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Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about fun projects!! Mainly because I haven’t had that much time to do fun projects lately with work and some traveling… BUT… I did finish a few things I’ve had on my “Fun craft to-do list” that I wanted to share with you!

First project – matryoshka mason jar!

I found a box of mason jars at a yard sale and took a few home with me. I came across this blog post a while before that and wanted to try out the project so figured with a 50 cent investment and leftover lace from this project I attempted to make before, I’d give it a go!

My niece, Emma, found an ad in the magazine with Matryoshka dolls and gave it to me so I thought I’d add my own little spin on the decoration. Here’s what I did:

Got my materials together, hot glue gun, mason jar, lace

Then cut out Matryoshka dolls and out everything together!

Then found the PERFECT place in my apt and put some little tea light candles inside.. voila! Love them!

Next up is my new and improved armoire!!

I re-arranged our room when it was raining in March and created a whole new wall open for new furniture! LOVE when that happens!! So of course I started hunting for something perfect. Went to estate sales.. always a rip off. Yard sales didn’t have much but then I randomly went to this rummage sale at a high school in some town outside of Sacramento (no clue where I was) and this beautiful armoire was standing in a pile of stuff!! They had $70 on it… but I left with it for $50. Yeah!!

Here’s what I did… took me the past 2 months to do, but hey, at least it’s finally done!

This is the original. I like the original dark wood, but it’s just too dark for my space so I wanted to lighten it up:

Then I hit up Ace Hardware to select paint… took me like 20 minutes to decide on a color!

Gave it a few coats and spray painted the hardware black for a bit of a modern flair. 😉

Next up was decorating it. Of course Martha came in handy with her new stencils!! (ps – super want to make those curtains!)

Then I stenciled away and painted some of the woodwork to stand out more:

And.. voila! My new armoire! LOVE!

What fun crafts have you done lately??

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As I was on my way for some groceries at Ranch 99 in Sacramento in the stormy spring rain, I miraculously stumbled upon a Goodwill outlet. I had been craving some thrifting but with my stomach growling only dinner was on my mind.

However.. when I saw the neon painted windows that screamed ‘$1.89 per lb’ for clothes… I srsly screeched into the parking lot and ran inside!! I’m normally very comfortable with thrift stores since my mom has been a thriftier since I was a baby on Mission street in the city. However – this outlet was a little bit of a shocker.

Huge bins FILLED to the top with items and people wearing face masks, gloves and all digging through the bins to find goodies. Of course, I jumped in. But next time, I’ll prob wear my cleaning clothes b/c I felt pretty gross when I left.

It was all worth it though because I found tons of awesome things including 2 dresses, 3 shirts, 2 shirts for my niece, one shirt for my sister, one shirt for Kellen, a lamp shade here, fabric for my lamp shade here and 2 new pieces of art… all for $8!! That’s what? Like 60 cents an item! I’ll take it!!

One of the items I found was this super mumu sea shell dress! I just loved the fabric and saw the potential.. so I sewed it to a perfect fit!!

Here’s the before:

AND… here’s the AFTER!! Def new fav dress!!

I thought this little rope belt looked perf with it!! What do you think??

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I went in to Thrift Town a few weeks ago for a dress.. and left with about 3 dresses, a few tops, some new decorations.. and a teapot lamp that needed some love. That’s usually what happens when you hit up a thrift store, right?

As soon as I put this teapot lamp in my cart, I was stopped left and right with women “oohing” and “ahhing” over the adorable thing. I guess it was just really meant to be for me because with a $3.99 price tag I’m snagged it before I did!

I set the lamp on my kitchen floor and finally got around to refurbishing it earlier this week and finished it up today. It had a cut power cord, rusted light bulb holder and was pretty dirty. With just a lamp kit from Ace Hardware, some cleaning wipes, fresh paint and a freshly created lamp shade.. it’s now the perfect fit to my office!

Here’s a look at what I did:

This is the lamp in my shopping cart 🙂

This is the lamp kit I got from Ace with everything I needed alongside my own trusty tools!

I re-wired the lamp and started putting the pieces back together!

Then came the fun stuff! Paint!!

Next up, I needed a lampshade! I stumbled upon a beat up shade, but with a good shape, at the Goodwill outlet where everything is sold by the pound. That place is AWESOME!!

Not only did I get the lampshade there, but also some perfect fabric to cover it with! With the glue gun, I was all set!

And… voila! My new most favorite lamp ever is all set up in my office! Time for business.. and some tea!

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The one (and ONLY) downside to bargain shopping is that sometimes, the items are not in the best condition. Things may need minor alterations, an added button or a stitched hem here and there. So you have to invest the time for that $2 score.

I purchased a beautiful giraffe print burlap/leather Diane Von Furstenberg purse at Jeremy’s in December. It was during one of the crazy 70% off sales and I scored it for like $15. As soon as I got home, I transferred all of my items from my old purse into my new one and rocked it RIGHT away.

Well, a few weeks passed… and the poor thing started falling apart. 😦

The burlap part started tearing and people would say ‘Do you know your bags torn?’ I decided I needed to either part ways or think of something extra crafty to save it.

Seeing how I recently started a new business (more on that later!!) I can’t just throw away a purse since I don’t have super funds to just go out and get a new one!!

So – I was extra crafty and here’s how I brought my bag back to LIFE!!

Here’s the bag before – super cute; but very worn!!!

I decided I wanted to cover the worn part with a scarf! I found this PERFECT one at Thrift Town for .99!

I took the scarf, wrapped it around the majority of the bag, pinned it in place, and hand stitched it on.

And…. Voila!! I think I did this bag justice by giving it another go! It’s just too cute (scarf or not) to pass up!!

What do you think? yay or neh?

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One of my (many) new year resolutions is to do more things away from my laptop. This includes getting some fresh air, learning to bake, making tasty dinners and most of all – crafting!

When Kellen and I were chatting about getting some new furniture for our apt, I jumped at the chance! After all – I do love myself a good shopping trip! I headed to a few Thrift Towns and found the perfect items that I was looking for!

Of course they needed some extra love! Here’s a look at my furniture makeover crafting! 🙂

First is a bathroom stand I scored for $1.99:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bottom of the magazine part was missing so I got a piece of plywood I had from our old broken magazine stand and hammered it in!

Then I got to painting and detailing…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And… here it is all done in the bathroom! Not too Shabby!

Then I found this perfect dresser for our bedroom!! It was marked down to $19.99! Score

I re-painted it an ivory white, choose a gold paint for the drawers and with the help of my niece Emma, chose a few fun accent colors and new knobs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I got it upstairs and put all of the drawers back, I knew it was just perfect for the space!! And… what’s better than a His and Hers dresser?? He won’t try to steal any of my pink drawers!

Happy Crafting everyone!

 

 

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As I was unpacking my holiday box and getting up the tree, lights and decorations, I found a bag of holiday cards I was given last year. I love holiday cards, but hate them at the same time since you get them and most people just throw them away at the end of the season.

This year, I decided to take the cards that I saved from last year and turn them into a decoration for my staircase! Some red yarn, paperclips and imagination = fun new decoration that I’ll do for many years to come!

Here’s what I did:

Gathered all of my cards together and choose which ones I wanted to display

Found some pretty colored paperclips (Just wouldn’t be the same w/ regular paperclips, right??) 😉

Gathered my red yard and tied it in spaced out bows

Then I hung on my stairs!

I LOVE my new, and very cheap, holiday decoration! It’s a great conversation piece to showcase cards from loved ones and other photos!

Here’s a look at one of my favorite items, even though it’s not a card. This is me, in 1987, with a room full of Santa’s on the front page of an old San Francisco newspaper. My mom saved it after all of these years. 🙂

Happy decorating everyone!! What’s your new favorite decoration this year?

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DIY Doily Lantern

Ever since I came across this post, I’ve been wanting to do this project. Months passed by, I moved, got settled and finally tried it out! I must say, it really wasn’t as easy as it seemed… and it’s not looking too cute now. I don’t think I used enough fabric stiffener; but at least I tried it! I will try to make another one soon, but here’s a look at my first try!

Instead of individual doilies like it had it the post, I found a huge lace tablecloth that I cup apart in different shapes:

Then I soaked them with fabric stiffener and placed them on the blown up balloon:

I continued cutting out the shapes and placing them on the balloon:

Then I let it dry overnight in my kitty basket. The next day, I popped the balloon and hung the lamp. It sort of lost it’s shape, so I formed it back into a circle:

Then the top started caving in. 😦 Boo! Still looks pretty though, right??? 😉


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