Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Gifts & Ornaments for $10 or Less Blog Hop # 4 and Hilights from Last week


I am so excited to share some of the links that were Linked up last week. I have truly gotten a lot of ideas and inspiration along with some great instructions and tutorials on how to achieve them!

My first choice I had to go with the Glittering Musical Ornament from Salt Tree. I think the idea of reusing a music box you have found in an old unwanted object, and reusing it in something to have on your tree year after year! And who doesn't love the prospect of using Mod Podge and Glitter?!


LOVE this!!

Next up is the adorable Melted Snowman Tutorial from Flexible Dreams. I have a soft spot for Snowmen, having collected them for so long. I am going to make gift tags with them as well as share them with my Girl Scout Troop, I CAN NOT WAIT! The tutorial looks soooo easy!



This week I am sneaking in another pick because I love this one so much too!! It is the Anthropology Inspired Brushed Lace Cardigan from Two Butterflies! Since I have just ventured into the sewing world recently, I can appreciate this so much more! I love when someone can just look at an object and say 'I can make that' cause it usually turns out better as is the case with this one!!


 I have had so much fun hosting this with Mandy over at the Project Queen! If you haven't checked out her blog, you need to. She is so very talented and one of my first real Blogging friend!!
Here are her top pics for the party!





Now for Mandy from the Project Queen!

Stevie from Garden Therapy shared how to make these amazing Beeswax Flower Mason Jar Candles.
I would LOVE to receive a gift like this. I have always been a bit intimidated about making candles, but after reading Stevie's tutorial I think I could do it!
Brandy from Gluesticks shared with us how to make Etched Gift Jars.
I think these are so cute. I was always looking for something to do for teachers (when my kids were little). Especially something they could use over and over again.
I'm picking a third feature because Bonnie did (although my reasoning isn't as good as her's...ha!).
Shirley from These Moments of Mine made this adorable Embroider Hoop Ornament. I just love this!

Think of the possibilities with these! You could paint the hoop, add different embellishments, AND different fabric. Great job Shirley!
So Link up you new ornament or gifts you have been working on that are $10 or less!
They could even be from last year!
Here are the rules:
1. No Etsy shops or business giveaways.
2. Please only link up handmade ORNAMENTS or a handmade GIFT you would give someone for a Christmas gift that would only cost $10 or less.
3/  Please visit at least 2 others who have taken time to link up!

So here we go, #4!


my dirty little secret


I have a confession I am making in the hopes that once I am exposed I can 
move forward and finally take care of my problem.

It's my Master Bathroom. 
I have neglected it for far too long, having moved to this house almost 8 years ago and I have YET to decorate it. Or organize it. Some will say, well that is nothing, some people don't get around to decorating any rooms. But I am not some people. I have redone my bedroom 3 times since moving here.And rearranged furniture in my home at least 400 times. It is what I do. But my master bath is so, uhm, blah, and is riddled with so many angles and different ceiling heights, it makes me dizzy just to think about it. 

Are you ready for some photos? Don't judge, K?
It is a little bit of builders beige mixed with a blood bath. Think I am joking, read on.


Oh, that's not so bad huh?
That red accent wall behind the sinks is kinda pretty right? I can''t remember the name of it and am too lazy to go down stairs to look at the paint can. It was some type of Berry. Or wine. From Behr. But just wait. First I will talk about the basic, builder grade vanity with cheap cheap cheap wood doors. I mean they have 2 doors on each side. No drawers. HATE it. There is no shelving or anything under the sink. Just 4 big holes. The medicine cabinet we installed. Too cheap to even have a medicine cabinet in the bathroom. In ANY of the bathrooms. The only things we have replaced are the faucets, light fixtures and the handles on the doors of the vanity. The closed door behind the sinks is the closet. IN the bathroom. Yeah, not sure what the architect was thinking when he designed this house.


Do you like my display of products? Always out to collect the dust. Now in my salon 
I have my products out all the time, but this is NOT my salon. 


But there is no room under the sinks (for now) and no room in the medicine cabinet.


And how about those cultured marble sinks? We live in an area where the water is so hard, you would have to clean your sinks everyday to keep the lime scale from building up. All that around the drain is discoloration of the metal when I let a cleaner sit over night to remove it. Well it removed it alright.


The only redeeming quality about the handles on the vanity is that they now
match the faucet and the lights above the mirror.


To the left of the sinks is a wall my daughter decided needed a little bit of pizzaz. And a few finger prints thrown in for good measure. Think I could have cleaned the walls? It's not like I have never wiped down the front of the vanity, the sinks and mirrors, why skip the walls? Ewwww


Here is the medicine cabinet we installed when we moved in only it sticks out pretty far. And the door 
swings the other way, not very convenient. This will be going in the kids bath and we have a newer one waiting in the wings.


One day I noticed a stain around the light socket. And a small one around one of the 
light fixtures. Apparently we had a leak near our chimney which is actually behind this 
mirror. We had that fixed. Did we repaint? Nope.


We still have child proof locks on the cabinet that only make it harder for us to get to them. Our son is plenty 
old enough that we have removed all the other safety locks except for these. Why? Too lazy.


The light fixtures like I said are newer. Filled with compact florescent bulbs that go out ALL the time, not the  10 years they say they do. HA! What a joke. My husband says now the new 'thing' is the LED lights. I wonder how long they will be the 'new, energy saving, best to buy for the environment' before they start burning out too. If you are thinking maybe it is the light fixture that had a small 'water'stain on it that may be causing the problem, we have the same issue with the CFL's all over the house.


I can't believe I am showing you under my sinks. how embarrassing this is!
I think it is easy to just shove stuff our of the way when you don't have any pride in your room. (and those baby locks help hold back all the 'stuff')


More unorganized mess.


Like my futile attempt at storage solutions using old shoe boxes? 
Man, we have a lot of vitamins under this cabinet!


Just sayin...


Yep, there is carpet in the bathroom. Not much else is as gross as carpet in the bathroom. I bought these throw rugs in an attempt to brighten up the beige carpet. Didn't work.


This picture is kinda blurry, but you get the idea. That is stained carpet in the corner. Stained because the previous owners apparently never changed the air filters during the winter. I spent a ton of money the first year we lived here trying to get anyone who could get rid of the dirty edges. After the 3rd Carpet cleaners fessed up and said you could eat off my carpets, but the stains were there for good.



We bought Bamboo flooring for the bathroom about 6 years ago and it is still in our closet, where we left it. 
I don't think time is an issue, cause who could not have found the time in 6 years? We happen to have a corner tub that has a curve to it that the thought of cutting flooring for seems a little intimidating. And I have not pushed the issue. 



Behind the sinks we have a nice accent wall. The towel  bar will be replaced. This one is 
ceramic  (with a nice plastic bar in between) and really made to be installed in tiled bathrooms.


Looks pretty good until you look further and it appears to be splattered blood. My poor husband worked so hard on this wall, all 8 vertical feet of it. MANY coats of red later, lets just say he started to get a little sloppy.
 Did we touch up the blood stains or leave em? Your looking at them aren't you?


The tub is so uninviting to me that I have just let the kids claim it as their own.
Even my poor plant looks miserable. Apparently it has taken a bath with the kids a few times too!


The curtain rod (Lowe's) and the curtain ($3 at a thrift store, and I LOVE it) were added in late summer. 
The curtain is a tone on tone cream Damask and there was only one curtain. I bought it figuring if it didn't 
fit, I could find something else to do with it. There used to be a buttery yellow valance here. The window does have a shade but we rarely use, it. We back up to woods, so we already have privacy.


Next to the tub is the shower. My only complaint is the shower head. I wish it had stronger water pressure.
And that the shower fairy would clean it more often.


Then there is the toilet area. It is so monochromatic and not in a good way!
I painted the cabinet above the toilet that used to be 'golden oak' white this summer, knowing 
the walls were going darker at some point. Or COLOR at the very least.


It is also the only area where there is flooring other than carpet in the bathroom.
BORING beige walls. Boring beige floor.


The same big clunky ceramic toilet paper roll holder is in here as the other 2 bathrooms.



So now you know. 
I am ashamed that it looks like no one has cared WHAT it looks like.
Well no more. For weeks I have been plotting and planning my mode of attack. 
Here are my plans.

I am still not sure about the red, if I should just repaint the trim and leave it or cover it and forget 
it ever happened. The bedroom is a beautiful medium beige and I was thinking of going a shade 
or two darker than that.


Here is the bedroom just off the bathroom so you can get a feel for the color. It is in the middle of being redone, but I am much further along with it than the bath.

I have been keeping an eye out for a used 72" vanity. Anything will be a step up from what we have. Something with drawers in the center would be ideal. Either way I will be painting it. Not sure If I will use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White on it or a dark Chocolate or black.  They will also be cleaned and organized, if not a newer vanity, then some shelves installed in this one.The hardware will also be turned to Oil Rubbed Bronze. The faucets will have to be new, unless you know of a way to make ORB spray paint permanent on metal. The light fixtures above the sink will get a coat of ORB but the fixture over the toilet will be replaced with something a little more up to date.
If I find a nicer sink top, I will get one, but if not, these sinks although are 'faux' marble, are just fine. I will also be adding trim to the mirror and that will be painted ORB as well.
I bought a newer medicine cabinet at The Habitat Restore that I will paint.It will be recessed in too the wall.
I also got a towel bar and a toilet paper roll holder there for next to nothing. Good old spray paint will keep all the metals in the bathroom the same. 
The tub wall will be getting a large beautiful decorative mirror and a few shelves to display some pretty's on. Gonna take back that area from the kids and make it a little more calming and relaxing, as a bath should be!
Some art on the walls and comfy rugs on the floor will bring this bath up to the 21st century. If I have missed anything or you can think of some different suggestions, by all means speak up!!

Whew!
I feel a whole lot lighter now that I got THAT out into the open. 
Do you have any dirty little secrets YOU would like to share??

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

thrifting

I have gone thrifting some in the last 2 weeks and wanted to share with you some of the 
things I have been finding.


This trip consisted of Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and Habitat Restore in down town St. Louis.


I bought a large creme table cloth, a few new white candles, a green Styrofoam 
wreath and some thick thread. Not sure what t is called, twine? It is thicker than thread, but thinner than yarn. Anyone,anyone...


I got a few more clear vases for some of my sweater candle holders and a number of Antique books.
Also2 Pyrex ramekins. I put side dishes or fruit in them all the time for my kids.


This pillow was $.50 and I bought it to use the stuffing out of, but when I got it home I realized it only needed the seam to be sewn back up, so I will just keep it. It is a silk Shantung pillow, just my colors, can't beat that!


I love old Children's books!! This one at Goodwill was $.75.


I got 4 tiles from the Habitat Restore to do a coaster project with and the 
crystal swag for decorating Christmas.


I picked up 4 old ornaments, and a Nancy Drew book for Morgan. I hear she will be getting some of these for Christmas and this one was only $.25 at Goodwill.


I love this ruffled linen shade. I am not crazy about the pearls, and am on the lookout 
for something to replace or cover them with. It is am older shade in perfect condition!


Baskets, baskets, baskets. I love unusual shapes and colors. The large one on the left is a tall apple basket I paid a quarter for at the Habitat Restore, the little red one I couldn't resist for $1with those adorable bells on it and the pale green was also $1.


The glass candle plate and a hurricane will be glued together to make a pedestal. The little flocked tree will go with my tree collection and the red bandanna will be used in Wyatt's cowboy room somehow.


I got these door knob plates at the Habitat Restore for a quarter a piece. I have no idea 
what I will use them for, but I will think of something, I think they are very cool. I also got a flat iron travel case for when i go off site to do hair.


This is what I got this week. The little penguin in the back is my favorite find of the week!! Can't wait to decorate with him. I also bought 2 sets of crystal candle sticks and one tall glass candle stick for a fatter candle. I bought a vintage box of tinsle and an ugly straw wreath I will make into something else.
Also a brand new red candle and a silver stocking holder. 


A few inexpensive ornaments. A glass star, 2 antique ones, one with paint swirled inside 
and a wooden horse one I have big plans for. I bout the basket in the background which is a smaller version of the large apple basket and this one has a handle. I stuffed it full of newspaper and then put in the bag of pine cones I also bought and it will sit on my fireplace hearth. I may dip some in candle wax to use as fire starters for the fireplace.

All in all, a successful 2 weeks of thrifting. I did not break the bank and I am helping out 
with the reuse of all these things that someone grew tired of. 


I also got a wreath with grape leaves and silver bells. Then I picked up the gold bells and one red one for a quarter each. The gold ones wil get prayed with a silver mirror finish spray paint.


I got an elastic ribbon that is usually made for baskets, but I put it on my cable knit sweater 
pillow I made to give it a little more Christmas feel to it.


And lastly I had to grab a few more sweaters, I need more stockings and some pillows, I bought 
the hat to use as embellishments on them. I bought some more inexpensive pillows to use the stuffing out of.The antique hand stitched pillow case will go in my spring pile, to be determined what to do with it later.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

vintage Turquoise mirror

I had an opportunity to buy a 3'X4' gold vintage mirror. I knew exactly what
I was going to do with it and who I was going to gift it to.


I bought the mirror for $25. It was left over from an Estate sale that no one wanted!


The finish on it was already soooo pretty, it was really hard for me to cover it.


But I knew it was going to look fantastic when I was finished spraying it with a Turquoise
spray paint and a really high gloss finish.


For some strange reason the color that is showing up in photos in not the actual color.


The color is a deeper Turquoise called Lagoon by Rustoleum.


The details on the mirror frame are so wonderful!


I even brought it to my salon studio to see if it would photograph better
against some green/blue turquoise walls.


It looks so bright blue in this photo, but it really is the color of the spray paint can below!


It is going to be shipped to New York for my sons girlfriend in their apartment. She will hang it near her vanity and I think this mirror will be right at home in a NY city apartment!!

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