Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thrift Store Clock turned into Beautiful Picture Frame

The yard sale is over and I am FINALLY able to get back to some fun stuff! 

A couple of weeks ago I found this clock at GW for only $3.  It is made of plastic and the clock part no longer works but I just knew I could turn it into something beautiful...

This is what my thrifty find looks like know - all dressed in white, distressed, glazed and proudly holding a picture of my husband's mother and her sister as young girls.  I just love how it turned out!!   Read on to see how I did it:

First I removed the clear plastic cover from the front, tore out the clock part, and gave it a coat of Krylon Fusion paint made especially for plastic.  You can't tell after just one coat but the color is a pretty ivory.

After giving it two more light coats of paint and letting it dry completely, I used some 180 grit sandpaper to distress the edges, letting some of that beautiful brown plastic show through.  I then pulled out my Valspar mocha glaze and brushed it on pretty thick, then wiped most of it away until it looked like this:

I just wanted the glaze to settle into some of the crevices to bring the detail out a bit.  I love the way it turned out!  (Sorry my picture makes it look blue - don't know why but remember I am NOT a professional photographer!!)

This is a close up of the top.  You can really see the distressing and the glaze in this shot.

While the glaze dried I went inside to get my picture ready.  Using Print Shop 23.1 (my most favorite graphics program!!) I prepared my photo for printing:

I decided to give the photograph a sepia tone, added a turquoise and brown circle around the cropped photo, then added some cute embellishments to the corners.  I then printed it out onto matt photo paper.

I used the original beat to death because I couldn't get it out clock face to create a template out of a sheet of clear laminating paper I had on hand.  (It is hard to see in this photo but the cut out template is laying at the top right corner of the old clock face.)

I then laid the clear template over the photo and traced it with a pencil so I could cut it to size.

I used my best loved Fiskars paper trimmer to cut just inside the pencil line, then attached the photo into the clock where the old clock face used to be.

I replaced the clear cover on the front and volah, here she is all ready to go home to the guest bathroom right next to my beloved Ronson table lighter collection!  (And in front of the ugliest lamp I own that is just screaming to be replaced!!)

Want one last look at where she started....

Now I call that a makeover!  Not bad for $3, a tiny bit of glaze and about a third of a can of paint!

I am going to link this to the following parties - be sure to click on over to check out all the other projects this week!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

7 Things About Me!

I am so very honored  to receive The Versatile Blogger award from Alison Marie over at Classy Columbus Designs.  As a new blogger it really means so much! If you haven't visited Alison Marie's site be sure to stop by and while you are there check out her yummy looking recipe for Jalapeno Corn Dip!

A "Versatile Blogger" brings everything to the table - a little of this and a little of that."

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Thank & link back to the person who gave you the award
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass the award on to (up to) 15 other bloggers who you have recently discovered and think are fabulous
  • Contact the bloggers you chose and let them know about the award.
Ok, so here are the 7 things about me:

  • I ALWAYS wear red lipstick.  At 49 years old I don't see that changing.  Got my first tube from my Grandmother as a young teen, it was Coty brand and smelled like wax. I have tried other colors but nothing feels like home but red (which is also my most favorite color in other things!)
  • I have never lived outside of Alabama.  I was born in Andalusia, raised in Auburn, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville and still live in Huntsville.  Guess I am just always gonna be a Bama Girl (the state - not the team, I am an Auburn Tigers fan all the way!!).
  • I am married to a wonderful man named Jeff.  Jeff is a good name in my family - we have 3 of them!  My husband, one of my 3 brothers and my son-in-law are all named Jeff.  It gets very confusing when we are all together!
  • I do not eat or cook with eggs - ever.  If you serve me something that has eggs in it just please, please don't let me know!  Never liked them, even as a kid.  Don't know why - it is just the way God made me I guess :)
  • I love being a wife, mother and grandmother. Up until about 4 years ago I was a full time career girl - it was a great ride but nothing compared to the joy I have found being at home full time. And there is just nothing like hearing the sound of little baby feet running through my house when my daughter and her family visit from Hoover (Alabama, of course).  Life just doesn't get any better than this! 
  • I love decorating of all kinds - for the holidays, for parties, for weddings, for the seasons.  I have lived in this house since I was in my 20's and I am always rearranging or changing something to make it feel fresh and new.  I used to think I would one day live in a bigger house but now I just can't imagine leaving all the memories we have built right here.  The older I get the more I appreciate the history this house and I share!
  • I really enjoy blogging!  I started this blog in August after "stalking" other blogs for years!  One day it just occurred to me that hey, I could do that!  I have lots to learn but I am thoroughly enjoying the process. I feel so much joy every time one of you leave a comment on my blog, or whenever I log on and find I have a new follower!  (I have 46 followers now - I just can't believe it and appreciate each one of them so much!!)
    Now, to pass on the award:  I could pass this one to 15 but hey, it is almost 8 pm and I haven't started supper so I am going to try to pass it on to only 10.  I know I might be breaking a rule but isn't that what rules are for?  Here are the 10 blogs I am giving The Versatile Blogger award to:  
    1. Green Willow Pond
    2. The Penny Parlor
    3. Janie's Porch
    4. Sixty-Fifth Avenue 
    5. Paisley Passions
    6. Inspired Nesting  
    7. Pocket Full of Pink
    8. Dream Home DIY  
    9. A Moment of Simplicity
    10. Southern In My Heart

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    A few things I have been doing...

    I can't believe it has been a week since my last post - where has my time gone??  Actually, here is a clue:

    I am in the midst of gathering and pricing much loved but no longer needed items for a yard sale.  What a huge undertaking!

    It has been at least 10 years since I have had a yard sale so you can just imagine the stuff I have stashed away in the attic, in the garage, in closets and yes, even under beds! 

    My friend and I are having the sale together in 1 week and 2 days and I am wondering if I will be even be ready by then.  How did I ever get SO MUCH STUFF??

    My house looks like a thrift store - I can't even FIND the great room sofa and I am scared to death my door bell will ring and it will be my ever so organized and always decluttered neighbor stopping in for a cup of coffee! 

    During the past week (which feels like a month) I have managed to do a little thrifting...(like I NEED anything else!)

    I picked up this sweet little table at GW for $15.  Don't have a clue where I will put it but I can't wait to paint and glaze it!

    I love all the details in the legs and spindles and the adorable little magazine holdy thing on the side.  Maybe I will paint it red, or yellow or a creamy white.  Oh well, this will certainly have to wait until AFTER the yard sale is over!

    I have also made a few water bottle labels for a friend's daughter's baby sprinkle:

    And a few more labels for another friend's grandmother shower but my pictures didn't turn out good enough to show you.

    I ordered some of this...

    From because when I get this yard sale behind me I want to use the technique described on Ticking and Toile's blog to transfer an image onto a pillow.  Go here to see the amazing tutorial!

    And I STARTED making a book page wreath but only got as far as wrapping my straw wreath in muslin strips when this yard sale mania took over my life.

    So, forgive me if I am a little tied up until this yard sale mess is over.  I do hope I can carve out a little time to get some things done in the house but from the looks of things I may be destined to spend the week sweating in the attic and climbing under beds gathering things for the sale.  It will be good to get the house decluttered - I need to make room for all the little treasures I will surely bring home over the next 10 years!

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    Still Decorating for Fall

    I have been busy decorating the house for Fall.  So far I have decorated my mantel, the end table in the red room (my little sitting room), and a few areas of the kitchen. 

    This year I am just doing simple things - trying to decorate around what I already have out.  I am not really happy with a few things I have done but I know I can tweek them later once I have lived with them for awhile.

    Thought I would share a few pics with you this morning.  I must develop better "in house" photography skills!  My pictures are just not as clear and sharp as I want them to be.  I promise I will work on that:)  Any tips from you experts on how to take good pictures inside without a flash will be greatly appreciated!


    The two candle holders below don't have a home yet - right now they are just hanging out in the great room...

    Happy Fall Y'all!! (and have an awesome weekend!)


    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    Have you seen these??? (Bling Love)

    Not long ago I was in Hobby Lobby and came across these:

    I was so excited!  Magnetic Bling!  (Now, why didn't I think of that?)  My mind went to racing about all the things in my house that could use a little blinging.  So I frantically grabbed up quickly purchased three packs (hey, they were 50% off!) of these:

     And drove like a mad woman all the way home.

    This is my dining room light fixture.  I really do love it with its warm honey tones and slightly rustic appearance.  But I get bored even with things I love from time to time.  So...

    I ripped open the little package of bling and quickly began adding them to each arm of the chandelier until it looked like this... 

    It is just a subtle change but I feel like I have a brand new fixture!  Since they were on sale I only spent 5 minutes and $11.99 for the update!  That's is less than I spent the other day for a burger and drink! 

    But, I wasn't finished yet...

    This little mirror hangs in a narrow space between the window and the back door in my kitchen.  I use it to make sure my lipstick is OK before leaving the house, as every southern gal is taught to always do.  Even this little mirror could use a face-lift so...

    I added a little bling love and woh-lah...

    Now, even my husband agrees this is an improvement!  I still had two left so I rushed to the foyer and took a look at these candle sconces...

    I love these sconces - I ordered them from Southern Living at Home and honestly I never thought of them as "plain" until I started blinging.  So, in less than 1 minute they went from drab to fab...

    Now I can't stop testing surfaces in my house to see if they are magnetic!  If you are interested in finding these they are on the end caps near the lamps in Hobby Lobby .  Best part is when the lamps are half price (which is like every other week) so is the bling!

    I think this is a pretty good before and after story, don't you?  And, if I ever tire of the bling I can easily remove it! 

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