Oh, How I Love Old Things!

One of my sisters and I have a mutual love of going “treasure hunting” as the little ones refer to it! We take random drives through town and see what we can spot being wrongfully thrown away (two sets of eyes are always better than one!). I have really been looking for are old windows (I want to make some photo props with them and some shutters I already have). Unfortunately, our search for them hadn’t been turning up anything! That is until a few nights ago when I went for a quick trip to the grocery store and on my way home I just couldn’t believe my eyes!! On top of a huge pile of debris was this precious old window you see below!! It’s like it was just waiting for me to come get it!! And get it I did!! 😀

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It’s too small for the project I had in mind but it is perfect to place above my desk! Oh, what a joy it is to find things you didn’t even know you needed!! So, I got to making some changes around my desk. I was delighted to add  some of my milk glass pieces!

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First, I intended to do a dry erase board with the window. I added fabric to the middle pane and had the idea of adding corkboard over the other panes. But I already have that shutter that I used as a message/inspiration board. And what I’d really been wanting was a chalkboard in my little space. So, I dug my favorite chalkboard out of my photo props and hung it over the window. Then, I added a yearly birthday and anniversary calendar because I’m not really good at keeping up with everyone’s birthday! >.< I also added some tissue paper pom poms above my desk area and a couple of simple accessories. The personalized calendar is from here.

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On my shutter memo board I have meaningful little notes and photos. I also proudly display the thank you notes I get from people who’ve been the recipients of some of my homemade gifts! Here’s my favorite thank you note and my most favorite milk glass piece, as well!! Aren’t both so pretty?
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I’m thinking of maybe adding some floating shelves but I’m really enjoying the simplicity of my little space as it is.

Thanks for stopping by, you guys!!

 

 

 

P.S. I just noticed I watermarked my photos with the URL to my writing blog! I apologize for that, let’s just say I had a very long day!! >.<

From Trash To Treasures

Crafting is therapeutic for me and lately I’ve been creating a lot of stuff but I haven’t had a chance to post anything because I’ve been pretty busy so I’m just going to post a lot of it in this one post. I don’t say this lightly, please prepare for a picture overload! 😉

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I found those shutters at a yard sale (at only $4 for the PAIR!) and snatched them as soon as I saw them!! I painted them and hung my book page rosette wreath on them. I am in looove with them! You can see them better in the picture at the bottom of this post with the mirror on the opposite side of them.

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I also have an unexplainable love for milk glass and I collect it (I’m secretly hoping that I will eventually have enough of it so that I can use it to make the center pieces when I have a wedding but don’t tell anyone)!! 😉 Can you believe I have never paid more than $2 per item?

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I also have a fetish for chalkboards and I found that shelve in a pile of trash. I painted the chalkboard over some roosters and I sprayed painted the wood and distressed it a little and now it hangs in my kitchen.

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I’d also been wanting to sew some pillow covers for a while and I finally built up the courage when I found an almost brand new white sheet at my local thrift shop.

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I made a couple of them from the white sheet and some plain ones from drop cloth to complement them.

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Another one of my fetishes is for coffee filters and I made these two pom poms using two different techniques and I absolutely love them both!

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And then there’s another curbside treasure that I rescued; that lovely mirror! I painted and distressed it and now it hangs in my dining room.

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I’ve also discovered a newfound love for grapevine wreaths and I’m really enjoying the simplicity of that wreath I hung on my bedroom door.

And last but not least I present to you one of my most precious finds!! That lovely window that I found in a trash pile a few months ago (like seriously, who in their right mind throws away a window?! Lol!). I’m thinking of doing something else with it but for the time being it sits on my night stand! Isn’t it just lovely?
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I’m sorry if I overwhelmed you with all these pictures and please don’t hate me but I’ve got more things to post. I will do so as soon as I get a chance to snap some decent shots of them!! 😉 Let’s just say I found a smaller window and now my desk area is getting a make over to incorporate it so I can look at it when I sit here and blog because I love old things that much!!

Thank you for bearing with me, I hope you guys are having a wonderful night!

-Mari