Friday, September 12, 2014

Raffia in Fall Decor

I seem to tie or tuck raffia into almost all of my fall vignettes.  It reminds me of straw, and I love the way the wind blows it back and forth outdoors.  Here are examples of my fall raffia ideas.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
I tied some raffia on my funnel Jack o'Lantern here.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
I used raffia under a pumpkin like straw.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
Here I used raffia tied on the legs of the rusty crow and Spanish moss under the mini pumpkins.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
These vignettes with raffia were on my covered patio last year here.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
I put raffia in a bucket of gourds, and tied it on a sign and the wooden daisy here.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
I tied raffia on a harvest sign here.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
I also tied raffia onto my trouser hanger door swag here.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
Raffia is also great for filling in autumn container vignettes like this crate here.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
Or in this toolbox container vignette here.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
Or with these funnel "cornucopias" in a soda crate here.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
I also tie raffia on with fall leaves, like on this bun warmer re-purposed pumpkin here.

Autumn Projects & Vignettes
Or this gear jack o'lantern here.

How about you?  Do you use raffia in your fall decorating?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Re-Purposed Shutter Shelf for a Vintage, Rustic 3/4 Bath

I made a new shutter shelf for my 3/4 bathroom from a $4 thrift shop purchase.  $2 for the shutter, 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Odds & Ends: Easy Fall Sign & Nail Polish Holder

I have two easy projects to share today.

Shovel Handle Display Tray
After completing this Shovel Handle Display Tray, I had the shovel head left over.

Rusty Shovel Garden Signs
Why not make another rusty shovel sign like these?

So I did!  This is the chalk lettering that I traced onto the shovel head back. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Small Updates to my Small 3/4 Bathroom

When I was a child, I remember going to rummage sales with my mother in my current neighborhood.   My neighborhood was where the business owners and doctors in town once lived, (circa the 1960's); the homes of the local rich and famous.  

At the time, rummage sale-ing was not as widely accepted as it now.  My mother, a rummage sale fanatic, went to rummage sales because she couldn't afford to buy all new, not because salvaging, up-cycling and re-purposing was trendy!  I remember hiding in the back seat of the car when she went to rummage sales lest my more fortunate classmates see us purchasing their second hand stuff.

It was then, that I set my sights on living in this very subdivision, someday...

And it did happen.  I have actually owned two houses in this neighborhood.  I currently live in a doctor's old house, but my house is pretty ordinary.

Let me say that doctors lived pretty frugally in the 1950's when my house was built.  It has two bathrooms (we had one growing up), but the second bathroom is very small.  I once decorated the 3/4 bathroom with an outhouse theme. Yes, it's not much larger than a good sized outhouse.

 This is the vanity in my 3/4 bath.  Small, and pretty cheap no frills builder's grade.


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