Happy Monday all. What’s that? You’re about as thrilled for Monday as I am? Good… well at least we’re in it together.
First and foremost, I’m thrilled to say I’m guest posting today at Nifty Thrifty Things. Vanessa is away for a bit enjoying a vacation (CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP) deep in the heart of Texas! Be sure to stop by her neck of the woods and check her out!
Back here at Crafted Niche….. Happy Halloween! I didn’t really do much Halloween-specific decorating this year. I got some pumpkins, but that’s about it. I’ve decided not to carve them though in hopes of them lingering a bit longer on the porch. I just love fall and a few pumpkins on the porch really seems to dress up my DEAD front yard. Seriously… my grass has been dead out front for at least two months. No mowing…. good thing. No green….. bad thing. It’s a trade off. Remind me again why we don’t all just astro-turf our yards???
Anywho… Saturday I ventured out! I headed to the big o’ city for a couple reasons: 1) Sell that cute pedestal table I showed you last week to a lady from Craigslist and 2) Hit up my triple-threat: Home Goods, JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. Booyah. Did I mention my JoAnns and Home Goods are across the street from each other? …and Hobby Lobby is just a couple miles down the highway to the next exit? Love it! Best part is, you’ll be SHOCKED to know I only spent $18 TOTAL at all three stores.
Home Goods was, as usual, fannntastic. From the minute I stepped in the door I was getting whiplash from looking back and forth. Kid in a candy store… this girl! I’ll spare you the bajillion pictures I took and show off just a couple pieces that had me SMITTEN!
See the piece in front? I can’t help but feel like I saw the exact same thing on an HGTV makeover show. It was gorgeous! …but for $599 we’ll just have to have a long-distance relationship. I will love him from afar. Same goes for that cart behind. It really got me thinking… could we find older carts and simply swap out the shelves for something more worn with character?
Check out that shelf on the left. I practically climbed over top of a row of chairs when i saw this guy. He had a clearance tag on him and I just HAD to see if I could have him. ….but for $399… he’s ALSO going to stay put. Sigh. BUT! Why couldn’t we get a similar look for less? Black metal structure with plenty o’ bolts… add in some rustic, weathered wood. Done!
The photo on the right is of the prettiest leaning mirrors I’ve seen yet. I know the scale is hard to judge by the picture, but it was a LOT taller than most. See the mirror to its right? Well that’s pretty much the standard height I’ve seen in most stores. But not my Hulk… that big ol’ gorgeous green man stood MUCH taller and made a bigger statement. At $99 the price was doable, but I’m cheap. What can I say.
I kid you not. Just last week I pinned the greatest DIY clock over at Dittle Dattle. Check it out here. The clock above in Home Goods stood about 3 feet tall and reminded me so much of Carrie’s version! She gives a great how-to. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the market for a big clock! (…or go to Home Goods and score that beauty for around $80)
After Home Goods I popped in (for an hour! eek!) JoAnn Fabrics and walked out with three things for my next project. It’s INSANE how many ideas I have in those stores. I just go crazy snapping pictures to remind me of the different projects I’d like to make. Halfway through the store my arms were LOADED. I had to give myself a responsible-crafter-reality-check and put down all of the things I wouldn’t be using in the VERY near future. I decided I should wait to buy them until I’m actually READY to work on those ideas. So thankfully I walked out of the store spending only $7 for three things.
Then on to Hobby Lobby. Same story… different store. That place is DANGEROUS. No…..I’m not referring to the wood carving knives… I’m talking FINANCIALLY dangerous. I want everything. I wander around dreaming up ideas and wishing I had all the time and money to do them. I grabbed the last remaining piece for my next project and also picked up a couple bonus items.
So the bonus items? Well…… they were an acrylic paint pen in black annnnnd THIS guy:
I found this galvanized piece back in the floral department and it just so happens all metal schtuff was 50% off! Woop! After the discount I scored him for $3.5o… and he was perfect for what I had in mind…
I love coffee in the morning… and hot tea during the day. I was so sick of having to dig in the cabinet for my tea and thought something a bit cuter and accessible would do the trick. I used my acrylic paint pen to free hand some numbers on the metal. I know… it would have been MUCH cuter to actually stencil them on… but sometimes you just want to get it done quickly right? It’s the PERFECT height to fit under my kitchen cabinets but still be able to easily reach inside the top tier for sweetener. Loving it.
Who knows… maybe I’ll sand off the numbers a bit to make them look worn. OH… and that glass jar filled with coffee is from Michaels. I bought the jar and then slapped a chalkboard label on the front. I like to write the coffee flavor (and day the bag was opened) on the chalkboard. …and this girl HAS to have her straws. I’m addicted… Use them for water and whatnot though. I’ve just found I drink a lot more if I use a straw!
My sister Christy wrote a GREAT tutorial for you guys on how she made the light I showed you a couple Fridays ago. I’ll try to get pictures tonight and get that to you as soon as I can.
Hope you all have a wonderful Halloween. Be safe!