Monday, August 16, 2010

Adding a Flower to a Lampshade

I recovered this shade a while back in burlap and used black ribbon as the trim, but felt like it was too plain (I don't do plain folks, as you probably know) and needed something else. So, I opened up my craft/junk closet yesterday and saw this red flower and got an idea. I took the stem off and hot glued it on and a cute new shade is born. Not plain anymore!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Board and Batten Shutters

My husband surprised me on my birthday last week by making these board and batten shutters for my kitchen window. I had talked to him about it a while back, but had really kind of scrapped the idea and forgotten about it. Well, he remembered and made them. Doesn't that just mean so much when your man actually listens to you and wants to make you happy? I got me a good one for sure. I think I am finally satisfied with the color, but I may still glaze them some. I painted them a light green first and didn't really like it. Then I tried a darker green and didn't really like it either. Then I dry brushed the light green on top of the darker green and got the somewhat aged look I like. I am not good with paint finishes like some of y'all are. I am not patient and just want to finish. I think they are pretty cute and it feels so cozy sitting there at the table. Happy Friday and weekend to y'all!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Red and White Checked Pillow

I decided we needed a 5th pillow on the couch to add to the ones we have to move when we want to sit down so I brought in this red and white checked one from our bedroom. I absolutely LOVE checked fabric, especially red and white, so I am enjoying seeing it every time I walk through the living room which is like 50 million times a day. I love making small changes and moving things around. It's my favorite hobby! Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Yard Sale Lamps

I bought this pair of lamps for $5 last Sat. at a yard sale. I really like the shape and size of them. I like the barrel shape of the shades too, but they are just too big so I found some shades at Target and covered them in some fabric from Joanns. Originally I was going to paint the lamps and then decided that I like the white and the wheat motif and am going to leave them the way they are. I am really liking how interesting vintage lamps are and am going to be on the lookout for more of them. I love them on this piece in my living room and am enjoying the extra light they give to this area of the room. There are lots of yard sales tomorrow and I am looking forward to finding more I need more stuff! Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Harlequin Wrapping Paper in My Hutch

I have had this harlequin wrapping paper since last year, Christmas I think, when I bought it at Hobby Lobby. It has been sitting in my closet waiting to be used on a project. Manuela at The Pleasures of Homemaking (LOVE her blog, address is used it on the back of a piece in her dining room a while back and I decided to do the same. I am thrilled with how it looks! It is just taped on there. I like to change things so I didn't want it too permanent. I also hung 2 rooster pictures beside it that I got on clearance at Kirklands several months ago. I am working on something I am going to hang on each side of that kitchen window. Hope it turns out the way I want. I'll be sure to show you when I'm finished. Have a wonderful Wed.! My parents are going to keep my son this afternoon and I am going shopping so you know I'll have a great day!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Yard Sale Finds

I can't believe it has been 3 weeks since I have posted anything! I usually try to at least once or twice a week. I have been doing some projects here and there, but just haven't gotten around to taking pictures and sharing them. My mom and I went to some yard sales on Sat. and I am happy with what I got. I love botanicals and got the 3 below for $3. The small city scene print was 10 cents, the bunny was $1, and the cabbage plates (a chip and dip set maybe?) were $2. I got 2 lamps also that I am in the process of redoing the shades and will show them this week. I just need to get some trim for them. Hope y'all had a great weekend. Happy Monday to you!