Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Cupcakes ~

So just in case you need that last minute treat idea for you Halloween evening, here is what the kiddos and I have been working on this morning for their party.

All you need is a box of cupcake mix, some frosting 
and then load those babies up with some spooky candy.

Candy, candy, candy...

Spooky indeed!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween's Past ~

I thought it would be fun to show some past projects for a little Halloween inspiration. Plus, I haven't had the time to really even get into Halloween this year!

Super yummy Caramel Apples

And I still love the look of white pumpkins and tarnished silver...

How is your Halloween spirit this year?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Show Re-Cap ~

Wow, it is amazing how much work and energy goes into a show! 
It is official, one can finally walk through my craft room again...
Can you say glitter and burlap?

Here are a some shots from our booth at the show.

But first, her is a photo of my Mom and I the first night in our aprons (the theme for the night)...

Cindy from Haley's Cottage had this dreamy bed.
we joked that we could have "rented" it out for was that dreamy!

And her fabulous clothes.

A few shots of Room to Inspire...yes, my Mom and I...

Some great bras that DiDi was selling...the Coobie Bra...every heard of it? Apparently they are sooo comfy. I am getting one for sure! I just wanted an excuse to see her store Belle Provence.

Some amazing jewelry from Tippy Stockton...lovely. 
I am actually wearing my new favorite earrings of hers today!

It was fun and I meet a ton of great it is time to rest!!
Oh, and my friend Melaine from My Sweet Savannah had a fabulous booth, I am sure she will have photos up soon.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Upcoming Show ~

I am super excited to be participating in the upcoming Ruffles & Rust show! 
I will be joining my friend Cindy from Haley's Cottage...lovely store!

If you can make it, print off this ticket and save $3 on your entry fee.
And if you want to attend Friday night, you can purchase tickets at Haley's Cottage in Kirkland.
Needless to say - I am covered in paint, have blisters from my hot glue and can't seem to find enough hours in the day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Printables ~

Halloween | Inspiration

Do you "boo" your neighbors?
My kiddos love the tradition and decided they wanted to be the ones who started it this year. We always find cute containers (Target is always awesome) and fill it with yummy treats and add a few extras...glow sticks, pencils, stickers, vampire teeth!

So I found these adorable printables from TomKat Studio and had to share.

Be sure to head over to her site to download these babies!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Salvage-Style Projects Givewaway Winners ~

I hope you all are having a fantastic Friday! 

I am happy to announce the 3 winners of Salvage-Style Projects by Amy R. Hughes.

2. Patti from Pandora's Box
3. Merrilee from Lilliedale

Okay Ladies, I will be in contact!

I hope you all have an inspired weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

DIY Pumpkins ~

Halloween | Inspiration

I am sure you have all seen these fantastic pumpkins from
but had to post them just in case

I just love them.

Vampire Tools and Materials

Thumbtack or pin
Small white pumpkin (For a big bite, choose a 
small pumpkin so the plastic vampire teeth seem huge)
Miniature saw
Plastic vampire teeth
Small red map tacks
Mouth template 

Vampire Pumpkin How-To

  1. Print mouth template
  2. Lay template on pumpkin, and poke thumbtack through, 
  3. all along outline, to transfer design. Cut out with saw; remove excess flesh.
  4. Wedge teeth into hole.
  5. For eyes, pin map tacks onto pumpkin.
  6. Fangs, Map pins, 1/8 inch, 
  7. in Red;

Bat Tools and Materials

  • Black construction paper
  • Small white pumpkin
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Wing template

Bat How-To

  1. Print wing template.
  2. Trace onto construction paper and cut out.
  3. Fold down flat ends of wings 1/4 inch, 
  4. and attach folded edge to pumpkin with hot glue.

 If you haven't already, be sure to enter my Salvage-Style Projects Giveaway!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

DIY Wine Tag ~

DIY Card| Inspiration

I thought I would show you a fun way to personalize your next wine gift. 

Have I told you how much I love wine? 
Yes, to infinity and beyond!
No kidding.

Here are the supplies you will need. 
I am guessing, like me, you have everything on hand.
I decided to stick to the black, white and pink theme.

Simply add the ribbon and tie onto your lovely bottle of wine.
Lovely indeed.

This is a super easy way to personalize a bottle of wine!
I am lovin' the bling...especially for a 40th Birthday Party.

If you haven't already, be sure to enter my 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Review, Interveiw & Giveaway ~

I was super excited when I got the chance to review Salvage-Style Projects! 
The author, Amy R. Hughes is an editor at The Old House and a fellow DIYer.
This book is full of great project ideas and tons of inspiration.

As you guys know, I love crusin' around the salvage shops here in Seattle, and typically come house with a few great finds. But sometimes those great finds have simply moved from store to my garage...can you relate? This book is a great inspiration for turning those great salvage pieces into functional pieces.
I was also super excited to interview Amy to better understand her salvage-style.
I understand your love of re-purposing salvage supplies came from your parents. What part of the process initially inspired you?
The mystery of old things. My mom, a serial house-hunter, used take me to these incredible wrecks that she wanted to buy and restore. One of them was an enormous Tudor that had been damaged by fire, but there was one room that seemed untouched. Its door was locked, and we didn’t have a key. I still wonder what treasure lay behind that door.

I see that you are a self-proclaimed "junker", are you always on the hunt for another great find?
I'm always looking. It drives my husband bananas. He thinks I cook up reasons to visit these quaint little towns just to hit the antiques and junk shops. Things like 'oh, there's a great farmer's market' or 'I think there might be a micro-brewery.' I hate to admit it, but he's right.

Before you set out for a shopping trip, do you have a specific project in mind or do the pieces spark your creativity?
It's a bit of both, but more often I look for things that fill a need. For instance, I recently searched Craigslist for a wood, wall-hung medicine chest to turn into a message center and mail holder for my front entry. I rolled a couple coats of blackboard paint on the door’s front and fitted the inside with cup hooks for keys. It's a real clutter-buster, because it keeps us from tossing stuff on the counter when we come home.

Are there certain salvage supplies you find yourself buying over and over again?
Barn boards, crown molding, baseboards, flooring, door and window casing; I integrate this old wood into so many reuse projects.

In the book you talk about how to spot a fake, do you ever purchase pieces and end up having to donate them back? 
I’m pretty good at telling the difference between an original and a reproduction, so I have yet to return anything. But that’s not to say I haven’t knowingly bought a repro. Some architectural antiques are so expensive that you’d have to be a Robber Baron to buy them. Garden ornaments are like that. I actually bought a used, but not super old, cast iron urn to turn into a fountain. The genuine article would have cost $700 or $800, compared with the $150 I spent.  

What is your favorite reclaimed project to date?

It would have to be the headboard I made out of a paneled wood door. I avoided this project for so long because I thought it had been done to death. But it turned out to be the piece I am most proud of. I tried to make it a little different than what I had seen before, adding sconce lights to the ends and topping it with solid crown molding that closely matched the door’s aged white oak. I’m no finish carpenter, but I kind of felt like one the day I finished that piece.   
Do you have a dream project? Is there a "Holy Grail" piece you continue to hunt for?
I've been hunting for a 1930 or 40s American Standard Ming Green farmhouse kitchen sink with double drain boards. It's exceptional—the kind of thing you build a room around. We featured one in a story I produced for This Old House magazine. Truth is, I found one. But I won’t reveal my source because I still have to pick it up.


Which one of your 22 great projects featured in your book, would you recommend for someone who is a bit timid about taking on a salvage project?
That message center is really handsome and easy to make. If you’re comfortable with a paint roller and screwdriver, you can do it. Even better, let me help. The step-by-step is in my book.

This book is now on sale wherever books are sold for $16.95.

Now, not only do I now get to add this great book to my shelf, but
3 of my lucky readers will also receive a copy!

Oh, yes - it is giveaway time! 
To be entered in receiving this book for your collection,
simply leave me a comment and a winner will be 
randomly picked this Friday!

Thank you This Old House and Amy R. Hughes for letting me review this book!


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