I've got some fun things to show you today.
Captain and I went to our first garage sale of the season on Friday, where I found this very rustic stool for $2.
If rustic and primitive is not your thing, I understand. It's not for everyone. But I get excited when I find something like this.
I love the fact that someone made it out of whatever they had on hand. And that it has authentic aged patina, and gnarly edges around the top.
I love that when I asked the man who sold it to me where he found it, he looked at me in an odd way and said, "Oh, it was just sittin' around in my shop." Honestly, I think he thought I was a cup and saucer short of a full place setting for wanting his old beat up stool.
I bought these two old books for $3 each. (If you know me at all, you know I have a thing for antique and vintage books.) They were both published in the mid 1800's. The top one is in Spanish.
The stool told me it needed French accents too, so I placed my little French inspired pitcher with flowers next to the books. And I was pleased.
Saturday I attended the monthly Ladies Craft Day at our church. I had asked one of my friends to show me how to decoupage a bottle like the one she had given me last month. (I know it's ridiculous that I've never done decoupage before, but it's just not something I was terribly interested in doing until now.)
I had it in mind to do something in a French script. Pinterest turned out to be a good source for free printable French script.
And this is what I made.
The script print out I used had a colored background that gave it an aged appearance. Mod Podge caused colors to bleed, which actually created a pastel patina I really like. So, in this case an accident is a good thing.
To give my French bottle more character, I glued skinny twine around the top.
This glass Eiffel Tower was a gift from Robin, the friend who taught me to decoupage. She presented it to me after church on Sunday. Isn't she sweet?
And this is how everything looks together on my stool. The little vintage hand embroidered doily was a recent 50 cent thrift store find.
My word for 2014 is "create", and I feel like I hit the mark with this endeavor.
What do you think?
I'm sharing at these lovely parties:
Inspired Sunday at Sunday View
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal CharmShare Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Inspire Me Wednesday at MamaBuzz
Wake Up Wednesday at Sew Crafty Angel
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What we Accomplished Wednesday at Green Willow Pond
Homemaking Party at Hope In Every Season
We Call It Olde Linkup at We Call it JunkinHome and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Shabbilicious Friday at Shabby Art Boutique
Link Party at Redoux
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Craft Frenzy Friday at Craft Dictator
Be Inspired at Common Ground