Friday, June 15, 2012

My window seat

I've just started working on this spot. It is my window seat! I want to make it all soft and cozy so I will have a reading nook. I added a nice black and white print that I've had forever.  I found this cute magazine rack at Goodwill for $2. A quick coat of white paint for the magazine holder and it looks like brand new. It will be the perfect place to store my book until I get back to my reading nook!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Quilting frames and photos

My father made a set of quilting frames for me when I was about 11 years old. I actually made quilts way back then but that is another post!! When I decorated my old family home, I didn't have a place to store the 4 long frames, so I tried to think outside the box!  I used the frames to border the ceiling of the guest room and on one side I hung old family photos from the curtain tiebacks that match the room decor. Next I will use the frames in some way to hang curtains from the windows. Cross your fingers that will turn out well!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

In the kitchen!

Knick Knacks add a whimsical touch to my sister's kitchen. She loves the vintage look and creatively displays her unique vintage treasures. I love the antique coffee grinder and the spoon wind chime hanging above it.  The soft color of the tiny display cabinet is the perfect back drop for these tiny pitchers, bowls and what nots!! I think I would really enjoy cooking here!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Herb Sign

My sister painted this adorable herb sign. She is so talented. It is displayed in her living room and is the perfect addition to this quaint corner. I love the distressed look and the oval shape.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Salad bowl on the porch!

 My sister has a green thumb anyway, but I love the idea of her salad bowl on the porch. She simply planted her lettuce in the first container that she found which is a bright red colander. Placed in on the porch on an old bench and TA DAHHHH!!!  Salad bowl at your fingertips. Be creative!!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Here a chair, there a chair!!

My sister doesn't like her odd assortment of chairs on the front porch, but I love it. A child's school chair, a rocking chair that she reconstructed from two broken rockers, rescued chairs from long ago, and a couple of metal new/vintage look chairs that I snagged at a yard sale. She wants all matching chairs, but I love the variety of her seating. I love the idea of reusing what was thought to be too far gone! I love this porch and the way it invites you to sit down, relax and enjoy the moment. But I have a surprise for her, the next time that she needs new chairs, I have 4 brightly painted ladder back chairs, just waiting for her!! But until then, her chairs remain the most inviting of all.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pinterest Projects completed.

Our Pinterest Party night was a success. Ideas were already being born during the creative storm for the next pinterest party. These are just a few of the finished projects. We worked on Stepping stones, magnets, jewelry and chalkboards. Everyone was exhausted and everyone had fun.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Party

What a great idea to have a Pinterest Inspired Craft Night!!  This is our third party and one of the busiest! It took a little planning, but that is my favorite part! With access to Pinterest, planning anything is easy. I searched for ideas for a party theme, and then ideas for our projects. I chose a pink/orange/black food table theme and chose magnets, chalkboards, stepping stones and jewelry for our projects. We started at 6pm and finished around 10pm. We were exhausted and happy. Projects are almost complete, just need a few finishing touches to make them perfect.

Clear florist stones and scrapbook paper make beautiful magnets.
Washers (from the hardware store), scrapbook paper and diamond glaze were our tools for the Jewelry

 Cabinet Doors purchased from Habitat Restore were the base for our Chalkboard designs. Chalkboard paint, acrylic paint and little clay pots to hold chalk will make a beautiful finished project. We'll tie the pots on through the holes where the door handle was removed. A ribbon, some chalk in the pot and ta dahhhh... a beautiful project, well done.

 Stepping stones were our biggest project. We used preformed pavers and glued precut glass designs to the pavers, allowing the glue to dry before adding grout. Duct tape is used to make a clean edge. Can't wait to see these completely finished.

I used Seashell scrapbook paper for my magnets, but this is a perfect project to use old gift tags, photos, cards, etc.
Washer pendants was my favorite. I love the bright paper and colorful designs. Again, you can use any paper, magazines, scrapbook, cards, etc. Let your imagination run wild!! Just glue the paper to the washer, allow the glue to dry. Lightly sand the edges to show a hint of the metal. Then add diamond glaze to make the clear cover. TIP - Pop any bubbles in the diamond glaze with an old paint brush. Adding a second layer of diamond glaze will give your pendant a well rounded look.

We had to eat our vegies so we could use the clay pots in the next project! Love this idea
Mini Fruit pizzas were my favorite. Using individual cookies, cream cheese mixed with a smidge of lemon juice made the white cover, then add your favorite fruit. TIP - the cookies get soft pretty quickly, so use a really hard cookie, or serve them with a spatula. Next time, I'll put each cookie on a flattened cup cake holder.
 Cheese puffs in a bag were my inspiration for my color scheme!! TIP - Chips make the bag oily so don't make them too far in advance or line the bags with a bit of saran wrap if you are trying to keep things pretty.
Raspberries stuffed with white chocolate chips were the simpliest thing to make. Soooo easy.
These napkins say it all

Life is a bowl of cherries

 A Beautiful gift from one of the Pinterest Crafters. I'll enjoy this bloom all week.
And finally, my beautiful cookies made by Tammy from or Thanks Tammy, they were gone before the night was over.

Friday, June 1, 2012

How to make a front porch inviting!!

How do you make a front porch inviting?? Ask my sister!  I've tried so hard to make my front porch inviting, but I'm usually swatting at wasps or mosquitoes. And my chairs never quite seem comfortable so I've never been able to achieve this look, but I won't give up I promise. My sister, however,  has a knack for it. Everyone wants to sit on her porch. Everyone feels welcome there. The family pets find it to be the perfect retreat. Neighbors drop by for a visit and never reach the inside of the house, because the porch is so inviting. Plenty of chairs provide seating for everyone. Some chairs are castoffs, some are hand me downs and the mixture works well together. Can't you just see yourself sitting there with a hot cup of coffee? Maybe I should get her to decorate my porch for me!!