Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Guest Room Walls

My guest room is tiny, nothing but a twin bed will fit!  So it has a day bed in it and for most of its life has been a catch all.  I used lots of decor that didn't fit this house to decorate it a few years ago but I never loved it.  So I did what I always do and took it all down and sold it.  I added my old quilt on the bed and then I got all the old pictures and decided that was what I wanted in that room.

Old Photos in Decor

I picked up a vintage spoon display in the shape of America at a thrift store.  I ripped the spoon holder part off and glued some mini clothes pin and added these priceless old photos.  I am blessed to have them!

Repurposed Old Photo Display

Then I added a little window project I made and even tired to sell! I'm glad no one bought it!

I have lots more to show you of my house and projects so maybe I'll get to it soon.

I'm sharing this at this great link party!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Dollar Store Decor

Well it would not seem like October without me sharing some creepy decor with you again.  I usually do a creepy porch but decided to bring it all inside and decorate the porch with pumpkins and fall things that aren't creepy.

Dollar Store Halloween Sign
Here I took 4 foam signs from the Dollar Store and hot glued them to a rustic piece of old wood.  I had this old milk crate and my animal collection consists of bats, rats, snakes, and crows.  I have seen creatures like these at Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and more.  Don't you love a cheap project?  All of mine are so stick around.

Creepy Cloth for Halloween

Cheap Halloween Decor
I have 2 black candle holders I only bring out at Halloween, one is from the thrift store. I added creepy cloth (from the Dollar Store) and that was all they needed. I have found the creepy cloth in grey and black.

Dollar Store Halloween decorating

I saw this idea on pinterest last year and made them then,  They held up great stored away.  I took 3 "organs" that are sold on meat trays in Dollar Tree stores around Halloween.  I added them glass food jars with water I colored with red food coloring.  I also spray painted the tops black and added a rat.  I think the white try makes it all look better and the bug or two I added helps too!

I hope to photograph my other ideas and have them up here soon. 
Check under the Halloween label to see a few years worth of decorations. You will see the same pieces used in many different ways.

Monday, August 18, 2014

My First Big Event

On August 16th, I set up for what I called Rockin' Redesigns Summer Market.  I planned the event for several reasons. One being so many people who like my stuff never make it to my booth and two being my best stuff was sitting in my garage and storage shed unfinished because of lack of motivation.  So I set a date and started knocking out projects right and left, of course I didn't get around to all of them, is that even possible?  The day was very successful. I love interacting with customers and knowing who bought what and where they plan on putting it.  

My Realtor friend let me use this fabulous space at her office.  Scroll down to see a glimpse of the fabulous house!  In hind sight, I should have moved the Coldwell Banker signs in the background, but the morning was so  busy, I didn't have time.

Hall Tree from Closet Door

Furniture made from old windows

Hopefully I can go back and highlight some of my favorite projects in upcoming post, but this event was why blog posts have been sporadic.  Of course now I have custom orders from the sale to finish and a new booth space to set up in a few weeks.  I decided to go to a smaller cheaper booth with walls instead of my larger wide open booth.
I want to plan another event like this but find a few vendors to set up with me so I don't have to feel the pressure to churn out a huge amount every time.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Big Changes!

Things are changing around here!  First I decided my business needed a new shorter name and that is hard to do.  A quick google and facebook search led me to believe everything I ever considered was taken. So for a week or so I made notes and asked family and friends and nothing felt right.  Well my 13 year old son nailed it with his first suggestion, Rockin' Redesigns!  I LOVE IT!  Thank you Max!!  So long to the name Pretty Purple Treasures! I wonder how many people this will confuse along the way. My Pinterest and Home Talk accounts may be a big fat mess to sort out!

Rockin' Redesigns is perfect for me because what most of what I do is redesign and repurpose junk!  AND I'm a Zumba instructor and 4 days a week I am rockin' a dance floor with some awesome Zumba lovers!

I've also been really busy preparing for my first pop up or occasional sale. I've created more things in the last month than I have in the last 9 months but I've been too busy to blog about it, yikes.  If you want to see what I am up to, I suggest you follow me on Facebook, and I am semi active on instagram as selinagj also.   I was able to  change my facebook page name but facebook made me wait 14 days since my new name was so different than Pretty Purple Treasure.  14 days is almost up, yippee!
Check out this awesome facebook banner I paid to have done for my event.  I love how it turned out!

 And here are a few recent creations:

The Road less Traveled

Recycled Number Sampler

Repurposed Memo Board

I'll be back soon!

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Summer Poem

It is the last day of school here so hello summer!! I wrote this 4 years ago in the middle of a long winter and it is what summer is to me!  I hope you enjoy yours!  

Mom Summer poem

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Window Projects

Today I am sharing with you 2 window projects to make way for more window projects!!

The first one is mirrored using the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint.  This stuff creates an imperfect aged mirror look.  It is not perfect and it is very stinky, but it is much cheaper than having mirrors cut and put in a window, I had that quoted and it was around $40!  The window below was going in a beachy condo for a gallery wall.  

Old Window wall art

I had a window with one broken pane.  I've used windows with and without panes for various projects but I could tell the remaining glass was not going to come out easily so I thought it would be neat to hang something in that empty space, like this beautiful thrift store cross. I then added these shutters and dry brushed them with some green paint and sanded for a worn look.  I did have my husband send one side of the window through the table saw to even them up so. I loved how it turned out.

Old window with broken pane

I hope to soon build a table with windows!!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

3 wood projects

Some days I just want to create- I have tons of projects I could do, both in my house and to eventually sell.  90% of those projects require paint- which is always a 2-3 step process and there are MANY days I don't feel like painting.  So I surveyed my wood pile and knocked these 3 out quickly.

Repurposed Jello Mold

This super cool wood which picked from a road side pile, I think they were bed rails and these little jello molds came from an estate sale.  They reflection is perfect!

Leash Holder DIY

I love theses hooks from Hobby Lobby and the big chuck of rustic wood was perfect for a weathered stenciled look.

Wall Mirrors grouped

I  thought these dainty mirrors needed some rustic wood and of course they have far greater impact like this than just hung on a wall.  Can you believe I found the three matching mirrors at two different yard sales in two different times of the year?  I love when things like that happen!  Two of them had previously been in my half bath which is getting a new look soon, with a new paint color and new wall decor.

Some times creating with wood is as simple as hanging something on a piece of wood, it can't get easier than that!

Thanks for being here!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Repurposed Hall Tree

I have collected or hoarded some pieces for awhile with the intention of building some repurposed furniture and I finally got the nerve to just do it myself, before I always felt like I needed my husband's help.  I am proud to say I built two hall trees without even a consultation, and I love them.  Here is the first one.

Here is a list of the parts I had and used, I didn't buy anything new to make this.
  • bifold doors (taken out of my house during remodel)
  • 2 sets of table legs (I find these at yard sales, thrift stores and take them off cheap furniture found on the roadside)
  • Decorative top (The top was cut from a large mirror frame with no mirror that a friend gave me)
  • Shelf (I cut 2 pieces from a shelf taken out of my house too)
  • Mirror (a thrift store find)

I painted it in Sherwin Williams Urban Bronze and then distressed some and waxed it.

Hall Tree made from Closet doors

 Do you spot my two photo bombers?   Ace and Hank are always curious about my new creations and they end up in lots of photos.

Vintage Brass Hardware

I used vintage brass hardware for places to hang keys, glasses, a purse and more. The mirror is old and has spots, and the silver on the back is crackled in a few places- it is perfectly vintage- you can not create that patina! And from about 10 feet away this mirror makes you look at least 10 pounds thinner, seriously it is awesome!

I love these tiny little feet that came from a broken table I used for parts. I used one on each side of the top shelf for a fun detail.

Here is a sneak peek at Hall Tree #2 and a picture of this one unpainted.  I hope they sell so I can create more, they were fun to make and I would love an excuse to legitimately hoard more junk!

If you need some more inspiration to create your own repurposed hall tree, search repurposed hall trees and potting benches on Pinterest.

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Thank you stopping by and I would love your thoughts on this project as comments.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pillow Sham Art

I was helping a friend decorate and came across a king sized sham at Goodwill that had all her colors in it. I bought it not knowing what I would do with it, I do that a lot.  When I got it home and played with it, I thought about framing it but it never looked flat or finished in my opinion.  I then noticed the color pieces were stitched on the top and I took my seam  ripper and removed them.   Those top pieces would lay flat so I glued them on top of burlap for a finished look.  Here are some pics...

Here's the sham as I bought it.

Thrift store re do 
I painted the frames to coordinate and made several.  Above are 4 pieces I made or painted for her gallery wall.

Framed fabric
 I did put them under glass but I think they would fine without glass.  I adhered the burlap to rigid cardboard using the method I describe here.

Pillow Sham repurposed

I kept this one and added it to my bathroom. I've made several others but can't find the pics and I still have a little of the sham left to work with.  That is a lot of bang for the buck, I paid $1.99 for the sham.

Thanks for stopping by! Keep your eyes open for unexpected things to make cool stuff from!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Junky Initials Part 2

Here is my latest batch of custom junky initials I made for customers.  I love to make these.  I think it is about time I made some for myself!!  You can see the first batch here.

Monogram Plaque
I can't wait to see the customer's pics with the 3 above, the C and K below belong to her too.  There is one for every member of her family and she has a plan that sounds fun! 

Made from junk
 This was an Etsy cusotm order.  Sometimes curves are hard to do, it just depends on the junk on hand.

Letters from junk
 I joked on instagram that Calvin Klein didn't order custom junk from me, but he should!  Find me on instagram as SELINAGJ

junk sign

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you find some inspiration and please share with me if you do, I would love to hear what you make!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

An Owl Parliament

I've had a whole flock of owls fly through my booth recently and that is when I learned a group of owls is called a parliament, who knew?  I usually pick up owls when I am off thrifting and I've sold plenty unpainted, but often they are chipped and new some need paint.  Here you can see more owls I've painted. And below is my newest batch.
thrift store owls

I painted the duo below, one was older and chipped and one was newer with stickers on it instead of painted features, I peeled those off. I  painted a red layer and then a teal layer for the look which I think turned out well.

spray painted owl

I found a set of these heavy old bookends but they were chipped all over the place.  Instead of just painting them, I simply sanded strategically to make the white look intentional and then  I added some glaze in a few spots and sealed it all.

owl bookend

And here they are, aged to perfection.  

Vintage owls

Which owls are your favorite?


Monday, April 7, 2014

Fairy Gardens with My Kids and Thrift Store Junk

I knew when I started seeing all the cute images of fairy gardens I wanted to do some version of one with my boys. I made a few trips to the thrift store with a different eye and spent less than $10 on everything you see to make these four fairy gardens, excluding the plants.  They were fun to make and they dove right in.  I wanted to be a little more prepared and paint a few of the bright colors to be more rustic, but I didn't get to it.  Lets just say if I had all the supplies to make my own, they would have looked different, not better just different.  :)  

First off is my 6 year old's garden with an animal theme!  I had picked up that metal piece which I think was a Hershey kiss ornament and he wanted to put a bird in the "cage".  Our birds were too big but this money was just the right size and his brother helped him hang it.  I loved the outcome!!

He added the dandelions which wilted later that day but this is what he did.  The marbles are "water" and those brass pieces are fish.

I cut up a broken white basket up to make the fences for all of them.

I got the scraps of what was left of making the other 3 and did one too.  I wish I has more room! The butterfly is my garden gate,

Those moss and bark pieces are little metal boxes I made into chairs.

 This one belongs to my 12 year old son.  He has a hill in his and lots of different textures.

 We took some of the basket pieces and curved them around for the arbors. We just simply stuck the ends in the dirt and it stayed.

This one belongs to my 10 year old son, he was the first to claim the prized bridge you see. He made a tree out of a stick and dried moss and I love the fenced off bird section.  Scale is impossible to get right if you do one with thrift store supplies like we did, so we just ignored scale.

 I'm curious to see how they look when the plants grow and as things weather.  I'm sure some elements will have to be replaced over time, and I'm still collecting elements to use. I plan to tuck the pots in among the flower beds, right now they are on the patio steps.