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Guest room; pinterest craft

We all love Pinterest right?  I know I’ve got to be one of the last people to have found that wonderful site.  I’m always the last one to know about anything!  I haven’t been poking around too long there, but let me tell you something most of you already know……it’s completely addicting and easy to lose track of time while pinning through all the cool DIYs,  cute animals, gardening & just about any interest you can imagine.

I am a Wine drinker.  I love my sweet Reds and Whites! Not so much into the whole wine connoisseur thing (don’t know the lingo, the swirling, or the pairings etc.) I just like the taste, pure and simple.  And since I am being honest, I think the best tasting wines, are the cheapest wines  (I know, it’s shameful)!  Robertson Winery Sweet Red, Carlo Rossi Sangria, and Piemonte Moscato (my favorite Italian wine).  That being said, I collect a lot of wine bottles.  Thank you Pinterest for some cool ideas to put the bottles to use!

So, for my first wine bottle project, I made this cute inspirational bottle for my guest room decor.

Wine Bottle Craft~Some items I used

 

Finished Wine Bottle Craft

Finished Wine Bottle Craft

No instructions needed….just find some baubles & beads you want on your bottle.  I went to the craft supply section at Wal-mart, and picked up thin jewelry wire (several yrd spool for $1), a pkg of assorted beads for $2, 1 strand of silver word charms $2, (I had the jute twine, and burlap), a plastic ball (the kind found in gum machines or that pantyhose comes in) filled with 2 yrds lace trim $1, and a cross $1.99.  Since I have much leftover of beads and lace etc, I estimate total spent for this project, approx $3. (not including cost of actual wine needed for empty bottle 😀 )

I also needed a basket for my guest room to hold my new found hobby supplies. (Crochet) yarn & needles that are needed for my next project.  I wanted to add color to the basket as well, to fit the room.  I used several colors to give it an aged effect, which the lighting did not pick up….(I always pick the worst time of day to take photos!) The basket was picked up at Goodwill for $1.99. Not sure of it’s age, but it is made rather well.

Wicker Basket -before

Wicker Basket -before

Wicker Basket -after

Wicker Basket -after

So two simple little crafts to add a personal touch to my quaint vintage guest bedroom project.  Have you used wine bottles for a craft project? How do you use wicker in your home?

 

 

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Thrifty finds and guest room project

I am an empty Nester.  Sadly, to every mother’s dismay, our children must grow up, and move away.  Being the “Mother Hen” that I am, I have good days and bad.

I miss picking up after them.  Making them dinners.  Washing their clothes.   Shopping for school supplies or clothing throughout the year.  Even now that they have left home,  I still pick up a shirt or two here and there when I think it would look good on them….or perhaps a few essentials  I think they might need in their kitchens! Maybe cook them a meal or two to bring to them at their new abode,  to make sure they are eating well.   I can’t help myself!  I’m still their Mom!

The house is quite lonely without the noise of young men scrambling about.  With empty rooms only one or two good things can come out of them.  One…..an office for my hard working hubby! And 2…a guest bedroom.

For the past few weeks, we have been busy putting together a quaint, vintage style, little room.  Nothing over the top or elaborate.  We wanted something reminiscent of  the years from the 1930-60’s.  A mish mosh of things we have crafted, collected, and  also two or three things from loved one’s.  It’s not quite finished yet, but I wanted to share a few pics of it’s progress so far.

My youngest son had to endure 7 tough years of starring at John Deere wallpaper border and a sleepy yellow wall paint.  He hated it, but every  time I went in his room, I felt like I could just go to sleep.  The yellow was very relaxing.

Bedroom Walls, Before

It also had a green carpet that when combined with the J. Deere paper, reminded us all of grass fields! (Not a good thing)

We painted the walls in a beautiful minty green  SW 6750 Waterfall by Sherwin Williams, a paint and primer in one, which saved us tons of time.  The boarder came off incredibly easy and all traces of it were covered by the paint.  Only a few rough spots needed sanding.

Sherwin Williams SW 6750 Paint & Primer

Son 2 left behind a dresser that wouldn’t fit into his decor at his new apartment, so we painted that in a crisp white gloss.  My dear hubby painted that, while I had the easy task of painting the twelve knobs in black.  We make such a great team!  I don’t have a before photo because we both dove right in without thinking!

We purchased an old, antique iron bed from golsn.com a local shopping site similar to the popular Craigslist.

Bed before

We had it sandblasted and powder coated in an amazing winter white with clear coat.  I scoured eBay until I found just the right antique Bates Hobnail or Popcorn Chenille bedspread, and made frequent Goodwill visits for an assortment of vintage flat and fitted sheets and pillow cases.  I got bargains galore! I picked up a queen sized floral bed skirt for a piddly $2.99 and it fit exactly how I wanted-no tucking or pinning or hemming as I expected on my full sized bed.  I went through some storage boxes in my closet and pulled out an old crochet tablecloth that I bought many years ago, and I had always  planned on using it for a bed.  On the full size bed it has lots of overhang on both sides.

Crochet Tablecloth,blanket

It is so country…..doesn’t it look fabulous?  It makes the bed feel so cozy and it’s not heavy; it can be used during spring, summer, winter or fall.  The quilt is another ebay find I bought about 10 yrs ago, when I was on a antique/vintage quilt purchasing phase!  It’s tattered and stained from years of love from previous owners.  I didn’t want to fix it.   I love it just the way it is! It’s priceless to me.

I picked up so many pillow cases and unmatched sheets for that mixed up penny pinching, old time look n feel.  I’ll be stocked for years to come! My hubby and I have each tried out the new bed and it is a comfy retreat.  Now we’re just waiting on our first house guests.

Antique Iron Bed with assorted vintage and antique linens

I have a few more things to do before the guest room is complete.  I will post more as we go. Till next time……

 

 

 

 

 

HELLO WORLD!!!

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Welcome to my first attempt at being a blogger.  It is very new to me, as I never really understood the concept of it before. Actually, I still don’t, but I figured I’d join the masses, and give it a shot. Hopefully, improving along the way. My plans for this blog, are to write about many different topics, that occur in my daily life.  Marriage, my Husband, kids, crafts I make, my pets, outdoor projects,  gardening, and my relationship that I am trying to build with GOD.  Basically, a little bit of everything.  I’m sure to write about birthdays, holidays, sports, TV , funny moments in time & maybe even a wee bit of politics.

Having moved from New Jersey,  over 5 years ago, to the State of Tennessee, I still consider myself, a “Jersey Girl”.  I find it strange, how growing up in the garden state, never seemed like such a big deal.  Many people, including myself,  often try to escape it.  As I am finding out, over the course of time,  NJ  is a place in which I most inevitably, long to be.

There are of course, a number of good reasons to enjoy life here in the south; the gorgeous weather,  sunshine & heat in it’s long summer months, the mild winters and lack of snow and freezing temperatures. There is also the abiding musical climate and country tone in attitude. There is always something going on. Concerts are everywhere. Downtown Nashville is the place to be, for any aspiring musician, or the music enthusiast.  The general landscape here however, is mountainous and rocky to the extreme. It is pretty ironic, that someone like me, a born and raised farm girl, (growing up in the flat lands of clay earth, rolling hills, green pastures, and an abundance  of assorted colorful flowers and trees)  would even consider moving here.

There are  numerous things one wouldn’t expect, that would  harden your idealistic visions of the southern way of life.  At least in my stubborn  thoughts. Could be, that I am finally realizing, and may be coming to grips, with the possibility, that I may be “home~sick”  Not necessarily for actual house & home, but the way life seemed to be for us all. For myself  & my family,  life in general seemed carefree, fun, active, and safe.  Since moving to TN, we have seen much devastation to community, due to weather related events. There have been physical ailments, many mood & attitude changes for the four of us. Some explained, some not.  In any event…..this is my path, how I got here, and where my road may be taking me.

I enjoy just about everything, including photography, sewing, crafting, swimming, gardening, painting and antiquing.  Future posts and photos, will reflect some of my work, however primitive, as I consider myself very simple, down to earth.  Feel free to visit often. Laugh, cry, encourage & share with me,  your thoughts and feelings on any of my topics