Red Rooster Show

We’ve been working hard preparing for our weekend event in New Braunfels, TX. If you’re in the area, we’d love for you to stop by and say hello.

Red Rooster

Red Rooster- 971 W. San Antonio St.

Ingrid & Lucy

Children’s Park Bench

A few times a month, our favorite thrift shop will discount its furniture by 50%. It was on one of these special occasions that we came across this adorable children’s park bench. The size caught our attention and we fell in love with the animal detail on the back. The bench needed some repair- the wood was greying and begged for some luster.  We unscrewed each wooden plank and sanded, revealing the surprisingly great condition of each piece.  Using Rustoleum wood stain, we layered a new look onto each plank.  With the plastic animal backing now separate from the bench, we coated it with a yellow Valspar spray paint.

Now, if only we could get our hands on a bit of Alice’s shrinking potion……

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Ingrid & Lucy

Today’s Special: The Invention of Living

In two short weeks, we will be showcasing some of our creations and favorite finds at a trade show in New Braunfels, Texas.  Planning and organizing for this event has been loads of fun. We’ve been reading up on trade shows and finding ways to make our display attractive and unique.  We decided to create an A-frame sidewalk sign—just like the ones we stare down, tummies grumbling, deciding on lunch.  We designed it in our minds and made mental modifications– but because we are not licensed, professional sidewalk sign makers, we seemed to come across some complications almost every time.  Our answer came last month when Ingrid scored a Playskool easel at a yard sale for $5.00!  After a thorough clean up, we spray painted the entire piece in Valspar’s tropical foliage. Our initial plan was to screw the sheets of metal to the plastic, but reverting to our lack of training in sidewalk sign making, we decided on industrial strength Velcro instead—(hmmmm…wonder what else we can “fix” with industrial strength Velcro?!) We added our spray painted magnetic letters and– ta-dah! We love the end result and can’t wait to display it!

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Ingrid & Lucy

From Green To Glam: Patio Chairs Reinvented

The brightness of summer is slowly fading. With school zones flashing away and stores beginning to stock their pumpkins (a bit prematurely, in our opinion), we bid farewell to the long summer days.  In Texas, however, it’s patio season most of the year.  When the weather is bearable, we love being outdoors—on the covered patio, in the garden, or recently, in Ingrid’s new hammock!  Right around this time, the patio furniture starts to go on clearance.  Unless we find an absolute steal, we still love sticking to our trusty thrift stores!  These green chairs were crying out for help when we spotted them.  They begged us to take them home and promised to look beautiful after a bit of cleaning and paint.  They definitely did not disappoint!

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Ingrid & Lucy

Three Step Thursdays

We managed to take a plain jar from ordinary to vibrantly vivacious in three easy steps! We found these adorable little animals in our craft supplies and transformed two jars with only spray paint and hot glue.  Check out our new candy jars! We also think it’s a great “back to school” gift idea- perfect for those special hardworking teachers…

Animal Jars 1

1.  After cleaning jars, spray paint tops and any small plastic toy

Animal Jars 2

2. Once jar top and plastic toy have dried completely, place a small amount of hot glue to bottom of the toy and adhere to lid.

Animal Jars 3.1

3.  Fill with… (insert your idea here)

Ingrid & Lucy

how do ya like them apples?

Most of our posts and projects have a bit of a recurring theme—simplicity.  For us, crafting and cooking is a time to unwind and think about little else.  Although we do enjoy the bigger projects, we love keeping it simple and finding beauty in the unexpected.  We found these fruit magnets and it brought a nostalgic feeling of Ingrid’s godparent’s home.  Remember this fruity fridge decor?  And, you guessed it….spray paint!  Such a simple idea created a bold new look.  For these we used a metallic silver Krylon paint.

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Ingrid & Lucy

Three Step Thursdays

We’re so excited it’s Thursday again! In this week’s project, we are taking a glass bowl and giving it a brand new look with our three simple steps.  We found this  clear glass “fishbowl” at a thrift store and have been so anxious to experiment with our new frosted spray paint.  So without further adieu, we present…….The Frosted Fishbowl!

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1. Clean glass thoroughly and dry

   frosted fish bowl 2

     2. With painter’s tape, create desired pattern on glass

frosted fish bowl 3

3. Spray frosted paint and allow to dry before removing tape.

Ingrid & Lucy

Let your light shine!

Whenever we have a few minutes to spare between appointments, we love sneaking into thrift stores or our local Habitat for Humanity store.  We found these adorable 1980s wall sconces straight out of Blanche Devereaux’s home, and snatched them up for next to nothing at H for H.  The bright white orbs were calling out to Ingrid who was already envisioning the possibilities. Our original thought was to rewire and create a simple pattern by drilling small holes. After processing the logistics of this task, we thought it would be better (and much easier) if, we painted them instead. As we removed the wires, a small bulb appeared over Lucy’s head, who suggested that turning the wall sconces into planters seemed more intriguing.  If you haven’t yet noticed, we love our spray paints…and for this project we chose a gold and pink combo.   We first sprayed them gold, let them dry, and then applied different sized circle stickers to each. We then sprayed the pink and removed the stickers. Unfortunately, some of the sticker residue remained on the sconces so we had to carefully remove it without damaging the paint. In retrospect, before applying any sticky material to a newly painted surface, we will spray a protective coating and allow it to completely dry.  Being the semi perfectionists that we are, it was a little difficult for us to overlook the sticky situation.  After chatting about it for a bit, it became a great lesson for us!  We’re learning to look beyond imperfections and just enjoy the beauty of our creations!

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Ingrid & Lucy

Personalized Pin Board

Framed cork boards have been spotted all over Pinterest lately, inspiring us to create our own.  We love seeing all the unique takes on this office must have.  After removing the glass and backing, we cleaned off the frame and lightly sanded.  Then we spray painted the frame and patiently allowed it to dry completely (for this project, we used Krylon in Global Blue).  We then cut the cork board and fabric to size, using the frame’s original backing to measure.  We covered the cork with our bright floral fabric and carefully hot glued the edges. So as not leave all the excitement in the front of the board, we livened up the back by adding some fun contact paper before putting the frame back together. Add some cute pins and…ta-dah! we’ve given new life to a frame that was yearning for a dramatic change!

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corkboard 2

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Ingrid & Lucy