Thrifty Thursday

I don’t know what it is about Thursdays and Craigslist…other than I start my day by scoping out the yard sales that are listed in the paper for this weekend and end up over on the Williamsport Craigslist page. I got some cool things to show you. Last week my amazing find was those red velvet armchairs. They look really good in my sunroom. I was skeptical of the melding of red, along with the yellow, gray, white motif I already have going on in that room, but suprisingly, they reside quite nicely. Only bad thing is, those chairs, whithin minutes of arriving at my home, became the favorite sleeping chairs for my littlest kitten. (sigh)

Today I was doing some browsing and I came across some pretty awesome things that I thought I might share with you.

First off, I couldn’t help myself. I found this coffee table for a low, low $20….aaaaannnnddd I snatched it. Sorry, I know you are probably jealous, but you can admire it from here.

ImageOne of my friends M.W. has this same table in her living room and I have loved it since the moment our eyes, er.. legs? first met.  I can’t wait to go see what kind of shape it is in. That will determine whether or not it will receive a paint job. I’m thinking yes, the question however is , what kind of paint job. I may just have to get a little fancy with this awesome find.

I did find a few other things that I wanted to share for anyone that lives in and around the -570- area code. First, I thought this was awesome…a FREE table. Now its not much to look at but if you are a young professional ( you really don’t have to be professional at all, just young or new at the home-owning or apartment-renting thing) this would be a great table. Its pretty much what I started out with when I left the nest. My mom had this ugly faux wood / formica table in the attic and for me, ye with no table at all and not really wanting to spend half my paycheck on a table, decided free and ugly would be just perfect.

Before I go on, here is the table:
ImageClick here for your complimentary ugly table. 

The awesome thing about having a niche for the crafty is being able to transform something hideous into a gem. I learned this from one of my first, and probably favorite craft books. Now, excuse the launguage but it is called “The Big A$$ (you substitute the dollar signs) Book of Crafts by Mark Montano. When I came across this picture:

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….I loved it from the start, and knew that that is what I had to do with my ugly freebie. So I did. I used to have a picture on my phone but that phone has since been laid to rest. So I guess I will have to take a new pic of mine to share with you soon. I LOVE it and it really gave me some awesome experience working with grout and such…Maybe someday Ill make a cool backwash for my sink or something..who knows.

So, my case in point…that really ugly free table could turn into the most awesome looking, conversation point and eye candy your kitchen has ever seen !

Ok, one more thing I found. I actually found these a few days ago but didn’t say anything. These are cheap, super cute and have that retro feel. I would be on them like white on rice, but I don’t feel like driving to Montgomery, even though its only a 15 min drive. I’m not sure what the cushion situation is with these but I have a feeling they may be removable, hence easily recovered. You better hop on these before I decided I want to change my mind.

ImageClick Here if you want to snatch these awesome chairs before I do.


Keep your eyes peeled for awesome yard sales in the newspaper and on Craigslist today and tomorrow. I will be sale-ing with my friend B.S. which is sure to bring lots of laughs. Can’t wait. Ill take some pics and share with you this weekend.

Hugs and Stitches,
Sarah

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I’m Having a Chair Complex

I’ve been kinda inspirationally challenged lately. The last two weeks, as you know I have been really busy and now I feel like I have finally caught up with life. Now that I have time to blog and craft, I feel as though I’m not doing it and I realized it’s because I don’t have any crazy awesome projects going on.

A few weeks ago I bough the patio chairs in hopes that 2 of them would sit in my sunroom, however since their paint job they haven’t moved from their spot next to the fireless pit. I’m ok with that since it is soo much more convenient to already have them outside, rather than lugging them in and out the swinging screen door every time I wanna sit out in the yard and enjoy this beautiful summer weather.

I also haven’t been yard saling in a few weeks..therefore have not been too inspired in those weeks. I decided a looksie on craigslist was about due today and look what I found….FOR FREE !

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What do you guys think? It is basically exactly the kind of furniture I have been looking for. I e-mailed the seller Getter-ridder of this piece and am keeping my fingies crossed that this babe is still available.
If anyone is looking for a vintage tufted couch that matches this, it seems as though it also, is FREE FREE FREE !! Take a looksie below.

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Another option that I came across are these lovelies.

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I love that there are two of these and velvet was something that was on my must-have-in-a-chair-list. And its in AWESOME condition too. The sellers only are asking $20 for these but the only problem is they are RED, which is awesome, but not in my yellow, white and gray room.

What should I do? Nab them all and keep the red guys in the basement for future use? I’m so torn. HELP !!

Hugs and Stitches,
Sarah

Projects Galore

Ugh, what a terrible blogger I have been this week. My sincerest apologies. I’m sure you all can relate to my being super busy. I have a few deadlines for my HortDecor store. One lovely bride has decided to use my burlap bubble wreath as part of the decor at her wedding next weekend. I am really excited for her and also excited that one of my wreaths are being used to make someones day just a touch more special.

On top of that deadline, one of my besties H.P. decided she needs a colorful summer wreath for her front door between now and the 4th. She is always finding pictures of wreaths and challenging my skills with new demands. I actually really enjoy it as it breaks up the monotony of making the same wreath over and over. This is what she said she wanted…


Cute hu? Can’t wait to get started.

I am pretty exicted, I came accross an estate sale in the paper today. It runs today through saturday so I’m just itching to get out of work today and run over there and check out the goods. I’ll let you know if I found anything to add to My Booty.
There are also some yard sales right around my neighborhood this weekend that I can’t wait to stop at. Last time I took S.Y. with me and she really got a taste of  yard sale-ing with me. I think I was about 3/4ths of the way past a road when I spotted a yard on it. Turning around or going around the block would be too time consuming so I quickly swung that steering wheel to the left and about did a figure eight with my car to make it down that road. Good think my car is a tiny little thing…great for maneuvering.

Some of you that live near me have been asking for a little insight on which yard sales I think are worth going to on certain weeks, so this time, and maybe a few other times in the future, I will show you my yard sale picks.

Excited? Does anything in there strike your fancy? I know it shore strikes mine.

In the mean time I have been cutting up strips of gray fabric for a rug,

…and I have been painting my rusty yard sale chairs


..Looking better but still need another coat and maybe a bit of pizzaz. I have also been cutting burlap squares for the burlap bubble wreath…


…and also staring at this trying to decide which of my many ideas will transform this chandy from dilapi-drab to wonderfully fab.


 As you can see, I have my work cut out for me, but that is what makes every day fun, new and exciting. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my booty from the estate sale !

Hugs and Stitches,

Sarah

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Well a week ago, one of my bests asked me to make her a wreath. OOO YAY ! I love when people ask me to make things for them. This is what she wanted:
 and this is what she got:
Not too shabby eh?

The last person that asked me to do that was E.B. when she asked me to make her little one a play tool bench. I have to admit, I was a little bit nervous to embark on this adventure especially since I had never really repurposed anything before. All she gave me to go by was this picture:
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Simple enough right?

It got a little hairy when I went to Lowes in search of the peg board and saw that they only sold it in giant pieces. Now, I did get a power drill for Christmas that I have gotten more familiar with, and I do have a power sander, which I have not been brave enough to try yet, but I don’t have a saw. Sooo what am I supposed to do with a giant piece of pegboard when I only need a small piece? Lucky me Lucky me, one of my former fellow employees from Ruby Tuesday had taken up a job at Lowes and was stationed in the lumber / pegboard section…AND he had access to a saw. I Lowes happy as a hamster with my 2 pegboard peices beautifully sawed in half.

So it took a good month or two for me to finally find an old tv stand that would be perfect for this project. There are tv stands everywhere at thrift stores, but this one had to be good for a little one to play with and also had to be marked with the right price. Finally I found the one. Nothing fancy. Fake wood surfaces, one middle shelf and wheels on the bottom. $10. A little more than I would have preferred to pay but I didn’t know how long it would actually take to find the perfect one at the perfect price so I went with it.

Of course I couldn’t just keep things simple. I let my mind wander and came up with a much more exciting motif than a plain blue bench. I let E.B. know that I had plans, however did not let her in on what my plans for the bench were. She told me she trusted me. Brave lady !

My plans were chevron. After all it is sooo in style now days, however the chevron I had in mind had been around for quite some time and is not exactly stylish, but perfect for a little boys tool bench.

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I have only played with paint and stripes once and my heart broke a little bit when the edges of the stripes seemed feathered. I was bummed but I thought that it was due to the textured surface that I was painting on.
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See the non perfect stripes ? Meh.

Well I figured, I’m gonna make sure the tape is really stuck to the the surface this time. Well when it came time for the tape to come off and the big reveal…wouldn’t you know it…feathered stripes…ON MY FRIENDS TOOL BENCH THAT WAS GONNA BE A BIRTHDAY PRESENT.
I got angry and left the tool bench to sit in my basement. If I get frustrated by a project I usually punish it by pushing it to the side. Well a big help that was. 7 days before the little boys birthday his eager mother asked me when the bench was going to be done. I had some work ahead of me.

Finally finished a day before the party I was able to deliver the finished product to my friend. It was far from perfect with some stray paint marks and feathered lines, but with the help of some steel wool I was able to stress the paint all over to make it look as though the mistakes were intentional.

Needless to say she loved it and sent me this picture the next day:
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The kids loved it and for me, all is well in Whoville.

I have been making a lot of wreaths for other people over the past few months and have consequently neglected my own front door. I saw this picture on Pinterest and fell in love.
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This is going to be for me. FINALLY. The problem I have encountered is where on earth I can find 50+ fake lemons at bargain prices.

I have found that Oriental Trading has the best prices so far. If you know somewhere cheaper please let me know. If this turns out fabulous, for a fabulous price, I may add it to my HortDecor Shop in the future.

Hugs and Stiches,

Sarah