More Painted Jewelry Boxes

All I know is we just turned the clocks back, and here it is almost Thanksgiving! For the first time in many years, we are hosting Turkey Dinner for the family. However, how am I going to find the time to cook and plan for guests while preparing jewelry boxes and crafting kits for the upcoming local holiday boutique–just two days after Thanksgiving? And then, how can I make the time to blog about my new altered fleas?  Continue reading “More Painted Jewelry Boxes”

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They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships

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A few weeks ago, while vacationing in Boston, we ferried over to the town of Gloucestor, one of the earliest English settlements. It is now known for the Rocky Neck Art Colony, where many artists call home.

The town was and still is a major seafaring and fishing port. Heard of Gorton’s fish sticks?  Well, Gorton’s of Gloucestor was founded here back in 1849, and the company still catches and processes their seafood here.

Anyway, there is a monument dedicated to the thousands of fishermen who ventured out to sea. The monument reads “They that go down to the sea in ships.” It’s actually from a psalm in the bible.

History lesson over.  Craft time begins.

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Nesting Canisters Get Nautical Makeover

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Do you agree these vintage nesting canisters are a throwback to the 70’s? Picked up for $5, I knew they screamed for a makeover.

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Summer-inspired Tray Makeovers

Our monthly local vintage flea market is only a 15-minute drive from home. Vendors line the aisles with wonderful “trash to treasures.” A few months ago, I bought these two lap trays, with the short metal foldout legs. We used trays like this when we were kids when we were sick and got to eat in bed.

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Click through to see the tutorial and after pics!

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Jewelry Box Transformation

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This old jewelry box was gathering dust on a shelf in the garage.  I picked it up at a local thrift shop for $10 several years ago.  It has great bones and is in perfect condition–except for the dirty velvet interior. Continue reading “Jewelry Box Transformation”

Valentine’s Candy Jars & Centerpiece

After spotting boring candy jars on a store shelf, I knew I could create prettier ones, while recycling empty glass jars at the same time.  And this is what I made.

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