101 Idea “I’m Bored” Jar

By |April 27th, 2012|

Summer is fast approaching, and I have small(ish) kids in my family that I usually end up babysitting (but don’t tell them that) during summer vacation. Definitely fun times. Except when they approach me with dreary faces and dully pronounce […]

How to Antique Fabric Using Coffee Dye

By |April 23rd, 2012|

Sometimes I have ideas that call for vintage or antique materials.  However (as much as I wish otherwise) I don’t have the money to actually go out and purchase them all (is there anything else in life where old = expensive?)

I bought 5 yards of crisp, new, bright white lace for a child size tablecloth recently, but I really wanted to achieve the antiquey, vintage feel without the antiquey, vintage price.  Using some common household supplies, I was able to get the aged look I was going for.


Plastic Spoon & Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

By |April 18th, 2012|

As I’ve perused the blogosphere over the past few months, I’ve been seriously inspired by all the imaginative, creative people that turn the old into something new and beautiful.  (Seriously, just visit my “Reinvented & Repurposed” Pinterest board  if you want an afternoon full of creative motivation.)

With Earth Day just around the corner, I thought I’d dig into my recycling bin and pull out something beautiful.  And maybe I can help save the planet in some small way, too.  =]


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!!


Green Taste Testing

By |March 22nd, 2012|

St. Patrick’s Day in Southern California was wet, dreary, and dark this year. That completely obliterated my plans of an outdoor Leprechaun hunt, as well as a family picnic on the new spring grass. The hubs and I tried to lift our daughter’s dashed three-year-old spirits by calling it a “Jammy Day”; everyone cuddled under the covers in their jammies and watched movies. But there was only so much “Barney” and “Gumby” that we could take… Even our daughter was over it after a while.

Mama to the rescue!! B.Inspired, Mama, that is!  We were in need of something fun (and green) in a hurry.  I stumbled upon her brilliant post entitled, “Green Food Taste Testing for Picky Eaters – WITH Free Chart!”

Bingo.  =]


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