2013 Favorites

::<>::      Looking back on 2013      ::<>::

Another quick year gone. Is it because I am growing older that the years are flying? 😉

All the same, 2013 was a decent year. I dipped my toes, left my comfort zone. I was encouraged and I learned. I was inspired by some very clever folks, homegrown and professional. Here are just a few. Hats off and thanks to all of you (check them out!):

Old Pearly Jenkins


Hello Scarlet


For Those Who Love Dresses

Pretty Handy Girl


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. . .And then, some of my own personal DIY favs that made me happy:

DIY Vintage Rustic Outdoor Wedding
DIY Blended-Family Outdoor Wedding


Doggie Biscuits
Doggie Biscuits in a Jar Gift


Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room
Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room


What a year, right?  Thank you for visiting my humble blog. I look forward to another fantastic 365 days of sharing with you. 

May you have a happy and healthy 2014!

— Joanne

Repurposed Jeans :: Child’s Paint/Craft Smock

jean apron - done 

 I can’t wait to give this to my little niece. I repurposed a pair of old jeans using a converted (Simplicity #1234) pattern into a cobbler-style paint smock.

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Craft Room -aka – Art Dream Workspace



Come in to my workroom dubbed Art Dream Workspace. It’s a dream that is now a reality. Oh, more still needs to be done (curtains, more storage, etc.) but I am ecstatic!

Where to begin?


The two biggest priorities were that family could spend time together in this room and because this is a very small room, and as you can see every inch is used, storage and organization was a must!



The breakfront secretary cabinet was a $25 USD Craigslist find that I painted with MMS Linen and Luckett’s Green Milk Paints. It’s full of jars and baskets that hold bits and pieces, glue guns, hole punches, stickers, yarn and crap galore.


cr-jars 1

cr-jars 2



Even the top of this cabinet is used for storing driftwood finds.


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Tin Can Repurpose: Organize Art Tools

Me thinks summer is at end. It was 70ºF (21ºC) this morning, a bit breezy, Saw Man wants to cover the pool and winter coats are on sale. *sigh*  I guess it’s time to de-clutter, organize and start putting things away; especially in my Art Dreamspace room.  I need to organize my small hand-held tools and Pinterest has a TON of ideas.  I decided to repurpose tin cans – my favorite old “go to” standby. I’ve used tin cans for art projects, wedding décor, punched lanterns and now to organize my small hand-helds.


Clean vegetable tin cans and a worn Lazy Susan I purchased from the Goodwill Store fit my needs. For the cans I needed decorative papers, a ruler/pencil, Washi tape, brush, scissors and Mod Podge.


The Lazy Susan was spray painted with Valspar Satin Whipped Apricot, a buttery yellow. It was in such bad condition, that it took four coats.


I laid the can on its side, measured how much decorative paper I’d need to wrap completely around it and glued it on with a lot of Mod Podge.


I added cutouts and Washi tape for contrast.


I like to remove a can now and then to use at different work areas.


But, they could be glued or screwed to the Lazy Susan for stability. This is such an inexpensive, creative and great way to repurpose – not to mention that this room is getting a much needed Fall de-clutter!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Weekend Finds: Desk Cubby, Wire Pool Baskets, Tool Box

So, I had a can of Rust-Oleum Satin Green Apple that I’ve been itching to use.

apple green rustoleum

It has been pretty hot. What you’d call ‘dog days of summer. 😉


To beat the heat we went ‘thrifting’ this weekend. Found a cute shabby desk cubby/organizer. Love the pigeon holes and little drawer. I freshened it up a bit with that Satin Green Apple – just wish I had a better ‘before’ photo. You can get an idea of the wood condition with the image of the back.

Before and After
Before and After

green cubby side -after

Couldn’t pass up these two 1950s wire gym baskets. Rusty, bent and full of oxidized charm. Pool towels, flower arrangements, craft tools . . . Endless possibilities! And . . . who could resist being #1?

pool basket-front

pool basket-1

Even Saw Man was eyeing this rustic old toolbox. I might store paperbacks in it and set it by my chair. Or . . . use it as an art caddy, a garden tote, a desk organizer – – or use it for its intended purpose! LOL.

Before and After

What did you do this weekend? Hope it was a good one.

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Soda Can Angel

soda can angel frontb

Looking through blogs, I found lots of inspiration (One Lucky Day and Indestructibleson how to repurpose my saved soda cans and scrap pallet left over from building two tables (see Pallet + Plywood Workspace Table and Pallet Project:  Kitchen Island/Worktable here).  Using supplies I had on hand, my main goal was to construct layered wings by recycling soda cans and somehow attach my completed piece to a pallet scrap.

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