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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Reclaiming Style at Sweet Salvage.

 Hello and Happy Thursday to you all! Yes my friends, it's time once again for our monthly pilgrimage to Sweet Salvage!! This month's theme... Reclaiming Style!

 As always, there was so much to look at it was easy for me to get distracted!

 I am loving the grey, yellow and green!!!

 Lot's of things to love in this shot. The green ceiling tin tile would make an awesome magnetic board, The chicken wire cabinet was super cute and I loved the wall clock!

 I adore this old sink. I wish I had a place for it!!!

 There were some wonderful tables their this time. This one would be so fabulous in a large kitchen as an island!!

 This one would also be great in a kitchen. (No, it's not your eyes... this photo is little blurry. Sorry)

Another cool one!

It seemed that so many of them had a shelf under the table. They aren't really meant for sitting down to dinner at, but think of the decorating possibilities!!

There is even a whole booth dedicated to your inner hippie!!

There are few changes to the booths this month and I must say.. I really liked the new look! This space is now so sweet and girly!!

Loving the vintage style clothing!! Some new, some old... all fabulous!

 One of these there will be a K and a V and they will come with me!!!

I've been seeing these all over Pinterest. I think they are French Olive Buckets. (but don't quote me on that!)

Isn't this wonderful?? The box is huge and could easily hold an entire herb garden in it!!!

Well, those are my highlights. I hope you are able to get over there and find some of your own!!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Birthday Bounty

 I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I myself have spent the last 4 days celebrating my birthday with friends and family. I love it when a one day celebration last for days don't you???  :)
I wanted to share with you a few of the beautiful gifts I received from some very dear friends.

This lovely heart was made by my friend Sandie from Sandra Kaye. My taste and Sandie's taste run in two different directions, so when she gave me the beautiful patchwork heart that was taylor made for me and my style, well... let's just say... I loved it!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Twine and Lace Easter Egg Tutorial

Happy weekend my friends!! I've been having some fun playing in the studio the past couple of days. I thought I would share with you the twine and lace Easter eggs I've been making.
I prepared a tutorial, but I'm sure you probably don't need it. They are really easy!
Anyway here goes...

I purchased the eggs at Hobby Lobby. There were 6 for 87¢. Yep, 87¢. These eggs are slightly larger than a normal size plastic egg. Place a small amount of glue on the rim and close up the egg. This will help with strength.

For the twine, I use medium weight gardening twine from Ace hardware. It's cheap and easy for me to find, but I know the craft stores are carrying some now to.

Start by the winding the twine in a circle between your fingers, using a little bit of glue to help hold it together. Make sure the center is tightly wound or you will see the colored egg peaking through.

Place some glue on your egg. (I love "The Ultimate" by Crafter's Pick, available at most craft stores)
Then place your twine at the bottom of the egg and begin wrapping your twine.

Gently push up the twine as you go to keep it close to the previous wrap and keep it level on the egg.

When you get passed the half way point, flip the egg over and continue wrapping.

Finish wrapping your egg and cut off the extra. Again, be careful to wrap the end completely or your egg color will show through.  Now just embellish to hearts content!!! Here are the ones I have made so far....

I don't do a lot of decorating for Spring and Easter, but I really like these eggs. I will probably leave them out until Summer!!! I hope you make some of your own! Have fun!!!

Today I am linking up with  Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Estate Sale Paydirt!!

Last Friday my friend Lynne and I hit an estate sale very close to my house. Then on Saturday my hubby and I went back again!! I couldn't believe how much was left and to make it even better it was all 50% off!!!
I got several bottles to play with. Some for wax bottles, one to use as a lovely vessel to hold German glass glitter, A couple of silver plated powder jars and several tiny perfume bottles I'll turn into pendants.

I also found some lovely linens. Tablecloths, doilies, and runners. Some I will use, and some will get re-purposed into art projects.

The front and back of this old photo album will be remade into a lovely fabric book. I also picked up some more jewelry pieces to be used in one of my own jewelry creations. ( A girl can never have too much bling!!)

I am going to paint the wood bottom of this snack server (It's a Lazy Susan) and use it in my studio to hold jewelry bits and beads etc... for when I'm working on a project.

This chair got a makeover....

Much better!!!  I have to admit, that I finally decided to break down and see what all the fuss was about, regarding Anne Sloan Chalk paint. There's a shop here in town called Audrey's that carries it, and Lynne talked me into to trying it. The color I chose was Robin's Egg Blue and I have to say... I really liked it!! The color went on very easily and I actually only needed one coat on this chair.
Distressing was as as easy as wiping off the areas I wanted to or using a fine grit sandpaper. Then I waxed it with Clear Bri Wax (It's what I had at home already) After several days everything has cured to a nice hard finish.

Well those are my finds for last week!! I hope if you are out treasure hunting this weekend, you have a very successful trip!!
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