Monday, February 28, 2011

Want to play on the tire swing?

I am longing for these days.

This was taken in November when the sun was still shining. It was a "cold" 60 degrees.

I want to get back to the river and do some camping and swimming...

and playing on the tire swing.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Old Door and My Own Form of Graffiti

Joe and I went for a drive a few weeks ago to shoot some photos. It is one of our hobbies. We stumbled upon this old shack in the middle of a farmers field. It is covered with graffiti and crumbling.

 It's door is what caught my attention. The door intrigues me. The patina of the wood, the rusty hinges and clasp. I like the fact that it is propped open and seems to invite you in. {Here I added Sepia tones using Picasa.} While playing around with these photos in Picasa, I decided to do a little graffiti of my own.

This is one of my favorite quotes. I think it was just makes this photo.

Here's a second one, I kind of like the quote above the door better probably because of the sepia tones. Which one would use?

{PS: Feel free to print these pics and use them for personal use. If you click on the photo, it will enlarge to a high quality size that you can right click on, save as and print. I used the second one on my wall and put it in a frame made of barn wood. I LOVE it! Hope you enjoy them too! If you use it on your blog please give photo credit, thanks!!!}

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thinking Spring

While doing a little grocery shopping yesterday, I spotted this little bundle of tulips in the produce section. And I thought, "Who wouldn't pay $5 for a little spring cheer?"

I placed them in my favorite PURPLE Ball Jar, right in front of my living room window. Notice the view? Nothing but snow, tons of fresh, constantly falling S-N-O-W {4 letter word}.

 I gathered a few of my favorite beachy things, like my clock made to look like a ships steering wheel {I know it has a name, but I can't think of it. A little help?} And my little rusty toy wagon filled with shells.

I LOVE this jar. It is the perfect shade of purple. It even has a purple glass insert for the lid. I love the imperfections in the glass and tarnished metal ring.

View Improved!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Typewriter Love

February is Typewriter Appreciation Month

I appreciate typewriters. Don't you? This is my little "laptop" Corona. Read about her HERE.

This is the one that got away. Last October, at the Junk Salvation Show in Puyallup, WA, I still regret not purchasing her.

My gray Royal sits in my office on top of the ugly file cabinet I found in an alley with a FREE sign.
{Another moment in time where my husband thought I had lost my mind. :) }

When I was in my 20s I worked at a place called Interstate Typewriter. They sold mostly office supplies by then (Early 90s) but they had a typewriter repair man who had the most awesome collection of old typewriters. People would just drop them off for him, because they knew of his collection and no longer had a use for them. I wish I had taken photos then.

This typewriter is located inside of the Shoshone County Court House in Wallace. It was designed to type on paper that is 11 x 17 and used for keeping records of property tiles. The typewriter slides from side to side on those guides. It is very unique. These photos were taken with my phone but I plan on going back up and playing with it (I know some of the girls who work there) and taking lots of photos. 

Don't you just love typewriters?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Revamp That Chandelier!

I have a thing for lighting: specifically chandeliers. I currently have 2 working ones and 4 "project" chandeliers. My favorite place to buy them is the Habitat For Humanity Restore {Find one in your area HERE}. People who are remodeling their homes donate all sorts of used goods. They have cabinets, cabinet doors, mismatched tiles galore, misc furniture, everything right down to kitchen sinks. Chandeliers like mine sell for $10 to $15, can't beat that, right?

Wait..... There is a catch... 

This is how she looked when I bought her. First, let me say that Krylon spray paint covers EVERYTHING!

Since her wires were cut, Joe and I rewired her with a simple lamp rewiring kit; they are about $10 at Home Depot and come with everything you need. We rewire it with a kit that plugs in to the wall instead of one that actually wires to the wiring. That way I can move it around whenever I get a wild hair {often}. Also, let me point out the sprayer handle on that Krylon bottle {Joe is also my hand model}. If you spray paint and do not have one of these, you don't know what you are missing. They are fabulous and save your fingers so much pain. It is reusable and attaches to any spray can and costs around $3.

Can you guess where I hung her? My little blogging office needed a pop of color and light.This definitely did the trick.

This is my next project. {Notice the cut wires and lack of hanging hardware $10!} This one is easy, the main body is made of wood, painted that 1990s Country Blue. I am just going to hit it with some flat black craft paint and leave the rod iron arms to their rusty glory. 

Notice the wax running on the socket covers? These babies are $1.90 a package and add just the right touch, don't you think?

Happy Valentine's Day Weekend, my friends!

Linking up with the following fantastic blogs:

Funky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialTransformation Thursday
Tidy Mom I'm Lovin It Fridays
Furniture Feature Fridays

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines Day Decor + Printable

I am not a huge decorator for Valentine's Day. Usually having my 5 year old put heart shaped window clings on the window {at a 5 year old eye level} is the extent of my Valentine's decorating. But since Halloween, I have designated this little spot in my entry way as my "Holiday Corner" and have had a great time filling it with various Holiday related decor. {See Halloween and Thanksgiving posts}

I got this wreath form at Michaels and covered it with red fleece fabric that I cut into strips and hot glued into place. Then I hot glued 3 of my canvas flowers {tutorial coming soon}.

I made this little Valentine inspired print, I distress inked and then scanned a shipping tag, added the text and clip art "LOVE". I have attached a copy of this print for you at the bottom of this post. Hot glued more canvas flowers to an inexpensive Walmart frame.

I bought 6 of these paper cones at JoAnn Fabric at Christmas time.{.99 cents each, couldn't resist} I painted this one Ivory and hot glued some vintage ruffle lace to the top, upside down so it stands up instead of facing down, just for fun! I added a ribbon and plopped a silk flower inside.

I think it turned out pretty sweet and the best part is, my Hubs says it's a huge reminder for him to go shopping... LOL!

Here's a copy of my Valentine's Day print. Just click on image to enlarge and print. {I printed mine on 8 1/2 x 11 buff card stock.}
Happy Valentine's Day, my friends!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Copy Me Challenge at Funky Junk Interiors

Do you know what inspired me to do the Copy Me Challenge?

 I have the same gate. Mine was sitting against my fence buried in a few feet of snow but I dragged it into the house and gave it new life in my new blogging office. What do you think? Can you see my Funky Junk Inspiration?

Two old sewing machine drawers I found at a flea market in Montana now serve as twine and string holders. An old picture frame got new life with some wire and clothes pins, just like Donna's. The little picture is of my Dad in 9th grade and the other one is my Happy Wedding Couple photo.

Look, I even managed to find a rusty faucet handle. I was so tickled!

I took this old wooden {seriously dirty} box right off the wall of my husband's garage. And you know what? I am keeping it! I found this old rusty mop on a huckleberry picking adventure we had this summer. We found an old dump full of fantastic rusty finds. This mop made me happy and just had to come home with me, until now it's been sitting on my back porch {catch all room}. I am so happy to display it and give it a home. The insides of my coffee pot now hold paper clips and my antique sifter is now a pencil holder. I love Donna's use of plants so I pulled this ivy out of the living room and plopped it down inside an old rusty coffee can, also stolen from my husband's garage. {He won't miss it, but he might wonder why there is a huge pile of nails on his work bench. Shhh! Don't tell.}

This tool box is another favorite of mine. I have had it in my craft room for years. The handle is all rusty and so is the bottom and I love it! Rusty scissors, a brown paper covered notebook, an old rusty metal star final and a sage plant top it off.

I turned another old sewing machine drawer over to give my metal lamp some height.

I am going to top the old door with a piece of glass so it is more functional. And I am on the lookout for some old saw horses to use as the table base. Right now it is literally sitting on one of those Costco folding tables.

I am still working on my Miss Mustard Seed design. I have had the best time with this challenge! How did I do? Hop on over to Funky Junk Interiors and check it out.

Thanks Donna! It was so much fun!


Copy Me Challenge

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