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!
These are offered by Room Candy, one of her vendors.



Everywhere you turn you'll see beauty and charm.
                                   Even the bathroom is decorated with hand painted furniture and treasures galore
                                        Beautiful hand made jewelry


Oh, and do you love candles?
Check out these by Scents You Love
she makes them herself and pours them into beautiful containers



 I must have these pillows!

Melissa even has her daughter's photo studio in her shop!


 You can check out Melissa's shop on facebook here:
and her vendors here:


Thanks for taking time off your day to tour this quaint little shop with me.
Oh, and lest I forget to mention she offers fabulous classes on junking and painting too.
I may just take one of her classes :)
Until next time!
Patty

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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.

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 own:
Figure out how big you want your mirror to be.
Then find different sized mirrors at the local hobby store.
I then drew out the size on a newspaper and played around 
with the mirrors shapes and sizes to get an arrangement I liked.
 I marked the back of the mirrors with a sharpie and the number of the corresponding square where each went.
When I was satisfied with the whole thing I went out and measured the size onto a piece of plywood.
My hubby make a little frame around it to see how I would like it. And although, I like it fine, I think I am going to make a few more of these without the frame and hang them next to each other in my big guy's room! 

 {sorry about the crummy, fuzzy pic}
After painting the wood frame a metallic color, I then took 
industrial strength double sided tape to adhere each mirror in its place.
I was assured by my hubby that it would hold and it was the easiest thing for me to use.
Also, a word of caution, with mirrors you can't just use any adhesive, it has to be safe for mirrors or it will eat through the mirror coating on the back.
After I left them overnight to "cure", I cleaned them up and hung them up for pics!!
Here it is:








I love the way it reflects the light and the cool different perspectives it gives depending on where you're standing!
Again compare the CB2 version
 and mine
Pretty cool huh?
$149 or $15 ??? 
I can't wait to make some more without the frames and I'll be back to show you all how they look in my big guy's room.
If you want to see the first few stages of his room makeover you can click here

Until next time!!
Patty

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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 now I can display many different things and change them with the seasons. I can't wait to decorate this space for Halloween!
The paint is by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre. And let me tell you painting this baby with that paint did NOT disappoint. It was a breeze.
I gave it a couple of coats and it went on so smooth like buttah!
Let me show you what I had in the space before:
 See what I mean? Entirely too small for the space.
But now...


Much better...

 I plan to put a pretty basket on this bottom shelf in the future::



 But for now it holds some of my favorite things::
My pretty, white bowl
My Goodwill cloche
and a wrought iron Eiffel tower that my little guy
picked up at a second hand store::



my favorite little clock and my paper covered books.
So if you are someone who doesn't have a fireplace mantel to decorate, how about making a nice little entry table like this one? 
Or pick one up at a garage sale and transform it with paint.

Here's to reusing, repurposing and recycling.
Oh and don't forget to enter my Annie Sloan book giveaway 

Enjoy the weekend my friends,
Patty
xoxo


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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 with other like-minded people without the hassle of dealing with spammers and scammers. Additionally, Ubokia allows you to connect with a broader Ubokia network, giving you access to more items to 100,000’s of members in our network.
  • With uTrust, Ubokia is the safest way to buy online.
  • Buying through a blog marketplace means you are connecting with other like-minded people - making it easier to find what you want and in general your interactions are more pleasant than something like Craigslist.
  • Ubokia is easier for buyers because all they have to do is post a want and let sellers come to them. No more searching!
  • Ubokia is easier for sellers because they don't have to wait to potential buyers to view their products. They can immediately connect with buyers. 
So why should you join?
Ubokia is transforming social commerce by empowering you to get exactly what you want. After you post a Want, sellers can respond with offers, while you sit back and let the community work for you. The more people that join Ubokia, the more powerful your Ubokia experience will become. Invite your friends to join, and help us create the most powerful Want-centric marketplace in the world! 

 
It's free to join and you lose nothing by trying it! Go ahead. Head on over to the tab up at the top of the blog called Ubokia Marketplace and take a look around.
You'll be glad you did :D
 Patty





*disclosure:
Although I have been compensated for this post, I am extremely excited about this new way to want and sell and all opinions are my own.


 

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 kinda bores me, you know what I mean? I love to learn about bloggers and their lives, etc. 
Make it personal and all that jazz.
So what do I have for you lovelies today?
Well a really neat-o book
 That's right! This little gem of a book is beautiful, from the photos right down to the how-to's you'll want your very own copy of Annie Sloan's "Creating the French Look".
And guess what? You can win your very own copy. 
Imagine flipping through the pages and immersing yourself in the gorgeous photography and pieces that will just INSPIRE you!
It inspired me and I want to share this book with you.
This brand new copy was bought by me and I want to give it as a gift to one lucky winner.
How to enter:
Easy peasy.
**Follow me on this blog either by email or via google friend connect 
**Follow me on my facebook page
**Follow my photography blog 
**Follow my photography facebook page
 Then come back here and leave ONE comment for EACH step you've taken so it can count as an entry!
So you can have a total of 4 entries. {if you are already a follower please enter and tell me I already follow you on ___}
Sahweet 

To see some of my chalk paint transformations you can check out these posts:

 
This giveaway will end on 8/25/2012 at 10 p.m. CDT
open only to U.S. residents in the continental states  
winner will be chosen by using random.org
winner must provide valid email address for me to contact and provide me with their shipping address.
This is not a sponsored post.
Good luck!


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 inexpensive and cute.
The second one you see there with the white embossing across it, I left blank because I want to be able to stamp a sentiment on it when the time comes.
Something along the lines of "I think the world of you", etc.
But now I want to show you my little guy's room. 
This is the wall that surrounds his closet. 
On the top you will see the propeller his daddy made him
out of wood. 





Yes, my hubby is very handy and creative. 
On one side I made some copies of some cool  planes that he likes onto card stock and simply put them into a dollar store frame.
On the other side you will see the maps.
So simple but cute.


The rest of his room can be seen in a post I did here
Next thing on my list is his dresser. I have grand ideas for that wall.
You'll have to come back to see that.

Until next time,

xoxo
Patty

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