Saturday, May 31, 2014

Chippy Chairs

After my vintage finds yesterday, I headed up to Yarnell with a friend to explore and have lunch. It was a rather perfect afternoon. I found these chippy chairs. I sanded them just a bit and recovered the seats with old quilt. They would be perfect with a little table and the LOVE sign I found earlier. This is before with plastic seat covers:  photo imagejpg1-100.jpg This is after with quilted fabric tops:  photo imagejpg1-101.jpg  photo imagejpg2.jpg  photo imagejpg1-103.jpg

Friday, May 30, 2014

Vintage Finds!!

I was on my way to swim laps yesterday when I decided to go to a sale about 10 miles out of town. I figured I could do both things if I didn't doddle. I was so glad I listened to my instinct! The sale was conducted by a woman who has an antique store in town. I thought it would be out of my price range to buy and resale, but I found such fun items that I decided to take a chance.  photo image-1.jpg  photo image.jpg  photo image-4.jpg  photo image-3.jpg

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Samsonite Cowgirl Suitcase

I started painting this suitcase in December, and I decided today was a good day to finish it! I sold the last one I did. I reversed the colors on this suitcase, and I don't think my pictures do it justice. This one is larger than the last one, the inside is very nice and I painted sayings on both sides of this one. I hope it will find a good home!  photo imagejpg1-99.jpg  photo imagejpg1-97.jpg

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spindle Shelf

I bought this spindle shelf. It's odd and yet unique. I decided to clean it up and go from there.  photo imagejpg1-83.jpg After a good nights sleep, I decided to stain the inside light wood pieces and leave it alone!  photo imagejpg1-95.jpg Ok, I couldn't leave it alone. I had some chalk paint and I decided to give it a try.  photo imagejpg1-96.jpg

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Roller Skate Shadow Box

I had the most wonderful weekend in Williams, Az. with my husband. We went camping, jeeping, and exploring. We also stopped at a flea market in Williams, and I found some fun treasures. I had seen a picture of a shadow box attached to an old roller skate some time ago, and guess what I found...a pair of roller skates! I had a cigar box that fit the skate perfectly, so I used that as my box, and put old sewing stuff inside the box. I also found 2 galvanized buckets, some old silverware, and a giant mailbox.  photo imagejpg1-94.jpg  photo imagejpg1-93.jpg  photo imagejpg1-91.jpg  photo imagejpg1-90.jpg

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Vintage Tea Towels

How cute are these? I saw them and I bought them in a heart beat! They are old and made by hand with love! They have a couple of little holes and I didn't even care. Be still my heart!  photo imagejpg1-85.jpg

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

#2 Flower Box Gift

I took a wood box with a top that slides up and made it into a flower box gift. I glued the fabric to the top of the box and filled the inside of the box with a small bag of potting soil, little pots, flower seeds, garden gloves, a spade, and a water mist sprayer.  photo imagejpg1-84.jpg

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

File-box Side-table

This is a work in progress! I found this box at the Habitat Store. I picked it up and my husband said, "really"? It had carpet glued to one side and it was pretty odd. You guessed it, I bought it! I brought it home and peeled all the junk off it. Then I put it away. Then I painted it. Then I put it away. It had a wood bottom, so I covered it with a nice plank paper. Yep, and put it away. Today I found 4 wood legs in my junk box. I asked my husband if they could be attached to my box. He said maybe, if he could get the old screws out. Next thing I know, there is my box with 4 wood legs. I wish I could do all this stuff myself, but why, when I have such a sweet husband! Now I will put it away until I figure out what to paint on it. A saying, distress it, not sure yet!  photo imagejpg1-86.jpg

Monday, May 19, 2014

Blog Comments

I am having a really hard time figuring out how to have comments on my blog. I use to get some comments and then blogger was purchased by google. Now you have to have a google account to leave a message, and sometimes it has to go through a filter. This is what happened to your comments Sheryl. I am still not getting all of my emails. I found this out when I applied for a show and I didn't get their response. Anyway, I'm sorry if you have tried to comment or have emailed me and I didn't respond. I think this summer I may revamp my blog and use a new outlet. Until then, I hope you will keep looking at my blog and find some inspiration through it! Sincerely, Terry

New Projects for The Big Heap! #1- Antiqued Whiteboard

Ok, I said I wouldn't have time to post new blog entries, but I went to school yesterday and spent the day preparing for the last week of school. I got my lesson plans done, did my paperwork, and cleaned my classroom. I spent the good part of the day at school, but it was worth it. So today I took pictures of some of my new projects. I also talked my man into helping me with a couple of projects. He is a keeper! So today's project is a whiteboard. I've had this frame for a long time, but I wasn't sure what to do with it. I thought about putting glass in it, or using it as a headboard in my camper. Then I was talking to a friend and she said it should be a frame for a whiteboard. Well, yes it should! My hubby cut the whiteboard to fit the frame, I added the little numbers, hooks and door thing. I really like it. If it doesn't sell it's going in my classroom.  photo imagejpg1-88.jpg  photo imagejpg1-89.jpg

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I'll Be Back Next Week!

Busy, busy, busy! I'm sorry but I need to finish the school year with a bang! It is my priority and I need to concentrate my energies on my students. Please check back and see what's new.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

French Bed Tray

One of my favorite blogs is Donna made the cutest tray from old stuff and I wanted to try my own version of the project. I took a piece of plywood, 2 metal things I found at the thrift store to use for handles, some white chalk paint that I bought at Junk in the Trunk, some acrylic paint, and a French image I got free from The Graphics Fairy. Before I go on, I have to tell you that The Graphics Fairy is a wonderful place to find fab graphics for free, check it out! Anyway, I sanded my plywood, painted it white with chalk paint, sanded it down after it dried to make it look old. Then I added my handles (really my hubby did that for me). Then I took the image and used graphite paper to transfer it on the wood. Next I painted the text with acrylic paint, and used permanent marker to add a little detail. I let it dry and sanded it a little bit to make the text look aged too. I will wax the tray as well so it can withstand whatever is set on it.  photo imagejpg1-82.jpg  photo imagejpg1-81.jpg  photo imagejpg1-80.jpg

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Spice Rack

Today I wanted to do a project without spending any money. I got a piece of 2X4, old door hinges, and a vintage vent that I found on a jeep ride. I just started adding the pieces and came up with a spice rack. I had old spice cans and rusty cans and lids, and ta-da!  photo imagejpg1-79.jpg

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fun Finds of the Day!

So, I am driving to work this morning. I tell myself, if you see a yard sale sign you should stop. This is a gut feeling. So I'm almost to work and what do I see....yes, a yard sale sign. I drive down to a house that is in an alley, and I'm thinking, really, should I stop? Yes. So I get out of my jeep and there is not a soul in sight. I look around, and my eye catches these 2 old wood boxes. I love old wood boxes. I start getting excited. Then I spy this metal stand with 3 old lanterns hanging from it. Oh, boy, I can't hardly stand it. Then I see a One Way sign, and I'm over the moon. So now I have 5 minutes to buy this stuff and get to work. There is nobody around. I knock on the door. No answer. I think, ....., and I don't want to leave because I have these wonderful treasures! I knock again, and cars are starting to pull in. Finally the door opens and here is one of my students. She just looks at me and I start laughing. Anyway, the man of the house walks up, and it is obvious that I have just woke him up. I apologized, but told him there were more shoppers arriving. I pay for my treasures and I am giggling all the way to work. I tell my teacher friends about my new found goods and they just look at me. I email my sister and tell her because I know she will share in my excitement. Yes, she mails back and says she can't wait to see what I found. Thank goodness for sisters! I have the best!!  photo imagejpg1-73.jpg  photo imagejpg1-74.jpg  photo imagejpg1-75.jpg  photo imagejpg1-76.jpg  photo imagejpg1-78.jpg

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cardboard Hangers

I wanted to find a cute way to hang aprons and vintage linens that didn't take up a lot of space and still looked appealing. I decided to make some hangers out of cardboard. The first one I made was plain cardboard, the second one I covered the cardboard with a pretty napkin and the next one I think I will try vintage linen. I can hang my business blog card from it and it makes a fun way to advertise and it's a little extra gift with a purchase.  photo imagejpg1-70.jpg  photo imagejpg1-71.jpg  photo imagejpg1-72.jpg

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hand Painted Trays

I have noticed that sayings are pretty hot right now. I saw a lot of signs at Junk In The Trunk. Many were painted on pieces of wood. I decided to paint some sayings on trays. I got the trays pretty cheap and I think they would be fun to use for drinks or just displayed around the house. I still need to paint a crown on the first tray.  photo imagejpg1-68.jpg  photo imagejpg1-67.jpg

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Big Heap in Flagstaff, Az. Hope to see you there!

The good news- I will have a booth at The Big Heap in Flagstaff this June! I'm very excited to be in this wonderful show. I have been working on new projects and have finished a few favorites from the last show. My husband took an old door and made a display for me. I love it!  photo imagejpg1-69.jpg  photo imagejpg1-65.jpg  photo imagejpg1-64.jpg Other news: I went to Junk In The Trunk in Scottsdale this Saturday. Wow! I had never been to this vintage fair before and it was pretty amazing! I would really like to do this show in September. Once again it is a juried show, so I hope to make my booth really cute in Flagstaff so that I can send in my application and pictures and hopefully be selected to participate. I took a couple of pictures to share with you.  photo imagejpg1-58.jpg  photo imagejpg1-59.jpg  photo imagejpg1-60.jpg  photo imagejpg1-61.jpg  photo imagejpg1-62.jpg  photo imagejpg1-63.jpg

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Painted Chanel Suitcase

I painted this suitcase for my niece. Just a fun present for no reason!  photo imagejpg1-56.jpg