Make a Chalkboard Lampshade


  I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on this mid century lamp - I call him Ed. I knew he needed to go from work horse to Arabian beauty and a chalkboard paint lampshade and new coat of paint was just what the veternarian ordered. My first try was an epic fail - learn from my mistakes. Do not use chalkboard spray paint!  It … [Read more...]


DIY Cheese Markers from Plastic Toys


  I used to hate cheese. I wouldn't touch the stuff - the smell kept me far far away. Oh, of course I ate mozzarella on my pizza but that was as far as it went. Until ... I discovered Brenta. It was love at first bite. Now I'm addicted and have to avoid the cheese shop at all costs. But when I do break down, I can … [Read more...]


Butterfly Branch Centerpiece


December 21, 2012 marked the winter solstice. The  shortest day of the year. So I can bear the cold months ahead knowing every day gets a little bit lighter, brighter, longer and warmer. While I'm anxiously awaiting summer and dreaming of sitting on my vintage glider beside my butterfly bush while sipping my famous margarita, I'll … [Read more...]


Exceptionally Eclectic – Christmas on the Lake

The Lily Pad Cottage House Tour

  Santa will be harnessing Rudolph to a candy apple red speed boat when he visits Kelly's, of The Lily Pad Cottage, Michigan lake house this year!   Nothing says Christmas like bouncy ball ornaments in a window box! We're both named Kelly and we both have the same tile (mine in my shower) - maybe we were separated at … [Read more...]


Unique Christmas Trees – Christmas Stand Tree!

Eclectically Vintage trees unusual

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, How lovely are your ... Branches? The Deets: * Find some old Christmas tree stands at the thrift store * Spray paint them (I used Kyrlon Premium Silver Foil Metallic) * Stack them * Dangle some cute vintage Shiny Brites from the "branches" * Sing Oh Christmas Tree as you admire your … [Read more...]


Bring on the Bling – Metallic Pinecone Place Settings

Fall Crafts, Thanksgiving, place settings

I'm torn. I love natural, rustic things like old wooden toolboxes and chippy paint ... but I also love a bit of bling (I live in Jersey after all). How to marry the two? Why not take a standard issue pinecone (not that there's anything wrong with that) and give it some attitude. I was lucky enough to try the Krylon Premium Copper … [Read more...]


It’s a Cinch – Dollar Vase into Glimmering Candle Holder!

Dollar Store Ugly Glass Vases into Candle Holders

I heart good mercury glass crafts. So what better way to turn those ugly old glass vases that we all have multiplying in drawers and on shelves and not really doing anyone any good in their boring, unadorned state. How to Turn an Ugly Dollar Store Glass Vase into a Glimmering Candle Holder Supplies: * Ugly glass vase (on hand but … [Read more...]


Sun Jar DIY

DIY Sun Jar

They light up my life, they bring me hope, to carry on ... But these DIY Solar Jars really do light up my life! Sun Jar DIY How To * Spray jars with Frosted Glass spray paint (I did 2 coats) * Remove picks from solar lights and put lights in jars * Put on your steps, patio table, scattered in your garden beds ... * pat yourself on … [Read more...]