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Valentine Art Heart Tartlets

I love hunting at estate sales and garage sales. Several years ago, I found these heart-shaped Swedish Tartlet pans. They are small and perfect for assemblage projects. My first project was created using Cranberry Alcohol Ink in the center since this particular tin had some scratches in the finish. I placed three drops of the […]

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Vintage Monopoly Wooden House Coaster

I love treasure hunting at estate and garage sales. You can find amazing vintage treasures but the best part is making something unexpected out of these treasures. Using vintage, wooden Monopoly house pieces, I made a drink coaster. I liked the geometric shape of these houses and as I was moving around the pieces on my […]

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Recycled Denim Basket

In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to create something that involved recycling {instead of upcycling or repurposing} so I dug through my stash of supplies for an idea. I love reusing fabric so I found a pair of old jeans that I had saved and decided to recycle the denim. I made a lined denim […]

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Pasadena and Santa Barbara Vintage Shopping

We haven’t been to an estate sale in several months. Yesterday we decided to do a day trip to Santa Barbara starting with an early morning estate sale in Pasadena. I love hunting for unusual things that can be upcycled into art. At the Pasadena estate sale we found as old kitchen scale and some unique glass […]

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Repurposed Industrial Floor Lamp

What do you get when you find an old surveyor’s tripod at an estate sale and an industrial stage light at a flea market several years later? You get a really nice floor lamp of course.

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Typewriter Keys Wall Art

Welcome to the Designer Craft Connection March Blog Linkup. The theme is Popular Posts. I decided to do a new post about DIY Home Decor because it is such a popular topic. I created giant typewriter keys using the metal lids from frozen apple juice cans. I am always looking for ways to recycle elements and […]

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Stamped Easter Eggs

Welcome to my first project during National Craft Month. I wanted to begin with a fun Easter project. I love the technique of applying a pretty printed napkin on eggs but I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to use. So I decided to find a way to stamp and color my own design on an egg. I started with my […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Upcycled Decor – Flashback

I have so much fun making something pretty out of objects that would normally be considered useless. A few years ago I had thrifted a box of silver-toned, mis-matched sugar bowl lids at a garage sale. They are quite decorative and made perfect little display stands for some St. Patrick’s Day Paper Rosettes.

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Handmade Holiday Ornament Exchange – Dream Catcher

This is the third handmade Ornament that I made for my sister. We base our ornament theme on the anniversary gift suggestion and this year it was Leather {traditional} or Crystal {modern}. We also added a twist this year because we both bought old player piano rolls while thrifting in Las Vegas so we agreed to […]

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Vintage Sheet Music Wreath – Update

Over the years I have thrifted quite a few items that I plan to repurpose into different projects. I alway enjoy when I can create something using only thrifted items that cost so little. This is a wreath that I originally created using $3 of thrifted supplies. This version had vintage silk flowers for a Springtime look […]