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Saturday, July 31, 2010

DIY Wall Art and Decor

Just a quick trip in cyberspace resulted in some fun and frugal projects for DIY Wall Art and Decor. Let's see what you think about....

using cupcake liners as wall art and decor? See how they did it at DIYIdeas. Look for the project aptly entitled Sweet Success. Or......

would you believe this is Dollar Store decor? Visit The Little Brown House for this incredibly easy tutorial. Who knew wall art and decor could be so romantic? And, wait till you see...

the fun project that Design Sponge discovered and tells us all about. Here's the scoop on this trio of bottle vases mounted to the wall. Of course, I gotta toot my own horn on this last one cause it may be an oldie, but it's a goodie and I made it and what the hey, right?...... :)

I call it "Shim Chic" because, of course, it's made from wood shims. You can make one too in a very, very short time and for very, very little money. Here's how I did it...

What sort of DIY Wall Art and Decor have you been working on? I'd love to hear about it!

Friday, July 30, 2010

CraftGossip Featured My Spooning! TOOT! YIPPEE!

CraftGossip featured my spooning project on their website July 22 and I'm just now seeing it. Sorry, I've been working on all kinds of projects and prototypes offline to share results on future posts with you guys and haven't had a lot of time to check up on my regular haunts and blogs and sites. Will catch up soon. Wanted to share my appreciation for CraftGossip's site. Anyone can submit links to CraftGossip here. 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Winner of The Oz Scrapbook Giveaway is.......

Twenty two comments were made on the Oz posts - 19 on the original post on July 24 and 3 on the first reminder post on July 25th, so the Random.org widget was set for numbers between 1 and 22.

So the winning number drawn by Random.Org was comment #5, which was Jessi (Made.By.Jess) from Lime Green Dreams. Congratulations Jessi! I'm sending you a notice now via email. I'll need your address to send your book on its way! Enjoy! Thanks to everyone for entering. I will definitely do another giveaway as soon as possible. That was fun! :)

P.S. I tried to copy/paste the html code for the Random.Org widget box onto this post showing comment #5, but when I copy/pasted the code for the box, it removed the result generated and just had a generate button. Arrrrrgh! Anyway, number 5 WAS the number drawn and hopefully, I'll get this widget fiasco figured out before my next giveaway. Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What's Out There Wednesday!

I've wanted to start a few of my own traditions on Sallygoodin. Truthfully, I had a heck of a time thinking of what I'd love to post about that maybe you all would love to read about that's not already been done every which way but loose. So, from now on my posts on Wednesdays will attempt to cover what's out there. Somedays it may be way out there, but here you go.

I don't know when and I don't know how, but I'll not be satisfied till I attempt my own version of this wall art/shelving display/masterpiece by Isabel Quiroga. (Look closely and you'll see this work is actually several tables cut in half. Brilliant!) It would fit in style but not in size in my tiny home and I'm sure I'd have to change the color to white or sage green or maybe a light sea blue, but someday what's out there is gonna be here in my humble abode. How about you?

P.S. PLEASE, if somebody builds one of these, let me know! I'd LOVE to see it!

The Oz Scrapbook Giveaway Ends Tonight!

Go here to enter. Good Luck!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Reminder! Wizard of Oz Giveaway!

Be sure to enter my giveaway for this awesome 1977 Random House publication, The Oz Scrapbook.  For more details.....Enter here!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Choosing Colors Paint - Make It Easy!

Choosing colors paint or choosing paint colors for your home.....however we search for an answer, it's usually not an easy decision. However, look what Behr can do for you......Go to Behr Color Smart. They will ship paint samples to your home (FREE shipping with the purchase of 3 or more samples) at a cost of $3.94 per sample. You can even get a small roller and tray included in the shipment for less than 2 bucks!

My daughter recently got some paint samples from Behr. With names like Cucumber Crush, Palm Breeze and Herbal Mist, the name alone can trip you up. LOL So why not forget the hassle of driving to the store and wasting your valuable time and costly gas making trip after trip? Use an actual sample on your wall and study it in all kinds of light. See.....choosing paint colors just got a whole lot easier!

Love Oz Yellow Brick Road? - My First Giveaway is The Oz Scrapbook!

MGM's 1939 classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, based on the book by author Frank L Baum was NOT the first production by any means. Frank L Baum actually died in 1919....... twenty years before Judy Garland wore those funky ruby red slippers.

Original Scarecrow and Tin Man in the 1902 musical comedy, The Wizard of Oz. (Not what you were expecting, huh?)

Long story short......I thought I knew my Wizard of Oz history until I happened upon this mint condition copyright 1977 Random House publication, "The Oz Scrapbook" while I was out making a thrift shop run. It's a hardback edition, 182 pages, size is 8 1/2" x 11",  with oodles and oodles of fascinating illustrations and copies of original graphics you've probably never seen. (I know I was surprised......)

The inside front cover.

Frank L Baum's Oz stories contiued to be honored many years after his death. Ruth Plumly Thompson published nineteen of the Oz books.

Under the spell of poppies!
Honestly, as a young kid in the very early 60s, some of my most vivid memories is of literally almost peeing my pants with excitement when The Wizard of Oz was airing. It was always in the Fall of the year, and was shown just once yearly. My brothers and I watched it faithfully every year that I can remember (even as teens - it's true!). LOL

This is one of the easiest giveaways.....just follow me and comment. If you're already a follower (thank you!), all you would need do is leave a comment! You're done! :) Winner will be selected at midnight PST on Wednesday evening July 28th by Random.Org. and announced Thursday morning. You need not be present to win, just be sure to leave your blog address when you comment so I can contact you right away! Aloha and Good Luck! 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wanted to Say...

Thanks to everyone who has commented on my blog the past two days. I've been gone on a working trip off island and didn't have access to a computer. I promise to catch up on my blog reading tomorrow, but I just finished unpacking, it's nearly midnight here and I'm exhausted, so I'll catch up with you all tomorrow for another busy Friday I'm sure. Aloha till then!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wallpaper Decor - Isn't It Wonderful?

Better Homes and Gardens uses wood plaques decoupaged with small bits of wallpaper to make this striking wall display. 

Look at this featured wall made from overlapping an odd roll with scraps from a wallpaper book.

Isn't the paint and wallpaper on this revamped little chest perfectly paired? Here's how it was done.

A short while ago, I purchased several rolls of scrubbable and paintable wallpaper at a hugely discounted price from the local Home Improvement store. I've already used a bit of the grasscloth textured roll in my home, but the roll on the right I'm saving for future projects. I think it's amazing how wallpaper decor can make such a big impact for so little cost. What wallpaper decor do you have at home?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Petal Pillow - Making the Best Pillow Corner!

I absolutely knew I had to make a petal pillow as soon as I saw the guest tutorial by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew on V and Co. blog.  I chose a very thin wale printed pink/red corduroy and bright fire engine red felt (off the bolt) to make the petal pillow above. Instead of buying an already made pillow form to insert, I sewed one from muslin and stuffed it with fiberfill. The petal pillow cover is sewn like a sham in back.

Regarding the perfect pillow corner, I wish I could take credit for this because it's such an in genius idea, but......here's the fabulous tutorial by La Maison Reid that shows you exactly how to make a pillow corner for this pretty petal pillow. Give these gals' blogs a look see and make a petal pillow or two. This turned out to be one of the most fun sewing projects I've made in a while.  
P.S. If you like the woven leather belt seating on my chair, here's how to weave a leather chair seat. Linking to Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple.

Kitchen Valance Treatments - One Window - Five Looks

Five different kitchen valance treatments for one window were put together from items I already had on hand. (yep, the rice paddles too, believe it or not.) These five valance treatments are inexpensive and quick to make.

Bamboo table runner hung with clip rings from a bamboo stalk.

S hooks secure black oversized pot holders and rubber silicone hot pads from the same piece of bamboo.

Two for $1 natural rice paddles create this one of a kind kitchen valance.

Mix vintage and new cooking gadgets and utensils. Valance treatments such as this one are decorative,  functional and save space in a small kitchen. When you're done cooking with that spatula, wash it and hang it back up.

Fold over one corner of a table napkin and sew a small casing. Slide the curtain rod or bamboo through the casing. Use three colorfully coordinated napkins side by side to create a handkerchief edge to this valance.

What valance treatments could you make using items you may already have at home?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I've Been Featured at the DIY CLUB! Please Vote For Me!

Yippee! I made the top ten and I need your help to win the super fantastic prize package!  Here's my submission and I call it Spooning.

Of course, I'm supposed to beg and plead with you encourage you to vote for me, but I'll be tickled pink if you'll just swing by and take a look see. Everybody did a great job, don't you think? Anyway, thanks DIY Club for including me in the Top Ten. I do hope those reading this post will drop in and leave me a VOTE of confidence. ;) Thank you!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Craft Storage Solutions

Better Homes and Gardens has a 29 pic slide show for DIY Craft Organization. Notice the clear storage glasses resting in the recessed holes cut out of the top of this charming side table. Adding castors and attaching the rail for hanging files is brilliant!

I made this portable gift wrapping station courtesy of another inspirational tute from the folks at BHG. I love this outfitted bucket because it allows me to bring my gift wrapping center where it's most convenient to me.

The Domestic Diva consolidated several timeless craft storage solutions and ideas back in 2007 which should benefit anyone looking for affordable craft organization. Give them a look see for sure!

The Sassy Crafter came us with this brilliant tutorial and idea for storing bobbins. It's not only frugal but functional too. So if you hate tangled bobbin thread, check out her how-to here.

I hung this repurposed wood spice rack inside the door of my hallway storage closet to organize my craft paints. It takes up zero space and is one of several craft storage solutions I swear by. (Don't ever pass up one of these spice racks when out at thrift shops or garage sales - they can be used so many ways - see my original eHow article published 10/7/2008.)

What kind of craft storage solutions do you utilize? Living in a tiny home like I do, I'm always looking for new ideas.

Friday, July 16, 2010

All Strung Out....

 And I don't mean to string you along tease you, but I've had such fun working with the above project. Just not ready to reveal the whole tutorial yet because I'm still experimenting. Give me another week or so and hopefully I'll have all the kinks worked out. In the meantime, join us over at New Friend Friday thru The Girl Creative. It's always a good thing to have an extra friend or two to share projects and stories with. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and be safe!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Retro Mirror

Ohhh! I recently saw this retro mirror on Ebay. Unfortunately, the shipping costs to Hawaii from the UK made it unaffordable for me to even think about bidding on it. Sigh.... However, while browsing thru the IKEA website the other day under the NEW items, I found this ULSBERG mirror for $19.99! It's not a true retro mirror, but the lines are there. So, I thought.....

"Great, but IKEA doesn't ship to Hawaii....Dang it!" Problem solved!!! It just so happens my daughter lives near Portland now and I've got my tickets already bought for a visit next month. Can you guess what I'm going to be toting home? Now this is a retro mirror I can certainly afford!  
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