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Reason #1227 Why I LOVE Auctions – Vintage Lockers

October 21, 2012 in Auction Adventures, Building and Repurposing

Auctions – you never know what you could find! Could be good… could be a FLOP. Today… today was good. Reaaaaaallll good.

Vintage Lockers Good! Be still my heart. I love these lockers. LOOOOVE them.

It was a chance encounter. They were hanging out under a tree while I casually browsed the rows of auction stuff. I wasn’t looking to find someone something… I was just stopping in to see what I might find. And then I laid eyes on them in all their shiny goodness.

Be cool Dana.

Keep yourself together.

Don’t look desperate.

But inside… inside I wanted to squeal, and dance, and throw my arms around them, shielding them from the eyes of everyone else.

So what did I do?  I stood RIGHT in front of them, “casually” playing on my phone. In reality – I was uploading photos of them to Facebook while my heart raced, counting down the minutes hours until they’d be up for bid.

When the auctioneer finally directed his attention (and the bids) my way… my heart was about to jump out of my chest. I stood RIGHT NEXT TO THEM. Hahaha Pretty much laying claim before I’d even bid. When the auctioneer started at $10 I laughed and said YEP!… and the number rose from there. I just kept shaking my head yes… daring someone to bid against me. THOSE LOCKERS WERE GOING TO BE MINE – one way or another. Don’t TEST me old man that wants to put them in his SHED!  I’ll come after you like a spider monkey!

When it was all said and done, they. were. MINE. Allllllll mine. I had about 5 people approach me, asking what I planned to do with them. On the outside, I was smiling and victorious… on the inside, I was shaking and still a nervous wreck. It’s a little scary how bad I wanted them. Ha!

I couldn’t wait to get them home and snap some pictures for you.

 

How GREAT would they look if I painted the stand in black or oil-rubbed-bronze. Those silver baskets would POP!

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good, tough paint? It’ll need to stand up to the metal-on-metal sliding with those baskets.

…and how amazing would they look on casters?!

Aaaaahhhhh I LOVE THEM!  I can’t wait to fill those baskets with all sorts of crafty DIY goodness. Only time will tell if I let them settle in permanently. For now, I’m head over heels.

So the next time you see a listing for an auction or spot a sign driving down the road – CHECK IT OUT!  I had no idea these lockers would be there and I’m SO glad I gave it a shot!

…and stay tuned to see how these lockers shape up!

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{Easy Art} DIY Tree Silhouette Tutorial on Canvas

October 18, 2012 in Gettin' Crafty, Wall Decor

Do you ever get that itch…

you’re just sitting there, minding your own business, doing your own thing….

and then you feel the twitch first…

you ignore it…

but it gets stronger…

that itch.

That nagging, won’t stop, won’t go away itch.

You never know when it’s going to start… but when it does…

it just. won’t. stop.

 

You know the one I’m talking about right?

The itch to MAKE SOMETHING!

 

I got the itch last night while waiting for the Cardinals game to start again. Silly rain delay! By the time those boys started playing again, THIS GIRL had three projects going at once. Bootyah!

Today’s craft really can’t get much easier. Seriously – you’ll laugh. I almost didn’t even blog about it… but my sister loved it and I thought some of you might too. <crosses fingers, closes eyes and HOPES!>

When I started this, I really didn’t have an end-goal. I was just being crafty and happy!

Here’s how it all came together:

  1. Gather your supplies: Canvas (purchased in a value pack at Michaels), Mod Podge, paper and black craft paint.
  2. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to your canvas and line up your paper. Smoothing it carefully, try to work out the wrinkles (unless you like them of course!
  3. If your patient enough, allow the Mod Podge to dry before painting a black border around your canvas. Given the option, I might not do this step, but my paper wasn’t big enough to wrap around the edges so the white canvas was showing.
  4. Once the Mod Podge dries, do one more thin coat of Mod Podge on TOP of the paper to give it a little added protection.
  5. Wait inpatiently as the Mod Podge dries.
  6. Paint as desired! I opted to free-hand a tree silhouette with black craft paint, but there are so many adorable things you could do!

Told you it was easy!  Way too easy to be blogging about. :-)   Could be the shortest tree silhouette tutorial EVER!

Right now it feels sort of Halloween-ish to me, but that could just be because everyone is posting about pumpkins and spiders and ghouls, oh my!

We’ll see… this little fellow might have a life extended beyond October!

Next time you get the itch… Get moving!   Either a) start crafting or b) call the doctor… all depends on the itch! ha!

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{Ornament Exchange} Sign-Up for A Crafted Christmas!

October 14, 2012 in For the Holidays, Gettin' Crafty

Calling all crafters!

Who likes getting fun stuff in the mail? Ummmm ME! I thought it’d be fun to start a new Holiday Tradition here at Crafted Niche and oooo I hope you want to join me!

I know it’s only October, but this new tradition takes a bit of planning… and we have to start now!  I want to kick-off a 2012 Ornament Exchange called A Crafted Christmas!  Will you join me?!

Wouldn’t it be fun to get a hand-made ornament in the mail from another crafter?!

Here’s how it will work:

  • Sign up using the form below to participate in A Crafted Christmas Ornament Exchange by Wednesday, October 31st.
  • I’ll play match maker and pair you with another Christmas Crafter.
  • I’ll send each of the Ornament Exchange participants an email by Monday, November 5th with contact information for your Exchange buddy.
  • Learn a bit about your Ornament buddy, dream up your creation and get to crafting!
  • Mail your ornament to your buddy by Friday, November 30, 2012.
  • I’ll have a link party on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 for everyone to share their creations!

Have questions? 

I thought you might!

  • You do NOT have to have a blog to be a part of A Crafted Christmas Ornament Exchange!
  • Ornament Exchange is open to everyone everywhere in the world! Please note, if you are outside of the US, you will possibly have to ship a package outside of your country. *I will do my best to pair people in their country of origin, but I can not guarantee it.

If you have more questions, email me at craftedniche at gmail dot com.

 

REMEMBER:

By filling out this form, you are committing to making an ornament and going to the post office to send it to your ornament exchange pal within the month of November. In return, you will get a surprise ornament delivered to your door step too!  PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE EXCHANGE.

Want to help spread the word?

  • Share a link to this blog post on your Facebook page, encouraging your friends and likes to participate!
  • Tweet it out!   Use hashtag #ornamentexchange on Twitter and include the link to this post!
  • PIN this post on Pinterest
  • Share this post on Google+
  • Climb up on your roof and scream about it!  Maybe your neighbors will hear you?  Hey, while you’re up there, you might want to string up the Christmas lights too!

 

Ready to sign up?!

You are?! Great! I hoped you’d say that!  Just fill out the quick form below and you’re all set.

You’ll get an email from me by November 5th with your Ornament Exchange Buddy’s information!  Easy-peasy!

 

Sorry – Registration for 2012′s Crafted Christmas Ornament Exchange is now closed.

Need some inspiration?

No problem! I started a Pinterest board chock-full of ideas to get your creative wheels turning. Learn a little bit about your buddy’s likes, hobbies and lives… and I’m sure the perfect idea will bubble up to the surface!

Have fun with your ornaments! I’m SURE your Ornament Exchange Buddy will LOVE it!

Also – it might be fun to find a way to add the year and your name to the ornament so your buddy will always remember where she/he got such a fabulous ornament! Who doesn’t love a little personalized touch!?

Please help share this exchange with your friends!

I hope you’ll join me this holiday season for this Ornament Exchange! I can’t wait to see what you dream up and share with another fellow crafter!

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