Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Box with a Purpose

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Kim | Made in a Day Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Sue | A Purdy Little House Chelsea | Making Manzanita    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Karen | Dragonfly and Lily Pads Kimm | Reinvented    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home   Megan | C'mon Get Crafty Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela      Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod  Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House 

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A box with a purpose was created to solve a problem in our house. Looking at a power strip when you walk in the bedroom door is not my idea of decor. The power strip could also get stuck under the wheels of the bed. Beside any costly phones tablets on the floor the getting crushed.
Lake house boys room Box with a Purpose

 While at a local Good Will I found this box with fish design on the top. The box is larger  and coordinates with the style of the room which will fit the power strip I want to add.

Box with a Purpose using a drill and power strip. Thrift store, Upcycle, Decor

I painted the box the same color of the trim on the bed. Drilled a hole in the box large enough to fit the power strip. Let it dry and then slid the strip through the box and plugged it into the wall. The plug is also hard to reach since the bed is close to the wall. This solves the dreaded squeezing your arm down the side of the bed to get to the electrical plug when you are already tired. 

Thrift Store Upcycle Decor Challenge. Box with a Purpose, Add a power strip with one tool a drill. 
Looking at this box it adds a nice touch to the space. The best part is this thrift store find fits my purpose.

Pinterest Picture for post A Box with a Purpose. Thrift Store, Decor, Upcycle

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~ Let Your Creative Spirit Dance  ~ 
      
                                                     Karen Marie

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

15 Minute Red White and Blue Decoration

This 15 minute red, white and blue decoration project is easy to due. It can be used to decorate bikes for parades, fences to show your patriotic pride, or decorate a picnic grove for the family picnic. 

Red White and Blue ribbon tied to create a garland for patriotic holidays

 First I started with 5 rolls of ribbon on sale for $2.00 a roll. The rope I purchased was on sale too. I used two out stretched arm lengths which is about 2 yards. 

Cut the white red and blue ribbon and arrange in pattern

I played around with the colors to create my pattern for my garland or swag. 

Tie all the 5 different ribbons on a string to create garland

The red and white striped ribbon was wider than I wanted. I cut it in half using it this way lowered the cost of the project.

Patriotic garland hang any where in your home or outside for decor.

Thanks to the rainy weather which seems to want to move in and live with us I had to take the pictures in less than perfect conditions.

thrift store wreath with american flag and red white and blue ribbon

Even my patriotic thrift store wreath was given a bit of garland to dress up my tribute to the military who are active or veterans. I am forever grateful for their service as well as their family who gives us the opportunity to live in a free country. 

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Get your Pinterest button clicking as you will want to have these projects and ideas available to you at any time.  Your time is precious and I am honored to share part of your day. Please leave a comment and follow social media. I would love to learn more about you.
Thanks for visiting today I will see you again soon.


~ Let Your Creative Spirit Dance  ~ 
      
                                                     Karen Marie


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Start a Fire Pit in a Blink

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thrifty to Nifty Decor




Thrifty to Nifty Decor

 Is a challenge we face everyday as we decorate our homes on a budget. This group of talented bloggers take thrifting to a new level. Dragonfly & Lily Pads has decided to join them to bring you a wealth of information to use in your home. Today I am sharing a wreath that I bought a few months back for Fifty cents. Learn how to make yours below along with Twenty Nine more thrifty decor items.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge



The Rules:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Sue | A Purdy Little House    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Toni | Small Home Soul    Jeanie | Create & Babble    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay Michelle | Michelle James Designs    Medina | Grillo Designs    Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Mother's Day Hand Made Gift

 Hands can express so many emotions and feelings. This gift has been one of my favorite to make since the vision of a family holding hands brings me a warm cozy vibe. This tutorial of a Mother's Day hand made gift will provide you with the basic tools and ideas. This project came out so cool in less than 15 minutes excluding drying time. A young child would need help but a older children could handle this art/gift on their own.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Faux Etched Glass

I had the honor of subbing for the Silhouette School blog a while back. This is an update to the post I shared there. We have come a long way baby in materials for Faux Etched Glass. Since I wrote this post you can now find window cling readily available. I still is more cost effective to use the frosted vinyl you find at the fabric store but it depends on your needs.
 Here are my suggestions as to which material to use for each type of project you are making. 
  If you are using Window Cling Vinyl consider these attributes of the product.
1) Durable 2) Reusable 3) Higher Cost 4) Better for long term ex: Home Decor 
When using Frosted Vinyl yard goods there are different attributes to consider. 
1) Disposable 2) Delicate 3) Lower Cost 4) Great for Party Decor 
As you will find as you continue to read I decorated my door at the lake. The climate is always damp even on on a sunny day or draught. There is moisture everywhere. The original post that I have updated is more than two years ago. The dragonflies on the Back door are still there. The K is gone but the rest of the faux etched glass completed on the original post did not come off. I did wash the window and rearrange them since then. Watch my Keep on eye on my instagram during the next few weeks and I will snap a picture during my next visit.
               




  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Classic Valentine Made New

     I am taking a charming classic Valentine to a new level today by simply switching the materials. I remember making these hearts as a kid in school. I made a trip tp the local craft store with a blank slate in my mind. After wandering the aisles for quite some time found Christmas wired ribbon at a Seventyfive percent off sale. Then the cardstock paper was Fifty percent off too. I bought the both and set out my supplies to make the classic valentine into a new updated version of the woven hearts.