Ok, before I get to this easy and really cool DIY… I gotta back, back, back-it-up … just a little.
Remember this little gem? It was so good. And, a fantastic practice in reupholstery, for me. There was just one small problem. The more I sat in it, and reminisced about the good ‘ol days with the Baby Kiddo… y’know… the late night feedings, and rocking back to sleep… the more I realized this new chair wasn’t going to cut it. The back barely hit my shoulders and there was no where to rest a weary head at 2 o’clock in the morning. Hmm… what was the next best thing?
How about Frankenstein-ing the rocker/swivel from this chair and adding it to another?? Maybe? Could I do that? Well, let’s find out…
I was keeping my eye out for a while, when I finally came across
my next victim an ideal candidate… A high-back armchair, on sale for about $270. Could this work??
I’m not so big on Valentine’s Day. I should say “we aren’t”, as I am part of a couple. We’ve just never done the chocolates and candy thing. However, I CAN get behind the sentiment of the day. It can’t hurt to pass along some ooey-gooey feelings, towards your loved ones, right? (I’m not that much of a Valentine scrooge!) But, it’s a little funny that I have a full-fledged, Valentine inspired project, to share today.
There is this big community event in our area, that happens every year, in the middle of winter. It’s great because it gets everyone outside for the whole weekend, with a ton of events, for kids of all ages — and of course, it falls on Valentine’s Day.
This year, there was a NEW event, called, “Chill! The outdoor art exhibit”, and I decided to get involved. Enter, my Valentine art project…
What the heck is that, you say?! Well, it’s art, it’s Valentine-y, and most of all… it’s got some hidden messages. But, let me back up, and show you where it all started.
I am definitely not the only one with creative blood in this house. My husband has some pretty incredible ideas (not to mention, he has saved me plenty of times when I’m not sure where to head with an idea, mid-project). I’m so happy to be sharing one of his grrrreeat ones today.
I mean… Get! Out! Look at this industrial shelving he just kinda whipped up over a couple days, in his free time, for about 120 beans.
I’m sad to say, that this beauty is in his office at work, and not in our home. Boo. But, it was so awesome, I had to make the trip down to his place o’ biz, to take some shots to share with you guys.
Remember my candlestick lamps, makeover? Well, I got two-projects-in-one with that little garage sale, gem. Now, its the old dusty shades’ turn to become something new. A DIY Pendant Light, anyone?
First, let’s take a look at how my $10 score started out, way back when…
So, I have FINALLY got the old desk ripped out of my dining room, and we have our
new vintage china cabinet in place (I’ll post on that soon). Our dishes are fitting in there … so. much. better. However, it left me with a few shelf inserts, I wasn’t using anymore.
What to do with them? I have been on a purging, and organizing mission around here in recent weeks, so there was no way I was putting them in storage. They were getting donated, or repurposed. And, Repurposing is so fun!
Then, it came to me, while I was doing some more purging and organizing in my closet… Remember, our lovely Pax? Welp, I have a spot where I keep my jewelry in there. But, it was always in a jewelry box, and when things are in boxes, and I can’t see them? They don’t get worn. Eureka! My shelf inserts!
I’ve been busy setting up a new website (coming soon!), and a new workshop space for myself. Organization is good, isn’t it? And, it turns out, I’ve got more tools than I remember, especially screwdrivers… time for some easy DIY Screwdriver Storage…
Look at this little beauty! Once again, I found this vintage octagon mirror, in a stack of old musty frames, and dusty mirrors, at the thrift store. Have I mentioned how much I love the thrift store? She had me at octagon. Didn’t hurt that it was only $10. Home with me, she came.
But, of course it didn’t start out so fresh, and so clean. (Forgive my “workshop photos”. Winter = no light). It started with an old, beat up, oak stained frame, with a gold inner trim. The hanging hardware on the back had it with a straight-edge up. I wanted to switch things up a little…
2014, especially the latter half, was a year of self discovery. I set some pretty major goals for myself in my personal and professional life. And, in a word? It was wonderful. But, I think the most important lesson I am carrying forward into the new year, is kindness. Which brings me to my word. Kind.