Thursday, August 18, 2011

Okay, I'm overwhelmed.  I'm working on a really big project and it's sucking the life out of me.  But, like a bad penny -- I'll be back...

for sure!!!

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pretty Little Pictures

I started the "shake-up" today with the bookcase in our TV room.  It was a pretty simple project and only took a few minutes to gather enough family photos to completely fill one of the shelves. 
It could have been boring (family photos on a shelf in the TV room -- it doesn't take a genius) but I think I avoided that by layering the pictures and stacking them against the back of the bookcase.  Fourteen of them. 

On another shelf are pictures of my Mom in the first, second, third and fourth grades.  Isn't she adorable?

The shadowbox behind them are filled with odds and ends left by the previous owners of our house along with a fun carnival like picture of them.  It will stay with the house if we ever go...

I'm happy with the results.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Shakin' things up a little...

I spend loads of time in this room -- a smallish bedroom near the kitchen (thank goodness) turned TV room.  It's where I watch Netflex and the news and where I kick off my shoes and prop up my feet as well as my "pretend" office, where I blog and create these annoying run-on sentences.   

These pics were taken a little while back.  It's really looking a little shabby and not as in "chic".
Anyway, I need to shake things up a bit in here.  You know when it's time and, trust me, (that sounded just like my son) it's time.

The furniture has to stay -- I'm not that tired of it yet.  The rug stays, too, but I think I'll change the wall color and window treatments, put some new slips on the loveseat, and re-accessorize...j


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vintage Cup O' Joe

My husband and I drink perked coffee.  No fancy Starbucks brew for us.  We take ours the old-fashioned way. 

So, we were really irked this morning when our second new percolator in less than two years bit the dust. Fifty-six dollars, times two, down the drain.  They sure don't make 'em like they used to.

Lucky for us, I'd found this sixty-something year old percolator a month or so ago.  I think I paid $10 for it.  I had been too nervous to plug it up.  I never really thought it would work, anyway, I just thought it was cute.  

However, desperate times call for desperate measures. 

A morning without coffee is like....
 Well, I can't even answer that until after my coffee.   

We plugged her in.  Expecting what?  Sparks and an explosion, maybe?  I was just thinking, please let the fire be small. 

 I really wasn't expecting a hot cup o' joe.
But, that's just what we got.  It was great.  She's hired.  


Gail @ My Repurposed Life had another idea for my little pot.  Check this out...

(click here for how-to's)


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Upcycled Laundry/Vegetable/Grocery BAG

I've had my grandson for the last couple of weeks so I've "been away".  He's headed home today and has some dirty clothes to take with him so we decided to do this little project together before he left.

What could have been a twenty minute project, if not for Noah's "help", turned into a good forty-five-er... but where's the fun in fast? 

We upcycled an old sweatshirt into a bag that he'll use for his dirty clothes.  The same bag could be used for toys, veggies or groceries as well.  

I folded the shirt in half and free-handed the pattern with a marker.

Noah supervised the cutting out of the bag.

I cut slits for ventilation.  

For the fun monogram I used yarn and a zig-zag stitch.

The stitching around the outside was done in the same blue as the yarn. I used a short stitch, for strength, 1/4 inch from the edge.

This type of fabric won't fray so there's no need to finish the edges...

Cute, and free, and useful.  

I'll be hooking up here...

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