Friday, April 29, 2011

A Little Traveling Chandi

Before I start this post, I just want to say my prayers are with all of you in the South who suffered losses this week. What a horrible tragedy and a reminder that life can change in an instant.  For the rest of us, go give blood if you can, donate financially if you can, pray!

I picked up the cutest little travel case at the thrift store, and it didn't even smell inside.  I decided it needed some dressing up so, using my Cricut I cut out a chandi stencil from contact paper and a few minutes later had this.

I also made a fabric flower to attach to the satin ribbon.  I might add some white sheer ribbon when I get some.  Fun place to store magazines, chocolate stash, diamonds...

Find more ideas at Funky Junk Interiors!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

Hey all, hope you had a fabulous Easter.  Are you on the countdown until summer like I am?  I am afraid it is going to be a busy 5 or 6 weeks, but will be here as much as I can--it keeps me sane and junk is my drug of choice :)!  So, while I got very little done in the last week, you all were plenty busy sharing your fabulousness.  Such as:
Homeroad had me at roadside--love a good transformed roadside find.
These coasters from A Tutle's Life For Me really speak to me, so to speak.
I love the nostalgic feel of these little paper flowers from Ms. Smartie Pants.
Backwoods Cottage shared a fantastic lesson on painting hydrangeas.
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This argyle changing table from Never a Dull Day is simply charming.
Meg and Mum's coffee table is repurpolisous!
And these smore's in a jar that Singing With The Birds linked up, mmm!
Can't wait to see your new links this week!
Under $100 Linky Guidelines
1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
3. Please include a brief description in link up.
4. Grab my Under $100 button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond the Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try again.
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

Thanks all for so many fantastic links and comments last week.  I appreciate the time you take to link up!  Remember to visit each other's links and give a little comment love!  Here are some things that caught my attention last week:
I love how the white frames make this coffee sack art pop at Housing a Forest!
A Toddler and a Teenager painted up an adorable head and foot board.
This hanging bed from Life at Fire Lake Camp has me dreaming of long summer days.
Adore this scrabble wall art from 3 Crazy Chicks.
I have seen a lot of subway art, but this one from Sass and Frass Crafts is fun and different.
Lazy Chef's Recipes shared an orange pop cheesecake that is easy peasy and oh so delicious looking!
Can't wait to see your new links this week!
Under $100 Linky Guidelines

1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
3. Please include a brief description in link up.
4. Grab my Under $100 button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond the Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try again.
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Live Simply

A simple coat hook, with a simple message.  I was pleased with the way the colors turned out--red, pale yellow, sea blue, ahhh, speaks to me!

Find more ideas at All Thingz Related!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Verses

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out,"Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!"And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

 "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!"                                 -- John 12:12-15

Happy Palm Sunday!  I like to picture the triumphal entry of Jesus, people waving palm branches, shouting Hosanna, laying their clothes down as a carpet for him.  I am sure it was quite a celebration.  It always is so strange and unbelievable to me that things changed so quickly for Jesus, that within a few days the same crowd that praised Jesus turned on him and demanded his crucifixion.

What do I take from the triumphal entry?   I think Jesus celebrated --he lived in the moment and enjoyed the triumphal entry, not in prideful way, but as a celebration.    We need to learn to celebrate when we can, to enjoy the little victories and moments in our life.  We never know when life may change, we may be celebrating one day and mourning the next.  Do you live in the moment?  Find something to celebrate this week, without looking ahead or worrying about what is to come.   

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Steppin' Up!

I love little ladders, so many things you can do with them.  I showed you some things last year, but I will recap for those of you who are new to my blog.
As a decorative piece,
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To hold stuffed animals,
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In the bathroom,
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As a picture display,
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and as a wine holder.
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I found another little step ladder and painted it up for spring "nesting".
It is gray, over blues and greens--I am loving gray, again.  I decorated with it 20 years ago.

Find more fun ideas at Donna's Funky Junk Interiors!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

I have had a few people ask me how I came up with the idea for an Under $100 linky party.  I have always loved the magazine 100 Decorating Under $100 (I haven't seen it lately), so inspired by it I started  showing you 100 ideas under $100, but then decided you all had fabulous ideas that were in my price range and thus, the linky party was born.  I love all the inexpensive ideas from furniture to food, crafts to organizational ideas and feel blessed each week that you participate.

On that note, while I love your participation, I have asked from the beginning that you do not link up to things that you are selling, as I want my linky party to be about sharing ideas that we all can afford to do in these times.  I occasionally do remove links to direct sales sites, and I don't ever mean to hurt anyone's feelings by doing so, I am just trying to keep to my original theme and intention for the linky party.  If you have a link to your etsy shop on your blog, awesome.  If you show us a tutorial how to make something and offer it for sale to those who don't want to make one, fantastic.  Please just don't use the linky party for direct sales.  Thanks so much for your understanding and now for some linky love!

This potting table from Homeroad has so many fun and creative little touches.
I cannot believe that Domestically Speaking's PB inspired mirrors started life as table tops.
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The Vintage Nest claims she is not the painter in the family, but this sweet little piece has me doubting that statement!
Sweet Blessings shared the cutest little idea to show your love.
Sunni's Side of Life Anthro knock-off necklace is divine!
A fun and unique lampshade from Too Much Time On My Hands.
Living My Life On Purpose shared a recipe for yummy crescent calzones!
Thanks for linking!!  Looking forward to seeing your fabulousness this week!

Under $100 Linky Guidelines

1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
3. Please include a brief description in link up.
4. Grab my Under $100 button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond the Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try again.
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!

Monday, April 11, 2011

You Oughta Love This Ottoman

Okay, you may not love it, but I am quite enamored with it.  Especially because it started out looking like this:
I painted the legs and distressed them and then recovered it in an old curtain panel of mine.  Sorry, I was so busy working I didn't take pictures of the recovering process.  I cut a reactangle larger than the piece and ironed under the edges.  I then stapled to the underside. 
The legs were tricky,  I had to cut the fabric and fold it under and use upholstery tacks because I couldn't remove the legs (they were attached well and I was worried they would break in pieces if I forced the issue).  I did a little pleat on the corners. 

I also put a piece of fabric on the underside to completely hide the nastiness of the original piece.  
I am quite pleased with the results and would keep it if I still had these colors, but alas, it will be sold.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Verses

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
--Romans 8:28

This verse may be familiar to you--it is one often shared with others when something bad happens.  As my pastor says, "We Romans 8:28 everything."  and I know I have used it many a time in difficult situations to give comfort.  What does it mean and what does a flower picture have to do with the verse?  I was thinking about how God can take dirt, something not so pretty, something that I don't enjoy this time of year because it comes in the form of mud, and an often ugly little seed, throw a little water and sunshine in and He comes up with beautiful, amazing flowers.  For those who love and follow God, He does the same thing for us.  He takes the ugly stuff, the dirt and creates good and beauty out of it.  He adds his touch, even to the things that seem impossible, horrific, deplorable and changes them into something good and beautiful.  Do you need the Master Gardener to do a little work in your life?  Let him.  Trust Him.  Believe that He can make everything come together for good.
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