Hey ladies! I hope you all had a good weekend. I spent mine in NYC with my sister and 5,000 other bloggers at the BlogHer conference. It was such a great experience. I love to be an environment with so many people that have the same passions and hobbies that I do. And the shopping wasn’t too bad either :). We even got to hear from President Obabma through a live video address to kick the conference off. It was pretty cool.
This week’s theme is another fan favorite…Thrift Store. I’m pretty excited about it. I love to see what things people can make out of “junk” they find.
Remember that voting closes a day early this season, so make sure you have your vote in by Thursday night.
And if you want to craft along, remember there’s the I’m Crafty! Linky Party every Thursday as well. [Read more…]
So let’s talk about the shelf itself for a minute. The ideal shelf will be a slightly smaller height then the width of the area where you’re installing it. It should be skinny, not wide. You will want it to be made sturdily – so it can support a bit of weight when lain on its side. The best type of material to look for is real wood – since this is the easiest to refinish. You may have to search for a bit before finding that perfect thrift store shelf, but scouring and waiting for the right one will be worth it. Once you find your shelf, the restoration will largely depend on the type of condition the shelf itself is in. A slightly broken down but mostly stably made shelf that is not rickety but also not pretty would be just fine. Look at the bones of the shelf when selecting it – not the cosmetics. Those can be changed. You can even add a shelf or two inside if they are broken.
So, let’s move on to refinishing your shelf! I’ll assume for the sake of this tutorial that you’ve found your ideal shelf – it’s made of wood and sturdy, it’s the right size for your particular space – and that you’ve fixed anything major (like a shelf or something).
The first thing you’ll need to do is sand that baby down. It’s probably not [Read more…]
*If you missed the results post, you can see it here.*
Here we are you guys…week two! It has been one of my favorite weeks in the past. It still is for the most part, but since moving here to Boston I haven’t really found any great thrift shops to hit up. Do you locals know of any good places in the Three Rivers to South Shore area?
Anyway, back to the task at hand. It’s Thrift Store week! I’m amazed at what these ladies can come up with using thrift store stuff! The poll is in the sidebar and will be open until Friday night. Good luck ladies!!
Craft #1 – Book Lamp – Angela @ The Wray Sisters
This was such a fun week as I got to step out of my glue gun and scissors comfort zone. This week I got to use power tools, and learn how to rewire a lamp which, by the way, is surprisingly easy! For thrift store week I created my own book lamp.
I went to the thrift store and picked up a few books, a lamp, and a lamp shade. With the help of the of my drill, I drilled holes through all of the books and slid them down over my lamp. Creating the lamp shade was the tricky part. I took the shade off of the lamp and stripped the shade down to its wire base. I wanted the lamp shade to have the look of a wire [Read more…]
First off I have to apologize for being an idiot last week. I had my domain set up to auto re-register for me, but apparently it wasn’t so auto. Now I feel like an idiot for letting the blog expire for the day. Thank you all for putting up with me and being patient
Now, moving past my embarrassment… Bessie made a spectacular first showing for the season and won herself the first round!
Wasn’t her little Flour Sack Outfit so adorable? Congrats Bessie!
We had a SYTYC first last week. There was a tie for the last place. Since that had never happened before I wasn’t sure how to handle it. Who should go home and who should stay? After getting some input, from the crafters, facebook & twitter my plan was solidified. Both Allie (with her Triple Braid Necklace) and Terra (with her Twine Vase) get to stay this week!
However, keeping them both this week creates a problem for the rest of the season so…2 people will be sent home this week That means your votes this week for the Thrift Store Craft challenge are doubly important!
Polls will be open until 9 pm CST so make sure you vote and send your friends over too!
Craft #1 – Rattan Redo by Heather @ Dragonfly Designs
Craft #2 – Typographical Art Globe by Jessica @ Mad In Crafts
I was STOKED when I found this plastic globe at a local thrift store for $2! I have seen globes in so many home décor catalogs, but they are always way out of my price range. After admiring the work of ImagineNations, I was inspired to turn this average globe into an art piece. Any work of art should sit in a place of honor, so I also used a few parts from an old brass lamp to create a lovely pedestal for the globe.
I am a nut for typography, so I decided to create the continents out of letters in three different fonts. I feel like the typography gives the piece, which could look really stuffy, a very contemporary look.
This is completely a DIY that any crafter could do too! With supplies you might already have in your house, you can transform an old globe and a nasty lamp into a hip conversation piece for your home!
Craft #3 – Floor Poufs by Celeste @ Celestial’s Creations
We picked up this dirty, under-filled bean bag at a garage sale for $1. We caught the seller at the tail end of his sale, and I think he was desperate to get rid of it.
I cut the cover into circles and used the bean bag filling to make five floor poufs.
The color of the poufs didn’t really match anything in my house, so I used fabric circles and yarn to make some fun covers.
These poufs are great for foot rests, back rests, story time, building “towers,” and making hardwood floors fit for seating during a movie. I also think they’d make a great little time out spot (you know, for the kids who like to knock over your poufs when you’re trying to take pictures…).
Craft #4 – New Fall Shirts by Robin @ The T-Shirt Diaries
I started out with a pile of T-shirts I bought on dollar day at Goodwill.
My little guy was in desperate need of a few new shirts for fall so I decided to cut these shirts up to make something that would fit him.
So I laid out one of his favorite old hoodies, cut up four different shirts, and started sewing.
Here he is “not” modeling his new shirt.
It has a pocket in front to hide treasures, a hood to keep him warm, and apparently it is perfect for a day on the town eating frozen yogurt.
Craft #5 – Fear Less, Hope More by Bessie @ Besserina
Craft #6 – Tiered Eyelet Skirt and Flower Top by Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations
Craft #7 – Chic Framed Necklace Holder by Margo @ Art Surrounds Us
When searching through the thrift store I found this beautiful frame that needed some sprucing up. Then I came across the cork board and I knew what I wanted to do with them. All I needed to to was add a couple more supplies and I was ready to go.
We are updating my daughter’s room and what I had made before for all her necklaces wasn’t working anymore so I took the idea and ran with it and made her this new more “mature” one to use.
Craft #8 – Dress Up Suitcases by Carlee @ Lady Bird Lane
Craft #9 – Car Clock by Emily @ Nap Time Creations
Craft #10 – Octagon End Table by Terra @ Mama Says Sew
Last week was such a close week too! But that’s not really a surprise since all the crafts are always so awesome.
Laura @ Emmielu Designs was a winner last week with her Photo Board. How cute is that?
However, we have to say good-bye to Ashley from Not Just Grannies. Her cash register didn’t quite make the cut.
Her blog is so fun though! Everybody run over there and check it out. Be sure to spread the bloggy love with her too!
And since I’m sure you’re all wondering, here is the rest of the line up from last week.:
#1 – Fabric Tea Set – Ashley T
#2 – Photo Board – Laura
#3 – Kid-Friendly Cash Register – Ashley L
#4 – Explorer Sash – Randi
Now, without further ado, here is Thrift Store week! Voting, like always, will be open until Friday night.
Craft #1 – Flapper Dress photo prop – Ashley @ Cherished Bliss
And here are my legwarmers that I love so much!
Craft #2 – Cabinet Door Jewelry Holder – Randi @ Dukes & Duchesses
Craft #3 – Pom Pom Light Fixture – Laura @ EmmieLu Designs