Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tossed And Turned Tuesday- Christmas Cont.



Four more days til Christmas! As promised here are the last photos of my "Frugal" Christmas where nothing is brand spankin' new. Everything is reused or thrifted. Enjoy the before and after's and have a Happy Holiday!

From my family to yours,
Rita

Mantle Accents:




.50 cent garage sale find:


Lanterns for Outdoor Holiday Accents:




Star reath holder fits well in the corner of the bathroom:


Merry Christmas!

posting to: The DIY Show Off

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thrown Away Thursday- Dana's Chair

This chair belongs to my friend Dana. She found it at a garge sale for a couple of dollars. Truth is I have had this for about a year now and it's been on my "To Do" list, but I never get around to working on it. With Christmas break I'm making it my priority.
Catch is that "Tossed And Turned Tuesday" won't return until after the New Year so you'll have to wait until then to see it!






I'll be posting more Christmas decor pictures soon so be sure to look for those too!
See you soon-
Rita

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- Christmas Fun!

Christmas time!!

I'm breaking these down into parts because it'll get pretty lengthy.

First up- Pine Cone Centerpiece:



I took this .99 cent jar from Goodwill



and filled it with this .95 cent bag of pine cones

as well as one of these .99 cent Smith & Hawken glass rocks.

This was a very easy project for about $3.00.
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Second, is my version of silver leafed NOEL letters:
I started by seeing these Noel letters everywhere that people made look like the one from Pottery Barn. I ABSOLUTELY loved them. I didn't want to totally take their idea so I decided on silver leafing mine. Since Silver leaf costs an arm and a leg. extra appendages I don't have, I decided to do my own thing (of course).


I apologize for not posting the tutorial but I can't find my pictures at the moment. Anyhow, here's what I did. Took the NOEL letters from Hobby Lobby @ $1.99 each. Found some old tissue paper. I had orange for some reason so I tore it to shreds, wadded it up and started decoupage it to the letters. When it dried, I spray painted the whole thing silver.

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Third, and my personal favorite, only because I've always wanted to do this. Oh and my daughter thinks it's ugly by the way... is my ornament wreath.



I took the small wreath (.65 cents) and the angel wreath hanger (.95 cents).
Got out my hot glue gun (it has seen better days) and old ornaments that we aren't using this year.



Hot glued them all together (fun!!).



Last glued twine to cover the ugly gold wreath holder and viola!
More to come...
Merry Christmas,
Rita

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Thrown Away Thursday- "JUNK"

Yes (as if to answer a question asked by my husband) technically this is junk. Well some of it anyway. Like the little silver plate that was 59 cents. BUT, some of them were really good finds from goodwill and I didn't spend much either.


I'm sure you can guess where I'm going with some of these items (ahem, mantle). You'll have to wait and see the rest on "Tossed and Turned " Tuesdays.




But to answer your question, yes, they were all purchased last weekend at the goodwill and a local thrift store. Oh, except the NOEL letters. Those came from Michaels. Here's a breakdown of what will be my Christmas Decor:

1 lantern @ $2.92
1 lantern @ $0.95
1 star wreath @ $0.95
4 glass pieces @ $0.99
4 candle holders @ $0.99
2 candle holders @ $0.65
2 candle holders @ $0.35
1 wire frame @ $0.99
1 glass piece @ $0.69
1 glass piece @ $1.99
1 tree globe @ $0.99
1 silver plate @ $0.59
1 angel wreath hanger @ $0.95
3 Smith & Hawken glass rocks @ $0.99
1 bag of pine cones @ $0.95
1 glass Christmas Tree @ $2.92
1 mirror with votive holders @ $0.50 (awesome deal)
1 large wreath @ $1.91
1 small wreath @ $0.65
4 NOEL Letters (Michaels) @ $1.99

Total spent: 38.80

Monday, December 06, 2010

Tossed And Turned Tuesday- Brown (Blue) Case

You remember this old brown case? Well with Ellen's and Olivia's suggestions, It got a new coat of WHITE paint, some left over fabric and it is going to hold my files. It is actually too big to hold the files like a normal filing cabinet would but it holds all of my binders, Creative Planner, etc. just perfectly. It's not quite done yet as you can tell from the trimming but with sick kids around this place it's hard to get much done.









Oh yeah and the blue paint in the inside looked dead on to my fabric in the store but of course when it dries...well you get a different shade of blue.
Oh well, close enough!

Hope you enjoy and thanks for your suggestions!~

Rita

P.S.

See you Thursday :)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Thrown Away Thursday- Brown Case

To be honest with you I don't know what the heck this old case was used for or where I got it from. Must have been a garage sale but it I love the vintage look and how abnormally big it is. Surely there's a good purpose for it, right?


We'll have to find out. I'm not even sure what to do yet, but it'll come to me. Check back next Tuesday to see what I come up with.