Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Checking Out A New Shop-Trash to Treasure

You all know how much I love discovering new treasures. I am always in search of new places to shop that feature unique things. Today I am here to share an awesome new store here in McKinney.  It's called "Just Off the Square" and it is amazing! I love all the work Melissa does in turning trash to treasure. A girl after my own heart. In her shop she displays and sells not only her own creations but those of other talented like-minded people. I had so much fun chatting with her and being inside her shop I found it hard to leave. The whole store just radiates warmth and charm. It's a place I want to go visit again and again. And you should too. Here's a few pics I took while I was there:   I fell in love with this table! She distressed it herself. She does all the painting and rehabbing herself  Gorgeous Armoire hand painted by Melissa aka Dumpster Diva Just Off the Square And look at this gorgeous clock and accessories. Swoon!
Monday, August 27, 2012

My Little French Dresser

Ok so I'm hooked on chalk paint. And here's why: Little French Dresser Before:   Really cute but looks a little dated and with a laminate top, and painting it with other than chalk paint was going to be a major pain. So of course, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This time in the beautiful Provence shade :) I love it. I opted to leave the original hardware because I love the way it makes the piece "pop". I can't wait to get my hands on my daughter's dresser. I have a great idea for it. It's a piece from the 1950s. :D Oh, by the way. The winner of the Annie Sloan Book "Creating the French Look" is Jeannette!! Jeannette please contact me via email to give me your address so I can ship out your prize. The rest of you, don't step away from my blog for too long ;) I have an awesome giveaway for September. Have a great week! It's back to school time y'all. Patty  linking to: Between Na
Monday, August 20, 2012

CB2 Knockoff Mirror

For the longest time I've wanted to finish up my big guy's room. And for the longest time I've been trying to finish this little knockoff project- A perspective mirror from CB2                                                                 24X25            $149 {They used several mirrors in this picture}   Isn't it gorgeous?! But at $149 per mirror, it was a little out of my price range. So I schemed and sketched and thought about how I could get kinda sorta the same look for a LOT less. The original mirror is mounted on hinges on black metal. And although you probably can make it that way, I opted for a much simpler and easier (read: cheaper) way to do it. Mine measures 16.5 x 12 and this was due to the  limited amount of mirror sizes I found at Hobby Lobby. I've been working on this project for over a year now so I think I spent about $15 on mirrors using their 40% off coupons each time I went. Here's how to make one of your ow
Thursday, August 16, 2012

My New Entry Table And More Chalk Paint

For the longest time, I've been wanting to replace the little curio cabinet I had right by my entry way. It was cute in the past, but it was way too small for this space. I looked and looked for just the right piece to put in there but I couldn't find anything. They were either too big, too small or way overpriced! So I told my hubby about it and he said "I can make you one!" Hurray! So I held out my arms and told  him I needed it  to be "this wide, this tall and this deep".  He took out his measuring tape and wrote things down. Thank goodness he had some extra pine wood in the garage! So our cost was nothing. That's the best price right? So are you ready to see what I have now? Isn't it cute? I love it! The wrought iron handles you see there I already had. I bought them at my favorite antiques store here in town and was just waiting for a place to put them. This little table is the perfect size for the entry way and

Exciting News and Ubokia Marketplace

Hello my sweet peeps! I apologize for not being on here for a few days but I hadn't been feeling very well so I needed some rest. But I am feeling pretty excited today!! You know how I love a good bargain and part of it is the feeling of finding something for next to nothing then turning it into something fantastic!!  And in today's world, every penny counts. Now instead of driving around trying to score the best find, we have something amazing! It's called  What?! Yes Ubokia!! And let me tell you a bit about this amazing new way to find the stuff you're looking for:   Ubokia is one of the Internet’s fastest growing Social Commerce communities. They have developed a platform that connects buyers and sellers together. Ubokia allows you  to buy and sell with each other – right here on my blog! Sweet! Think of it as a mini-Craigslist - but way cooler - just for you guys. The added benefit of this is security and trust. You can now buy and sell wi
Thursday, August 9, 2012

Who Likes Chalk Paint? I Do!

Well here we are at the end of yet another week in this extremely HOT summer and I am just wishing it were October! You too? And so I find myself doing a lot of things indoors. Things like painting some furniture. Oh ya! I love me some transformations and right now I am working on a little entry table my hubby made me. I can't wait to show you. I also have been working on finishing my two boys' bedrooms. You know how I roll, many projects at once.  Gotta love it. So any who, I was thinking the other day how very blessed I've been these past few years with my blog and how you, my wonderful readers have kept up with me throughout the years. I really, really, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I L.O.V.E to do giveaways and will only accept those sponsors that I, myself, would want to win prizes from ;) But I don't want this blog to turn into just a giveaway blog. I don't know about you, but some blogs I've visited and that's ALL they do. It
Monday, August 6, 2012

Make Cool Things with Maps {cards, tags, boys room decor}

Decorate With Maps As I was working on my little guy's room the other night, I got inspired to do some mappy crafts!! Since his room has an airplane theme, I decided to add some framed maps to his room decor. It was so easy and fun to do that I made some gift tags and cards as well! {just to have on hand you know}   These are very easy to make. I simply took my Atlas {which is a book of maps of the USA} and chose some cities I liked. I chose New York and Chicago. I then made copies on card stock.  Next, I simply took a tag I already had and used it as a template for my new map tags :) You simply punch a hole through the top and I tied some twine to them. Tada. Cute tags for my next gift.  I then decided to make use of the printed maps and put them on some cards.  I usually stop by the $1 spot at the store or at the dollar store and buy up some blank greeting cards. Then I can just glue my map on the front of the card and embellish as I wish. So ine


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