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Create a solar chandelier for your garden

I stopped at my favorite Goodwill store the other day and found a cute, broken chandelier, and instantly knew what I wanted to do with it.  I have been wanting an outdoor solar chandelier for a long time, I had already purchased the lights at the dollar store, but didn’t see a light that I thought would fit my style.  Until now !!

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I started working on it immediately, I stripped out the electrical wires and lights and cleaned up the metal and porcelain.  I glued the tops of the solar lights to the fixtures and hung it from a branch over a table I have under a tree.  I couldn’t wait until it turned dark !

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This little broken ugly old chandelier has found new purpose and adds a romantic and beautiful addition to my eclectic backyard.  This is one of my favorite repurpose projects and all for around 10 dollars.  Did I mention, I love it !!

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eco-friendly, handmade, and vintage items for the whole family and the home

Do you have a friend that always has the coolest stuff, and you’re constantly saying, “Where did you find that?” 
 Sincerely Liz Boutique carries a wide variety of eco-friendly, handmade, and vintage items for the whole family and the home.
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Make your own cake plate

I have many wine glasses that have little chips on the rims, and anyone that knows me, knows that I repurpose everything.  This is a great way to repurpose those chipped glasses, just by adding a glass plate.  What I love the most about these cake plates is the simplicity of them.  If you use all clear glass, you can embellish them to match your table or for a holiday.

Supplies needed:

  • Glasses, I prefer stemware
  • plates, for today I used a simple plate
  • glue, I usually use E-6000, but I also use a 2 part epoxy
  • imagination

 

Glue the stemware to the plate and that is it !!  Instant cake plate

Undecorated, imagine a cake on it..

Decorated with candles and flowers

Flowers placed in the glass

Two smaller glasses and plates

 

I love to decorate my dessert table with multi-layered cake plates with a variety of cupcakes and cookies.  If you are entertaining in the evening, use a flameless tealight candle in the glass, it makes everything sparkle.

Next time you go to throw that chipped glass in the recycling, imagine what you can do with it.  Show me how you repurpose your stemware, I am always looking for new projects !!

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My suitcases are packed…….just kidding

I have this addiction for suitcases, usually leather ones, but I saw these for sale and I couldn’t resist.  3 out of 4 of the suitcases were Laundry Pack Boxes, which I have never seen, they even have the mailing labels on them.  These were used in the 1920’s and 1930’s by college kids to send clothes back home to be washed, made of heavy fiber board with metal corners and rivets.  How cool are these?

 

 

Now my dilemma, what to do with them?

This tutorial was inspired by Pottery Barn striped suitcases, or paint one or two white?

 

Make a foot stool or end table?

 

 

 

They are still hiding in my truck, I don’t know if “D” could handle 4 more suitcases coming through the door, I will just bring them in tomorrow, after he goes to work.

I know what I am going to be dreaming about tonight !!

What do you think I should do with the suitcases?

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a shabby blue day

I love decorating shabby country, it is a relaxed feminine romantic way of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting.  Yesterday I found an oops can of light blue paint at Lowe’s for 50 cents, how could I pass that up !  I don’t decorate in blue, it wouldn’t fit into my color schemes, but I have many friends and family that do.

I was in the mood to paint last night, and I have been dying to make my own chalk paint.  What makes chalk paint unique is the appearance, it has a flat look and when you apply certain techniques , it adds charm to furniture and home decor items that look old and weathered.

I read many how-to blogs and decided to try the one that used the ratio of 1 cup of paint to 1 tablespoon of non-sanded grout.  There were many that said to use plaster of paris, but I didn’t have any, maybe on my next batch.  I used sand paper on dried paint, and tried to imitate the aged and weathered look.

If you don’t want to wait for time to pass to enjoy this rustic, shabby chic look, this is the technique for you.

I am happy with the way they came out, what do you think?