Sunday, March 26, 2017

Floral Carrot Door Hanger

I've had this idea pinned to my Easter Pinterest Board for awhile and finally got around to trying it.  The original creator was Holly @  Here is the link to her door hanger instructions.
 I think hers looks more like a carrot than mine but I used whatever orange and green flowers I could find at the Dollar Tree so I had to go with fuller flowers than the tulips and ferns for the greenery.

 I didn't really follow a "plan" but just tried to cut apart the stems (removing all of the green leaves from the floral pics) and then wired them so they formed a tapered "carrot" shape.
 Since the Dollar Tree didn't have tulips I went with two different types of orange flowers, just pulling, bending and shaping them as I went.
I had a roll of this turquoise tulle so I just used that to make a bow for the door hanger.  The ferns aren't as "fine" as the carrot greenery but I think they convey the idea??
I like how bright it is and its easily seen from the street -- I think it really brightens up my drab door!
Total cost was about 15.00 because I needed enough of the flowers to make the carrot shape.  
Spring is "springing" here in Chicago after the mildest, most snowless winter on record so I feel like we cheated "Old Man Winter" this time around.  Nonetheless -- very happy to see green buds and flowers popping from the ground!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tea Cup Exchange

I just finished participating for the second time in the Tea Cup Exchange hosted by Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose. Stephanie is one sweet, very talented gal who graciously organizes and hosts these exchanges!  She has hosted nine of these so far (?) and here is information on the next one in September or October. Each participant is paired with another participant to exchange a cup and saucer or mug and whatever delights you want to include.  
My AMAZING gifts came from a new blogger friend, Deb who hosts the blog, Garage Sale Gal and is a woman after my own heart.  She makes beautiful cards, loves antiques (and has two booths where she sells her wares) and is a vintage lover like me.  
My box came FILLED to the brim with surprises!  Layer upon layer of boxes and tissue . . . 
Not only did I get the beautiful tea cup and saucer pictured above but note cards, notepad, stickers, gift tags . . .
 A gorgeous vintage pot holder that TOTALLY goes with my retro kitchen  . . . this beautiful tea bag holder and vintage, embroidered hankie (vintage linens are one of my many passions!)
 You can specify things like favorite colors, favorite tea, your "style" and Deb really went out of her way to fill my box with things I love!  Jasmine is my favorite tea and it came in this lovely tin accompanied by a cute, ceramic bunny.  And more vintage-style gift tags . . .
 Look at this exquisite hand made card!
I felt like it was Christmas morning  . . . the more I dug in the box . . . the more I found including chocolates, a book mark, pretty tulip tissues . . .
Be sure to stop over to visit both of these blogs and get lost in all of the ideas, recipes, crafts and more and don't miss out . . . get in on the next exchange!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Closet Make Over

This closet is right inside my front door, which is right inside my living room.  My house is small.  And I probably shouldn't be 'doing away' with closet space but I really wanted to add a little bit of 'personality' to the entry. 
 "Before" -- it was just an ugly, plain closet.  I removed the carpet, the molding where the bar was hung, the door and the door hardware.  After lots of patching and sanding and wood filling, I had a clean slate to work with. 
I found this cool, retro-looking wallpaper and put it up, painting the rest of the walls the same creamy, white color that's in the wallpaper.

 I don't have a wall switch here so it was proving to be quite a task to find a pendant light to work in here.  SO, after lots of thinking and thinking at all hours of the night, I decide to spray paint the outlet part (yeah, I missed a spot - it's dark in here with the light off!) and then I INVERTED a small lampshade and screwed the bulb in which holds the shade in place.  I found a replacement chain and 'fob' at the hardware store and added that.
 I didn't have the energy or ambition to BUILD a cute bench in here so after looking around I remembered I had my kids' old TOY BOX down in the basement!  Perfect . . . except it didn't FIT!!  I was so bummed!  But I'm like a dog with a bone when I get an idea SO, I literally 
took the toy box apart, 
removed the molding on the floor of the closet, 
sawed off some of the edges of the box (that don't show any way once it's in place!),
painted, distressed and waxed it then
reassembled it INSIDE the closet.  It was exhausting to say the least . . . but SO worth it!  The nice thing is the lid opens and we can store boots, shoes, etc. in there as well.  I bought 3" foam and covered it for the seat cushion and added the burlap pillow I had made earlier for another project.

I decided to add two shelves (all of these supplies were super cheap discards from my local ReStore.  The wire baskets were a real steal at Big Lots -- Just 8.00 each.  These are perfect for holding seasonal things like gloves, hats, etc. 
These are super old cupboard doors from a 100+ year old house that a friend gave me.  The only thing I did to these was patch a few holes and painted the knobs rusty orange.  I love the cracked, worn look so I didn't want to paint them at all.  I purchased the vintage, wire coat hooks from a seller on Ebay -- I definitely wanted something old for these doors.
Did I mention that at first this was going to be a small "office" space for me??  I painted a cute, little desk and chair and made the bulletin board.  It was such a cute, little space.  But then I found out I was going to be working from home and had to create a large office space in my basement.  I couldn't see the need for this little 'nook' now so that's when I decided it would be more functional for us as a little 'mud room'/closet!
I love creating little 'surprises' in my home . . . things that are unexpected, especially in a 1950's ranch home that wasn't built with a lot of 'personality'! What are some ways you've created little (or big) surprises in your home?

On any given week (depending on how busy I am!) I love to participate in Linky Parties.  These gals put a lot of time and effort into hosting these parties so I always want to show my appreciation by directing my readers to these blogs.