Friday, August 19, 2016

You may want to save your cans!!

Hello...welcome. I have been busy with this "junk " craft. That would mean to me something that I would normally toss in the trash but instead I decided to repurpose it and that would some large tin cans that once had tomato sauce in it.  I left them outdoors for a bit so they could start to rust. Here in SW Florida we are topping off our rainy season with tropical storms everyday. So rust is not a problem.

 Ok here is the tin can in all its ugly beauty.Hey some of us vintage rollin bloggers just love us a bit of rust!! As you can see very rusty. And that's a good thing if we are doing a vintage style project. Soon you will see where I am going with all this.... Give the can a dry painting which means leave some places without paint so you can see the rusty goodness. While that's drying you can make the can embellishments.
 I found this great product from Duck, it is contact chalkboard...just love it!! If you don't have this you can just paint a little chalkboard in the front of the can.
 So now were going to make some burlap flowers , so easy , just cut 3 different size flowers this shape(sm., med. and lg) Get you hot glue gun ready, place the largest on the bottom then the med. and then sm. ...glue them with the hot glue in the center. They should look like the photo below. Get out your button stash and hot glue a pretty button in the middle.


 This would also make a pretty hostess gift maybe filled with some fall cuttings from your garden.

 I stuffed the can with some Norfolk pine and faux harvest. I also took some green paper ribbon and hot glued around the Chalk board. You can place the burlap flower where ever you see fit. I liked it on the side.

This would make a pretty table centerpiece! You can fill them with whatever you have on hand ! There are many ways to "rust" up recipes so you don't have to wait for the rust to appear it can be forced.
So there you have it a very inexpensive way to have something pretty!
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rag wreaths, a great way to incorporate Farm house & color in your decor

Hi there.....happy you could stop in.  Been busy getting things ready for online sales. I am so pleased to say that Natalie, a young entrepreneur  has joined me in my crafting. She paints so well...she does the first coat, 2nd coat then I go and do the stenciling etc. She also knows how to make rag wreaths and garlands. When she was very young she started to paint...she joined me painting one day, we were painting the dining room and I did not realize she painted the face of a wall clock lol.

 This rag wreath we call dish has the blues that are found in the pretty vintage blue and white dishes. We Attached a small chalkboard so whom ever purchases it can state their greetings.

 A vintage style painted tin bucket with rope handles and a burlap flower.

 A green color scheme with a rose arrangement

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Thursday, August 11, 2016 I have a table addiction, I admit it. Come see what I did with a round dining table..

Welcome......So as you can see I admit to buying too many tables. Big, small any size, I just want to buy them and paint them pretty. Lucky I have some storage in the back shed. I am getting yelled at know it goes something like this:, "You don't need all these things!". Oh shush I say.

So anyway I had this huge round table sitting in storage so I thought Well I need a bigger coffee table, so I carried it on in and prepped her up. Got all my paints and imagination out! I mixed up some dark chalk paint using baking soda and painted the whole thing dark and added some lines with a yardstick  to make it look like pieces of wood.

Then I got the idea to make it a huge clock...we have a child here that's learning how to tell time so I did not paint on the hands of the clock ... she can draw them on with chalk for some learning fun!

The table is a good size and reachable by 2 couches and a large leather chair. I had an iron base from a bench that worked perfectly married to this coffee table. Just a fun table makeover for the family to enjoy.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Welcome friends! Happy you could stop by to see what the heke I'm up to now. I had this wonderful pedestal table that I decided to move into the kitchen. Its not very big without the leaf and has a great pedestal . I thought it would be a great place to do some homework have a little lunch or just sit and chat over some coffee.

This process was not took 3 paint applications. So it started like this..
I t was all white, so I painted sea green, dark green, red and yellow thick stripes, I dry brushed it on. Let that dry , then took a dark brownish grey and painted the whole thing so no colors were visible. Once all dry I took and painted the sea foam color dry brushed that on. Then I quickly took the opposite end of a small paint brush and made plank lines by using a yard stick.

So when that was completely dry the fun started lots of sanding and scrapping I wanted to get a real old effect. I just kept scrapping until enough was a enough. A coat of non shiney polyurethane as the last step.

Little peeks of color are visible after sanding and scraping

I do understand that not everyone would like so much wear and tear on a piece of furniture. But I love wood that's been through the elements. The apron of the table I painted the sea foam green color. Creating a well weathered piece of furniture can take some time and patience and this style is not for everyone.
  So pleased that I was  Featured at  The Blue Willow House Vintage Charm!  Thank you Sharon

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Sunday, July 24, 2016


Hi yesterday I scanned the thrift stores for a little counter lamp . I had my imagination sparked up everytime I seen a little lamp .the thrift store is a wonderful place to purchase a good quality lamp and a minimal price...usually 2$-10$. Not bad because if you purchase brand new lamps they are pricey. Besides all that I love to put a new design on them.

Always be sure the electrical wiring is in tact, most thrift stores  have a plug for testing. And now I will show you this very modern ugly to me lamp I bought.

 Oh my goodness...see all that shiny business? First off some sanding to rid of the shiny. I mixed up some light yellow that I will call bee dust. And gave it a coat  and then another. Took some grey paint and put some here and there along with red to give it an old feel.
 I found this little wooden rooster in my box of tricks so I attached it with some glue....He just looks like he lived there forever.

 And you know that shade?, it is sitting on the shelf because it is just lacking personality, for this project anyway.
 So I had this wire basket and it fit perfectly I like to call this a marriage. I had to line the inside of the basket with some light yellow checked material.

 I save all lamp parts cause a girl never knows when shell be needing this or that! Like this metal contraption I attached first before the basket makes it so the material never touches the light bulb
 The lamp goes well with the new brick backsplash and farm house d├ęcor. So all in all I spent 4.99 on the lamp...had the basket and wooden rooster plus paint on hand. Need some light ? try  the thrifts and with a little imagination you will have a custom one and only lamp.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Faux Painted vintage style brick wall backsplash

Hi there and welcome...I have been busy all day with painting up some white washed brick. So last evening I was looking for some wallpaper on line I knew I wanted brick but there was just so many choices, so I thought I would sleep on it. Well the next day I woke up and decided that I would just paint the backsplash my self.

This backplash is also paneling and the same green tea color as the walls.

So I got to work mixing some colors together. I used a sponge red, white and black paints. I just kind of stamped the sponge here and there. So I have to tell you I totally was going to stop and paint the wall back as it was but my curiosity got the best of me and my conscience got the most of me it was saying "quitter", oh heke no I am not a quitter so I kept going.

After I had all the bricks stamped on I let it dry .......once dry I took a small brush and painted all the grout stuff around the bricks....let that dry.

And once again went over all the bricks so it would look a bit more blended on the edges.

 I then mixed some water with some white flat paint and brushed it on then just ever so gently pressed a rag to sop some of the paint mixture up

 It was touch and go for a while but the end results was not too bad

 I crafted this sign last week

If you are a beginner I would suggest practice first. Thank you so much for stopping on in!
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Monday, July 18, 2016

A DELICIOUS MANGO SMOOTHY & A COUPLE of new thriftstore finds

Hi there....welcome, hope you are enjoying summer here in Southwest Fla. Everyday we have a tropical storm, sometimes 3 or 4 storms a day. The gardens have all gone bizerk with growth and the lawn needs to be cut once a week and for me. It is however Mango me it is one of the most delicious fruits ever. It is considered  a superfood containing over 20 different vitamins and minerals. Only 100 calories per 1 cup. No cholesterol, sodium or fat.  So I found a great new way to use this fruit seeing that the cup is runith over. 

A Mango smoothie! We are big smoothie fans and make them allot out of bananas, strawberries, pinapples etc. Just about any fruit is smoothie versatile.
 If you are not lucky enough to have a neighbor with a huge mango tree they are always available in your local grocery. All you need is Mangoes, lots of ice, Half and half and a great blender that will crush ice cubes.
 Grab a glass......its ready. Ita is a great alternative to other sweet snacks that have no nutritional value.
 Ok so seeing that I am drinking a healthy drink why not a fudge brownie? 
Super yummy!

Here are the wonderful finds from my weekend thrifting...

I can't help to wonder whom had sewn such a beautiful quilt, You know how you can just put a picture in your mind that would match with your physical item. I see a   farmhouse mom sitting around a sprawling table working her sewing magic sipping on a hot cup of coffee at the end of a busy day. The picture above is showing that in a couple of places it is come apart but not to worry I will stitch it up ever so carefully. I so admire Brenda of cozy little houses beautiful quilts that she displays so beautifully.

 I also found this homemade basket and it fit perfectly on my butcher block now I have all my spices at my fingertips.

Hope you'll give a Mango smoothie a try!