Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rearranging the Kitchen

I may have mentioned before that I get bored easily and I like to rearrange the furniture in my house... a lot... no room is safe... not even the kitchen :o)

It all started when I decided to move the microwave from its old position next to the refrigerator over to the counter where the cook top is.

You can see that I haven't yet started my kitchen redo... the cabinets will get painted, hardware changed out, and a new sink installed among other things.

But for now I'm just rearranging... I put some of my cutting board collection behind the cook top along with my World Market sign, "Lunch Now Being Served".

I have my wooden cooking utensils in an old crock that I found in the free box at a garage sale a few years ago. The cutting board that it is sitting on along with the old salt and pepper shakers and olive oil dispenser was also a garage sale find.

I found this OPEN sign at an antique show... the Farm Chicks show I think...

Here is the top of the fridge... the black pedestal is actually a piece of tupperware that I spray painted.

My little pottery onion dude is propped up next to the vintage Wyler's spices and an old canning jar filled with salt and pepper shakers.

I moved my coffee station next to the fridge where the microwave used to be.

The mug holder is another World Market find. The Folger's container holds coffee filters.

My little bread box was the only thing that stayed in the same spot... but I added three little ceramic bowls on the top.

I found the little frog at a thrift shop. I was going to sell him but he looks too cute next to my sink!

The orchid that my daughter got me for Mother's Day is still looking beautiful, it must like this spot. I just recently added the jade plant. The cup has a few strands of a string of pearls plant... it was dying so I took the last few pieces and put them in water hoping to nurse them back to life.

It always makes me happy to rearrange things and give the room a fresh new look.
Do you like rearranging your furniture and rooms too?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thrift It, Gift It, Facelift It Reveal!

Back about a month ago I invited 5 of my blogging friends to participate in a fun swap called Thrift It, Gift It, Facelift it. We each had a $10 limit and went thrifting for fun treasures to send to our assigned partner who would then give the items a facelift!

Well today is the final reveal day, I'm so excited!

In case you missed {the first post}, here is what I received from Cecilia at The B Farm!

Now, I'm just going to come clean and tell you that I didn't use every item she sent me but almost! The items I didn't use are the little gold picture frames and two of the heart shaped hangers (there were three total). It's not because I couldn't figure out what to do with them... it's just that I am the biggest procrastinator and I just finished my projects right before I sat down to write this post!

Anyway... on to my project reveal!

The first thing I'll show you is the item I was the most excited about... the scarf!

When I started my {boho master bedroom redo} I removed a small door that was between my bedroom and the half bathroom but I still wanted something to act as a divider for a little privacy when needed.

I was already collecting scarves to create a curtain divider so when Cecilia sent me another scarf I finally had enough to create my new curtain/divider!

I started by sewing the largest scarves I had together and then piecing in with the smaller scarves.

I did not cut any of the scarves, I just layered them over each other for a pretty patchwork effect.

I added a rod pocket at the top and used a tension rod to put it up in the doorway.

Let me tell you... slippery, silky scarves are not the easiest things to sew and it ended up a little wonky and uneven at the bottom... my fix was to fold up the bottom so it was even and add pom-pom trim!

I think I ended up using 10 scarves of varying sizes.

The next items from my thrift it loot from Cecilia that I decided to use are the two heart shaped wires on the right below.

They were originally used to make fabric wreaths. Basically you would sew a tube of fabric and thread it around the wire shape, scrunching it all up.

Not my cup of tea... so I chose to create my own version of a dream catcher!

I spelled out the word "Dream" with some 20 gauge wire and twisted the ends around the sides of the heart shape to attach it. Then I found a pretty white hankie from my stash and glued and stitched around the edges to attach it to the wire hearts.

The little heart got the same hankie treatment, some feathers and then it was wired to the big heart.

Finally I added some yarn lengths at the bottom and some beads and flowers. I also used one of the little pearls from a package of rhinestones and pearls that Cecilia included in my items in the center of the flower.

Right now it is hanging in my kitchen next to the sink :o)

Then I went on to use one of the little heart shaped hangers... the one on the top left without the wood dowel.

I've been wanting some wind chimes for my back patio so that's what I created with the hanger! I picked up a small, unattractive wind chime at a garage sale for .50 cents and took it apart. It only consisted of the metal tubes so I searched through my bead stash and found some pretty ones I wanted to incorporate into the chimes.

I used embroidery floss to restring the chime bars along with the beads I chose and then tied them around the hanger. I also added a tiny bead inside the heart on the hanger.

It's outside now making all kinds of pretty chimey sounds!! :o)

Whew! That's 4 things down from my gifted items.

Next up is the box...

This was the item I procrastinated with the longest... all along I was just thinking of painting the box and creating a jewelry or keepsake box. But then I stood it up on end on my craft table and inspiration struck!!

I removed the lid, added feet and painted the whole thing black and then created a little Halloween shadow box!

This was really fun to make! I had everything that I used on the box already. I printed the image of the woman dressed up for an All Hallows' Eve Ball and cut her out. Then I layered some harlequin design scrapbook paper in the back of the box, added the lady image and then started adding goodies!


I glittered parts of her dress, mask, and hat, gave her a black pearl necklace, and added a black rose to her hat. The crow got an orange "Happy Halloween" ribbon at his feet.

I filled a vintage orange candy cup with black roses, black plastic stars, and ribbons on the left and then added a large black rose, glittered star, a clock cut from a vintage flash card, and little crow on the right.

The outside of the box has black crepe paper streamer stuff and vintage orange velvet ribbon and on the top I added a large glittery spider.

A little pennant banner, "Terror-ific" sign and some more fun details and my Halloween shadow box is completed!

This was really fun to make. I haven't done any altered art for quite awhile and I missed it!

So that's it for my projects for Thrift It, Gift It, Facelift It! Be sure to go check out everyone's projects! I'll be seeing them for the first time now too and I'm so excited to see what everyone created!

Vicky at Life On Willie Mae Lane
Kim at Snug Harbor Bay
Kimberly at Seaside Ave
Donna at Distressed Donna Down Home
Cecilia at The B Farm

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Small Business Work Days

If you've been reading my blog for very long you probably know that I have a small business, Little Vintage Cottage, which consists of my Etsy shops: {Little Vintage Cottage} and {Little Boho Cottage} as well as a space in one of my local antique malls, {Uptown Antiques}. I am also working on my little fixer-upper 1960's ranch house that I purchased in September 2014. Wow, I can't believe it's been almost a year that I've been here!

And then... I work a regular day job on the side! Blech! It really get's in the way! I work 4 - 10's so I have every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off which is nice but on the down side I have to be to work at 6am and get off at 4:30. By the time I add in lunch and travel time it's almost a 12 hour day. :o( I don't have much time at all to work on anything small business related during the week. I have about 3 1/2 hours of time each evening so by the time I make dinner and clean up it feels like it's bed time.

My dream is to be able to quit that job and run Little Vintage Cottage full time. I don't know if that will ever happen but I keep trying! I decided that I need to try and treat Friday's as a "work day" for Little Vintage Cottage.

Last Friday was my first official Little Vintage Cottage work day... I was late to work...

I wanted to start work at 7am but didn't get rolling until 8:30. I first worked for about 2 hours on my "books"... I have a couple of excel spreadsheets that I created to track expenses and earnings and I hadn't updated them since last time I paid my taxes to the Department of Revenue.

After that I went to the garage and grabbed three random things that were in need of makeovers.

The little tool box and sewing box are both from garage sales.

The magazine rack is something that I had painted yeeaaarrrsss ago and used in my house. Then I gave it to my mom who gave it to my dad who used it in the garage for years. It made full circle and they gave it back to me!

I painted them all with the same taupe/grey color. It's what I had left over from my new booth space at the antique mall.

I slopped the paint on and then sanded all the edges and the handle.

Isn't it cute? It's down at the antique mall now.

The magazine rack was already painted but was in need of freshening. The pictures made it look better than it was.

Here it is, painted and distressed.

This baby holds a LOT of magazines too!!

The little sewing box looks much better now I think. It was kind of ... rustic... and not in a good way!

I painted the whole outside of it... hinges and all!

And then painted "Mending" on one of the lids.

It has a handy little thread holder inside!

I don't know about you but I hate mending clothes... but this would make the job a little better!

After these projects I went shopping!!! How is that work you ask??!! Well it's not but that's what my business is... buying and reselling vintage and antiques!! So yippee! Off to the thrift stores I went!!

The haul that I showed in {Treasure Trove Tuesday} was what I found!

And lastly for my work day I listed some things in my shops!

We'll see how this Friday goes! I'm planning to try and complete a few more projects from the garage at the very least!