Hi, friends thanks for stopping by.  I think you're going to say I am a little cuckoo after you read this post.

Do you know those large tickets that hang from your rearview mirror when you get your car serviced or go to a parking garage?  Most people throw them out.  I kept mine after I got an oil change.  My ticket number was 648 that's what I used to make this very simple project.

The numbers are large and bold.  They are printed on each side of the cardstock.  On one side the numbers are red and on the other side, they are green.  Most normal people would have tossed this in the garbage.  Well not me, I took it in the house put it in my office and it sat there on my table for a few days waiting for some kind of creative genius to pop into my head.

 Then on one rainy day, clear out of the blue I made these three tags.

I don't have a before picture of what it looked like because I didn't intend this to be a post until after I cut the numbers.
After I cut them I thought they would make great tags.

To make the tags you will need:  Twine, Hole Puncher, and Scissors

This is sort of what the ticket looked like. I pushed them together so you get an idea of what they looked like before I cut them. So instead of being one number (648), it is now individual numbers.

The 4 is shorter because it had a large hole in the middle where it hangs from the rearview mirror.
I cut between each number then cut the top part below the hole on #4,  I used the hole puncher to put one hole in each tag and then tied twine through each one.  (Cut,  hole punch, and tie)  Simple, Simple, and Simple.

When I finished I hung the tags on a vintage hanger on my mood board on top of vintage cornet sheet music that was my father's.

You can use them in many different ways.  For example, you can tie them to baskets, hang them from doorknobs,  drawer handles, or lockers.  You can even tie them on birthday presents using the number for the age of your child.  You can cut the individual numbers and make a stencil.  If you want an antique look you can probably age them with a stain.  The possibilities are endless.

Unexpected Finds

June 10, 2013, in
Hi Friends, I had so much fun Saturday shopping at Estate Sales.  There happen to be two in my immediate neighborhood. Which means less travel time and less money spent on gas.
I was looking for patio furniture.

The first house I stopped at I found this lantern for 50 cents.

 Yes, 50 cents!!   It was hiding on the basement floor.  The owner was going to take it with her to Pennsylvania but the door to it is broken so she decided to sell it.  So I gladly parted with my two quarters.  Heck at that price if I was her I would have taken it with me.  The door has a small crack but it opens and closes just fine.  The ring is rusty and the lantern has a patina which I really like.

My next stop was a modest ranch-style home.  I took a look around the entire house and I didn't see anything I really wanted.  Sadly leaving empty-handed I passed through the garage and found this.

Wow, a deacon's bench!

It had a $75.00 sticker on it.   So I left it. 
Thinking I would drive back later and make an offer.  (It was just around the block)
So I went back around 3:00 and it was sitting in the driveway.  I was glad to see that it was still there.  I offered $25.00 for it and guess what they took it. (Happy Me).  
Unfortunately, I don't have a story for this one.  The only thing they could tell me was that it is a deacon's bench.   I always like to know the history of the pieces I buy.  Especially on a piece like this.  I could only wonder what church it was in and who sat and prayed on this bench.
When you go to sales like this make sure you go through the entire house including the basement, garage, and yard.  You'll never know what you'll find if you don't.

When I woke up this morning I wasn't thinking of bringing home a deacon's bench.  (After all, I was looking for patio furniture!)

First I will give it some TLC.   I definitely want to fix the crack and paint it.
I think it will go nice in the entryway of our home.

If anyone knows anything about this type of bench I would love to hear about it in the comments section
Hi, today I want to talk about what to do with leftover fabric.  I had a small amount of fabric left from the chair redo in the previous post.  I thought the trim would look nice on the dining room curtains.


This project is great for all who do not sew!  This was a quick and easy project and gives your cheap curtains a custom designer look.

Tools you'll need:

Fabric Glue

Fabric Shears 

Since I was using stripes it was super easy to cut a straight line.  I cut two strips about 4" wide and the length of the curtain.  Most standard size curtains are 84" long.   I cut 2" more so I could overlap the fabric around the back of the curtain.  I wanted my trim to be extra wide but you could cut any width you want.

I laid one strip on the table and made a crease with my finger along the edge of the fabric.

 I used two of these tubes 

Next, I glued all the sides 


Then I glued the trim on the curtain.

This handsome guy is helping me keep the fabric from slipping off the table.

My original plan was to hang the curtains back in my dining room.  I thought they would look nice with the chairs but when I hung them back up they were too dark.

So they ended up in my sitting room

The pink flowers are from my Rhododendron plant on the side of my house.

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