100.  Still nobody wanted this beauty. Since, I really didn’t want to haul it to the thrift store myself, I set the bottom barrel price of $50. NOBODY wanted it.  Good grief, it is solid wood people – not the prefab laminate crap!  So, it just sat in my garage for several more months.

When I got my booth at University Pickers, I started looking around for things to transform that I already had – Ah-ha!  Hello you neglected honey!

I decided to make it into a wine bar because I thought that would be something fairly unique to add to my booth. First I ripped away the rest of the cardboard backer and took the doors off of the bottom. The tricky part was making those x shaped wine shelves. That’s what I’ve got the greatest Dad in the world for!

Enter some grey paint that was left over from painting my daughter’s room and Ta-Da! It’s totally transformed. I bought the stemware holders at Lowes.

For the back I used 1×4 boards that I literally slapped a bunch of paint on and distressed the heck out. I’m totally in love with the way the back turned out! Actually, the whole thing turned out better than I imagined.  And to think I was gonna sell it for $50!  Pffffftt!

 

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Caeden Room Make-over

Caeden Room Make-over

If Lael’s room is the one that is constantly changing, Caeden’s room never changes – except for the dirty cups and bowls that accumulate! But now change has come. He has a new bed, desk and shelves, all built by me with my always helpful […]

Miter Saw Cart

Miter Saw Cart

  Have you visited Ana-White.com?  Do you like to build things like patio furniture, coffee tables, beds, kitchen islands, shelving units? Any of that stuff? Something I didn’t mention? Well, I can almost guarantee that there is a plan for it on that website. Go […]

Metal Fisherman Silverware Craft

Metal Fisherman Silverware Craft

 

 

Have you ever noticed all the old silverware at thrift stores? Yeah, I used to see it there all the time. Then, when I decided I wanted to make some cool stuff with old silverware, all I could find are butter knives. I have seen some cool things made with butter knives, like these butterflies or this cross. But, spoons and forks offer so many more possibilities!

Then I remembered that I did make something with silverware a few years ago and I probably didn’t use all that I had gathered. I dove into my Crafty with Metal box and came up with a bag of metal goodies.

The next thing I needed to do was figure out how to make the parts stick together. I have a blowtorch and thought that I might could solder the metal together, so I called my expert – Dad. He didn’t think that would hold up for very long and figured I needed to braze it. Ummmmm, isn’t that something you do to meat??  He said, Oh, it’s easy bring the stuff with you next time you come and I’ll teach you.

So, that’s what I did. I learned from the expert in all things handy how to braze and he sent me home with my very own pink rods so I could continue the fun here.

The fisherman is hanging out on a piece of driftwood salvaged from the shore of their lake house and the little fishes are hanging from fishing line.

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Vintage Window Medicine Cabinet – from a Pallet!

Vintage Window Medicine Cabinet – from a Pallet!

The Pallet Craze has taken over the crafting world. You can see pallets being transformed into everything from outdoor rustic furniture to a chic farmhouse style bed. I’ve always loved anything rusty, vintage and loved, that’s why I enjoy garage sales so much. It could […]

Color Change – Lael’s room (again)

Color Change – Lael’s room (again)

Lael’s room seems to be the one in the house that is constantly evolving. I loved the original color scheme and paint treatment. There were a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into those polka dots!! Alas, my baby girl grew up and out […]

{Dream}catcher Art

{Dream}catcher Art

I’ve always loved dreamcatchers. There is something so mystical and magical about them that just appeals to me on a fundamental level. Dreamcatchers have been around in Native American culture for over a century and there are two legends that explain where they came from. One legend is from the Ojibwe people and the other from the Lakota. Click here to learn more about the legends, or just keep reading for a summary.

They believe that night is full of both good and bad dreams. When a dream catcher is hung above the place where you sleep it moves freely in the night air and catches the dreams as they drift by. The good dreams, knowing their way, pass through the opening in the center of the webbing while the bad dreams, not knowing the way, are caught in the webbing and destroyed at the first light of the morning sun.

The dreamcatchers I made are in no way authentic or in keeping with the traditional method of making dreamcatchers. But, I still believe that they can serve the same purpose of catching bad dreams.  Why not? Plus they are pretty and Pretty Matters!

I got the inspiration for my {Dream}Catcher Art from Pinterest of course! This pin will take you to a fabulous post where she gives you a great tutorial on how to make a dreamcatcher like hers.

Me? I’m not so great with tutorials. I get caught up in the actual creating part of making a craft that I forget to stop and take pictures along the way!

She used doilies like I did, but there are quite a few differences too. Instead of metal macrame rings wrapped in fabric, I just used embroidery hoops and left the plain wood showing.

There are a ton of beautiful ideas for making your own dreamcatchers on Pinterest. Come see all the examples I have collected on my Windchimes and Dreamcatchers board.

The blog where these beautiful dreamcatchers

lives is called My Pinterventures. Go by and check it out, there is so much more crafty goodness there!

After I got the doilies secured to the embroidery hoops, I laid them out in a design I thought would work under a piece of driftwood salvaged from the shore of my parents lake house.

Like I said, I used doilies for my {Dream}catcher Art. I gathered most of these vintage beauties over the course of about a year from thrift stores, garage sales and vintage consignment stores. After I collected quite a few my Mom said “Oh I have a bunch of these that belonged to your grandmother. Do you want them?” HECK YEAH!! I want anything that is old-loved-worn-vintage-antique AND if it belonged to my grandmother, Bonus!!  Major score! I took the easy way of securing them to the embroidery hoops (also purchased at thrift store and garage sales). I opened up the hoop, stretched the doily across and closed it up by attaching the other piece. Some of them fit perfectly in the hoops, others hang out of the edges. I like the random look though! Clear as mud right? Again…..should have stopped to take pictures in progress.

Then it was time to work on the long tails. I have a ton of ribbon but not a lot in the neutral color scheme I was going for. Instead I used fabric strips. All of the fabric started out life as tablecloths, placemats, or curtains purchased from (you guessed it, thrift stores and garage sales) I cut the strips in widths ranging from 1/2″ to 2″. I attached them to the dreamcatchers by tying them in a knot through the spaces in the doilies.

To finish off the project I dolled up the piece of driftwood with a white paint wash over the word Dream cut into a stencil with my Cameo. You can also see that I had to alter the placement of the doilies a bit from my original design.

If you have any questions about my process of making {Dream}catcher Art, comment here or send me an email!

 

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DIY Firepit

DIY Firepit

I have wanted a real fire pit forever! I previously had one of those pre-fab fire pit table thingies, I think from Target. But, somehow it melted a bit. I don’t know if the fire got too hot or what. I don’t really understand that […]

Mother’s and Father’s Day Gifts

Mother’s and Father’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day always present a great opportunity to make something cool for my awesome parents. They don’t need anything and if asked will usually say “I don’t want anything.” So, I try to come up with something cool and crafty to make […]