Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dining Room Tour

After a year and a half, my dining room is done and beautiful!  When we first moved in to this wallpapered house, one of the first things I tackled was the dining room walls. 

The main layer of paper came off beautifully so in no time I was left with just the underneath newsprint type paperiness.  This too came off fairly easily with some water and a scraper.  I did as high as I could reach and then quit.  This is what we lived with for the last year and a half!  I couldn't decide what color to paint and so I just didn't do anything to it.

Last week I had off of work.  All week!  My mom said, "which room are we going to do?"  "Dining Room!" we decided.  Monday we scraped the rest of the paper off.  Tuesday we scrubbed the glue-iness off and bought paint and tissue paper.

Wait!  What?  Tissue paper.  Seriously.  I knew I wanted a textured look.  We thought about a two tone or a glaze or a plaster, but in the end the tissue paper method was the easiest. I do not envy the homeowner who decides to try to take this off the walls!

Thursday we painted more.  Friday we recovered the chairs.

And we put everything back where it belongs.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pallet Bird House - Completed

Well, It's about time!  Right?  I decided to paint my "Martin House" with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (R) in Old White.  With Annie's paint there is no need to wax or seal it for outside.  One less step!  I set it on a side table painted in Provence (also Annie Sloan).  I added a thin trim along the top edges of the table so that I could pour bird seed around the house itself. 

  I hung a black metal wall sconce with 3 little off-white pots on it from a hook that was inexplicably grown into the tree already.  I hope to plant ivy in the pots that will hang down over the bird house
in the spring.

I placed one of Grandma's painted birdhouses amidst some newly planted ferns and hosta.  When you transplant ferns they often look very dead for the rest of that season.  Don't worry.  They should reimerge in the spring wholeheartedly.

 I have not noticed any birds living in the house yet but several have enjoyed the buffet including chickadee, tufted titmouse, junco, blue jay, robin, cardinal, and chipping sparrow.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pallet Bird Houses

If you know me at all, you know that I am not precise in most crafty endeavors.  Therefore, be warned, all measurements are in inches-ish.  Meaning I do measure before I cut, but I do not have a table saw with a straight edge, if the last piece ends up an inch shorter or longer I just go with it, and when fitting a piece in as an afterthought I just measure in "about"s.  That being said...let's make some bird houses.

Check pinterest for some bird house inspiration.  Here is mine from French Country Cottage.

I have always enjoyed these bird mansions.  I never knew that they are actually for a certain type of bird, Martins.  Apparently, Martins enjoy apartment style living. In a real Martin house each hole leads to its own section inside. This will not be happening in my bird house.  I know it would never fit together right. 

I surveyed my wood pile which is made almost entirely of broken down pallets and 2x2ish spacers that I get free at Lowe's.  I do not have any plywood so I decided that I would make the sides out of  pallet boards. You will need:

8 pallet boards (about 3.5" wide) cut to 20"
8 pallet boards (about 3.5" wide) cut to 12"
4 spacers (2"x2" or similar) cut to 14" (or 4 times the width of your boards)
2 trinagles with a base of 12"-13"
2 pallet boards cut to fit between spacers, about 9" CUT LATER
4 pallet boards (about 5" wide) cut to 24"
a bunch of screws

Start by attaching a spacer to each end of 4 longer 3.5" boards.  This will make one long wall.  Do the same for the second wall.  Once you have 2 long walls attach the shorter boards to the ends.  Hopefully you now have something that looks like a crate with no top or bottom

Now for the roof.  I admit I was a bit daunted by the roof at first.  Start by measuring the distance between the two spacers on the shorter wall.  Cut the last 2 boards slightly (1.8") smaller than that.  It needs to fit between the spacers easily but not wiggle around much.  The attach  to your triangles as shown above.  These will sit on top of the short ends.

Next, place one of your wider boards on top of the triangles (lined up with the peak and hanging over the edges evenly).  Attach to triangles.  Line up next board under the first.  Do the same to the other side of the roof.  Remember to line up the top board with the top board on the other side, Not the peak of the triangle.

I know, there is something important missing.  This step may involve meeting your neighbors.  Mine is Tom, and he lives a few doors down.  His garage is full of furniture that he is refinishing so I knew he must have tools.  Besides, the other neighbors told me he does.  I got a tour of his garage/workshop, yard, and garden and finally left with a 1.5" drill bit.  Thanks Tom.  I'll have that back soon.

Stay tuned for the full reveal.  I have to go drill holes now.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


I have been hand sewing these cute hanging bird.  They are all listed in my Etsy shop now.  Take a look.  They are all made with heavy home decor fabrics, vintage lace and vintage buttons.  $10 each

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Favor-It to Win-It on Etsy

Hello there, and thank you so much for your support as I reopened my Etsy shop in July! I love you all!  The top seller so far is my banners.  I have been making them like crazy including, but not limited to...

LOVE with vintage crochet lace
MAINE at my parents' summer house
LEMONADE in various colors
To continue my Etsy reopening fun I have something to offer all new and existing followers... During August, if you "favorite" my shop AND something in my shop, you could WIN IT!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Sold Out at 6x6x2014

I have been waiting forever (a month) to tell you about this.  Rochester Contemporary Art Center has a fundraiser every year called 6x6.  Artists from all over the globe can enter up to 6 pieces that are 6 inches by 6 inches for the show.  This year 2903 artists submitted a total of 6772 pieces.  You can view all artworks on their website.

They are hung anonymously and sold for $20 each. This year I actually got my act together and submitted 6 pieces (on the last day...good thing its close).  I couldn't show them off yet because they are anonymous.  Today they announced the list of Sold Out artist's names.  (drum roll)  I'm on it!  That's right, ALL 6 of my pieces sold, and not to my family!  Here they are: numbers 5225-5230, simply titled Botanical 1-6.


I have to say a special thank you to the artist who inspired me to try this style and subject matter, Susan Black.  I highly encourage you to check out her site.  Her work is marvelous.  It is available in fabrics like this one from the Love More series at P & B.  I will be shopping there later today.

It is both simple and surprising.  In fact, it is also known worldwide.  Have you seen this in your local Starbucks recently?  That would also be a Susan Black mural (photo from her site).

Monday, June 16, 2014

Etsy Craft Party - My Favorites

As I mentioned, many of my favorite Etsy shops and artists were able to send their business cards for me to share with my guests.  So who are they?



Beads and Gems


Children's Things


Clothing & Accessories






Paper Goods




Vintage & Antiques


Vintage Postage


I really hope I didn't forget anyone.