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February 7, 2017

A THRIFTY ROMANTIC DISSECTION

A few weeks ago, and with Valentine's Day in mind,  I purchased a woman's dated, boxy, dolman sleeved, three quarter length bright red leather coat at a local thrift store.  Doesn't that sound romantic?  Just kidding.

No, I purchased it so that I could dissect it.  Now, doesn't that sound romantic?
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Actually, here's the Saint Valentine worthy reason I bought it.
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Not only was this a dissection and a repurpose, it was a fashion faux-pas intervention, too.  No woman should be walking the streets in a dated, boxy, three quarter length bright red leather coat with dolman sleeves.  Really.

Okay, moving along with St. Valentine and Cupid......

Who says you can't repurpose leftover candy canes?  Sweet and silly, ha?
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I perused the internet for free-to-use vintage images and printed them onto quality watercolor paper. Placed about, I think they'll add just the right amount of sweetness to my home.  I'm partial to the framed one.  It's just so adorable.
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Here's a twiggy little craft idea for you.  Clip some branch tips from a dead shrub, slap on a few coats of paint and bundle them up with fabric scraps and ribbon.

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And, nothing makes a loving statement like a partially rusty scouring scrubby.  No, I didn't use it on my pots and pans.  I stretched apart a new one, let it sit outside for a few weeks, then weaved a piece of floral wire throughout it so that it would hold a shape/form.  A little found bead attached as an embellishment, and another decorative bauble was born.
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And, last but not least, the headboard is up!  The guest room makeover is officially crossed off the list. In my last post, I stated that I would share a bit of history about this headboard......  Long ago, before I was even born, it was a sliding closet door.  My dad(still before I was born) altered it to serve as a drafting table in his office.  Many years later it sat propped against a wall in my basement.  A few years ago it was dragged upstairs, and served as a tabletop in my office.  And, just yesterday it was dragged outside, lightly sanded, dry-brushed with some paint, lightly sanded (again), rubbed down with hemp seed oil and mounted onto the guest room wall.  I believe this door may have finally found a permanent residence.
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Next re-do victim, my home office.

Stay tuned...............

February 5, 2017

NOT SO CRABBY ANYMORE

I am so excited to share with you the progress I have made with my guest room makeover project. My "crab apple-ness" has subsided (update yourself about that here).  While dabbles of disarray still linger, I can finally cross one major project off my to-do list, and that feels really, really good.

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Yes, a headboard is missing.  I will be enlisting the help of a friend to construct me a French cleat, as the headboard will be mounted on the wall.  There's a little history behind this headboard; when it's up, I will show it to you and share the story of its past.

The inspiration for the room was all about this bedspread that occupied the summer cottage of my late aunt for many, many years.  I am in love with the colors, the pattern and its authentic vintage self. My aunt crocheted the afghan for me a few years before she passed away.  The two pieces pair together very nicely, don't you think?

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What delights me so about pulling this room together is that almost every piece is either a yard sale/thrift store find, a hand-me-down, a "handmade by Linda" or a gift.  The only items I actually purchased from a store, and not initially for this room, are the two pillows on the bed.
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The framed watercolor piece is an exercise I did many years ago while taking an interior design course.  And, a little ephemera placed about never hurts.
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Say, what do you think about my tabletop mirror?  The mirror itself was a find of mine; it must have come off an old car.   How convenient that it has a little threaded stem!
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I reorganized the closet to make room for accommodating an overnight guest's personal belongings.
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Aren't these hangers darling?  They were a fabulous find from many years ago.
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I'm on the hunt for a small, chrome gooseneck lamp (my vision) for this nightstand.  A search at local home decor stores proved unsuccessful.  At some point, I will find the "perfect" one.
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Redoing my home office is next, and I am more than motivated to get it done. Can't wait to show that to you, though it may be a while before I publish the reveal.

Until then, happy crafting, decorating and creating.


January 26, 2017

CRAB APPLE LINDA

I give much credit to all of you motivated home improvement DIYers, because there is nothing I loathe more than those types of projects.  I can garden and craft until the cows come home, and often do; but, put me in a situation where my home is in disarray, and I am one miserable crab apple.  And, that has been the status "at the createaerie" for the past few weeks.

One of the bedrooms in my house has been long overdue for a facelift, and I made a commitment to myself to tackle the job before my work season resumes in the spring.  When completed, it will serve as a guest room I can feel comfortable to offer to overnight visitors.  The contents of this room are currently in my bedroom; therefore, I've been sleeping on the couch.  The dismantled bed is in the living room, as there's no other "convenient" spot to stash it.

Now, one would wonder why a small, spare bedroom overhaul would take this long.  Well, after I cleared the room, I spent a few days wallowing in misery because my normally tidy home was no longer so.  Then I spent a few days in avoidance anxiety and procrastination mode.  To alleviate those feelings, I decided to vacuum my basement, organize my garage and make some crafty things.  Oh, and all of a sudden, I had lots of errands to run.  Then I found myself absorbed in reading other people's blogs.  Blogs about pretty and fabulous room re-dos.  Go figure.

Then three days ago, I finally bit the bullet and got started on what I should have been doing about two weeks ago.  I was going strong the first two days; I cleaned all the surfaces, spackled, and began sanding.  Today, I had a slip up.  Somehow, I had more errands to run, and then I needed to take a nap; therefore, I didn't get back on track until about four o'clock this afternoon.  I managed to get some more sanding done, but then I thought it might be best that I write this post.  And, soon it will be time for dinner.

I crafted some darling little Valentine's Day decorations to share with you.  Sadly, though, I have no spot in which to photograph them because this crab apple's home is in such disarray.   To top it off, after I tackle this room, I'm taking on my home office.

Is this not the most sorry-a$$ed-pathetic post you've ever read?

Yes, I know there's a light at the end of this tunnel, I'm just not seeing it yet.  When I do, when these beastly battles are fought and won, and when I turn back into my chipper self, I look forward to sharing with you the reward of my efforts.

Until then..........

January 5, 2017

DISTRESS.... AND CHIP!

'Distress.... and chip!'.  But, you have to say it with the cadence of 'Bend.... and snap!', okay?   If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then just view this clip.

I just recently had to upgrade my cell phone.  I was about to toss the box that my old one came in, when I noticed that it was in mint condition; however, the surface design was obviously that of the company the phone came from.  That's when I immediately assumed the position of 'distress.... and chip'. Perhaps you crafty DIYers would like to get in on the action, too.
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Isn't it a charming little packaging box transformation?   Some homemade chalk finish paint, homemade moss tape, a piece of rusty wire and some decoupaging action was all it took to put this crafty project together.  I made a matching gift tag, too.
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See the subtle chippy finish details?  They're so easy to achieve on a cardboard box.
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I was just about to tuck some tissue paper inside my gift box before photographing it, when it dawned on me that fabric would be an even better idea.  I would have used organza, but I don't have any on hand.  Tulle would be a lovely option, too.
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It doesn't necessarily have to be a gift box, either.  It could be used as a decorative storage box.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this session of 'Distress...... and chip!'.