I've been busy!!!! I find myself not posting so often anymore as I post regularly on my private family blog. But I love sharing and getting ideas in blog land so here we go............
Do you remember this wood frame I picked up at Goodwill for $2.50?!!! It now looks like....
.....this. I saw something similar to this over at Joys of Home and I loved it. So I got online and printed out a large B (for our last name) and also printed an olive branch. Then I taped the paper to the window and taped the burlap over top and traced around everything with a black Sharpie. I used a small black paint brush and filled in the rest with paint. I painted the frame black and roughed up the edges and I coudn't be happier with the way it turned out!!!!
Next transformation is this recipe holder I turned into a mail holder for my desk. I sanded it down and painted it black. Then I cut out some cute scrapbook paper for the front and sides and mod podged it on. It now sits proudly on my desk and holds my mail.
I hit the jackpot a couple weeks ago at a christian thriftstore. I saw these two Christmas deer and made a run for them. This particular store is a bit overpriced and I thought they would have some outrageous price on them. I was pleased to see the $3.99 tag on each. I snagged them up quickly. I love the antlers and especially the bells. They are around 2 feet tall. I can't wait to put them up at Christmas time.
I also found this Waverly Garden Room valance for $1.99. I absolutely love this print.
This table reversible table runner was also $1.99 and is similar to the waverly print. I also got two place mats that match for 25 cents each.
Remember this 8 x 10 shabby picture frame I picked up for $1. It was from Target and brand new. I whipped up this embroidery a couple nights ago and it fits nicely in my frame. The little fall flower bouquet I picked up for $1 and the pumpkins were 25 cents each at my local thrift store.
O K. Now for the big project I've been working on. I'm kind of embarrassed to show the next picture. I think everyone has a place where things accumulate (I'm hoping so anyway). Ours is the desk in the dining room. It doesn't matter how often I clean and sort and purge. It always ends up a mess. It is the dumping grounds for mail, contents of the kids backpacks (papers, papers, and more papers), and all sorts of stuff. We haven't used that desk top computer for ages. It doesn't work for high speed internet and it is 8 years old. It just sits there taking up valuable space. The printer lies buried in a mountain of debre.
This huge junk pile sat next to my display of milk glass and did it no justice at all. Well, a couple weeks ago we moved the desk into the new family room and this mess now looks like...............
.........this. Notice my cute mail holder on the desk doing its job.
So what happened to the void where the desk used to be??? The buffet which was on a different wall in the dining room was moved into the cubby where the desk stood. So she moved from here to........
...............here. And my biggest project this month was building these copy cat cafe shelves from the Ballard Designs catalog. I did have the hubby help me with this one.
Every single thing on these shelves was bought second hand for very little.
After a week I decided to fall-ify the buffet. I was getting kind of tierd of the toile runner on the buffet so I purchased a piece of burlap from Walmart and made a runner. I love the rustic-ness of it (is that a word). Remember the $3 birdcage I found a few weeks back. I have always wanted a black crow for Halloween and I finally broke down and got one at Michaels last week for $4 (normally $10). So here she sits in the bird cage atop a pumpkin. The little haunted house was 50 cents, the candle holders $1 each, and the berry vine (I got two of these) 75 cents all at Goodwill. And the best part is the buffet - she really loves her new look.
And the wall where the buffet used to be I'm still working on.
But I will tell you the gold picture frames are no more. So you'll just have to wait.