Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Thrift Store Finds!

I'm using the glass bottle as part of my Halloween display. I couldn't pass up the pair of candle sticks for $3. I'll probably spray paint them. They are nice and solid so I may use them to make apothecary jars. The picture frame will be spray painted and I have an idea to use it to create a family tree. Who knows?
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Using my thrift finds

So last weekend I picked up a few things for $1 each.

I used the metal container for my eye balls. I was going to paint it but I decided I liked the patina.
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The vase was my next project.

I just spray painted the vase with a flat black. I used three light coats. I'd been looking for something to put these flowers in since last fall. Everything was too tall or too small. Besides that, vases are expensive! What gives? You think they keep making and selling the same vases (I've been looking for a year), you'd think the prices would go down! I knew exactly what I wanted in my head. After seeing a few spray paint tutorials for glass, I knew the glass vase had a good chance of working out. Plus it was $1 so if it didn't work oh well right? I'm so excited this worked out!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pinspiring - Halloween Eye Balls

I love Pinterest. Obviously I'm not the only one! It has enabled me to collect projects and pretties. It also (somehow) motivated me to do some stuff. So, in honor of this motivation, I've decided to do at least one post a week showing something I did that was inspired by something I saved on Pinterest. (got that?) I'm starting out simple with some Halloween "eye balls".


They were pinspired by the following creations. Thanks crafters!

I wish I'd used the neon green or some glitter but I didn't have that on hand when I started. I definitely will next time. Maybe even some glow in the dark!

The googly eyes were the pinspiration but I also made some of moss and tried making other kinds of decorative balls. The black and silver decorative balls where made using styrofoam craft balls, paint and puff paint. Even using a fairly smooth styrofoam ball you could still see bumps. I didn't quite get it as I wanted it on this first try but I had fun so I'll definitely be trying again - they are so expensive at the store! The moss balls were floral foam balls that I wired moss to. I just cut some pieces of wire and bent it to make pins. Nothing fancy on that part - just thought you might want to know.

From Follow Me on Pinterest with Love...
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekend Work - Thrifting and Crafting

I wasn't doing so great when the weekend started but eventually I recovered enough to make a few stops. I was thinking of fall and some projects I've wanted to do. I'm so excited to put it all to use. This week, I'll share what I've done...

$3 for 3 items from a thrift store and around $12 for some craft items
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

I am on a mission.

It is about organization and saving money and time.

Since we've moved into this house, I've have a lot more space. It is probably more than we need (can you believe I just said that!?). I appreciate having this flexibility but instead of making good use of it, I've just let things go where they may because I didn't have to worry about it.

I've noticed that 1)I make too many trips to the store (time) and every time I go, I buy stuff I didn't plan to buy (money). Of course there's the random snack I get tempted by but usually it is because I think we need something but I'm not sure. I noticed this first with items like shampoo, cotton balls and lotion. That stuff can really add up even when you're buying generic. Even though we have a large bathroom, we don't actually have much storage in or near the room. So I have stuff here, there and everywhere. I run out unexpectedly (and make an unplanned trip to the store) or I buy something and then realize a week later I already had two.

After I started thinking about this, I realized this is sort of happening in kitchen/pantry area too. We are doing pretty well about eating at home most days and taking our lunch to work. I want it to be a simple and affordable situation. But some times it is frustrating because we don't have a plan and then don't have some ingredient we need. I have plenty of space in this area but I think its usefulness could be improved. I have a walk-in pantry but it has wire shelves and I have to be careful not to load them up too much.


I've also been thinking about simplifying. I'm not sure it will seem simple to a minimalist but I need it to be simple for me. Right now I'm pondering. I'm checking the interwebs. I'm thinking about what I really want before I do anything major. I'm even thinking about some stuff I've learned at work. Hmm, more to come...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sparkle and Shine

If I wasn't saving up for something else (yet to be disclosed), I'd definitely be buying some of these. You can see more sparkle and shine I love here.

Source: etsy.com via JJ on Pinterest

Source: tumblr.com via JJ on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via JJ on Pinterest

Source: oki-ni.com via JJ on Pinterest

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ruffle Pillow - A DIY


Look what Lovely.Little.Laughter made me! It is perfect and I love it dearly.
(So much so that I won't let hubby sit near it. Joking. Sort of.)

She tells how she did it here.

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