Simple Sunday ~ Gnomes

Welcome to Simple Sunday.

This week’s project is the rehabilitation of a couple of thrift store gnomes.

I found these two very faded gnomes at the thrift store for seventy-five cents each.  Though faded they are in excellent shape and perfect for a rehab with a bit of spray paint.

Now to pick the paint colors.  Of course, I consulted Pinterest to help visualize gnomes painted solid colors.  On Pinterest, I found gnomes painted a variety of colors some even had hats painted one color and the body painted another.  Food for thought.

Gnome number one.

Gnome number two.

Now the twins.  I am always amazed at the change a can of spray paint can do.

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PS:  The family favorite is the blue gnome!

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Simple Sunday ~ Coastal Lantern

You may have guessed I’m at my daughter’s this week in south Florida.

She had a plain white lantern that needed a little up do.  So I told her to leave it to me to create a coastal themed lantern.

I gathered a few supplies.

First, I placed a layer of blue glass baubles in the bottom of the lantern.  After loading the batteries in the flameless candle I placed it on top of the layer of blue baubles.

Then, I topped the lantern off with a straw tie.

Lastly, I finished it by closing the lantern door and placing a starfish against the corner.

The Coastal Lantern joined these adorable flamingo throw pillows out on the deck.

All we need now is a cool refreshing drink.

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Simple Sunday

Welcome back to another edition of Simple Sunday.

 Today I’m going to show you how I put together a quick and easy Easter centerpiece.

Here are the items I am using.  Two little green moss-covered rabbits I picked up while in Florida last month, a bunch of three carrots from Target’s Bullseye’s Playground,  three faux plants (Ikea), three clay pots, two small Daisy plants (Ikea), and a breadboard to pull it all together.

First, I situated the three clay pots on the breadboard.

Then, I added an Ikea plant to each clay pot.

To make room for a carrot in each pot it scooted the leaves around so the carrots fit into the pots.

Next, I added the little moss-covered rabbits.

Then, I added the daisies but I didn’t like the little black pots they came in.  So I added a burlap wrap and tied it with some twine.

So simple and so cute.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Happy Birthday to my youngest today!!

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How to Make a Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Wreath

Today I’m showing you an idea for a quick and easy Valentine’s Day Wreath.

It was inexpensive too.

When I saw this red and pink pom pom scarf during my Saturday thrifting trip a wreath immediately sprang to mind.  So for a dollar, I couldn’t go wrong.

I had a set of three heart-shaped vine wreaths on hand in my thrifted craft stash.

Now I had to pick the one that would work best.  Reminiscent of the three little bears first I tried the large heart but the scarf wasn’t long enough and the small wreath wasn’t really the size I wanted.  So I was giddy when the medium size wreath was just right.

Starting at the bottom and working my way around the heart I hot glued the scarf to the heart.

So there you have it, one quick and easy Valentine’s Day Wreath.  As for supplies, the Dollar Tree has heart-shaped wreaths and you could buy an appropriately colored scarf at the thrift store and add your own pom poms.  You would still have a quick and easy inexpensive wreath.

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Q & E Pottery Barn Inspired Bead Strand Vase Filler

You know I love a good Pottery Barn inspired project.  I first saw Pottery Barn Bead Strand vase filler at the outlet a couple of months ago but even at outlet prices, it was a no go for me

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.  On the drive home, it occurred to me that I could make the bead strand very easily.  So I did.

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Here are my inspiration beads.  The bead strand is no longer available from Pottery Barn online.

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Off to Hobby Lobby I went and bought five bags of medium size light color wood beads.

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I planned to string the beads on jute which I had on hand.

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The jute is very stiff so the beads are very easy to string.

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Once satisfied with the strand length I tied the ends of the jute together.

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This bead strand is part of my emerging  neutral fall decor

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that I will share with you over the next couple of weeks.

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Quick and Easy Thrift Store Transformation – Vintage Dresser Tray

Today I’m sharing a Quick and Easy Thrift Store Transformation.

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Funny thing is I did not transform it myself.

Vanity Tray

 My oldest daughter claimed this vintage tray the minute she saw it.  Here is where she started.

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She picked out this great coral color Rust-oleum spray paint.

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While I was out of town helping my youngest move to Florida she spray painted the tray.

Back of Dresser Tray

It has a picture frame back for easy access.  So all she had to do was remove the back and mirror then spray paint the frame.

Dresser Tray

 It turned out beautifully.

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Around My House These Days

Today I’m going to share a bit of  Valentine decor sprinkled around the house.  

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I hope you enjoy the tour.

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My Ikea Hack In Three Easy Steps is   No, I haven’t decorated the sun room yet but this little heart brightens the space and inspires me to get busy.

Ella Mae dressed for Valentine

Ella Mae moved to the Dining Room as part of the dining room makeover.  Progress so far is that the wallpaper is gone and the walls are freshly painted.  There is still a lot of work to finish the makeover.  Decked out in vintage inspired valentines and a crown Ella Mae looks lovely in the freshly painted dining room.    

Adorable Valentine

I found this little guy the most charming vintage valentine.

Crystal heart

The crystal heart once held a small clock.  The clock stopped working and I placed one of my vintage brooches in the spot that previously held the little clock.   This particular brooch belonged to my mom.  It was a favorite of hers and she wore it often.  It is from the late 1950’s to early 1960’s.   Behind the crystal heart is a rhinestone card holder with a vintage valentine card.  

Valentines times two

The honeycomb valentine decoration added even more charm to the vignette on my bedside chest.  The honeycomb is very delicate so I don’t know if I will keep it open.

All You Need Is Love

You may remember this Pottery Barn Inspired Valentine Art from last year.  This year I have it on a clip board surrounded by a vintage folding ruler.

Sweater Vase

I’m sure you’ve seen the sweater covered vases in blogland so I’m not going into how I made it.  It suffices to say this is one of the easiest projects that I have ever done.  To compliment the sweater vase I added a small flower frog with a vintage valentine.

Boxwood Heart

I popped this little rose heart into a small boxwood wreath and hung it on my TV cabinet (sans TV) in the family room.  Not exactly vintage but a fun way to display some Valentine love.

Platter of Valentines

In the foyer I placed a white ironstone platter filled with vintage inspired valentines on top of a stack of baskets.

Rose Balls

These three rose balls just screamed Valentine’s Day to me when I found them in one of my favorite thrift stores.

Annie E's Heart

Annie E looks quite glamorous with her gold heart pin.

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Q&E Valentine Project – Vintage Style 

A Quick and Easy Valentine Project – Vintage Style

What can you do with two vintage heart shaped cake pans and a small milk glass vase?

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Make one adorable heart shaped tiered stand.

Supplies

First, gather your supplies.

Heart Stand Bottom Tier

Measure the length and width of your pan to find the center.  Then glue the narrow part of the vase to the center of the cake pan that will serve as the bottom tier.  Let it sit about an hour, then glue the larger end of the vase to the cake pan that will serve as the top tier.  Let it dry overnight.

Heart 2 Tiered Stand

See, easy peasy.

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Now fill with candy or whatever your heart desires.

Valentine Bev Bar

Everyone enjoyed the beverage bar so much at Christmas I just converted it from More Than a Hot Cocoa Stand to a Valentine’s Day themed beverage bar.   Oops I have an empty jar.

Valentine Candy

 Yummy!

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2015 Christmas Ornament Exchange – A Waterless Snow Globe

Welcome to the 2015 Ornament Exchange! Erlene at My Pinterventures partnered 80+ bloggers to exchange ornaments and we are sharing our creations or special finds with you!  Through November 13th we are sharing our ornament tutorials or shopping trips. Then on November 14th come back here to the link party for everyone to share their Holiday ornament tutorial or shopping adventure and to see all the ornaments in the 2015 Ornament Exchange. 

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When I received my exchange partner Bobbie St. Clair at From This To That, I couldn’t wait to see if she was a vintage loving girl like me.  Well she is, so I pondered what to do.  Do I buy and ornament or make one?  

I decided to make a waterless snow globe.

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Here’s how I did it:

Ornament Supplies

Supply List:

  • Small Glass Jar (jelly jar from Fortnum and Mason)
  • Gold spray paint (on hand from another project)
  • Mini bottle brush trees (Hobby Lobby)
  • Small reindeer figure (Hobby Lobby)
  • Snow (on hand from last Christmas)
  • Santa bell (Hobby Lobby)
  • Hammer 
  • Small nail

Spray Paint & top

Directions

  1. Spray paint top of jar gold set aside to dry
  2. Glue the reindeer to the bottom of the jar 
  3. Glue the bottle brush trees to the bottom of the jar
  4. Sprinkle in some snow flakes 
  5. Place a dot of glue on the back of the jar
  6. Starting at the dot of glue wrapping red and white twine around jar top
  7. Place another dot of glue in back to secure the twine when finished wrapping
  8. Tie on the Santa bell
  9. Use the hammer and small nail to make two small holes in jar top
  10. Thread twine through the holes and tie inside the jar lid to make a hanger
  11. Put the top on the jar and done

Making this ornament was quick and easy.  My favorite kind of project.  I’m going to make a few more for the booth.

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 Now I’m hoping that Bobbie St. Clair likes it.

Don’t forget to come back here on November 14th to share your Christmas ornament tutorials or shopping adventure and to see all the ornaments in the 2015 Ornament Exchange link party.

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How To Quickly Renew A Thrift Store Find

Renew Thrift Store Find

When I found  this little handled crate it was in desperate need of a renewal aka Thrift Store Transformation.

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 So I went to the number one way to quickly renew a thrift store find – paint and a little TLC.

White crate

 Since I plan to sell the crate in my booth I wanted it to be neutral so I painted it white.  Oops missed a spot.

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Next, I glued a burlap flower on the front.

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That wasn’t quite enough so I added a faux watch face to the front.   Remember that watch face and I will tell you more about where it came from in a couple of days.

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Finally, I added one my favorite vintage aqua bottles filled with some wheat stalks and a small pumpkin.

Crate on deck

If the rain stays away it is going to stay on the deck for a while before I redecorate it for the booth.  Since it is neutral it could be used any time of year and customized to the season.

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