Friday, April 20, 2012

For The Birds


Stored in my memory bank are numerous "I'm going to try that" ideas/projects. Admittedly, few ever make it to fruition. Above is one example of a project I wanted to recreate but have yet to do so. However, it did serve as great inspiration for my own little yarn experiment. 

Earlier in the week I noticed a robin in the beginning stages of nest building. Never one to notice a nest in mid-construction I decided to see if I couldn't help him/her along. Using some leftover yarn, I cut pieces in various lengths and (had help) hanging them from several branches near the nest.  

A couple of days after hanging the yarn we noticed this.

She (or he) had woven one of the pieces into the nest! I would have preferred to have used a more brightly colored yarn, but the beige was all I could find.

This nest will hopefully make a great addition to my growing nest collection. (Once momma and baby bird's vacate, of course.)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mirror Makeover

Evidenced by the photo above is the loot from one of my more successful yard sale jaunts. (If like me you equate success with finding a lot of great things for a great price.)  I found some great pieces, and the best part was it only cost me $5!

Almost everything was in great "working" condition. Everything except the mirror. (Keep in mind it only cost  $1.) It was in need of a serious restyle. It's cheap plastic frame, once white, was now dirty and dingy.

Some spray cleaner with bleach and a scrub brush restored the frame to its former plastic glory. A couple of coats of Krylon Gum Drop Spray Paint and here is the restyled piece.

I am really happy with how it turned out!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Piano Bench Restyle

After seeing this post  ages ago, I began my hunt for the perfect piano stool to restyle. I was lucky in that I found this one at a local auction for a mere $5.00.

Fast forward a year later. The above stool is still in the same condition as the day I brought it home. (I am the worst at finishing (in this case, beginning) projects.) A lot of you vintage lovers would likely leave this bench as is. Personally, I can not wait to rip off that 70's vinyl seat covering.

Here is the inside:

Other than knowing I want to paint the wood a lighter color, I'm not for certain what (style) direction this little stool will take.

Maybe something similar to this gorgeous bench:


I'm hoping by making it public knowledge that I'm terrible at starting/finishing projects that it will shame me into actually completing some of them. First step is admitting the problem, right?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


No picture today. Just words.

 I find myself, after (two) years of blogging, still searching for my niche in the blogging community.

When I started this blog in 2010, I knew the likelihood of it becoming a phenomenon was nonexistent and that was (and is) completely fine with me. The only goal I set was to eventually reach 100 followers. Pretty reasonable goal, right?

Suffice to say this will never be a fashion blog. I enjoy keeping up with trends, but it isn't something I'm completely enamored by. The majority of the blogs I follow are fashion-oriented but it isn't something I feel comfortable attempting. (Unless you are interested in seeing my collection of jeans, and t-shirts, then I might reconsider.)

Another thing I can almost guarantee you, the posts on this blog will no doubt remain as sporadic as ever. I admire those bloggers who have the time (and subject matter) to post numerous times a day. However, I am not one of them. I work a routine 9 to 5 job, and every step of this blog since its inception was completed during work hours. That is why you will very rarely see a blog post on a weekend.

I know this is all out a bit out of the blue, but after reading this post I was inspired to put a few truths out there. And you know what? It feels good.

Be back soon.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mr. Bunny Shutter

Soon after completing the shutter restyle I posted about here, I decided to make another. (This of course after stating adamantly that I would not make another one.)

And here he is:

I knew I wanted this shutter to be a "Mister Bunny" to complement the "Miss  Bunny" shutter that I made previously.

I cut a bow-tie shape out of a scrap of chenille fabric and attached it using those same Velcro coins.

 Detail shot:

I used the same steps to complete both shutters. Details here.

A couple of mentions:

Terri over at A Creative Princess has written a sweet post about my "Miss Bunny" shutter. You can find the post here.

Also over at A Creative Princess I am offering a little giveaway. To enter, go here.