My Experience Being Published in an Italian Decor Magazine

Less than 2 months ago I received an email from Annarita Triarico, an Italian journalist working for Lotus Publishing. She wanted to feature my home in one of their magazines, "Gli Speciali di Casa Chic."  At first I thought it was a joke, but I looked at their publishing site and realized it was a legitimate request. Unfortunately, this magazine is not for sale in the United States, but I'll receive several hard copies of my own. As you'll see … [Read more...]

French Box Giveaway

A couple months ago I had every intention of offering a giveaway for my 100th post. Well, my 100th post came and went. So now, a few blog posts beyond 100 I'm giving away 2 French style boxes. The first box is this little cream number that I just finished altering. It measures about 6.5" x 5.5" and is 2.5" deep. The lid wears a graphic transfer - the graphic is from The Graphics Fairy. Both the lid interior and the bottom interior are … [Read more...]

Pretty Little Boxes

I love pretty boxes! They usually hold pretty things. I have some "new" boxes in my possession. Some of the boxes shown in this post are mine, and some are part of a package that I won at Rhonda's giveaway at A Little Bit French. I'll show you the little boxes Rhonda made, first. They're so adorable! These little matchboxes are graced with French book pages, lace, and French graphics. I love the graphics Rhonda chose for these precious little … [Read more...]

My Passion for Book Page Crafts

Lately I'm becoming more and more drawn to anything made with book pages! Within minutes the words on a book's page take you to another place and time. The musty smell of an old book with an elegant cover is a sensory pleasure I'll always treasure. And when you're done with a book, you can transform it into a work of art. I've been collecting books for projects around the house and thanks to Pinterest, I'm finding an unending supply of crafts to … [Read more...]

How to Transfer Graphics with Mod Podge

Recently I've shared a couple projects where I've used Mod Podge to transfer graphics. I've gotten several emails asking questions about the process so I've created this tutorial in hopes of helping those that struggle with graphic transfers, much like I did until I found this method and tweaked it slightly. You could also Google "graphic transfers" and get other methods for accomplishing this fun task. This simple box started out as a … [Read more...]

Finishing Up a Few Projects

Although I've been wanting to work on some projects around the house, I've been finishing up some craft projects these days. It's been so hot, I just haven't had the energy or drive to tackle some of the home stuff like painting the tub, painting the kitchen, and don't remind me ... painting the outside of the house. Ugh! Definitely too hot for that! So here are some of the things I've accomplished the last couple weeks. The new oil painting was … [Read more...]

French Inspired Boxes

This week I've been working on some more decoupage boxes and altered bottles in hopes of opening up a little shop on Etsy. And I have to confess, I've been procrastinating because I'm a little insecure about it. What if no one buys my stuff? What if I don't price it right? "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Isn't that how the saying goes? I started with plain, paper mache boxes from Hobby Lobby and added script paper. I had a … [Read more...]

Life as a Decoupeur

In addition to bottles, I've got a fetish for boxes. Small boxes, big boxes. Square boxes, butterfly-shaped boxes. It doesn't matter. The plainer the better so I can transform them into something pretty. Here's my latest decoupage project ... Choosing decorative paper and figuring how you'll use it is always the fun part. There are so many colors, patterns and styles available. It'd be fun to design decorative paper. I finished 3 boxes which … [Read more...]

My Little French Crock for Utensils

My last trip to Goodwill resulted in a couple of finds that I knew could be transformed. The first project I shared was a little cherub for the wall, which you can see here. The second project is a little crock I transformed into a kitchen utensil holder, with a bit of French flair. I'm getting ready to re-do my kitchen in a French Country theme. Not a major overhaul ... just decorative touches for now. So yes, I realize this label from Graphics … [Read more...]

Crafting with Paper Mache Boxes

A recent trip to Hobby Lobby didn't result in getting what I went there for (drawer pulls - do they even carry these?). Instead, I saw some plain yet adorable paper mache butterfly boxes and knew just what I wanted to do with them. I was tired of walking around the store looking for the drawer pulls that I never found and wanted to get busy decorating my three butterfly boxes.  This is one of the finished box lids. I meant to take a picture of … [Read more...]

Little Table on the Side

After decoupaging my kitchen stools, I had a little bit of leftover black toile paper itchin' to get pasted somewhere useful. I also had just a little bit of script paper leftover from the decoupage desk project. And well, there was my little ho-hum side table that was looking a little forlorn. I found it at the Kane County Flea Market last year for $10 and painted it white, then distressed it. It was okay, but I wasn't completely satisfied with … [Read more...]

Flea Market Stools for the Kitchen

Every kitchen island needs a couple stools where friends can sit and hang out while you finish preparing morsels of tasty goodness. My kitchen island had no stools and I didn't want to buy anything new. As luck would have it, I found two matching stools on two separate occasions at the local flea market. They were painted differently so I had to give them a makeover. Here's what they look liked after redoing them ... Old Ochre from Annie Sloan … [Read more...]

Skinny Armoire Makeover

About a year ago I scored an old skinny armoire for $40. It's a great piece of furniture because it doesn't take up much space. Although I loved the dark wood, it felt a little ho-hum to me. After all the fun I had painting and decoupaging my desk (check it out here), I decided to apply the same technique to my skinny armoire, using a blue script paper from Michael' The desk is in a different room so I didn't think this would be decoupage … [Read more...]

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