Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Casual and bright outdoor summer tablescape


Hi and welcome. Come on out back and enjoy a summer lunch or late evening meal with me on my newly decorated back porch. I've set the table with some fun and thrifty finds.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cool down with a smoothie - Must Do Monday

The heat has been unbearable this past week. To get through the remainder of the summer, I'm gonna have to make some cool treats. Here are some smoothie recipes that are on my "Must Do" list.




Sunday, July 29, 2012

Off tabletop candle makeover with Silhouette vinyl


I haven't used my Silhouette nearly enough, but this weekend I busted out some vinyl and whipped this up for my back porch table. While out shopping for some other outdoor items a couple of months ago, I picked up this tabletop Off! Citronella candle. First of all, these are a necessity if you want to be outdoors here, and second, a light bulb went off in my head and I thought this would be great for dressing up with some vinyl decals.


I decided to monogram two sides with our initial. I used the GE signature font and sized it to 7.53 x 2.92 inches. Obviously 7.53 is way too large, but that was just the dimension of the text box, not the overall letter.


I originally had in mind to do some type of flourish, damask, or fleur on the other two sides, but while browsing the Silhouette shop I found the abstract butterfly flourish.  Since I have a lime green butterfly lantern on my porch already, I just had to use this. It ties in elements from the sitting area to the dining area of the porch. (I'll be sharing my back porch makeover soon.)


I sized the butterfly to 4.035 x 2.44 inches. I cut all four pieces at once and put them on. I'm so happy with this, nothing is safe from vinyl now.

Here's a peek at my outdoor table setting with my new candle as the centerpiece.



Friday, July 27, 2012

Fabulous Friday Find- Another use for Magic Eraser



This week Aimee from It's Overflowing shared how to clean an iron with Magic Eraser. I love those things. I wish I'd known this a long time ago.

Did you know you can also use them to clean your glass stovetop? Sure can- no scratches! I can't remember where I first found that tip, but you can verify it all over the web.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Easiest (no sew) pillow ever




 Napkins or dishtowels provide a cheap  an inexpensive way to make outdoor pillows. I got this idea from In My Own Style. She used dish towels, but you can also use napkins. I was browsing in Tuesday Mornings one day and came across these water repellant outdoor napkins. Perfect for outdoor pillows. And at approximately $8.00, I only have $4.00 invested in each pillow.


These were the perfect colors for the color scheme I'm using in my backporch makeover. I also used Diane's idea for making the pillow form from shopping bags. Here is one of my forms (it could be fluffier, but I used all the bags I had for four pillows, so they will do for now.)



I used the same adhesive and followed her directions. I'm in love with this method for making pillows.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Repurposing chandeliers - 5 ways

 

It's so much fun to take something old and give it new life. The next time you see a chandelier or candelabra at the thrift store or yard sale, look at it in a new way.

Here's a chandelier turned cake stand:



 Another one with vintage plates.




This one was made into an outdoor candle holder.
 


A bird feeder - ( I found it on Pinterest but the link doesn't go to the original site. I think the same steps would apply but you would use bowls.)

This one is a candelabra turned desert stand using vintage plates. The plates could be used on the chandeliers too.



Do you have any other ideas? Share them in the comments!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Easy DIY bobby pins from vintage earrings


While I was trying my hand at making my own bobby pins, I decided to make some with some single vintage clip earrings and a button I had in my stash. I had originally planned to use the earrings in my DIY rings, but they just didn't fit on the ring bases well. They worked perfectly for the bobby pins.



 I cut a tiny piece of felt and slipped it under the bobby pin and then glued my earrings and button straight to the pin and the felt with some E6000. I'm really pleased with these. All you need to do is remove the earring clip and button shanks with some pliers or jewelers wire cutters and glue them on some pins.



Check out my rings from vintage earrings HERE.



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Friday, July 20, 2012

Anthro knock off fabric bobby pins


This is my "Tried it Out Thursday" on Friday. Sometimes life just gets busy. I get to the blog when I can. I'm not going to complain about, we'll just move on.

I was inspired by these fabric bobby pins at Anthropologie:


So I picked up some of these (I can't find plain gold or silver bobby slides around here, so I got these and I've been wearing the colored ones as is)



And some of these barrettes


I got some fabric strips and mod podge and wrapped the fabric around the slides and barrettes.


There are no magical steps for this and I'm not 100% pleased with the way these turned out. Working with such a small item was very difficult for me. I'm thinking of other ways to do this but I'm not sure. Maybe using a spray adhesive on the top and just laying the strip of fabric over it would work. I'm not sure. Do you have any suggestions? Please share. I'd love to hear any tips you have for making this project better.



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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jute napkin rings and a beachy tablescape


When I put out my beach mantel decor, I usually follow suit with a beachy tablescape. At least I did last year and this year. I made some changes this year, as last year I only had a centerpiece.

Let's take a look:


I purchased a set of white dishes with a Greek key pattern (Ross $19.99). They will be useful for many other tablescapes. I also picked up four of the blue goblets from Dollar Tree. I really wanted some rattan chargers or natural braided placemats, but I decided I had purchased enough and made due with the bamboo placemats. These came from Dollar Tree too and last year I used them to make a runner under the centerpiece. I'm using some fish net from Michael's this year as a runner.

A closer look at the place setting:



The napkin rings started out like this:


50 cents for the four of them from a thrift store. A little hot glue and some jute twine and now we have these:



My favorite part of this is still the centerpiece. I used some decor sand (purchased at Michael's last year) and sea shells, along with thrifted votives and white candles.  I recently learned from Robin Flies South that you can use grits for sand. That's a great tip. I wonder if you could dye it with food coloring for colored sand. Have any of you tried it?

Here's the centerpiece all aglow:



I hope you have enjoyed my little tour of my tablescape. I'll be sharing at Tabletop Tuesday and Tablescape Thursday, and Feathered Nest Friday. Thanks for stopping by.

On a side note, the hubby and I went to some yard sales and thrift stores Saturday. I picked up a floral arranging book that has some neat idea for centerpieces and placemats. I also picked up some napkins, salad plates, and glasses. I hope to share some more tablescapes in the future created with my thrifted items.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Adding a little neon- 7 Neon DIY tutorials

When I first saw the comeback of neon, I thought "oh no- flashback to those early teen years that I do not want to be reminded of." However, it has grown on me and there are a few projects on my "Must Do" list I'd like to try for the summer.













Uses punches but those office dot stickers would work too!









Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sisal rope frame



After falling in love with sisal rope projects and the nautical flair they can add to coastal decor, I decided to try my hand at making my own rope picture frame.

This mirror was my inspiration piece:



It's really quite easy. All you need is a frame, sisal rope, and a hot glue gun (with glue of course.) I started with this frame from Michael's. It had a flat surface, the original color would not look bad if any showed through, and it was on clearance. The rope came from Wal-mart.


I just started gluing around and around until I couldn't glue any more rope on. You may have noticed the inspiration piece left the corners exposed but I wanted to cover mine, so I cut short pieces of rope and filled in the corners. When I was done, I ran one long piece of rope all the way around the outer edges. Here it is finished:


I decided later that it needed something else, so I added a starfish I had on hand. It is now part of my coastal sofa table vignette. (I'll get around to sharing the whole vignette later.)


Have you made anything with rope? I'd love to hear about it.

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