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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Antiques Galor Decor!

For my birthday this past weekend, my husband took me to Austin to do some antiquing. Did we hit the jackpot! We ventured 40 miles north to a darling town called Saledo. If you have never been there you must go! It is right off of I-35 as you head to or from Austin on the Dallas side. In Saledo we found the motherload of all vintage stained glass windows from Ireland. We had been scoping them out in Houston but they were just way too expensive down here. Glad we waited because we got 5 for quite a deal!

On our way back in to Austin we stopped at Round Rock where I got the most awesome old theater wardrobe trunk. It is too cool in person and it weighs a ton! It is stamped "Myrtle Lansing Theater", so we guess that is who it belonged to and long ago must have carried some actresses costumes. The original hangers and ironing board are still in it as are all the drawers and drawer pulls. I had just the perfect spot for it too, my dining room. What a great conversation piece!

I also picked up an old screen door, which my husband wasn't too sure about, but I turned it into a display of 2 of my original corset designs and 1 vintage corset from the 40's. LOVE how it turned out.

Back in May, we lucked out on vintage wine barrels from a Texas winery and a table for our Grotto. Now all we need is chairs...I feel a trip to Roundtop coming on.

Also in May we picked up these antique all wood windows, that must have come out of a church. We put one in the breakfast area and one down the hall.

While in Austin we picked up a couple small items and this old iron fence piece that looks fabulous over the guest bed!

I have the antique bug bad! Do you think "after-bite" will cure my itch?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dolce and Gabbana for $10!!!

Yep, you read it right! I recreated a $375 D&G tee for $10. All it took was some cute crochet lace, grosgrain ribbon, a tee a la Marshall's, and a little elbow grease. I have been saving this project for awhile now, since I tore the idea out of Elle magazine back in the Fall. The black tee i embellished with leopard lace trim from Hobby Lobby; nothing fancy, just a rose made of the trim and rows of ruffles. The mint blue tee is just a simple, continuous row of cascading lace with a lace flower near the neckline. I'd say summer is off to a very productive start over here!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Anthropologie and JCrew inspired craftiness

Now that the kids are home ALOT, I am getting to spend time in my craft room sewing while they play in their playroom. It is the perfect setup, as I can hear when mommy needs to intervene or I can enjoy their chatter while I create. So far this week I have created two shirts; one for me and one for a friend to take on a fabulous vacation. And can I tell you how much I LOVE my ruffler foot that I finally picked up? It is the best invention ever!!!

Shirt for Candace, "supplies" from Old Navy and thrift store

Shirt for me, "supplies" from Walmart and fabric store

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Last minute teacher gifts

I hate to admit it, but I have been a MAJOR procrastinator lately. I think I have so many projects in my brain that it just shuts down and says "maybe tomorrow." With today being the last day of school, I HAD to get the gifts done yesterday. This idea isn't new or original (many other bloggers and crafters make these), but it was well worth the effort....even the husband liked them! I made these two wood photo blocks. Cute. Cheap. Cheery. Me likey! Is Home Depot my new source of craftiness, let's hope not :) ??!!!