Remote Control Outlets

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So this post was going to be about my christmas decorations, but my digital camera’s battery won’t take a charge AGAIN and my iPad camera just won’t cut it for the pictures I want.  So while I wait for Amazon to ship my new battery, I will share about this great little invention I stumbled upon while at Lowes looking for replacement C9 bulbs.  I am always sick of climbing under the tree to plug it in.  We had a button that you stepped on at one point to turn it on and that broke or is now MIA.  For $20, I got 3 outlet adapters that you just plug in to your regular outlet.  Each adapter has 2 plug-ins and you get 1 remote control to turn on/off all 3!  Right now I have our tree and our front candle lights plugged into one and I will have my kitchen lights plugged in to the other 2.  Now I can easily turn the lights on and off with the remote!  It is so nice and super easy, no timers to figure out either or that don’t work right!

Just a preview of my christmas decorations:

My silver chalkboard platter: (pardon the quality it was an iPad shot)

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A Thrift Store Find: C9 Christmas Lights – Thank You Best Friends!

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Yes I know I have been really slacking on the blog posts but I hope to remedy that soon with some new exciting posts. To start with today I got a wonderful bargain on a box of C9 colored Christmas lights from Best Friend’s thrift store in Potsdam. Those of you that don’t know about this store, it is to benefit the Potsdam Animal Shelter. they do get some really interesting stuff too! Be sure to visit and like their Facebook page to receive updates on sales, free items and interesting new items. Anyways back to my bargain, without knowing how many were in the box or even if they worked I paid $3.00 for them all.

Upon going through the box initially expecting a huge mess of knotted up lights, I was pleasantly surprised. There were 14 strands varying length and all but 1 set worked. Now don’t worry safety people I’m going to do a thorough check of all the strands before l use them for any projects. The one not working set may only need a new fuse. I really only wanted the lights for the stringers as a new c9 stringer runs anywhere from $12 – $15. Quite a few of the bulbs were out on some strands, but plan to replace the bulbs with clear c9 bulbs, possibly round ones and make something like this:

I found this wonderful tutorial on the Ruffled Wedding Blog for Vintage Marquee Lights! It seems easy enough and a could be a total upcycled project. Watch for my upcycled version of this tutorial using cardboard and cereal boxes!

I also got another great deal on 6 sets of plain white regular Christmas mini lights for a dollar and all of those sets worked. The BF even said I got a good deal! The c9 lights updated with clear bulbs and the mini lights will be gorgeous for a wedding and all for $4!

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Pinterest Success: Recycled Star Jar Candleholder

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Another Pinterest find that I just had to try.  I had several small metal candle holders I had gotten probably over 10 years ago that have star cut outs that I just love.  I had been trying to figure out a way to create my own and had a duh moment when I saw a pin that you just used the cheap foil star stickers on a jar (I used a pickle jar) and then spray paint over it.  This is exactly what I did, I just used gold paint!

I just tied a piece of twine around the top for added decoration!  If you are really a recycler like me, you can keep the star stickers after peeling them off and reuse them on your next jar!
Next time I may try to do a gold mercury glass feel!
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Life on a Silver Platter – My Upcycled Chalkboard Platter

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After seeing something similar in a Pottery Barn catalog well over a year ago, I have been biding my time and keeping my eyes open while at thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales for the perfect platter.  I found this lovely large silver plated platter at North Country Neighbors in downtown Potsdam   for only $10!

The platter was tarnished when I got it, but all it took was a little elbow grease with a polishing cloth and now it shines!  All I did was paint a layer of white paint as a base in the center of the platter and then 3 layers of chalkboard paint.  Then I glued a long piece of beautiful red rose scrap fabric, with super strong permanent glue and as of this morning it was still hanging on the wall!

It is hanging right next to my dining room table and will be a wonderful place to highlight holiday/birthday messages!  
I love it so much I may have to head back and pick up one of the smaller platters to make another!

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DIY Chicken Wire Frame Tutorial

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I kept seeing this pin on Pinterest.  Which was basically just a link to a photo, no instructions how to make it or anything like that.  I have had an old frame kicking around the house from a friend.  It originally had a broken corner, that I glued back together but I still couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it.

Last night, I decided to attempt my own chicken wire frame.  Basically I cut my chicken wire a little bigger than the hole in the frame (I was able to cut mine with scissors).   If your chicken wire is in a roll like mine you will have to kind of pull and stretch it out to flatten it.  Then secure with thumb tacks!

If you don’t have a loop in the chicken wire you may want to wrap some of the excess around the tack.

Finally, secure whatever you would like to on it, using strong magnets or clothespins!

Check back later this week, I will have a tutorial on how to make the lovely little book page flower in the lower right hand corner!

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Recycled Jack Daniel’s Bow Headband Tutorial

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My friend, Mandy and I are guest bar tending this Saturday, March 31st at The Ole Smokehouse in Madrid to benefit Relay for Life.  The event starts at noon with different bar tenders every hour.  It is a lot of fun, teams dress up and have themes and its for a great cause so if you can, stop by and check it out.  Mandy and I are the last ones from 5 – 6.

Inspired by the challenge I created these Jack Daniel’s Bow Headbands made from the box that the 4-pack comes in! I tried to use the Jack Daniels Aluminum bottles but they are just to thick to be bent into a bow.

Anyways this could be done with any cardboard or soda can box, such as Coca-cola or food boxes.  You easily could cover the box with scrap book paper for a pretty design as well.

So here they are:

Supplies needed:
Cardboard boxes with design you like
Scissors
Clothespin
Glue
Headband (I was lucky I found some at walmart on clearance, 5 for $1)

 Step 1: Cut a section of the box apart with the design you want on the front of the bow is in the center and double the size of the bow you want.  Ex.  If you want a 3″ bow make sure you have 6″ to work with.

Step 2:  Cut a strip the width you want your bow.  Make sure again the design you want on the front f your bow is centered.

Step 3: Gently fold over the two ends, centering your design on the front of the bow.  You DO NOT want to put creases in the ends or your bow will be flat!  You can put a dot of glue on the back to hold this as well, but its not necessary.

Step 4:  Cut a strip long enough to wrap around your bow to make the center portion.  Again make sure the design you want to appear on top is centered.  In this case we want to see the words “Old No. 7”.

Step 5:  Fold small strip cut in step 5 over the bow and secure with glue and hold tightly with clothespin until dry.

Step 6:  Once it is dry, glue it to the desired location on the headband and hold with clothespin until dry.  I normally try to glue mine a little to the side.

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DIY Giant Whimsical Paper Flowers

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I am not sure if I mentioned this in my previous blogs, but I am maid of honor in 2 weddings this spring and I have truly enjoyed being able to put my crafty side to work creating again.  Not that I don’t enjoy bed springs and recycling, but sometimes you just need to do something different.

I originally found this tutorial on Pinterest, the pin was from the Design Sponge website but the flowers were created by Ruche.  Which if you are in love with all things vintage and have never been to Ruche, check it out they have beautiful clothes and decorative items. It is one of my favs!

Anyways so I followed the tutorial, but have a few notes on how I altered it for my creations.

1.  When you are filling your cups with the cement make sure you have at least 3/4 of a cup, this will make them strong enough to hold up taller flowers.  My current ones are about 1/2 a cup and definitely won’t hold flowers any taller than the ones I’m showing (about 4′ tall).   I had to have a quick lesson from the BF in how to use quickcrete and strongly suggest before putting any cement powder in your cups add a tiny bit of water to the bottom, it definitely helps in the mixing process.

2.  Instead of using stucco corner, I used chicken wire, which we had out in the barn (so I guess this is an element of recycling)  It worked great and I didn’t have to wire it closed I just bent it to the stem shape and taped it with masking tape.

3.  Lastly, my flower tops are different b/c I attempt to make one like theirs and failed!  Well not completely, but I didn’t like the end result.   It is very difficult to tape the flowers together b/c tape and tissue paper do not work well together.  If it sticks, it rips!  So I decided to use five sheets of tissue paper and create blossoms like I used in my phone book flowers.  So much easier and created giant blooms!  I also made the wire “stem” of my flower long enough that I just stick it in the large chicken wire stem and cover it, no zip ties needed.

4.  For my centers, I took a darker purple tissue paper and cut it up with my fringe scissors, sprayed the centers with spray glue and dropped it on!  Spray glue may also be a good option for glueing the green tissue paper to the masking tape, as using plain white glue is very time consuming.

The finished result:

They remind me of the giant singing flowers from Alice in Wonderland, while the BF says the remind him of the flowers that come up through the pipes on Super Mario.  Either way excellent bridal shower, wedding or even to decorate your little girl’s room!

Enjoy!

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Vintage Soda Crate Re-Do

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Sorry for the lack of blogs lately, I was so burnt out after Christmas I am now finally getting back to making a few things here and there.  Last week, I was sick of my vintage soda crates b/c the cubbies in them were so dark, you could barely see what items I had in them.  I had an old copy of Alice in Wonderland I had found at a library sale and everyone knows how much I love it!  So I took the pages out of it and glued them to cardboard from cereal box and put the cereal box in the back of the soda crate. They turned out so cute!

I like the crates so much better, you can see the colorful decorations I have in them even better.  I actually made some changes as well.  I have a ton of old wooden thread spools and to give them a pop of color I wrapped embroidery floss around them so they look original!

I also took some scrap fabric I had, ripped into into strips and wrapped it around some of the larger spools I had.

The heart shaped lock below is one of my latest finds at an antique shop in Lake Placid.  It is in working condition and has a great decorative key!  I love old locks, I am always on the look out for them!

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New decoration sets just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Sorry I have been a little lax with my blogging lately, I have been super busy.  I was in Pittsburgh all last week for a Google Analytics and Adwords training as well as working on finishing my Master’s degree in Information Technology to graduate in Spring 2012!

But somewhere I found some time to make these two lovely decoration sets.

Wreath & Set – $32.00
Just the Set – $12.00
Wreath & Set – $32.00
Just the Set – $12.00

Hopefully I will find more time to blog some great tutorials next week!  Have a great weekend!
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New Recycled Book Page Banners Added to my Shop!

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I got a wonderful set of scalloped heart dies for my Epic 6 Die Cutting Machine and the largest size heart is the perfect size for banners!  So I made 3 this weekend to add to my shop!  Hand-stamped in red and strung on twine, they are an adorable vintage style Valentine’s Day decoration!  Check them out!

“Amore” Banner – $10.00

I also do custom banners, in whatever color, saying or shape you would like for $2.00 a letter.  That includes stringing it.  
Enjoy!

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