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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Changing Things Up

Last year at this time we gave our living room a complete redo. We stripped wallpaper, painted the walls, added new baseboard trim, and repainted the huge floor-to-ceiling entertainment center! Not much has changed in the room over the year, except for the entertainment unit.
 
When the room was first finished, this is how I styled the shelves.
 
 
I tend to use this as a holding area for things destined for my booth. I put them here so I can enjoy them for awhile before I take them to my space. So, many of the things here have either been sold or have found other places to reside in my home.
 
I've been wanting to change things up for awhile now, but I was stuck in a rut. I couldn't decide on the "look" I wanted to go with and I didn't know what I wanted to permanently keep. For months, I would style a shelf, not really love it, become frustrated and walk away.
 
FINALLY, this past weekend I decided I was going to tackle the shelves once and for all!!! I went through everything I didn't want to keep and took it all to my booth. Then I worked until I filled all the shelves. I'm sure I'll tweak some later on, but overall I'm content! 







The porcelain door knobs and brushes have been tucked away, unseen, in the locker baskets, so I brought them out in the open to be enjoyed and admired!







These framed photos are of my husband's grandfather. I love having them on display!


 
What do you think of the new arrangement?
 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Woodland Animal Plaque Tutorial

Hey guys!!! I promised a tutorial on how to make the woodland animal heads that I shared in my post about my booth decorated for fall.

 
It has taken me long enough, but I was finally able to put one together for you today!!! Yay!

For this project you will need:
* Wood plaque to mount your animal head
* Piece of scrap wood
* Printed image of animal silhouette
* Graphite paper
* Scroll saw
* Sandpaper
* Screws
* Paint or stain
 
I found these plaques at thrift stores, but I believe I have seen the unfinished one below at craft stores like Michael's.
 


Once you have your plagues, find a piece of scrap wood in the thickness you want the animal head.


I found a silhouette of a moose head and deer heads online and printed them. You will also need a piece of graphite paper to trace your image.


With the graphite paper underneath your image, trace with a pen or pencil.....


So that you're left with your animal head transferred onto your piece of scrap wood.


Nate used his scroll saw to cut it out for me. If you do not have a scroll saw, some other type of hand saw may work with a design that's not quite so intricate.  





I gave everything a good sanding to smooth out all the rough edges.


After I determined where I wanted the heads placed on the plaque, we attached the two together by screwing through the back of the plaque.


The final step is to paint or stain in the color of your choice! Make sure to use a small artist's brush to get into all the nooks and crannies. Spray painting might even be the way to go for these too.




 
If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to email me!!
 
 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Mantle

I've been such a slacker lately with blogging! I fully expected to be posting much more regularly when we got internet hooked up at home a few months ago, but life has been crazy, and busy and stressful. From switching our son to a different daycare, doctor appointments, car trouble, and traveling, I think things are finally getting back to normal and I hope to be able to give my blog a little more attention.

This weekend I decided it was time to change up my mantle that I was totally in love with:

 To something geared a little more towards fall and Halloween:


With the wood boxes, I was kind of going for the look of a collection of fall/Halloween curiosities. But, since I don't have any of the usual things you find in curiosity collections like animals skulls, bug specimens, etc., I thought I would use things still nature inspired, but a little less creepy.


My son, Anderson, and I collected leaves from outside to use as part of the display. He collected some for himself too. :)



This was the only skull I could find and I'm totally ok with the fact that it's fake...and plastic....and did I mention not creepy?


I still haven't bought any fun washi tape, so had to use scotch tape again to hang my leaves on the mirror. :/



 Even my deer bust was adorned with a pretty leaf!







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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fun Lighting and a Giveaway!

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Ok, so, I have this thing for lights. I don't really know why, but I just do. I love cool industrial lamps and hanging lights and turning random objects into awesome lamps. It's fun, creative and unique. The possibilities are endless for light sources.
My husband rewired two lamps for me last weekend and it got me thinking about the lights we have transformed or found over the years.

First up is this chemistry beaker stand. I found the stand at one of my parents' rental houses, and the work lamp shade was a thrift store find. My husband buys super cheap, but fully functioning lamps from thrift shops to use for parts. Often times his way is much cheaper than buying lamp kits.
Nate also transformed tractor funnels into lights for our living room and I made the drop cloth cord covers.





This green metal work light was a thrift store find with a matching green cord.

I love it!!

This was an old spotlight rescued from the church where I work that Nate rewired.


I really, really love this industrial light I found at a thrift store last year that Nate also rewired.



And the best for last! I got this accordion brass lamp from a vendor friend. It will need a new cord, and I plan to use it in my studio! 




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