Saturday, April 12, 2014

DIY Charms for Your Car

A while back, I shared a post called DIY Initial Charms.
I started this project with the intentions of making a necklace or a bracelet with them. I must have tried a 100 chains and the clasp would not fit through the tiny little hole of the charm. Lesson learned: Next time I want to make jewelry, make sure the hole is big enough for the chain to slide through!

So, I came up with a solution. I found thin leather black rope that I knew would fit the charm. I knew my friend had just got a new car and thought this would be perfect for her mirror or shifter.
I'm happy with the way the DIY Car Charm came out and here is the final product. :)
Happy Saturday :)
xo
Alison

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Another Ann Sloan/MMS Makeover: A Dog's Armoire

Happy Weekend! I'm excited to show you my latest mini makeover. :)

My Mom recently gave me a small armoire for Andre, my Yorkie, because she knows and laughs about how much clothes he has. I loved the whole idea of the little piece of furniture, but was not feeling the design of it.....or I just needed another excuse to paint and distress.
 
Andre
 


I was given a can of "Old Violet" Ann Sloan Chalk paint as a gift. (Can you even get a better gift than this?) I opened the can and was shocked to see the color I saw. I kind of panicked since it was the complete opposite color of the soft lavender I thought I would be working with.
 
I then remembered that this paint requires a lot of mixing and ending up with this amazing color. Phew.
 
This was after the first coat of paint....
Things were not looking so hot! So three coats of paint and some distressing....here is the final product.
 

 

 
And these are only half of his clothes :)
Happy Saturday.
xo
Alison
 
 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Another 2 Minute DIY Art

By now, you know that I am a firm believer in working with what you already have. When I started phase 1 of my bedroom makeover, I wanted to add some color to the old dreary room. I adore this vintage Korean Airlines blanket that I purchased at a vintage store for $5 a few years ago. I usually use it as a blanket for Andre as you can see here:
 
I felt that this great blanket needed a change. So, with an existing frame, a pair of scissors, and an old blanket, I went to work. In a few minutes, I had this cute little frame of DIY art that added the perfect pattern of color to the room.
Happy Tuesday!
xo
Alison
 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bedroom Makeover: Phase 1

I'm so excited to share my Saturday full of revamping my dreary bedroom. My biggest challenge with this room and the rest of my small apartment is that I am a hoarder of good vintage things. Some things are just difficult to part with and I know some of them are just great to decorate with. So I pulled all the Rubbermaid totes full of great things and started organizing!
I love the days when creativity just flows and comes easy. Saturday was one of them. I only purchased a few new things (which I will share in another post) but the rest is working with my "old"
Here is my bedroom before. Tried the feminine look with different shades of pink and a ruffled comforter, but it was definitely note me.

I refuse to paint in an apartment that I know I will only be in for a few more  months. So...I just worked with the paint color that exists.

This horrific bed is finally gonzo! It was replaced with a new Sealy mattress that just feels like heaven!





Still have plenty to do but loving the way it is coming along. Stay tuned for the rest of the makeover soon!
Happy Sunday!
xo
Alison
ps...partying over at www.jenniferrizzo.com

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Living Room Favorite & Dreary Bedroom

Hi Everyone!
I wanted to share a few of my favorite things in my living room. This small space is packed with antique furniture that I just can't part with. I wake up every morning happy just to see these rustic 'ol pieces.


Now, I'm bored, once again of this darn bedroom. I just can't seem to make it work, but I have plans! I attempted the pink color scheme, but I finally came to terms that it is not my favorite color. I love a cozy cabin feel and that is where I am going next.

Bedroom now


DIY Curtains. Must say that I love the pattern, but a little to feminine for me.
 
 
I will keep ya posted on the bedroom update! Is it even worth the makeover if I know I am going to move in a few months??? I think so ;)
xo
Alison
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Selling Vintage & Flea Market Finds

I am excited to share with you that I am selling some of my flea market finds over at Miss Mustard Seed Pages on her blog. These items I have I no longer have the room for and want them to go to someone who would love them as much as I do. (I know it's pathetic to be in love with a vase, but it happens!)
Here is one item that I am trying to part with and can also be found by clicking  Miss Mustard Seed Pages
How to find my items:
1. Go to Search Ad
2. Select the drop down list and select "Alison" for people who are selling
3. All the items are listed here
Xo
Alison


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Decorating with the Old

If you know be my now, you know I am a huge fan with working with what you have when it comes to decorating!

 I bought this mirror about 3 years ago at an antique store for $10. It has been sitting in my bathroom since I moved in August and I knew I had to do something with it.

I decided to put it in my living room and replace my small wood cabinet with the vintage mirror. Love how I can now see the reflection of the rest of the room.



Happy Saturday!
xo
Alison

 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thinking Outside the Christmas Tree Stand

I know, Christmas is gone, but this weather still feels like Christmas!!!!!
 

Living in an apartment forces you to think out of the norm. You are challenged with smaller space, which leads to less room for storing crazy amounts of holiday decorations. This year was the first year in a few that I decided to decorate for Christmas. I was finally feeling the holiday spirit, was excited to give some special gifts, and was slowly ready to hop on the holiday wagon.

I started with buying this mini tree at Whole Foods. The size was perfect for my home and knew that I had a great idea for the tree holder.

My vintage plant holder made the perfect tree stand. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of it fully decorated but I just loved the simplicity of the tree and the uniqueness of the "tree stand".

Merry Belated Christmas :)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

One of my favorite things: MacKenzie-Childs Teapot

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year is from my mother. I had always admired MacKenzie Childs' designs, but the Aurora collection just stole my heart :)
I just adored this teapot and could not wait to use it when I got home Christmas day. Why does boiling water taste better from a pretty teapot?!


Enjoy this Sunday.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Another Ann Sloan and MMS Makeover

Happy Saturday!

The sun is finally shining and there are a million projects I want to share with you...but let's start with my fave.

This "piece of goodness" was found on the side of the room. It was originally painted with a fire engine red color and nails sticking out of it every which way. I really liked the way it looked being red, but definitely too dangerous with all the nails and the chippy paint. So, I got to work. I first painted it white, but did not like the way it came out. So I was able to use my grandfather's old sander and was ready to try a new/old color of Ann Sloan's Paint that I have used on a previous shelf project.
A little sanding, removal of nails, and some good paint, did this little table good!


BEFORE



AFTER: Distressed the table with MMS Antiquing Wax that I just love!
 
 


Enjoy the weekend :)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Best Yard Sale Find Ever

Once again, a friend had my back. The best phone call I can receive over the summer is....Hey, I am at a yard sale and see something you may be interested in. I LOVE THOSE CALLS! Of course I am going to say buy it!!
So, here it is, the best yard sale find that my girlfriend brought home from South Jersey. I believe she said she paid less than $5 and eventually even gifted this beautiful creature to me :)
I fill it with different color pillars and just wonder the story behind this pretty piece.

Love the way it looks at night :)

Happy Thrifting!

Monday, February 10, 2014

DIY Graduation Party Centerpieces

Happy Almost Tuesday!:)

I have been so excited thinking about sharing these DIY centerpieces with you. Most of you know from previous posts that I graduated college with a BA degree in December. This was one of my most important accomplishments in my life so far, but also an excuse to throw a party!

It was more important to me to spend most of the budget on the entertainment, so I put my DIY hat on and went to work on the centerpieces.

I worked with what I had....

With the party being in December, I had tons of extra Christmas ornaments. I loved the vibrant colors and knew they would look pretty awesome when the lights of the room shined on them.

I purchased the flowers from a local supermarket and cut them all myself. All the flowers cost $40 total. I only purchased the black glitter graduation hats from Party City.


 

Wa...La! (Sorry for the clarity of the picture...this was the best I could do from my phone :) )
Happy DIY-ing!
 





Saturday, February 8, 2014

My favorite Corner

I am back and ready to blog!!! It is crazy how time can get in the way of creativity. I woke up today with tons of decorating ideas and some good projects in mind that I am ready to tackle! I have so much to share with you, but want to start with showing you my favorite corner of my "home." I live for a deep red rose, I breathe for an old torn book, and just adore a great wood frame. So there you have it...my favorite corner. The place where I rest my coffee in the morning and just enjoy this small part of my living room.
Happy Weekend!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I call her Betsy: 1 Minute DIY Art

It has been way too long since I picked up a paintbrush or did any DIY projects! It is almost graduation time and ready to get back into the swing of old things : )

I found one of my favorite frames when I was still unpacking some of my stuff. The picture in the frame was ready for an update, so it was the perfect time for a DIY project.

My love for farms and farm animals has taken over me again. A quick Google search of "free pictures of cows" and I quickly found "Betsy"

I printed the picture on a regular HP Deskjet printer, cut her out, and here is the final product.

As a Renter....hanging pictures are a headache....so an old cake stand did the trick. Love being unconventional : )

Happy Sunday.
xo
Alison
PS.....you can find me partying over at www.jenniferrizzo.com
 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Side Table Faves

Good Morning!
I have been trying to catch up and finish some old and new projects....so I figured I would share a few of my favorite things with you in the mean time.
I am still in the process of rearranging my bedroom. I did add some of my favorite things to my side table so they are the first things I see when I wake up in the morning. :)
Happy Columbus Day!



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Happy Fall / Paintbrush Storage

Happy Fall Everyone!
This is probably the longest time I have gone without blogging. I have been battling mice for the past two weeks. It's been pretty gross. Gross to the point I didn't sleep home for a week.
Two weeks  and an exterminator later.....I think the coast is clear now. Thank god!
I have some pretty cool projects in the work. Almost finished with decorating my bedroom. Plenty of pics to follow.
I wanted to share my new small storage solution. My favorite teapot filled with my grandfathers unused paintbrushes. Just love it.
Partying over at http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

No Sew DIY Fake Window

Recently, I made a bold move to buy fabric from and make my own window treatments. Yes, actual fabric, not a shower curtain or something I had lying around my home : )
The package from fabric.com came and I was so excited. I couldn't wait to make the curtains for my bedroom right away....and then I had a better idea.
The wall, to the right of my bed, is super big! I get overwhelmed by big walls. Not sure on where to begin with decorating but then I had a thought. I could make a fake window in the middle of the big wall. The fabric would break up the large canvas of a wall and actually does look like there is now a window there. I still have to add some art and shelving, but am happy with the way the fake window broke up the large blank slate. Happy Weekend! Partying over at www.jenniferrizzo.com
 
Supplies:
Fabric (I cut the pieces in half)
Scissors
Staple gun: I stapled the fabric over with a two inch margin.
Curtain Rod (Had leftover from last apartment)
For Renters: I used 3M adhesive hooks so I did not have to drill holes in the wall.
BORING!


Ugh! Love it!



Wala! A magical window appeared : )

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Vintage Gift from Poppa

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to see all the tools that my Poppa (Grandfather)  worked with as years as a carpenter. His passion for working and creating beautiful things was something the family adored about him.
As difficult as it was to see some of his belongings be sold, I can only hope the tools had fallen into other creative hands. I was blessed to find some amazing things that I could not leave his home without. I can not wait to get started with some amazing projects with his old stuff. : )
Gorgeous brushes and electric sander! So excited and inspired!

This is def my favorite!

The years of beautiful work.

Enough lawn supplies for an army :)
Enjoy this beautiful weather.

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