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It all Started with a Large Ball of Twine.

And then Some Gray Yarn.

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And Once the Sticks Got Involved…History Was Made.

I have a big wall that needed decor, so I set to making a big piece.

I knew macrame was going to be part of it, but not exactly sure how.

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I attached the twine and yarn and let it all sink in.

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Then I went for it, but I got stuck on what to do after the first row of Macrame.

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It sat like this for quite a while, but the rolled up yarn and twine at the bottom did give me an idea.  But before I could work on that part, I had to finish the other parts.

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So I continued to make these large macrame knots and my sister described the look as “Lace”.

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I kept going with the big square knots and the “lacey” look.  When I finished I added something a bit different.

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Some Poofs made of Twine!

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I Made a Lot of Poofs!

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And Not just Twine Poofs, but Grey Yarn Poofs as Well!

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I attached the Poofs and Loved them….all of my Pretty Little Poofs.

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I even added one to the Very Top!

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And There You Have It…

Poof…MacraLace!

This one is for my Wall, but if you are Interested in Your Very Own Poof…MacraLace, Please Comment Below.

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The GNOME SHACK!

It is a pick storage unit, a craft in action, a never-ending evolving gallery…

BUT MOST OF ALL IT IS OUR HOME FOR NOW!

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WELCOME!

Something that many do not know…

Is when we move, we move with just a limited amount of stuff.

So I pick, thrift, yard sale, flea market, estate sale & auction to make a new place our home.

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1) Picked the pallet the The Hub never took apart…so went through scattered pickings and ended up with the idea of the tar sap cups flower pockets!
2) Picked the galvanized gas can which holds the locally made wood Sweet Vidalia Onion!

Since we have not gone in yet…
Let’s check out my now Beloved Southern Front Porch…
Gnome Shack Style!

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Inviting, eh?
And we are not even inside!

Photo Details:
1) Retro Orange Pretzel Tin Can…it travels with us…for now!
2) Got the awesome never been used 1970 hammock at an Estate Sale in Savannah!

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The Porch Conversation Area!

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1) Got the Porch Swing at the Peaches to Beaches 700 Mile Yard Sale and then painted it!
2) I bought 4 ladder back chairs with very damaged seats and came up with this design for what I love to call my “Porch Lounger”.
3) A 75 Cent Table that I decoupaged and painted!

Now, Let’s Go Inside!

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The Front Siting Room, Which Doubles as a Guest Room!

Our place is small!

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1) Couch was bought at a Savannah Estate Sale.
2) Retro Folding Chairs Travel with us as well as vintage wood/metal boxes
3) My painted framed photography also travels with us…for now.
4) Most on mantel is for sale, except Gnomes!

We do not have an official entry way/foyer, so I had to make one!

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And here it is!

Photo Details:
1) Coat Rack I made from pallet board and thrift knobs.
2) Thrift store Mid Century Shelf turned Shoe Rack.
3) A Men’s valet for keys and extra coats recently bought at a flea market.
4) Sandal bin is vintage enamel pan recently bought at a yard sale.

Two More Views of the Front Sitting Room!

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Vignette Areas…
Or More like Picking Storage Spots!

Photo Details:
1) Vintage suitcase Valet turned side table with painted glass frame turned tray!
2) Picked Very Rustic Wood stool, Thrifted Mid Century Clock & Junk Store found Antique Chimney Screen!

To the Left of this Sitting Room is our Bedroom.

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And there it is!

Okay, it is also a bike, craft, arts and tool supply storage area!

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1) Suitcase night stands and stairs for old cat to get into bed are also used for storage.
2) I recently bought the missing drawer dresser on the cheap, repainted and such, and there you have it.
3) Mid Century Shadow Box / Bar Mirror for my pretty up area.
4) Lights over dresser are yard sale found trouble/mechanic lights.
5) Circle Art are  Yard sale found Needlepoint hoops with some material scrapes and some material I personally designed!
6) Tool, Arts & Crafts Supply Shelf bought at a Yard Sale.
7) I made the Hat Rack out of Pallet Board and Thrift store Knobs

Now Back into the Front Sitting Room! You can go straight through it to get to the Dining area of the very large Kitchen.

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I’m realizing it is very mid-century in there!

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1) Table we brought, but will probably sell before we leave.
2) Tension Pole Light in corner is very much for sale.
3) Shelves on both sides are filled with picked decor pieces, photos, kitchen supplies and a bar supplies.
4) Beloved Step Stool was picked in a junk shop.
5) Art on wall was picked recently and for sale!

Through the dinning area is the kitchen!

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The Kitchen Side of the Huge Room.

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1) Yes I have vintage hand strainers as wall decor and canvas carpenter bags as recycle bins!

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The Main Kitchen Corner!

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1) I made a light out of a dog chain, a vintage soda shop glass crate, a colander and an Ikea light fixture.
2) The decor on top of the fridge is part of my picked galvanized metal collection.
3) And counter storage is in vintage tin colanders!

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The Other Side of the Huge Kitchen is the Laundry Room!

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1) Old gas stove burner grates for wall decor!

Through the middle of the Large Eat In Kitchen is the Family Room!

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View from the Door…this is where we spend most of our time at home!

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View from the side with Wall of Windows.

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Big Overstuffed Chair The Hub has had for, maybe, 15 or more years!

Still Comfy!

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The Rest of the Family Room!

Photo Details:
1) Wall Decor Over Couch is a piece of old factory life. It states the days that has gone by without any accidents. The numbers can be changed on the back. Picked this as a gift for The Hub…who is a safety freak.
2) Other Wall Art is My Photography.
3) Cat Throne is vintage blue suitcases, an old moving blanket stuffed into the top one and a vintage piece of chenille bedspread covering to make it pretty! And yes, that is our 18-year-old cat asleep, wheezing, snoring away on it!
4) The desk is an old chrome and Formica table yard sale pick!
5) Round Table picked at a Junk shop.
6) Side table are part of my old wood food box collection!
7) Wood piece in corner is the bottom of a mid-century coffee table!

Almost Done Touring The Gnome Shack!

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The Tiny White Bath!

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And the very stained sink!

But this little room holds some of my favorite pieces!

Photo Details:
1) To left of toilet is a vintage galvanized metal miners milk can recently picked
2) To the Right is vintage adult and child’s enamel chamber pots.
3) Under the sink is an antique maple sapping bucket with a recently picked stool and metal box that I have had for maybe 20 years.
4) There are curtains on the wall close to the sink, not because there is a window, but a door.  In renovating, I guess they forgot to take the door out!

That is the Gnome Shack!

It is home for now.

I used to say, “Home is where my Backpack is”
But now Home is where The Hub and His 18 Year Old Cat is.

All the things…
Are just ships passing us in the night.

We help it all find it’s forever home…
If we did not adopt it ourselves!

If you are interested in buying anything you have seen in this post or are interested to see what I do have for sale,
Please Visit My Online Shop…

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

If you can not find an item in the photos that you are interested in buying, please comment below and I will get back to as fast as I can.

Thank you for visiting OUR OWN BIG WORLD…

We Hope You Like it Here!

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We went to Northern California for the holidays!

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And Saw Tons of family and friends!

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And this is what we did with them!

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WE MADE SNOW!

And Tiny Little Polymer Clay Colorful Snowmen!

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Including the above one holding his own head!

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And We Beaded!

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And Beaded More!

Taking a Break from Crafts…

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We Went to the Playground!

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Where There Was This Cool Play-Ride-Thing!

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I Had to Join in On the Fun!

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And it was Uncontrollable Laughter Fun!

Yes, I am the Big Kid Auntie!

Back to Crafting…

Kind of…

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Thrift Store Photo Shoot!

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For Something WE ALL Made Together!

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A VIDEO!

Introducing…

Thrift-mas Shopping!

Starring Mis Sobrinos!

WHAT A FUN DAY WE ALL HAD…

And although the kids seem kind-of tired…
They were not!
Just shy about singing in public places!

The oldest came up with the lyrics on his own too!

And Now Some Winter Activity Fun!

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Ice Skating!

(Not sure how I made it snow in the photo…but I like it)

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On Your Mark, Get Set Go!

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No Falls For Me…
But My Hips Were Hurting!

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So My Big Sister Took Over Auntie Ice Skating Responsibilities!

On to More Activities…

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Bird Feeding with the In-Laws and Friends!

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Little Friends!

One of My Favorite Things…

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Organizing this Hot Mess China Cabinet (I Love Mom In-Law)…

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Into this Nice Display Piece!

While at the In-Law’s I also Decorated the Christmas Tree!

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And Found these Awesome Vintage Pieces!

And the Hub…

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Made Kelicha Cookies with his Mom!

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Yum Yum!

We Also…

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Entertained…

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Held…

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And Fed Babies!

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We also Danced!

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Boy, Did We Dance!

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So Did the Giant Bear!

Never a Dull Moment in Northern California!

Although I did make any items to sell in this blog post…

Feel Free to Visit OUR OWN BIG WORLD! to see things I have made and other items for sale!

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Vermont is freakin’ beautiful…

Even when it is dead.

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The beauty of death

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The deadly spine flitters and floats.

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“We are not in vain!” says the beautiful flower that dies.

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Whoville died in Vermont.

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But it is where butterflies go to hibernate!

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The veiny fingers of death reach for the sky.

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What death makes you…

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Oh Puffy Stuff?

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Even in death, I will stand tall!

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“Blue skies you do not deceive me!” says the naked tree.

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“I still like the sunlight.” she said with her last flower breath.

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Eyelashes of death try to block the view.

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And its veins try to suffocate.

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Color laughs at the grey of death.

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“We are not of this deadly world,” says the lively fluff ‘n’ stuff.

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Pods of death ready to blast off into winter.

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We will not die, we will not curl up and die!

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Star bursts of death spring upward.

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While death breathes, roses sleep.

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Death loves me, Death loves me not.

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Death’s fairy wings on a stick.

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I flutter, I flitter, I flurry and soon I will die.

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Winter is upon as
Balls lay unused among dead leaves
Guarded by the Gnomesman
Who has stood the strength of winter
And shall prevail once again!

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And then it snowed!

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Adding a bit of clarity to death around.

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Sprinkling death with sugar.

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Tiny fingers cupping clouds of sugar.

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Clouding death.

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And still purple strives.

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As does the Gnomesman of Winter.

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UPCYCLE LIGHT!

From Vintage Strainer Lamps!

EASY PEASY!

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To start the hole, I used pliers and a hammered it just a bit in the centered dot in the centered star of the bottom of the strainer.

You can see the finished hole in the photo.

Oh, and yes, those pliers have a pink rhinestone on them!

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To help enlarge the hole, I snipped from the inside with wire cutters.

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Then I would push this vintage soda bottle into the hole to make it more round!

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Picked these up at IKEA for $5.00 each the other day!

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Put lighting through hole, put in lightbulb…

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And there you have it…and cool hanging lamp that casts spotted star shapes!

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That was fun!

But I was not done creating!

Back to Gnome Christmas Trees!

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I so need a gnome for under that tree!

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Now, let’s see if these things sell!

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Yes, Gnomes celebrate Holidays too.

And they, just like us, need Christmas Trees.

I have made it my goal to supply them some this holiday season.

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Let me talk first about the tall one in the back.

Or better yet, let me show you how I made it!

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Supplies: Cone, felt, glue gun, scissors and maybe some tidbits for decorations (I used some brads and tacks).

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Cut, cut, cut out your tree leaf thingies.

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Glue them, one at a time to the cone, all of them!

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Start adding your decorations as you go.

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Figure out your topper and decorate.

I decided on decorating a small Styrofoam ball with the brads and tack.

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There you have it, the first of many…

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A Gnome Christmas Tree!

For those Gnomes who like simple lines…

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The Bobble String Christmas Tree!

Yes, it bobbles a bit from the way it is attached to its stand.

And now for those Beachy Gnomes…

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The Pearly Shell Gnome Christmas Tree!

I made both the string and shell trees awhile ago…lots of string, shells, glue and patience, and you too can make them.

As you can see from the first photo, there are many other trees.

Some are vintage and some are just darned cute.

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I had to have a variety, so many Gnomes so many different trees needed!

And these two are my favorite!

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They so remind me of my Italian Grandparent’s Christmas decorations. Under their Aluminum Christmas Tree (Yes, I said Aluminum) they had this tiny outdoor winter skating Scene (a mirror was used to make the frozen pond) with these tiny trees all around it!   Ha, but they have sold already…should have put a higher price on them! 

I have two more in the making, but not sure they will get finished in time.

Gnomes…I got you covered!

Elves get all the attention during the holidays, give some love to any Gnomes you may know!

EARLY HOLIDAY BONUS CRAFT FOR YOU:

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I made the wreath awhile ago, Click here to see how I did it: The Garbage Wreath

But then I put it in an old frame and threw some red felt on the back for that something special and different Christmas decoration!

HAPPY HOLIDAY CRAFTING TO YOU!

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I have a thing for circles, balls, orbs, globes, pizzas…anything round!

So I buy needlepoint hoops, lots and lots of needlepoint hoops.

Mind you, I do not do needlepoint!

But I do love cool retro looking material.

So, I put the two together and this is what I got!

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This little cutie consists of three different size hoops, 3 different sample pieces from JoAnne’s and some twine.

I did glue them together, so it is a just hang one thing wall decoration!

Note to self, iron material next time!

For those that can not commit to 3…I give you this:

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Not attached for cases where just one or two will do!

PS…the lint and stuff on the floor do not come with hoops!

I have saved the largest hoops (one really big…others quite large) for the wall on our new dining room.

Now on to something different.

I like frames, and I could not pass up this little metal one with tiny crosses!

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I found a map, which I also love..and this little fleur de lis was calling my name.

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All together, and they make an interesting conversation piece!

Circles, Frames and Maps…I wish I only like those 3 things!

Whatever it is for you…find new uses for your favorites!

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Buttons aren’t just for clothing anymore…

Especially cool old Buttons!  

I pulled out my small collection the other day when I wanted to snazz up a few other things.

And here is how it went!

The below were just plain old round colored cardboard boxes.

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AND NOW THEY ARE FANCY RESPECTABLE DECORATIVE CONTAINERS!

So easy…old buttons and some burlap!

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Oh, and Mod Podge, gotta love the Mod Podge!

Wait, and some glue!

I used the Modge Podge to adhere the burlap and after that was dry, I glued on the buttons.

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Sassy & Brassy!

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Golden Girls!

They were so cute, I did not stop there!

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This nice piece of pottery had the word “Utensils” across the front.

Why? I mean, if the utensils were in it, couldn’t you tell what was in it?

So, I got rid of it and prettied it up with some vintage white buttons!

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I really like how it came out!

Can’t wait to use it now!

Any button will do…glue it on, sew it on, or even use wire for jewelry…

JUST BUTTON UP!
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It’s official now…

WE ARE MAD FOR MID-CENTURY PIECES!

Here are some of our most recent finds.

Mind you, most of these photos are taken after I rubbed, shined, & scrubbed!

To get’em cheap, you gotta get dirty!

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Oh, yes we did!

Although I love the colors of the material on the stool, I am thinking we just may have to change it! And folks, the pillow is Jim’s pick. That is his favorite color after all!   The book rack and snack trays make everything all the better!

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I am not sure if this is a stool or a table, but how can you not love those curves and swirls?

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Poker anyone?

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No poker could be had without hip turquoise cocktail glasses and bowls for chips and snacks!

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And we could use this octagonal beauty for a card game or two!

The above has not yet been spit shined, as I have do not own my secret spit shining sauce in that color…yet!

Okay, it is not a secret, I will shout it out! I love Howard’s Restor-A-Finish !

Here’s a cutie to look at in the meanwhile!

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Need some light and a place to put your cocktail while you lay out a flush? Use this handy lamp / triangle table!

For those non-card playing party goers, we have this nice conversation area full of lovelies!

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We prefer wood, but could not pass up these chrome numbers for the price offered!

Already shined up, but with some new material, they will soon be everyone’s favorite!

And anything looks better next too a black metal magazine rack and a “I dream of Jeanie” table lamp!

In love with our new Mid-Century Danish Modern chair…look at those lines on that baby!

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One of my favorite finds…the lamp shade!

Ooh, the chicken scratch of it all just makes me smile.

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 I got the lamp with a different shade…

But I had to bring the couple together and now they will live happily ever after!

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Old kitchen chairs and a vintage doctor stool, with new colors, may make great seating at our low kitchen peninsula!

I could not pass this one up for only $2.00!

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If I do not use it as is, I have a gold-fish scale wall art project in mind for that frame and maybe a couple of smaller pieces from the art!

But this little cutie will fit in nicely.

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My husband is a sap for water / boat scenes!

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Although we have the nice turquoise ones above, these small handfuls of color will fit nicely in that mid-century bar…uh…when we finally find it!

Speaking of glass…

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My husband being sensible, found some ceiling light fixtures, that just may fit in!

As a gift, I found this beauty for my Jim!

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No Picasso’s in our finds, but we like them!

So…”Where do we find them?” You ask.

We found most of these pieces in a great little town in the middle of nowhere, Florida. Arcadia has a cute little downtown that consists of 4 blocks and a million antique stores. Once a month they have an Antique Sidewalk Sale!

We found some smalls for great deals on the sidewalks, but hit the mother lode when we walked into the The Opera House!

If you are into history, antiques from any era or style, or even ghosts, Arcadia and The Opera House are must see!

We will be back for sure! Okay, we need to pick up a bigger piece…but since a full day there did not get us through all the stores, I think more shopping will happen.

Some of those pieces are from thrift stores! Thrift stores are my heart and soul! Most antique stores are too dear for my pockets, so I hunt thrifts often. And don’t forget to find the Goodwill Clearance stores! Chairs for $3.00…what the what?

HAPPY HUNTING TO YOU!

Our next adventure is a couple of mid-century auctions!

Wish us luck!

UPDATE:  WE BOUGHT SO MUCH WE OPENED AN ONLINE STORE!

Please Visit and Shop if you are so inclined at:  Our Own Big World!

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What do you do when you have a funky piece of “art” in an old cool frame?

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Find some string…

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And…

START TO MAKE SOME ART!

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Figure out your design…

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And your color pallet!

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Oh, and we can’t forget…

The Accessories!

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String and Felt Flowers!

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I have to admit…I luuurve these!

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Now find the perfect place for the flowers!
(Ahem…maybe where you may think there are imperfections…Maybe?)

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And there you have it…

A new bright cheery piece!

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And yes…everything is for sale!

But right now…

It is happily placed on the wall in our living room until I am ready to let it go!

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