One night a while back I decided it was finally time to tackle my little chest of drawers in the living room. When I get the urge to do something I want to finish it immediately so I always end up using just whatever I have on hand and this was no different.
I started with this below, which had previously been painted all white and had a couple broken handles.
I liked how the white paint had chipped and distressed itself over time and didn't want to loose all of that, so I only painted the drawers.
I used lavender and dark blue acrylic paint I had on hand.
I did one coat of lavender paint, followed by a coat of the deep blue paint. I then sanded the blue paint on the edges here and there to show touches of the lavender underneath.
I replaced the original handles with the brown ones above.
I wanted the handles to pop a bit so I used some white Valspar paint leftover from my kitchen cabinets and did one light stroke across the top highlighting the raised parts of the design.
I let the paint sit for about 15 seconds then used a towel to rub off the excess paint.
Also, I alternated the handles back and forth, with some facing up and some facing down.
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I don't know about you, but I think peacock feathers are one of the most naturally beautiful little things in our world.
I'm quite certain I'm not the only person that feels this way since the top selling items in our shop are the peacock feather headbands and hats.
After finishing some new headbands I had some burlap and lace scraps left laying on the table next to some peacock feathers and had the sudden idea to make some wall art with it all.
I went rummaging through the house trying to find other things to use and by the time I was done I ended up with a cute new little piece to add to my living room.
I took a frame that I had painted in red, then went over it with a watered down coat of white paint. After the white dried I sanded it here and there to show more of the red.
I took the cardboard backing out of the frame and glued a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper onto the center of it.
Since the paper wasn't big enough to cover all the cardboard, I put pieces of burlap over the edges.
(notice the hand of my little helper, she's always there assisting me!)
I then glued a piece of sheet music onto the paper.
I though about staining the paper with tea to give it a more shabby look but decided I wanted to leave it white so it would go with the white frame better.... and to be honest I didn't have the patience to wait on the paper to dry.
The star of the piece, a perfect peacock feather, was then attached with a few dabs of hot glue, followed by a strip of lace across the top corner.
For the finishing touch I stamped some whimsical swirls kind of randomly on the edges of the layout. The stamps and ink were all from "Stampin' Up". The ink worked well on both the paper and burlap.
When I started working on it I had no idea what I wanted to do. Like everything I make I never really start with a plan I just go to throwing things together and hope I end up with something acceptable..... luckily this ended up being perfect for what I was wanting.
In keeping with my love of peacocks, I have to show you my current favorite piece in our shop.....
It's this funky peacock feather hat. The clip detaches and can also be worn directly in hair!
I'm also in love with this one-of-a-kind feather headband I made last week, unfortunately it's already sold (I kinda wish I would of kept it for Felicity now)...
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I love finding a place for new (old) treasures in my home....
I rarely ever go shopping looking for something to go in a specific area and I do not have any particular theme, colors or style I abide by in my home.
I just create and buy what I like then I worry later about where it will go.
A little while back I bought this set of wrapped up shabby books at a craft show from the owner of the Etsy shop Shell's Vintage Charm and I am in love with them - I keep moving them around to different areas until I find their permanent home within my home.
I was recently digging through things at an old junk store in town when I uncovered these old lidded mason jars. They have become the perfect place to store extra lace remnants and embroidery floss that I rarely use.
(the blue heaven platter on the right of the photo was my Great-Grandmother's - I have a couple of them and love putting them out about the house)
I've also been having fun bringing in all kinds of beautiful green tree, bush and flower clippings. I love the fall weather that is coming soon, but I dread not being able to walk out in the yard and find brightly colored green things to bring inside.
Oh, and the chair on the right is new (but actually old) from Goodwill and is undergoing an almost finished makeover that I will be showing soon.
And I have to share this - My husband recently got one of those little children's seats that attaches to the back of his bicycle and Felicity loves it!
I didn't even know they made these anymore until we found it at Wal Mart. Being a very protective Momma it made me very nervous at first. When they rode off I just knew her seat would fall off or they would have some kind of wreck, but I'm learning to let go, relax and try to let her have fun.... even though my stomach does still knot up a little bit every time they ride off.
....and of course I can't forget to plug my shop and the new things that are in it as well.
Glittery Tiger Newborn Headband
"Love Set Free" Brooch
Satin & Glitter Cheetah Headband
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