Thrift Store Find

I have been getting a little more of the creativity vibe while staying at home. I’m currently into doing macrame projects. It is so fun and very hands on. I am really enjoying it and hope to create many beautiful pieces. I have been seeing lots of wonderful ideas on Instagram, Pinterest and on YouTube. Not only is it great as plant hangers and wall decor but it also looks amazing combined with baskets.

A while back I was at my local thrift store and found this cool looking faux bamboo food tray. It was really neat, inexpensive, and in great shape. So I picked it up because I knew at the time I wanted to do something with it. Didn’t knew exact what, but I had to get it. Below is what I found.

Isn’t if so cool?! I mean you can leave it just as is and use it to it’s original purpose or as a base for a center piece for a coffee table. As I said earlier, I was loving how some people were adding macrame to baskets and thought why not do the same with this piece.

I thought about stenciling an image on the tray. I figure it’s a descent size area to put something on it. First I needed to paint it so that the image can stand out. I decided to paint the base with a white chalk paint that I had. It painted on well to the tray and since I put a good 1st coat, I didn’t need to paint another coat. Loving chalk paint!

Now time to pick out an image. So I wanted something simple and quick. I looked around my stash of stencils and picked out 2 things. I went with the letter J and two little star bursts on each side of the letter. Since I will hang this in my craft room, I thought it would be perfect.

So how to incorporate a macrame design to this tray piece. Well soon to be a wall piece in my craft room. I figured I would keep it simple. So I decided to create a simple square knot design that was not so crowded but airy. I just did square knots with spaces in between each one. To add a little more interest to the design, I had the square knots taper down to create an upside down triangle shape and added regular knots on the cords that were loose.

I love how it turned out. Something so simple and yet it added an extra look to a very simple tray. Below is how it turned out all completed and on my wall.

I do plan to create little projects like this with macrame. I also plan to make more macrame projects for my craft fair. Stay tune and see what else I will create with macrame, thrift store finds or recycled items at home.

Thanks for stopping by.

Janette

Macrame Wall Hangings

Oh my goodness is been a while. So many things going on that the time went by. Just been busy with the kiddos home now. Getting a schedule going for them so there is some purpose for each day. Been spending lots of good quality fun times with the them playing board games and card games. I have been really enjoying that. Making almost every single meal since we are trying not to go out and eat our meals. (I have to say I have grown tired of cooking. It really isn’t a thing that I like to do on a regular day anyway.) Also I have been working a lot on some of my macrame projects.

I have really gotten into macrame. It’s been so much fun for me. It’s been a great creative outlet and allowing me to be creative with my hands. Paper crafting does it for me too, but it’s been macrame lately. I am loving what I see and find on Pinterest and Instagram in regards to macrame. So many different designs and colors. Uughh so cool!

I’ve been using my time at home making several macrame projects. I have made several wall hangings that I think turned out cool. I have gotten some compliments from family and friends.

I’ve made a very pretty wall plant hanger which I really want to make more of them. I really think it turned out so great.

I have incorporated some weaving with some of my wall hangings. It gives the hangings a punch of color. I will definitely be trying some more weaving with different types of yarn. The possibilities seem endless.

I’ve also tried out making a leaf/feather. I know I still need to work on it some more. I think it turned out neat. It’s a bit tedious and slightly time consuming for me since I am still learning it, but worth my time. I will continue to make more so I can improve on it.

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been working on lately. I will continue to work on some more. You can see more at my Instagram account @jscreativeinnovations. Go and check it out to see other items I have done.

Thanks for stopping by,

Janette

Monogram Wall Hangings

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned about going to antique shops with a friend. Well every time we went to one, she was always on the look out for big letters to hang on her wall to display. She wanted letters of the first initial to each of her family members’ name. Well I thought that was a cool idea. After a while of doing this, she had an amazing collection of letters. The letters were of different sizes, fonts, and colors. Once she got the amount that she wanted she hung them up on her wall in her living room. It honestly turned out so cool. Of course the idea wasn’t original. She said got some ideas from either Pinterest or a home decor magazine that she had. Either way it looked really cool.

After seeing her collection of letters on her wall so many times that I was so inspired to do something similar. Of course I didn’t want to completely copy her idea. So I had decided to go with the initial of my last name. With that decision, the hunt began.

Hunting for my specific letter was actually quite fun. It was like going on a treasure hunt. Now it took some time and two actually three different states to find all of the letters that I wanted for my wall. Not only did I find some letters in antique malls and shops, but I also found one or two in stores in their home section.

Once I had enough, I was able to put them on the wall in my foyer. I absolutely love how it turned out. Even against the paint on the way, it has such a nice contrast.

Now with all of the letters I collected there was one that I wasn’t too impressed with. It was very simple and plain. It was a good size, but it’s color white wasn’t peaking my interest. I felt like I needed to do something more to it to make it look interesting.

This letter I had was sitting for a while in my craft room after I finished the foyer wall. I just didn’t know what to do with it. At first, I thought of hot gluing some red and green buttons that I had and put it on a wreath for Christmas. I decided against it since I already had a couple of wreaths that I preferred more. So again, the letter sat in my craft room for a bit longer until this weekend.

I was determined to do something with this plain old letter “H”. Now I wish I had taken a picture of it before I jazzed it up. That way you can see how plain it was. Well I decided to wrap the letter with some jute twine I had on hand since I was using some to make my macrame key chains.

Thankfully hot glue does the trick on adhering the twine onto the letter. I then had some paper flowers from my scrapbooking stash. They were originally white so I sprayed some colorful glimmer mist onto them and added some flower brads to collect them together. With the help of hot glue again, I attached the flower clusters onto the letter.

I plan to hang this in my craft room. I feel it the most appropriate place for it since I upcycled it in a way. There was nothing on the back of it for me to hang the letter on my wall. I cut up a couple of pieces of twine and glued it on to make a loop to hook it on a nail.

And that’s it. A very simple and quick little craft project that I did over the weekend. I am in the middle of two other projects that I hope to finish soon to share on my blog. So I hopefully one of them will be finished by the next blog post.

Baskets and Baskets! My New Love for Baskets

Baskets! You normally think of really only one use for them. Just to hold or store items you need or want. It’s a great way to organize your stuff. Of course they come in so many shapes, sizes and colors. I didn’t think much of them until several months ago my eyes was opened to a new purpose to them.

As I was going through Pinterest and decor websites that are out there, I’ve noticed somethings on the walls that I never thought about before. I started seeing baskets.

At first, I started seeing those big tobacco baskets about a couple of years ago at antique shops and at craft fairs. They were very cool and beautiful. I really loved how old they were, but man they were and still are expensive. I really wanted to purchase one but just couldn’t. Just a few months ago I did see some tobacco baskets at a local antique mall. I found one that I thought was perfect for my house. The size of it was just right to fit on a wall by my stairs and the price was just right as well.

Now moving closer to the present. A few months ago, I was going through Pinterest and noticed pins with these beautiful baskets clustered together to make an amazing wall decor for a home. I loved the idea. I saw so many different kinds of baskets. I saw many baskets with these cool patterns inside them using natural and neutral colors. Amazing! Something like below.

So as I was watching people that I follow on You Tube, some of them found some cool looking baskets at local thrift stores. Oh my gosh! Game changer for me. I jumped on this idea fast and went straight to my local thrift store. At first, I didn’t see much that I liked. I did pick a couple of baskets. Not really enough to put a collection on a wall. I eventually did find a small thrift store in my area that I have never been to before. So I went in and found some more baskets that I really liked and felt it would work well for this decor idea.

So I got a good group of baskets together that would make a nice cluster for a wall decor. The only thing was that they were all in their natural color. I got an idea of painting inside the baskets with some patterns similar to the ones I saw on Pinterest. So below is what I did.

So here is my basket wall decor which is in my dining room. I really love it turned out. So I did add to it though. I painted some of the baskets to give it a pop of color.

With this basket I simply painted the base of it with white chalk paint that I had on hand.
With this basket, I created this pattern design with three different colored chalk paint.
I only did a very, very simple tweak to this basket. I only painted on the white strip of white chalk paint. The darker brown strip around the rim of the basket was already there.
I really love this basket and what I added to it. I simply hot glued on some this plastic lavender plant that I bought at my local dollar store. I love how it looks.

After this little project, I look forward to finding more baskets that I can put together and create another awesome wall decor somewhere in the house. When that happens I will report back and show you how it looks. Till then!

An Antique Find For a Useful Wall Decor Item

A while ago I use to go to antique shops and shows with a good friend. It was a fun pass time that we would do every so often. It was always fun hunting for the cool old finds that would fit with our house decor. You can say it was like a treasure hunt. What a great feeling it was to find something old and cool looking and hopefully at a good price.

Well at one of our trips to an antique store, I found one of those old soda bottle crate holders. I thought they were so cool looking. I still think that they are. So I got one. Then I got another one at another shop and another one at an antique store. Now I have 3 of these crates and now what to do with them.

Well I did do something with one of the crates. I use one of them for my son’s Hot Wheels collection to display them. I cleaned it out because it was a bit dusty. I then spray painted it orange. It went well with my son’s room. Then we put his favorite cars in each slot and hung it up on his wall. It turned out cool.

I had two others that I didn’t know what to do with them. I was totally stumped. So I had them for a while. I mean a while like a couple of years. It’s been tucked away in my garage all this time until one day I got this idea.

One day I was staring at my collection of shot glasses that I had in my china cabinet. I was just so frustrated because I just didn’t want them in there anymore. I had no idea where else to put them. I really wanted to figure out a way to display them and not have them hiding in a china cabinet. Honestly my collection had been growing for a few years and it was taking up a bit of space.

Then it hit me, why not do the same thing as my son’s car collection. Man why didn’t I think of this before. Thankfully I still had a glass bottle crate. So I spray painted it white and hung it on a wall in our dining room. I think it turned out great. The only down side is that I wasn’t able to fit all of my shot glass collection. Some of them are the tall slender kind. They don’t fit in the slots, so they are still sitting in my china cabinet. I will have to figure out place for them. So below is what I did.

As you can see, I still have a few slots open to add more. Well I guess we will have to travel to more places to fill them up. I also have another empty crate left. Well I guess I better get started on planning our next vacation.

Oh Those Photo Frames! What Else To Do With Them…

Oh my goodness so many photo frames out there. It amazes me how many. You know if you really need a photo frame, you can find many of various sizes, colors, and styles at local consignment shops and/or local thrift stores. A lot of times you can find a descent frame at a lower cost compared to a new one. Well at least in my experience I have found descent and inexpensive frames out there at my local consignment/thrift shops. It really doesn’t bother me that they are not new.

It has become a benefit to me to find these types of frames at their low cost. Not only to get more frames for pictures but for decor projects. Originally someone suggested to decorate the background of the frames with scrapbook paper and embellishments like doing a scrapbook layout. I was just not feeling it. The idea is great but I was just not motivated to do it.

Then an idea! After seeing so many beautiful wreaths on Pinterest, You Tube and at the stores, I got an idea. Why not make a wreath out of the these frames. Square wreaths, why not! I am sure I picked up the idea somewhere and truly don’t know where. I thought it was a neat idea and still do. Something a bit different from the typical circle wreaths.

Here are examples and how I created them…

Now this frame I painted it and distressed it a bit. Then I wrapped some jute twine all around but obviously not covering up the entire frame. I added the burlap leaves, ribbon and flower at the bottom.
Now this one a little bit more simple. I painted it as well and added the flowers on the corners. I then wrapped and glued the burlap ribbon and the word “Welcome”.
This frame is smaller, but just as lovely as the other frame wreaths. So again I painted the frame and distressed. I added the burlap ribbon and flower. I glued the word “Harvest” onto the burlap ribbon. Before I glued the word, I painted the “Harvest” word.

Now all the materials came from local thrift stores and dollar stores and also some items I had on had. Oh almost forgot, that all of these frame upcyclings are wood frames and was easy to paint. I thoroughly enjoyed making these transformations and plan to make more.