This Little Piggie

 

 Loves this doll high chair I painted a bright, vibrant Tiffany Blue! 

This is a project I started a while ago and recently finished off with a fresh coat of paint. I love it! The second coat really makes it POP!

Tips for Buying on Craigslist

Since I got a lot of response on Tips for Selling on Craigslist, I wanted to give you guys my top tips for buying on Craigslist, and just in time for the weekend!

  1. If you have questions, ask.
    • You can save time this way. For example, I found a great settee on CL. I emailed asking for more pictures, for measurements, and if it was sturdy when you sit down. When they sent the measurements, I realized it wouldn’t fit in my space. Sad, but I did save time not driving to Orange County to pick up a settee that wouldn’t fit in my house.
  2. Contact the OP the way they say they want to be contacted.
    • Some posts say “call only” or “text” or some posts want email only. Do what they say so you’ll get a response.
  3. Be on time.
    • If you say you are going to look at an item at a certain time, be on time. Even if the seller is late, you won’t annoy them (more annoyed= less likely to get a deal.)
  4. Don’t make a ridiculous offer and only bring that much cash.
    • If you’re not willing or able to even pay close to the list price, you may want to consider asking ahead of time. Don’t just bring money for half of the listed price. You don’t want to waste your time or theirs.
  5. Do your research!
    • Look for similar items online and see what they’re selling for so you know whether you’re getting a good deal or not.
  6. Don’t list the item’s flaws to the seller when asking for a better deal.
    • The seller likely already knows the item’s flaws. They probably don’t want to sell to someone who is “just not that into” their beloved item. Be respectful. Frame it that you really love the item, but it is out of your price range. Don’t nitpick it and expect someone to be happy to give you a discount. You end up sounding like an a-hole.
  7. Bring someone with you!
    • Meeting a strange person in a place you don’t know can be scary! Bring someone with you. They can keep you company on the drive, help you carry your item if you need it, and provide a little extra piece of mind. If you can’t get anyone to come with you, tell a friend or family member the time you’re going, the address of where you’re going, the information for the person you’re meeting, and that you’ll call them when you leave. I may be hyper vigilant, but, hey, better safe than sorry.
  8. Check the free section!
    • When looking for items, I always check the free section. My favorite table and chairs set came from the free section, the girl just needed to get rid of it ASAP. You never know what you’ll find, because as all rehabbers know, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
  9. Don’t pay ahead of time or allow someone to ship the item to you.
    • You want to look at the item before you purchase. You want to make sure its in the shape you think it is. You want to be sure its not a scam. Beware of people who say to send the money and they’ll send you the item.

Happy buying!

Dressing Table Dreams

I recently read something that said you shouldn’t keep your makeup in the bathroom. In general, I try to keep it under the cabinet, but that got me thinking. Would I use makeup that wasn’t right there when I was getting ready? Would it just sit in my drawers unused until I had to throw it out? I’m already pretty lazy about using all of the stuff I have, but that could be because I have everything in makeup bags under the counter and have to pull it all out when I’m getting ready or else deal with a mess on the counter.

Then I realized a perfect solution: a vanity area/ dressing table where I could sit to get ready, lay out all my stuff, and feel like a 1940s screen goddess when getting ready (okay, maybe the last part is a stretch, but you get the picture!)

So I started collecting inspiration photos on Pinterest, and here’s what I have been dreaming about ever since:

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I love the idea of using pieces that aren’t “vanities,” per say. The photo on the left is Ikea’s Malm desk. I love the way Forever Amber kept it clean and simple with the plain lighted mirror and clear chair.

The table in the photo on the top right is called a “vanity desk,” and I love that you fold it up for the mirror so the mirror isn’t always on display. That means you can also use the vanity as a desk (points for double usage!) I also love the Eames-inspired chair. Here’s the whole room from Cara Loren.

The stool in the bottom right is just my style. I pulled the photo from Blog Lovin’. I love the idea that you can mix old an new and still achieve a clean, modern look.

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As you can see from the photo above, I’m loving the idea of a “girly” and “glam” vanity space. The pink tufted chair is so inviting (photo pinned via Decor Pad.) I’d be happy with acrylic or glass storage boxes for makeup and certain pieces of jewelry (inspo via Savor Home.)

I love, love, love Dazzle-n-Sparkle’s idea of using a vintage silver treat tray for storage. It plays right into my latest antique silver hoarding collecting obsession.Slide1

I like these ideas for a dressing table because they aren’t quite as girly.

The photo on the left (A Merry Mishap) mixes shapes and color for a clean, modern effect. I love it. I love that the table is so small, it looks like they used a console. I’m not bothered by the difference in stool height and table height because I have a super long torso, but this option probably wouldn’t work for a shorter person.

I love the way the blue balances the style of the vanity on the top right. While it wouldn’t work in my home, I had to post because I love the “rehabbed” feel.

The photo on the bottom right is the stuff dreams are made of. It’s a vanity from Pinch Design. I love that it’s modern and feels a bit French. It’s way out of this rehabber’s price range, but I had to include it. Hey, a girl can dream!

I hope you guys enjoyed my inspo collages and are feeling inspired to set up a vanity area of your own!

DIY Birthday Banner

I absolutely love banners, especially homemade banners. Today I’m going to tell you how I used cheap gift wrapping supplies to make a custom birthday banner, and how you can easily make one, too.

I was walking through the $1 section at Target and found this collection of items and decided they would make for a fun project.

The supplies I scored from the dollar section.

When I got home, I gathered a couple more things from around the house and got to work.

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Everything ready to go.

First, I arranged  the gift tags to see how many I would need, then simply wrote the message in Sharpie. How easy is that?! The gift tags were $1 for a pack of 8. I got 16 brown tags and 8 white tags, which was way more than I needed. Don’t worry if you mess up on the lettering, just keep writing. If I stop to fix or redo a letter in the middle, I always start obsessing over every little mistake and end up messing up a lot more. I looked through the letters at the end and replaced the ones that looked really bad (this is why it is good to buy extra tags!)

After the message was done, I set out to add a little sparkle. The glitter bags came in packs of two, but they were only glittery on one side (rats!) I cut the bags open and drew templates to cut out on the back. That way, I could play with the sizes before committing to the cut and wasting paper. I chose hearts (but you could do any shape, stars would also be cool.) I used double stick tape to attach them to the gift tags. Glue would also work well if you have that around the house instead.

close up of the hearts

I used the clothes pins to attach the gift tags to some twine I already had at home. At first, I wasn’t sure about what kind of spacing I wanted or if I wanted it to be one or two layers. My solution was to wait to cut the twine until all of the tags were attached so I could assess how it would hang (and not waste twine!)

the finished product

I just taped the banner to the mirror, but it could easily be hung by tying knots in the twine and hanging them on command hooks if you want it to look a little fancier. I chose the mirror because my boyfriend was coming home after dark, and that area of my place reflects light well at that time of day, calling attention to the banner and reflecting light on the glitter hearts.

What an easy and fun way to craft your way into a festive environment! The best part? You can create extra tags for each family member or friend and customize the banner for each occasion!

Another look at my cheap and chic banner.

 

Making Lemonade

This morning, my power was shut off for a few hours for some routine building maintenance. I was planning on working on my thesis, but my computer was dead as a doornail. I wasn’t going to let the lack of power stop me from rehabbing, though.

I decided to start hand stitching something for a small project. I found a tiny older piece of Manuel Canovas fabric that I’ve been saving for something small. It was just too pretty to throw out!  I’m really loving the look so far!