Tomorrow we’re going to visit a couple of friends we haven’t seen in a while. They are not drinkers (the reason we don’t see them often), so we didn’t really know what to take to their house. Our de facto host gift is actually not very crafty (a bottle of wine) but this won’t work for them. Read more →
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We really do love our dogs, and they make us very happy…most of the time. Unfortunately, last Wednesday evening wasn’t one of those times. After letting them back in from outside that evening they all ran into our bedroom before we had a chance to stop them. They immediately jumped right on top of the bench that we did last September and completely covered it with mud. We tried cleaning it but the fabric was stained and thus, ruined.
Se la vie! At least we didn’t need to start from scratch. We only had to recover the top of the bench. One of the great things about doing these projects is that you can always redo it when something like this happens to you. Even if it doesn’t…it’s great to be able to change up the décor of a room without much cost! Read more →
A few weeks ago our friend Jen invited us over to look at some old pieces that she liked but was having trouble finding a functional use for them. She was hoping that we could come up with something crafty instead of having to throw them out. One of the things we found was a very old side table that was on its last legs (so to speak). It was wobbly and the leg reinforcements were broken. She liked the shape of the top, but the legs were too unstable and delicate to be of any use. Read more →
Alberto and I went to a salvage yard in Barnegat, NJ a couple of weeks ago. I love salvage yards because you’re only limited by your imagination. They always have lots of great stuff, and the owners are usually willing to negotiate on the price. This time around we actually saw a big concrete relief of Daffy and Porky Pig dressed as Sherlock Holmes and Watson with a title of “Mystery.” I wish we had a yard big enough for a garden so that we could make that the centerpiece! (Alberto disagrees) Read more →
While we were at the Goodwill last month, Alberto came up with a few other ideas. I’ve been wanting to make a lamp, and so Alberto decided to use books as the base for one. We love books, so it’s little wonder how Alberto came up with this idea. We found some very old hardcover books selling for a few cents (no first editions, don’t worry!) which were all perfect for the base. Read more →
Since the white marble tile tray from a few weeks ago was so easy to make and it looked so nice, we decided to do another one…albeit, a bit different. We were walking through Home Depot, and Alberto saw a Carrera marble floor jam. We put three silver handles on it, and it is now a great and interesting serving tray! This is one of those projects that is quick and easy, and it can turn a nice affair into something really elegant. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money!
Several years ago, Alberto’s family gave us two oil paintings for our new home. It was a very nice gesture, but they weren’t really our style. They were in very chunky and ornate gold frames. One of them was of a street scene, and we eventually found a home for it in one of our spare bedrooms. But the other one was of a still life of a vase with flowers (possibly daisies or poppies?). I’m not a big fan of still life to begin with, but this just reminded me of someone’s grandmother’s house. Read more →
We’ve had such a good time sharing these projects, and we appreciate all of your support! We wish you a happy, safe and crafty holiday season!
Best wishes for the New Year from Alberto, Brent, Gertie, Barney and Duff!!!