Friday, January 29, 2010
Y’all really brought your A game to the Trash to Treasure Party this week. We had 88 partiers! I’m pretty sure that’s the MOST EVER, and I’m so proud.
Here are a few of my faves.
Sarah had TWO chairs to makeover, but when one of them wasn’t structurally sound, she just framed her favorite part! Fabulously frugal wall art, and a place to sit for under $10. From The Byrd’s Nest.
This idea is so freakin’ GENIUS, I can’t stand it! The girls at Drab to Fab bought thrift store books and decoupaged them with decorative paper and embellishments. I am seriously drooling here, and plan to shamelessly copy this.
When I get my decoupaged books done, I’m gonna make a moss topiary in a bowl to sit on them! Isn’t this just lovely, and perfect for those of us who kill real plants? This is from Miss Mustard Seed, guest posting on Somewhat Simple.
A refurbished frame and a PLACEMAT as wall art. So cool. From SP Squared.
Do your kids steal your tape? Mine do. The Girl Creative found a solution with this Dollar Store wall art. Fab!
Watcha doin’ this weekend? Give one of these projects a try, you’ll be glad you did! My HOME DECOR SWAP is tomorrow (yikes!), so I’m going shopping for fabric to make curtains for the family room. Nothing like a party to motivate me to finish some projects. Oh, and the spending freeze has been temporarily lifted, just to get me through this weekend. Have a great one!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Oh, how I wish I could tell you that those are MY words. PRETTY STINKIN GREEN. Aahhh, I loooove those words.
But I can’t tell you those are my words, because they belong to artists and designers, Hannah
Do you see the scarves that Hannah and Deb are wearing? And the pillow that Hannah is holding?
Aren’t they the coolest things ever?
Here’s the kicker: they were made out of upcycled wool sweaters and other fabrics.
Be. still. my. heart.
Wait a second, don’t drool yet, there’s more!
And beautiful scarves in every color you could imagine. Some are wool for winter, some are lighter weight for all year round.
I like wearing green stuff, especially PRETTY STINKIN GREEN stuff.
What about you? Would you like to have something beautiful AND Pretty Stinkin Green? (Sorry, I can’t stop saying it.)
Hannah and Deb are generously giving away a $30 gift certificate to their shop, PRETTY STINKIN GREEN (he he).
Here’s how to enter:
- Visit Pretty Stinkin Green, then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite find.
- Tweet about this giveaway so that all of your followers can check out this awesome new company. Leave me another comment for a 2nd entry.
- Heck, I don’t care, publicize this however you want, then come and tell me that you did. Hannah and Deb are sweet Midwestern girls, like me, (ahem) and I want them to be millionaires.
Good morning everyone!
I’m so excited to announce the winner of our Timeless Treasures giveaway.
Without further adieu…
The winner is…
Jen from With Grace and Lace!
If you didn’t win, just go buy something from Timeless Treasures. You know you want to.
Stay tuned, friends, there’s another giveaway to start today!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Welcome to Trash to Treasure Tuesday.
First, a couple of announcements. (don’t I sound all official like?)
Please please please scroll down to yesterday’s post to read how you can help a family trying to adopt two children from Haiti. It won’t cost you anything but time.
Also, if you haven’t entered the Timeless Treasures giveaway, you’ve got until tomorrow morning to enter to win a gift certificate to spend on beautiful and unique jewelry.
We finally have a Trash to Treasure Tuesday button, thanks to Shannon, at Eight Crazy Designs. If you’re looking for a fabulous blog designer, visit Shannon. She’s the best. If you'd like to add the button to your Trash to Treasure post, just copy and paste the code from the right side bar. Thanks!
Today’s Trash to Treasure project started with a cereal box. Like this.
I’ve read on other blogs that cereal box cardboard can be used in crafts just like chipboard. (I can’t remember where I saw this, so if you’ve done a project with cereal boxes, please leave a link in the comments.)
Anyway, I cut open the cereal box so that it would lay flat, then cut out five heart shapes, three different sizes.
I used Mod Podge to glue some red paper to the largest, and white cardstock to the smallest. The blue hearts I painted right on the cardboard with craft paint.
I distressed the edges of the hearts with this, my new “fun to hang out with, but not real trustworthy” friend.
Next I found some fun Heather Bailey fabric in my stash.
I cut two strips from the longest edge of the fabric and sewed them together end to end. Then I folded this long strip in half and sewed it closed with a zig zag stitch. Experienced sewers might want to cover your eyes now.
I’m still practicing the whole sewing thing, O.B.V.I.O.U.S.L.Y. In my own defense, I was going for a slightly shabby look.
That’s my excuse and I’m stickin’ to it.
I strung the hearts on the fabric “ribbon”, and came up with this.
Another FREE project. All you need are an empty food box, some paper or paint, and really bad sewing skills.
Link up those projects! Don’t forget to link back to REINVENTED in your post so that everyone can enjoy the party!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Don’t panic, friends, I’m not about to start paying you to leave comments on this blog.
I’m writing this post because I want to help. Ever since I heard the news of the earthquake in Haiti, I’ve prayed and worried and agonized over the fate of so many precious people.
I’ve wished I had a MILLION dollars to donate. Or the means to drop everything and go there to help.
I don’t have either of those. Most of us don’t. But if God didn’t bless us with money, he did bless all of us with VOICES.
With our voices we can help. Recently, my fabulous new sponsors, the Crafty Girls Workshop, brought to my attention that another blogger, Lori, from Babes in Hairland, has started an effort to donate money to a family that needs our help.
In the days since the earthquake, they have confirmed that Nathan is safe, but they are unsure of Jessica’s whereabouts, and are concerned that her birth father may have taken her from the orphanage. Brent is in Haiti now trying to find her.
This family needs our help, and Lori has generously offered to donate 10 CENTS for every comment on this post.
Crafty Girls Workshop is even offering a giveaway to help. Go here for details.
Please take a moment to comment on Lori’s blog, and return every day to add another.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Looking for an easy winter weekend project?
Have a naked wall that you’d like to fill up without emptying your wallet?
Here are a few ideas that require a little time, a little money, and a LITTLE trip to the thrift store, flea market or antique store. (all are from DIY Ideas magazine)
Is there any such thing as a LITTLE trip to the flea market??
There’s nothing like architectural interest to fill up the large expanse of wall above a sofa. Pick up an old window at a flea market, and fill each pane with family photos. You can use card stock, scrapbook paper, fabric, or wrapping paper to “mat” the photos.
Dress up a thrift store frame with rulers and hot glue. I love this look. The “art” in these frames could come from an old calendar or the pages of a book.
This is a fabulous idea for a family photo wall. Check out the scraps bin at your local home improvement store for pieces of moulding, nail or glue those to your wall, and hang pics from hooks attached to the curved edge.
With this system, you can easily change out the art frequently, if you can’t leave well enough alone, like me.
Let’s see…texture? check. Character? check. Old cutting boards, bowls, and platters on your kitchen or dining room wall? Beautiful.
In these modern times, and the days of GPS, (I loooove my Magellan), maps have become VINTAGE and ANTIQUE. Kind of like typewriters, record albums, and wall phones. If you’re not as old as me, you might not even remember that stuff, but I’m pretty sure you’d recognize a cool map if you found one. If you do, hang it on the wall. This looks like a coastal area, that would be so cool on a bathroom wall.
Don’t feel like shopping AT ALL? Them frame stuff you’ve already got.
Like wrapping paper.
Fabric. These are old table cloths.
You can even frame your jewelry.
Girls, there’s no excuse for naked walls. Hang your children on the wall if you have to. Just use REALLY sturdy hooks.
Have a fabulous weekend! Don’t forget to enter the Timeless Treasures giveaway, the winner will be drawn on Wednesday!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Good morning my, “reinventor” friends.
Today I am THRILLED to introduce you to one of my new sponsors here at REINVENTED, Amber from Timeless Treasures.
One of my goals when I started accepting ads for this blog was to support other women with small businesses by offering VERY affordable advertising. Amber is EXACTLY the kind of artist I was hoping to find.
Amber is a sweet woman with BIG talent and BIG ideas.
I am so excited to share her work with you. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Is this not the PERFECT new mom or Mother’s Day gift? This pendant records the birth stats of mom’s new bundle of joy. (joy, and sleepless nights, and poop…oh sorry, I got off track)
Birds are HOT right now (except for the ones pooping on my front porch, oh, there I go with the poop again…), and these earrings are beautiful and original.
Family charm bracelet, anyone?
I love wine. In moderation, of course. I think wine charms are one of the BEST ideas EVER, and these are simply sweet. Another fabulous gift for a wine loving friend!
Now. I know that you have keys. Is this not the cutest thing to lose them on? If I had one of these, my keys would be so precious I’d never lose them again. Seriously. I think.
Amber is not only talented, she has a BIG, COMPASSIONATE heart. She is offering this HOPE necklace as a fundraiser for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. 40% of the cost will be donated to relief efforts. Awesome, isn’t it?
Last, but certainly not least, I just HAD to help you with your Valentine’s Day shopping. What a perfectly bejeweled way to show your love. Or for him to show his love, hmmm.
If you need me to send an “anonymous” e-mail to your sweetie, just let me know.
Us girls gotta stick together.
If those pictures weren’t awesome enough, NOW for the REALLY great part! Amber is generously giving away a $20 gift certificate to her Etsy shop!
How to win? Just leave a comment on this post, telling me your favorite item. If you can.
Let’s help Amber REALLY get her business going by tweeting, facebooking or blogging about this giveaway. Just let me know each time you do so that you can get another entry!
Remember, us girls gotta stick together.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Especially when I MADE the mess.
Guilt trumps creativity EVERY TIME.
I spent most of Sunday working on my home office. I have a little trouble “resting” on the Sabbath, so after Mass, I’ve usually got a project going.
Remember this mess from last week?
Now it looks like this.
Not bad, for ZERO DOLLARS, huh?
Since the doors are NEVER closed, (just like the pantry and all of the closets around here), I decided to make the inside pretty AND organized. I used leftover paint from the TWENTY FIVE DOLLAR powder room to paint the interior. I used the covered shoe boxes and baskets for storage.
My textured paintable wallpaper shows up again lining the back wall.
Pens are kept in an empty food jar with a chalkboard paint label and a scrapbook paper liner.
I plan to paint the exterior black to match the book cases that flank this armoire, but that’s a project for another Sunday.
Looking for more inspiration? Or just better pictures than mine?
Here’s another home office in an armoire that you might find inspiring. Looks like this family never closes the doors either. I do love the pin-up boards inside the doors, and plan to add more cork to mine as soon as my self imposed January spending freeze has been lifted.
Needless to say, I’m loving this clean and uncluttered look. Now if I can just get the fam to keep it that way.
Let’s see those Trash to Treasure projects everyone, LINK UP!
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- Link to the individual post, not to your blog’s home page.
- Please add a link back to REINVENTED in your post.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Good Monday morning to you all. I hope that today finds you hugging your family a little tighter than usual, and praying a little more than usual for those affected by the tragedy in Haiti. As I sit here in my nice warm house, drinking my nice hot tea out of a nice clean cup, it’s hard to imagine the horrors taking place in our world. But I know that our God is bigger than ALL of this, and that He has a plan that someday we’ll all understand.
Last week, as usual, I was AWED by the fabulous Trash to Treasure projects shared at our weekly linky party.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Valentine pillows made from placemats. From Organize and Decorate Everything.
Pillows and Coffee table skirt from Bibbidi Bobbidi Beautiful.
I have a LITTLE thing for pillows, can you tell?
Textured wallpaper mirror from FleaMarket Trixie.
I’ve spent the weekend working on our family computer space, and am excited to share it with you tomorrow on TRASH TO TREASURE TUESDAY! Click here for the nasty before pics.
Don’t forget to enter the Purple Trail giveaway! The winner will be chosen Wednesday morning.
See you tomorrow!