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When you just can't decide which Christmas pin to wear..... why not attach them all to a necklace? Its a bit heavy but definitely a conversation starter. I've collected a few from flea markets and thrift shops but my favorites came from my Grammy who received them as gifts from her second grade students in the 60's.
Christmas Elf Collection
 While you normal people are having fun with the Elf on a Shelf, I of course have to put my own spin on the tradition.  My boys know I'm weird and make fun of me for it but secretly, they love it... even if they don't admit it.  Most of these bad boys are from the 50's and 60's with the exception of three newish ones I've found at Kirkland's over the past two years. While they may not admit it.... my boys look forward to them each year. They are such a fun, inexpensive collection to pass along one day to their own children and remind them of their own eccentric mom.

VooDoo Witch Doctor Costume

Ok so this year I decided it was time to be scary for Halloween. My friends know I live for this season and start thinking about it well before October but this was a bit of a last minute idea using stuff I already had around the house. This costume was fun and easy to make. I basically cut strips of fabric from old clothes and tied them to a ribbon to wear as a skirt. I took an old blonde wig and tied fabric strips throughout and added some dollar store skeleton parts.  The dollar store skull and a branch from my yard along with some raffia and a repurposed hat from last year's steampunk costume completed the look.

Patio Chair Redo

Summer is finally here and that means two solid months of crafting happiness before back to teaching. Check out this piece of crap I found homeless and lonely. I could see it had potential. I'm still trying to figure out a way to create a better cushion but I worked with what I had and for a quick fixer upper...I'd say it turned out pretty cute! 

Buttons and Beads Bracelets

These are my latest creation using buttons, beads and found objects. Each item is hand sewn on the leather base. I found these at consumer crafts for under $2.00 each. They feature a two sized snap and even come with pre punched holes. Embroidery floss worked great to secure the pieces.  You can find the plain bracelets here at Consumer Crafts.

Swap Meet Photography

You just never know what cool stuff you'll find at the flea market. These are photos of some stuff  I've spotted while walking around the Webster Auto Swap Meet. I plan to print them out and frame as art for my kids' rooms. They don't always see the cool factor in my weird photos but I get a kick out of it. Feel free to save them and print for your own use!

Spring Burlap Wreath

Vintage Aluminumware

My grandmother had the most lovely aluminum ware collection and I was fortunate to inherit it. I love mixing the pieces into decor for my shabby home. It's not easy to find pieces in pristine shape but occasionally I score something unique at a thrift shop. 

Thrift Shop Ornament Wreath

Merry Christmas! I've always wanted to make one of these but never wanted to spend the money but last week I scored the biggest box of 80 new plastic ornaments at the Goodwill for only $5.00. They are all over my house, the light posts my dining room table and on this huge wreath that looks lovely against the drab grey green door of my townhouse. Some hot glue and an old wreath from my stash and whalah!