Monday, April 13, 2015

From Shabby to Chic

Have you ever found a piece and thought, "I bet I could really transform this piece."  Well, that is what I thought about this little cabinet.  It was thrown into the bin at the Goodwill Outlet.  It literally weighed almost nothing!  So, it was super cheap since at the outlet you pay per pound.

Apples and green just aren't my style.  This piece needed a little shabby chic transformation.  Of course, chalk paint was called for since the surface was pretty slick.  I first used Provence which proved to be a little too bright.  I decided to tone it down with a little Martha Stewart Milk Pail.

The apple cut out had to go on the door.  Out came my handy dandy Dremel.  Now for a little Rachel Ashwell touch.  I salvaged some material off a bed skirt I had stowed away for just such an occasion.  I attached the fabric to the inside of the cabinet door with hot glue and trimmed it out with a little bit of ribbon.  I think it really makes the cabinet!  So feminine and delicate!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Slipping on something new

I decided I would blow the dust off the keyboard and surprise y'all.  There is no excuse for my absence.  No reason whatsoever, just living life.  I have continued being inspired by others posts.  I have worked on plenty of my own projects.

Today, I thought I would share how I dressed up my mannequin for my booth.  Every girl likes to slip on something new! I guess I should back up and show you my mannequin that I did up for an event around Christmas.

I started by making a hoop skirt for her.

Then came the layers.  First, I wrapped a fitted sheet around the hoop skirt.  Next came wiring on different Christmas tree branches.  Then wrapped my $1 red tablecloth find.

As you can tell, she isn't quite there yet.  I grabbed just a tad bit of cheap green shear material to add.  Cinched in the waist with a little bling.  The finishing touch all ladies need pearls!

I fell in love with this.  I had to display her in my bedroom during Christmas.  When it was time to take down Christmas, I knew I just had to keep dressing her.  As many of you know, pinterest is wonderful and dangerous.  I found so many ideas.  I decided I wanted to sit her on a bookshelf and make it seem as if everything was peeking out from under her skirt.  This is what I was able to create.

I think it would have been a bit better if I would have been able to hoop it out to create the look I want but with limited space and time, this was what I have come up with.  I wonder what I can come up with next!

Love to hear what you think!