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This little lady was my first lamp makeover! I found her in the basement where she had been covered in a light layer of dust and spider web. The lamp had originally belonged to my grandmother and looked quite good in her day. Some of the hardware was missing, but I just the loved the shape and style. The etched glass was in good condition, and both light sockets worked perfectly.

Grandmother Lamp

Grandmother Lamp

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I always try to save mementos from my travels. Pictures are great, but I love keeping ticket stubs, brochures, and odd bits from places I’ve visited.  I think its because I keep telling myself I’ll make these AMAZING scrapbooks that I’ll keep forever and ever and everyone who sees them on my coffee table will flip through them and gush over the wonderful experiences I’ve had. Sure. One day, O.Liv!  Over the years, I’ve amassed a bunch of coins in addition to piles and piles of papers. I saw this great tutorial by Indiri at Turning Stones and knew I had to make one for myself.

Coin Art Frames

Coin Art Frames

I thrifted these frames for a couple dollars each and knew they would come in handy someday. I wish I had taken a “before” photo! They were some kind of country. I think one of the images featured a heart and a basket with the caption “Home Sweet Home.” Not quite my style. Luckily the frames were solid wood and came with sturdy mats. I painted the mats gold and spray painted the frames a glossy white. I arranged the coins so the different kinds–Danish, EU, UK, and even some from my sister’s time in Africa and my brother’s in Asia–would balance each other.  Some of the coins were quite dingy, especially the 5 cent ones from the EU, so I placed them in a bowl with some hot water, vinegar, and salt to release some of the grime. After I dried them off,  I used my trusty E-600 to adhere the coins to some standard bristol board cut to size.  I had plenty of coins to do two frames. I hung them up in my craft studio as soon as they were dry. They’ve found a much better home now than their previous jar prison  in the back of my desk!

Happy crafting! -Olivia

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Porcelain Thimble Jewelry Display

Porcelain Thimble Jewelry Display

I used to collect porcelain thimbles in grade school.  Odd, I know.  I can’t quite remember why I started–they have no real function, are sort of hard to find (due to their HUGELY popular status-hahaha no), and are too small to display well in a collection.  I found a pile of them in the back of a drawer a while ago and decided they had to be put to good use. I had seen some jewelry displays using bulletin boards and pushpins, but that’s not really my style. I bought a white frame and some embossed scrapbook paper at Michaels. After removing the glass, I jury rigged the thimbles to some cardboard backing with TONS of Gorilla superglue and thumbtacks.

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I had been looking for an interesting-shaped frame to fashion into a bulletin board or a memo board where I could jot down ideas or keep track of my crafting To Do list. I found this great picture for a steal. Image

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I dissembled the frame and covered the image in a textured paintable wallpaper. 

I painted it a bright yellow to pop against the purplish gray wall of my craft studio. A coat of primer and a few coats of white spray paint gave new life to the frame.  

After the yellow paint had dried, I used the opposite end of my paint brush to add dots in the shape of a caption symbol.

A quick reassembly later, a stylish, functional dry erase board was born.  

 

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Brochette Quilt

I finally finished my first quilt! I used Joel Dewberry’s Notting Hill line and a few additional patterns. The final size measures about 80″x60″–large enough to snuggle under the couch and still can cover the top of a double bed. Being my first quilt, I had to learn somewhere. I got a lot of help from a great tutorial from Natalie at Threaded Mess. Hopefully the first quilt of many! Read More →

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Vintage Lamp Meets Handcrafted Shade

I found this lamp base at a thrift store that was in dire need of a rehab. A few coats of spray paint made it shine like new. I made the lamp shade with decorative aluminum sheeting and translucent plastic. A large Edison bulb pulled the whole item together!

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