Let’s Try This Again

Ok if you read my last post, you know my last post got deleted somehow. So let’s try this again.

I have a new obsession with Mantles. I actually attempted my first try at decorating my mantle for Halloween. You can read all about it here.

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I loved the way it turned out and I hated to take it down. I certainly didn’t want to leave it up til Thanksgiving though,so I decided to try it again. Here she is, all prettied up for Fall.

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This mantle cost me nothing to make. I just recycled a few mini pumpkins from Halloween, collected some leaves and pine cones from my yard, made a quick banner and printed out the Fall subway style print I found on Google Images. Not bad. I can’t wait to try my hand at a Christmas mantle.

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❤️ Jackie

UPDATE
I added a few more things to my mantle. Check out the great black birds I got at Hobby Lobby for 80%.

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My (first) Halloween Mantel Reveal

Halloween is almost here! 🎃 Are you excited? I know I am. I love to see all the wonderful costumes, the happy little Gouls and Goblins 👻 trick or treating and ofcourse those scary Halloween decorations!
I did not do any decorating outside my house this year because I won’t be here to give out candy. My step daughter and myself are going to Home Depot for their trunk or treat! 🍬
I did decorate my mantel this year for the first time. It started out like this..
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I made the Trick or Treat sign with left over wood and my Cricut. The pumpkins are courtesy of the Dollar Store and the Boo plaque was made out of a plague that once said Home Sweet Home or something to that extent with birds and flowers ( think grandmas style ) that I also found at the Dollar Store.
It was a little boring to me and the more I looked at, the more it needed something.. I decided to add a banner I made from using printable banner letters I found over at Shanty2Chic’s blog here. I also added a cute print I found on Google Images and a cut out of a bat, also found on Google Images.

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Looks great! Of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone and I added some branches from my yard that I just spray painted black! Can you see them? What cha think?

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Thank you for stopping by! I hope you and the littles enjoy your All Hallows Eve!!
❤️ Jackie

So Many Crates

Thursday was my Birthday!! 🎉Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to Jackie, Happy Birthday to me🎉.
Ok now that, that is out of the way, on to this simple easy project I came up with over the weekend. ( Did I mention school started today? Yes school shopping all week last week.)
I know you have more than likely seen people using wooden crates to create furniture pieces all over the internet lately. It just so happens that my Dad has given me 10 or 11 wooden fruit crates that he had laying around. Two of these little gems are going to eventually be my new coffee table for the Den. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do with the others. If you have any ideas I’d love to hear them. IMG_6337.JPG
After googling Crate ideas for a few hours, I finally decided to just put some wheels on one of those babies and call it a day. That’s exactly what I did. I save everything , so of course, I had some small caster wheels on hand .

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Two of the wheels were fixed and had a piece of metal sticking out of them so I couldn’t lay them flat. No problem, I just bent the protruding piece down and then screwed each wheel into one of the four corners.

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I didn’t like my first placement of the fixed wheels so I took all the wheels off and traded them around a bit. Here she is so far. ( I plan on adding a pull of some kind. She does after all roll! )

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Think I should paint her? Maybe add some graphics? I don’t actually know what I am going to use her for but I do plan on making more so stay tuned and thanks for stopping by. Comment, follow, like, share!!!
❤️ Jackie

Painting Laminate Furniture

So my office/craft-room, if I ever finish it, it’s going to be done in white and aqua with grey accents. It’s gonna be fabulous!! Right now I have 3 pieces of furniture in the room that need to be painted white. Today I decided to do just that with our file cabinet. The cabinet is a light pine wood color from some big box store that I actually acquired from an online yardsale. It is cute but not real wood. I just happen to know that you can not just paint starlight over laminate an expect it to stick. How do I know? Trial and error, lol.
I searched the web and came up on a great tutorial on how to paint laminate furniture on the Live Love Diy blog. You can check it out here. I followed Virginia’s tutorial but worked with the paint (spray paint) and primer (Kiltz) I had on hand.
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After I painted her with the Kiltz..

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Finished!!!

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I love the way she turned out. I decided not to change the handles but to just paint right over them the same way I did the rest of the cabinet.

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That is her permanent home in my office. As you can see she sits under another piece of furniture that I need to paint white. I hope to have that table and a dresser,I’m using for storage, painted in the next few weeks. Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.
Please comment, share, like and follow..
❤️ Jackie

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Fun With Coffee Filters

Decorating with coffee filters? Yes, coffee filters. I have 6 cream lanterns; 3 small, 3 large, that I wanted to use in some kind of way in my home. I especially wanted to use a few in my office/craftroom. My colors are blue and white in there tho and Id rather not accent with cream ( the colors of the lanterns ). I decided to give them a face lift with some white coffee filters. This is how it went.
I grabbed a few packs of white coffee
filters from my local Dollar Tree, my hot glue gun, a lantern and got to work..

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I actually took that picture from google images because I forgot to take pictures while I was doing it. ( as usual ) The picture above shows the exact steps I used to make my lantern. If you know the source please let me know.
Here’s a before…

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During.

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And my afters….

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I used fishing line and a tack to secure it to the ceiling. The project took a lot of patience on my end but was very easy to do. I have made 2 so far, one for me, one for a friend.
Thank you for stopping by!
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❤️ Jackie

Diy Rope Coasters

I think I have ADD or something. I am forever starting something, then getting side tracked and slacking on it or just not finishing it. Point in case, this blog. Everyday I have been telling myself I will blog tomorrow, then tomorrow comes and I tell myself the same thing. So here I am, ashamed and head hung low, for disappointing my readers and myself. ( hey, atleast it was only a few weeks this time and not a whole year, lol. )
So I was staring at my now coffee table ( I already have plans for a new one ) and I realized that my coasters where missing. Then I remembered, one of the dogs chewed half of them up and I threw them out a few weeks ago. I loved these coasters, I mean LOVED, them. They where Mid Century Modern and if you know me, you know I love MCM.
The coffee table looked empty with out them so I decided to make a temporary pair for now. I saw these coasters somewhere months back and saved the picture to my phone. Had I realized I would be blogging about them I would have bookmarked the page. If you know the source please let me know.

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I know I have some rope and I thought maybe I would use some cardboard for the bottom. My thinking is that the rope will absorb the condensation from a cold drink enough, that it wouldn’t get the cardboard wet. I traced a can of beans on the cardboard and cut out my circles.

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I decided to use my glue gun to adhere the rope to the cardboard. I just glued it on in circular pattern like on my inspiration pic.

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It was just that simple and easy. I spent no money since I had very thing on hand. Here they are on my coffee table and I think they look great!

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❤️ Jackie

Upcoming Projects

I’m back, did ya miss me? I was having technical difficulties but now I’m back in business, lol. Today I thought id share with you a few of the diy projects I need to start on. I’m still trying to get that back room cleaned out so it can be a usable living space.

These are a set of Queen Anne (?) style end tables that I rescued off of the side of the road a few years back. I did spray a little white paint on them to remind myself what color I wanted to paint them. I think they would great done in the shabby chic style or with some French graphics transferred to the top of the tables…

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This little gem I have big plans for that involve resin and glass stones. I can’t wait to show you.

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These nesting tables, you may remember from this post. I purchased them off of a yard sale site on Face Book. As you can see, I already started working on the smaller of the two. I plan on painting these a gloss white with gold dipped legs, much like this other Mid Century Modern side table I finished for the girls “Teenage Lounge”.

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Thanks for stopping by, I think I better get to work so I can reveal these beauties soon. Don’t want to keep you waiting!!!
❤️ Jackie<

Presents for Dad

I wish I could say Father’s Day is just around the corner but it’s actually tomorrow! Yes tomorrow we celebrate our the wonderful men in out lives we call Dad! A girls first love and a boys first hero. My girls and I worked on 2 Father’s Day presents for my Dad today.
First we started with a card. You may seen these fabulous handmade cards using candy bars on Pinterest. I’m not sure exactly what they are called but i searched candy bar sayings for dad on Google Images and they have lots of different ones.
The girls and I hit the grocery store and although we didn’t find all the candy bar we were searching for ours ended up just as cute as the others I’ve seen online. Check it out…

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This was so easy and turned out so great we made a second trip to the store for more candies to use on one for my honey. Shhhh don’t tell him..

Ok I know I said two gifts. The idea for my dads other present came from The Shanty 2 Chic blog site. You can find the tutorial for these great Name Signs here.
I wanted to do my dads last name, my maiden name. Moon. Whitney from Shanty to Chic used Dollar store frames so I headed there myself to grab some. I spent about 20 minutes searching through the picture frames until I finally came across four black plastic 3.5 x 5 that matched in size. The color didn’t matter, I was gonna paint them anyway.

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I removed the backs and glass from the frames. I used a small paintbrush and painted them with an off white acrylic paint I had on hand.

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Sorry the pictures are so dark. I promise I’m working on getting a new camera.

While I waited for the paint to dry ( about 2 hours, after doing two coats ) I hit the internet I find my letters. I actually use the same site Whitney did and just printed them out in black and white on a white card stock. I replaced the glass, cut each letter to fit ( 3.5 x 5 ) And simply tore off the frame stand from the back of the frames. I took my sanding block and lightly distressed each of them. So here’s where the wrench in my plans come in. After searching through my scrap wood I could not find a piece that was wide enough in height to use to attach my frames to like my inspiration piece . So what did I do? I made do. I grabbed a left over piece from another sign project and what do you know,It was almost exactly the same length as the four frames layed side by side. To finish it up I screwed a picture hanger to the back of the board and hot glued each frame on the reverse side.

Back ( before I added the picture hanger )

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Front

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My version turned out great and I think I like it better without the wood showing, atleast for my dad’s wall. I totally forgot to take a picture after we hung it up but I promise next time I’m at his house I will update this post with a picture of it hung up. The total cost for the Name Sign? $4 plus tax for the frames. Everything else I had on hand. This may be my first sign like this but it definitely won’t be the last.

Here’s Dad’s Father’s Day presents..

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We celebrated a day early because my Bff’s wedding is tomorrow!! I can’t wait!!

Thanks for stopping by. Follow, like, share,comment. Until next time…
❤️ Jackie

Towel Bar

When I bought my home the bathrooms had these pretty copperish colored metal towel bars. They matched the toilet paper roll thingy ( what is the name of that thing that holds the toilet paper mounted to the wall? Brain fart, lol ) and the hand towel rings. I liked them enough but my kids will destroy anything and in both bathrooms the towel bars were ripped off the walls. ( more than once smh )

When I finally had enough lol ( about 6 months in ) I headed to my stash to see if I had something on hand I could make to replace the towel bars. How about hooks? Towel hooks. It seemed when you thought about it that made more sense. I could use as many hooks as I thought I might need and no more fallen towels laying all over the bathroom floor. I had these three black double hooks ( I only ended up using two ) that I picked up some where, Hobby Lobby perhaps? Perfect! I dug through my scrap pieces of wood and found one liked for the master bath. I came up with this.

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The walls in my bathroom are the same basic cream color as the rest of my house. I do have plans to paint my bedroom and bathroom more of a Griege color sometime in the near future. The cute print on the wall was actually something I found laying on the floor on the clearance isle at Hobby Lobby. It looked to be maybe something that was once framed but none of the employees knew exactly where it came from. I offered them a dollar for it, they took it. Score! I sprayed the back of the picture with spray adhesive and stuck it right to my wall. Easy Peasey and It’s held up for over a year.

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I don’t want to show to much, this post is about the towel bar and one day, hopefully soon, I will post my Master bed and bath reveal. We don’t want to spoil that by showing to much of it now, would we?
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❤️ Jackie

Soup Can Recycle

I recently saw a post on Nancy’s site Arsty Chicks Rule ( yes we do!) were she took ordinary soup cans headed for the trash and turned them into something beautiful. Take a look.

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Are they cute or what? I wanted one, lol. So I gathered up my supplies, and got to work. I love to recycle things I already have into something new. Remember the Dream Catcher in my last post?
Here are my supplies, not exactly the same as Nancy’s but i would say comparable .You can check out her simple tutorial here

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Here is my finished product.

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I found my graphics on The Graphic Fairy’s site. She has so many free printable graphics available I had a hard time choosing one. Now to figure out what to fill it with and which room in our house will become it’s new home. Thanks for stopping by! Follow, share, comment!!!