September 18, 2014

One Last Summer Project

Summer flew by much to fast for my taste and my poor to-do list hasn't seen very much action.

So before I allow myself to transition the house over to festive fall stuff I promised myself I'd complete one last project from my list.

After browsing the list I pick the quickest project I could find.

It took me all of five minutes,

take a look.


I've been collecting vintage milk bottle caps for a while and have even been lucky enough to receive some from friends.  I picked my favorite ones to use on this project for the kitchen.



No joke, this project took maybe five minutes.  

Painted a thrift store frame (used my blow dryer to help the paint dry fast), found a scrap of fabric and cut it to size.  Plopped the milk bottle caps inside the frame and then hung it up in my kitchen.


Project complete!

Looks perfect in my kitchen.

Now I'm off to dig out my autumn decorations and make a big mess!!

Robin

September 17, 2014

A Hankering For . . . Vintage Rhinestones




Morning!

Every come across a photo while browsing Pinterest that stops you in your tracks?

A few weeks ago I had one such moment. 

Haven't been able to stop thinking about it since.


Want to see what's got me all worked up?

Vintage Rhinestones

*****Sigh, So Pretty *****

Now I'm on the hunt for Vintage Rhinestones!

The sparkle . . .the unique designs . . .


I'm loving it all.

vintage pins -- wouldn't they look great on a black sweater?

I have a feeling it would be really easy to branch out into collecting rhinestone buttons too!


Vintage Rhinestone Button Bracelet Number 20 by PaulaMontgomery, $90.00
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Vintage Rhinestone Buttons


24 vintage buttons
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Over the past two weeks I've been on the lookout for rhinestone pins to start my own collection.

Happily so far I've found two . . . I'm hoping for more . . . SOON!


What have you been hankering for lately?

Robin

September 15, 2014

Updated Headboard and a Tutorial

Good Morning!

I'm so excited to share with you my latest finished project.  
It's been one of those projects that I've had in the back of my mind for a long time.

Many of you may remember the headboard shelf that I built four years ago.  

It's been a wonderful addition to the bedroom that I like as much today and I did back when it was new.



It's gone though many decor changes over the years.  
I've loved the easy the shelf has given me in creating a new looks for the room each season.



However I've never really enjoyed the blank space between the bottom of the shelf and the top of the pillows on the bed.  Always thought it looked a little silly... or somehow not quite finished if you know what I mean.

In order to put this little annoyance behind me once and for all, I've given my trusty shelf and new paint job and an addition.

Check it out . . .




Better right!

The annoying empty space is filled in. . .


And it's look oh so stylish, if I'm allowed to say so myself!


I'm loving the new look!

And just in case you are too, here's a quick tutorial on how I tackled the project.


First off if you need a refresher course on how to build the shelf. . . go here.

Next you'll need theses supplies for the shelf addition.

Supplies Needed:
1X4's cut to size
nails
construction adhesive
paint
paint scraper
sandpaper
plywood, cut to size
fabric
batting
staple gun
staples
buttons
thick thread or string

To get stated I cut two 1X4's to the size I wanted. Sanded the edges and then painted them a base color of black followed by a topcoat of white.  I also added a topcoat of white paint to the shelf.

Next I distressed both the shelf and the 1X4's by scraping off some of the topcoat paint with a paint scraper before it had set completely.  This gave me a nice random look to the distressing.  

Once the paint was completely dried, I used sandpaper to enhance the distressed look wherever I thought it needed it.

I was then ready to attach the 1X4's to the wall.



I used three inch finishing nails to attach the 1X4's wherever I could reach a wall stud.  

Otherwise, I used a combination of construction adhesive and nails to attach the boards where a wall stud could not be reached.


Now that the framework was attached to the wall, it was time to make the fabric covered insert.

I measured and cut a piece of 1/4" plywood to fit inside making sure to cut it ever so slightly smaller to make room for fabric and batting.

Once the plywood was cut to size, I marked on the back side where I wanted the buttons to be placed.



Now on to the fun part of adding the fabric and batting . . . 



Once the fabric is all stapled down . . . 


Almost done!

Next add buttons to the front of the insert . . .


Final step is to simple place the insert into the framework on the wall.  It should fit snugly into the opening to hold it in place.

Ta-Da!
A fabulous new headboard!



Well I'm off to drool over my "new" headboard a little more ...

You all have a great day now,

Robin

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September 11, 2014

It's Starting!!

Fall that is . . . Aren't you excited!

I can almost smell the campfires and warm apple cider - - Yum, Yumm


In my backyard the leaves are just beginning to fall. . . .



The Limelight Hydrangea's are turning a pretty pink color.



And the first handful of mini pumpkins are ready for picking . . .


Love this time of year don't you?



Robin

September 9, 2014

Small Changes

Good Morning All!

Yesterday two of my daughters had their first day of school... tomorrow my fourth grader will start along with her two first grade cousins.  I think it's going to be a little crazy around here in the mornings with five kids to get on a bus and one to drop off at preschool.  With bus times ranging from 6:50 a.m. to 9:03 a.m. I'll have to bring my "A" game on a daily basis.

It does feel good to be back on a schedule though.

Our days have been a little busy leading up to this week . . . trying to fit in all those last minute projects and outings before summer break ends.  Amid all the chaos I did find time to sneak in a few quick makeover projects.

Like this mirror I hung in the hallway outside my bedroom.



Found at the thrift store, it was a stained a dark color and obviously someones homemade woodworking project but I love the shape and the fact that the itself mirror is old.


A coat of creamy white paint and a heavy hand with the sanding block has it looking my more my style.


The only problem arose when it was time to hang it.

Couldn't figure out where to use it.

Tried spots all over the house before deciding on this location.


I think it will work perfectly here.
Plus it will help reflect some light in a somewhat shadowy hallway - a win - win!

bye now,

Robin

September 8, 2014

DIY Pillowcase With Ruffled Edge

Good Morning!

Hope you had a great weekend.  

I had a fabulous time watching football and sewing!  
What a combo huh!
Can't begin to tell you how excited I am that football has started again.

Anyway, lets get to the point of this post shall we . . . thought I'd show you quick and easy sewing project that I was able to finish while I watched the game.



Pretty right?

If you'd like to make your own, follow a long and I'll show you how I made them.

First cut two pieces of fabric. 
One for the body of the pillow, one for the ruffle.

I cut my ruffle 13"x 60" long.
(This will make a very wide ruffle, you can adjust this to your liking)


For the body of the pillow I cut one piece 40" X 28", below you can see it folded in half.
(again, you can adjust this.  I like very plump pillows)



Start sewing together the pillow by making your ruffle.



Once your ruffle is done, attach it to main body piece of the pillowcase.


Once your ruffle is sewn on, finish the pillow like this.


There you have it.  

Quick.  Easy.  Pretty!


Bye Now,

Robin

September 5, 2014

Fun Finds

Good Morning Everyone!

I have some amazing finds to share with you this week.

Lets start with my favorite shall we?

You all know my love of glitter house come Christmas time and it seem like for years I have been looking for a vintage version all my own.  Crafting houses myself is all well and good but a vintage house has always been on my wish list.

After this weeks trip to the thrift store my wish has been granted for a whopping three bucks!


Now normally I'm not a "gold girl" but no way was I passing this little beauty up.  

And look!

It's a music box too - - which works - - score!


While I was reeling from my fabulous find I managed to spot a white ironstone piece to add to my collection and this silver serving piece.


Anything silver and tarnished always catches my eye.  This piece is unlike anything else that I have so of course it had to come home with me.


I also found this pretty pedestal dish . . .


I've decided to use it to hold the jewelry that I reach for on a regular basis.

I think it's sort of a fun way to use it, plus it looks pretty on my dresser.

The little ridges work so nicely keeping the small items from rolling around.


Next up is this pretty silver tray.

I'm loving anything with raised edges like this lately (what would you call them - can't think of it right now) and couldn't be happier about finding it at such a great price.


I have it on the dinning room table corralling some pretty items for a quick and easy centerpiece.


And finally, this pretty floral plate inspired a quick changed up for my small kitchen shelf.


I picked up two of these pretty, purple flowered plates - - I thought they were so lovely.


Both are crackled and turning brown in spots which makes me love them even more.


That's it for me this week,

What about you, what did you find?

Robin