Black and White Harlequin Print Cross

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Here’s another cross my Mom made. This time Black and White was her theme. Black and White goes with almost any decor. My patio is black and white with touches of red. Crosses are so meaningful to my Mom and I.

My Mom jigsaws all her crosses out and then she sands and paints them. Next she added the wired Harlequin ribbon we bought at Hobby Lobby. Then the striped ribbon was added. The bling ribbon can be bought at the Dollar Tree store. You cut off just what you need.

She made the little black cross out of wood too and then added on the sliver cross. It really is very beautiful in person. My photos do not do it justice. We have it for sale in our booth at the “The Market at Broussard Commons”.

Sorry this post was short, but we have made so many crafts that I think I will have to post everyday for awhile to catch up. lol.

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Shabby Chic Fleur De Lis Repurposed Tray

Take an ordinary tray bought at a thrift store and make it extraordinary. I needed a backdrop for one of my many iron fleur de lis home decor pieces. They are very heavy so I needed something substantial to put them on. This tray was perfect and the perfect size.

I spray painted it with Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer in Heirloom White. Then I antiqued it using Valspar dark wax. I then sanded some of the paint off the edges and also added Antique Gold Rub n Buff to the edge of the tray and also to the fleur.

The piece de resistance was the little crown I added to fleur. I will try to sell this at our craft booth along with the easel. The easel matches so perfectly, that I didn’t want to separate the set.

It needed something special added so I added a CROWN.

HOPE YOU LIKE IT! Leave me a comment. If you have any ideas for my other iron fleur de lis let me know.

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Dollar Store Picture To Designer Inspired

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I bought this picture to practice painting flowers. It was in my garage for over a year. I never used it and it was going to waste. When I saw Debi Rigg repaint and update a painting on her Facebook page, I had to give it a try. Her Facebook page is Studio MD AZ. Go and follow her because she has GREAT ideas!

I don’t mean the artist any harm. Sometimes our tastes change and our home decor changes so we have to update and refresh the items that we have. I am all about changing and upscaling and redesigning. I wanted this little picture to match my back patio. My patio is black and white. With accents of red or sometimes yellow. That is why I choose to make the flowers red. They were pale pink to begin with. I changed the vase from a blue to designer inspired black and white checked. Please keep scrolling for more pictures and details.

Dollar Tree Art Transformation

Below is the closest picture that I have to a BEFORE picture. I had already put one coat of white over the blue vase.

The vase was about the same color as the blue on the right side of the table.
In this picture, I had added some red to the flowers and I had began my vertical stripes. I just eyeballed it. It’s not perfect, but the vase wasn’t perfect to begin with either. All about the PERFECTLY imperfect!
I laid out my pattern and put some gold drag highlights.
All finished.

It took me a few weeks to finish up. I would let it dry and then come back to it in-between other projects. I did seal it with Triple Thick for a high gloss finish. I added more gold leaf paint to the flowers at the very end. Try NOT to seal over Gold Leaf Paint.

COMMENT below if you have ever changed up and redesigned anything. COMMENT below if you plan to do it now that you have seen this idea.

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Best Thrifted Item So Far This Year

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Do you love to go to thrift stores, antique stores, garage sales or estate sales? I am not sure why I am drawn to these kinds of places. Maybe it’s because I have always loved a good makeover. Whether it is makeup, hair, outfits, rooms in homes, outside of homes, projects, WHATEVER! I love adding to things and/or changing things up.

I love to take something from Eek to Chic, Drab to Fab, Nothing Special to Something Special.

This particular item did not need ANYTHING done to it. It just needed someone to take it home and give it some love. It needed someone to put it high on their priority list. It needed to be put in a prominent place in someone’s home to highlight how special it is. That person was me and the place was my home right next to my buffet.

I bought this chair at Salvation Army in Hot Springs, Arkansas. We had taken a long weekend vacation to Texarkana and Hot Springs where I did a lot of junking. It was so much fun! The store was just about to close. I had about 15 minutes to look around and purchase whatever I thought I needed. Need versus Want. A whole topic in itself. But I knew right away that I wanted this. It was only $25.00 and in great condition!! It came home with me! It fits right in with all the other vintage, rustic, old world items in our house.

I hope to encourage you to go and look at your local thrift stores for forlorn, lost and unloved items that you could turn into something special. It can be fun….like looking for treasure. The whole process can be very therapeutic.

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Aqua Diamond Dusted Candle with Thrift Store Holder

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Do you want to know how I changed a tired, boring candle in a saucer into a sparkling, sassy candle in a luxurious candle holder? I was so tired of this boring water fountain candle that I keep on my bedroom dresser. I bought it at QVC. I love the color but it was just sitting, looking all forlorn. I never use the fountain because it is too messy. But it does work wonderfully.

My dresser BEFORE. I have since jazzed up several items. My favorite is the candle you can read about below.

Do you also get bored with your decor? Sometimes, just adding Diamond Dust will be the spark it needs to make it liven up.

Diamond Dust is actual chards of glass. So the sparkle is unbelievable sometimes. It is like glitter on steroids. If you like sparkle, you would like Diamond Dust. I buy mine from Amazon.

I use Mod Podge to glue my Diamond Dust on. Please refer to my Facebook Live Videos for video instructions. With this large candle, I would brush on my glue a section at a time. Then add the diamond dust with a sprinkle jar. (I put my diamond dust in a sprinkle container for easy disbursement.) I slowing did this all around the candle. I then added a paper flower as a candle pin.

It takes a little while for the Mod Podge to dry. It will look cloudy at first. But it will dry clear.

Next, my candle was too pretty to put back in the saucer. So I bought this candle holder at Salvation Army. I added sparkle ribbon to it that you can buy at Hobby Lobby back in the fabric department.

I think this decor is much improved. I will be doing some more. Little by little, step by step.

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Make a Table from a Garden Statue

I found this Angel Garden Statue at our local flea market. It was by accident that I decided to turn it into a table. I had it in my craft room because I wanted to paint it bronze and put antique gold rub-n-buff on it. I ran out of paint before I finished so I set it aside out of my way for when I mixed more paint.

Below is the only picture I took BEFORE. I had to snap one while I was showing it in my Flea Market Haul.

Here is what the statue looked like when I bought it. Nothing wrong with it. But now it is much more elegant and I plan to leave it inside instead of outside in my garden.

I also had this round disc plaque I bought from Lowe’s that I had used in a craft show as a Monogram Sign. I was tired of the sign and it had never sold. So I wanted to repaint it and refresh it. I placed this round wooden disc on top of my statue to get them both out of my way while I was doing other crafts. Voila, a perfect little side table I thought.

The round wooden disc before when it was a Monogramed Wooden Sign.

After I decided I wanted a table, I painted the round disc in bronze too. First I used Rub-n-Buff on the statue. I didn’t JUST use my favorite Antique Gold Rub-n-Buff. I mixed the gold with the Silver Rub-n-Buff. I love how it turned out. It is kind of a champagne color. I put a squirt of each color on a plate and mixed it together BEFORE I rubbed it on the statue. I kept mixing the two on the plate the same way throughout the whole project.

For the table top, I used two different stencils and I used a brush instead of my fingers to get the Rub-n-Buff onto the project. See more details and pictures below. I have also linked the Facebook videos explaining more.

Here is the facebook video of when I purchased it (my flea market haul): Click Here

Here is the facebook video of when I finished it: Click Here

Below are the supplies I used:

Bronze paint is a mixture of regular craft flat black paint, copper metallic paint, and gold metallic paint. You can use any brand.

The two Rub n Buffs that I mixed together. Fairly 50/50.
Here is the large stencil that I used.
Here is the small stencil that I used and really put the Rub n Buff on heavily for this one.

I hope I inspire you to CREATE something out of what you might already have stored in your garage! lol… I love that Goodwills, Salvation Army, and flea and antique markets keep hidden treasures out of our landfills. If it’s good wood, especially, REUSE, REMAKE, REFRESH, REFAB it!

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Paint a Canvas Purse?

Why not try getting creative with a plain canvas purse? I decided to do a checker board design on this crossover shoulder purse I bought at Hobby Lobby. I only painted the front side. I added gold dots and a tassel to the zipper closure. MacKenzie-Childs Inspired.

I got this idea from Debi Rigg at Studio MD AZ. Please go follow her Facebook page. She did a dollar tree make up bag and put names on them. I happen to have a million makeup bags so I did a crossover bag instead.

Paint a Canvas Shoulder Purse
Here is a picture of how the canvas bag looks BEFORE. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby.
It was $1.69.

I don’t want to give away all Debi’s secrets but…. FIRST you mark your squares off. I used a pencil and ruler. Then I painted with regular black craft acrylic paint. You could of course use fabric paint if you want. When I was done, I felt like it looked too much like a raceway checkered flag. That’s where Debi’s magic comes in. I put a white highlight in each black square along with gold highlights. I also had some green adhesive gemstones from the Dollar Tree that I painted gold and put one at each corner of the squares. I attached these with tacky glue.

It needed a little something extra. I had these tassel earrings that I thought would look good as a zipper pull. I attached one with gold ribbon. Voila, a painted purse to be proud of.

This is a picture before I added the earring tassel.
The strap is long enough to be a crossover shoulder purse great for shopping and vacation.
Here it is all finished with tassel and all.

You can also do tennis shoes or tote bags. Go be creative!

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Holiday 4×4 Candle Holders Refreshed into Old World Decor Using Prima Moulds

These 4×4’s started out in life as Farmhouse Style Holiday Decorations. Just like I go to thrift stores and refresh different treasures, I wanted to do the same thing with some of the crafts we have in storage. These particular candle holders never sold in our holiday craft shows, and I wanted to put them in my home year round. I am obsessed with candles and candle holders right now.

Below is a picture of what they looked like before I started redoing them.

~~BEFORE~~
~~AFTER~~

Lexi, my “glamdaughter” and sidekick, made these castings with paper clay. I think we did pretty good for our very first time. When we made them, I really didn’t have anything planned to put them on. But it came to me soon after they had dried.

Our Paper Clay Casts were not perfect. But we pieced together and cut off the excess.
The emblem was easier to make because it didn’t have legs and tails, lol. We had to piece together one of the lion’s tail. Perfectly imperfect.
I took this picture with my scissors so you would have an image to compare the size of the mould.
The particular mould is called Royal Emblem. For their picture, they have painted them gold. These are from Redesign by Prima.

Since there were THREE items/pieces to this set, I thought about what else I had with a set of three. Voila, I had the candle holders. So I wanted an Old World look and Kathy on her Facebook page had made this color paint and designed things with moulds and I was inspired by her. Please go follow her on Facebook! —–Royale Funky Junque—–

I attached the castings on with hot glue and tacky glue. I used tacky glue to close in all the sides so I didn’t have any hollows. So then they were ready to paint.

For the paint, I use any kind of black flat craft paint, and mix in any brand of metallic copper and some metallic gold. Together that will make bronze. I knew I was going to use antique gold rub n buff to bring out all the highlights of the design.

Here are the paints I used to make “Oil Rubbed Bronze”.
Here it is as I am mixing the paint.

Below is a picture of the candle holders after I have painted them and added the gold rub n buff. This project still didn’t fit in with my dining room. So later I added something else….keep reading…

I thought I was finished here…..but….

I asked my Facebook followers and friends if I should add the metal ribbon. The response was YES! This ribbon comes in flat silver and I bought it at Hobby Lobby. If your HL does not carry it, look online. So I used the same paints as I did for the wooden sections.

I also decided to use a touch of metallic aqua blue paint on everything and it added the perfect sheen to the bronze and gold. Pictures really do not catch it very well, but the picture below does have the blue added in. The blue just toned everything down and it now blends so well with the colors in my dining room.

The aqua blue tray sent a reflection of it’s texture onto the candle holders at the bottom.
Finished Project. The metallic paint reflects the texture of the aqua tray it is sitting on.
Here is a picture without the tray and it gives you a better idea of the colors.

Take a look around your home and REFRESH items that you are getting tired of.

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Eek to Chic, Garage Sale Bottle Transformed into a Glorious Oil Rubbed Bronze Piece of Art

My first “bottle art” project. I found this treasure at a garage sale for only $2.00. It was a color somewhere between orange and gold. I loved that it came with a topper. I knew right away that it would be perfect for an eek to chic project. Read below for the type of paint I used.

Here is what the bottle looked like below. It wasn’t bad at all but it didn’t match what I had envisioned in my mind.
I loved the shape and design of this bottle PLUS it had a topper! How perfect for $2.00.

To make the oil rubbed bronze color, I used regular black craft paint and added some metallic copper and some metallic gold. I did not even prime the bottle first. But I probably should have. If I had primed it, I recommend the spray paint, Rustoleum 2x primer and paint. Then I used antique gold rub n buff to catch all the edges and raised portions of the design. I went ahead and glued the topper on with E6000 so I could put the necklace on without the topper always falling off.

Before I put the necklace on, I sealed the whole project with matte Mod Podge. I bought the necklace from my cousin who sells Paparazzi Jewelry. The gold in the necklace perfectly matched the gold rub n buff.

I really love how it turned out. I can always go back and add more bling. But for now, it is gold and GLORIOUS the way it is.

Go check out some thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets to find some hidden treasures to make into one-of- a-kind, chic, precious projects.

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Toy Bee Turned into Glamorous Queen Bee

This little queen bee would be a great addition to a wreath or a sweet decoration for a tiered tray. I bought several at Dollar General to glam and jazz up in different ways.

I wanted to make this queen bee after seeing this done on Facebook by Debi Rigg on Studio MD AZ. I want to make another one with black and white checks in the future. I am practicing my checks on bigger projects first. This toy is too tiny for me to try right now. Practice, practice, practice.

I used Diamond Dust on her wings. It made a big difference. See below for the before during and after pictures.

Here she is WITHOUT Diamond Dust.
My Mom made the bee skeps in the background. One is made from wood and one is made from a recycled ENSURE can! She uses rope from the Dollar Tree and I put the little jewels and bees on them. LOVE!
Here they are side by side. Before and After.

Let your imagination run wild and paint one of these toys to match your decor or your project. Decorating with bees is so popular this summer.

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