Sunday, September 18, 2016

Rusty Coil Creations

My kids can groan, whine, and cross their arms in silent protest (my personal favorite because its QUIET), but this momma is gonna treasure hunt on trash day. Money doesn't grow on trees children, but with some elbow grease and imagination you can make money pop out of a garbage can. Life lesson my little monkey brain babies.

While on such a "life lesson" trip I found a perfectly rusty and intact crib mattress leaned up next to a trash can. MINE! Perfect rusty goodness that I promptly disassembled, oh how it hurt my hands, and set out right away to create items for my booth.

 I thought these would be a bit more popular but I overestimated the zeal an average person has for rusty coils. Apparently not everyone appreciates these; their loss, my gain.

This wreath was inspired by Becky at

 I have no clue what this mess of wire and coils is. It was found near a dumpster. I do love the rusty coil pieces. They were a perfect addition to a coil "wind chime," it doesn't make any noise, but it sure is cute. 

Some simple tea light lanterns. The coiled length used as a hanger is from the same mattress. So far I haven't tossed out any part of the mattress, all the pieces seem usable. My favorite kind of trash to treasure! 

This tree branch was stained in special walnut which looked great when it was in my backyard in full sunlight. Inside the booth is looks too dark. Maybe painting it turquoise to add more color? Even after adding the leaf garland it still seems too dark. I was hoping for something more bold and eye catching. 

And last but not least: 

A simple garland made from Dollar Store leaves, twine, and coils. 

That's it so far. I have another wreath in the works and several more ideas brewing in my mind. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Faux Cotton Stem Wreath

Anyone else in love with Fixer Upper and the Magnolia style? I am, but my wallet isn't. I really wanted some cotton ball stems without going out of my meager decorating budget, so I made my own thanks to this awesome tutorial @
Not too bad with just cotton balls, pine cones, glue, and sticks. I'm sold. 
And it was a fun project to make while watching tv. 

For a while the stems sat in a vase on the mantel, but that got old. With the change of seasons I get the urge to shake things up decor wise. 

Nearly every fall I dig out this wreath and do something different to it. Originally it looked like this, with homemade scrap fabric flowers. Last year I added a scarecrow among the flowers but forgot to take a picture. 
This year I was a bit over the orange and wanted to embrace my love of every turquoise hue. Its still early in the "fall" season, so orange may be added later...who knows. I usually decorate on a whim. 

 (ignore the discolored spot on the door. the adhesive door hanger fell off and all new ones refuse to stick. the hoa is set to paint soon (ish) and then I'll have an all white door with no spot.)

Currently I'm a big fan of chalkboards with turquoise or teal accents. While decorating my home I have to consciously remind myself to add a bit of other color. And the kids' toys tossed around do not count, although it is very very colorful! lol 

Honestly, I would love to have more cotton stems to decorate with but it was a bit more time consuming than I anticipated. Maybe over the cold winter while we "hibernate" inside I'll glue up some more. Until then, I'll just enjoy what I have. :) 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sealing Over Paper Tip and More Game Tables

Well, its been a sporadic summer of posting, but summer is over now and its time to get back to blogging about what I love doing. Kids are back in school (2 of the 3 anyways) and I am getting some time back to myself.

One of our family's favorite summer activities is yard saling. Couple that with the regular "treasure hunting" trips on garbage day, and I've hoarded out the basement to overflowing. Literally. There is an old dresser sitting in the grass next to the kid's playhouse because there is no more room inside. Twice now my husband has begged me not to bring home any more new pieces to work on until I've cleared some more space. Sounds fair...but I still brought home two dressers in between these talks.

He hasn't taken away the car keys yet! In my mind, he's only half serious. He could take the van to work and leave me with the sedan which would seriously limit me in my hoarding capabilities. Luckily he doesn't read my blog so I don't have to worry about giving him any ideas. (Where is the semi-sarcastic font for this next sentence??) He's so lucky to be married to me.

Found these sturdy and ugly tables on my usual treasure hunting route. I tried sanding and restaining but wasn't loving the result. In the end, they were painted with homemade chalkpaint and turned into Game Tables. Always a popular item in my booth. 

The tip I have to share deals with protecting book pages from discoloring when a sealer is applied. I had more pictures but they turned out blurry. You can see on the smaller table, on the right, that the page squares are not as white as those on the larger table. The larger table squares were first coated with Mod Podge before the sealer. 

My other photo was too blurry but you can still see the effect below. The pages that were completely coated with Mod Podge first, retained their original coloring after the sealer was put on. The discolored squares show where the sealer got to the paper because the Mod Podge was sloppily applied in this section.  

And that's the tip: seal paper first with Mod Podge before coating with a heavy duty sealer like Polycrylic or Spar Urethane. 

Found these unique chess board pieces at an estate sale. And it was a complete set! I added the cigar box for storage. They are so cute I just had to share. 

Everything in the photo has sold except for the larger table as it is the most expensive. Its been the most popular photo on my booth's Facebook page. I'm taking the hint and will be making more in the near future. I have plans for a table revamp for the kids playroom.