Costumes From Halloweens Past

Being the procrastinator that I am, it's no surprise that year after year I wait until the night before Halloween to whip together a costume. Here's a sampling of some of my finest work.

#1 BONELESS BUFFALO WINGS
Orange towels, BW3 napkins, BW3 buckets, some wings made out of cardboard, and some hot sauce smeared on our face. That last addition was a terrible idea.


#2 JILLIAN & BOB, AND A CONTESTANT FROM BIGGEST LOSER
We went to a party that night (without the baby) and no one had a clue who we were. Even after we told them they still looked puzzled. Costume FAIL!


3. BUCKET OF SUDS AND A (4-LEGGED) MOP
Wore this for my Halloween party at work one year. We cleaned up in the costume contest!! No. Not really. Not at all. Not even honorable mention. I'm not bitter.


4. RICHARD SIMMONS
Also dressed my dog up like this one time:


5. CASH 4 GOLD
I picked up this yellow uni at the thrift store the night before my work party. I tossed and turned all night thinking of what I could be... it came down to this. Pure gold. Cash 4 Gold!! 


6. NAPOLEON & DEB... & TOTS
We owe the success of this costumer to our friend Laura -- she was my lifeline to a pink caboodle! Oh and also to Walmart for the moon boots.




7. THIS YEAR'S COSTUME
I still have one more day... 

Twinsie Tuesday | Phillip & Jamie

Warning: Do not sit across from me at a dinner party, otherwise I will badger you all night about who you look like. Jamie unfortunately did not get this warning before sitting across from me at a recent dinner event. All throughout dinner I kept telling him and his wife Kimberly (owner of Hummingbird Bake Shop) that I knew him from somewhere. And so the 20 questions began... Where do you live? Where did you grow up? What high school? What college? Where do you work? You play softball in Cleveland Heights? Oh I know -- you work out at the gym? No.. Ummm are you on Tv? In movies!!? Are you someone famous!!!???  Kimberly swooped in to save him... "Some people say he looks like Phillip Phillips." BOOM!


Goodwill DIY Project #12 | No-Sew Garland

I have a thing for garland. Especially garland that requires nothing but scissors to make. Stop on over at Goodwill Akron blog for instructions on how to make this no-sew garland using thrifted pillow cases.


Friends//Found//Featured | Laura's Glass Cabinet

My friends and family always inspire me with their own DIY projects so I started this monthly feature to showcase their masterpieces.

Meet my friend, Laura! She's a lifelong friend who inspires me with her talent to decorate, and her courage to go after really big dreams. Dreams like, oh I don't know... publishing THREE young adult books! Liar Society, Lies That Bind, and This is W.A.R. are books she co-authored with her equally talented and inspiring sister, Lisa. To read more about her (and these books) check out their blog, Lisa and Laura Write.


Enjoy Laura's recount of DIY'ing this piece, especially the  adventure she went on to buy it -- "...he did not have a police record I could uncover..."

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Every so often, I get this overwhelming urge to paint something. To start the day with ugly oak and end with FABULOUS. This particular time, my older sister Lisa was painting all sorts of stuff for her new house and I wanted in. Unfortunately, I'm at capacity in the furniture department and another piece would not fit in our house so I had to resort to replacement. I targeted a very wobbly ladder bookshelf my son loved to rock and figured I was supporting a good cause and potentially saving his life by buying something new. Turns out, after gifting said wobbly bookshelf to Lisa, all it needed was a few screws tightened. But that's neither here nor there.

 I scanned some catalogues to gather inspiration and found some lovely pieces at Ballard Design. But, have you seen their prices lately? Who do they think they are?! Pottery Barn? Okay, maybe they are Pottery Barn, but I barely shop there either, so I knew I'd have to take my inspiration and leave.


I liked the look of both of these, but preferably without a $2000 price tag. Yikes.


So I did what any self-respecting girl on a budget does. I went to Craig's List. I searched on "bookcase" and "glass." I figured by adding "glass" to the search, I'd garner some higher end results. Well, I found this beauty.


Oak? Check. Glass? Check. Knobs to change? Check. Stability? TBD. Perfect bones for a rehab. But I'd have to buy it first. My husband isn't much of a Craig's List kinda guy, so I knew I'd have to do this particular project on my own. And because I have no patience whatsoever, that meant THAT DAY. I emailed the owner and said I was interested. HE (okay, not to be sexist, but a little warning bell went off when I found out the seller was a man) said it was still available and he was free for me to pick it up that day. I did a bit of Googling/cyberstalking and discovered he worked from home, was not a registered sex offender and did not have a police record I could uncover. I called Lisa and explained the plan and told her I would call her RIGHT after I did the pickup and if I didn't call that she should call the local police department (that was 45 minutes away from where I live, btw) immediately and relay the address of Craig's List seller.

 45 minutes later, I arrived at the seller's house, which did not appear to be a murderer's lair. But when I rang the doorbell and the man came to the door, he said to come through the garage. Hmm. Didn't quite like the sound of that, but I had that bookcase on the brain and it was clouding my judgement. Went to the garage. "It's just down here in the BASEMENT," seller said. Oh. Oh. Um. Bookcase. Bookcase. Bookcase. Okay. I LED THE WAY to the basement, which in retrospect could have been a fatal error. One kick and I'd be done. But when I made it down to the basement, there she was. The bookcase. And it was every bit as beautiful as I'd imagined.

Seller helped me haul it up and shove it in my trunk. On my way home, I called Lisa to reassure her of my safety and SHE DIDN'T ANSWER THE PHONE. So much for my backup plan. Apparently she was on the phone with our other sister. Nice. But in the end, I guess the moral of the story is to trust in Craig's List. At least most of the time.

I raced home and began my project straight away. I bought Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue and applied approximately 15 coats. Do not be mistaken. The bookcase I purchased was kind of a piece of junk. Laminate. And potentially more wobbly than what I had parted with. But it had glass! And knobs! And it'd be so pretty! And it was a cool $50.


I'm very proud of the finished product. It's a lovely aqua-ish blue, has a brand new bead board backing that my husband tried to cut with a jigsaw while swearing profusely and failing miserably. The lovely people at Lowes eventually made a straight cut for me and I nailed it to the back.



I replaced the knobs with some ones at half price at Hobby Lobby and was good to go! The project fulfilled the itch to DIY...at least for a few more weeks. Until next time!

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I'm just glad she's still alive and here to share this with us! Thanks, Laur!!

The Cleveland Flea - A HOT Success!

People weren't really interested in buying blankets on a SEVENTY-FIVE degrees day. Noted.


However, they were thankfully interested in shutters, card catalogs, marquee letters, lanterns, frames, watering  cans, old wire baskets, moccasins, and old metal cabinets...


...and turquoise earrings! Talk about HOT! 


Despite the lack of blanket buyers, my first attempt at selling clothes (sweaters, plaid shirts and vintage tees) went pretty well!


And I was soooo excited that the vintage Mirro kitchen timer went to this guy... it coudn't have found a better home!


My dad did a lot of buying...from the food vendors! Banana frittata, beer, ice cream, pierogies, danish... I think he sampled them all! It's very clear who I get my eating habits from. 


And this guy! He buzzed around all day then came and worked my booth at the end of the day so I could walk around real quick. I feel so confident when I leave the booth and hear him announcing "Husband Special here! Make an offer...any offer...it's yours!!" 


That's a wrap for October. Thanks to all friends and family that made it out!! I'll be at the November Cleveland Flea on November 23rd and 24th. More details coming soon!

Flea Sneak Peek 4: Chairs, Chalkboards & Peach Lustre

The big day is almost here! Hope to see you tomorrow!

Heywood Wakefield Child's Chair
Vintage wood chair and Heywood Wakefiled chair. Vintage tool boxes.

Chalkboards Galore

Ahoy

Fire King Peach Lustre Custard Cups
Fire King Peach Lustre Custard Cups

Lyon Metal Stool
Stools including a Vintage Lyon

Copper Piggy Bank
Oink

Mail Bin

Flea Sneak Peek 3: Furniture that I Really Want to Keep

If it weren't for my commitment to Dan to have the garage cleared out before winter, there's no way I'd be parting with these 4 furniture pieces. I mean seriosuly, someone needs to buy these before I change my mind.

Vintage Typewriter Table

Distressed Green Bench - Fits like a glove at the end of a twin bed!


This yellow kid's-size bar stool!!!! Oh my gosh, this may not make it to the flea.

Rustic green crate on wheels. Also fits perfectly at the end of a twin bed. 


Flea Sneak Peek 2: Colorful Cottage, Farmehousey, Vintage

Hi! I have lots of pricing and packing to do tonight but I am very busy procrastinating. Writing this post and having a cup of coffee (with a generous pour of pumpkin spice creamer) seemed like a much better idea. I present to you a sampling of colorful, cottage, farmhousey vintage-ish stuff that will be for sale in my booth at the Oktober Cleveland Flea this weekend.








I'll likely be procrastinating again tomorrow night so stay tuned for more sneak peeks!

Flea Sneak Peek 1: Rustic Lakehouse, Cabin, Campy Style

Just a few more days until Cleveland's Oktober Flea! I hope to see you there.  I'll have a double booth one of which I've themed campy rustic lakehouse-ishness type stuff. Here's a sneak peek at a few things you'll find:











Check back on Thursday for a peek at the items in the other side of my booth. Think colorful, cottage, farmehouse-y.