Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ice Cream Can Birdhouse

I found this old ice cream maker last month.  My husband is making me a birdhouse out of it (I will post about it soon!) 
 So this is what we started with. 

Inside of it, was this rusty metal cylinder. A perfect shape for another birdhouse!

He made this cedar roof.
And cut off the top.

I found this metal bird at Hobby Lobby. A little bit of surgery to it and it became the finial.


 I used my trusty apple cider vinegar and steel wool process to age it.

I then sent it off to my dear friend Heather for her birthday!


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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Nests

I love making these nests for Easter. Everyone looks forward to them and they are so easy to make!

2 cups Mini Marshmallows
1/4 cup Butter
4 cups of Chow Mein Noodles
Jelly Beans, M&M's or Robin's Eggs to fill

--This recipe makes about 12 nests. If you want to make more, buy two bags of Chow Mein Noodles. You'll have plenty of Marshmallows with one bag.

In 2 quart saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows. Stir until smooth. Take off of heat and immediately add chow mein noodles. Stir until coated with marshmallow/butter mixture.

Use a very clean 12 count cupcake pan. Rub butter in all cups.

Put butter on your hands. Spoon the coated chow mein noodles in each cup, then use your hands to form it into little nests.

Put the cupcake pan in freezer for an hour or so (or even overnight). To pop each nest out, I usually use a butter knife to gently pry it out. I use parchment paper or wax paper between the plate and the nests so they don't stick. Fill with candy and enjoy!

Sometimes I find the candies on the plate and the nests have all been eaten! They are delicious.
Thanks for coming by.  HAPPY EASTER!
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Friday, March 22, 2013

An Old Washboard for the Laundry Room

I love old washboards and was so happy to find one on our local Craigslist last week.
This one has great graphics and the glass is in perfect condition.  What better place for it than the laundry room.
I made these "Mod podged with Graphics Fairy labels" laundry detergent bottles a couple of years ago  HERE.
I collect scales and was going to redo the one on the end, then decided I kind of like it in here, especially with the rusty pointer.

  I filled some blue canning jars with old clothespins, clips and spools of thread.  The chicken wire basket holds dusting and mopping cloths.
Last summer I found this copper washtub.  We use it in here for dirty towels. 

Thank goodness I have a modern washer and dryer.  I can't imagine the work that was involved in  doing laundry back in the day!
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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Simple Spring Table

I am so excited for nice weather to arrive!  It's been beautiful here for the past few days, but snow is forecast again next week, so we're not quite there yet. 
In the meantime, I can make my dining room feel like spring.
I started with white dinner plates and added these yellow salad plates from Pier 1.  I found the plaid napkins at HomeGoods.  The napkin rings were an eBay purchase a few years ago. 



The tulips and daffodils are looking so pretty.  I'm excited that this picture shows the sky at "Blue Hour".  I learned about that from  Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch.
Our dining room is the first room you see when you walk in.  It's so fun to see the spring colors in here! 
Thank you for your visit!  Happy Spring!!
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Birthday Fun at an Antique Show

This weekend, my husband surprised me by asking to go with me to an antique show so we could spend the day together for my birthday. What a fun day, especially since I had someone to carry all of my treasures!

A couple of weeks ago, Jill from forever*cottage was selling a bowling pin.  I bought it from her and started looking around for more.  They go for quite a bit on eBay and you have to pay for shipping, so it adds up. I was thrilled to find this one and take it with me.

I love this old rusty can. 

I am planning to use this big metal milk crate to hold blankets in the game room.

I am a sucker for blue canning jars and love the rustiness of the metal around it.

This fan actually works!  I like that it is blue too!

I also found a neat little cigar box.   We were standing and talking and a lady walked up and asked WHERE I had found it?  She was so excited about it.  When I told her where the booth was, but that it was the only one, she was so bummed!  It had CORINA printed nicely on it.  And you guessed it, her name is Corina.  I told her what I'd paid for it and if she wanted it, it was hers.  OMG, she was so happy, which in turn, made me happy.  My husband was just dumbfounded about the whole conversation.  haha. 

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

New Art from an Outdated Sign


I replaced some things on the wall in our game room and put the old things in the Goodwill pile.  It then hit me that I could reuse them and create something new.  Out of the 'out' pile and into the garage for a redo.

I sanded off "Movie Night"

And painted it a light blue.
I then found a saying that came with another rub on transfer I had used in my guest room from A Great Impression.   I'm glad I hung onto it.  Perhaps I was inspired by the Pope's picture!


I bought these three little birds several years ago.

Put them all together and I've got updated, free art!

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