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How to Make Stunning Felted Wool Acorns

 

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And so the story goes.

Once upon a time, there was a mom surfing the net. She had no rhyme or reason she was just surfing. After a few clicks on a few random things, she came across the most stunning autumn craft she had ever seen…

She wanted to make them so she jumped in her van in search of wool roving… felt skein… or something like that…

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The Morning I Shot My Chic White Pumpkins

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Painting pumpkins makes me giddy… and shooting them even more so. 

I found that out this week.

I’ve never painted pumpkins before, at least not a solid color.

White pumpkins have been a decorating trend for years, but I had only admired them on other people’s stoops, straining my neck as I drove by.

You know the homes I mean…. the ones that have it…

...major autumn curb appeal.

The ones with gorgeous mums and big wreaths on their front door and a scattering of pumpkins positioned just so.

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Before & After: Vintage Copper Boiler

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While camping with my family over the summer I bought this old copper boiler from an antiques store. It was sitting outside in a corner of the shop’s front porch covered in cobwebs and rusty grime.  With a little elbow grease I could see flowers displayed in the tub or maybe I would use it as a novelty storage bin I thought.  Since it was left out to rust and the price tag was reasonable, I purchased it with hopes of gussying it up and giving it a new life.

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Sofa Slipcovers Made From Drop Cloths

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When I was growing up in the 1970s my sisters and I played in every room of our house — especially the living room.

With four girls running from room-to-room then plopping on the sofa at the end of each chase, we put a lot of wear on the comfiest piece of furniture in our house.

Mom said our home was lived in — no museum care taking or plastic covers over our green floral couch.  She was easy-going about things like that.

Of course back then when we were making forts in the living room with cushions, Mom didn’t know washable canvas slip covers could be sewn from painter’s drop cloths or I’m pretty sure she would have made them.

Now that I have my family, I know how much work it is to keep our home looking tidy. We like to lounge, watch movies, eat buttery popcorn, read and wrestle with the dog on our couch, too. Or as my grandma used to call it… the davenport.

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Glammed Up Vintage Salt & Pepper Shakers

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On our recent family vacation to upper Michigan we stayed with my husband’s parents near Tawas, Michigan. It’s a popular, small boating and fishing town on Lake Huron. Many visitors camp right on the lake, rent cabins or own small vacation homes there.  Lake Huron is very cold until almost August when the hot summer days have finally warmed it up.  The frigid water doesn’t seem to keep the kids from swimming in it or the men from fishing either.  And so while they’re having fun playing, the women take time to shop and flock to the boutiques and art festivals.

My mother-in-law and I enjoy the antique stores and flea-markets.  We spent three afternoons browsing in them and sharing our old finds. Many of the treasures had us reminiscing about her mother or my grandmother who owned a lot of the same stuff back in the day. And we marveled at how expensive that stuff has become.  We had a lot of fun “saling” together that’s for sure!

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One find on my wish-list was a set of potbelly vintage salt and pepper shakers that I could spiff up and paint similar to a set I had seen in HGTV Magazine. We couldn’t find the potbelly-style, but my mother-in-law spied this set, and for 2 bucks I snatched them up.

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At the camp I gave them a good scrub down with an S.O.S pad until their old silver selves shined and gleamed again.

 

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When I got them home I painted the bottoms and rims with two coats of teal and pearl nail polishes swirled together.  The polish took really nicely to the silver and hardened to a smooth coating.

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So that is my fun little DIY. A set of old antique tarnished salt and pepper shakers all glammed up. Special reminders of our family time up at the lake this summer.

Lisa

Before & After Painted Vintage Side Tables

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A little elbow grease goes a long way on vintage side tables given to me by my dear friend Gene from his estate sale last summer. I’m guessing they’re from the 1950s/60s based on what he shared with me over the years about his traditional home decor.  Mr. Gene, as my sons affectionately called him, also gifted me with two picnic bench seats I added seating to and shared more about in this post here and here.

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Building A Chicken Coop From Scratch

Good morning Friends! I thought you might like to see a chicken coop being built from scratch at 12 Oaks Blog. I’ve been reading Ben and Amanda’s complete home makeover this past year or so, and this week they are sharing their adorable backyard chicken coop, along with what it’s been like to raise six chickens and enjoy really fresh eggs. I’ve noticed chicken coops have made a big comeback lately and sure can see why!

 

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You can read about the coop, view their photos of the process and see their cute chickens at this link: Our Backyard Chicken Coop by 12 Oaks Blog

I hope you enjoy the read and will leave a comment for me with your thoughts about the coop and the whole idea of raising chickens from home.

Lisa

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