Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall porch decor- six simple ways with thrift finds

Fall is coming soon so let's welcome it beginning on the outside. Here are six ways to decorate your fall porch using unique items you can find at the thrift or antique store or yard sales. Who doesn't love to save a few dollars on decor? Happy shopping and decorating!

1. Fill a tiered wire plant display with pumpkins, gourds, and fall foliage.

2.Use old shutters painted in fall themes for decor.
3. Park an old wheelbarrow or wagon near the front door and fill it with fall flowers and pumpkins.
Love the wagon display at Hoosier Homemade
4. Create a vignette by placing mums in old stacked suitcases.
5. Display mums in an old canning pot.
6. Throw an old blanket across a chair for warmth and texture.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Slow traffic

Just a note to say that things will likely be slow on the blog this week. As if they could get any slower... I only post a couple of times per week anyway. Those couple of posts are a struggle and juggling of time. I just don't have time to create projects or posts. So... I've decided to save myself the stress for a week or two, and LET IT GO.

I'm not going away forever, just reevaluating. I'm not as motivated by blogging as I used to be. I do still love the community but it's getting a little old or stale. I see the same old projects over and over. I'm not bashing anyone- I'm guilty too. I have no new inventions to share. Just my take on the classic stuff. And that's okay, but sometimes it gets old.

I think everyone must struggle with this because it seems what gets linked up at link parties is of little substance now days or is a recipe. I get it- we all have to eat so it's easy to post a recipe since you are going to cook anyway. I've done it many times. But what I'm tring to say is I no longer even enjoy reading blogs. I do still have a few favorites, but they seem to be overloaded with recipes and trivial guest posts too. Again, please don't take this as blogger bashing. It's just where I am right now with this hobby of mine. If you have some positive thoughts or advice to share, please do.

Until later....

If you enjoy fashion, I'll still be maintaing my fashion/style blog, Savvy Southern Chic. Please visit me over there.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

5 Minute Bling Bracelets

I was in Michael's recently and came across these rhinestone connectors. Jewelry, especially bracelets with words and symbols are so popular right now, so I decided to snatch them up and make my own bracelets.

I have these chain bracelets in my stash that I got at a yard sale a few years ago. Yes, I know, I should have done something with them by now, but that's why it's called a STASH.  I chose three of them to work with.

All I did was cut away some of the chain from the middle and replace with jump rings and the connectors. Done.

Even if you have to cut chain and add clasps, you can still make all three in 10-15 minutes.  If you are just beginning with jewelry, here's the break down of supplies:

Wire cutters
about 20 inches of chain (depending on the length you want them, 20 inches should do all three)
6mm or 8mm jump rings

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

10 Projects that Rule

When you're out getting back to school supplies together, grab a few extra rulers or yardsticks. Here are projects using rulers and yardsticks.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DIY Striped frame

Do you love stripes? A quick look through my wardrobe and you know I do. Stripes are easy to add to home decor as well. Grab some paint and painter' tape.
I'm working my way though a stash of plain wooden frames and getting some Christmas gifts knocked out. I found this cute dragonfly cut out at Michael's and  have some dragonfly fans in the family. The dragonfly was already striped, so I knew it would be a perfect accent to a striped frame.
To make your stripes, first paint your frame in your base color. I started with Delta ceramcoat acrylic in purple dusk. When that dried, I marked off about every inch with painter's tape. Note: Use a quality brand painter's tape. I used a cheap one and had to do some touch up.

I painted the exposed part with  Craft Smart acrylic paint in purple. I peeled off the tape and let it dry. Once dry, I added a top coat of Mod Podge for sealer and shine.
I glued the dragonfly on and was done.

If you liked this project, you make want to check out this chevron striped ladybug frame.

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