Weekly Randomness

Ready for my random post of the week?

Last week, as you know, was Spring Break.  The hubs had to work, so me and the kiddos headed up to visit my parents at the lake.  We have an old mobile home there, and while it’s not fancy, it still feels more like home to me than any other place in the world.  Nonetheless, it’s been a while since we were there, and it needed some major cleaning.

lakeIt’s just a happy place.  We have no wifi, cable tv, or even very good cell phone service out there.  It’s so peaceful.  We spend our time outside, or around this coffee table playing games and working puzzles.

While I was there, I got caught up on all of the good shelter magazines.  My mom gets all the good ones.  While going through the latest Country Living, I came across this…

stick arborYeah.  So, I’m going to need one of those.  Can you even imagine?  Some people are just so dang talented.

Speaking of talent, I’m still learning macrame.  Last week I showed you the first plant hanger I made.  Since then I’ve added another plant hanger…

macrame planter2…And my latest creation was a wall hanging…

macrame wallY’all.  I could make a million more things.  It’s so fun, and the process is so simple, yet it still takes focus.  It’s one of those things that’s a little meditative, which I love.

I also went to Calloways this past week for some new potting soil.  I can’t seem to keep succulents alive.  It’s seriously sad.  My brother in law told me I wasn’t using the right kind of soil, so I found a cactus blend that I’m hoping will give my little babies a fighting chance.  While I was there I spotted these…

calloways terrariumsI love the air plants, mosses, and tiny ferns they used.  It’s like miniature gardens.  I’ve been inspired by these for a while, and it may be about time I try it.

I started a new volunteer gig this week at the resale store for our community’s homeless shelter.  I lucked out on the position, but I’m thinking I could be in trouble.  When I got off my shift, I ended up shopping and spending $35.  I wonder if that will happen every time?  I scored some cute t-shirts, a maxi dress for summer, and these little trinkets…

findsWhen I got home, I was in the mood to bake.  Something in me has been craving zucchini muffins, and while most zucchini bread recipes are super bad for you, I came across this recipe for Zucchini Bread with Apples and Carrots and let me just say:  Holy moly.  Make them.  Eat them.

zucchini carrot muffinsThey have whole grain goodness and no refined sugar.  Plus, they are loaded with veggies, so throwing them in the kids’ backpacks for school is a good idea.

Well, y’all, that’s pretty much it for my week.  I hope yours has been swell.  It’s almost Friday, so if not, keep on truckin’!

Peace,

C

DIY Art: Using Stencils

I’m working with a friend on a piece of art for over her fireplace.  We were inspired by a piece that I found online, but it didn’t fit our budget.  We both like DIY projects, so we figured we could totally do this.

051I figured the easiest way would be to use some stencils.  Stencils are everywhere, in case you haven’t noticed.  There are so many styles and options, and you can find them online and in stores.  It’s almost mind boggling.  Which is why I have none.

Never fear.  I did have some cardstock and scissors, as well as an hour on the couch with Ave while we folded and cut random shapes and patterns.

013 Then I just laid them out in a random pattern on some scrap wood I found.  You could do this on canvas or artist’s paper for a less rustic look.  I didn’t spend much time on it, as I was just trying to figure out my method.  I imagine if you had spent a little more time and thought with your design than I, it wouldn’t turn out so weird quirky.  I didn’t care.  I figured I could always take the finished product to the lake, where everything else quirky ends up.

006Then I took some spray adhesive like this

010 - Copyand lightly sprayed it on the back of the stencil.

011 - CopyUsing my fingers, I lightly pressed the edges down onto the board so the paint wouldn’t bleed through.

017 (2)Then I got my paint.  Just my usual suspects.  I picked colors from my palette at the lake, red, yellow, turquoise, etc…

020 - CopyI used a dabber, or whteveryoucallit.  Just remember when you load it up, don’t over blend your colors.

024See?

025This will help them to blend easier.  I wanted my piece to be full of color, and for those colors to blend into an almost airbrushed look.  Anyways, again I was totally random in my application of my paint.  I just tried to keep it fairly symmetrical.

029I went ahead and filled in both the positive and negative spaces.  I’m not sure I meant to, but once I did there was no turning back.  At this point, I knew it would end up at the lake.  I just didn’t know if it would end up on a wall or in a bonfire.  Totally freaky looking.  I still rolled with it.  Heck, I even added more stencils.  Why not?  I figured I couldn’t mess up something that I had no plans for, right?

031 (2)Skipping forward (I think it got too dark to take pics and I couldn’t wait till morning to move forward), I removed the stencils.  After adding a little more detail by freehand, like little dots, and giving it a good sanding here’s how it ended up…

055 (2)See how the colors blended and faded into one another?052Some of that is from painting it two different colors, then sanding to reveal the bottom color.  See my corners?  I love how the red is coming out from under the turquoise.

056 - Copy053In the end, it turned out nothing like our awesome inspiration piece, but I’m not too disappointed.  I gained some perspective on a method, and am able to give her some tips when she decides to tackle this project for herself:

  • Take your time with your design.  It’s the one thing you can’t necessarily change in the end.  But, at the same time, don’t over think it.  Keep it simple.
  • Add layers of both color and detail.  It gives depth to the finished piece.
  • Have fun with it.  There’s really no way to plan out exactly how it’s going to turn out.  Just focus on the colors and in the end I think it would be successful.

051I’m thinking this piece is going to end up on a wall, after all.  We’ve got lots going on at the lake these days, including some new floors.  I’ve been taking some photos, and when we get a little further along, I’ll share them with you, as well as a photo of where this thing ends up.

Go out, be inspired, and be inspiring today peeps.

Peace,

C

 

Finds From the Lake

As I mentioned in my earlier post, we were on vacation last week.  We spent a lot of time on the water, but we also had time to go into town and dig around one of my favorite thrift stores.  We came across so many good bargains, but this is what we came home with.

Check out that mirror for only $8.  I’ve had oval mirrors cut and they ain’t that cheap!  But, put some black spray paint on it and I’m going to have a sophisticated mirror for next to nothing.  I also picked up that colorful throw that has an idea brimming in my head.  And, I couldn’t pass up the cute little mug to put our toothbrushes in.  Cloches are hot and at $3 I know I’ll find some place for it. The candlestick is for a mini project and I just needed a potato masher for at the lake, and it has that vintage-country thing going for it that I love.

That’s it for now.  Kind of a lame-o post, no doubt.  But, for some reason I still feel like I’m on vacation mode.  Ah, summertime.

Peace,

C

Finds

I had a fun first week of summer with the kids last week, but having them home means I didn’t get to get out and about.  So, while the kids were away this weekend I did just that, and had a monumental day of finds!  So much cool stuff.  I actually walked away with some purchases (above), including vintage playing cards and an old butter lid.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet, but I loved it’s patina.  All of these little finds are part of a project I’m working on to prove how inexpensive a beautiful room can be.  So, I guess you could consider this a sneak-peak.

Anyways, not everything I found came home with me.  Here’s what else I saw…

EAT sign…and it’s wired to light.  I thought this was so fun.  $150…

Turbine chandelier.  $65.  I could see this happening.

Bar carts are everywhere. This one has huge potential with a new finish and some modern hardware.  $100

I thought this upholstered bench was so cute.  $140

There were a pair of these wingback chairs.  They are in excellent condition and were really comfy.  $125 each.  Wouldn’t they be cute with that bench???

Next up is this cool old chicken crate.  This would make a great coffee table.

See?  From Country Living.

Art can be expensive.  But, I thought this bird painting was really cool, and it was only $35.

OK, perhaps the rarest thing I found was this old chicken nest.  It was $140.  I stood there looking at it, knowing it has a use.  Maybe in a bathroom to hold toilet paper and hand towels?  Maybe in a kitchen to hold produce?  Anyways, it has that cool farmhouse chic thing going for it.

And, lastly I saw these old candlesticks.  $20 each.  Pretty pretty.  They could maybe even be turned into lamps.

Well, that’s it for this week.  Hope y’all feel inspired.  I know I do.

Peace,

C

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This Week’s Finds

I’ve had several good finds recently, and I actually made some purchases.  I went with a plan, strayed from that plan a bit, but came out with a pretty good haul for my $50 budget.

First off is this rocking chair…I scored this baby for $10!  It is super comfy, due to the little curve in the back.  I may add a seat cushion, but the finish is great.  I plan to take this to the lake, but for now it’s sitting in my living room, and it’s getting used more than any other chair in the room.  The kids love rocking in it.

Second, I found this cool mid-century table.  The top is laminate, but the base is solid wood–which needs no refinishing.   I only paid $5 for it!.  I’d love to replace the top with a piece of Carrera marble, but for now it’ll do just fine the way it is.  I’ll probably take it to the lake, too, but for now it’s in my master bedroom…perfect for putting my coffee cup on it in the morning.

This lantern is making me giddy.  I scored it for $35.  It needs to be rewired, and I’ll have to add some chain, but this is going to add so much character to my breakfast room. I actually took the picture of it upside down, because that’s how I plan to use it.  I’ll post pics when I get it finished.  Hopefully soon.

Have an awesome day!

–C

Fairies!

I don’t know where I first saw these miniature fairy gardens, but I wanted to share.  Apparently, it is becoming quite a trend.  I am thinking my daughter and I should start one of our own.  I could see us getting into not only planning and planting our fairy garden, but also collecting and making things to put in the garden.

fairy garden

There are the cutest little things to get for your new little garden.  Besides all of the tiny varieties of flowers and plants (which we will no doubt kill), check out these cute little doors…

fairy door

 and these little fairy pillows!  Imaginations can run wild.  I’m thinking of putting together a little get started gift package for my daughter’s April birthday.

fairy pillows

Getting outside is one of the best ways to make me feel good.  With spring around the corner and these fairies to inspire us, I can’t think of a better way for my daughter and I to get to enjoy the great outdoors together.

April fairy