Tag: thrifty

New Stuff – Lakauai

New Stuff – Lakauai

I have decided that there are three types of materials I primarily like to work with: wood, metal and glass. I’ve been collecting ideas for crafty projects on Pinterest made with all three.  Check out my boards if you want some inspiration! Crafty with Wood […]

Restocked Craft Booth

Restocked Craft Booth

I added a few new things to my craft booth today. It was mostly little things, filler type stuff on the shelves and some hanging items on the pegboard. Stuff like that is really where my heart is. I like to take something old and […]

Vintage Sewing Machine Desk

Vintage Sewing Machine Desk

I found this fantastic vintage sewing machine base at a little picker’s heaven store near Ardmore, AL.  It’s just a little ways down the road from the guy who has a building full of stuff I mentioned earlier. I’m not even sure if the place has a name, but it’s right on Highway 53 north of Huntsville. If you want to go just drive up 53 and look on the right for a tiny building with a TON of stuff out front.

I think the sewing machine base was $30 and in really good shape considering it was sitting out front only covered by a tarp to protect it from the weather. Inside the store I found the metal drawers for $5 each. I spray painted the sewing machine base a bronze color and then spray painted each of the drawers a different pastel shade. I also added a chipboard label to the fronts of the drawers.

To hold the drawers, I build a cabinet out of sanded plywood perfectly sized for the drawers to slide in and out easily. The top is also sanded plywood accented with stenciled design.

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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 […]

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 […]

{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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Thrift Store Score

Thrift Store Score

The project I had in mind when I headed out to the thrift store this morning was a lamp makeover, and also in the back of my head a chandelier for the patio.  I found a package of some great fabric strips yesterday at Big […]