My trusty can of black spray paint - part 2

My magazine rack is ready and set up in my studio! It's so nice to have organization systems in place.

I also painted a box this weekend that I built in art school way back in the day. I originally stained it but of course there have been some mishaps over the past decade - water stains, gashes, etc. I used my left-over latex paint to revive it and it now stores my battery operated clocks that I want to design new faces for.

My next project will involve felt applique pieces. I have a few sets of pillow covers I want to design and create for the brand new pillow fillers I picked up at the Happy Cat Haven for $1 each. But first I'm going to work on smaller felt applique projects for family and friends with birthdays and Xmas fast approaching. Today I'm getting tips from my super crafty friend Thelma on different types of stitches for felt applique then I can get to work! I picked up my supplies last week - tons of thread and felt pieces then buttons, needles, a craft stick, etc. I spent $30-35 on everything you see below.

I've seen some fabulous felt applique pieces on Etsy. For example, Urban Paisley has some funky ornaments at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=16722. You can also check out her blog at http://urbanpaisley.blogspot.com.


My trusty can of black spray paint

For $6 at GBS, I've been able to breath new life into a few finds from Happy Cat Haven. Happy Cat Haven is a private, non-profit shelter for needy animals on the Sunshine Coast. Throughout the summer, Happy Cat Haven hosts a garage sale every Saturday out of their storage locker. You can definitely find some great treasures! I bought the below for $11.50 - $10 for the 3 metal stands and $1.50 for the corner stand. The metal stands were white and rusty and the corner stand was a pasty blue. Now they look fabulous and have found a home on our deck!

My latest purchase at Happy Cat Haven was this vintage magazine stand that had a bit of rust. It was $1 and will be super useful in the studio! Here's the before photo - I'll post the after photo tomorrow.

Just getting started!

Well here I am starting on my blog... I'm in the process of setting up the studio. It's a cute little house with enough room to store all of my projects - finished, in process, etc. With my love for thrift shop trips and garage saling with Paul, the studio will definitely become my home away from home.

My first project was to transform a $1 thrift shop frame that was a hideous mauve into my own idea/cork board. I bought a 1' x 4' piece of cork for $10 from Gibsons Building Supplies (GBS) and used some left-over latex paint. I have the finished cork board in my studio sitting on the window pane with some brand new white thumbtacks. It marks the beginning of many fun creative ideas...

Next is building cork board #2 with the remaining 1' x 2' piece!