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Friday, April 16, 2010

.:Guest Blogger - Shannon @ Quarry Orchard:.

Hello, everyone!

I'm Shannon from Quarry Orchard. I started blogging in October as a way to document all the projects that my husband and I do around the house. We've tackled some big projects- some have been successful, some have had some 'glitches' along the way :) We have fun and are proud of everything that we've done so far! (even the uneven caulk and occasional paint streak :)) We have also learned A LOT along the way. In between big projects, I love to do little crafts to use to decorate. I've also been making many of my own cleaners and laundry and dishwasher detergents. I try to be as cheap budget friendly as possible. It pains me to spend money if I don't have to!

One of my favorite things to do it to find deals and give them new life. Any thrift store, Goodwill, or friend's garage will do! A few weeks ago, I found this for $1.99 at Goodwill.

I thought that it was cute. But, I also thought that it would be even cuter if it weren't so Christmasy and gold.

Her new 'do

Because the Christmas holly and mistletoe were thick, it still showed through. That's where the twine belt originated. Its purpose is to cover that up... but, I like it better with it anyway :)

I'm not sure of her place or purpose, but for now, she's floating around the house looking for a home and something to hold. I'd love to give her a glass cloche....

A few things to keep in mind when looking for junk things to breathe new life into:

~ Find things that you love. Maybe it has a cool shape or is unique.

~Remember- you can paint just about anything! Don't like brass but found a great set of candle sticks? Paint 'em!

~Pick stuff up. Hold it in your hands. Turn it upside down. You never know what ideas or purposes for an object you might discover!

~Combine objects. Cool brass candlesticks make great bases. Add an interesting looking bowl on top. Give them a coat of paint and glue those babies together!

The possibilities are endless! And, best of all, if you are in a thrift store, you can leave spending only $5 or so and have a bag full of goodies!

I also made all of the decor balls in the pics... sisal, twine, dictionary and globes all have brief tutorials. All were super easy, fairly quick, and -most important- cheap! :)


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  2. Shannon- so fun to see you here at Sumo's! Great post! :)


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