Sunday, February 28, 2010

Primitive Touches to Guest Bathroom

Our guest bathroom has slowly been getting a make over. Last year I hung a washboard-shelf-towel rack up and since then have been adding vintage items to it as I come across them (mostly found in boxes that I buy at auctions). I made the little blue shelf liner (after seeing it in a Trash to Treasure book) by gluing vintage buttons onto a piece of blue material that I cut with scalloped edges.

The next project was taking some vintage hair items and shaving items and giving them a new home. I attached them to some small wicker baskets with fishing line and hung them on the wall.

Last week I
had an idea to use some vintage fabric that I acquired from an auction as a valance. I wanted to hang it with clips and started searching online but then remembered some vintage silver hair clips that I acquired from an auction ... how primitive is that.

I love decorative switchplates and didn't have one in the guest bathroom so I started searching for one and came across Tin Can Sally.
There I found the perfect switchplate made from a Johnson and Johnson Powder Tin.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ideas for Old Books

Upcycling, recycling, altering, repurposing ... whatever you choose to call it old books can be re-used in many different ways. Following are some examples that I've found where books can be creatively re-used to make great gifts or to keep for your own home decor.

Nifty Book Purse from Country Living Magazine.

Elegant Book Lamp from JunkMarket Style.

Trendy Paper Vases made out of a books from Country Living Magazine.

The possibilities are endless ... they can also be used in wall art, scrapbooking, and decoupage projects. If you need some old books for a project your pursuing be sure to check out Endless Collectabilities.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's - Show the Love

Love is patient,
Love is kind.
It does not envy,

It does not boast,

It is not proud.

It is not rude,

It is not self-seeking,

It is not easily angered,

It keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4)

I just love that verse ... I can still hear those words being read on my wedding day. That was almost 25 years ago and our love is stronger now than ever.

I believe that love grows with every little thing you do. You can express your love this Valentine's Day by doing little things for the ones you love such as making a special Valentine's Day card. I've found some cool websites to help you get started...

Disney's Family Fun site has a lot of cool Valentine cards for kids (even some cool ones for teens).

Martha Stewart has some really cool Valentine's Day cards to make for your special sweetie.

Stroll over to the Paper Crafts Magazine gallery for some ideas as well as Online Bonuses.