Friday, July 30, 2010

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the
Movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
-Arthur O'Shaughnessy

all images found at weheartit

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Turning Trash into Treasure

I start my fall semester of school on August 24th and I've been racing against time a bit to get my house to feel more like a home (hence the excessive thrift shopping).  I also have a few projects going on that will hopefully pretty up the place as well.  We have decided to stay here another year (we are renters) which is highly unlike me.  I have moved at least once every year for the past 10 years and I moved a lot as a kid too.  It is just in my blood  I guess, after a year I start craving some "newness".  Here are a few of the things I have been doing to appease my nomadic spirit.  I hope you enjoy!

First is the front porch swing.  It was old and had sun-bleached wood (sorry no before pics) so I painted it this lovely yellow!  The color is called "patchouli" and it makes me seriously happy!!  I want to paint everything this color. 

Then there was this hideous seat cover........

I had a really sweet, psychedelic vinyl tablecloth which I simply stitched together to make a really nice slipcover for the pad and viola!
Carol Brady would be so proud, don't you think!?  :) 

The next project was inspired by the jewelry display at one of Free People's new stores in California.  Check it out!

Here's my version, which I used to display my jewelry......even though i don't have that much.

 They were super-easy to make!  I just stapled a piece of vintage fabric to the back of the antique frame and screwed a couple of hooks into the wood of the frame to hang the jewelry on.

I also made the girls a Barbie house out of this old cupboard that was here when we moved in 
 I know it's a gross picture, we took it to show the condition of the floor in the laundry room when we moved in.  The cabinet had some kind of ugly wallpaper decal on it.

so, we cleaned it up and painted it.

I also had to buy a shelf to make it have 2 floors.

Now, keep in mind this is a work in progress.  I still plan to paint the door, some windows and flowers on the outside and then get wallpaper and carpet samples for the inside.  For now, it's functional and still pretty cute.

This brings me to today's project.  I have these antique end tables that were in our living room when I was a kid.  My mom painted them with this dusty, country blue, textured paint.  They're hideous.  In her defense the whole "country-blue/ducks-in-the-kitchen" thing was in back then. 

I had every intention on putting them out in the garage sale until I saw this on Etsy.
cute huh!?
 I can so do that with my tables so......
I put the whole family to work today trying to sand that god-awful blue paint off.
She looks thrilled!  lol!   Seriously, before you call someone about child labor she voluntarily got out of the pool to "help".
After an hour or so of sweating and plenty of sore hands we realized that we really need a power sander.
Sigh. Another unfinished project.......

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Flea Market Finds

Hello! I took a little stroll through Trader Baker's Flea Market here in town yesterday and I can't believe all the treasures I found!  :) This stuff was SUPER cheap too!

These sweet little owl bookends.

This adorable little feller.  I have been wanting a place to hang keys. yay!

Mushroom wall decor

And this one....

Oh!  And the holy grail!!!!  I finally got my booth out of layaway at the antique store yesterday!  :)  A very special thanks to Jacob & Levi for moving it in for me (it was not easy)!  Isn't it just amazing!?

I can't wait to decorate the walls around it.  It's in the laundry/craft/study room for now, until I'm sure my little ones aren't going to destroy it.  

Speaking of my sweet babies, here are a couple of pics of the little "princesses" coloring with markers.  Aren't they just dolls!?  :) 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Polyvore Wednesday

I dabble in polyvore creations from time to time.  Here are some of my favorites for you, full of beautiful vintage pieces as well as inspiring images.  I hope you enjoy them :)

Bo-Bunny Press papers
$0.65 -

3" Red Feather Butterfly for $5.00 Each
$5 -

More shoes »

Vintage Backgrounds - Brilliant Backgrounds

Tree Background

Flying Bird Necklace
$20 -
More necklaces »

Golden Birds Wall Decal by Ineke Hans
$50 -

flock of birds

Teakettle. 57.60 oz.; 9"dia.x9.5"H
$40 -

Love Birds Rug - Shades of Light
$318 -

Topaz, Mucha