4 Nov

Freaky Finds

The perfect way to keep husband and children away from the cookies.  Store them in this jar:



3 Nov

Lobster Shoes

In August, we delivered our oldest child to college in New England.  For this very special trip, I made very special shoes.


These were simple canvas shoes from Five Below ($5!) with an iron-on vinyl decal that I cut out using a Silhouette Cameo.  They were a perfect match for my lobster bag (not handmade).


The only thing I missed was a lobster roll!  Ah, well.  Next time!

1 Nov

Kitchen Table Re-do

A few years ago, I picked up this kitchen table from Craigslist.  It was super cheap and super plain.  To make it fit in better, I painted the base an inky blue color and stenciled a compass to the top.  It has been well used in our kitchen.


Lately, I’ve been redesigning the kitchen and there is no place for my table.  Coincidentally, I had a need for a coffee table.  You can see my old coffee table faintly in the background of the above photo.  It was a wrought iron outdoor table that we covered with table cloths.  The table cloths were always dragging to one side or another or half falling off the table.  After seeing the clock coffee table here, I knew just what to do.  It really was a quick transformation — we used a sawzall to cut the base down.  There was also some drilling necessary for the screws that hold the table top.  We made our table a bit taller than most coffee tables because we like to play games and prefer a higher height.  It is just slightly taller than the couch cushions.

Overall, the work took less than a half hour and here are the results:


It was given a work out last night when we hosted a Halloween chili party.  Being larger and slightly taller than the last table, it worked perfectly!

1 Nov

Spooky Corners

This is my favorite decoration of the year — even more than the owl.


This silhouette was made of scrap wood that was hanging in the garage.  The silhouette is, well, me!  I put on a hat, stood in front of the wood and posed.  John traced my figure and exaggerated the nose and chin.  We used a jig saw to cut it out and zapped it with a few coats of spray paint.  She is screwed the the fence and looms over the gate ready to grab whoever passes through!


1 Nov

Thrift Store Score

On my birthday last month, I spent the day doing my favorite thing – thrifting with a friend.  Most of our day was spent looking without finding anything perfect.  Except for lunch.  Lunch was perfect (thanks, Jenn!).  After lunch, I found it — my find of the day.


I have a thing for thrift store paintings and this one caught my eye.  The original price I was quoted was way out of my range.  The clerk consulted with the store manager and he priced it less than a third of the original price.  Score!  The frame was a shiny & fake bronze color.  I spruced it up with some black spray paint and now it lives on my living room wall with other favorite ship paintings.

29 Oct

Spooky Corners

John uncovered this owl when thrifting.


He’s fairly large and I was not interested in him as he’s the kind used to scare away pigeons and they are not really a problem around here.  Silly me.  He had potential for Halloween.  Thankfully, John insisted we bring him home.  We applied spray paint and then drilled out his eyes to replace them with remote controlled lights.


He fit perfectly on top of our broken lamp post.  We used the extra lights in the lamp.  At night, it now looks like this:


I love that the lights are remote controlled since he is up really high.  The lights in the lamp cycle through different colors.  The owls eyes are set to glow red.  He is so cool that I can’t believe I wanted to pass on him.

28 Oct

Freaky Finds

Yes, you can find anything at a thrift store.


Yes, even toilet paper.  It was priced at $1.99 for two rolls.  Not exactly thrifty but, thankfully, does not look used.

27 Oct

Spooky Corners

My front porch:


The pillow was made from fabric in my stash.  I added the witch silhouette with fabric paint and a freezer paper stencil.

7 Oct

Freaky Finds



It is the most souped-up telephone ever!  Not only can you make phone calls with this gilded beauty, but there is a clock, and a music box with a dancing couple.  Also included is a ferris wheel and some spinning, little pixies.  It is decorated with angels, light-up gum drops,  and more gilded plastic than is imaginable!  Oh, and it’s a bedside lamp, too!


5 Oct

Halloween Happenings

October is MY month!  The weather is cooler, my birthday is in the middle of the month, and it’s a celebration of two of my favorite colors – black & orange!  Since I’m a working girl these days, my halloween decorating will happen in smaller spurts around here.  My first super-quick halloween hit is this –


Written on the bathroom wall behind a door.  It can only be read when in the room with the door closed and reflected in the mirror.  What a surprise it will be for anyone washing up!


I’m tempted to change it daily just to keep it interesting around here.

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