100 Mile Yard Sale

A Facebook friend, who is mayor of the small town of Ash Grove, alerted me to a 100 mile yard sale beginning in her hometown. Saint and I convinced our best friends to make the trek with us on a cloudy Saturday morning. This will probably definitely not be an annual event. We drove 15 miles between sales, as a rule, and got totally drenched in a park. Even the tea room we’d heard so much about was a disappointment, but then we are spoiled, having the Spring Creek Tea Room close to our homes. I did return with a small stash of “treasures,” though. Here are some of the things I picked up.

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Hope you paid attention to the oval picture and the bamboo frames because this is what a little update can do.

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I also picked up this little bird ornament for 50 cents. It was with a bunch of Christmas decorations, but it was screaming tweeting fall to me! I also got the little basket for a buck. I loved the texture of the bark on the sides.

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I pulled some leaves out of my craft bags and found this dried filler (I got huge bundles of white and orange-89 cents for both) and pulled off a handful of each. I tucked them all into the basket and perched the bird on top. I do love fall!

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Somehow, I think I should have called my blog Something for Nothing…

 

 

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Ugly Door Reveal

Finally! And without further ado, I present the ugly cabinet door and bedpost transformed into a charming vintage coat rack…

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This was my inspiration:

I pinned it from Hammers and High Heels here http://hammersandhighheels.blogspot.com/2011/11/bachmans-2011-holiday-idea-house.html. Visit this site, if you haven’t already, for a veritable feast for the imagination. The images and ideas are like eye candy for the soul. My humble project and miniscule non existent photography skills can’t compare, nevertheless, the transformation from ugly door/bed post to shabby chic coat rack is quite cute, don’t you agree?

Here it is all functional and everything , staged with an umbrella, scarf, and trench coat.

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The burlap and greenery are easily removed so that seasonal decor (I’m thinking colorful silk ribbons and glitzy beads for New Years, white lace and pearls for Valentine’s Day, and violets and eyelet for Easter. And in between, it looks just fine naked.

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The best part, it was practically free since I made it from other projects, and I am saving resources by upcycling treasures that were likely headed for the dump. This is going into my Christmas display at Mike’s Unique. Check it out at booth M4 in late October, and let me know what you think!

DIY Burlap Tableware Pocket

If you are anal a planner like I am, chances are you’ve already started Christmas shopping thinking about the fall holidays. A welcome chill in the air this week prompted a trip to the storage closet to inventory fall decor. I came across these adorable wooden pumpkins I purchased a couple of years ago, and my ADD kicked me right past Halloween into Thanksgiving.

I love Thanksgiving, but it is one of those holidays that I just can’t depend upon. When my dad was alive and my parents lived on the farm, we knew where we would be at Thanksgiving. It often coincided with deer and quail hunting season, and both my brothers and their families joined Saint, me, and our two kids for a big family gathering at the folks’. But for the last sixteen years, as Dad passed away and Mom moved from the farm to a small apartment in the city, kids married and had kids of their own, and in-laws multiplied, our traditions have been hijacked and we sometimes find ourselves wondering how we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Sometimes it’s a Norman Rockwell. Occasionally, it’s a Walton Family celebration, but, occasionally, it is just a handful. No matter, I am determined to give Thanksgiving its due, even if it means this lovely outdoor dinner for two, complete with a smoked wild turkey from Redbud Ridge.

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Worthy of a festive table setting, wouldn’t you think? Uh-huh, I did make it back around to the DIY project!

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Doesn’t this little tableware pocket scream vintage Thanksgiving? For this project you will need:

Natural burlap

Bleached white burlap

A button or brooch

Rubber bands

Scissors

Either a sewing machine or fabric glue.

Directions:

For each pocket, you will need a 15×5 1/2 rectangle of natural burlap. Fold up approximately 5 inches from the bottom to make the pocket. Then run a stitch down both sides. If you want a no-sew project, you can use fabric glue and just glue the sides of the pocket. I ran the seam all the way down each side rather than just along the pocket edge to keep the burlap from fraying too much. Next, fold down about an inch at the top and fray the edges. Press the seam to make the “flap” at the top. This is purely decorative. You could add vintage lace, ric-rac, or anything you like. I chose to leave it plain.

Now, cut a piece of the bleached burlap about 5″x9″. Fray all the edges a bit and gather it in the center like a fan. Cut a rubber band and run one end through the hole (or holes) on the button. Tie the rubber band back together and wrap it around the center of the fabric to secure it. Fan out the ends and tack them together with a needle and thread or fabric glue. Attach the fan to the pocket using your needle or more fabric glue. Tuck in your silverware, and there you have it.

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Cute as a button, don’t you think?

In the meantime…

I know! You are waiting to see the ugly door reveal part II, but I have been unable to find the missing piece, so in the meantime, I’ve been working on a little something. I found this old antique headboard and foot board at a yard sale for $7.00. I really loved it, but it just

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So I asked Saint to take it apart and cut some pieces off for another project aka ugly door part II. We ended up with about twenty pieces to use in various crafts up-cycles. These two bed posts started to take shape in my mind.

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I cleaned them with TSP and put a coat of Zinsser primer on them. Only then did I remember that I’d been reading some neat blogs about “crackling” paint with Elmer’s Wood Glue. It would probably have been better to do that process before the first coat of primer, but, well, what did I have to lose? After the primer dried, I smeared carefully wiped the glue all over the post and waited patiently (you know better) for the glue to become tacky. Next, I painted another coat of the primer over that. It worked! It really worked!

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A final coat of linen white finished the painting part. The rest of the project involved last year’s old sweater that was too little had shrunk in the dryer.

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And some burlap, of course.

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So, you might have guessed by now that those two bed posts have become the sweetest little snowmen.

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I plan to add them to the awesome Christmas display that I’m working on for the flea market, but they may just adorn a table, mantel, or shelf right here on Redbud Ridge.

Lesson for the day…don’t throw ANYTHING away. Please don’t tell Saint I said that. He will never clean out the garage!