A Crafty Tale: Jewelry Station, Part I

In the first of what I’m sure will be a captivating series about a project that has been forming in my mind for two years, but has been put on the back burner. . (oooh we need a kitchen, waaah we have to insulate the attic… It’s one thing after another and meanwhile, my accessories have been languishing!!) I now present the first post about my new jewelry station. I can hear you cheering from here!

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This is one of the least expensive, most DIY of my DIY experiments and so far so good! Don’t you.love it when that happens?! I fixed up a chair and table for my vanity. I’m halfway through with the jewelry storage parts. And I’m plotting the little mirror that will hang next to all of it.

So for Part I of the first part of the wall hangings around the vanity… I give you the rough draft of what will (I hope) be a very cute mirror.

The base is  a $1 wood frame from a craft store. I am going to paint it light blue with some leftover paint samples I have in the basement. Then, I’m going to glue a cheap piece of mirror to the back. Once that is all set, I will glue tiles to the front in some configuration like the layout I have here.

The tiles were taken from kitchen backsplash samples that I ordered when I was deciding on kitchen things. I painted some with craft paint, some with glue and glitter, and they all will look lovely in my blue bedroom! Oooh, and with the jewelry organizing things you haven’t even SEEN yet!! Well, stay tuned :)

Happy Third Anniversary!

It’s our third anniversary in our house!

And just as it has for the past 87 Sundays, the sky is dumping snow on us in that taunting way that’s all .. “Oh yeah, you’re nice and cozy now, but tomorrow you will have to slop to work in 6 layers of clothes and snow boots… AGAIN!  Hahahahahaha….. ”

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So we got some grocery shopping done early, and are holed up at home, cooking and sewing and catching up on projects.

Chris worked on the third floor yesterday, pulling up the linoleum in his music room area.  Between the linoleum and the floorboards is a layer of newspaper from 1947.  We’ve pulled some of that out already, and most of it is in great shape. Then yesterday, Chris found a couple of color magazines — the Daily News Sunday Magazines from November, 1947.  Mostly ads– but what ads they are!!

So in celebration of this house that I love more every day: a slideshow of amazing newspaper pages from 1947.  Three years in and we’re still having fun and finding fun things!!  Cheers.

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A Crafty Tale: embroidered pillow

I am lucky to be an auntie to a truly spectacular young lady who, among the many things she does well, plays tennis at a very high, very competitive level.

So apparently in sports, you keep score (I was in the drama club crowd, I avoided sports and missed this part) and apparently in young people’s tennis, you keep score for yourselves, and apparently a lot of players do not  play as fairly as they should. So my awesome niece has an awesome saying and I embroidered it on a pillow for her.

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And embroidery is getting its due  in a fun AP article today that my lovely friend Julie shared with me. I’m having trouble linking it on my phone, but will check back with a link later!  It’s a great piece and captured some of the things I love about embroidery as a hobby and made it seem accessible and easy to try, if you have any interest. And it also talked about several magazine articles and books being published this spring. It’s a good time to have an embroidery habit :)

A Crafty Tale: My new old chair!

Slowly but surely getting the bedroom in order… To that end, have re-done this little chair (which was another piece left in the house) and will have a little vanity/ desk area going on the bedroom…..

Popped out the seat, sanded, painted, had Chris help me with a new foam cushion, some upholstery staples and bam!  A new chair :)

Pocket Doors

I really thought I posted this before, but I must have been waiting to find my “before” pictures. And I think Chris got a whole series of photos of various paint stripping stages (and what, I ask you, is more riveting than another tale of Getting Paint Off Stuff?) so, don’t worry… This is not the only post on the pocket doors! I could tell you were getting worried. Don’t be.

I will even make a slide show. Maybe. In the meantime, picture, if you will, the frame and doors all painted.

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Detail of lock/handle

Holiday Cheer

We are skipping a tree this year, but spent the evening putting out some Christmas stuff to make it a little more festive around here! Will finish up most of our shopping tomorrow, get the wrapping underway, get prepped to enjoy our third Christmas in our super fun house… Happy holidays! Got vintage decorations? Send me links!

Catching Up: Leaves, Pumpkins, and Oh, yeah, THAT happened ….

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So, getting rid of all those leaves was this past weekend’s chores.  Because, if you like watching paint dry, then you super-love hearing about OTHER people RAKING THEIR LAWNS.

A brief detour to the very overdue topic of Halloween ….

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And then also … this happened:

Yay, fall!  And omg so horrified by that raccoon!!!

Dresser Makeover

__This one has been on my list for a long time!  It’s finally finished, and I’m finally posting it.

As I’m sure you can guess from how much we love stripping paint around here, I’m not the biggest fan of just painting things white.  But in the case of this cute dresser, its veneer and brass handles were looking dated and worn, but the shapes are fantastic!  Power sanded, silver-leafed and painted with some leftover tester paint and I  have a cute new dresser!

Such a simple, easy project — I held myself back from decoupaging every flat surface on the dresser and kept things plain and clean.  I love it!

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Powder Coated Goodness!

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Who knew that a person could get so excited about a radiator?? This house is really changing my priorities…. If you would have told me a few years ago that a really fun weekend would involve cleaning out and reorganizing a closet while Chris installed a radiator, I don’t think I would have bought it.

The house is full of amazing radiators, like this one in the upstairs bathroom. Chris found a place nearby that does powder coating, and he brought this guy in for a makeover. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, and I’m excited to bring in some others…

It took a lot of wrestling, a million trips up and down the stairs and some milder versions of that scene in A Christmas Story where the Dad works on the boiler, but Chris got it installed and ready for winter!