Monday, March 14, 2011

thrift modern art

This weekend was so productive!  Saturday Sean and I spent much of the afternoon running errands and finishing up projects.  We scored a MAJOR find!  Our local Blockbuster is closing its doors (permanently closed as of today) and they were selling EVERYTHING in the store... Yep you read that, EVERYTHING!  This included all displays and cabinets.  So by Saturday evening we were the proud owners of 4 (FOUR) metal 24 inch wide double drawer cabinets which look like this.

(OKAY I NEED SOME SERIOUS HELP!!  All of a sudden when I try to upload any photos taken after March 15th I can not get them to appear in the drop down window... any suggestions?  I use a MacBook Pro and have NEVER had any issues with pictures loading before.)

(these bad boys are the height of our upright freeze!)

Are you ready for the cost?  TWENTY DOLLARS!  for all 4 of them... and one stack was even mounted on casters plus all the stuff inside.  So for  $20 we got 4 cabinets (one is currently stuck shut, possibly permanently), 4 heavy duty rolling casters, cardboard, about 50 peg board hangers, 4 4"x12" storage bins, cardboard, 6 L brackets, and some other stuff.  )

Now on to our art project. We made these awesome wall sculptures using....

 the inserts used to separate the layers of apples in a bushel box.

 Just a number coats of metallic spray paint and a utility knife were all we needed to make these. 

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Our bedroom...

Remember how I've been saying we have been clearing out the clutter... well here is our bedroom.  It only took a year to get pictures up and we still need to put up more.  Right now I am looking for frames... the finish doesn't matter because spray paint is my friend.  Just as long as it has the right character.

Do you see the pictures?  That is my mom and her twin when they were babies. 

 And there is another of them being held by their stoic German grandmother.  And we can't forget dear hubby's grandma.  The rest of the old family pictures are still in the closet awaiting their new frames.

The right side of the mirror also has my "pride and joy", ha ha!  yep it is one of our old rusty garden rake heads.  I have no idea where we came up with it but I can honestly say I love them ALL!  Yes we have more than one and they are all put to good use.  Finally a place to hang my necklaces where they won't get all tangled... yeah!!

And now for the other side of the room:

(I see we might want to hang pj bottoms somewhere else, oops!)

Do you see the picture above the bed?  Here is a close-up... 

(the lines in the upper left corner are a reflection of the ceiling fan blades)

I love this picture!  And do you know what?  Its one of those wall vinyl you can get at Target which incidentally remove your paint if you actually apply them to the wall.  So this one is applied to the glass in a frame I found at goodwill for $3.99 but wait... it was half off!  (total price $7 include vinyl because it was clearance but I used a gift card!)
  Its on the back side of the glass which helps to mute the colors a bit so that they match the quilt.  

And here we have my ever faithful companion, Lily!  She is sure to follow me whenever a picture is to be taken.  In fact you will normally find her tail somewhere along the edge of most pictures as a big black smudge. Silly girl!

We have talked about painting but it looks like it will stay on hold for a while.  I think I like the creaminess of the wall especially during winter.  Now to find a clearance puffy quilt/comforter to add another layer of plushness.... nothing to heavy just another layer for the snuggle factor. Or maybe some new pillows.  What do you think?

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

New things and exciting things are in the works!!!

Oh I can hardly wait to show you all what is in the works!

 Do you remember this?

or this?

or even this?

Well the clutter-be-gone team has been hard at work!  Pictures are being hung, clutter is being sorted and given the old heave ho and much is or has left the house!!!  Thank you of so very much eBay and Goodwill!  (the changes are really quite exciting!  who knew a cleared floor could be so thrilling?!)

It might be dark and dreary outside but the inside of our home is starting to feel like HOME!  I can't wait to show you all what all is in the plans and what some of our ideas are.  But that will definitely be for another day and another post.  Let me just say there is a lot of paint involved, dirt to be moved, holes to be dug, artwork being constructed and so so much more.  It really is pretty exciting, in a somewhat overwhelming sort of way. ha ha! :)

Sorry NO updated pictures today... this is my 15  30 minute lunch break. Yes I am timing my computer time these days as I was disturbed with the number of HOURS I was spending on here and how incredibly depressed I was becoming.  The destructive thoughts of envy, self deprecation, self defeat, and unworthiness had begun to creep their ugly heads into my head once again.  But you know what?  I am worthy but it is not through me but through Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.  He made me who I am and in Him will I rejoice!

REJOICE in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice!  
Philippians 4:4 (KJV)

 6Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.
 7The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Psalm 28:6-7 (KJV)

Monday, March 07, 2011

Keepin' busy with legos and feet!

I keep putting off posting because well I just didn't feel there was anything blog worthy of posting... no projects completed, crafting transpired but then I realized Wow we have been really busy!!  And I have good news the camera was found!! and the checkbook!!!  and the corners of the dining room!!!!

You see our days have recently been filled with:

Recovering from foot surgery
(can you tell he was feeling no pain???)

the making of batches of applesauce to eat fresh 
and frozen

The sorting of Legos
(this is approximately 1/20 of those sorted!)

While revisiting "old friends" by way of A&E's 
"Pride and Prejudice!"  
Yep the entire mini series!!
I know the guys were so "excited" but they stayed and watched the whole thing while helping sort Legos.

Did I mention there has been LOTS of cleaning going on as well?  
As in I can see the corners of the dining room and the top of the island has been clear for
4 (yes FOUR) DAYS!

Now I am off to wash said Legos... yes they are disgusting and if I plan on selling them on eBay I just can't stand the idea of sending them off so DISGUSTING!  I am going to place them in a zippered mesh bag and throw them in with the towels to wash.  We shall see how they come out!