Tag: craft

farmhouse basket

great farmhouse basket and “zen” birdbath

Hit some garage sales again. Thought I’d share some treasures with you.

This is a wonderful old wooden basket I bought for fifty cents. Funny thing, though. I now have two of them and have no idea where I got the second one. I lightly sprayed it with whatever white paint I could find. Then I used a black marker to spruce up the wire handle.




This is the only kind of dog I will ever have in my home. No pooping, no barking, no biting, no shedding, no chewing. He was $3.00 but I talked the seller into $2.00 because his right front leg was cracked. Wouldn’t you know I cracked it some more when I took it out of the trunk. So I took tissue paper and white glue and made a kind of “cast”. Then I painted over his leg and all is well. He goes great with my new shabby chic living room.


This next picture is perhaps my favorite “find” so far. The base is from a birdbath. Cost: $2.00. The tray is metal and has one missing “leg.”  What to do with this tray? Bingo. Went outside and stuck in on the pedestal base.

Cost of the birdbath? Only $2.00 for the pedestal base.

I placed a rock on it for butterflies. It has a real “zen” feel, don’t you think?

I just love it when I have days like today when all the creative juices are a firin’.



God bless and have a good day.

antique frames

A simple Diy using an old picture frame and wallpaper

I thought I would share a couple of my favorite DIYs over the next couple of weeks.

This one was ridiculously simple and cheap and yet really accomplished what I wanted it to.

We had recently repainted a guest bedroom and I had a blank wall. I needed something to fill it and I wanted it simple and clean.

I love wallpaper samples and wallpaper books. It’s hard to come by them anymore but I happened to have some scraps on hand. I can’t even tell you how I came up with the birds. And I knew I wanted just one single item.

I had purchased these frames a few weeks earlier because I loved the frames. They are a beautiful deep gold and very well made. But I hated the picture.

antique frames


I decided on birds, one per picture. I had metallic wallpaper and because there was only going to be one bird per picture, I wanted them to really take center stage. So I cut out a bird shape and a wing shape. Easy, peasy.

antique frames


I had some off-white tag board. I played around with the placement and came up with this.


This is bird number two. Then I drew in the feet.

Here is one in the frame.


And finally in the bedroom. They really added a nice touch and I love the simplicity of them.

bird pictures


Here they are in the bedroom. They just “work” don’t they? Did you ever decorate a room and not feel you had to ever change it again? Well, this is that room. I did this three years ago and haven’t changed a thing. Yea. It’s probably the only room in the house that I’ve left alone this long.

guest bedroom

DIY/magazine paper fun

In case you don’t know, I love paper. I love tearing it, pasting it, cutting it, and of course, buying it.


We were at the cabin and I had to create something. It was one of those days when I needed to be distracted.

Instructions for the pinwheels can be found all over Pinterest or you can go to my Pinterest page labeled “paper projects”. I used magazine pages although I’ve made them from scrapbook paper as well.

But I haven’t seen any projects on Pinterest where the two projects have been combined.

I’m considering making a garland for the bunkhouse, maybe with lights poking through the middle. Would be cute don’t you think?



At this point, you could glue a round mirror on top.





As you can see there are some imperfect folds. Just keep creasing them with your fingers and they kind of correct themselves.



“He will cover you with his wings”

bird painting

bird painting

I like to “collage” which means using paper, paint, and lots of others things  to create a painting. It tickles my fancy ’cause I get to play with paper, (my fav), paint, (another fav), and glue. Plus, I can hide a lot of mistakes.

Anyway, I will show close-ups for you to get a better idea of what I did. I’m showing the picture framed in black because this is how I framed it in the beginning. As you will see, I re-framed it in white. The black seemed too stark and then the black words in the pictures seemed to “jump out” at the viewer. You’ll have to let me know what you think. Black or white?

collage, artwork

collage, artwork

This picture shows the tissue paper layer.



More collage on the bird and some paint. As you can see, I used some print paper. I think it was a newspaper. I painted the stripes on the wing. I have no idea how this painting even started. I just kept adding till I liked it. I’m always re-working my artwork. Take it right off the wall and play around with it but I think I’m actually done with it.




More tissue paper for the ground. I wrinkled it and then dry brushed on top. Here’s a close-up of the tail.




I was able to get that “O” to stay glued down.




Here’s a close-up of the frame. I dry brushed it in white and then rubbed off paint where I wanted more gold to show through.




The final result. This “bird: has been just about everywhere in the living room and dining room. It reminds me that God does, indeed, “cover me with his wings.” I need to be reminded often.




Why don’t you try a collage today? It’s almost impossible to screw up and they’re lots of fun.

God bless and have a good day.

mason jars

Le me entertain you/mason jar extravaganza

I fell in love with all the glass and mason jar projects out on Pinterest this year. You could say I went slightly overboard-to the point of painting and decorating about  forty jars. I mean once I got going, there was no stopping me.

By the way, did you know mason jars even come in a gallon size? I couldn’t believe it when I found them at one of our local big box hardware stores here in Michigan. (Menard’s)

The grey jars you will see first were made for my daughter to go with an antique stool I re-purposed for her.

Her bathroom is painted a “warm” yellow. Floor is grey so these jars were meant to coordinate with the stool and the wall color. I had a last minute happy surprise when painting these particular jars. Wouldn’t you know they were the last ones I had to do?

Here’s what happened. You might want to try this yourself.  I didn’t take pictures because I never expected this would happen.

After I spray painted the jars in metallic paint and then painted over that with chalk paint. Imagine my surprise when the two paints reacted to each other way they did.

Oh, I can just see all the projects in my future. 🙂

(I should tell you that I make my own chalk paint using either calcium carbonate or in this case plaster of paris. I mixed this particular color with a heavy concentration of the plaster of paris. No, I have no “recipe’. I experimented a great deal over the holidays with various combinations. But it seems the heavier I make the paint the better I like it. It sands off beautifully.)

The bows are off more to the side of the jar than the picture shows.

So without further ado———-Here’s the first slide show of the grey jars. (By the way, this is my first slide show. So proud of myself. Make sure you go to the end of the post. There are a number of slide shows. I went kind of wild with my new skill.)

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This is the stool. I forgot to take picture of the stool painted yellow. You’ll just have to imagine it.

The picture below is not good. Anyway, I sanded off the grey to reveal the yellow underneath. It really is yellow peeking through the grey. I also added pallet boards to make another shelf. Forgot to take a picture of that part.

IMG_9034 Here’s a top view. The yellow isn’t showing up  but it is yellow. I also added a pallet board shelf. I forgot to take a picture.

Below is slide show of the many mason and other jars I fashioned for presents. The first set of vases were clear vases that I painted inside and out with black chalk paint. Then I painted two coats of white chalk paint. Finally, I did a lot of sanding. The black velvet ribbon and the jewelry really sets them off.

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Here’s more!!!!! Most of these are painted black first then white. The littlest one is just white. All our distressed.

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This first picture are three wine bottles spray painted red and then distressed. The second jar is painted with red chalk paint, sanded back and then a layer of modge podge for durability.

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The final jars.

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