Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bloggy Awards

I have been honored to receive some awards recently.  Sweet Julie from It's the Little Things gave me this fun award.
And I received this award from Bird Crafts and Courtney at Redheads Have More Fun .
Thank you so much ladies--I appreciate it!  And I pass this on to all of you, those who link up, those who comment, those who are on my sidebar, and all of you who bless me every bloggin' day.

I think I am supposed to share some things about myself and since I haven't done that in awhile I thought I would.
*  I have always loved to craft,even as a small child.  I think decoupaging and making doll clothes were my first crafts.
*  I am a horrible typist (like you haven't noticed all of the typos!)--quit typing in high school--bad move--why use more than 4 fingers?
*  I only became a coffee drinker last year, thanks to my teenager.  I now love the stuff!
* I am a night owl by nature, forced to go to bed so I can drag my butt out of bed.
*  I like pickle and peanut butter sandwiches.
*  I sleep with my feet out of the covers, even in the dead of winter.

And don't forget So You think You Can Decorate begins tonight--can't wait to see the first projects!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Let The Light Shine Through

I made a "stained glass" window.  I epoxied glass dishes to an old window.  I still need to figure out hanging it--think I will use a chain with eye screws into the top of it.  Here it is sitting in my window.
stained glass window using colored glass plates http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/02/let-light-shine-through.html
You need to be neat with the epoxy--I probably could have been more so, but I am still pleased with the results and my version of stained glass.  Oh and the white stuff you see in the background? Snow, the same snow that has been on the ground since November--I am over it!
stained glass window using colored glass plates http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/02/let-light-shine-through.html

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Decor Mamma

Friday, February 26, 2010

I Was Inspired By...

I am starting a new Friday feature (at least I think I am--we will give it a trial run) where I feature something I have made that was inspired by one of your fabulous blogs!
This week I was inspired by the ever creative Drab To Fab girls.  They truly live up to their name--turning some of the most hideous objects into fabulous pieces.
Look at the maaahvelous chair redo:
and this one:
And this beauty was once a metal filing cabinet covered in stickers.
I was inspired by these decoupaged books that they embellished with junk.  Their version:
And mine:
repurposed books http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-was-inspired-by.html

repurposed books http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-was-inspired-by.html
Thanks girls for the great idea--I look forward to your posts and future inspiring creations!  Who will inspire me next...
Keep on linking up over the weekend (see post below)--lots of fun ideas and inspiration there!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Just Link It!

Beyond The Picket Fence
Happy Under $100 Linky Day! Thanks so much for linking up, looking at each other's ideas, and spreading some comment love with others.
Here are some of last week's links that I wanted to share.
Adore this sweet pink dresser redo from the Junk Fest girls:
An easy, but remarkable redo of a flower tin bucket at All Thingz Related.
Get Craftin's button monogram looks like an expensive piece of artwork.  *The link is fixed --sorry and thanks Sheri for the heads up!
And this gorgeous table by Remodelaholic is a true testament to what you can do with very little money.  This table would be $1000 in Pottery Barn--plus she gives you great step by step directions!
Look forward to all you have to share this week!
Under $100 Linky Rules:
1. Please include a description in your link post.
2. Only post an idea that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you tell us the cost of your project, but not a must.
3. Please link to the specific post, not to your blog.
4. Please grab my 100 ideas under $100 button on the side bar and include it in your post so people can find us.
5. Check and make sure your link works--I often click on people's links and they don't work. If it doesn't, try again--you can let me know and I can delete the one that doesn't work.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pass The Plate

Or better yet, don't pass that plate or saucer you might find that is a single, lonely piece.  One very quick and easy idea is to glue the plate to a plaque, board, window, cupboard door, etc.  Add some hooks and you have a great way to enjoy that piece.  Hooks are so versatile--great for keys, towels, aprons, utensils, leashes, coats, purses, hats, etc.
I  loved the spring yellow and blue in this plate and painted the plaque (from a garage sale) to match:
Here is a one I made last year--loved these saucers!
And here is a dessert stand, nothing new, but again, I adored this plate and the blue candlestick.
Getting those under $100 projects ready to link up Thursday?  I can't wait!
Find more fun ideas at these linky parts:
Reinvented
Blue Cricket Design

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cake Diet

Want to go on a cake diet?  Turn your cake pan into a message center!
Actually I picked this oversized cake pan up at the thrift store.  I lightly sanded the inside bottom, used primer and 2 coats of chalkboard paint.  As we have established, I am cheap, that is why I use the brush on chalkboard paint--it costs so much less than the spray paint.  I added  a ribbon around the edge and as a hanger.  What I love is that it is both a chalkboard and a magnet board.
Another view:
By the way, I having been forgetting my 100 ideas under $100 countdown.  The PB BB was idea #14 and the burlap pillow was #15 so this idea #16--84 to go!
Don't forget about Thursday's linky party!
Find more ideas here:
Between Naps on The Porch
It's So Very Cheri
The Girl Creative
DIY Day at ASPTL

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Burlap Ruffled Pillow

Thanks for linking up-- keep on linking up through the weekend.  And remember to visit each other's links (yes mom).
 Beyond The Picket Fence
Made a little burlap pillow.  I always make my pillows as covers so I can change them easily and just have a cover to store, not a whole pillow.  Plus, you don't have to handstitch it closed.

Start with a square the size you want (Remember to add some for seam allowance-- i.e. if you want a 16 inch pillow, cut a 17 inch square giving you 1/2 inch seam allowances.) Cut the second piece 4-5 inches longer--17" x 22".  Now cut the rectangular piece into 2 unequal pieces.  One will be half the size of your pillow size plus 1". For example, 1/2 of 17" is 8 and 1/2 plus 1"--so one piece will be 9 and 1/2 and one will be 12 and 1/2.  Following me??
burlap ruffled pillow tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/02/burlap-ruffled-pillowed.html
Now iron and sew under a finish seam on the 2 irregular rectangles, along the 17" side.  With right sides together pin the smaller rectangle down first, with the larger rectangle on top, the sewn seams toward the middle.  Be sure to pin down the finished seams (see picture) so they don't catch.
burlap ruffled pillow tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/02/burlap-ruffled-pillowed.html

burlap ruffled pillow tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/02/burlap-ruffled-pillowed.html
Sew all around the pillow.  Turn right side out and add a pillow form or thrift store pillow.
burlap ruffled pillow tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/02/burlap-ruffled-pillowed.html
Oh yes, and the ruffles?  I didn't show that part, but this fabric was from a paneled prairie skirt I got at thrift store, loved the fabric.   Usually the opening part of the pillow is the back, but I made it the front of this pillow.  I used one of the zipper roses as a button and a jute string to wrap around it for a closure.
burlap ruffled pillow tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/02/burlap-ruffled-pillowed.html

  



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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Under $100 Linky Party and Giveaway Winner

Beyond The Picket Fence
Thanks for everyone who linked up their under $100 idea last week.  If you didn't check it out, here is some of the creativity and wonderful ideas that you missed:
I loved these felt balls at Trash2Treasure--such great texture and a wonderful way to use up those scraps.
I adore Snowman Hill's junky garden toolbox.  Makes me long for summer!
And I am so going to make one of these spice rack paint holders from Bird Crafts.
I wanted to thank Gail at My Repurposed Life for her help with my blog question.  She gave a great explanation and definitely knows computers better than I do (I haven't been brave enough to try it yet--but will soon, really Gail).

And finally, the winner of the bracelet is Nancy at Lafe's Hidden Treasures.  Thanks to all who entered.  I did add felt on the inside of the bracelet.  Although it did do a nice job of exfoliating your hand as you put it on and off, I thought the felt might be a little better.

Can't wait to see what you have this week--help me get to my goal of at least 50 links.  Please remember to check and make sure your link works, there are a few each week that I have not been able to open :(.
Under $100 Linky Rules:
1. Please include a description in your link post.
2. Only post an idea that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you tell us the cost of your project, but not a must.
3. Please link to the specific post, not to your blog.
4. Please grab my 100 ideas under $100 button on the side bar and include it in your post so people can find us.
5. Check and make sure your link works--I often click on people's links and they don't work. If it doesn't, try again--you can let me know and I can delete the one that doesn't work.


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