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Woodland Fairy Houses

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I've been participating in the Craft Challenge Linky party, Click Here for the July Link-Up.  This months theme was sticks or anything nature related. While camping my little girl and I took a walk to collect fun things to make a fairy house. It would make a nice memento of our camping trip, right? We had a good half a bag loaded up which my husband later mistook for a bag of kindling. ~frowny face~ 
It rained, it poured, mist rolled over the lake we were set up next too, it was COLD! And then night came with more rain and cold. By morning we were ready to go. I didn't even care that most of our fairy house supplies were burnt up, there was no way I was going to hunt for more. 



The dark bark pieces and the mossy-fungusy-whatever-it-is on top of the pinecone roof is about all that made it home. The rest has been scrounged up near our home.
Building Particulars:

 The base of each house is a tin can, which in time will rust and add character.

This roof is an old tea kettle lid.

Cabinet Door, Frames, Old Wood & Fences

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Just a small collection of upcycled and reused materials turned into home decor.
Ok, I just wanna add another link to the Salvaged Wood linky Farmhouse Style Series at Knick of Time. Click over and check it out. 

Fence Pieces to "aged" World Map Display
close ups 
placed on a stair case ledge/picture ledge next to a re-purposed frame
Trashed Frame to Map Display Found this wonderfully sized frame on trash day. I was literally racing ahead of the trash man to get to this curb loaded with goodies.

Anyone else raid neighborhoods on trash day? Ever had someone come outside and question your rummaging? The owner of the house came out and eyed me suspiciously. I asked if I could take her frame and she gave a weird sounding yes, like, why would anyone want that piece of junk?

One corner is dented but that is the only flaw. The best part, it still has the original glass! Score!!!!

Cabinet Door turned Chalkboard

Cabinet door was found at the Restore for $3. The original handles I had b…

Anchor Tote -- Pinterest Inspired

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I am a total Pinterest addict, love it almost as much as my morning cup of coffee. Almost! And recently someone introduced me to Hometalk...how did I not know of this before????? I will bath less just to have time to peruse these sites! So.many.good.ideas!




Kim @ The Kim Six Fix blog inspired this anchor tote. I discovered her version via Pinterest and added it my gift ideas board. Since my sister loves anchors, this seemed like a fun gift to make for her.


Kim told no lies when she said it took forever to wrap the rope around, and around, and around....




The differences between her version and mine is that I used this container instead of a Tidy Cat Litter container. Found it on my weekly Trash-day Treasure Hunting.

Also, I didn't paint the inside since it was white.


Using soap, water, and elbow grease, I removed the sticker so it wouldn't show between the ropes.



Created a handmade stencil from this wooden craft anchor & a macaroni box. It worked like a charm once secured with…

Paint Sticks & "fill in the blank"

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What to do with a box of paint sticks? Like fine wine, they pair nicely with other items to create a visually appealing palate of creative, yet functional, items. Paint Sticks & embroidery hoops + lamp shadeFor awhile now I have wanted to redo these trashed-jug-bedside-lamps, the Mod Podge paper map & book sheets just isn't doing it for me. I think its the dynamics of our room, which is pretty eclectic and super messy. Between the piles of laundry, dusty stacks of books, and random kids pictures taped to the wall, the mismatched paper shades added to the messy look.


In addition to decluttering, its time to add pieces with more substance. (That makes total sense in my head but may not translate well to others.)










So what does a lamp shade with substance look like? From my mind to your eyes: like this.

Inspiration found here, but I am partial to my free version. ~wink, wink~





The first attempt was a fail. Following this tutorial on Hometalk, I, too, found that a drum lampshade wo…