Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What We Accomplished Wednesday #6

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I did a little fluffing in the bathroom...okay, that just sounded bad!  I'm talking decor fluffing people!  To see what I used for this pretty bathroom storage, check it out here.

Top Ten Features 

Wow! You made it extra hard for me to pick only ten features this week!  After much blood, sweat and tears,  I narrowed it down to the following.

The most clicked link this week were this covered Command Hook by Kadee Willow.  I love Command hooks, but they leave a little lot to be desired in the stylish department.  Kadee's are stylin!

What do you get when you put script fabric, black gingham, tufting, and distressed white wood together?  This gorgeous little stool by Terry at Forever Decorating.

If you've been to a few of my parties, you know by now my weakness for chalkboards.  This chalkboard calender by Kimberly at Serendipity Refined takes my breath away.

Sumaya at Evocative Vintage just keeps rocking the projects.  I'm in love with this blanket chest she painted and added a graphic to.

If you love chevron designs (waving my hand here), you won't want to miss this darling bar stool by Tanya of twelve O' eight.

Deborah at Ramshackle Romance repainted this demi-lune table in the prettiest shade of blue, with gold accents.  Pay her a visit and check out what she did to the top of it!

 The details came to life on this old leather topped desk when Nancy, from Artsy Chicks Rule, painted and distressed it.  I love the contrast of the dark top and white wood.

If I had a laundry room this beautiful, I'd do laundry all day...or at least pretend that's what I was doing!  Check it out the rest of of it at Penny's Vintage Home.

I am wishing for spring.  We are expecting snow showers all week, but I can be inspired by Mallori's pretty spring mantel at Vintage Finds.  I especially love the way she folded a paperback book.

Jeanette at Heirloom Treasures made this sweet little cushion out of what looks to me like satin.  I can't help thinking how pretty this would be as a ring bearers pillow too!

So what have you been up to this week?  Come join in the fun.  Link up your favorite projects below.

Monday, February 25, 2013

How Pinteresting Monday - Canning Jars & Jello Molds

While my sister was in town two weekends ago, we went thrift shopping.  When I saw these aluminum molds, I remember seeing a use for them on Pinterest, but I couldn't remember what it was. I liked them anyway, and for only .10 cents each, I bought the whole dozen. I also snagged two larger ones. I just love the shape and patina on them.

Back home, I scoured my Pinterest boards to find the idea I only vaguely remembered.  Here it is:

It is from Hanna's Charming Recycling.  Hanna has a gorgeous website and coauthored "Sjarmerende Gjenbruk," which is Norwegian for Charming Reuse.  An English version is available on Amazon under the title, "Rediscovered Treasures: A New Life for Old Objects."  I am definitely adding it to my cart! Hanna has a beautiful blog you won't want to miss!

Sadly, my molds were a bit too large to use the rings, but they were just big enough to sit over the rim and look like they were screwed on.

I decided to use them in our postage stamp sized bathroom to squeeze out a little more storage.

Filled with soft white cotton balls and Q-Tips, I love the way they look.

How has Pinterest inspired you lately?

Don't forget to come back Tuesday night for What We Accomplished Wednesdays. I love to see what you've been up to!

Until next time keep craftin' and smilin'!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What We Accomplished Wednesday # 5

Want to be a pin-up girl?  Join the party, and if you are featured, I'll pin your project to my Green Willow Pond Features Board!

I'm finding it difficult to post Pinteresting Mondays, Tuesdays Top Ten, and this party on Tuesday night, so from here on out, I will be including the features right here with the party.  I think it will be better exposure for the featured links too.

If you missed it, I posted a tutorial for my Rustic Valentine Wreath here.

Also this week I upcycled this tin for storage of all the little bits 'n bobs in my craft room.  Click on the picture for the tutorial.

I didn't get any other project posts up this week, but I did do some projects.  My neice is getting married in August, and I am helping with some of the decorations.  My sister came this weekend and we brainstormed ideas and made up some samples.  We had a blast, shared some gut-splitting laughter, and even got in some thrift shopping!  I can't share what we did yet...wouldn't want to spoil any wedding surprises, but there will be tons of pictures coming this fall!  Talk about keeping you waiting...sorry.

There were so many great link-ups again this week.  I am amazed at all the talent you all have.  This weeks top link was this French Basket by Rebecca at The Gathering Place.

Danielle at Silver Pennies antiqued a gold mirror with chalk paint, letting the gold peek through...stunning!

I really want to figure out a wall in my house that I can do this to.  Lacey at Feathering my Nest painted a whole wall with chalkboard paint.  I love the dramatic look of it.

Denise...on a Whim shared this gorgeous desk she refinished and painted.  I love the blue and white combined with the stained top!

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life added touches of apple green to her already magazine worthy living room.

Check out this fun dresser painted by Suzan at Simply Vintageous.  Subway art always makes my heart beat a little faster!  

Brandi at Don't Disturb This Groove got to meet Young House Love and Bower Power which I'm sure was exciting.  I got excited when I saw the pillows she made for them.  Bam!  These dahlias are hot glued on...no sewing involved unless you sew your own pillow.

Beachcomber shared her pretty white cupboard filled with blue and white dishes for a pretty and fresh, cottage look.

I realize I am featuring two chalkboard walls, but I can't resist, and Angela's use of chalk paint as a backsplash is such a great idea!  You can see it at  Number Fifty-Three.

Last, but certainly not least, are these yummo looking chocolate/peanut candies from Andi at The Wednesday Baker.  There's only three ingredients and they are made in a crockpot!  I love her presentation of them.

Monday, February 18, 2013

How Pinteresting Monday - Bits & Bobs Container

Can you tell I'm in organizing mode? I think all my Pinteresting Monday's have been about storage and organizing so far. Nothings changed. This week it's all about those little bitty bits that I never know what to do with. They are too small for a box or bin of their own, but I do need them. I usually throw them in a whipped topping container, or something similar. So. Not. Pretty.

Can you also tell that I'm reusing and repurposing anything and everything for storage containers?  I'm creating this craft room on a bare bones budget, so anything that will save me $$ is not safe from my paint brush, or in this case, my bottle of mod podge.  Long ago I pinned these sweet little containers, which are just cans covered with pretty paper.

Last year, while cruising T.J. Maxx, I found some rolls of printed kraft paper.  I liked this one with clocks on it.  So I gathered my supplies.

Mod Podge
wrapping paper
sponge brush 
metal container

Pewter Rub 'n Buff
clock charm

Stick on round labels
Walnut Ink

 I rubbed some of the Rub 'n Buff on the gold clock charm to tone down the shiny gold.  Using the Walnut Ink, I spritzed a tiny bit on the label, dipped my finger in water and rubbed it around.  I also decided to add a bead.  Each of these got a jump ring added.  Not shown is a small length of chain to attach the clock and bead to.  You can see I penciled my Bits & Bobs onto the label.

I measured the width and circumference of the side, then cut paper to fit.  For the lid, I traced under the rim, then cut out a circle and kept trimming it off, a little at a time, to get it the right size. The label looked a little small for the can, so to give it some umph, I mod podged this vellum clock face onto the can first.

Finally, I added the charm and bead onto the chain, and attached the chain to the label's jumpring, then used a pop dot (scrapbooking) to the back and pressed it on. Here you can see I also went over my penciled title with a fine point marker.

Now my little tin is ready and waiting for all the little bits 'n bobs I will be tossing inside.

Sure beats a whipped topping container don't you think?

Until next time, keep craftin' and smilin' :)

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