Thrifted Art Makeover

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hey y'all, still here and still love thrifting! Today I want to share my thrifted art, makeover. I actually picked this up a really long time ago (so long ago) because I LOVED the frame. It's pretty right? The art is nice but I wasn't in love with it, a bit drab for my taste.

My bathroom is beach theme so I wanted to add some ocean here. I took the art out of the frame. It was just a lightweight board and I painted right over the existing art in shades of blue and tan. 

 Psalm 93:4 is one that I love and I wanted to add it to my beach theme bathroom. I took some 2-inch vinyl letters and cut them out. I laid them out till I was happy with the layout and marked it for placement.

I drew the guide lines (in pencil so I could erase later). The little lines mark where the first letter begins and the long line marks bottom alignment for each letter.

 Then I peeled the backs of each letter and carefully stuck them on and then erased the pencil lines.

Next, I painted over the entire thing, letters and all in a color of my choice. I did 2 coats.

Before it was fully dry I removed the vinyl letters one by one.

And here's what I was left with!

I wanted it a bit worn and shabby so I lightly sanded the entire thing.

I popped it back it the frame and ta-done! 
I love it and now I don't want to hide it away in my bathroom! The frame colors matched perfectly with my beach theme however if needed you could paint the frame too.

These are the vinyl letters I used. I actually had to get more because I ran out of certain letters which explains the two different types. These were from Target...

...and the Dollar Tree. 
I can't really recommend one over the other as they both worked well, the Dollar Tree ones however had quite a bit less in the pack.

So there you have it! Whatcha think?

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Dollar Store Patriotic / 4th of July Decor

Monday, July 1, 2019

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Patriotic decor is one of my favorites! I mean the Red the White the Blue, the love for my country! What's not to love? One such decoration is this simple and affordable table piece.

I was able to pick up all of these items at my local Dollar Tree.

Super easy, cut ribbon to size of vase rim and hot glue. Place pinwheel in the vase and drop the stars around it. That's it! Ta-done!!! I told you that was easy! 

The pinwheel will actually spin inside the vase so how fun would these be as table centerpieces at your outdoor Fourth of July or other patriotic celebrations? As the breeze comes along it just might spin the pinwheel!
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Soldered Spoon Ring Process

Monday, June 17, 2019

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If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram then you've probably seen some of the stuff I've been making out of vintage silverware. There sure are some pretty silverware patterns y'all!!!

I wanted to share photos of a backend look at one of the soldered rings I made from a silverware handle and some of the steps along the way.

This spoon had a long handle and I thought the long skinny area would make a great band.

I bent the entire handle into a spiral and cut the end off and put aside to make another ring later. 

I then cut the loop off with my jewelers saw, cutting two layers at once.

Tada! Now to file/sand and align the two ends.

All lined up and ready to solder! 

 I took my torch to it and soldered the join together.

Next, it was on to cleaning up my solder join. This takes a bit of time as you want it to match the rest of the ring. As you can see some solder filled the line in the middle that ran around the whole ring. I had to go in with my jewelers saw to add that back in.

From that one spoon handle, I was able to make these two rings. The very tip of the spoon handle wasn't too pretty so that's why I'm showing you the back side of the one on the left.

Anyhow just a look into a day in my shop! Hope you guys are having a great day!
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Magazine Feature!!!

Monday, June 3, 2019

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When Country Sampler magazine contacted me to be included in their Gardens special issue you can imagine how ecstatic I was! UM YES PLEASE!!!

They wanted to include the wheelbarrow fountain that my sweet husband built in their water features article.

 And there it is in all its glory! Super exciting and super fun being included in such a wonderful article. On newsstands now so go get yours. Hurry hurry hurry! Thank you Country Sampler Magazine for including our fountain! 

So what garden or summer projects do y'all have going on?

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Coming Soon In Country Sampler Special Issue

Monday, April 15, 2019

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Just a little bit excited!!!! Can't wait to share this news with you!

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Wine Cork Shadow Box

Monday, April 8, 2019

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You see the wine cork shadow box on the left? This beautiful piece was created from a thrift store picture frame. It was a gift for my sis in law. She sent me this picture to use so you can see how it's sitting pretty in her lovely home!

Below is the picture I picked up at the thrift store. You can use many sizes of frames for this project just pick the size you like or what fits your needs.

You need some basic wood cutting and nailing skills or at least be able to figure that out. Basically, all you do is build a box the size of your frame with 1x2 boards. 

Glue burlap or whatever backing you like to a flat backer board. And sandwich them all together. I nailed them all together so there's no getting it apart and no getting the corks out.

The trickiest part is getting the glass to stay in place. I'm sure you can glue it or caulk it and that might be easier and actually look better. In fact, if I make another I might try that. On this one, I glued very thin trim pieces to hold the glass. You can kind of see one in the photo below.  

Before putting all together and before painting, drill a hole large enough to fit a cork, in the center of the board that will be on top.

Corks drop right through the hole and land where they will! I dropped just a few to make sure it worked.

For the glass decoration, you can do a pretty vinyl piece and that's it. I know tons of you have handy vinyl cutters! I had my friend make the circle and the M (last name initial) on her Cricut and I used the negative space from it (you know that parts that you usually weed out and toss) to etch the glass with a product from the craft store called Armour Etch.

This project turned out great and I was very happy with the outcome.

You really can make these to hold any small objects. Legos or small toys would look neat inside! Or seashells would be pretty! What would you put inside?

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Spoon Pendants {New Items}

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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New in the shop are these fantastic and absolutely beautiful pendants made out of vintage stainless spoon handles! These pendants are VERY limited edition or even one of a kind as we truly are limited to what spoons we are able to find in the wild. Get yours today or it might be gone!

Each one has been hand cut, filed, soldered, polished and tumbled to create the lovely pendants that they are. They are hung on a sterling silver ball chain with a single freshwater pearl drop. All other components used are sterling silver.

Use code BLOG for free shipping on your entire order through Friday 3/22/19 midnight Pacific time!

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