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Sep 30, 2011 - Recycle & Reuse    9 Comments

Stamp Covered Guitar Case

When I was thrifting as a high school student in So. Cal. , I came across a guitar and case.  I purchased it for $30 and thought I'd learn to play.  First I needed to add my own touch to the case.  I had seen an old suitcase covered in stamps at an antique shop in Pacific Beach earlier that year loved it.  This case would be the perfect canvas for a similar treatment. I began tearing all of the stamps off any mail that came into our home.  At the time, my sister was serving an LDS mission in Portugal so I collected all of her stamps too.  A pen pal in Finland who knew I was collecting stamps began helping too.  When ever he would send a letter, he would pack it with a bunch of small denomination stamps.  Then my sweet friend Jonie's grandmother passed away, and Jonie donated her grandmother's stamp collection to me! Read more [...]
Sep 27, 2011 - Recycle & Reuse    5 Comments

Union Jack

Shh, don't tell anyone, but I have an obsession for another's flag...the UK's Union Jack.  It dates back to the 1800's from the union of Great Briton and Ireland.  The colors may be the same as the USA flag, but the design, in my opinion, is far superior.  I especially love it for interior design.  Here are a few creations I found on Pinterest that inspired my latest creation: Cashmere Sweater (apparently sold out, bummer) Union Jack Dresser Union Jack Coffee Table Union Jack on Wood Boards I love the creative colors! (I couldn't find the brilliant creator anywhere) I searched all over my house for a place I could slap up the Union Jack flag as if it were my own.  That's when I remembered an old table I bought at DI 10 years ago.  It is a two sided drop down bistro size table.  At that time I was Read more [...]
Sep 20, 2011 - Printables, Recycle & Reuse    13 Comments

Numbered Chest of Drawers

A few years ago, well 11 to be exact, we lived in a great little apartment in Bountiful, UT.  We had super fun neighbors that we would do stuff with as married couples all the time.  There was a Down East Home (an outlet that sells returned catalog items including PB) about a block away and believe me, we frequented it often.  I have stocked my house from many a deals from that DEH.  One day they had a "tent" sale where everything was out in the parking lot.  It was about 3pm and not much had sold.  I found a chest of drawers that I was interested in,  It was "distressed" and it was missing a drawer on the top right side.  I did my usual fiddling with and realized that the top three drawers were interchangeable.  I decided that when I got home I could paint it black and put a basket in the middle and it would look Read more [...]
Sep 18, 2011 - Lighting, Recycle & Reuse    6 Comments

Paper Pendant Shade

My dad was building a house and put this cute pendant/chandelier in the entry.  The house was almost finished when a finish carpenter accidentally rammed his ladder into the light fixture!  The glass on 3 sides shattered.  With no glass and no ability to order more from the lighting company, he asked if I wanted it.  Oh yea, I wanted it.  I knew I could figure something out.  Well, time passed and the chandelier collected dust.  I thought I'd hang it with out glass and it might look OK.  Then in a major house clean out I thought I'd see what I could sell it for on KSL (our local "better than" Craigslist).  AS I was typing the description I suggested that the purchaser could use paper to make a shade.  Why didn't I think of that?  Oh wait, I did.  After zero interest on KSL I decided to take my own advice.  Read more [...]
Sep 17, 2011 - Recycle & Reuse    25 Comments

Chevron Rug Tutorial

I have been wanting a kilim or dhurrie rug for quite some time now.  I have eyed the ones at Pottery Barn, West Elm, Sundance Catalog, even neighbors.  Unfortunately my budget doesn't have room for any of those right now.  So after some thought, I decided to convert a rug that I already have into a "dhurrie style" rug.   I have seen other bloggers paint a rug, but with my dirty little munchkins I have to be able to throw it in a washer and know it will be clean!  So searched for another solution.  This is my Chevron Rug Tutorial:   Difficulty of this project: Medium (only because of all of the measuring)  Supply List:  regular bleach (any brand), blue painter's tape, measuring tape, spray bottle, rags or paper towels and a square (not necessary, but helpful) and...a rug! [note: pour bleach into empty spray bottle.  Read more [...]
Sep 14, 2011 - Lighting, Recycle & Reuse    32 Comments

Salvaged Wood Lamp

I am sure you have heard of Craigslist, but where I live, it's all about KSL Classifieds.  This is a news website that has free classifieds.  It is AMAZING!  I have sold and bought things from KSL and have not been disappointed yet!  Well, this story starts with a Friday night, browsing the FREE section.  I had never checked out the FREE section, but figured I'd give it a shot.  After an hour or so I found a listing for free barn wood.  It turns out a construction crew was doing some work right off the freeway about 10 miles from where I live.  They tore down a small shed and an old wooden fence.  All I had to do was follow their directions and load up all that I could.  My husband wasn't too keen on spending his Saturday morning picking up someone else's free junk, but I was in!  I hardly slept a wink, figuring everyone Read more [...]