• Everything Kids,  Frames,  Frugal Living

    Gift for Teachers

      Well another school year is over.  I am very sad that my youngest child is getting older! She will be going into 2nd grade.  It seems like the baby days were just yesterday.  And while she goes on to 2nd grade, my son goes on to 6th and my oldest daughter goes on to college.  I am very thankful for the blog to be able to create a journal of sort for these special times.  I tried many times to sit down and “write” in a journal daily.  That just never really worked.  Something always pulled me away.  This is so much better… With another year coming to a…

  • Fabric,  Frames,  Spray Paint,  Upcycle

    Bedroom Decor

    This piece didn’t turn out at all like I hoped so I had to keep improvising along the way.  Having said that, I am very happy with the result. I don’t particularly care for our bedroom but it is what it is.  It is small and our bed is placed directly in the middle of two very large windows.  We don’t have a headboard on our bed because it would block too much of the windows.  But I wanted to use some materials I had on hand to try and create the illusion of a headboard.  That didn’t work because the frame I was using was still too small to…

  • Fabric,  Frames,  Recycle,  Spray Paint,  Tutorial

    Magnetized Dry Erase Board

    Dry erase boards can be so expensive and they don’t always erase as well as I would like.  But with kids and the constant need for family notes, dates and reminders – I wanted a reliable dry erase board.  And while I was at it – I wanted it to be magnetized. First I had yet another thrift store frame – 11×17.  I removed the back and glass.  Then I primed and painted.  I primed with Krylon gray primer and painted with Rustoleum 2X bright orange.  Seems I forgot to take a photo after painting… Then I cut a piece of a magnetic sheet into 11×17 and applied spray adhesive…

  • Frames,  Printable,  Spray Paint,  Tutorial,  Upcycle

    How Was Your Child’s Day…

    This project was created with the help of a printable from http://www.livinglocurto.com/.  She creates some very inspirational printables and this is one of my favorites.  First I purchased two of the really cheap frames form Walmart.  They are a plastic frame but I chose the design that had the sturdiest backing.  Then my daughter and I took the back off and the glass out – putting them aside.  The resulting empty frames were primed with Krylon Primer – Gray. Then we painted her’s the color we redid her bedroom – Valspar Mediterranean and my son’s we painted the Valspar Hunter Green which we had used to refinish his entire room.…

  • Frames,  Gifts,  Spray Paint,  Upcycle

    Some Wall Decor

    In case you haven’t noticed – I love frames.  Large ones, small ones, odd ones, broken ones.  I will find a place or purpose for any and all.  This next wall piece contains quite a few pieces.  The pieces were all either sprayed Olive Green (Valspar) or bright Orange (Rustoleum 2X). The outermost piece is a very simple frame.  It was actually a tray that had glass to cover photos.  The tray was not at all sturdy and was compromised.  I had thought to redo it as a tray but opted for the addition into this piece instead.  This was painted green. The frame within that was painted bright orange and…

  • Frames,  Printable,  Spray Paint,  Upcycle

    Teacher Appreciation Day 2011

    Is on Tuesday, May 3rd. Have a gift yet?  This is what my kid’s teachers are getting – they are all different as you can see by what I did.  First, I bought 5×7 frames from the thrift store – any kind, any color – just decent shape.  The ones I bought were all $.50 each because they were $.99 then half off on that particular day.  Then I brought them home and took the glass out (and cleaned the glass), and spray painted the frames either Raspberry (that great clearance color I bought at Walmart – in large quantity) or navy blue.  The navy blue did some funky things…

  • Frames,  Photography,  Upcycle

    Another clock redo

    This clock redo didn’t come out as well as the other – but mostly because of the photo I chose.  I know the photo is too small but it is an unstretched canvas shot and I really didn’t have anything else to do with it.  I thought I was buying a stretched canvas (the next project is also – what to do with unstretched canvas).  So here it is – our puppies in a clock which is no longer a clock – it is now a picture frame.

  • Frames,  Photography,  Refinish,  Spray Paint

    The antique frame end result

    Well, I went with a more traditional finish to the frame – a simple photo (one of mine).  I went with this photo because the horizon is so dark that it looks black and it really stands out against the black lacquer frame.  However, the photo had been rolled up for so long it has some ripples that I can’t seem to get rid of.  If I can’t stand it I will redo the frame into something else.  It is the way of my world. This photo is from Scarborough Maine.  The “mud” you see is a 20 year low and the sea had pulled back miles.  We could walk…

  • Frames,  Mod Podge,  Photography

    Pieced together

    Yesterday’s post dealt with some unstretched canvas photos I had and didn’t know what to do with.  So today’s post is two more of those unstretched canvas just pieced together on some foam board I had with ghastly decorations we had as end of Christmas clearance items.  The canvas all bubbled up when I tried to decoupage it so the decorations have a purpose of trying to hide many of the bubbles.  As you can see – many are not able to be hidden.  But the kids love this “art” so they will not let me remove it from the wall.  They are nice shots of the pup – just not…

  • Frames,  Refinish,  Spray Paint,  Upcycle

    Antique Frame

    One of the things I love to do is buy frames.  Any frame that captures my eye.  Sometimes I leave them as is and just replace the picture with mine – sometimes I redo the whole thing.  In this case I really had planned to leave the frame as it was and just replace the picture.  But you would not believe the struggles trying to get this apart.  Every single piece and layer was glued in there.  In the end I was just trying to salvage the glass and even that shattered.  I will figure out something to do with this though.  I may add some antiquing touches to it…