{Home Decor} Vintage Goodness

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I was so excited when I walked into my grocery store this weekend and saw amongst the flowers a few bunches of Billy’s Buttons/ Craspedia. I have tried for years to grow it and can’t but have never seen it in stores despite the flower being in all the home dec and wedding magazines.  Meanwhile, while cleaning out some cabinets I came across this vintage black phone I bought years ago and put aside because we no longer have a land line.  I would have loved to have had a phone like this in my room in High School.

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Lamp is from Home Goods a few seasons back.

{ Thrifting } Sunday finds …

goodwill-inspirationnotebookToday my daughter talked me into doing a  quickie Goodwill run.  We had no idea they didn’t open till noon, and were surprised upon getting there at 11:57 that there was a line of people.  Not sure if it was that they, like us, didn’t know when it opened or if we had stumbled on what some might consider a “better caliber” thrifting day we went on in.  We had just been saying how our bathroom needed a medicine cabinet and there it sat, a little dirty, but only 9.99.  Beside it laid this 4 foot tall frame, shockingly only priced 12.95 (our Goodwill’s prices have been getting a little bit high-priced lately so I was shocked).  Whether we keep this frame this way or not, it was in good shape and a cool size.    Right in the same area sat this porcelain what I would call a “strawberry pot”, but oddly it doesn’t have any drainage holes.  The center areas has a pot that fits in it, or looks like it could be used as a deep vase.  It even has those small open areas with no holes.  I am stumped how you are to use it unless it is some kind of really clever vase for putting all sizes of flowers in.   I see it maybe working with succulents since they take little water.  If anyone has any idea, I would love to hear how you think this is to be used.  At 7.99, I coudn’t pass it up.  Its too cool.

Total time in and out: 12 minutes!

{ Gardening } Lantern Hooks

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Like many of you, I spend tons of time pinning on Pinterest, and many of the things I pin, I really hope to try and make in the future.  So, my Pin It – Make It  posts will be my incentive to start working on trying some of the things I have pinned, be it crafts, recipes, photo op ideas, etc.

One of my favorite pins I came across was one where the person used plant hooks to hang lanterns along their fence for ambiance (see below).  Although I was unable to find cool black old fashioned lanterns like they did, I decided to use mason jars which we already had from previous outdoor parties.Joel's Outdoor Lighting

The plant hooks we used came from Lowes and run around 3.50 to 5.00.  We put two on the left and right side fences in our yard and put three along the back fence.   Here is a picture of one done up for the Sail Away graduation party mentioned a few posts ago.

When not in use, I just bring the mason jars inside so they don’t fill with rain water.

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{ Entertaining } Sail Away Graduation Bash

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We recently threw a graduation party for my youngest daughter, which I had such a great time planning and decorating.  It was a pink and navy/nautical theme.  We had a tent, 36 inch balloons, fun fabric strip backdrop for a photo booth and fire pit with hay bails topped with quilts for smores and conversation.

{ Holidays } Pompom Christmas

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This year I saw that Anthropologie was having one of the craft-y gatherings and they were going to be working on pompoms ornaments.

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Sadly there wasn’t one at my local Anthro’s, but I thought it would be fun to play with pompom ornaments anywhere, so I purchased a pom pom maker at Hobby Lobby.  The one I got was about 9.99 (and then a 40% off coupon) and it has 4 sizes of hoops to make them on.

DesignLoveFest sponsored the event and she has a great DIY on how to make them on her blog.

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I made a garland as a gift even …

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I only did my pom poms using one kind of yarn, or a yarn that changed colors, but I like the way they used various yarns and gave it a more multicolored look.  I will have to try that next.  Its a great craft to do while watching TV or a movie and they really do not take that long to make.  I like how in the Anthropologie ornaments they added some of the mettalic craft pom poms you can buy premade in walmart and craft stores and stacked them on top of the pompom.

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There are a lot more fun photos of the pom poms at DesignLoveFest.

{ Holidays / Crafty }

Christmas Wreath

After a few years of collecting old Christmas ornaments from thrift stores and cast offs from our tree, I finally took some time this weekend to make an ornament wreath. Its a great way to use up all those bulbs that have lost their metal tops or ornaments withe minor defects.

I ended up using a flat Styrofoam wreath as the base.  This made a nice surface to hot glue to and also allowed me to push some of the ornament tops into  the Styrofoam for really good holding power.  My main suggestion would be to pick up a few boxes of the smaller bulbs.  They really help to fill in the holes left by the big ornaments.  I did this over two evenings while watching TV, it probably took 3 hours total to do.

Now I just need to figure out where to hang it!

{ Life } Fall favorites in October

Minnetonka Thunderbird moccasins that I bought off Amazon.  Love the cushy-iness and the funky retro look.

Also, a new fall shipment of David’s Tea flavors in all sorts of chilly weather flavors like Stormy night (organic) and Coffee chai (OG too).  I also bought their tea bag filters, where you can put the loose tea in bags, take them on the go, soak them a really long time (cause I love strong tea).

 

{ DIY } Vintage frame to fancy corkboard

Whenever I am at a thrift shop I always look to see if they have any unique frames.  Even if what is in the frame isn’t to my liking, if the frame is cool, I will get it.  This frame was a great score at 8.99.  When I got it home I went ahead and pulled the painting out of the frame.  Then I rolled out some cork that I picked up at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, so it was about 8.00 as well.  Word of warning — cork is much more delicate than I realized, especially when you are cutting it with scissors. An Exacto knife might have been easier and caused less crumbling.  (Pardon the blurry iphone shots.)

This part definitely took the longest.  I went ahead and spray glued the cork to the painting after many unsuccessful tries at putting the cork in by itself.   It was harder than I thought it would be to get it to lie down flat.   Finally once I had it arranged, I went ahead and pushed back down all the staples around the sides.  In the end, I had a great 3-1/4 to 4 foot long/tall corkboard for my office.  I am still trying to decide if I want to paint the frame.  If I knew I would have done it prior to cork, but as of right now I am not sure — and I couldn’t wait to see the final product.

Total time spent, probably and hour or more.  Cost:  About $17.00 for a approximately 2 foot wide by 4 foot long frame.

Similar cork boards of this size from Ballard Designs run $459.00 for a 40 x 60 inch one. WOW!

 

{ Favorite Finds } Loving on Birch trees …

I am in love with the look of birch trees.  So when I saw these items this week, they made me smile.

A display using a tree branch, beakers, and string from A Daily Something.

And these adorable straws from Terrain.

These strips also from Terrain. To use in craft projects, inside candle holders, etc.

And if you love the look of birch logs, but want something a little less hard, then check out these kits for making your own birch log pillows.

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