Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Good morning everyone! Did you miss me?  I've been away because we had issues with our Internet service, but it's now up and running and I can finally post again.  Thanks to all my followers for being patient and a special welcome to all my new followers.  

It's a very busy time of year with yard work and all the extra activities of summer.  My parents will be arriving the end of the week for a ten day visit.  I'll try to do some posting but will be spending some quality time with them.

Today I'd like to share a quick and easy art project.  It's a great solution for wall art if you're wanted a little change and on a budget.

Here's what you'll need...

~ canvas or flat surface for mounting your fabric onto
~ fabric
~ staples

While at Jo Ann's fabric yesterday I ran across some fabric I loved and thought it would work great for some summer artwork.

I started with a blank canvas that I already had in the house.

I took the fabric and cut it to the size of the canvas, 
adding one inch for turning over.

Using a mitered fold on the fabric corner, makes for a nice even and flat corner.

 Proceed to staple the entire back by adding staples, begin in the middle of each side and working outward. Making sure to keep the fabric stretched tightly.

Quick and easy summer artwork for under $10 !

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


On Wednesday, June 15th, the Nesting Place is hosting a party.  It's a yard sale linking party to show off some of your favorite yard sale finds and treasures.  I love parties and yard sales, so I'm joining in on the fun.

I've had so many great yard sale finds over the years.  I started going to yard sales with my mom and two sisters at a young age.  We'd look forward to this once a year event for weeks (there weren't any garage sales in the small town where I grew up).  My sister and I knew yard sales meant new clothes and things for our room.  We'd wake up early and drive an hour to the city with our sack lunches in hand.  As you can tell I'm a well experienced yard sale shopper.

Yard sales offer a great variety of things you can buy from clothing to decorative items for the home.  You can even find furniture and tools!  Here are just a few of my  finds.

Great Household Decorations

Bathroom Decor

Seasonal Decor

and even

Wedding Decor !!!

Using yard sale items for weddings can help keep costs down a lot!

Here are some examples of my favorites!

  posts for more fun diy's and savings ideas.

The table skirt I made using new fabric purchased for $3.00
Candle holders and candy jars for .25 cents to $1.00
A large bag of tulle for $1.50
Ring bearer pillow $1.00 
(We added the embellishments our self to the pillow.)
Table clothes $1.00
Flower girl basket .50 cents 
(We completely recovered the basket with fabric and embellishments.)
Plant stand pillars $1.50 for the set! (I couldn't believe it when I found them so cheap!)
A very large box of Christmas lights....some still new in the boxes, as well as the plastic hangers to hang them - $3.00
Six (boxes of twelve) wedding votive candles $1.00 per box
Rose petals one large box .50 cents
Pillar candles .25 cents and .50 cents each (Nobody even knew they were used at another wedding. You always pre-light the candles at rehearsal anyway.)
Hanging bench lanterns .50 cents 
and even two brand new boxes of 8 lantern hangers .25 cents

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pottery Barn Architectural Prints Inspiration

Recently, while browsing through my Pottery Barn magazine, I saw these great architectural prints. Go here to see the Pottery Barn photo.  My husband, daughters and I love to take photos of old architecture.  While visiting Seattle, WA,  I noticed these lovely old pillars with great architectural detail.  So of course I took a photo of them.  Upon seeing the Pottery Barn prints, I decided I could use my photos to make my own version rather than pay $47 each.

Using a photo editing program I changed the photo to sepia and then sketch mode.  Here's my end result.

I hung the print using close-pins like the one in this photo. See it hanging in the upper right hand side of the PB photo?

Here is my knockoff version in a frame.

Here it is with an additional frame.

My DIY Thrifty Version Costs: 

25 cents for card stock
50 cent garage sale frame
Total cost - 75 cents !
Not a bad price for a piece of artwork.

I'm linking this post to...
Beneath My Heart DIY Best of June Party

Tip Junkie handmade projects


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