Monday, July 27, 2009

Got Frames?

Wondering what to do with all those old frames you find at yard sales, flea markets, and antique shops, that have no glass and no use other than being a pretty frame? Of course, you could take it to the glass shop and get a piece of mirror cute and put in place, but that can be expensive. Here are some inexpensive ideas you can use.

1. Make a Chalkboard. You just need to cut a piece of plywood to fit into the frame, paint the plywood with chalkboard paint (and paint the frame if you wish as I did with mine), and mount it in the frame. Voila, instant chalkboard! I use mine in my kitchen which works well for grocery lists, as you can see. At least there are a couple healthy items on my list...

2. Make a Jewelry Organizer. You can paint your frame if you wish as I did for this project. All you need is chicken wire, a staple gun with staples, and some "S" hooks. I stapled the chicken wire to the frame, and then hung my "S" hooks on the wire, which gave me a place to hang my baubles. You can mount your organizer to the wall as I have done. Before I did this project, my necklaces were all in one big tangle, so this has been great!

3.When in doubt, display in a group. Almsot anything looks good when clustered together with similar items. Here I have placed several frames on a shelf above my front door and they look pleasing enough to me! You could also hang in a grouping on your wall. How simple?

Hope you enjoy your frame projects and feel free to email me though if you have any questions!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Come Shop Our Open House & Sale THIS WEEKEND!

We know a lot of you out there prefer to browse and shop in person, rather than online. So just for you, we are opening our doors, or rather Katherine's gardens, to you this Saturday from 9-3. We'll have all of your favorite paited vintage finds, along with some other treasures. We will also be having a Summer raffle! For every 20 dollars you spend with us this Saturday, you will be entered to win a painted sign made out of an old door panel, a vintage plant stand, and more! So what are you waiting for? Hope to see you there! Please just email us at for the address.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Do you HEART junk?

If you love junk like I do, you need to check out junkermidge's blog at

She is giving away the most adorable happy yellow "I Heart Junk" shirts! I am hoping to get mine, along with a "Samford & Son" ringtone for my phone. ;) Where your passion on your chest and don't be afraid to admit that you're down with OPT (other people's trash)!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Seasonal Affective Re-order

Have you ever heard of seasonal affective disorder? Wikipedia says, "The US National Library of Medicine notes that 'some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and crave sweets and starchy foods. They may also feel depressed. Though symptoms can be severe, they usually clear up.'[2] The condition in the summer is often referred to as Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder, and can also include heightened anxiety.[3]."

Well, I have what I am going to call Seasonal Affective Re-order. I always love to change with the seasons and love to bring the colors of the season indoors. In the fall I love warm colors, oranges, browns, and yellows, and in the winter I love the cool blues and winter whites, and in the spring it's the soft pastels. Well, with summer here, I was so excited to paint this vintage maple hutch I bought (and added fun Anthro knobs!!) a nice fresh white; it gave me the perfect place to display my fiesta ware, which has all the bright colors of summer! It's all displayed on my sunporch, the perfect place to hang out on nice summer nights. What you can't see is that inside this cabinet, I have all my kids art supplies and play-doh stored as the sunporch is also my kids crafting area, but at least it looks cheerful and summery for now!