Oh, fall weather…..how we miss your cool breezes and rainy days! Summer has been great to us, but enough with the hot, sticky weather. Just the other day, we were chatting on the phone about the beauty of fall. It’s invigorating, energizing, and we even seem to breathe better! Fall is like another spring for us….it brings newness to our world and everything seems to be perfect this time of year. Our individual collections of scarves could quite possibly put a clown’s show to shame. We’ve both cut back on shopping since we seem to pass our things back and forth a few times before they end up in the donation bag (tell that to 13 year old Ingrid and 15 year old Lucy and they’d never believe it!) On a random trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, we stopped into a boutique to browse. We spotted a gorgeous yarn scarf—price tag: $40. Immediate sister reaction: we can totally make these. So we did. Now, please hurry, fall, we want to show you our new accessories!
We’ve mentioned our upcoming trade show in a few posts—and can’t believe it’s almost here! This Saturday, we will be at the Red Rooster in New Braunfels, Texas with 15 or so other vendors. This past weekend, we spent lots of time organizing and planning the final details. We’ve collected some fabulous pieces and our projects are ready to meet some great new people! Today, we’d like to share a preview of some of our finds. These photos show snippets of our vintage kitchen collection. On Wednesday, we will be posting the full photos with descriptions. For now, can you guess what any of these items are?
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……
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!
Mexico is a beautiful country- rich with culture, history, and art. Living in south Texas, we see Mexican influence everywhere–from food to décor. The traditional bright colors and patterns used in pottery, clothing, and furniture have a way of cheering up even the gloomiest day. We snatched up this “Virgen de Guadalupe” at a thrift store, and decided to dust off the acrylics. The Virgen de Guadalupe image is seen all over Mexico, and is a huge part of the Mexican culture and Catholic faith. The wood work is gorgeous and looks handmade; however, we decided the browns were entirely too drab! She appears to be very pleased with her new bright colors and design….
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!
We put the spray paints aside for this week’s installment of TST. A few weeks ago, while perusing through the children’s books at a new thrift shop, we found some classics we couldn’t pass up. With a few projects in mind, we decided to try our first idea on Three Step Thursday. This project reflects our three favorites: simple, frugal, & unique. Create a gorgeous gallery wall in a nursery or kid’s room, and inspire children to see the beauty of written words…
“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond”
1. Select your frame and picture book
2. Measure and trim the edges of the page to fit your frame
3. Using double sided tape to adhere, align the paper and put the frame back together.