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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Before and After's of 2008

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality is hosting a Before and After Party. I thought I would show a few of my favorites~ and yours.
Back when I first began blogging I found a set of floral prints at Marshall's for a great deal. But they seemed a little plain.


I decided to alter them up a bit. They now hang in my laundry room.



Here's the other print. You can also catch a glimpse of the curtains I made in another post.




One post that continues to get daily hits is "Curbside Creativity". (You can find the link on the right hand side of the blog under "Greatest Hits".) I took two black IKEA mirrors and began spray painting them. I also added a bit of stain.


They were then hung up in the fashionista's bathroom to break up the expanse of the dated mirror.





Do you have an extra cabinet door lying around? I did and needed a sign for my Blissfest Booth at the Recovery Fundraiser for Nie Nie.




A bit of modge podge and a little scrapbooking paper and I was in business.




These were a couple of old camp chairs I retrieved from my neighbor's trash.



A little sanding, spray paint and fabric and she now wants them back.



Not to worry, I have not been idle in 2009. Do these Valentine lovers make your heart sing?


I think I may keep this whimsical bracelet.
I love the combination of vintage pink and white pearls on this necklace.

This bracelet has a heartful of vintage cabochons, beads and charms.

I didn't forget the tiny dancers either. This sweetheart of a bracelet is in my Etsy shop.



Have a blessedly creative day!

70 comments :

~♥~ Monica S said...

You ARE creative... wow!! Wish I had half of your creativity!!!
Loved the little chairs and the mirrors.. especially the mirrors.. they were just MY style!

Monica

jewelstreet said...

Ooh, all this craftiness! I bow down to the queen. :) Makes me want to go find some stuff to redo.

krissa reann said...

Wow....I love those mirrors and what you did to spice up the pictures. I would have never thought of doing that...Love it!

Mildred said...

I love it all Laura!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Could you email Rhoda, there's something weird going on with your link to this post.

Thanks,

Manuela

Bella Casa said...

I didn't even know that you had an Etsy shop! You make beautiful jewelry!

Your projects are amazing, you are very talented...love that mirror idea!!!

Bella

Melissa Wertz said...

Laura, you are so creative. Everything is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Very nice projects, Laura! You've been very busy, love the redo on those framed floral prints. And the trash picked camp chairs, a girl after my own heart. Thanks for playing along.

Oh, and it's Rhoda, without the N! I get called Rhonda ALL the time, LOL.

heather said...

Wow. You are like a miracle worker!! I want to try it with something. I think I might poke around my house today and find a project.

The Berry's Patch said...

Laura,

I hope you told your neighbor to take a hike after asking for those chairs back. ;-) They are so cute now. I also love how your pictures turned out.

I'm going to check out your etsy shop. I love those little bracelets.

beth at aunties said...

Creative juices flowing at your home! Each project was really wonderful! The jewelry is lovely.


The mirrors are an awesome idea!!!
♥♥♥

Denise said...

LOVE your pictures! Those are BEAUTIFUL! And your cupboard door - Wow! Thank you for taking the time to share some of the neat things you did in 2008.

Linda said...

I need to get to the thrift store! You are the best withy great ideas!

Rue said...

Hi Laura :)

I've never thought of adding to a print before. Great idea! Love the cabinet door you dressed up, the frames on the mirror and if I was your neighbor I'd want those chairs back too ;)

Your new jewelry is beautiful!

xo,
rue

kate said...

Hi, I really enjoyed your post and your blog, very creative. Hope your having a great new year, ck out our blog
thanks again
kate

Susan S. said...

I am SO digging your creations. They are awesome. Love the way you take things and embellish...I do that too, but you are REALY GOOD! I'll be back to check out more of your creations. Happy New Year From Houston, TX!

Linda Merrill said...

Love, love, love the frames on the bathroom mirror. I have the same mirror in one of my bathrooms - may have to get some pretty frames! GREAT idea!

KayEllen said...

Wonderful before and after photos!!! I am going to be in phoenix at the end of the month... helping my parents at the www.rustybarn.com
You would love my mom's no sew tape with all your adorable projects you make!!! come see me!
Email me if you want free tickets to get in:)
Smiles,
KayEllen

Barbara said...

what a talent! I enjoyed looking at this before and after pictures.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Such wonderful projects! Love the little camp stool redo and the mirrors are fantastic too!

blessings
mary

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful redos! I especially love the mirrors.

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Rosanne said...

Great before and afters!
Love the jewelery too!

Things That Inspire said...

I love before and after pictures. You have some great ones! I am off to check out the others on Rhoda's blog!

Linda said...

I love your cute Valentine's jewelry, so much so that I just ordered a bracelet! I love pieces that are whimsically nostalgic.

Glenda said...

You did good in your re-do's.

Love the picture re-do the best.

Ciao

Shimmy Mom said...

Oh, I'm headed to etsy today. My girls would love your new jewelry. And I still plan to use your framed mirrors in my new master bathroom.
*hugs*

KDLOST said...

this post is simply inspiring. i am so glad my marshall's and michael's are right next to each other... i am seriously planning a project now! i'll tell you how it goes...

Terri and Bob said...

Adorable! I have a large plate glass mirror in my bathroom too. I love how you framed it out. I may have to try that too.

philben5 said...

O.K., that's just not right for someone to take an already nice picture and then wa la...(sp?) make it an awesome picture! Please share more on how you did this lovely project!
Blessings
Roxanne

Leigh said...

I'll bet she wants her stools back! Oh, that looks great! Hey! I am here from the 2008 Before and After! Stop by my place if you can.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What fun makeovers! I love the stools in particular, but I actually love it all! Those prints look a thousand times better! So cute with the birds!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Lamp Tramp said...

Very inspiring projects, Laura, as is all your work. Love your jewelry!

Suzy said...

Great job as always! LOVE the IKEA mirrors!
Suzy

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Thanks for your nice comments on my blog today. I love your pictures and how you added to them they look fabulous. I also really love your idea of hanging other mirros over the big mirror! What a great idea to update those gigantic mirrors. I must try that!

Janet said...

I love the mirrors! I have the same "wall of mirror" situation, that is a wonderful idea, it looks great.

fourlittleloves said...

Love what you have done!!! Thank you for your sweet comments on The Childrens Nest! I love meeting new people, it is so much fun!! You blog is AMAZING!!! Thanks again for stopping by.....
Tiffany

Tracy said...

The altered Marshalls art is still my favorite. Haven't had the opportunity to steal the idea yet, but I will! Cute post.

Blondie's Journal said...

Laura-I saw most of your Gems when I first fell in love with your blog and it was so inspiring to see them again. I think it is a lot of fun to start a project from scratch, but it is a real "pat on the back" when you can recycle something. The pictures from Marshalls are my favorites... Unless you entertain in your laundry room, you better move that one to a place where it can be admired ;-)
xoxo
Janie

Cheryl said...

LOVE it all! especially the little camp chairs. Great pictures- thank you

Leila said...

Good job on the mirrors. You are better at photographing yours than I am at mine.

Last year I found so much for free! It is such a thrill to spruce something up that someone else has tried to throw away.

Good job on your projects, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Betsy said...

Love all of your goodness.

carolinagirl said...

Love your blog! You always post the neatest projects!

Deck The Halls-A Happy New Year said...

Nice to meeet you! your creations are beautiful! I am also from Arizona and a Interior Designer!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas!

LiLi M. said...

Great ideas! I especially like the foofing up of the drawings! Let's hope that there will be more time in 2009!

Kristen said...

Thanks for stopping by. You are so creative and I love all your pretty things.
I would want those chairs back too
:-) you did a great job!

LaurenFaythe said...

Hi Laura - thanks for sharing! I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I have given you an award, please come visit and receive it.

VERBENA.... NESTED TREASURES said...

Love all of your projects... such patience...I love the mirror idea.. and the rag on a string...xoxoxo Laura

Songbirdtiff said...

What beautiful things you have made!

Miss Sandy said...

I love the altered pictures! I skimmed down to to have a little look see and like the rag garland you added to the curtains, cute touch! Love the jewelry too! Thanks for the inspiration and have a super great weekend!

honeysuckle said...

I have seen those botanical prints at Target but what you did with them was totally smashing! Also your camp stools were great afterward. You are clever and thrifty and inspiring! Thanks for ysharing!

dollybelle said...

So much inspiration!
xoox
Dollybelle

Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

Your pictures look great...so much more creative and one of a kind...and I love the frames over the mirrors...I have done the same and love how it updates the mirror! Great ideas...thanks for stopping by :) Ashley

Pat@MyTatteredElegance said...

I love your altered rose pictures. I love rose pictures and sometimes they do need something extra. What you did was great. Love the jewelery too. I invite you to come see me altered nectlace on my blog.
Smiles,
Pat

Meredith Teagarden said...

My gosh! Who would have thought to alter those? I LOVE them!!! GREAT post. I always get inspired from visiting your blog!

Meredith T

Gray Matters said...

You've been very busy and everything looks so great and fresh.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I adore!!!

quitecontrary1977 said...

I love the idea of a before and after party! I actually remember some of these projects, I believe. You are so amazing. Come to my house, and make it look cute! lol..

Coastal Sisters said...

Oh Laura...everything is so pretty. I especially love what you did with the mirrors and the prints. This post was full of Fabulosity!

Hope you are having a great week.

LuLu~*

Gina said...

So amazing! I had to run and buy that golden necklace, it's SO pretty!! Thank you for making it! And what you do to everyday or broken down items is incredible. You are genuis. I love what you did layering those mirrors over the large ones, so interesting. And you made that floral painting pop with freshness and beauty. Love it all.

sandra/tx said...

Those are Ikea mirrors? Man, I need to make a trip up there. And I love, love, love the redo on those prints. Great job!

Mimi Sue said...

You are amazing. Love your bracelets. And those mirrors look great. Mimi

starsfault said...

Major score on the picture re-do's. I love the idea, makes it more personal, pretty, and fun! I'm thinkin'... maybe I can re-do... yep, I feel a project coming on.

Blessings ~ Eileen

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Great work...great projects!

Bravo!!!

Jen r. said...

Love that idea with the mirror!

Anonymous said...

What amazing transformations ~ well done ~ thunderous applause from Phoenix!

Milah said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Your blog is so inspiring! You are one creative gal!
Blessings!

The Kramer Angle said...

Amazing! I love how you altered those pictures; very creative! How did you do it?

Gail

Jan and Tom's Rose Haven said...

I love your creativity ~ especially the Bathroom Mirrors. It's exactly what I have planned for our expansive mirror. I've already painted the mirrors and have everything to hang them...just haven't hung them! LOL!!!

The White Bench said...

Beautiful makeovers! I especially love those prints (and Marshall's as well!!!).
Monica.

Shana said...

I really like how you added to the framed prints. Such a great idea -makes me wander why I've never thought of this!