..: May 23, 2010

Sunday, May 23

Vintage Yardsale Finds

I found this really sweet vintage chandelier last Saturday. The man I purchased it from said he had it displayed in his booth at an antique mall. One thing that really sold me on this was that he said it was already newly rewired.

He plugged it in for me and sure enough, it lights up beautifully. He said to hang on to the candle sleeves because they're original. I'm pretty positive that I'm going to at least cover them up with new sleeves. I added the hanging crystals to it which I already had.

I know it's not for everybody, but I just love the rusty patina on this, the patina even matches my ceiling. I love, love, love it. It was only 20 dollars.

If I tire of the rusty look, this will look great spray painted as well.

Another fun find, was this vintage etched chippy mirror for 2 dollars.

This would be so cute on a dresser or with a table scape.

Linked to:

Vintage Summer Monday at Laurieanna's Vintage Home

Tutorial~Beachy Decor Ball

This is my first try at making a decor ball.

For this project I used one loofah sponge and one wiffle ball, both from the dollar store. Some shells which I already had, a hot glue gun and some very sturdy scissors.

If you haven't ever tried to cut through a loofah sponge, and I can't imagine why anyone would, it's like cutting through woven cement. So you'll need a pair of scissors that can handle it.

I just cut one side at a time and cut the strips into squares.

You can see what the center section looks like in this picture, when I was done cutting off all of the outside portion, I snipped the center piece into small pieces.

It looks like shredded wheat cereal. I kept cutting the squares into smaller pieces. The smaller they are the easier they become to cut.

I started hot gluing the pieces over all of the holes on the ball.

It looks very weird! I kept going till all of the holes were plugged.

I covered up the rest of the plastic by gluing and sticking more pieces on in random directions. I cut the pieces even smaller as I went to fit them where I needed them.

I spread out my shells and glass pebbles and just glued them where I wanted them. Sea glass and pearls would also work nicely.

Tah-Dah! Fun. Easy. Cheap.

Linked to:

Friday Show And Tell at My Romantic Home

Frugalicous Friday at Finding Fabulous

I'm lovin' It Friday at Tidy Mom

Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest

Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots And Jello