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We had a good time in Clovis this weekend kicking off the Christmas season with a fall craft show at Old Town Flea Market. Don’s lamps were a hit as they are repurposed and one of a kind. I will be listing some of them in the etsy shop soon. The last time we participated in this craft show it was 108 degrees. This weekend was so much better. The sponsors do a good job of keeping us vendors happy with free wifi and many yummy foods available. I had a mushroom & artichoke tamale that was really good. Clovis has many antique,  vintage,  and industrial items in their downtown shops. The next time you’re in Clovis check them out.

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Don made this lamp from an old bottle capper.

This tool box is a great size for a succulent garden.

This tool box is a great size for a succulent garden.

This lamp sold as well as the bottle capper. But there other random items out there just waiting to be made into a lamp.

The bike pump lamp sold as well as the bottle capper lamp. They were my favorites! However, there other random items out there just waiting to be made into a lamp.

I love maps. It could be that because I used to work as an architectural drafter its easier for me to for me to understand visuals verses words. In any case, my daughter needs some wall art for her apartment so I made a map of the US using the colors she likes. It turned out well and though really time consuming, it was very easy.
First step:
I outlined the states on a map that I wanted to copy.
Second step:
I traced the map onto the glue/bumpy side of wonder under.
Third step:
I cut out all the states from the wonder under.
Fourth step:
I ironed the wonder under onto scraps of fabric.
Fifth step:
I laid out the states on a piece of canvas and ironed them down.
Sixth step:
I zigzag stitched the edges and straight stitched all the states.
The map is ready to hang with tacks or straight pins. You can also sew a sleeve at the top and hang it from a rod.

That’s it! She loves it and all it took was a lot of time – like most DIY projects!

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We received a shipment of cool Marconi lightbulbs today! Now Don can get started on some cool lamps that he has in mind. We purchased them from 1000bulbs.com at much lower prices than any other store we’ve come across. They give off a warm golden light for that vintage look that we like.

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Happy Summer! I haven’t posted in awhile which is unfortunate, but this is what we’ve been up to; Summer Camps, Summer Vacations, Garage Sales and Upcycling random items into cool home decor. We troll garage sales looking for items we can use for our next craft faire. We’re alwyas interested in rusty metal or metal we can rust. We have found that using vinegar and salt can speed up the process. The best finds are already rusted.

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Don took a children’s small sand bucket and repurposed it into a lamp with a vintage lightbulb. He then painted it with chalkboard paint. He added a red cord which adds to the pop of red on the handle. It’s a cool conversation piece.

Hope your summer is going well.

I love succulents because I am not that great of a gardener with fussy plants. Succulents don’t need much from me so they are my favorites. I have several different kinds of cute little plants that I harvest once in awhile to make fun things to have around the house. The vertical garden is one. This tutorial at Sunset Magazine has good information for making a box to hang in the patio. My husband made our box from a crech he had made for a craft project at church. He made some boxes too. They turned out so nice!

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You can see that the house has more plants and the box looks a little skimpy. We wanted to see what was best as far as spacing as the plants grew, but they both sold at a craft fair so we need to make some more! Gotta love those succulents, just water once a week laying down, and then put them back up on the wall! Easy.

I made this pillow of linen and it measures 13″ high and 15″ wide. The filling is polyfil. The photo is of a vintage drawing of children and has been applied to a cotton fabric and sewn on the front of the pillow.

Remember, all you have to do is click on the pillow and you’ll be led straight to the store!