Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Old Screen Door

Recently I had someone ask about something they had seen in a photograph I had posted.  I thought some of you might be interested in seeing it also.  On the wall over my television I have hung an old screen door that I found at an estate sale. 

I love local history and the fact that I know where this door came from adds to the novelty of the item.  In fact, most of the older items you find in my house actually came from somewhere local.  I love being able to tell people who visit where the item came from which most find interesting.  Chances are if you see it in my house it is not something that I picked up in a thrift store or antique store, it is usually something I acquired locally from that building where it was located (does that make sense?)

Well, back to my screen door.  I hated remvoing the screen, but it was torn and not in an apealing way so I removed it.  I also had to remove the hinges and the handle so that it would hang flat against the wall, but I was able to keep the latch section.

It is still a work in progress, but so far I have hung this large dragonfly I made:

I also added a painting Flowerbud did in art class one summer.  I can't remember exactly how old he was, but probably around 6 or 7.  The local art center is fabulous and every summer they have these wonderful art camps for children.  My son attended every year until he was around 9.  I wish he took more of an interest in art because he is really quite talented.

The other item I have added is this wonderful cross my husband made me for my birthday.  He makes the most beautiful crosses from old architecture elements.  A local store in Fairhope sells them and they are quite popular.  This particular one has special meaning to me. 

If you look closely you will see that in the middle it contains an old rusty oil nozzle.  You don't really seem them anymore, but they used to use them when changing your oil, it was made of metal and fit in the top of the oil can to make it easier to pour the oil.  Most people will probably find it strange to have a cross containing an old rusty oil nozzle, but that old rusty nozzle has special meaning to me.  See, my daddy used to be a manager of a gas station and he passed away the first week of my senior year of high school (let me just say that was a very long time ago!) and this oil nozzle is one that he used.  Apparently my mother found it a while back and gave it to my husband.  I know it seems silly, I mean who finds comfort in an old rusty thing like that, but the fact that my daddy touched it with his hands means more to me than I can say.  

So that's the story behind my old screen door.  Hope you liked it!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Mardi Gras Madness!

Guess what happens after Christmas!  Well, in our neck of the woods it's time to let the good times roll, 'cause its Mardi Gras!!  If you don't have Mardi Gras where you are then I sure do feel sorry for you 'cause you are missing out on tons of fun.  Now, I have to say that most new people in our area really just don't understand it, and I can understand their confusion.  I mean, really, what is the point of going to a parade to catch a bunch of stuff you're most likely going to throw in the trash when you get home.  Of course, there really is a reason behind all the madness, but I'm not going to get into all that - just Google it and you can get all the history behind it.  The only thing I am going to say about the history behind it is that most people are under the misconception that Mardi Gras originated in New Orleans, but no siree, it actually originated in MOBILE, ALABAMA!  Now for the fun stuff.  Around these parts we decorate for Mardi Gras like we do for Christmas.  In fact, remember that upside down Christmas tree I did in the chandelier?  Well, last week I changed it over to Mardi Gras.  check it out now:

Here are couple of other shots:

I actually decorated a tree here last year (if you missed that blog post you can read about it here ) and I made this fabulous tree topper.  Here are some close-ups:

I also added Mardi Gras lights to the garland over the fireplace and changed the wreath to a Mardi Gras theme.

These are the wreaths I made last year to hang on the doors:

 It's hard to tell, but this wreath is extremely large, it's 48"  in diameter - that's 4 feet!

I also added garland and lights outside on the balcony:

Here are some photos of my house.  Here is my mantle:


You may have noticed that the people riding on the floats have on a mask.  That is because it is supposed to be a secret society, hence the mask to hide your identity.  Every year my float gets together and makes a new mask to go along with our float theme that year.  These are some that I have made over the years. 

I made these arrangements a few years ago.

The things that look like necklaces hanging on my chandelier are actually bronze doubloons.  They are worn by our spouses/dates at the ball. 

Every year the different organizations have doubloons made for their theme that year.  The ones thrown from the float are made from a lesser expensive material.  On one side it has the emblem for that organization:

On the other side is the design for that year's theme:

There are usually special beads made for that year.  Generally they have something to do with that year's theme.  This particular one, while more more generic, is one of my favorites from my organization.
Here are some photos of my front door which looks the same as last year:

Finally, here are some photos of a door I decorated for a business in town:

Okay, I'll stop posting now, but I do hope you enjoyed my little parade.  Happy Mardi Gras and like we say down in these parts Laissez Les Bonds Temps Roulez!!  (just in case you don't know, that is French for "Let the Good Times Roll")


Partying at:

Rustic Pig Designs
Stone Gable
Boogieboard Cottage
Southern Savy Style

My Bargain Sofa

Well it took me forever, but I finally finished the sofa that my husband and I bought at an auction for a whopping - you won't believe it - TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS!  Yep, you heard me correctly, I said TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS!  as in $25, as in twenty-five $1 bills, as in two $10's and a $5.  Uh-huh, that's right, $25.  And just in case you didn't hear me, I said TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS!!!

Everyone thought we were crazy!  Purdy it wasn't, but oh-so-comfy it was!  People are going to be so jealous because after I worked my magic this is what it looks like now!

Isn't it the coolest thing evah?!!  Well, you wouldn't have thought so if you had seen it in the beginning.  I mean, really, would you have paid more than TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS for this (minus the fat cat, he didn't come with the sofa, but he thinks it's comfy too!):

So what did I do to make it look like it does today you ask?

Well, originally I tried to paint the fabric using a method that I found on Pinterest, and truthfully I think it would have worked had I been painting it a darker color, but I was trying to paint it white and and after four coats some of the color still showed so I decided to scrap that idea.  I wish it had worked tho, 'cause I loved the way it looked, like a woven tone on tone damask design and was quite lovely!  But, alas, it wasn't meant to be.  Besides, I wanted something really soft, and durable, something I could take off and throw in the washer (have I mentioned that I am the ONLY female in my house, including our three cats??? - I NEED washable!!)  I also needed something cheap inexpensive since I would have to pay someone to make the slip covers for me because, unfortunately, I do not sew (because my momma gave me a phobia when I was a little girl about running my fingers under the needle of the sewing machine, its all her fault!).  So what is that lovely white fabric I used you ask???  Well, it is none other than a drop cloth that I washed and bleached.  Yep, you heard me right, a drop cloth!  I absolutely LUV it!!  It is so soft!  

Since it did not require any sewing I was able to do the bottom and the back myself.  Now, when you look at the photos, please keep in mind that I am in no way a professional when it comes to upholstery, faaaaaarrrrr from it!  But this was fairly simply, I just stapled it in place and then glued the gimp on to cover the staples.  Easy, peasy!


Before I did the upholstery I made up a home-made chalk paint and painted and distressed the frame.  After distressing the fame I used an antiquing glaze to give it some character (like it needed more character! ha!).  After it dried I applied two coats of polycrylic. 

Also, because it was so low, my husband removed the original legs and replaced them with these that we found at Lowe's.  I loved the original legs, and being short I was actually more comfortable with the lower stature of the sofa, but it was shorter than the sofa table behind it and that bugged me. 

So, that's the story of my bargain sofa.  Just goes to show that you don't always have to spend a fortune to get something that looks like you did.  Just remember, sometimes the beauty isn't apparent at first glance, and if you don't look closely enough, and if you aren't willing to take a chance you just might miss out on the best bargain of your life. 


Partying with:

Coastal Charm
The Rustic Pig
The Ironstone Nest
Savvy Southern Style
Knick of Time
Nifty Thrifty Things
No Minimalist Here
Domestically Speaking
The Shabby Creek Cottage
French Country Cottage
Not Just a Housewife
Housewife How-To's
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
The DIY Showoff
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia