Feb 22, 2015

What do you do with old relics?

I found a few things at a moving sale last weekend. One old little relic I picked up that I just love is...
...a copper belt buckle that is still attached to a portion of it's original leather belt.
I nailed it to a white painted piece of old wood. What else would you do with it?
Maybe I could tie it around a candle with rope?
Sometimes things catch my eye that may look like garbage or just strange to some people but this is real copper and real leather. Both elements together? It looks cool to me..I had to take it home.
Put it on a wooden tray with driftwood from Jenny Lake in Yellowstone and a topiary - they compliment each other because of the rustic, natural textures & style of each plus the staggered sizes.
Would you have over looked this at a tag sale?

I like to have my kids find out the value of some of my found treasures. They have fun searching on line to see how much something similar would sell for. Keeps them busy (for two minutes).

Thanks for stopping by to view my junk treasure. :)

Feb 21, 2015

Transferring an Image onto Furniture with Wax Paper

Have you tried transferring an image onto furniture? I have wanted to for so long but it was a little bit out of my comfort zone.
There actually aren't many DIY projects that are out of my comfort zone but I was having a hard time freehand sketching this image onto a little-bity chair that I was refinishing.  Michele at Shelstring Blog inspired me to try transfers when she made THIS project. I didn't have carbon paper but I did have wax paper.
I took that piece of paper and sprayed it with Elmer's adhesive spray and pasted wax paper onto it. (oops! Looks like I even got a piece of my hair in between the two papers - awh well - we're not eating it)
I cut the edges down with my paper cutter so it would feed through the printer.
Right from the printer I laid it on the dry white paint and pressed it down for a minute. Then carefully lifted the wax paper off - I actually could NOT believe it really transferred. I was so excited! The bunnies are softer looking like a pencil sketch but the saying is really the focus of this chair. (the words were done with THIS technique)
Once the ink dried (seemed to take a really long time) I carefully brushed clear satin polycrylic over top the whole seat. If you use polyurethane over white it will yellow.
That finished off my little chair that has been waiting to go up to our shop space for over a month.

HERE'S AN IMPORTANT NOTE: This project was my first time trying this technique and I really didn't read any particular instructions but please see The Graphics Fairy for expert transferring advice and some beautiful graphics ready to print (even reversed!) She's good!!!!

Well... these snow days are really bugging me, I feel like a sunny vacation but instead I'll catch up on Downton Abby laundry.

Enjoy your weekend!

Feb 17, 2015

Jute Ribbon & Lanterns on Scrap Wood

Today is a snow day here in Virginia. It would be sort of fun if we could all carry on "business as usual" but that is not the case. No school, shops closed....etc...
While all the neighborhood kids were getting my foyer floors wet with snow and eating everything in my pantry I lost myself in a craft project.
I bought these lanterns on sale the other day and found some Jute Ribbon at Kirkland's. I used my glue gun to apply two strips of ribbon onto each glass lantern and screwed three random style hooks to a piece of scrap wood. On the back of the scrap wood I used two D rings for hanging the wood and lanterns to the wall.
The lanterns are all the same but the hooks are different.
Each candle is embellished with paper and a key tassel. (post HERE) The paper is applied with Mod Podge and I have used the candles several times. As the candles burn down I have to peel back the paper so it doesn't catch fire.
The hooks are all black but different shapes and styles.
Here are a few more pictures that I will share with you since I am practicing on my photography...
Photography takes way more patience than I would like it to but I am a "project girl" - not a photographer, I will be the first to admit, but it's sort of fun to play around.
Do you like the back drop? It's 8 inch plywood slats painted in a distressed white laying against the wall in my dining room. I would love a room covered in all of it - some day.
Well...we just got the email that tomorrow is another snow day. It's amazing how 8 inches of snow can shut down the whole town here and some of you are drowning in snow up north.

Good luck and be safe where ever you live and happy creating!


Feb 11, 2015

Grain Grinder Candle Sconce

While "pickin" at the Goodwill the other day I found this grain grinder.

Feb 1, 2015

Upcycling Furniture {before and afters}

Don't you love an easy transformation on old items? Paint has been my BFF this weekend! Let me show you some junk that I've "transformed".

Jan 30, 2015

Project Challenge #1, Paint/Stain - Chalk Paint and Dark Wax

Some talented bloggers and I have challenged each other to come up with a unique item/project made with a different product each month.

Jan 24, 2015

Jan 22, 2015

Upcycle a Baby Crib

Do you have a baby crib hanging around from the days of "no sleep"? Well, we had two! For some reason I couldn't get rid of one of them - maybe I was holding onto it for sentimental reasons even though neither of our kids really used them much. (we were those parents that slept with their babies)

Jan 19, 2015

Concrete Top Dresser

At the shop where I rent space to sell my stuff, another vendor had brought in this cute piece of furniture that came with a tri-fold mirror. I wanted the mirror and the price for the set was great.

Jan 15, 2015

Down to Earth Accents - retail space.

Today I remembered to take my camera to the shop where I sell my creations and re-purposed furniture so I could share some pictures of my new space with you.  I love decorating a retail spot because it doesn't have to really function and over decorating is acceptable. :)

Jan 13, 2015

Up-cycle 80's Style Scalloped Wood

Do you go to yard sales, Goodwill stores or flea markets? If so, you probably see old fashioned shelving or boxes with scalloped edges or even heart cut outs on the trim.

Jan 10, 2015

Make a Wood Table Runner

You have seen wooden table runners, right? I love the rustic look of them and how narrow they can be. One of the best features is that the display on top of it can be removed all at once instead of one by one if you like to display more than one item in the middle of your table.

Jan 6, 2015

Down to Earth Style 2014 Favorites

Happy New Year!
I am sure glad 2014 is over! Not to be negative or anything but some years are better than others. Right?

Dec 30, 2014

Old Tray ~ New Chalkboard

Once in a while I like to stop by our Goodwill store. It's always so busy in there. Yesterday I found this old tray.

Dec 28, 2014

Make a Branch Star

One afternoon this winter I brought home some small branches from my walk with Mazi...

Dec 27, 2014

A Shutter Headboard

When my parents came to stay with us for Thanksgiving I needed to put a guest bedroom together pronto!

Dec 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Card Display

This year I was able to get a family Christmas card together and sent out to all our family and friends. I am always so touched by the Christmas cards we receive. I enjoy seeing updated photos of our friends.

Dec 22, 2014

My Christmas Village

My sweet mom painted a whole Christmas village for each one of my brothers and sisters and I. Each year on Thanksgiving she would present each of us with one hand painted house, school, church or antique shop to add to our collection. I have fifteen!

Dec 18, 2014

Dec 12, 2014

Make a Sturdy Wooden Bench {instructions}

I like to make simple pieces of furniture. I actually took pictures while making this bench today so I can show you.

Dec 7, 2014

Little Tree on the Porch

Do you love little candles on a Christmas tree? I think the idea is so super sweet but, of course, who could keep them lit up? 
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