Thursday, May 29, 2008

A bit of Q & A

It was raining so much over the weekend that I decided I needed to make something again. I have had this shelf since I moved into my first apartment at 18, and it hasn't been painted since then. It was still wearing sponge paint even.
It is so much cuter now. Painted in Martha's picnic basket green, with some old contact paper on the back. I only did the contact paper on the top because the bottom is totally obscured.
It holds cookbooks and some learning materials for Jack to access on his own.
I fall in love with old jars every time I see them, but I cannot bring myself to give someone $10 for an old jar with a decal on it.

So, I bought this pair of old jars on the 100 mile sale, and while I had that contact paper out, I cut out some of the roses and stuck them on the front of the jars.

Voila! Cute and cheap. You could even pull jars out of the recycling bin and do this project for free. Just spray paint the lids.

And last but not least, wayyyyyyyyyyyyy back in October of '06 we did a little ask me anything around here. Maybe it's time to revisit that? If you have a burning question, about anything at all, ask away.

Maybe you have asked me something before that I forgot to answer, or haven't gotten to yet. Maybe you really need to know how to wash that apron or what Jack eats for breakfast or how many tablecloths I actually own now or the perennial favorite "where do you keep all that stuff"? LOL.

My question for all of you is, what do you come here for? Jack? Craft? Thrift? All of the above? Some of the above? Is there anything you are dying to see around here?

Summertime always feels like a free-wheeling time for blogging, and I am just looking ahead a little! I really liked doing a whole week of small make it projects and I have a few other ideas I might flesh out soon.

30 comments:

  1. Oh my god. I know what I am doing this weekend. Now if I can find some super cute contact paper like that!

    Thanks for sharing, no questions right now. Just keep doing what you are doing I come back to read it everytime!

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  2. I come here just because of you. I like your tone...you are funny and have good ideas and seem real. Like someone I could hang out with for an afternoon. (but not at the thrift store because we'd be fighting.) :)

    I love to read about Jack and see all your cute stuff.

    Hmmmm. Questions. Allright, how many tablecloths do you have?! And, how long have you guys been married? Your husband sounds like a sweetheart.

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  3. I have a question! It seems like I remember that at one time you were a member of the Tablecloth Collector's club or whatever it's called. I know you have to pay a yearly membership fee. Are you still a member, and do you think it's worth the $25 or whatever? When my Junk Club membership runs out I'm thinking of joining the tablecloth ladies for a year but want to know if I should keep my money and buy tablecloths with it instead. :)

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  4. Hi - you asked why we come here. Well, I mostly like seeing your vintage finds, and your crafts - but I do enjoy your blog no matter what you write about!

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  5. barbara12:25 PM

    I love your projects - the shelf and the jars came out great. So why do I come here? I love seeing your finds and your projects, and you have a nice, honest, friendly tone. I never look at parenting blogs but I like hearing about Jack. Sometimes that makes me wistful, and sometimes it makes me glad those days are behind me! How's that?

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  6. I don't have any questions. I come here for all of it. You seem down-to-earth, funny, and 'real'. I love your honesty - especially about motherhood, as a mother I can relate to that. And Jack is adorable. And I get inspiration from the projects you post, and all of the great vintage things you find. That's why I visit every day. {Well, nearly every day, this time it's been a few days, but that's because I've been busy!} I share many of the same interests in projects and vintage things, so I always look forward to seeing what you'll post next.

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  7. I come here for it all. :)

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  8. OK, I do have a question, actually! In your belt buckle post (they came out great) you mentioned the dremel tool... I have been wanting one of those since I borrowed one way back to drill holes in seashells for necklaces. But where do you buy the tool itself, and the bits? And what kind is right for crafting? I went to the dremel website but they have like 4000 different models; I have no idea what is right for simple hole-drilling, etc. for basic crafts. Thanks for any advice!

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  9. I come here because you seem completely normal. Blissfully happy with your life and your fantastic son one day and at your wit's end the next day. I love your tablecloths and I think that is why I have become addicted to them too. I love they way you get happy when you go saling or thrifting. I am the very same way. Normal, happy, unhappy, thrifting, etc.

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  10. I just stop by to see how you're doin'. :-) Adorable shelf re-do!!

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  11. I come here for all of it! I love reading about all of Jack's little adventures, your thrifting and the goodies you find, and I also like your tutorials. You inspire me with all of your wonderful creativity and I really enjoy reading your style of writing! What I would like to see more of are tutorials. I really enjoyed your button tree tutorial and love my finished project!

    Laura

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  12. i come for the whole package - Jack is about the same age as my boys, I love your thrift finds and your crafting and you read my blog too, which is nice!

    I'd like to know more about Dave - how'd you meet, how long have you been married, etc. etc.

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  13. All of the the above!!!

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  14. I love all the pretty things that you find! I only wish I was that lucky. I think I just haven’t found the right places to look. Went to Goodwill today and nothing! I love your crafting posts too. In fact, I already had a few questions lined up before you asked. You said that you sprayed painted the lids of the jars you made (too cute by the way), and I was wondering if you had any helpful hints on doing that. I have saved A LOT of baby food jars and wanted to do a couple of different things with them. I wanted to make a wall mounted screw holder thing with some. Then I thought I would paint the lids and use some to hold buttons, beads, etc., but have all the jars looking nice and label free and with coordinated painted lids. Then I thought I would use the rest to put homemade meat rub in as a gift for Christmas. I’m just not sure the best way to get the label off or to paint the lid. I haven’t figured out what to do with the lid if I put meat rub in the jars either, because I wouldn’t want it to be toxic because of the paint. Any suggestions?

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  15. I like all of the stories, the tablecloths and the crafts. Even all of the colors in the pictures. It's like reading a real life country living magazine only updated all the time and more real life.

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  16. love love love the revamped bookcase
    the contact paper is so pretty, can i ask where you got it? the only paper i ever see is ugly!!
    and what a great idea on the jars!!

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  17. Aw, love that bookcase. I like dropping by for the crafting and because you're a groovy chic :)

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  18. You are so smart Sarah. Love the jars!! Hmm, why do I come here. Well all things (Jack is so cute) but mostly your have such wonderful craft ideas. I am always so inspired. Clarice

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  19. I come because of you. I appreciate your intentionality, and creativity, with whatever it is you happen to be talking about. It's refreshing!

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  20. You have just made my day with those jars. Thanks. I'm off to trash dive.

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  21. i am always amazed at the neat things you find, i like reading about your crafts (someday i may try some), and i liek to read about jack and the crafts you do for him as well. Basically you seem like a neat person, so just keep blogging it all!

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  22. I love the contact paper on your bookcase- I was just out thrifting looking for a new one for my house. I definitely come here for it all!

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  23. I love your jar idea - so cute!

    I come for the whole shebang...I'm just sorry I don't post more often so you know it!

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  24. I too come here for your thrifty finds, your funny take on things and the wonderful ideas you share! THOSE JARS! Way too cute! My kids are almost grown so I'm past all the stages, but you talking about Jack reminds me of my own sweet little guy who is now 6'5 and 24 years old. He was my first- and the only one that NEVER gave me a hard time!

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  25. you always have such great ideas! Love all of them and the colors you use are so happy!

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  26. that is so cute! i love that green color. i like to come visit to see everything you do!

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  27. I come for all the great stuff you find, and I also enjoy seeing photos of Jack. I think we live in the same city, too. So I'm dying to know where you do all of your great thrifting. I know people don't like to share those secrets, but I promise not to buy anything you might like!

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  28. I come here for the pictures!LOL And the stories, and the crafty stuff, and quilts, and chandeliers, and more pictures... You have a very balanced blog.

    Molly

    My question: Do you have pets? I think you've mentioned a cat before but can't remember.

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  29. tammyCA10:36 AM

    Very sweet makeover on the shelf...love that contact paper.

    Well, I like visiting your blog and others like yours for several reasons. I like the personal aspect and seeing how others live and relate to the world and things...it gives a connection that I don't have much of in real life due to circumstances (I have a low-functioning autistic 7 yr old and we just can't do normal things like going places...unless, you want to hear & deal with a yelling, screaming run a way kid...it's hard enough to deal with at home)..anyway, I also have a typical 5 yr old so there is a lot of stress. Visiting blogs gives me a break...I absolutely love seeing make-overs esp. on ratty things that people would throw in the trash...I am huge on recycling and re-purposing and so that kinda thing gets me excited. I love vintage - love collecting and seeing others collections and how they use them in their home.
    I love crafts & sewing and so that is a very big reason I love the blogs...I love the great photography that so many bloggers have. It is like looking at magazines...a tiny thing photographed so well just makes the heart sing. Let's see...did I cover it all? lol. I love reading funny accounts and simple daily life things...I love seeing the towns people live in...and, well I just love being inspired and dreaming and getting motivated to create more on my own.

    Gee, wonder if I should get my own blog? lol. I'm not computer saavy enough and I know it takes a lot of time and effort (at least, it would be for me).

    Anyway, I think I went off on a tangent...so, a question would be...I loved your little bluebird felty and would love to know how to make one. I just ordered Jenn D.'s Felted critters book so is it like that? I collect bluebirds so I'd love to make one like yours.

    okay, over and out. :D

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  30. catherinebaynes11:17 PM

    I found your blog through Marian Dream Weaver - I am loving your thrifting adventures.
    Your blog is great and I'II be back often!!
    Catbay! xo

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