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5.24.2024

easy summer decor: all bottled up!

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Memorial Day Weekend is here (in the States, anyway)
and that means it's time for the big 'summer kickoff'...

the project i'm sharing today is a re-do and throw-back
to some of my patriotic red, white and blue summer decor from the past
(i've linked that below this post)
but the new version fits my current 'green era' obsession.
 it's another 'throw it together in a minute' decor trick
that can be replicated in SO many ways on a table, mantel, bookshelf, and more. 

'summerizing' your living spaces is an easy way to embrace the season...
quick additions of simple elements will change the feel of your home!

continue reading to see a few of the ways i've used glass bottles...

5.17.2024

vintage bowl mushrooms!

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this project may not 'bowl you over' (geeze, i'm old)
but i hope it will inspire you to use things differently in your home decor.
in this case, i've gathered up some kitchen items
to create spring decor elements that work in many other places.

continue reading for the easy tutorial...

5.10.2024

paint a faux 'rusted' metal mailbox

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after sharing an epic paint fail (and a fix!) in my last post,
i thought i should share another paint project - one that went WELL!

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inspired by this photo of a rusty green vintage metal mailbox on Instagram
(courtesy of  @thecollecteddesign on Instagram),
i grabbed a small vintage metal mailbox that i had found at a yard sale
and transformed it into a more beautiful mailbox - using paint.

yeah, i'm THAT kind of crazy, attempting this after a big mess!
but thing is - it worked. and it didn't just WORK, it worked out AMAZINGLY!

so, i'll share the steps i used to 'age' an already vintage mailbox -
including one of my 'top secret' (until now) faux finish tricks.

continue reading for all the details...

5.03.2024

welcome to an epic crafting fail. and a fix!

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prepare yourselves, friends... 
this project was actually going to be included as a photo prop in my 'posie pots' post.
and then everything that COULD go wrong WENT wrong.

so it wasn't included, and it's taken some time and effort
to reverse the damage and proceed with the project as intended.
ah, the joys of creating LOL! this is what you DON'T see on social media!

i've decided to feature it in its very own post
because this stuff happens - and for those who don't create a lot all the time,
it's helpful to know that 'ruined' does not equal 'toss it in the bin'.
there's usually always a way to save a project gone wrong!

continue reading to see the before, the scary during, and the after...