Google+ House Revivals: 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fabulous Free Stuff for Your Home (REALLY)!

Continuing with our Fabulous Free Stuff posts, I've found a few more things on my local Craigslist that would be totally worth grabbing for your home. We all want to have beautiful and functional homes, but furnishing and decorating a home is expensive. Here are some fun ideas for using free stuff to transform your home.


The desk shown below is huge and solid and made by Hooker, but most importantly -- it's FREE! Personally, I think it's beautiful as it is, but if were painted in a chippy farmhouse finish it would look amazing.


Check out those TWO huge framed mirrors! Someone put these items in their driveway for folks to take for free.


A similarly sized mirror from Restoration Hardware would cost over one thousand dollars!


Leaning against the wall in your entry or bedroom, a gorgeous standing mirror would be functional and have great visual impact.


Never underestimate the power of paint! The FREE bed shown above looks a little dated and tired, but a couple of coats of light blue paint, like on the Maine Cottage bed below,  will make you think you're sleeping at the beach.


I'm not usually a fan of free sofas, because they are often dirty or broken, but every now and then, you find a sofa that is clean and in perfect condition. This sofa is a nice neutral color, so it will work in just about any decor.


I love trays!  They are great for corralling books and remote controls and newspapers, etc. Use them on coffee tables or ottomans, hang them on the wall, or keep toiletries organized with them.


The inlaid bone tray shown below is gorgeous, but it's also $598 from Serena and Lily. The red tray, show above, is free. A stencil and some craft paint applied to the free tray could yield the same effect as the Serena and Lily tray, and you would still be able to pay the rent afterward.
Authentic mid century furniture is usually very well made, from good quality woods. Can you believe someone was giving this piece away?


Mid century shelf and desk units are all the rage right now. West Elm makes a retro version that sells for over a thousand dollars.


This old teacher's desk has already been given a set a sturdy industrial wheels.


A good cleaning and some paint is all it needs to be converted into a beautiful and functional kitchen island, like this one from This Old House.


The wing chair below is tired and looking a little ragged, but the lines are amazing.


Betty, over at Oh Everything Handmade, shares how she transformed a dated, but classic, wing chair into a modern farmhouse focal point.


Good dressers are some of the most functional storage pieces you can own. Vintage dressers are almost always better made than newer ones. Check for signs of a quality piece by looking for dovetailed drawers and dust panels between the drawers. The piece should not "wobble" at all, and the drawers should close nicely (unless you are handy, and comfortable making repairs). Avoid anything made from particle board. The waterfall style dresser below has great lines, and lovely hardware.


Use your dresser to create a welcoming entry, or at the end of a hallway, to create a moment of beauty in your home. I use dressers to store everything from vintage silverware to extra sheets. The dresser below was found online for free, and given a quick coat of paint. After some light distressing, it was ready to display a painting found at a German flea market, a woven ball my father-in-law picked up when he was in Vietnam, a carved Polish trinket box, a Polish pottery bowl, and a carved box from Thailand. Dressers are a great way to display family mementos.


This wood filing cabinet only needs a coat of chippy farmhouse paint to give you extra storage in a bathroom or kitchen (they're not just for files, anymore). Use one next to a pedestal sink to store extra toiletries.


I hope this post inspires you to look a little more closely at the "free" stuff being offered up online. Most of this stuff is headed for the landfill, if no one claims it, so it's great it we can divert it by giving it a new lease on life.


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For another FREE template, click here.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Amanda

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Free Hibiscus Sugar Skull Printable!

It's time! As promised, we are providing FREE printable templates throughout the month of October for these fun coloring page sugar skull templates.


Last week, we shared Rose and Daisy.


This week, we are sharing Mister Hibiscus. He's the green fellow in the picture below.


As with the previous printable pages, the hibiscus sugar skull printable also comes with lots of extra flowers and medallions for embellishing your skulls. 


To create your sugar skulls, go to the link below and print your sugar skull coloring sheet. Color your page as using the media you prefer and cut out the skull and extra embellishments.


Assemble as desired. I like to mix and match my embellishments. You can glue your sugar skulls onto cord or yarn, to create a bunting, or use them in card making or however your prefer. Enjoy!




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For another FREE template, click here.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Amanda

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Free Daisy Sugar Skull Printable!

Welcome to Part Two of our month of FREE sugar skull printables! 


Last week, we shared Rose (she's the gal colored gold, above). Today, we're sharing Daisy.


Like Rose, Daisy comes with lots of extra flowers and medallions to embellish your sugar skull, if you want. I like to mix and match my embellishments from different printables.


To create your sugar skull decorations, click on the link below and print the coloring sheet. Color, cut out, and assemble as desired. I can't wait to see the creative things you create with this template. Be sure to check the previous post to get the link to the Rose Sugar Skull template.


Get your Daisy Sugar Skull printable by clicking this link.

You might also enjoy this printable template for a gift box and gift tag. Like the sugar skulls, it is a coloring sheet that can then be cut out and assembled, as desired.


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For another FREE template, click here.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Amanda

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Free Rose Sugar Skull Printable Template!

You guys!  For the rest of October, I will be offering FREE printable coloring sheet templates for these amazing sugar skulls!


Today, we have a link for a printable for the gold colored skull, seen below. Keep checking in, because I will continue posting several more templates all month long!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

More Ways to Furnish Your Home For FREE!

When my husband and I were starting out, we were young and impoverished students. Our first sofa was found, free, from the want ads. My mom helped me re-upholster it from mismatched remnants we found at a local fabric store. It looked amazing.


After reupholstering that sofa, I was hooked on DIY projects. I sewed curtains, painted dressers, made Christmas ornaments, and so on -- stretching our limited dollars while creating a home for our growing family.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Furnish Your Home With Free Stuff -- Beautifully!

The holidays are right around the corner, and many of us are thinking about sprucing up our homes, in preparation. With tight budgets, the task can feel a bit daunting, but it doesn't have to be. You don't need a lot of money to create a beautiful home. In fact, sometimes you don't need any money!


This morning, a quick scroll items being offered up for FREE on Craigslist turned up scores of awesome stuff.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Gift Box Printable With Wild Rose Template

Here is another version of the gift box printable I shared a couple weeks ago. The last printable featured an aster embellishment and a kaleidoscope inspired design.


Today's printable features a sweet wild rose, gift tags, and a simple floral pattern for you to color.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

How to Make Coloring Card Gift Sets

The struggle is real. What in the world do you do with all those coloring books? I love them, the art is beautiful, and they are fun to color, but if I start coloring now, and color till I die, I will never get them done.


When people find out you're crafty, they give you coloring books. I've got soooo many coloring books, I buy them, people give them to me, and I even had a craft company send me an entire box of the SAME coloring book by mistake.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Make a Nautical Inspired Baby Card

I had the privilege of attending a baby shower this week, for a sweet mama who is expecting her second baby boy.


The night before the shower, I realized I didn't have a card, so I pulled out my box of "card kits" to find a suitable envelope.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Free Gift Box Printable Coloring Sheet

This is a fun little printable for a purse style gift box. It's perfect for treats and sweets, table favors, advent gifts, and small tokens of appreciation.


Included in the printable coloring sheet are a small gift box, two tags and mats, a flower embellishment, and a sentiment.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

How to Create Mixed Media Mail Art

It hurts my heart to throw away a large mailing envelope. Why buy new envelopes, when you can just reuse an old one and save a tree, right?


I wanted to create some mail art to send to my granddaughter. Her seventh birthday was coming up, and I wanted to send her some goodies.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Make Pretty Cards {from materials that don't go together}

Have you ever wondered how to pull together lots of different components that don't seem to go together, to create something pretty?


Sometimes you just need to let go of preconceived notions of what "goes" and what doesn't go.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

How to Pull Supplies Together For a Pretty Card

One thing I've noticed, when my friends are making cards, is that they often feel a little paralyzed by the thought of creating a card without a set of instructions and a materials list.


It's okay to make cards that way, but it's very freeing to know that you can go through supplies you already own, and pull out the things you need to create one of a kind pieces.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pulling Together a Color Coordinated Card

When you're pulling together an assortment of elements to create a card, it's a good idea to choose the elements based on a theme.


A favorite theme I like to use is color. Sometimes I do a "one color" card, like I shared in this post.

Today, I will share how I choose color coordinated card elements.


I start with one main color -- in this case, the apple green background in the floral printed die cut, above. Then, I choose a second print, with the same apple green. This is the turquoise die cut, with the apple green embossed flourishes. From there, I began grabbing elements that went with that pairing, including pink washi tape, yarn, pink paper, and a scrap of embossed paper, which I distressed with an apple green stamp pad.


I also chose a gold polka dot washi tape. Gold goes with just about everything, and the white part of the thin washi tape "disappears" when you use it in your projects. The dots in the washi, referenced the dots on the pink paper.

The pale turquoise color of the yarn repeated the background color of the second print. By repeated and referencing colors or patterns, you can achieve a cohesive look.

I don't worry too much about things matching. Instead I focus on coordinating, or finding things that look great together. Do you have any tricks or tips for creating coordinated cards?

You might also enjoy this tutorial about making a filigree card.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!
~Amanda

Thursday, August 30, 2018

This Abbot Kinney Welding Shop is a Piece of Authentic Venice

We've been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles, lately. For a couple of years, we need to travel between Venice and Seattle for my husband's job. We have fallen in love with Venice.


Venice is amazing. Venice is crazy. Venice has heart. Venice has crime. Venice has very high end homes, and Venice has homeless encampments. Lots of movies and TV shows are filmed in Venice. In fact, I can see The Today Show filming down by the graffiti wall as I type. When we first came here, I made my husband spend an afternoon with Linda Blair and me, watching Roller Boogie. The two star film was shot in Venice, and it's fun to locate the old Venice landmarks and to see how things have changed. You can see the exterior of our apartment in some of the scenes. You can still find roller skaters on the Venice Boardwalk, though roller skating has been eclipsed by skate boarding, with the addition of a new skate park.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

To Make the Impossible Card....

Have you seen these "impossible" cards? I'm not sure whose brainchild they are, but they are super fun.


If you receive one, you will be left scratching your head, wondering how in the world it was made.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Cassette Tape Shelf to Gorgeous Tray!

When I brought an old cassette storage shelf home from the Goodwill Outlet, I think my husband thought I'd lost my mind. What in the world did we need that for?


Well, I love trays, and I was pretty sure this little shelf could be transformed into a unique and useful decor piece.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Striped Card From Scraps

If you're looking for a quick card making project, that also uses up your stash of scraps, this is the perfect project for you.


I was collecting a large stash of remnants from various projects, and wanted to use them up, so I decided to create my own "striped" card stock.


I started by cutting several of my scraps into narrow strips. These were then adhered to a piece of light weight card stock that I'd cut and folded into a card base. This is 60 lb card stock, which is usually just a bit too flimsy for card making.


I glued the pieces to the the front of the card base, keeping them flush with the folded side of the card, and allowing them to overlap the open side of the card. Then I flipped the card over and trimmed the pieces that were hanging over with scissors. Had I trimmed along the folded edge, I would have run the risk of accidentally cutting into the fold.


Next, I grabbed a piece of bias tape from my stash of fibers and fabric trims to use as a band across the front, and glued a premade Anna Griffin sentiment on top of that. You can use whatever ribbon or fiber you have on hand -- or use another strip of paper, if you don't have fibers.

I found some light weight paper that looked nice with the card to line an envelope, and Bam! Done.

This is a project you can easily do in twenty minutes to an hour, depending on the interruptions in your household.

I hope this project encourages you to grab the little moments to create something pretty.


You might also like this post on how to draw and paint when you don't know how and don't have time.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Amanda