• Miniature Monday – Miniature Curio Makeover

    Happy Monday! Today I’m going to show you a miniature curio makeover. I found this vintage piece in an antique store. The fact that I found miniatures at all was exciting, but when I saw this curio, I knew it would be perfect for an update. First, let me tell you that I have done oodles of makeovers on normal size furniture. I had a booth at an antique for a few years. Finding pieces that would normally be overlooked and make them into something pretty and useful again is FUN! Now that I’ve switched gears and opened Etsy store selling handmade miniatures, I can create whatever I want, when…

  • TPiaP Tutorial Series – Sea Glass Clock

    It’s Two Peas in a Pod Tuesday! That means House of 34 and CereusArt are sharing another beach themed DIY tutorial with you. Mosey on over to CereusArt to check out the full “how-to” on this DIY Sea Glass Clock!   More TPiaP Tutorials Shell Topped Bottles Starfish Napkin Holder Sea Shell Door Stop Sea Shell Candle Holder DIY Shell and Rope Coasters

  • Inexpensive Display Shelf

    Ever since we rented a booth at an Antique Mall, we have been looking for inexpensive ways to display small items we’re selling. We’re working on several pieces of furniture to put our space, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on something we’re only using as a display shelf. So, what to do…? I had a couple of shutters I picked up at Habitat Restore years ago. I don’t even remember my reason for buying them at the time. Because I can’t remember how much they cost either, they are technically “free” in my mind. See how that works?? I removed some of the…

  • Rope Candle Holder

    Happy Weekend! I just finished up a very easy and inexpensive rope candle holder project. I have candles everywhere. They are an easy way to decorate. And a great way to add a punch of color! But I thought they needed a bit of embellishment. ūüėČ Take a look… 1. ¬†I bought the glass vase at the Dollar Store. ¬†It worked well for this craft because it has a lip at the bottom that helped hold the rope in place. 2. ¬†The glass was wrapped with parchment paper. Tape does not stick to parchment paper so I used a long piece of packaging tape to wrap all the way around…

  • Creating a Wall Collage

    I’ve been wanting to create a wall collage of old family pictures. Seemed like a simple thing to do. Not so when you can’t make up your mind. ūüėČ I bought and returned more frames than I care to admit, then ended up using all the ones I already had. Saved a bunch of money… not so much on time. But that’s okay! Old pictures are so beautiful. I have several from the 1920’s and 1930’s of my grandparents. I’m not completely finished with the wall collage, but it’s close. Aside from figuring out the arrangement of the frames, this was an easy and inexpensive way to update a wall.…

  • One Shelf in One Cabinet Organized

    I’m not an organized person. Not At All. I want to be. Truly I do. ¬†But when it comes down to it, if I can hide a disaster behind a door, then shut the door I will. Problem solved. The end. But there’s Pinterest. And¬†Pinterest has oodles and oodles of organization tips. Everything you need to feel completely inadequate and totally disheveled. ūüėČ It’s where you find your INSPIRATION! After spending some time on Pinterest, I decided to give organization a try. My “medicine cabinet” consisted of two cupboards. Not because I have a lot of drugs, but because I’m a mess. When one cabinet became trashed and overcrowded, I…

  • DIY Christmas Village Houses

    Last week I decided I would be a watercolor painter. Bought the paint and the paper, painted a few landscapes, then discovered I suck at it. Onward. This past week, I thought it would be fun to be a maker of Christmas village houses. This worked out a little bit better. ūüėČ I have oodles of scrap wood in the garage, so this was a cost-free project. I made a template for the two “peak” sides of the house. I should have made the roof angle 45 degrees, but I didn’t. A 45 degree angle would have made cutting the roof pieces a whole lot easier. Live and learn. I…

  • Posts of Christmas Past

    Christmas is the season that pushes my brain into overdrive! It doesn’t help that I have¬†friends just as crazy about the holidays as me. ūüôā My big obsession, at the moment, is making small village houses. Some are made from wood scraps, another is made from cardboard. I should be ready to blog a tutorial / inspiration post soon. Until then, I have rounded up some very simple, easy to make, Holiday crafts and decor from posts of Christmas¬†past. Hope you find some creative / DIY ideas to inspire you! Yarn Wreath This House Believes Sign Wood Shim Christmas Star Fireplace “Floating” Ornaments Ribbon Covered Styrofoam Balls Music Sheet Trees…

  • Rolled Sheet Music Christmas Wreath

    Tis the season to be jolly! It’s also the season to get your craft on!¬†My mind is spinning with ideas for Christmas decorations! I had old sheet music left over from last year’s project, as well as a MDF wreath form. After spending an entire day making paper rosettes (and scalding my fingers with my “low heat” glue gun!), I have my first holiday wreath completed. I found a tutorial for making the¬†rosettes here. They are very simple to make, but really time-consuming. It’s a great thing to do while catching up on recorded TV shows! It’s also a fabulous thing to do if you just want to stay in…

  • Fabric Remnants Ideas

      I am a fabric freak.¬† The fabric store is right up there with Lowes for me!¬†¬†Love it, love it.¬† It makes me happy!!¬† One birthday, my best friend went to every fabric store in our area looking for discontinued fabric or fabric books they were going to throw away.¬† She presented me with boxes and boxes full of material.¬† Oh my gosh!¬† I have a whole closet full of containers filled with fabric.¬† (Filled with possibilities!) So start sewing!¬† Remnant¬†fabric pieces can be used for so many projects.¬† And these projects make fabulous gift ideas… ¬†Purses, Key Fobs, Cell Phone/Gadget Holder, Tissue Holders, Doll Quilt Blanket, Crayon Roll-up, Valances,…