Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Decorating the Porch for Independence Day

I haven't done a lot of decorating for the 4th, but I did get a wreath made for the front door.

I used a wreath form, mesh ribbon, and burlap ribbon pieces to make this.  I probably have $8.00 worth of supplies in it, but I already had all of it, so nothing new was purchased.

Next, I filled this small tote with red, white, and blue flowers that I already had, and placed it on the table between the rockers on the porch.

I found this sign a couple of years ago at consignment, I think.

 I placed small flags in the pots next to the concrete bench near the front door.

Not easy to see, but the flag hangs in the side yard on the electrical pole.

 Our ferns have looked so good this summer.  I usually don't have good luck with them.  The secret for us has been to water late EVERY evening.  They have thrived!!

This red, white, and blue basket holds citronella candles.  This little area always gets a fabulous breeze, so we sit on the side porch a lot.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!!  Let's all cherish our freedom!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Picture Frame and Stool Makeover

We all know that paint can hide a multitude of sins!  I bought this wonderful rose picture at the consignment shop when I bought the hall tree (see previous post).  

Don't get me wrong, I love the distressed look, but this frame was just a little to dark for my taste.  I've bought some Waverly chalk paint at Wal Mart, and I really like its coverage.  So this is how the frame looks now.

I painted the outer edge with white, then the inner part with pink (Ballet Slippers), and I left the most inner section white with gold.  Love it now!!  It still has the shabby chic look that's in my sunroom, but it has a cleaner look.

I know, it was on the hall tree, now in the sunroom.  You know I can't leave anything alone!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Best Bargain Ever!!!

I'm still pinching myself to see if it's true!!  I bought the MOST. WONDERFUL. halltree today at the Hen's Nest Consignment Shop!!   I really do need to stay out of there, but I would have never forgiven myself if I hadn't bought this beautiful piece!

I first saw this piece a couple of months ago when it was priced at $225.00.  The price wasn't that much really, but I'm very cheap frugal, and couldn't make myself spend that amount!

A couple weeks ago, it went to $125.00, and I still passed it up, even though I visited it everytime I went to the shop.

Yesterday, I saw it on their FaceBook page for........$89.99!!!!!   Yes, that's right, $89.99!  I just knew it would be gone before I could get there, but my daughter and granddaughters and I went down this morning, and drove the truck, "just in case".

It was still there, so it was a sign, y'all, it was to come home with me!  While I was making up my mind for sure, a lady called wanting it!!  No way, so I told the owner, "I'm buying it"!!    I'm so excited!!

I've had a table in my foyer ever since we built the house....now I have a hall tree!!


This table now resides beside my bed to hold my cpap, and all the paraphenalia!!

In its place........

I am so happy with this!  It's the very first thing you see when you enter the front door!  So much better than the table, and it fits the narrow wall perfectly!!  

I also bought the picture on it.  

This was only $14.99.

This shows the bottom of the hall tree.  Isn't it pretty?  It looks like there is a drawer, but it is just a drawer front.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Found: A New Hobby

It all started with this wonderful runner I found at Hen's Nest.

Notice anything about it?  

It isn't embroideried, but has the pattern stamped on it! All that was finished was the crocheted trim around the edge.

Last weekend, I decided I would embroider it!  I made a list of the colors of embroidery floss I needed and picked that up at Wal Mart.

I worked on it a few hours for a couple of days, and finished it.

I haven't been taught to embroidery, but just did it the way I thought it should be done, and I'm satisfied with that.

Know what I learned?  I learned that I like doing embroidery!!  So........ I bought a set of stamped pillow cases, and am busy with those now.

Here is a peek at the first one, not yet finished.

The pillow case design is more complicated than the runner was. The stitching was much simpler on it, mostly straight lines.  The butterfly design has curvy lines, and uses various colors on each part of the pattern.

 The butterfly above is the first one I did on this pillow case. 

My stitching improved by the time I did this butterfly.  I know the stems on the leaves are not outlined like they should be but I wanted them  this way, so that's what I did.  I'm still trying to make a french knot correctly.  I've watched the You Tube demonstration over and over.   Sometimes they turn out right, sometimes they don't, and that's allright too.  I'm enjoying the process, and learning as I go. I'm going to buy some white floss, and fill in the white areas.  I should finish this one today or tomorrow, then I'll start the other pillow case.  Once the pillow cases are laundered, the stamped on design will wash out, and won't show.

I've found a new hobby that I enjoy!!  Do you do any type of needle work?

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shabby Chic Makeover

I bought this chair at a moving sale some time back for $15.00.  I love the engraving on it, and the needlepoint seat, but still, it was looking so tired and drab.  It cost so little, I knew it would be alright to paint it.  I have a bottle of Chalk Paint that is called Ballet Slippers. It's pink as you would expect.

Early yesterday morning, I decided a quick project was in order, so I placed an old towel underneath the chair, and got busy.

I removed the seat, and started painting.  First, I painted the pieces across the back white, being sure to not paint so heavy that the engraved area would be covered too much.

Then I painted the remainder of the chair in pink, and left it to dry.   My daughter, granddaughters and I went shopping, so I picked up 3/4 yards of this lovely fabric at Joann's for $2.25.  The pink in the fabric works well with the paint, and the teal color is the same as the walls in this room.

I sanded fairly heavily in places, and covered the seat, and completed this project quickly.



Figuring for the paint, and the amount of the fabric I used, I probably have less than $2.00 in this makeover.

I like it's sassy new look.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Simple Changes in the Guest Bath

I found a shower curtain at the consignment shop, and remembered that I already had towels and rugs that would go with it. I bought it for an easy update for the guest bath.  It's so important to have the guest bath clean and supplied with items a guest might need.

Pardon the IPhone photos, my camera wasn't charged. The flowers are purple, and a medium lavender with green on a cream background.

These are the rugs and towels that I already had. 

         2 of these rugs


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Little (Lot) of Retail Therapy

I've had some time to myself recently, so a little shopping was in order.  I showed you the bedding I bought for $33.00.  I also bought sofa and loveseat slipcovers. I had grown tired of the drop cloth covers I made.  I knew about all the mistakes, and just couldn't get past that, so after a couple of months, I packed them up.  At some point, I might make some corrections to them and use them again.  I picked up the stretch slip covers from Wal Mart.  They only had taupe to choose from, but at least they cover the worn areas of my furniture, and fit fairly well after some adjustments where I sewed the arm sections by hand to make them fit.

I would have liked a sage green color, but none available.

I also got this pillow.  I saw it a few days ago, and couldn't get it out of my head, so I went back and got it to go on the guest bed.

It's a Wal Mart find (BHG), but it reminds me of the high end pillows we see on some of the blogs.  Mine:  $13.++

Consignment finds from Queen of Hearts:

Love this tray:  $14.00

I'm collecting plates with pink roses for above the windows in the sun room, $7.00.
This lantern holds a candle.  It will probably get a paint job soon.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Decorating with Plates

My sunroom is my shabby chic room.  I showed you here where I updated the room for $6.00 worth of fabric I found at the consignment shop.  I was able to do so many things with that piece of fabric.

In keeping with the pink/shabby chic look, I decided to hang various plates above the windows in the sun room.  Any plate with pink roses, is fair game for a spot above the windows.

 This lovely platter was found at an antique shop for $5.00.  

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