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Trash to Treasure Shell & Beach Glass Lampshade

By |March 27th, 2012|

As I mentioned in my first post ever, I have a trash-digging obsession habit thing.  If I see something old and mangled that I consider to have “good bones”, I just can’t help myself – I’ll rescue the poor thing and bring it home.  Usually all it takes is a good cleaning and some prettying up and viola!  You have a cheap (in some cases free), and an (almost) brand new little lovely for your home.

I don’t know if I should be ashamed or proud to admit that I’ve repeated this process so many times that I’ve even got my family in on the act.  Our newest rescue was a GORGEOUS lampshade that my stepdad salvaged liberated from the trash pile at his work.  I knew this lampshade would definitely have good bones, because where does my stepdad work?

At The Ritz Carlton.  And they’re known for choosing things with good bones!  ^_-

When I first clapped eyes on this baby, I was in love.  It was big and Frenchy (ie: expensive-looking).  Score!!  However, I was also a little confused.  “Umm… What’s wrong with it?” And then I saw it: a bit of a smudge.  (They were going to throw it out because of that?  Huh.)  Oh well; their loss is my gain!!

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Summer Shell Star

By |August 25th, 2011|

Have you ever been so busy that you lose days of your life and literally forget what day of the week it is?  Yeah… my life was crazy like that for about two weeks.  It got so bad at one point that all possible eating space was taken up by projects (this includes the dining room table, the coffee table, and all the kitchen counters); my poor hubby and daughter were forced to eat their favorite fast food in bed (which I don’t think they minded so much).  ^_-

You see, I was suddenly swamped with orders from just about all the stores that sell my work.  And since all my items are handmade, it literally took for.ev.er.  Not that I’m complaining, though!!  I have to admit, it felt good to know that people liked my work enough to order more.  =]  And knowing that I’m finally contributing to our income again during these hard times was a great feeling.  If any of you are considering starting a business and selling your own handmade goods, GO FOR IT!!  You’d be surprised how many shop and boutique owners love to promote local artisans and their handmade items.

Anyway, while I was stocking up on supplies at my local Joann’s, I came across this lovely red Fourth of July star for 90% off!!  It was originally $20, marked down to $2, and I’m so cheap prudent that I just couldn’t pass it up.  Although it was a lovely, deep shade of red to begin with, it just didn’t fit my style.  But that wasn’t an issue.

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The Picket Fence Fairy Garden

By |July 24th, 2011|

The trash dump fairy has struck again – literally, her biggest stroke of genius to date.  You see, as I was driving home the other night, I noticed that one of my neighbors had put a worn out, splintered, spider weby planter out on the curb.  But all that grubbiness couldn’t hide the cuteness hidden beneath.  In fact, it even added to it a bit, for the chippiness of the paint on the old wood was exactly my style.

The moment I laid eyes on this little beauty, my mind conjured images of tiny sprites frolicking through the moss and playing among some small, rustic, handmade furniture.  You see, my daughter is absolutely enchanted with fairies.  Ok… I am, too.  So what better way to attract these magical little beings (and provide hours of outdoor fun for my little one), than to offer them their own little haven on our patio?

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Give Modern Bottles a Vintage Twist

By |June 25th, 2011|

Recently I made some shell-covered vintage bottles for my mom.  We’d been admiring the expensive versions in the beachy boutiques for quite some time, and I could tell how much she wanted them.  However, I knew I could create my own versions that were just as beautiful on the cheap.

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