November Craft Challenge

 November Craft Challenge – make a wreath or create something to hang on your front door for Christmas.

oct-challenge-3Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop. On the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to my challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

Last month was our recycle a container challenge and the picture to the left shows one of the jars I am now using in my bathroom to hold makeup sponges.

This month the challenge was to  make a wreath or create something to hang on your front door for Christmas. I found a picture frame at one of my favorite thrift stores and spent one whole dollar on it so I could use the frame.

I removed the picture from the frame and gave the frame three coats of red craft paint. When the paint was dry, I used semi-gloss spray lacquer to protect the paint.  My snowflake embellishments and ribbon came from the Dollar Store and the silver and red ornaments are vintage ones I’ve had for a long time.

I cannot decide which door to hang it on, my inside white door or the outside blue door with the stained glass insert….I am leaning toward the blue door, what do you think?

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June Craft Challenge

June Craft Challenge – use an embroidery  hoop in a new way!

embroidery hoop 2Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop. For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to our challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

I found my wooden oval embroidery hoop at one of my “frequently” visited thrift stores for a mere $0.25. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make a laundry room lint bag. This would make a great craft stash holder too.

 

I didn’t want to spend a lot of time sewing so I dug in my fabric stash and found an old pair of pants that hadn’t been cut into material scraps yet.  I eyeballed how big I wanted the bag to be and made a straight cut across the pant leg. I turned it inside out, folded and tucked the material around the inner embroidery hoop, then added the top embroidery hoop piece. Once it was securely in place, I sewed up the bottom of the bag using the hemline on pant leg as my guide.

I flipped it back to the right side and added a left over piece of ribbon for a little whimsy. Here is a picture of what I was using as my laundry room lint bag, U G L Y  and B O R I N G!

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Before I took my newly made lint bag to my laundry room, I tested it out in my craft room as a yarn holder.  I like it better as a lint bag.

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May Craft Challenge

                                      May Craft Challenge – incorporate a picture frame into the challenge.

Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop. For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join our challenge. (The links to our challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

As soon as I saw the framed print at one of my favorite thrift stores, I knew I was going to buy it specifically for the frame (even before I knew that May’s craft challenge involved a picture frame).

This challenge cost me $1.00 – yes you read that right one whole dollar and the reason why is that I already had the rest of the supplies in my craft stash. Check out the price tag in the upper left hand corner of the before picture? Continue reading May Craft Challenge

Fun and interesting vintage finds…

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I’m still not 100% sure what this is??? except a really cute wooden pig with missing ears and a pink nose.

In a previous post about my latest venture (you can read about that here) I told you how I love auctions, yard sales, thrift stores and curb side finds.

In this post I want to share some pictures of the fun, quirky and sometimes useful vintage things I’ve bought or found.

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All the way from Newfoundland – a hand carved wooden fish

As some of you may know (if you’ve been lucky, like me, to be able to attend an estate auction) that auctioneers will sell what is called a “box lot”  and these usually  go for a pretty affordable price. Continue reading Fun and interesting vintage finds…

One man’s junk is this woman’s treasure…

 

a92fa1190f7391c762045e61ed9559cd“The saying is something like, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” or “one man’s garbage is another man’s gold” which both mean that what is of little value to one person, may in fact be of great value to another person.”

In a previous post I talked about my love of garage and yard sales, auctions, thrift stores and the thrill of the hunt searching for my next vintage trinket or treasure.

At almost every yard or garage sale the person selling the goods will have a box of stuff that they don’t think anyone will buy and it is marked “FREE”.

I think the hubs cringes when he realizes I’ve spied that box and make a beeline to inspect.

One of my recent free finds was a …. Continue reading One man’s junk is this woman’s treasure…