Monday, November 26, 2012

Wayfair DIY Blogger Challenge

I was recently asked to participate in the Wayfair DIY Blogger Challenge.
We were able to pick between three items, it was a hard choice, but I picked the white pendant light. 

It has a vintage industrial feel and great look to it, so for the challenge, I thought I could embellish the light for a fun funky look. 
 I purchased my supplies with a gift card provided by

I used wood bow ties, found at the craft store.
 I cut each wood piece with common scissors and glued them on with a strong epoxy glue. The turquoise beads were already string so I just glued them on as well. 
Embellishing a lamp or a shade is a great way to get a custom look without spending a ton of money.

 Thanks, Wayfair and, for asking me to participate in your DIY Blogger Challenge! Visit Wayfair on their site, blog, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Come join me this Saturday, November 3rd 
at the Holiday Show and Sale
I'll be selling my artwork, pillow covers and more! 


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cover of Cottage Style Magazine

I was excited to have our house in the fall/winter issue of cottage Style Magazine, so much so I was looking all over town for it, only to realize it hadn't hit the store shelves yet.
 A few days later imagine my surprise when my husband saw our porch on the cover while he was in the checkout lane at the grocery store. The front cover, wow! I still can't believe it.
The magazine is full of beautiful homes, so I'm honored they picked ours for the cover.

Monday, September 10, 2012

DIY Oyster Shell Chandelier

My mom’s coastal theme remodel is slowly coming together, first the walls were painted a light grey, such a difference from the yellow that was there before.I surprised her with a oyster chandelier I made, I thought it would be perfect for the space and it turned out even better than I thought it would.

I used a vintage metal lamp shade and removed the silk fabric, drilled holes in the cleaned oyster shells (about 120 shells) and strung them on the metal frame, using craft wire.
We don’t live too far from the oyster capital of the south so it was easy to get the shells for free. I also purchased chain and socket hardware from Lowes. It casts a nice glow in her dining room.





I'm linking up here: 

Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fabric repurposing

This project is an older one that I never posted about so I thought I would share it with you now.
I wouldn’t  call myself a fabric junkie, but I do love collecting unusual or vintage fabric. I love buying older pieces at garage and estate sales and repurposing them and this is a perfect example.
I found this queen size comforter set for only 8 bucks, I’m not really sure how vintage it is, but it looks vintage and the fabric was nice.

It’s always funny to me when a fabric verges on being kind of funky that it could be either really ugly or really cool. 
The only thing is I hated the green ruffled trim around the comforter and also the shams. What to do? Take off the ugly trim and make something new.
I don’t have a before picture of the sham but here’s the comforter, the sham looked just like this.
Eventually I will also remove the ruffle trim on the comforter and either use as a comforter or use it for the fabric.


The dust ruffle that came with the set was the right size and needed nothing.
I love my $8.00 deal.

Monday, August 13, 2012

I'm excited to say I've been featured for two of my craft projects
 in the current Flea Market Decor Magazine.

Thanks Flea Market Decor!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Nautical Inspired Fabrics

Here are my new nautical inspired navy, white and grey fabric 
patterns available at Spoonflower.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chevron Pillow Cover Giveaway

Want a chance to win one of my multi-color chevron pillow covers?
Hop on over to the lovely and talented Jennifer Rizzo’s  blog for a chance to win.

Jennifer Rizzo
She’ll pick the winner on Friday, good luck!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Coastal Inspired Bookshelves

My mom had a 3 piece wood bookcase, it was nice but it was too dark and had a fake reddish cherry wood tone, which I didn’t like at all.  Oh how I love to change a piece of furniture with paint.



First to make it easier I removed the backing, which turned out easier than I thought and it made painting so much easier because I could reach to other side as well as paint the back a lovely shade of grey.
It reattached just as easily as it was removed.
I distressed all of the white paint including the shelves, then applied furniture paste wax for protection.



She really didn’t have any coastal inspired décor, so it was fun finding stuff at estate sales and scouring thorough beachy type stores at the beach. I also ended up making or re-purposing some of the décor.
I love how her room is turning out.
On a future post I will share a really cool oyster chandelier I made for her dining room.
Now onto some of the décor items.


I found the vintage shell painting at a garage sale for $2.00, It was nice but a little bright so I antiqued it with a thinned down brown paint to age it even more.
I glued the sea  fan to a vintage candle holder that I painted a bluish grey. We also found a ton of great drift wood pieces at the beach last week.


I love this birdcage that I also found at a garage sale, and for only $15.00.


This weathered looking sign I made out of a piece of scrap plywood.


Two of my fish prints framed in vintage oak frames.

I think the new bookshelves look great in her living room.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ombre Spray Painted Bottles

My mom had a few bottles laying around that I wanted to re-purpose, and this is one of the projects I came up with using spray paint. Ombre is seems so hot right now and why not ombre painted bottles?



Here’s a before picture of some of the bottles.


It was a very easy project and all you need are three colors of spray paint.
I sprayed on the white just at the top and then sprayed the middle color and then the bottom color. Once it’s dry you will need to go back and touch up each color until you get the bleed line just like you like it, but leave the bottom color for last.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

My New Website

As most of you know I sell art prints, vintage items, fabric panels and
pillow covers on ETSY, and now I also have a website, Here.


Monday, June 18, 2012

It’s here

We couldn’t be more thrilled and thankful, the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine is out and we’re in it
for our kitchen remodel!

july cover_0001

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stick Mirror under $25.00

I’m redoing my Mom’s house in a neutral beachy décor. Because I’m working with a small budget I will be making some items and this is one of them I wanted to show you.
She needed a focal point over the fireplace, so this is what I came up with. Most everything was purchased at the craft store with a little vintage thrown in. 



I purchased these bleached sticks at save-on-crafts for only $3.99 a bundle, I ended up using 4 bundles 

These wood rounds were only a few dollars, 1 large and 3 small.

I glued them together using wood glue, and found my center point. Then I cut the wood stick to 11 inches in length and started gluing. I made one pass all the way around and then filled in any bare areas until the entire base was covered. 

Now comes the vintage, I had this solid wood bowl on a pedestal that had seen better days. 

I unscrewed the bowl from the pedestal base and painted it a grey color and distressed it heavily. Then I screwed the painted wood bowl to the stick base and glued on an expensive beveled mirror, also found at the craft store. 


I added wood pedestals to the shells to give them more presence. These are the pedestal bases left over from the wood bowl I used.


Pair of shell book page prints I made. 

An easy and inexpensive mirror project for under $25.00