Monday, November 26, 2012


The other night I decided that I wanted to go shopping.  I was on my way to HomeGoods when I was compelled to stop at Goodwill.  I just had a feeling that I needed to go in.  I walked around for 30 minutes without really finding anything that I couldn't live without.  I was about to walk out the door when something caught my eye...

The more I collect Ironstone, the more I can spot it from far away.  Right on the end cap I saw a serving bowl.  Score!  When I looked at the price it said 29.99.  Instantly my high was gone... Until I looked a little closer. It wasn't 29.99 for just the one bowl.  It was 29.99 for a 43 piece set.  What?  No way! I thought to myself.  I looked a little more and BINGO!  There it was.

 I needed a cart, but I had one of those moments where I was frozen.  I did not want to leave my treasures.  I ran as fast as I could to grab one.  I put them in my cart and headed  to the cash register before they realized how cheap it was. 

The cashier picked one up and said "Wow!  These are much heavier than they look."  I remember thinking the same thing the first time I picked one up.  She also noticed the crazing on them.  I still don't know it they are a good thing or bad thing.  I love it.  Makes it look like it has some history.


So, I guess the moral of this story is to always listen to your gut.  I knew that there was something waiting for me to rescue it.  I just didn't think I would hit the jackpot!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Small White Dresser

I found this little dresser the other day.  I loved how small it was.  I was thinking that it would be perfect in a bathroom or a craft room.

One of my favorite things about painting furniture is that I get to use some of the pieces until they sell.  I love changing things out.  It's a win win for me and my hubby.  I get new stuff all the time, and he doesn't have to pay for it!

One of my favorite pieces was the little chunky night stand that I had put a 1,2,3 on.  It sold the first day, so I didn't get a chance to decorate with it.  When I saw this dresser, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

I used two coats of my favorite white paint.  Dove White by Valaspar. I find that it is the perfect white for me.  Then using a sharpie, I drew on the numbers.  Next I distressed it using 150 grit sandpaper.  After that I gave it a coat of wax. 

I kept the original hardware.  I just painted it to match.  I think it was the right decision.  I went back and forth about keeping it.  In the end it came down to not wanting to fill the holes and having to drill new ones. 

I found this really cute paper at the Dollar Tree.  I have been waiting to use it.  I love the  green and white together.

Maybe I will get to use this one!  But I'll be okay if I don't...


Friday, November 16, 2012

Grey and Red

I have been obsessing over grey and red lately!  I think it looks so rich and warm!  When I found these little red rose handles, I knew I had to put them with a grey table.  Let's be honest.  Most of my pieces end up being grey anyway.

I did take a before, but two minutes before I was going to post it, my "Little" erased it.  My fault.  I gave her my phone to occupy her while I shopped.  That's what I get!

It started out as a boring brown end table.  It was in perfect condition, so no filling this time!  Yes!  I am the worst at wood filler.  I never seem to get it right.

Here is what it looks like now.

 I wanted a darker grey than I had on hand, so I just added a little black until I reached the color I wanted.  I used two coats of homemade chalk paint.  Then I used 220 grit sandpaper to distress it.  I used a black glaze to give it a little depth, and then a coat of wax.

Here is a close up on the hardware.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My First Bazaar

On Saturday I had my first bazaar.  It didn't go so well, but I still had fun.  They had signed up too many vendors.  We ended up getting stuck in a weird hallway away from the gym.  It was my table and another girl's.  She has done many bazaars, and said that this was the weirdest one she had done.  Oh well!  Life goes on and I have tons of homemade Christmas presents to give out!  I did snap a couple of pictures with my cell phone.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Goodies For The Bazaar

Here is a quick peek at what I have been working on.  As I said before, my first bazaar is coming up.  I am so excited.  I have been working like a dog on all of the goodies.

  We don't reuse plastic in my household, so we usually tons of glass jars. I saw something similar to these on Pinterest. Very simple and so cute!

 These are my flower magnets.  I love them.  I will be making a lot of these as Christmas gifts this year.  I have always wanted to make my own gifts!

What's a bazaar without the old sheet music wreath?  I put a little spin on mine and added a little metal plate to the center.  Throw a magnet on whatever you like and you can switch out the center.  I was thinking a heart for Valentine's Day would be super cute.

I had some canvas bags leftover from last year.  I added little fabric rosettes to give them a nice touch.  I might have to make a few for myself.

Lots and lots of glass bulbs.  I added ribbon, twine, and shredded sheet music to them.  Whatever doesn't sell will be on my tree this year.  It has been 10 years since I switched out my tree, so I am in  need of something new.

I mad a ton of gift bags.  This is just one.  I probably made too many of these, but once this crafter gets going, it's hard for me to stop.

I have some more stuff, but they are not quite ready yet.  I better get a move on it.  My bazaar is this Saturday!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Music Sheet Flower Magnet

As I mentioned before, I have had a couple of projects going.  One of them is my very first holiday bazaar.  I am so excited!  I had wanted to do one last year, but time got away from me.  This year, I signed up as early as I could.  I am making a few things for it.  One of them are these adorable flower magnets. 

Here is how I did it...

These are the supplies you will need.



Glue Sticks and Glue Gun


Sheet Music


The first thing you need to do is draw a flower shape on your sheet music.  I did three different sizes.  I then cut out three of each size.

Next you need to start stacking the flower.  Use just a dab of the hot glue to make them stick.  You want to use all three big ones, and then all three medium ones, and then the small ones.  Make sure that you turn each layer, so it makes a full flower shape.

Here is what it should look like after you have stacked all of them.

Next step is to glue down a little button right in the center of your flower

The last step is to put a magnet on the back of it. I wanted some depth to mine, so I fluffed the edges a little.

I am definitely going to be making these for gifts this year.  My girlfriends will love them.

Here it is on my refrigerator. I think they look much better than the carpet cleaning magnet that we got the last time we had our carpets cleaned!