Monday, July 26, 2010

A Couple Quick Before and Afters

I found this wood and metal paint holder on ETSY. It holds 81 bottles of paint! It was a little plain so it got a coat of white paint, some distressing, some soft polka dots and the word "paint".




And these beauties were from Hobby Lobby (more 80% off to make room for Christmas!) Together they cost me less than $6. Hated the color and "Country Duck"?!? Wha?? Why? So the Country Duck got removed and the top got a coat of white paint and some sanding and distressing and now I LOVE them...

Newest Name Signs


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

IF - Breakfast


Breakfast? Why not. You only live once!

A Few More...

...that went in the mail this week.
Teacher Name Signs are always available in my bumblebina ETSY shop.

Friday, July 9, 2010

IF - Diary


Dear Diary,
I think my new hairstyle may have been a mistake...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bargain Shopping/Item Remake - Part 5

The final installation in this Bargain Shopping/Item Remake series. :)

A quick little mini-makeover of a $5 pillow (regularly $24.99 BTW).

It's cute. We didn't love the fringe. So...
We gave it a haircut and glued a cool round button to the center of the existing white flower and viola...
Here it is hanging out with the other made-over $5 pillows. :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bargain Shopping/Item Remake - Part 4 (A Tutorial)

Remember our friend, the $5 Y pillow. Here's what I did with the other 3.
We obviously didn't cover the Y this time, we just used the other side of the pillow.

Here's how we did it:

Step 1 - We found letters we liked and printed them about 5" high on cardstock. We cut them out to make stencils.
Step 2 - We laid the stencil on our pillow
Step 3 - We traced our stencil. I found that a Conte pastel worked best on this slick poly fabric.
Step 4 - We outlined the lines with a white paint pen.
Step 5 - We went back in with a paintbrush and regular acrylic paint and filled in the letters.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Bargain Shopping/Item Remake - Part 3

This Y pillow was one of my great finds on my latest trip to Hobby Lobby when the housewares were 80% OFF. This cute little 12" x 12" pillow with bead trim was regularly $24.99. They had lots of Y's and Z's left. I bought 4 of them. Why?

That's why!

Now I have nothing against the letter Y--it was, in fact, my last initial before I got married--but seeing as I  am now an M, let the pillow makeover begin.


I added on 3 flowers (made using this method). I tacked them on with small stitches right over the Y. You can't see it at all.

P.S. The tasseled brocade pillow behind it was also a bargain find. Regularly $79.99 (do people really pay that for pillows?!?) I got it for $16.

I'll post soon about what what I did with the other 3 Y pillows.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bargain Shopping/Item Remake - Part 2

The next installment of my bargain shopping show and tell. This drawer unit was normally $49.99, marked down to $10.

My daughter and I didn't love the sports theme of them and considered these for a long time. We knew we couldn't just paint over the balls since they are indented into the wood. Finally, we realized we could just turn the drawers around so the balls are facing in. The drawers wouldn't have the little notch at the top. But we solved that by drilling two holes and adding a little jute drawer pull.

Oh yeah, did I mention we bought 2? :)

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