Shabby Solar Chandelier

The first time I’d heard of solar chandeliers was on Pinterest.  I fell in love with the idea of taking an old, out of date chandelier & turning it into something that can be used outside.  I went on a search for an old chandelier.  Then one day, while I was at Goodwill, I found one for only $6.45!  It’s been sitting & waiting for me to make it into something beautiful.  The wait is over, and I love it!

Solar Chandelier

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Mirrored Lazy Susan

I love centerpieces that have some sparkle & shine. I can’t help it, the more shine, the better.

When I’d first seen the Mirrored Lazy Susan by Valerie Parr Hill on QVC, I fell in love with it.  But the $31.00 + $7.47 shipping & handling charge made the price tag a little high for me.  By now, you know me, and you know that if I want something, and it’s too expensive, I’ll try to make it myself.  My version was under $5.00!

Here’s my version of the Mirrored Lazy Susan:

Mirrored Lazy Susan

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Painting Table Scatter

When I’m putting together a tablescape, one of the items that I love to use is table scatter, or flat back marbles.  It always adds a little ‘bling’ to the table & helps to bring more of the chosen color towards the center of the table.

But what if I can’t find or don’t have the color I want?  I make my own.  It’s easy to do and with the colors of paints available, you can have your table scatter match any table.

Painting Table Scatter

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Making Table Scatter

I’ve been looking for orange table scatter.  I found light orange.  I found orange with black table scatter.  But I wanted something really orange, and a little glitter wouldn’t hurt either.  🙂

Since I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I did what I usually do.  I made my own!

Making Table Scatter

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Rope Centerpiece

I don’t know if being a crafter is frugal or not, but if I can reuse an item & make it into something else that’s not only useful but pretty, I’m going to do it.

I eat way too many nuts.  I love Great Value Deluxe Mixed Nuts, mainly because there are no peanuts in it & it’s salted just the way I like them.  So, needless to say, I always have empty cans left over.  What did I do with them this time?  I made a centerpiece!

Rope Centerpiece

And this is how I made it:

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Corner Booth Makeover

When we first moved into our home, we bought this corner booth.  I wanted it not only for the seating, but for the extra storage that was built into the seats.  But I don’t like browns, not the color or in wood tones.   And for years, I would look at this booth & cringe.

By now, you know the way I think.  If you like the piece, but the color doesn’t go with your home…. paint it!  So I did.

Corner Booth Makeover

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Wood Tray Re-Do

I was looking for a small wooden tray to uses for vignettes.  I was a little shocked at the prices of wood trays at the local craft stores.  $10.00 was the cheapest price I could find.  I didn’t have a coupon, so I waited.  Then I stopped in at the local thrift store on a whim.  I found this for under $2.00.

Tray-before

It wasn’t in the best shape, but it wasn’t the worst shape either.  I know what a little sanding & painting can do.

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Diy Pin Cushions – tutorial

Pin cushions are a must in any sewing room.  They can be very expensive if bought in a conventional store.  But they’re very easy to make yourself.  And when you make your own, you can customize them to the way you like them.  They can be as fancy or streamlined as you choose.  Shabby Chic, floral, animal prints, plain, it’s up to you!  That’s the beauty of making your own.

Diy Pin Cushions

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

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Lighthouse Napkin Holders

I found these little lighthouses at the Dollar Tree.

Lighthouses from the Dollar Tree

 

They are adorable, but they don’t exactly match my plates.

lighthouse Plate

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