Monday, March 26, 2012

Memo Board - A Quick Little Project

This was my first attempt at making a small memo board.  I used one of the 8 x 10 frames that we sell when we go to the Flea Market.   I bought a roll of the stick-on cork from Hobby Lobby.  I used spray adhesive to put the fabric onto the cork, and stuck the cork onto a thick piece of cardboard cut to fit the frame.  The fabric is just drop cloth with a script transfer.  

This was a quick and easy project since I already had the frame and the fabric ready.

I didn't get any pictures while I was putting it together, but I think I'm going to try a few more of these before we go to the Flea Market again.  I have a scrap of  the Hobby Lobby alphabet fabric left over from my chair covers that I want to try  in  a larger frame.

I'm linking this to Its-A-Cinch at Thistlewood Farm

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Coffee Table Makeover

This coffee table has been in need of a make over for too long.  This was my first furniture purchase from Pottery Barn, many years ago.   Instead of dusting, I had gotten to where I just washed it off with a wet cloth because there were so many rings and sticky places from everyone's drinks and snacks they parked on the table.  It had also become a magnet for old stray magazines underneath.  I painted it with Annie Sloan's French Linen, and waxed with the clear and dark waxes.

My daughter was in elementary school when we bought this table.  Shortly after, she was painting her nails and in an effort to be careful, put a tissue down on the table before placing her polish-remover-soaked cotton balls on it : )  Through the years I just strategically placed a tray or accessories over this spot.  Now that she is a big college girl, this spot seemed pretty sentimental to me.  For a brief moment I hesitated to paint over it.   I seem to cling harder to pictures and memories of my son's and daughter's childhood now that they are "adults".

I took this opportunity to get rid of all the old magazines.  The large tray on the left came from a yard sale, and the stack of metal plates on the right were shared with me by Pam.  I think a friend of her actually found a bunch of these at a yard sale.

The black pitcher came from a yard sale.  The tray on top was purchased several years ago at a consignment store.

The bird came from Linda at .  The keys came from Lorie at , and the candle came from a vendor at the Vintage Market Place, but I can't remember the name of their business.  I love that so many of my things have a face or story behind them.

I'm linking this to Feathered Nest Friday  at French Country Cottage and Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Sign And A Find

A couple of weeks ago I made this sign using an old cutting board.  I had previously painted the board black and used it when putting out hot dishes on the island or counter top.  When I ordered this French grain sack stencil, I was hoping it would be a good match for this board.

Over the past weekend, Pam and I took a trip to Alabama to visit our Dad.  I found this vintage baby scale at a cute little store in Haleyville.   I wasn't sure just where I was going to put it, but this spot caught my eye as soon as I brought it in from the car.

Love the colors and rust :)

When making my sign, I heavily distressed the paint, then waxed with clear and dark wax.  I added the burlap ribbon because I first thought about hanging it.  

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I'm linking this to Cedarhill Ranch Cowgirl-up-linky-party

Saturday, March 10, 2012

French Grain Sacks DIY Style

Authentic vintage grain sacks can be pricey.   Many times there are holes or stains and they are better used in pieces rather than whole.   At least the ones in my price range are.   So, I decided I would create some of my own.

I recently ordered a French grain sack stencil with these burlap bags in mind.  I bought these at Tractor Supply.  I've found that the types of bags they have can vary quite a bit.  The one in the top picture is a tighter weave and a bit thicker than the others.  This is by far my favorite kind.  Unfortunately when I went back this week, all the bags were a looser weave with a purple stripe at the top.

The bag in this second picture is the kind I've found there most often.  It is a looser weave.  I actually washed this one in the washing machine, just to see what happened.  I let it air dry and then pressed it a bit with a warm iron.  It is certainly softer after washing, and surprisingly held up well.

I just tied a bow with some burlap ribbon and pinned to the top of this bag.  All three bags were made with the same stencil.  I just used different parts of the stencil each time, since it was a large and intricate design. 

Next I plan to sew some bags from drop cloth fabric and try the stencil and also my favorite citrasolv transfer method.

I'm linking this to Inspiration Friday  At The Picket Fence and Happy Hour Projects.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hankering For Spring

With thoughts of Spring on my mind, I've had a real hankering for green and flowers.  Lucky for me single stems are half off at Hobby Lobby this week.  Good thing, because the large flowers are regularly priced at $10 each.  The "filler" pieces I bought were  $4 at full price.

It was really hard to decide, without breaking the bank that is.

They also had the script flowers that I've been seeing on blogs lately.  I even had a green one in my cart at one point, but put it back later.  

I'm also enjoying having a white room to use as a back drop for my photos.  Can you tell?

These particular flowers just spoke to me.  I love the combination of green and white.

My dilemma now is to decide which room to put the flowers in.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

How Pam Gets A Sofa

Pam is always adding new vintage finds to her home.  Most of her acquisitions come from thrift stores.  These are some great old suit cases and a train case she recently bought.  But, a few months back she got a sofa and matching chairs in a somewhat unusual way, so I wanted to share a funny story.

Pam has been wanting a sofa/settee like this for quite a while.  All of the ones we have run across so far have either been a bit pricey, or in need of much repair, or both.  

One Sunday afternoon, Pam and her buddy Keith (who is our best helper at flea market) were leaving the grocery store parking lot near her house.  As they were about to pull out, a truck with this sofa and 2 matching chairs pulled in.  Keith, who was fully aware of Pam's vintage sofa obsession, didn't have to offer much encouragement for Pam to turn around and follow the truck.

They pulled up beside the truck and asked the couple just what was the fate of this furniture.  They explained that it had belonged to one of the grandmothers, but had been setting in a consignment store for a few months. They had just picked it up at the consignment store and had given up on finding a buyer.  Pam quickly let them know that she wanted this furniture.  It often works to Pam's advantage that she usually doesn't hesitate to say what is on her mind.  When the couple asked what she was willing to pay, she told them she had just made $60 at a yard sale and that was all the cash she had on her.  I guess they really were tired of hauling this around, because they sold the whole set to her for $60. 

This is the part I find most amusing. Wanting to close the deal quickly, Pam and Keith took the furniture off the truck in the grocery store parking lot.  Since neither Pam nor Keith have a truck, their plan was to sit on the furniture, outside the grocery store, to keep it secure until they could find a friend with a truck to come move it to Pam's house.  And they did just that.  They started calling friends and family with trucks and found someone to take it to its new home. If you know my sister well, this scenario really isn't all that surprising. So, if you happen to be out grocery shopping one day and notice people sitting on fine furniture in the middle of the parking lot, you could assume they found a too-good-to-pass-up deal on some furniture.  If you are in the Nashville area and see this, you could assume that it is Pam.

It is in great condition.  Pam just painted the wood black.

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