Who doesn't want their shanty to be a bit savvy, a bit clever, creative, a bit sensible, sharp and ingenious?! But hey, let's face it, most of us are living on a shoestring. Here's how I'm doing it my way, making our nest a Savvy Shanty.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Windows Rolled Down

This little goody was a rescued curb side treasure. What to do, bust out the three remaining windows? Keep 'em. It sat in my pile of projects for the past 6 months or so. Then I had this idea to add clips to hang pictures. Or a youngin's art work. Or birthday cards. Really just about anything. And truly, isn't every day a gift from God!
Hope you enjoy. You can find this and other great goodies at the Spring Fling at Queen of Hearts this weekend.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Flowers on The Wall

So here's a chair I picked up at an auction. Actually the same one as The Grundy County Auction Incident. Made a mistake and got caught up in the scrolliness of the chair and didn't realize there were some major structural flaws (two joints were being held together with about and inch thick and deep putty. So alas she could not be reupholstered unless only a fly was gonna perch her pretty little behind on it. Time to fall back and punt. Here's what I came up with. And a quick little plug here: Queen of Hearts is having a huge spring event this Thursday-Sunday! Come on out and see me! I'll be packed with lots of new spring goodies including this chair!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Chair

Here's a little diddy about a lonesome chair I picked up at an auction. No before pic but you can imagine orange oaky stain with a needle point seat that had seen its better days. Well here she is with a little ASCP in grey and clear and dark wax. Enjoy!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Give Me An H!

Give me an H! Give me a U! Ok, so you know the drill. This is a snapshot into our living room. We have the beautiful wall of windows and killer trim. From the moment we moved in, I new I wanted to do something in those boxes. Kept my eye out for wrought iron pieces or something of the like. Thought about spelling something out. But I new I didn't want to cover those windows up. I love all the light that comes in. And the trim work is too pretty to cover up.

 My friend Jen, over at Social Salutations use to be a Stampin' Up rep. I was hosting a party at my house in my dining room. Leafing through the catalog, I saw these letters and had that AHA moment. I jumped up from the table, ran into the living room and counted boxes! 

This is great. This is the just what I was looking for! Stampin' Up sold these letters in individual packets so you just ordered the letters you need. (Jen is no longer a Stampin' Up rep so I don't know if they still sell these letters). These letters are the vinyl cut letters that
  can be removed at any time. However everyone that sees them think that I hand painted them! No a chance in Christmas that I could get them even close to looking this good.

So, these are our window treatments in our living room. Maybe one day I will make some roman shades. We'll see. I like that they are different and not what is typically above windows. Hope you enjoy this window treatment  that's "out of the box". Bad joke. My apologies.


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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Streetbeater

So this title might be a bit odd at first glance, but I promise it will all come together after I spin this yarn. So, here's how it goes, it's full on garage sale season and I entice my girlfriend, Jen, the one who's closet I did the redo on, you remember her. If not, go check out that post  here. Anyways, I entice Jen into going with me. We pile into Big Daddy's truck and take off with a list of places. First stop we hit the mother load, not just good finds but also some killer Jamaican jerk chicken! I mean y'all, it was out of this world! I'm pretty sure I was moaning when I was eating it.

So we eat this killer Jamaican food, buy a ton of stuff and then we hit a dry patch. Couple of dead spots. No goodies. Now we could have gone home but it was a beautiful day and we had no children. They were at home with the Daddies. No way were we going home early! Then we hit this killer BBQ joint,  Moonie's Texas BBQ and refueled. I mean I love me some BBQ, especially North Carolina style but this stuff is dang good. You gotta try it! Ok, sorry, shinny object, back to the hunting.

After refueling on killer bbq, creamed corn and all the other yummy fixin's we hit two more spots and bought several more goodies. Oh and I think we had to head out to an ATM at to resupply as well. Wow, this is the longest story about a table! All this brings us to this table and the fact the upon return we looked like Sanford and Sons, the show where the father was a junk man. I thought her mate was gonna fall out in the yard when we pulled up with stuff overflowing out of the truck! He started humming This tune, the theme song from Sanford and Son; hence the title, which until this evening I had no idea was called The Streetbeater by Quincy Jones.  And if you wanna see a before of this table, go check out this post.
So all of this to say, this table is available for purchase.
Message me or swing by Queen of Hearts for pickup.

Hope you enjoy. Oh, and the pics, clearly I took them at Christmas time and have just now gotten around to posting. Table was painted in ASCP Old White with clear and dark wax.

  Sanford and Son Theme Song

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cupid, Draw back your bow

Ok y'all, it doesn't get any easier than this. I mean seriously, your kids could do this. And most likely without your supervision. So here you go. Four easy steps, most difficult is making a trip to Target and we all know that that just really isn't a difficult step at all.
 First step, stop at Target, grab these out of the Dollar Spot. These were $2.50, not a dollar though, just FYI.

Second step, glue clothes pins on to back with wood glue, let dry.

Third Step, grab a favorite photo, this one is of my Mom as a little girl. 

Fourth and final step,  set up vignette.

And as Miss Priss would say," Easy Breazy-Lemon Squeezy". 

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Iron Butterfly

A quick little project to bring a little taste of spring to these cold winter days. This is a frame I picked up at a garage sale last fall. It's been sitting in my to-do pile. I knew what I wanted to do with it moment I grabbed it. It was a side by side frame. Time to mix it up a bit.
I wanted to have it hang rather than sit for a couple of reasons. First, most houses only have so many places to "sit" photos and with the rising popularity of gallery walls, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone. First I attached a loop of burlap to make a hanger but when held up,the frame wouldn't quite lay flat. I grabbed a small plate that was purchased at Home Depot, drilled a couple of holes and screwed the plate to the back, across the hinge area. This made the whole thing hang nice and flat.

 A couple pieces of some vintage inspired scrapbook paper of lepidopteras. A nice little sign of spring during these cold winter days.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think!
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