Top 12 Projects of 2012

Whew. Where has the year gone!? It's been a great year with many changes since we sold our house this summer, moved out, and are now building our new house that will be completed in the spring. Not to mention that we've been super busy around the store, it constantly keeps us on our toes. There always seems to be either some sort of DIY project going on or a room full of furniture being painted. It's a lot of hard work, but also so rewarding at the same time. I love what I'm doing because not only is it my dream job, but I enjoy working with my husband everyday along with meeting new people and seeing our regular customers that are so sweet and supportive. I'm looking forward to celebrating the store's two year anniversary on January 4th!

I haven't been able to blog as much this year, as I did last year, but I really appreciate your support and I cannot wait to see what the new year brings! Here are just a few of the projects that I completed this year.

If you're interested here's my Top Projects of 2011 and for more furniture inspiration check out my Portfolio page.

Happy New Year!!


Scrabble & Button Magnets

I recently made some silver platter chalkboards for the store and then realized the platters were also magnetic- so I decided to make some magnets to display on the chalkboards. Then I remembered that I bought several vintage board games and a huge collection of vintage buttons at an estate sale awhile back that would be perfect for this project. 

I bought several packs of small rectangular and circular magnets at Hobby Lobby and just hot glued the scrabble letters and button clusters to create custom magnets. In the spirit of Christmas I spelled out festive words to display on the chalkboards.

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Natural Christmas Tree

I want to share with you the natural Christmas tree at our store. I used different birds, birds nest, a bird house, grapevine and moss garland, moss ribbon, feathers, and a lot of red with a touch of gold to decorate the tree this year.

I used craft paper as gift wrapping, striped ribbon and twine, glittery deer and a free printable for gift tags. 

I displayed some of the gifts in a small red wagon to add a vintage touch to the decor.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!


Sheet Music and Twine Ornaments

Today I'm sharing with you a simple and fun way to make your own Christmas ornaments. I used clear glass ornaments from Hobby Lobby and filled them with strips of vintage sheet music, twine, and red striped ribbon. 

Really anything small and thin can be used inside the ornaments. Since I already had the materials on hand, I just worked with what I had. This year I used a lot of natural elements in my Christmas decor, so these neutral colored ornaments add to the theme.

I displayed them at the store in well worn, vintage sewing machine drawers. 

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Giant Wooden Star

I came across this great re-purpose idea HERE and decided to give it a try. I made my own giant wooden star using vintage yardsticks and twine.

I LOVE all the different colors and advertisements on these vintage yardsticks!

To assemble the star just simply lay them out in a star shape, hot glue the edges and the places they cross. Then wrap twine around the corners of the star for a little something extra to finish it off.

This is a great inexpensive and fun craft project for year around decorating. 


Christmas Mantel

This year I decorated the mantel at our store with natural greenery, magnolia leaves, pine cones, glittered birds and some moss and burlap ribbon to finish it off. It's hard to believe that it all started with just two strands of inexpensive garland and eventually it ended up looking so natural. I just kept layering and layering until I had the look I was going for. 

I use natural elements all throughout my Christmas decor every year. There's just something about the fresh smell and the beauty of nature that I never get tired of. 

This gorgeous mantel was originally oak and we updated it with a lot of paint and a little distressing. Check out the Mantel Makeover HERE.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks ahead. I'll be sharing more of my Christmas crafts and Christmas decor with you.

I'm linking to The Lettered CottageSavvy Southern Style52 Mantels, It's Overflowing, and Silver Pennies.


DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

I've wanted to make one of these fluffy white wreaths for awhile now! It was so simple to make and cost less than $5. It took about an hour to complete, but well worth the time. I used a pack of coffee filters, a hot glue gun, a wreath form, and burlap ribbon.

Just take the ruffled edge of each coffee filter and poof them, then hot glue the bottom of the filters all the way around the wreath. Make sure the filters are glued very close to each other- to make your wreath full. I hung the wreath in our store with burlap ribbon.  


DIY Branch Ornament Tree

Today I want to share with you the branch ornament tree we put together for the store's Christmas Open House. It's a festive and inexpensive way to add a lot of drama on the buffet in your dining room or on a foyer entry table, but really this tree could go anywhere in your home.   

Gather up branches from your yard (or the woods) to fill an urn, planter, or tall container. Then hang 10 or more Christmas ornaments on the branches until you have the look you desire. 

The mercury glass acorn ornaments I used actually came from Walmart last season. I just love the way they reflect and shimmer in the light. So simple and elegant!

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I'm sharing at Savvy Southern Style and Liz Marie Blog.


Glittered Trophies

I love coming up with creative uses for inexpensive finds. You know I just can't leave it 
"as is". So while browsing Target about a month ago I saw these ceramic trophies on clearance and knew they could be so much more. 

I bought gold glitter and spray adhesive and made a HUGE mess while trying to adhere the glitter to the trophies, but I'm so happy with how they turned out! They are displayed at the store with sheet music bundles and a wrapped gift. 

We are having Christmas Open House at the store tomorrow, so stay tuned for more Christmas projects that I made for the event. 


DIY Sheet Music Pinwheel Banner

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I thought I'd make a simple and festival banner out of vintage sheet music, letters, twine and clothespins for the store. This project cost nothing to make since I already had all of the materials on hand. Here is where I first saw this creative idea and just had to make my own.

ONE- Gather up your sheet music, old hymn books or vintage book pages. My favorite books to use usually have an old patina and can be found at estate sales. I just like how they look, but really, any book will do. You will need 2 sheets per pinwheel. 

TWO- Fan fold your pages. There can be as little or as many folds as you want, depending on how tight you want your pinwheel folds. This is something you will have to play around with until you get the look you like.

THREE- Fold each of your fans in half and staple or glue both of them on the fold. 

FOUR- Glue both of the halves together. You kind of just have to play with it until it looks and lays right.

Once dry, print off your letters onto card stock or plain paper and secure it to the center of your pinwheel.

There are so many different "sayings" you can make with these pinwheel banners! 


DIY Chevron Pushpin Boards

Hey there! Today I'm sharing a fun and easy DIY project that I recently made using several old frames we had sitting around the store. First I gave them a coat of paint and distressed them a bit. Then I bought gray chevron fabric and foam core boards from Hobby Lobby, cut and stapled the fabric to the board and then stapled the board to the frame which created quite lovely pushpin and photo boards.


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