Wednesday, October 26, 2016

gotta love a $3.75 flea market find!

A DIY-over of someone else's DIY blanket chest--and I got it for $3.75, what a deal!

From this (not that it's hideous, just not our color):

To this:

Details at THIS post on the DIY Design Studio Blog.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

braille gift box and pendant

Nothing super fancy, as my jewelry making skills aren't the keenest, but here is a little pendant and gift box I made for a blind friend:

I hope it reads correctly.  Sheesh, braille is hard!  Want more details?  You'll find them today at Altered Pages. 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

an altered baseball card box

Believe it or not, baseball cards originally came in this box. 

One pack.

Of very expensive baseball cards.

2009 National Treasures box
It's a really nice box--wooden, with hinges--AND since we have a baseball card store, I like to keep some of the fun stuff and repurpose them for other things.  Today's redo started with some DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint in Refreshing and a Creme Wax finish:

A tea related collage image, and . . .
Voila!  A "tea chest".  This will be used at an upcoming baby shower for, well, teabags, of course.  There's another quote on the inside of the lid.  I like to think of it as a functional decoration.  You can find more details at Altered Pages.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

shaped atcs

There is something about shaped atcs that really appeal to me.  Maybe it's just the outside-the-box thing, or maybe it's the challenge of making something that's technically 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches, but not a rectangle.

Here are some shaped atcs that I've received in swaps:
Wendy Robinson., Suzanne C, and Wendy Aspinall

Suzanne C, Kris D, and Terri D
Absolutely love all of these!

If you'd like to see some of my own shaped atcs, I'm sharing some of my favorites today at Altered Pages.

Thank you for stopping by, and a Happy Thursday to you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

a vintage stork and gender reveal DIY deco ideas!

This fellow was a recent contributor to #2 Son and Daughter-In-Law's gender reveal party.  Isn't he a cutie?  I found him at a garage sale for next to nothing.
You'll find the rest of the party decorations, along with plenty of DIY party inspiration, in my post today at the DIY Design Studio blog.  Yes, I even share the actual reveal--hey, Ima gonna be a Nana, after all!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

a few of my favorite atcs

In keeping with the atc celebration at Altered Pages this month (you can get some fabulous blog candy by sharing your own creations, by the way, so be sure to go check it out for yourself!), I'm revisiting some of my favorite artist trading card creations.  This one is an atc sized pop-up card, created from a stamped monoprint background:

I'll bet you have have some favorite atc creations of you own--if they're like mine, they got traded, right?
Happy Thursday to you!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

thankful for you--a little way to show someone you're grateful for them

In between my Sneaking-Around-Watching-the-Olympics-Time, I made up some treat bags to share with people I'm thankful for.  You can see them HERE, along with the easy instructions, today at Altered Pages.
I'd send one to all the Olympic athletes, but as you probably know, I'm still banned . . .

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Still banned from the Olympics.

Some things just don't change.  The logo may be different in 2016, but the following post from 2008 pretty much sums up how it is around here.


Normally, I am a very NONcompetitive, it's-just-a-game, it's-the process-and-not-the-product, kind of person.

The Olympics, despite the whole "bringing the world together" business, apparently brings out the worst in me.

"EAT THAT, Netherland!" 

"Mom, what do you have against the Netherlands?"

"Nothing in particular, it's just who we're against right now. IN YOUR FACE!"

"You're scaring me."

"Whatever. If you can't stand the heat, get off the field. YES! USA!"

"That's it. (click of TV turning off) You're banned from the Olympics."

From this, I have learned two important things:
1. I will never be an Olympics good will ambassador.

2. Always keep possession of the remote control.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

autumn leaves

Yes, I know, it's not fall yet--but trust me, it's around the corner.  Today at Altered Pages, I'm sharing a super simple, fall inspired decorations.  Specifically, Thanksgiving, but really, you can make these for any holiday you choose simply by varying the selection of collage image.
Complete how-to HERE.

Happy Thursday to you!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

still playing with chalk paints

Do you hate the sneak peek thing?  Sorry, but I have TWO today, both of them chalk painty.

#1---a chalk painted clamshell.  Because I was thinking, "What HAVEN'T I tried painting with chalk paints?" 
You know the deal--just a look.  Yes, those are tiny little pink seashells.  Nope, I did not dye them myself, but I'm glad someone else felt so inclined.  This Bathing Beauty you will find HERE, at Altered Pages.

#2--at DIY Design Studio, more chalk paint, on an architectural found piece wall hanging.  Okay, you got me, I have no idea what to call it!  But it hangs on the wall.  And it has architectural elements, including a vintage piece of rusty tin.  So there you go.

Have a wonderful Thursday!