Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Faux Sunburst Mirror

Always late to the current trend party.  That’s me.  I don’t normally jump on a decorating bandwagon unless it’s something I think will actually work for my home.  Mirrors made from ceiling medallions are one of those things.  I had seen them throughout blogland for the past couple of years, but never had a desire for one.  Until now. 


I wanted something over our bed after removing the fern prints that were there once I put the bed crown up.  Seeing as ceiling medallions come in a few different sizes, I thought one might work for this spot with a mirror inserted in the middle.  I saw these Suzanne Kasler sunburst mirrors {above} at Ballard’s.


I also saw this one on the Country Living website.  Basically, a ceiling medallion turned mirror can be a sunburst mirror. Google “sunburst mirrors” and you get a wide variety of shapes and materials that make up these mirrors.  I got this 16” ceiling medallion at Lowe’s.   It was this or a white one and I would have had to paint the white one. 


I thought this one went better with the bed crown and these drapery holdbacks I just got.


I’ve seen where the mirror is mounted to the back or the front and I decided to mount it to the front.  I got a 5 inch round mirror at Michaels.   I hot glued the mirror in place.



I then hot glued a large paperclip to the back for the hanger.  I have done this before on the plates I have hanging on the wall in my living room and they have held up well for about three years now.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that holds true for this project, too!


Here it is in place!  



Cost: about $17.00.  What do you think?  I’m not sure yet, but I’ll live with it for a bit and see. 


Linking up with

Copycat Challenge at Debbiedoo’s

Share Your Creations at Kristen’s Creations

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Gift of Tea Towels & A Thank You

I just wanted to say thank you to Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict and Karen at The Graphics Fairy for sharing wonderful graphics and altered graphics.  The fact that they share these for free is a blessing, especially since I have no computer skills whatsoever!  I have made so many projects just with the graphics these two bloggers have shared.  The most recent were these tea towels.


Debbie used a graphic from Karen and added the wording underneath it.  She even reversed it for easier printing of a transfer! 


I made these for my Mom as a gift for when I went back to New York for a visit.  Being an artichoke loving family, I knew she would love them.


So, thank you, Debbie. You helped me solve the problem of what to bring my Mom as a gift for my visit and it was a hit!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Master Bedroom Accent Table

This week I decided to try and concentrate on the master bedroom projects I wanted to finish up.  I did the panels for the bed crown and the demilune accent table was next on the list.


I decided to do a combination of my homemade white chalk paint and the ASCP Duck Egg.   I knew I wanted to do this combo, but wasn’t sure how I was going to go about it.  Until I saw a desk done by Laura at Whimsical Perspectives, where she did ASCP Old White and French Linen {my current favorite}.


It was a tedious painting project trying not to get white on the Duck Egg and vice versa.  Here it is before waxing.


Then I applied clear and dark waxes, until I got it the way I wanted it to look.




I think it works with the dresser and mirrors very well.



Here’s a side-by-side before and after.


Here’s a little tip {that’s been around for a long time} ~ to hide lamp cords behind a table, tape the cord to one of the legs.  I just used painter’s tape here, but duct tape or electrical tape would work just as well.


Linking up with

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Swing Into Spring at DIY by Design

Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage 

Furniture Makeovers at Jennifer Rizzo

Friday, May 25, 2012

To Bee or Not To Bee


This is the first of three new pillows I’m doing for my master bedroom.  The other two will just be pillow covers that will allow me to still use the pillows in their original form, if I decide to.  I’m using up the rest of the toile fabric that I used for the bed crown panels and I had just enough to do the pillows.  I used some Osnaberg fabric {which is so great to keep on hand for so many projects} and this graphic from The Graphics Fairy.  Well, the bee and wreath part is, I’m not sure where I found this altered version.  If you know ~ let me know and I’ll edit for credit.

bee image

For this lumbar pillow I used the toile for a ruffle on both short ends. With the pillow form on sale {or you can use a coupon}, the pillow cost me less than $10.00 to make!



Linking up with

Air Your Laundry Friday at Freckled Laundry

Thursday, May 24, 2012

What I Found At The Springfield Extravaganza

I finally got a chance to sit down and do this post from Friday’s trip to the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market.  I made sure to bring my camera.  I’ve got lots of pictures!  The first booth I actually stopped at and went into was Chic Unique.  She had lots of stuff I just loved.




I loved the way she stacked these chairs.



Some random booth shots.



Loved this potting bench but it was way too big for me.




This next booth belonged to A Royal Nest.  Loved their stuff, too.


This one is for LuLu!  I thought of her as soon as I saw these and took the picture just for her.  {You’re welcome!}.



This booth belonged to Sue’s friends, Terri and Kathy of Nostalgia’s Cottage.  I bought something from them that I’ll show you below.  They had a great looking booth, too.



Me and Sue {kindly taken by Sue’s husband}.


Debby met up with both Sue and I.  Thank God for cell phones!  Here is a picture of the three of us at Sue’s friends’ booth.


A great fabric that I found over a year ago and used on a chair makeover I did has been all over blogland since then.  Well, this event was no exception.  I must have seen at least 20 pieces of furniture with this fabric on it in a matter of 10 minutes.  Take a look.





I’m not sure which I liked more ~ the chair or the pillow sitting on it!





Here are the goodies I got.  I bought these clock faces from Sue’s friends’ booth.


From the first booth I stopped in I got this cloche and this letter E for my granddaughter.  I’ve been looking for a cloche about this size for this cake/cookie stand.  This one fits it perfectly.



After looking at some of these wire egg baskets at various booths, I finally found one that was more reasonably priced at $20.00.


Isn’t the little tag with the chick on it cute?  This will be getting a coat of ASCP French Linen and will be holding toilet paper in the bathroom.


And just because I was blocking it in most of the pictures, here is the cute tank I wore.


I got this from Paris Rags online shop after Carol at The Polka Dot Closet blogged about her antique and flea market, and happened to share their booth.  It got hot so I can tell you I was glad I chose this to wear.  Once I get a foldable cart, I’m ready for the next one!

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