Jewel in a Dust Heap

Y’all know I am an avid thrift store junkie. There have been times I have gotten lucky and found some beautiful antiques like glassware and china and even a book or two. Most of the time the stuff is in very good condition and only requires a handwashing. Sometimes they are beyond repair but still have charm and beauty in them. Once in a while, I find something that does require a healthy amount of elbow grease but at a loss as to how to go about restoring it. This time I was determined to find a way.

Last week, I was checking out a local antique store and was lucky enough to snag a cute little vintage evening purse. I love the things, though I seldom justify their use. Still, they look cute on a shelf. The owner pointed out a new find she had from an estate sale: a small Lucite purse. I was fascinated but it was very rusty and dirty.

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A New Take on an Old Thing

I’s still making lots of velvet flowers and still have no place to put them. I have enough to fill a foam wreath, and I may do that, too. But while perusing Pintercrack, I found the coolest floral centerpiece on Weddingomania:

black goblets with white roses

And it brought to mind some silver-plated goblets that my parents gave me when they were downsizing. None of my sisters wanted them, and I really didn’t want them to end up in a garage sale. But they are not safe for wine, which in my opinion detracts from ownership. Anyway, who says they have to be for drinking anything, right??

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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.

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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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Wrapped and Blinged

I am hosting a Halloween-themed wine party this weekend, and I wanted to make something special for a party favor for the guests to take home. I was at the dollar store, getting a vase for the previous project, and as I walked down the aisle, I saw purple tinted wineglasses. That tickled my fancy, because purple has become a very popular color for Halloween. When I was a young kid, the only colors for Halloween were orange and black. Nowadays, even glitter is used in Halloween decor. But purple is also a good color for divas, so I decided to buy the glasses and bling them up in Halloween colors.

wineglass craft supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Wineglasses of your choice.
  • Beads.
  • 12-gauge jewelry wire.
  • Wirecutters and needle-nosed pliers.

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Going For Glam

I have noticed a trend on design sites lately. Gold is making a comeback, and a big one at that. Last year it was mercury glass, and this year is soft, glowing GOLD! I have a stash of wine and liquor bottles in the garage that I have been saving to decorate with my brother’s girlfriend, who is a crafting wizard. No, I don’t need an intervention. I have been saving the bottles for a couple of years, people.

Stop judging me!

Anyway, I decided that while my Aggies were being massacred by Alabama’s Crimson Tide, I would do some crafting instead of crying. So I got some of the more interesting shaped bottles and some old vases that didn’t go with anything, and grabbed spray paint, ribbon, burlap, flowers, and hot glue gun and got to work.

bottles and vases

What you’ll need:

  • Random bottles, vases, or containers.
  • Spray paint in your choice or color(s).
  • Rubbing alcohol.
  • Embellishments of your choice, like ribbon, fabric, twine, burlap, flowers, etc.
  • Hot glue gun, or whichever kind of glue you prefer.

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Classic Rewind!

This past weekend, I attended a surprise birthday party for a friend. Her husband (also a friend) had asked several people for help in coordinating an 80’s party, and he bought some rather cool centerpieces made from cassette tapes.

You read that correctly. CASSETTES!!

So, let’s dust off this blog and get started.

cassette supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Eight cassettes
  • Non-stick surface (just in case)

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Turning and Folding a Page

Some of y’all may recall this post in which I repurposed an old book. Well, I decided to take book folding a bit further. I did some research on Pinterest as well as other craft sites, but unfortunately the tutorials ranged from vague to non-existent. The utter lack of an in-depth tutorial spurred me to create one. I’m not saying there aren’t other tutorials just as easy. I’m sure there are plenty. I just didn’t find many. No matter! One can never have too many tutorials on a subject, right?

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What you’ll need:

  • old paperback (with at last 96 physical pages)
  • bone folder, or ruler

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Apothecaries For the Bath

I know, I know… I haven’t posted anything in a while. That’s not to say I haven’t been busy, though. Kids’ school and extracurricular activities, as well as family get-togethers all have conspired to keep me from posting. Well, from posting a craft or three here. But not to worry. I finally have some time to ruin my nails, glue my fingers, get paint in my hair get crafty again.

One thing that drives me absolutely bonkers is the kids asking me where such-and-such is, specifically something in their OWN bathroom that they can’t seem to find because of all the assorted crap they have stored under the sink. After the third time in week of being asked where the cotton swabs were, I went and gutted the storage under the sink, to find not one, not two, but THREE packages of cotton swabs. Needless to say, I was not happy. I decided then and there to get some bath jars at the store for cotton swabs, cotton balls, and sundry stuff that they needed regularly. I found some that I really liked, but they were rather pricey considering they were designed to hold such humble things. So I got the idea to make my own from my junk stash.

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What you’ll need:

  • Lidded candle jars
  • E-6000™ glue
  • Wood dowel endcaps (found in the woodworking section of Hobby Lobby™ or Michaels™)
  • Alcohol and paper towels (not pictured)
  • Choice of spray paint and primer (not pictured)
  • Cheap candlestick (optional)

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Christmas in a Bottle

A few days ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Marilla, posted the most adorable snowglobes made from Mason jars. I loved them so much, I made four for the mantel to display between the stocking hangers. But it just wasn’t enough. I wanted MORE SNOWGLOBES!!! The problem was finding a place for them.

So then I looked at my tree.

And decided to make ornaments instead!

ornament supplies

You’ll need:

  • glass bottles or jars
  • fake snow (obviously)
  • bottle brush trees of different sizes
  • pliers
  • jute (not pictured)
  • glue
  • jingle bells (optional)

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