Creative Ideas

Get Creative: Free Printable Cards & More

If you’re looking for something cute and creative, but you’re fresh out of ideas, How Does She has some really fun printable projects. Just subscribe to the newsletter (see the pink box at the bottom of her blog page) and you’ll receive the password for the downloads.At the top of the list, you’ll find some back to school printables. If you’re like me, you take pictures on the first day of school. Just print the appropriate sign for your child’s grade and have him or her hold it in the picture.Here is an example from How Does She:And don’t forget […]

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Transformation Tuesday- Ikea Makeover

I’ve been trying to be very disciplined about several big writing projects, so I’ve not been able to do any of my own transformations to show you. However, my fellow bloggers never let me down with ideas.  Check out this fabulous re-do of Ikea furniture from Stephanie, blog owner of My Crafty Days. Stephanie did a great job and you’ll want to check out the full post on her website to get the step by step of her decision to paint her furniture. Here’s her before and after.  Now, I know some of you will find nothing wrong with the […]

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Transformation Tuesday

Since we’re still buried under a heap of snow up in Northern Wisconsin, I’ve not been out thrifting yet, but I’m counting down to spring. In the meantime, those of us who love thrifty decorating can get our fix from Craigslist. As I was searching around the web, I ran across a nice, simple Craigslist transformation. Erika showed her handiwork on her blog “Erika With a K” and I’ll show a few pics of her project, but you’ll want to click the links to her blog in this post to see the whole story. She started with a plain pine […]

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Transformation Tuesday- Reader Idea

Today’s Transformation Tuesday project comes from reader Jane Oetterer. She sent me photos and directions for a project she recently completed. When Jane had a chair that was beyond usefulness, she transformed it by taking it apart and recycling the pieces. Jane says, “I had an awesome old chair that wasn’t structurally sound, so I dismantled it.  I zig-zag sewed together the seat support strips in a weaved pattern.  Then I hand sewed on rope around the edge.  I’m kind of simple in style, so I left it plain.  But I think a valentine theme word could be attached to […]

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Show Us Your Transformation & Link Up

Transformation Tuesday It’s winter, and even though I’m not pregnant, nor do I ever plan to be again, I think I’m nesting. It’s cloudy outside. We get snow nearly every day. So, I’ve be puttering around the house cleaning this and sorting that. I gave the built-in hutch a fresh coat of poly since I had run out and didn’t give it enough way back when. I’ve organized my office, polished up the kitchen, and tossed a bunch of stuff. I promise, I kept my husband and teens! This week, I realized that the counter top that I so painstakingly […]

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Thrifty Thursday- Christmas Gift Idea

For thrifty Thursday, I’d like to show you an idea for a cute gift that is perfect for when  you need a little something to give. I’m giving them to my friends in my women’s group and I’ll be making a few more for little Christmas gifts.   This isn’t necessarily a decorating idea, but these post-it note holders would look so cute by the telephone that they are almost a decoration. Or imagine if you added a magnet on the back. It’s perfect for carrying in your purse as well. Now, you’re probably wondering where the trash part comes […]

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Antique Glaze Technique for “New” Old Look

For Transformation Tuesday, I’d like to feature a very helpful tutorial from fellow blogger Traci at Beneath My Heart. Traci transformed her patio furniture from this: Photo from Beneath My Heart  To this! Photo from Beneath My Heart  Traci’s full blog post gives a wonderful tutorial on how she did this fabulous “aged” finish. I love how she wasn’t put off by some crackles in the paint. She just used it to work with her finish. You’ll love the up close photos of each step in the process.  Do you have an idea for Transformation Tuesday? Send me an e-mail […]

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Transformation Tuesday

This week for Transformation Tuesday, I want to brag about one of my readers who tackled her own Trash to Treasure project. Deb from Deborah Jean’s Dandelion House was inspired by the finish on my chandelier makeover, so she decided to update the knobs and hinges in her house with a similar finish.  She’s featured her results on a French Door makeover on her blog. I love the angle of Deb’s in-progress photo below. Deb painted the door and then transformed the knobs. You’ll find that you can achieve similar results when you use Rust-O-leum’s oil rubbed bronze (ORB) spray […]

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Tuesday Mini-Transformation

Sometimes the best transformations are not the ones that take days and hours to complete. Sometimes, the best trash to treasure projects take no more than an hour, but make a huge difference. Here is an example.  I work with a laptop with a secondary monitor, keyboard and mouse attached. Sometimes, that leaves me with little space to put my papers. And I don’t want to smother my laptop with books and papers. What papers you ask?  I guess I should admit that I cleaned up my desk a little for the photo. So, I figured if I could find […]

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Thrifty Thursday Idea

During my office face lift this week, I decided to hang my small bulletin board on the closet door. But it was lacking something and I went scrounging for something to add interest. I had these words that I had picked up at a dollar store, but one of them was broken. Actually, my husband broke it, and I like to tease him that he broke my dream. I figured this dream could be fixed with super glue.  Using that same super glue, I attached this word and the other one to the top of the bulletin board.  Quick, easy, […]

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