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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Changing Lamp Shades

I love Victorian lampshade they are usually very expensive and very detailed.  
Mine are very easy to make.  
I chose a Fragonard fabric by Rich-loom. Armed with my hot glue gun over the top of an existing light material shade. 
 I  cut a strip a little bigger than the lamp shade.  Then hot glued it to the top and then to the bottom of the shade.  
This lamp shade is done one panel at a time
You do have a little wiggle room for error.  You will be using a trim and it covers a lot of problems. I then took a pink ribbon and hot glued it over the top portion of the material and then with a beaded ribbon I hot glued it to the bottom.  I love the way they look. 
Hope you Enjoy,

Friday, April 27, 2012

DIY Re-Do of a Breadbox

Hi Everyone, 

They had half price at the my favorite thrift store, I just love that!  I ended up purchasing this vintage bread box.  I was thinking that I might keep the box so decided I would re-paint it to match my kitchen.  I really liked the blue. My kitchen is an old country kitchen and my decor is pretty eclectic.
I have lemons, pasta, and chocolate as my theme in the kitchen.   I know it makes no since at all and my colors in the kitchen are blue, yellow with a splash of red. 
Some how with all the mix it just works.   Here is the bread box with the rose and country theme,   All tho, I love roses my kitchen is the one place I do not have roses.

Not to bad really...  Roses country theme. 

What I would of loved to do with this is make a mail caddy out of it.  I am just not good at carpentry.  Wish I was, but no.   So, I needed to find a graphic with lemons.  I did, at The Graphics Fairy.   I made some paint with the gray putty paint from Valspar I had on hand and mixed it with some blue paint that was also a mixed oops paint.  It gave it a blue tint.   I then used Carbon paper behind it and traced like a school girl.  I believe the flowers on this graphic may have been pansies but instead I made them hydrangea's. I painted the lemons and graphic with Acrylic paints by Folk Art.  Colors: Magenta, white, greens ivy, old leaf, moon yellow and lemon yellow. I sprayed the new paint with clear coat from a company called Tree house clear coat.  
Hope you Enjoy!  Cindy

Graphic from The Graphics Fairy, with carbon paper under it.

after removal of carbon paper it turned out pretty clear.

My final lemons and hydrangea bread box..

Thanks for looking hope you enjoy your stay here.   

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Easy Rose Book Shelf


This is a super small book shelf. I do not have the before picture.  It was a walnut brown found at an Estate sale. 

This book Shelf comes apart into four pieces.  I painted it a white gloss, with Krylon spray paint. 
 I used Sculpy oven bake polymer clay to sculpt a rose.  I then baked the rose in the oven for about 25 minutes on 220 degree's.   After it cooled about two hours later I applied the rose to the book shelf with E-6000 glue and taped it in place with painter tape till dry. 
 Then spray painted it in place for the final coat.  

 I have placed it in my antique booth at the Farm House Antiques Mall. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Poem by Edgar Allen Guest

One of my favorite poems by this great Poet. He has many that I adore. 

 It Couldn't be done

 Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
    But, he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn’t," but he would be one
    Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
    On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you’ll never do that;
    At least no one has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
    And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
    Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
    There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
    The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,
    Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
    That "couldn’t be done," and you’ll do it.

By: Edgar Allen Guest


Friday, April 20, 2012

Sentimental Journey

Thinking about family and how fast time goes by. Tonight I wanted to share with you some things I have put together that are very dear to me. 
 The window I painted a semi gloss white.  The actual frame came from my daughter's house.  The window is  framed with pictures from different magazines of Victorian ladies.  It is also a pink rose that I find lovely.  However,  two of these pictures are my family.  My mother when she was a young girl is at the top middle  and my Great Grandfather, Carl Listen is on the lower left.
 It brings me great pleasure to introduce them to you.  
I am also presenting my grand daughter who is now four.  The display shows an Easter dress she wore along with a pacifier, and comb and brush set.   She was  a little more than a year when she wore it and it seems like yesterday.

The last collage of items are in the brown frame. 
It is a hat my husband wore when he was a small boy. A picture shows him wearing it and his mother beside him.  It also includes a baby book behind it.

Time does go by so fast.  These are a few of my special  treasures.  Enjoy!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Antique Booth Storage With a New Shelf

Good Day Friends,
Today I spent the day at my antique booth rearranging.  The vintage tables and large round table from the previous blog had to go in to the booth.  I am looking for room in my house to store things.  Putting it in the basement is out, as the stairs are steep also it is an UN-finished basement.   So I had these tables sitting in the dining room.  I couldn't take it another day to much clutter!
 My antique booth is packed but, I was determined to make room for these tables.  My friend went with me and between the two of us it was a success.  They say more hand makes less work.  Boy was I glad I had more hands especially today.    Well, small things make happy me.  Yea! my dining room is back in order.    
Later in the day after a few minutes of lounging, resting and thinking about my newest project it was time to get on it. A shelf that is super heavy will need toggle bolts to hold in the wall.  I  found some oops paint at Lowe's a gray putty color. I didn't notice it said exterior paint.  Does it matter?  More durability right?  Well, I  painted this color that I didn't think was all that exciting but, after getting it on the shelf I really love it.   I had some water slide paper I purchased online EBay.  Printed a graphic on it that I got from Graphics fairy. 
Placed this in the middle of the shelf.  I then painted pink roses around the top, then the edges. I  added a gloss polyurethane to protect the rose painting.    
After filling the holes and painting the roses

After gray putty paint and the water slide decal from Graphics Fairy and unfilled holes.. Huge holes.
Hope you enjoy!  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Beautiful Dreamer Music Box

A simple musical jewelery box that I found at a garage sale.  It had already been painted a mint green on top not that it shows green in this picture.  I thought it would be the perfect spot for some roses.  I also thought, that the knob that is showing was not the best.  So I began free hand painting some roses on top.  When I finished I decided to try my hand at a polymer clay knob.  I had read how to do this at the
where else,  The polka dot closet.
Again be sure to visit her blog as she has great tutorials and instructions.  Anyway, so I tried to make my polymer clay knob. 
 Opps, I made the knob and it works fine.  But truly, I need practice so I am showing this box with the knob I made, but ended up putting on the old one.  I will keep a hunt out for a better knob or get better at making them. Practice makes perfect.  I then sprayed the top of the box with Clear Acrylic gloss coating by  Tree House Studio's.   Hope you Enjoy!  Cindy

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Oh My Estate Sale Find

Good Day Everyone! 
 Today I went to an estate sale.  They had such reasonable prices.  A large round antique coffee table for $3.00 UN-heard of.   
A whole set of vintage coffee tables three of them for $ 5.00 are you kidding me. I know!   Now don't be getting all jealous.  Until you hear that I also found a Robert Cox  oil painting.  Okay, this was a thrift store find.

Robert Cox Oil painting  signed 
End tables legs removed
Coffee table and all the legs to all three tables
Round coffee table with wheels

As you can see no paint no renew.  I only used Old English scratch cover on the tables.   

 One, due to the items being veneer.  Second, Our clientele at my antique booth located at Farm House Antiques, love brown.  As in brown furniture not painted.  Some things I paint due to the condition and some I paint BECAUSE I love re-doing and seeing the update on the item.  Well here are my pic's hope you enjoy!   I have other projects to do so catch you soon. 


Monday, April 9, 2012

Before the Hunt for Treasure and Crafting

I hope everyone had a great Easter!  We spent the day enjoying great family, great food, and great scenery.  Crafting was put on hold for this day.  It of course was not far from my mind. 

The season is just beginning.  I am looking forward to this years hunt for treasures.  May it be a tag sale, estate sale or thrift store. Mean while, I hope you will enjoy the views that we were entitled to this Easter Sunday.  From My front porch to yours. Have a great day!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Trading Apples for Chocolate

When I saw this tray I thought the apples were strawberries.   Well this tray is actually a heavy plastic resin type of material.  When someone decorated this with apples it looks like they used joint compound.  Then tried to smooth it out.    The texture of the scrapper or what ever tool they used left marks and made a uneven surface. 

I spent some time with a palm sanders.  Then painted it white with white Krylon spray paint.  I used vellum slogans, sprayed adhesive on the vellum to adhere them. 
 I used modpodge over the vellum to seal it.  I then had a chocolate french stamp and decided to stamp the tray with brown ink.  When the ink dried I sprayed it with clear coat to protect it where I stamped it. Be sure to go to Debbiedoo's  
Where I joined her Newbie Linky party every Monday. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bring your hat please!

This hat is my newest addition to the recent crafts I have learned.  
I have never owned an old fashion wool hat.   I have enjoyed the process of making flowers from silky material, watching them curl up in the heat of the flame and sewing a button in the middle of all the fluff. 
 Be sure to visit The polka dot closet as she has a great tutorial on making flowers.  I added some tulle some black, some gray and purchased some feathers for the band. I hand stitched them all in place.  It was very rewarding to make the embellishments for the hat and see it all come together.  Hope you enjoy!
Have a great day!   Cindy

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ladder back chairs with tables.

I just love crafting, and fixing old things up.  To see how great they turn out in the end.  I am stuffing my antique booth at Farm House Antiques, hoping to find the hot winning items, that I can't keep on the shelf.   Okay, well it sounds good. 
  Each month seems to be hit and miss so far. Crafts? Quilts?  I would love to know what sales in your booth? 
 Our customers seem to like the primitives items.  Americana, so will need to do some crafts that cater to a little more primitive.  Meanwhile, I have already purchased, painted, then fixed some chairs, and tables.  I decided not to  paint the chairs.  
re-upholstered the seats on the ladder back chairs. 

 The tables was actually matching tables. One had been painted red with lots of scratches. 
I made some pottery plaster flowers. I learned this technique from polka dot closet. She has great things be sure to visit her blog.

Original tables used Valspar white semi-gloss.
This is after applying the pottery flowers.

Second table completed. 


Monday, April 2, 2012

Sweet little mirror tray

Here is a simple little tray mirror that hangs on the wall or it can be used for a tray.   This was painted with grapes it was a dreary yellow, when I got it.  I took Rust-oleum satin black spray paint with my new Rust-oleum Comfort Grip spray nozzle.  The Rust-oleum grip did relieve my finger fatigue, thank goodness.  I distressed it a bit with a light grit sandpaper. Oh the fun of crafts.  I plan to add this to my collection in my antique booth.
I then borrowed the idea from The Polka dot closet of free flowers see her blog for the instructions.  Added my little free flower leaving it to it's natural state of color and glued it on with E-6000 glue.  I did clean the mirror when finished.. oops a bit dusty for the picture.
Hope you have a great day,

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