Friday, February 25, 2011

I'm having a linky party so link away!!!

is having a "What's all the Buzz?" weekend linky party so link up at the bottom of my blog and share all of your frugal designs, redo's etc... I love looking at all of your talented work, so please share what you do!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

lemon whimsy table, vintage paper art and flea market stylin!

When life gives you lemons...paint a table!
Lemon Whimsy Table
As you can tell, I've been into painting re-do's lately. I did this one in a nice light lemon color and added some paper to the drawer front. I'm still searching for the right hardware. This is a new addition to my writing room. Nice, light and sunny!
By Alyssa 2011
My Newest Vintage Paper Art Piece
Also, I picked up my newest edition of Flea Market Style at Barnes and Noble. Don't you love it?  If you haven't gotten it yet, you're missing some gooood stuff!

I've linked to the following linky parties:

Friday, February 18, 2011

sea mist bedside table

Today, I found another bargain buster! This table was $6.99. Oh, this poor table was looking like she needed some good ol' T.L.C. So, I scooped her up and turned her into a beautiful bedside table.
Sea Mist Bedside Table
I added 2 coats of primer, 2 coats of Bay Fog, a coat of sealer and new hardware. Total price of this redo: $12.00. Not bad for a new piece of furniture. ;)Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

seagrass side table and garden wedding chair

Seagrass Side Table

I was at the Goodwill (g-dub) and this cute little table caught my eye. Well, the color wasn't that cute, but I could see way past that and what I was going to do with it. I checked it all over making sure it was not going to fall apart on me. I quickly threw it into my cart and paid a meager $7.99 for Georginna, who was looking more like a George at that point. Why do I name my furniture pieces? I have no idea! I gave Georginna a complete makeover! 

Georginna is now a beautiful seagrass side table in our master bedroom. Way to go Georginna! 

Garden Wedding Chair

Next up is Polly! Polly was looking putrid. I can't even show you what the cover looked like on the seat! There is actual print on the bottom of the chair that reads recovered in 1975! You're not kidding! G-R-O-S-S! But, she was $4.99 at the G-dub, so I took the cover off, put in new batting, reupholstered it with $1.99 fabric, sanded, primed and painted. Polly is now sitting proud! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

as the saying goes, "like father, like daughter"

1954 Original Milky Way Magazine Ad
My dad collects old original ads as a hobby. He's been doing it since as long as I can remember. He keeps every ad that he likes in a very neat portfolio. Depending on the season, he frames the ads and switches them out. My mom loves it! I was thumbing through his files the other day and happened upon this ad. Of course, I snatched it up and framed it with a $3.00 frame. This ad is displayed in my kitchen. Look for these magazine ads at Flea Markets! If you see a man about 6'1", skinny wearing a striped polo shirt, a bright smile, thumbing through the mags. and talking to everyone in sight, chances are that's my dad!
Happy Heart Day! ;)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

bedroom ideas and my friends new blog!

Here's some design eye candy for you. I'm always searching and searching for decor ideas for the bedroom. I seem to be on my designing way for our bedroom and I love to get inspiration from some great bedrooms-all photos are from Country Living! Here are some bedrooms that I'm taking a bit of this and that from the rooms below. I'm going to try something new!

 I would feel like a princess in here and I love the color of the big door in the mirror. I'm thinking of something with wicker and those chairs are great too!

I really like this framed art, mirror, and plate vignette

I wish I had barn board!!

I love the branches and stars! Bringing the outside indoors, minus the mosquitos! I LOVE this look!

Perfect Cottage-I'm looking at the blue bench at the foot of the bed

That chippy side table is awesome with that lamp
PLEASE VISIT MY GREATEST FRIEND SARAH'S NEW BLOG! She is soooo talented and I'm sure you'll love her ideas so follow along!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

sweet hearts!

What do you do with candy canes left over from Christmas? Make them into hearts. I used Scotch tape to put them together, a wide pink ribbon and all done. ;)
I would love to do a linky party with all of your great Valentine projects...If you'd like to help me set one up please let me know ;) Until sweet hearts are swinging~

Friday, February 4, 2011

and the winner is Tara of Shabby in Suburbia!....

The winner of my vintage paper art "World's Fair" is TARA of SHABBY in SUBURBIA!!!  Please e-mail me at, so I can send your art to you ;) CONGRATS!!! My 4 year old picked out of his Batman container...We are high tech here at Boston Bee!
Congrats and thank you to all who entered;)
Giveaways are sooo much fun:) I never win, but it feels good to send something special to a special someone, as all of you are. ;) Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

hot chocolate flower-the flower thing tutorial

So many people are doing the "flower thing" and I LOVE the flowers and wearing them makes me :) smile! Spring is almost here!!!

So, here goes it! I'm going to show you how to make a super simple flower that I'm sure I saw on a blog and I have no idea where because you're all so talented, so I'm not going to take full-credit for this, but take heart and have fun!
Lisa, this one's for you my gal ;)

Choose some fabric and cut or tear a 2.5", or so strip.

Find a piece of felt and cut a medium circle. I eyeball everything, so I just cut this out with my eyeball.That doesn't sound right, does it...
Set the circle aside
Get some great fabric or wide, wide ribbon
Fabric: Hot Chocolate
Tie a knot at one end

Twist the fabric around the knot and while twisting add glue. You can use fabric glue. I used Elmer. Elmer and I have been friends for many school years! Keep twisting and keep twisting, around and around...

Depending on how much fabric you cut you can make your flower as big as you like .

Now take the felt circle and add Elmer.

Then add the flower on top of the glue and press. (count to 10)

Then, find a button and add a button in the middle of your flower.
It still looks wet, but when it dries the wet look disappears and it's a solid hold.

With a hot glue gun add a fabric pin to the back of the felt circle. I don't have one of those yet!

Then SO PRETTY! Your Hot Chocolate flower is done! Put it on a sweater, coat, add it to a headband...