Make A Designer Table from Paper Bags!

Yes, it can be done. You can make your own designer table that has a really interesting leather look for pennies, and all by using ordinary paper bags. What is more, is that you can use this same technique to create other pieces of furniture and even a durable and unique floor. It is a DIY (Do It Yourself) project like no other. When I heard about this idea, I thought immediately of my friend, Elaine. She is always coming up with unique ideas for making her own household items. Well, I think I have her beat on this one. … Continue reading

Create a Collage (2)

While collecting your items for your collage scrapbook page, you might also with to consider and then incorporate any of the following items: candy wrappers bubble gum wrappers specialty papers (mulberry, suede, metallic, etc.) ticket stubs wrapping paper wall paper tissue paper tinfoil stationary stamps and any other flat item So, now it’s time to start gluing our collage together. When you are ready, just begin gluing things overlapping each other. Don’t worry about being perfect, or going over the background paper. You can always use your paper trimmer to cut the access off at the end. Just flip the … Continue reading

Creating a “Shabby Chic” Garden

A few weeks ago I confessed that I knew little about the design concept: “Shabby Chic.” (See my blog: “What is Shabby Chic?”) Since then, not only have I taken a crash course in the popular decorating style (I’m almost done completely transforming my home—what can I say, it’s addicting), I also learned there are ways to take the “Shabby Chic” theme outdoors to create a “Shabby Chic” garden. Some successful “Shabby Chic” gardeners call it an extension of their home decor… and the techniques are just as easy. You simply follow the same rules outdoors as you do indoors. … Continue reading

Create a Collage (1)

Scrapbooking has expanded in many ways, and the styles are constantly changing. I am firm believer in doing what you feel most comfortable with, and what you like best. Collage: n 1: a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image; “he used his computer to make a collage of pictures superimposed on a map” 2: any collection of diverse things; “a collage of memories” 3: An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color. 4: A picture or design created by adhering such basically … Continue reading

What is Shabby Chic?

My husband’s brother and his wife just moved into a new home. We had the chance to tour it the other night, and I must say it is beautifully decorated. The last room on the tour was my 11-year-old niece’s bedroom. It is a great place, big windows, even bigger closets, and several pieces of cozy, pastel colored furniture, accented with subtle floral prints. It worked well with the muted wall color and soft carpet. As I looked around, my sister-in-law announced that she and Cassie (my niece) chose to decorate the room in “Shabby Chic.” Shabby Chic… I had … Continue reading