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In lieu of a project this week, I’m posting some photos I took during one of my walks around the neighborhood. It was an idea inspired by sfgirlbybay. Instead of beautiful, transporting images (I’m not the photographer Victoria is), I shot items that I like. And I found sources to buy a couple of them!

Train station clock outside of a restaurant.

I have a thing for train station clocks. This one is located outside of a restaurant I have yet to try. The pig adds a little whimsy, don’t you think?

Store shelves

I saw this shelf/table/cart on display in a local shop (photographed with permission). Fabulous design.

Ecco 2 wallmount mailbox

I am IN LOVE with this stainless steel mailbox. If I were a homeowner, I would buy one right now. It’s made by Ecco Products, and you can buy it at The Mailbox Works.

More photos after the jump. Read more »

I’ve been graciously nominated for The Lemonade Award three times! I thought it was high time I shared the love too. Many thanks to Stephanie at Confessions of a Compulsive Crafter, Tina at A Few Pretty Things, and Zoe at Conversation Pieces for nominating me. I’m honored to be in such great company!

The Lemonade Award is for bloggers who show great “attitude and gratitude.” Upon receiving The Lemonade Award, you’re supposed to pass it on to 10 fellow bloggers. The choice is difficult because there are so many great blogs out there (which is why I procrastinated passing it along)! Here are my nominees in random order (this is a far cry from an exhaustive list of my favs):

Lemonade stand.

Create Studio
Baca Creative
the long thread
Centsational Girl
Brabourne Farm
the life and times of sticks and bricks
Dollar Store Crafts
Crafty Storage
U create
Making it Lovely

For the winners, here’s what you do:

  1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude.
  3. Link to your nominees within your post.
  4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Fashion accessories valet hanging on the back of a door.

Before picture of the room divider.

A few people have asked me for jewelry organizing solutions. You asked for it, so you got it. (More jewelry storage ideas to come.) I bought this Ikea room divider for $10 in the As-Is section last year. I wasn’t a fan of the black hook-and-loop holding it together, but the individual panels make a handy valet for fashion accessories. One panel holds enough for me, but fashionistas may need the entire room-divider to hold all of their accoutrements. I also think the panels would be classy spray painted black. Right? Read more »

June 2009 cover of Country Living magazine. I’d like to express heartfelt thanks to Country Living for printing one of my craft ideas and mentioning me in their magazine this month! Check out page 77 in the June 2009 issue. They did their own riff on my modular bookcase made from salvaged drawers. Country Living is one of my favorite magazines, so I’m quite honored. You can also see the article on their website right here.

While I’m at it, click here to see Ghostly Penguin Display’s Flickr page to see how she used my drawers after I sold them to her. So cute!

Page 77 of the June 2009 issue of Country Living magazine.

Bulletin board made from plastic mirror

Plastic mirror before hanging on wall

One of my friends referred to this as the “ugly mirror.” Another friend said, “Whatever you paid for it, you paid too much.” I get more excited about a project when I hear comments like that because I think, “Just wait till they see what I do with it. Mwahaha!” For the record, I paid $9 for this plastic thrift-store find. I used leftover materials from three previous projects: shuttered bulletin board, spa slippers, and pants-hanger frames. I only had to buy fabric, paint, and ribbon. Now I just need to find a use for a chipped oval mirror. Read more »


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Painted wine bottle

I am not an artist, so please excuse my painting skills. During my undergrad, one of my color class assignments was to copy an impressionistic painting on a wine bottle. It was the perfect assignment for a novice painter such as me. On a wine bottle, you can’t see the entire painting at once, so mistakes in proportion, etc. are obscured. Here, I copied one of my favorite Vincent van Gogh works: Wheat Field with Cypresses. I used a slightly different (and maybe better) process than the one I learned in college. Read more »

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