Rusty to Refined

A few weeks ago I was picking up some chalk paint at a lovely antique place, when my wandering magpie eyes were caught by a lovely iron gate fragment.


It had a lovely patina, but it was very rusty and the green paint all flaky and chippy. It was a lovely piece to hang on a wall, but mindful of lead paint, I had to try and sand it as much as I could before cleaning and sealing it.

This is where the comedy of errors began.

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My $60 Fireplace Wall Makeover

Y’all know by now I am a fan of upcycling and thrift stores and basically picking up trash and trying to make it into treasure. It keeps me happy and doesn’t cost a lot of money, so everyone wins all around.

I have been struggling with my fireplace for about….oh…. seven years? The brick is a rather blah tan color, and the mantel is a bleh builder’s grade cream gloss. I have been trying to convince Hubby to let me paint the brick and mantel, and may just be able to do it before the holidays. Maybe. Jury is still out. But until then, I think I’m satisfied enough with it.

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More Flowers!!

Honestly, I can’t seem to stop making flowers. I have a basket full of them and nowhere to place them. Still, that doesn’t stop me. Giving up sweets for Lent has made me compensate in making sweet flowers, I guess. So have another tutorial on making some easy velvet roses.


You will need:

  • Strips of stretch velvet about 3″ by 30″
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue (not pictured)
  • Felt scraps (not pictured, optional)

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Yet Another Felt Flower Tutorial

Because you can never have enough felt flowers. Trust me on this.

I ❤ Pinterest. I get a lot of ideas from that site. Sometimes though, I find that an idea or “craft” featured has no tutorial available. It’s rare, but it happens. I have this jones for making felt flowers, and I found one felt flower on a board that looked soooo pretty and easy to do. But alas, it has no tutorial. Time to make my own.

felt circles

What you’ll need:

  • One sheet of felt cut into circles of varying sizes (thirteen large, twelve smaller)
  • Hot glue
  • Button or earring for center

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Heart of Stone

A few weeks ago I was perusing the internet looking for card inspirations when I ran across the cutest thing:

stone heart

A heart made of pebbles! I thought it was too funny, using stones to make a heart. But sadly, this item was A) from a British website, and 2) no longer available. So I decided to make my own from the junk I have laying around.

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You’ll need:

  • inks or paints in your choice of colors.
  • small canvas, or frame.
  • pebbles.
  • glue, such as E-6000™.
  • scrapbooking paper, or page from an old book.

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Flipping Out

I have a deep fondness for books. I love the feel of the paper and the solace I find turning a page. Usually I re-read a book about 50 times before I finally donate it or pass it on to someone.

There are some books, however, that won’t be taken in donations, or lending libraries, or that are too torn up as to make them readable. I have always hated, and I mean hated tossing out a book. It just rubs me the wrong way. I had bought several of those Harlequin Romance™ novels a while back as brain candy, and now couldn’t get rid of them to save them. Not even the thrift store wanted them. So, I took stock of my junk pile in the craft area, and found a 16×20 canvas that I didn’t need.

This is where the lightbulb went on, people. I decided to make wall art out of the books and canvas.


Materials I used:

  • Six paperbacks
  • Glue gun
  • Tacky glue
  • Stapler
  • Acrylic paint (not pictured)
  • Stamps and stamp pad
  • Embellishments of your choice (optional)
  • 16×20 Canvas (not pictured)

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