Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jewelry Cabinet Facelift

 Hey Friends! 
I have another project to share today.
A jewelry cabinet makeover.
Sister has moved up to big girl jewelry, and is sporting dangly earrings on a daily basis. 
She looks so grown up with them in...sniff..
She had her ears pierced when she was 4, and has never had any issues until about a month ago when one of her ears became infected. 
We switched to dangly earrings, and thankfully haven't had any issues since. 
 She needed a new jewelry storage solution, so I went digging around in my stash in the attic, and found this cabinet. It was a yard sale find. 
I think I paid around $5 for it a few years ago. I kept thinking I just needed to get rid of it, but I'm so glad I didn't ;-)
The previous owners used some serious paint stripper on this cabinet, so all I had to do was use 220 grit sand paper on my orbital sander to smooth out the finish.

 Sister picked out the colors. Turquoise was the first color she wanted. The cabinet took 2 coats.
 Remember the old drawer I turned into a jewelry organizer? Well, I used the same type of metal from Hobby Lobby. This sheet was $11.99 (a little steep, but I used a 40% off coupon. It made the price not sting as bad). I laid the sheet on the back side of the cabinet door and marked off where I needed to cut.

 I used metal snippers to cut little sections at a time, being careful not to cut my fingers on the metal. It's extremely sharp.
 Once I was finished snipping, I tapped the edges down with a hammer.
After the metal was smooth, I painted it purple, Sister's second choice.
(Sometimes you have to get creative when spray painting two sided objects.)
 Once things had dried enough to handle, I attached the metal screen to the cabinet door(because I didn't have the patience to wait until it was completely dry), and then drilled a bigger hole in the door front so I could attach this adorable button knob from Hobby Lobby.
 I also added 2 picture frame hangers to the back of the cabinet, and hung it. I felt comfortable with using those because this cabinet is made out of very lite, thin wood.
 Here's a shot of the inside of the cabinet. It looks a little beat up, but the door will stay closed the majority of the time, so I am ok with it.
 And a quick before and after shot.

Now, Sister has a nice little spot to showcase her earrings, and it will be so much easier keeping up with them.

 And just for fun, a reality shot... so you know that I don't keep a perfect house. I just move things out of view ;-)
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Feature Friday-Baby Owl Gift Set

 School is about to start for us, so I am squeezing as much in as possible before we get rolling.
I have been knocking out projects left and right, and getting lots of sewing in. When school starts, most of this will come to a screeching halt. 
The kiddos' education comes before crafting, sewing, spray painting, fun(I kid...but really), building, all things get the idea. We have fun with homeschooling, but it's exhausting and leaves little room for anything else. 
I am branching out a bit, and trying to promote my Etsy store  more. We'll see how long I keep this up once school starts....but here's to hoping!!
My goal is to blog about some of my merchandise every Friday in a "Feature Friday" post, and tell you a little more about the items I am trying to sell.

 This little owl set is my latest addition to the store.
My very best of all best friends from high school is giving birth to her 3rd little one in just a few days, and it's
 A GIRL!! 
This bestie is my soul mate. Hubs is my male soul mate, but this friend is the female counterpart. It seems at times that the only thing we differ in is our appearance. She is a big time DIY'er. She loves to sew, paint, sand, and build. And I will have to say, she's pretty stinkin' amazing at everything she does. She's the friend that I can go ages without talking to, and then pick right back up where we left off. 
We both share a sick sarcastic sense of  humor. 
We both do hair.
And we both love us some Jesus.
She's truly a blessing, and I'm so thankful to have her as a friend.

I can't wait to meet her new little bundle of joy. 
Don't you just love the name she has picked out? It belonged to her grandmother. 
I am a sucker for family names.

Here in the South, we have to monogram everything. It's in the rule books. I'm sure of it. And when you have a little girl, you have to have SEVERAL coordinating monogrammed outfits. 
I am just helping the cause, folks.
If you're interested in purchasing your own owl gift set, you can click
to order yours!
Thanks for stopping by!
Y'all have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to Dress Up Thrift Store Finds

Hello Friends. 
I hope you all are having a fine Thursday. 
Since it is Thursday, you know what that means. It's time to share my finds from thrifting.
And while we are on the subject of sharing....
I asked for your prayers on Sunday for my sister, Heather. She's pictured below with myself and our daddy.
Last Saturday, she was about to get ready for a family dinner to celebrate her 28th birthday, when she experienced three Grand mal seizures back to back.
I will spare you all the horrific details, but in the process of seizing, she dislocated and broke her right shoulder, and shattered her left shoulder and has a tear. 
She's still in the hospital, and is on lots of pain medication for the shoulders. The doctors are keeping her seizure medication pretty high, so that when she has her shoulder surgeries, she won't seize while under anesthesia. 
She is being transferred to a different hospital for the shoulder surgeries either today or tomorrow.
Apparently she has been experiencing partial seizures since she was a child, and we never knew it. This was all a complete shock.
She is in really good spirits, but that's just who she is. She is always making lemonade outta lemons. She's a blessing to anyone she encounters.
 So since she will be unable to raise her arms for quite some time, I ran over to the closest thrift store to find enormous men's button down shirts for her to wear. 
Now, if you have been following me for very long, you know that I always have to jazz things up a bit.
Since men's shirts aren't supposed to be flattering on women (because they're MEN'S shirts), I figured I'd slap a few monograms on them, so she could be comfortable AND cute ;-)

This was the last of the shirts I worked on, and I believe it's my favorite. This was an OOPS that turned out even better than I planned. I was pulling the pocket off with my seam ripper and ripped right through the shirt..AHH! I was so mad, I had to walk away.

 I came back after a full night's rest, and made a new pocket, patched the hole, monogrammed the pocket, and attached it to the shirt. Love!
Heather loves her some Vanderbilt. This shirt was a no brainer. 
Anchors and Vandy go together like milk and cookies.
 I used glitter fabric with this applique, and I think it's awesome...just sayin'.
Now this shirt, I think is my least favorite. 
Another one of Heather's loves is 'Merica.
She's all about the Red, White, and Blue. So I thought I would make her a festive shirt.
It didn't turn out how I had planned....she may want to set this one aside for when she turns 65.
To me it looks like a Granny shirt (no offense to you Granny's out there). 
 If anything, she can wear it at home when she has absolutely no where to be ;-)
 My sister is also a HUGE baseball fan. She lives and breathes baseball. I was in charge of her phone on Sunday to handle all calls or texts. She got a bazillion updates from her ESPN joke. She was heavily sedated, but was still watching a game on the television in her room. 
So since she's so crazy about baseball, I figured I would make her one that she could eventually dress up with maybe an undershirt, and some cute jeans to wear to the next game she attends.
 Total no-brainer ;-)
 I love the colors of this shirt. Hubs was kind of upset that he didn't end up with some of these(minus the girly monograms). I'm sure he'll survive though ;-)
 The turquoise doesn't quite show up on the plaid, but if you look really close you can see how pretty it is!!
And there you have it. Those are the shirts I'll be taking up to her so she can get a break from the ugly hospital gowns. Hopefully she'll be able to slide her arms in them without any pain.
Prayers on her behalf are still coveted and appreciated. 

On another note, I found this old Sunbeam mixer bowl at another thrift store for $1.50 last week. 
It's heavy, and perfect for housing fruit.
I recently cleaned out my kitchen and reorganized the counters and this bowl was a perfect addition. I'll share more from my kitchen soon.
 For those of you who are joining along in the hunt for thrifty finds, please shoot me an email or message me on Facebook with your finds. I would love to share your awesome deals with the rest of my readers!