Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Branch Halloween "Art"

I've been really stumped this year on how to decorate for Halloween/Fall. I don't have a ton of furniture or surface space to place things on and I really wanted to bring something new to the walls.

I got this old picture for $4.99 at a thrift store over the summer and painted the canvas with blackboard paint - but it sunk in oddly so I just tossed it and saved the frame. I really like the look of empty frames on a wall anyhow - so I popped it up the other day (well my husband did, but you know what I mean, right?)

I wanted to make one of those "branch" Halloween trees where you pop regular old branches into some floral foam, cover with moss and hang ornaments for Halloween on it - however- I have that space issue and couldn't find a single place to put such a large thing.

So, after a visit to a park, and a perfectly shaped branch - I came up with the idea of floating my branch off of fishing wire from my blank frame! I actually REALLY like this! I know, I know - a dirty, outside stick on my wall, but it works for me for now and it was free :).

I'll have updated pics soon. I got B O O unfinished wood letters at JoAnns for 1.50 a piece so I'm modge podging them and I was going to set them in front of my t.v. - but i think I'm going to add hangers to the back and hang them in the frame, at the top in the blank space to finish off the look.

What do you think? Good idea or weird stick on the wall? :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Vintage Inspired SnowAngel Bottle

I was inspired to make one of these little cuties after seeing pictures on another blog. Hers were more vintage looking and completely beautiful! I wish I could show you her pictures, but I have searched everywhere for where I originally saw the idea and I cannot find the blog! If you have any tips - please let me know as I'd love to link to her (hers are SUPER cute).

I used a glitter chipboard frame, some cardstock and put together some beads for a little bit of sparkle! It's "belly" is filled with feathers or "angel wings"

I used upholstery tacks for the eyes, a swarovski green bead for the nose, and the smile are flat back swarovski crystals as well. I love the springy little angel "halo" because it can bounce around, so fun!

I'm debating on adding hand made bent metal wings to the back for some more interest. I also thought it could be cool if the wings could almost be a picture holder if that makes sense.

What totally helped me with this project was to get a ziplock bag and grab everything I thought I'd like to use for the project before starting. An "inspiration bag" you could say! I picked through anything silver, girly, pink ,white, sparkly and ended up using a lot of what I pulled. I'm not sure I would have gotten started w/out that bag!

I am REALLY loving making these and plan on making a whole group of different types and some creepy Halloween ones coming up soon!

Sometimes I get so into my house projects I forget how satisfying it is to just sit down with a bag of "stuff" and turn something from nothing :)

I am catching up on comments and emails today! I am so excited whenever I get a comment and love checking out everyone's blogs also, but I started taking online classes and cannot believe how swamped I get with that - so I have got to get better about commenting in a timely fashion! I appreciate every single comment <3.

I hope you are all having a VERY WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!!!!!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lots Of Great Stuff!

I got so lucky at the flea markets and thrift stores this past weekend! I found some things I really really wanted at great prices! I went a little overboard, but hey - sometimes a girl needs to splurge!

Please check out Rhoda over @ Southern Hospitality! She has a great Thrifty Treasures Party where you can see all the great finds everyone got this week - here's the link !

On to the goods!

4 Gallon Crown Crock - My MOST FAVORITE FIND! I actually went to a sale and this was marked at 50.00 - it was a moving sale and I only had 25.00 on me so that's what I offered, not sure what to expect from it. They said to come back tomorrow and if it was available they'd take 25.00. Luckily for me, it was still there! I researched these online and it seems they go for quite a bit more. I saw one at the flea market going for 55 so I feel like I got a great deal and I adore it!
Right now, it's storing my tulle and wrapping paper, but I can see endless possibilities for this just about anywhere!

$13.00 table (what I didn't take a picture of was the hideous faux tile contact paper stuck to the top, yuck!)

Which has already been transformed into this:

Vintage Horseshoes 2 for $1.50

Rubber Coated Wire Egg Baskets originally 10 each but 1/2 off so I got both for $10.00!

Vintage looking girl w/some sort of storage cup type thing on the back - .75

Heavy Glass Vase - 2.49

Milkglass Dish - 1.00

Metal Tray - .60

London Pottery Crock - .79

Tinsel Christmas Tree Figurine - .75

Wicker Basket - 1.00

3 Dimensional Flower Plastic "picture" (major makeover project) - 1.99 (overspent)

Old Small Drawer - $5.00 (currently holding my paints)

Small Milkglass Cup - .39

Small Wooden Shelf w/Brackets attached - .49

That's it for me - I hope everyone else had fabulous luck w/their thrifting!