Trendy Faux Architectural Tin Letter Initial


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I have been wanting one of those fancy letter initial things that are so popular (and so expensive!) but I didn’t want to shell out the bucks for it. I am cheap 🙂

I ran across an old cardboard initial I had stuffed in a closet and had a bright moment of recollection of a tutorial I had read somewhere a while back.

For this project all you need is a letter (or any other object you want to do!), some Elmer’s glue, pencil, ruler and some aluminum foil. Very cheap inexpensive project that only takes about 15 minutes (not including drying time).

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First I took a pencil and a ruler and marked off a grid pattern. It only took 2 tries to get it the way I wanted it.



After I was happy with my grid pattern, I followed along the lines with some school glue. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be perfect 🙂


The hardest part of this project was waiting for the glue to dry! After about an hour, it was ready for me to continue with the next step. I covered the shape with aluminum foil and folded the excess behind the letter.



After that, it’s easy to add a dab of black craft paint to a sponge and rub it in until you reach the desired effect.

I love the way it turned out! What do you think?


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DIY Custom Modern Art


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Want something new and different that perfectly matches your decor?

So did a friend of mine 🙂

I started out with a canvas from a failed previous art project. I had taken Mod Podge and glued tissue paper to it to give the canvas texture. That project was a complete fail so I painted over the whole thing and forgot about it for months.

I visited a friend of mine the other day and he had recently reprinted. I’m home sick and bored out of my SKULL and ran across that long-forgotten wrinkly canvas and had an “ah ha” moment.

1/2 an hour later I texted him a pic of the finished project 🙂


I used blue painters tape to mark off the areas that were to stay pale green and got to spray painting. 🙂


Two coats of Krylon Satin Nickel and wah-to-the-la!!




I really like the way the metallic sheen of the nickel paint brings out the texture of the tissue paper. :). It’s gonna look GREAT in his apartment!

What do you think?

DIY Ballard Designs Inspired Lampshades


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I am on a mission to redo my bedroom and have several projects in progress 🙂

I fell in love with these lampshades from Ballard Designs

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At hell wal-mart, I found a valance on sale for 6 bucks that was the perfect fabric! I had to take a seam out and iron it but otherwise, it was perfect. I found the shades at the Dollar Store for five bucks each.

I went to town scribbling phrases in french with a sharpie on the fabric.


I’m jumping around 🙂
First thing I did was make a template with a big piece of paper.



I then practiced my script on the parts I knew I wouldn’t use …

I wrote phrases with a plain black sharpie in French and used google translate to translate my favorite phrases and quotes ..

Once that was done, I used spray adhesive to adhere the fabric to the shade.


After trimming the excess, I used a trim I found at HobLob to make it look clean and neat.


When it’s all said and done, about $10 per shade .. IN YOUR FACE Ballard Designs!! What do you think?






After 🙂

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DIY Office Decor for 6 Bucks!


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First and foremost, I’m a HUGE Ayn Rand fan! If you don’t know who she is, I highly recommend you read “The Fountainhead”. It’s probably my favorite book 🙂

Secondly, I just got promoted a few months ago and got a nice new office with a lovely view of a beautiful river the parking lot. It used to be the boss lady’s office but she is working from home so now it’s MINE!!

However, she and I have very different tastes :). I mean very!

Over the last couple of months, I have been slowly moving her stuff into storage and adding mine.


The quote is my newest addition. It’s from “The Fountainhead” and is one of my favorite quotes of all time.

Behind it you can see my DIY orbs. I love them! The hand is a quirky greeting card I found years and years ago and framed.

I got the frame for 1/2 off at HobLob for a whopping 6 bux!! Then I just printed it up and framed it 🙂

Next is going to be a lamp I’ve been working on .. …


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DIY Framed Vintage Scissor


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Aren’t they amazing!!?!

My kids think its the strangest thing. .. They’ve been questioning me about why in the world I’d want to frame these old scissors. They remind me of something out of Ballard Designs or Restoration Hardware 🙂

These scissors are two of MANY that my grandmother used to use in her crafty days. Although she is still alive (and crafting!) her sewing days are long past. Somehow or another, I ended up with these two. More than likely she gave them to me when I was on a sewing binge about ten years ago.

Since I moved into my current apartment, they have been on my kitchen window sill next to a picture of my grandparents. I was at Hobby Lobby to pick up some stuff for the office and saw shadow boxes for $25 and thought .. I can do it cheaper!

I picked up these hideous wonderful prints at the thrift store for $2 a piece.


A little dismantling later and it’s time to paint!





I gave it a black base and then covered that up with “Champagne Nouvou” by Krylon.


While the paint was drying, I covered the backs of the frames with black velvet from an outdated dress I had in my closet. If you don’t have something similar at home, there’s TONS in the thrift stores!


I just laid the backs down on the dress and cut away. It doesn’t have to be neat cuts as all of it will be hidden in the finished product.


I sprayed both the back of the velvet and the frame backs with spray adhesive and then cut away the excess.


By this time the black paint was dry and it was time for the champagne paint.


We go to HELL Wal-Mart for some supplies for another project I have in mind and I picked up some jewelers wire (I make jewelry too and was out anyway). I think it was $2.50 for the spool.

I used sewing pins to figure out where I wanted them mounted. I used those holes as a guide for the wire as well.



Once everything was put back together it looks fabulous!!



Price breakdown:
Frames $2 each
Wire $2.50 for the whole spool
Everything else I had on hand!

$6.50 for a custom display that reminds me of my awesome grandmother = AWESOME!

I love the industrial / vintage feel of it! What do you think?

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Cloche Bell Jar – thrift store finds!


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Have y’all jumped on the “Cloche Craze”? Cause I have, in a major way!

I realized today I have them sprinkled all over my house. I then realized I have paid no more than about $3.00 a piece for them! You can see one here at amazon for quite a bit of money!

These have all been collected over the last year or so at goodwill and thrift stores …


This one sits on my piano (for today). The dome was purchased at my favorite local thrift store for maybe a buck! The base was picked up a long time ago at that same thrift store for about the same. Fill in with some decorative orbs that came with some potpourri (more on that in a bit) and wah-la! Ties in nicely with my DIY Orbs don’t ya think! That whole little grouping was less than $10.00. I found the smell good sticks (or whatever they are called) on clearance at kirklands last winter and just get refills.


This little beauty on a silver pedestal came as a set of three from my favorite thrift store. My cats broke the other 2 domes but this one survived. I think I paid $4 for the whole set and I use the remaining pedestals for other projects. The potpourri inside is from the same bag as the orbs from the first photo. I think I paid $5 for the whole bag and I used it in lots of places. So approximately $1.50 for the dome and pedestal, $1.50 worth of potpourri and some ribbon I had left over from some project or another.

The frames in this little grouping came from the Dollar Tree (LOVE THEM!), and the wire easel I’ve had for AGES! This whole grouping comes to about $7! Oh, how I love thrift stores! Feel free to brag on how adorable my oldest son is 🙂


This little beauty sits in my bathroom, over the throne in a little cabinet. Once again, the cloche came from that same thrift store and is filled with more of that same potpourri. The ribbon is actually the ribbon that was on the potpourri bag! I think I paid $1 or so for the glass dome.

The towels are some I picked up on sale at Tar-jay. The little white birdie came from goodwill for about $2. Of course, there’s more orbs. I’m obsessed with them!


This honking beauty usually serves as a cake dome for my home but I’m in love with the cloche craze so I thought it would be awesome! It’s filled with various orbs I had laying around and some moss from last years Easter decorations.


It lives on top of my fridge with another Dollar Tree frame and a picture of the twins. Please forgive the sinfully ugly wallpaper! I live in an apartment :/ I forgot where/when/how much the smell good sticks are from. … The cake dome was a wedding present (its the SAME EXACT one as my maw-maw’s!) so it was free! So basically, everything was on-hand so this little grouping falls into the free category!! YAY!!!

What I love about cloches or glass domes or whatever you want to call them is how easy it is to change them out to suit the seasons or holidays or even your mood!

Come summer, I have visions of one filled with coral 🙂

What do you do with yours?

DIY Upscale Orbs


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I have a thing for decorative orbs. I have no idea why. There is no explanation. I have them throughout my home in various shapes and sizes…

Well, I stumbled across this blog post and was inspired to do the same thing!

I started out with a bunch of embroidery hoops of different sizes (even bought the huge mack daddy one). They are very inexpensive. The largest one was only $3.50 or so!

I gave them all a light coat of black spray paint.



The black was just a base coat so it didn’t have to be perfect. My vision of the finished product was for it to look aged and worn.


Once the spray paint dried, I went to work on the next layer of paint. I used Folkart Metallic Gunmetal Gray to go over the black spray paint.


The acrylic paint reacted to the spray paint in some places. I really like the way it turned out!


I used thumb tacks at the “joints” and painted them over em with the gunmetal paint.




I absolutely love how they turned out!! I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them but one has already found its home on the piano.


The huge mack daddy one is going to the office. Its going to look awesome on top of my bookcase!

So for less than $3.00 each for the smaller ones and only about $4.00 for the huge one I’m excited!


I’m thinking about possibly turning some of the smaller ones into pendant lighting. I can just imagine one of those Edison bulbs suspended inside! What do you think?


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Cute shadow box redo!


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In the process of organizing my laundry storage I came across a whole box of forgotten scrapbooking supplies. I haven’t bothered to scrapbook in quite a few years!

I also came across a couple of small shadow box frames (from the dollar tree if I remember correctly).

It had all just sat up there on shelves for the last few years.(!)



After cleaning up the shadow boxes, I removed the back to act as a guide for my paper.


Then, I used some spray adhesive to glue the paper to the back.


A little bit of ribbon was used to attach a hang tag from the frame. I used a stapler to staple the ribbon and I’m pleased as punch with the results!

I think I’m going to change this out for different seasons and holidays! Considering I already had everything on hand and it took all of ten minutes to do, this one is awesome!!




What do you think?