Monday, August 29, 2011

Bounty from the Garden

Just wanted to share with you some flowers I cut from my garden.

Asters and statice in a pretty vintage vase:

Asters, statice and snapdragons in a mason jar.

I love flowers so much and I'm so glad that I'm finally lucky enough to have space to have a cutting garden. Do you garden? What sort of plants do you have?

Happy Crafting!

Under $25 Makeover Announcement

I just realized I didn't give the most important detail of the drawing, when it's held! I will be drawing the winner of the mini makeover kit on Friday. If you missed the details of the giveaway, check them out here. Please check out the all of the Under $25 Makeovers here.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Under $25 Makeover: Deck Details and Linky Party

I'm super excited about the details for this week's makeover. So many cute details. Before I get to them, I want to remind you that if you join the linky party at the bottom of this post you get entered into a drawing to win this prize package. You can see the full makeover results here.

Here's the space between the dining and sitting areas.

The art was previously in my kitchen. I sprayed the whole thing with clear matte spray paint, hoping that it would weatherproof it somewhat. It seems to be working so far.

This cute little tea light holder hangs above the table.

Speaking of the table, I had to show you the front of it with it's cute little drawer.

What's a deck without some flowers? I have hanging pails with red geraniums in them.

Here's a closeup of that cushion cover I'm so proud of:

There has a to be a chair for my little girl!

Finally, here's some more pics showing the lights around the deck itself.

*sigh* I feel like it's outdoor living perfection!

Here's the cost break down:
  • Drop Cloth - $15
  • Turquoise outdoor fabric- $10
  • Red & White outdoor fabric - $7
  • Multicolored fabric- $10
  • Turquoise lantern $3
  • Two turquoise glass lanterns $5
Grand total: $50 even!

Happy Crafting!

*In case you missed the other Under $25 Makeovers, you can check them all out here.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Under $25 Makeover: Deck After

Whew! I had to wait for the light to cooperate to take pictures, but it's well worth it, I assure you! (I forgot that there are only a few set hours in the morning and evening where the deck isn't partially sun drenched.) See the before of the deck here.

I'll get to some of the details later, but first I have to show you this pic because I love it so much:

Yea for twinkle lights! :) I separated the deck into two distinct areas, sitting and dining. Here's the sitting area:

Remember that love seat with the 70's flowered cushions:

I got this love seat for free from my mom. Someone gave it to her, she found one at auction she liked better, and Tada! Free couch. Because the cushions were so big (the back is one ginormous piece) I decided that drop cloth was the most economical choice for fabric. I got a huge one (can't remember exact dimensions) for only $15.00. It covered the couch and a couple of other cushions and I still have a lot left over for other projects. The rug was one I had in my kitchen. It's getting old. It's not an outdoor one, but it's cotton so it dries quickly.

Then there were the two metal chair frames that I picked up for free back in college. I've toted them around with me for years, but they've never looked so good:

The turquoise fabric is outdoor canvas from Joanne Fabrics. The red is an outdoor fabric from Fabric Warehouse.

Then there was the lovely wicker chair I picked up, also for free (I love curb shopping!) It had a plain foam cushion with it, I just covered it.

I got the top fabric from Joanne's again and the side of the cushion cover is more drop cloth. I thought that top fabric was just perfect because it carried all the colors together in one pattern. I also made a lumbar pillow from it as seen in the love seat picture. Eventually, I think I need to spray paint the chair base, but for now the chippy paint sings to my junker soul.

What about those cute little tables? You've already seen the first one here. The other one got a full spray painting with Rust-Oleum Painters Touch in "Lagoon." I love this color so much!

Here's the dining area:

The table is a vintage red and white enamel table with leaves that pull out from underneath each side. This was another gift from my Mom (I'm so lucky!)

The chairs needed pad covers, so I used the leftover turquoise fabric.

Wow! I got picture crazy! There are so many more details to show you. But, because this post is long enough, I will show you those details and give you the full break down of the cost in Friday's post and linky party.

Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Under $25 Makeover: Linky Party Prizes

I just wanted to remind everyone that after all the Under $25 Makeover Madness is complete, I am having a drawing for a prize package.

I'm calling it a "Mini-Makeover Kit" and it includes all this great stuff:

A vintage tin memo board with magnets:

A vintage ironstone platter with vinyl lettering that says "Family", a market bag made from a vintage pillowcase, a vintage ball jar, some heat n' bond tape:

also included is a $10 Gift certificate to my shop, and a choice of any one of three different fabrics used during my makeovers. (I've included the heat n' bond so that even if you can't sew, you can use the fabric for any number of projects. you just need to iron the fabric with the heat n' bond to hem.

How can you win this great prize pack? Just enter your project in the linky party on Friday. Can't wait that long? Link to last week's party here.

Happy Crafting!

Under $25 Makeover: Deck Before

I'm trying to get a head start on tomorrow's makeover reveal by posting the "before" pics today. I did a lot of projects for this makeover unlike some of my more subtle makeovers. I'm going to start with individual pieces of furniture.

Side tables:


And finally, the couch:

Gotta love that 70's floral pattern!

So you know what we're dealing with, here's a pic of the whole deck:

I cannot wait to show you the reveal tomorrow. It's the most dramatic makeover yet! And don't forget you can join the fun by linking up your makeover or fun project on Friday. In the meantime, you can still link up your thrifty projects here. Remember, every link gets an entry into a drawing for a prize pack! I'll be doing a separate post with the prize pack later today.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Under $25 Makeover: Side Table

It's the final week of the Under $25 Makeovers! This week is a little bit of a cheat. I actually spent more than $25 on the final space, which is my deck. But there was quite a bit of purchasing involved and a lot of bang for the extra bucks!

For my project this week, I am sharing a side table I redid. I actually didn't do that much to it, but I think it make quite a difference.

Here's the before.

I decided to add my two main colors, red and turquoise, to the white (I'm bringing the colors from my kitchen out onto the deck since all the kitchen windows face out to the deck.)

Here's my taping job.

A little spray paint in each square (on all four sides) and this is the result.

I think it adds just a little extra punch. The best part? It was free. I already had the table and the paint!

Check out the deck transformation on Wednesday!

Happy Crafting!

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Under $25 Makeover: Kitchen Details & Linky Party

I'm going to share some of the details of the kitchen makeover up close and personal and then, you can join in the fun by linking up your thrifty projects. Remember, first one to link up gets a $10 gift certificate to my store.

Here's the accessories on top of the cupboard.

Aren't those poppies great? Here's the shelf details.

And finally, here's my favorite grater.

It's my favorite because it has a curved body. It gives it a nice architectural quality to it. Kitchen utensils as art. It doesn't get much better than that!

Link up your thrifty projects below. Remember, first link gets a $10 gift certificate. All other links get entered into a fabulous drawing for a prize package (seen here) at the end of Makeover Month!

Happy Crafting!


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