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Vintage Bar Cart gets new life in the New Year!

Hey there, to all y’all visiting for the first time, and welcome back to all those still hanging in there with me! I don’t know about you but it’s been a crazy start to this year. (Psst!…Between you and me my Christmas tree may or may not be still standing in the corner like a shy wallflower leftover from a Stephen Chbosky novel.) Anyways, I meant to post this project slightly sooner, but alas, here we are….So, tardiness aside I’m really eager to share this with you! What started out with a visit to my sister’s house in Nashville ended up materializing into yet another fun an unexpected projected. She expressed to me there before Christmas how she had wanted a plant stand or bar cart in brass for her dining room. I automatically thought to myself, I know what I’m getting you for Christmas.

 

At first I looked online but everything of interest was tied up in a evil bidding war. I checked around town in some of my fav vintage/antique spots, but nothing. So, I checked one of my other fishing holes aka Craigslist and this time caught a whopper! I found an awesome vintage tea cart for only $20! Imagine my excitement when the day before I had seen one just like it, except completely rusted over, yet the place (who shall remain nameless) wanted $99 (Tisk, tisk). The one I found was in excellent condition and needed minimal work on my end. I only had to sand down a rough patch here or there, clean it, and paint. I primed it first using a primer paint that would adhere to metal and of course would prevent future rust from occurring. Secondly, I applied two coats of a metal-friendly paint in brass. Then I went over it with a durable polyurethane three times.It was certainly shaping up by this point but I didn’t care for how the two grated shelves looked together. So, I went to the
local glass company and had them cut down a mirror to rest upon the top shelf, giving it a more streamline look, hopefully worthy of any Gatsby party. I also went with the thickest mirrored glass they had because we all know how we tend to sit things down a little harder after too much of the ol’ drinky drinky 😉 They even rounded the corners off and did it all for $15! I was super impressed with them and the mirror fit in the shelf like a glove. With everything I invested my total came to just under $50.
Christmas came and went and my sister and her husband weren’t able to make it to my parents house until around new years. Then we were finally able to give it to them. You have no idea how hard it was for me to wait, lol. I’m seriously such a kid when it comes to giving gifts. Especially gifts I’ve made because they come from such a place of love. To wrap things up though, I think they were truly surprised and really loved it.  We even got to use it for our drinks at our New Year’s Eve party, and I’m honored that it now graces their dining room.
I hope this inspires you to try upcycling your own bar cart. It’s a great functional and aesthetic piece, perfect for any party.  If you’d like to comment on this post or share a project of your own, I’d  love to hear from you! Just click on the thought bubble icon next to the post title and drop a line. I Look forward to hearing from you, until next time….sign-off-2

Unwrapping Christmas ~ Lyndsey Bush

Hey there Instafriends! I hope everyone had a joyous holiday season!! I know we certainly did. Our little family has been very blessed over the course of 2014 + 2015 is looking just as amazing. God is good! Over Christmas we went home to visit my family, which turned out to be such a wonderful visit. My son, KP, had so much fun chasing around his Nana and Hotrod (a.k.a. my mama and dad), along with auntie Lara, and uncle Aaron. Then a little later on in the visit my baby sister Brittany and her husband Taylor showed up. Did I mention we were all staying at my folks’ house? …..🎤 Whatever happen to pre-dic-ta-bi-la-ty, the milk man, the paper boy, evening t.v.? 🎶…….(If you didn’t catch that, we had a full house).

Everyone there spoiled us with love, presents, and lots and lots of food! The gifts that were given were so lovely and heartfelt, I had to share them with you because they have completely enriched our home and lives. Here are a few of the goodies we received: (Links attached to photos)

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Anthropologie Etched Fern Stemware

Anthropologie Nettie Pullover in Dark GreyMichael Aram Gilded Twig Dish SetDoxahlogy jewlery

Jetsetter Bon Voyage

Dyadema rose gold starburst earringsHere are a few things KP got:

KP's clothes

Clockwise:

1) Henley shirt in orange by H&M http://www.hm.com/us/product/74450?article=74450-A

2) Bear Fine Knit Hooded Jacket by H&M http://www.hm.com/us/product/16863?article=16863-B

3) Blue Hooded Cardigan by H&M http://www.hm.com/us/product/59144?article=59144-C&fromSearch=blue%20hooded%20cardigan&cm_vc=SEARCH

4) Contrast Waffle Raglan Sweater by Baby Gap http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1025031&vid=1&pid=168235022

5) Panda Sweatshirt by Baby Gap http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=988265002

6) Stripe Shirt by Baby Gap http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1025471&vid=1&pid=986788002

KP's toys1) Sheldon Sheep Stuffed Animal by Anthropologiehttp://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/33177700.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS#/

2) Fox Push Along by Orange Tree Toys http://www.orangetreetoys.com/12-months-push-along/fox-push-along

3) Antique Rocket from a private collection

4) Giraffe Safari Stacking Animal Blocks by Skip Hop http://www.skiphop.com/product/giraffesafari_stackinganimalblocks.html

We had fun giving gifts too! Below, is a 1961 Sears and Roebucks Allstate train set we got for my dad. He had one just like it when he was a kid!

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Charades got a little silly with these guys…..
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Of course after it was all over, I needed a me moment. Shew……
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Thanks for stoppin’ by and celebrating the holidays with the Bush family!!!
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Holly Jolly DIY Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

Free printable Woodland Creatures gift tags!

Printable Woodland Creatures Gift Tags Template

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Tis the season instafriends! If you’re like me and you still need gifts for people on your list and you’re on a budget, this project is for you. I put my old mason jar lids that I don’t use to good use. I gathered up fabric and ribbon I had laying around the house, some jute, and random craft beads. So far, sound simple? Good.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

*mason jar lid

*free printable gift labels Printable Woodland Creatures Gift Tags Template

*card stock 

*scissors

*pencil

*measuring tape or ruler

*fabric and ribbon you have laying around the house

*jute (or you can use a thin ribbon)

*hot glue gun with extra glue sticks

*craft beads

Getting started:  Download my Woodland Creatures template by clicking on the link here or above Printable Woodland Creatures Gift Tags Template, and print them out on card stock. Print out two different images (one for the front and back of your ornament). Make sure you print two copies of the front image (you will have to hack one up). Cut them all out. Taking your second copy of your front image, cut out whatever the center design is (if you’re using my Woodland Creatures template, cut out the animal). Keep the scraps from it, and cut a small strip out from it. Fold the strip five times to make a little three dimensional box and sit it aside (see second image below). 

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FullSizeRender-5Go ahead and plug in your hot glue gun on a safe surface (the glue will get everywhere & the glue and gun both get very hot. Please use caution and do not end up on the 6 o’clock news!) Still with me? Okay, I have listed the directions in numerical order that correspond to a photo below giving you a visual aid. Pretty simple stuff. Recap: Follow the steps in order, consult the pictures with the same number, don’t end up in the hospital. Okay, let’s get to it my little jolly elves 😉

1. Lay out your cloth strip, mason lid rim, and glue gun out where you’ll be working.

2. Glue around the outer rim, pressing the fabric down as you go.

3. Continue gluing all the way around the rim until the fabric is completely tacked down (it’s okay if the fabric over laps a little).

4. Taking the fabric sticking out, glue the inner rim, folding the fabric through the opening and pressing it down on the inner rim.

5. Repeat this action until that entire side of fabric is folded inward and glued down.

6. Once the inner rim is completely covered with that side of the fabric, we are now going to take the fabric sticking out on the other side and fold it inward.

7. Gluing it down the same way you did for the other side. Glue over top the fabric on the inner rim you just did, folding the loose fabric inward and pressing down on the inner rim as you go.

8. This is how your inner rim should look like.

9. This is how the outer rim should look like. Now sit it aside for later.

10. Grad the mason jar lid plate (the flat metal part that fits inside the rim). Grab the design you’ve chosen to be the back of the ornament. Simply glue it to the shiny, silver side of the plate.

11. Once the glue is secure, taking the rim in one hand and the plate in the other, press the plate firmly into the rim (with the picture facing outward) until the plate can’t go any further. (Consult picture #11 and #12)

12. Your back should look something like this.

13. Flip it back over to the front side. Taking your picture you have chosen for the front, add a dab of glue onto the plate and press the design firmly onto the plate. (You may have to press the design around the edges to get it to lay completely flat)

14. Remember that strange little box I had you make out of that strip? Well, I need you to glue the box flap end to the other end so it will hold its box shape. Then glue it to the center of your design on the front side. (Definitely, check out the pic below if I lost ya, haha!)

15. Add a dab of glue on top of the little box you just attached, then, before your glue dries, quickly take the second front design you cut out and center it on your box (pressing it gently until glue dries). This should now give your design a nice little three dimensional effect.

16. This step is optional but SO much fun! Add a dab of glue to your design. Taking tweezers, grab a bead and press it into the glue.

17. You can continue to add beads all over your design. I glued beads down on mine wherever there were berries.

18. Remember the jute I listed? Now simply cut enough to wrap around the entire outer rim and still have enough for a loop (about 20″). Starting at the top of your rim, center a dab of glue and press one end of the jute down. Wrap it around the outer rim, and glue it down at the starting point, leaving your excess sticking straight up.

19. Create a loop with the excess, gluing the excess down at the starting point. (simply snip whatever is left off with your scissors.) 

20. It should look something like this.

21. To finish your look off, take whatever festive ribbon you have tie a beautiful bow around the hanging loop you just created to hide the messy glue. (You can add a dab of glue inside the ribbon knot if you wish, to keep it from moving around.)

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Check out the end results below and I think you’ll agree, this diy project is not only simple and inexpensive but stylish too. You certainly won’t be embarrassed to hand out these beauties. Here’s another tip: They can also serve as name tags on presents that the recipient can later use as an ornament (you can even type their names on it to give it a more personal touch).Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

I hope you enjoyed this last minute little project. Thanks for stoppin’ by. I hope y’all have a very merry Christmas!

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