Pinterest project- Iron roses

September 20, 2012 § 4 Comments

I have had this set of spigot handles pinned for a long time. From an etsy seller whose collections I really love. But I didn’t want to pay $54. Something about the colors, size and texture I love. So I found a set of 20 knobs on ebay. A few needed help with color, but most are originally chippy, roughed and delightfully heavy. I used shadow boxes from Joanne’s with the glass removed. I like being able to touch the shapes, as if they are installed on the wall. And I have 2 sets! I’m having trouble with where to hang them. Which set do you like better?

     

 

The workspace- and ladder chandelier

August 15, 2012 § 3 Comments

So the ladder I got this weekend, I cut it in half. Cringe! It was hard to do, so beautiful it was. But the two halves are perfectly at home in new places. I sanded them and wiped them down and put on a sealer. I hung one above my worktable, and I thought I’d show you this space. Because it is my favorite. 27 square feet of lovely color and inspired order that makes creating easy. The room is on the main floor right by the living room and 15 feet from the kitchen. So convenient. I always work to place the making space and the kids play and school room right in the main living area. Neither of them works well in the basement or a bedroom. Soon the ladder will be hung with half done projects and inspiration ideas.

That is a cape in progress.

And lest you think all is perfect, here is the other two-thirds of the room. Theology library, music room, electronic and computer workstation, waiting to be craigslisted repository, and ironing spot. I’m working on that blank wall. Do you see that soup crock on a plaque? My husband is a really good cook and won that chili award. His interests are so varied. He needs a wall of memories and appreciations.

I bought them for the bones

April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Two items to stash and finish off later. A little owl trivet, very common. And a huge lamp shade, the bones of which will show up again here someday. $.99 and $5.

 

Colanders

April 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

These were thrifted at different times and cost about $6 each. I love enamel, I love color, and I love how repeating objects become art. They live on a bench in the playroom by the window and currently hold stamps and wooden cars. Someday maybe I’ll use them for planters like this one via apartment therapy.

Frame findings

March 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’ve been looking for a huge frame, I thought I could tilt it against a wall and make a succulent garden in it with a backing, wire, and small ledges. Succulents don’t need much soil or water and are wonderful in their radiating symmetry. But I’ve used the huge frame for another purpose, so check back soon. 4 foot frame was $5, the tan kids Gap shorts were $2, and oak framed mirror was $4.

I have been looking for a frame for a print with an odd size, 4″x8″, and here it is! I sprayed the frame white and had a spare piece of glass cut to size, Michaels did it for free! Another addition to the “I love daddy wall.”

Is it a vice?

March 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

To hoard fabric? Fabric is incredibly beautiful and endlessly useful. These two large pieces cost $3 or less at the thrift store and join a carefully curated stash. I have plans to make at least the red one into re-usable gift wrap. How silly we are to waste all that pretty paper each year! The blue is thick and hearty and the red is vintage and a bit chenille with raised fuzzy bits. Thanks to the sofa for modeling.

A simple gift bag/wrap idea here.

Small man

February 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

I found him at the thrift store last night. He graced the mantle for 12 hours and was smashed this morning, a casualty of joyful growing lives. What a sweet little owl.

owlet

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