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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Closer look at Flea Market Style Back Issues Still available Winter 2013 featuring Erin & Ben Napier of HGTV Home Town

 If you like the new HGTV show Home town with  Ben  & Erin Napier you'll love the  winter 2013 back issue of Flea Market Style Magazine!  Starting on page 122 there is a 12 page spread with photos of their Mississippi home as well as a compelling interview. 
 You'll love what they have done with their sweet nest.

 I love this little vignette in Erin's home. See the bottom photo for my take on this simple corner.

Also in this issue:

 HGTV's Cari Cucksey, star of Cash & Cari takes us to an Ann Arbor Michigan Flea Market

 Shopping experts share their secrets for shopping  a packed flea market space.

 Tim Luke shares his expertise on Door Knockers

A Behind-the-scenes look at the Junk bonanza in Minnesota.

 Teresa Surrat author of Found, Free & Flea Shares Party Decorating Ideas
 one which graced the cover of this issue.

 Reader tips for the Best Flea Markets around the country

  A sweet Carnival Themed Baby Nursery

  DIY wreaths made with found objects

 A jewelry designer transforms her 1910 fixer-upper with intriguing vintage/industrial style

Hot Pinks and Aqua Blue provide a vibrant backdrop for a Florida Beachy home.

Also in this issue
3 Roommates who love to hunt for junk, share a cool and kitsch house

As well as articles on collecting and projects with:
Vintage Type, Barn Wood, Annie Sloan, Miniatures, Pillow makeovers, Spiffing up old metal, Table games, and Rug Beaters

If you missed it the first time, it's not too late. You can still get this issue and other older issues, as well as current issues on my ordering page here.
And here is my take on Erin Napier's sweet corner, Oh and that scarf eerily matches the vintage jacket found on page 56


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Upcycled, organization with quirky style

Hubby surprised me with this one. He's always interested in these multi drawer metal cabinets when I find them. I picked this one up for him at a recent estate sale. Wish I had a before pic, but I don't .

Anywhoo...He surprised me with it's makeover. Hope you like it.

Here's his process in a nutshell. He need to buy  2 handles from Home Depot and spray paint. He cleaned Cleaned, sanded with scotch bright pads, and painted, and then found some fonts of various inspirational words, printed them and Voila!
I love his color choices.  Good Job Honey!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Did you miss an issue of Flea Market Style. I've got you covered

Available for immediate shipment

Go here to order

Back issues also available, New condition, found in a warehouse, No longer available at stores.
(Note Covers on some may be slightly less than perfect, usually just a slight fold at the corner). Choose from the drop down menu below.

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Leather items to Organize your life

I think I'm obsessed about Leather.  The way it looks, feels and smells. It's a fun material to work with and so I've added a Leather Goods section to my Etsy shop and I'm venturing into making various fun Leather Accessories to list.

If you  know me you know I love to be organized, and these are great to keep your stuff together. 

Made of quality leather (I finally found a good supplier), These work great to keep various items like pens, pencils handy and with your journal, planner, Bible, sketch book etc. Leather wraps around cover and/or several pages, can be used inside as a place marker or outside as a holder. And looks great at the same time.  Just $19-$25 depending on which style you want.

Color and Hardware choices

Below is the one I use in my planner.
This is not the first time I've ventured into leather Goods. I've been making and wearing jewelry made from leather for awhile now . You can find some in my Etsy shop in the Leather Goods Section.  I hope to expand into planners and organizers etc. I've got a head full of ideas I just need time to work them all out.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Turn an old leather bag into a backpack without damaging the bag

For this project I used an old Leather Coach Willis Bag, but any bag with top rings will work.
My bag was missing it's crossbody strap. With this alteration technique it can be worn as either a crossbody (above) , or a backpack (below).
 I attached a jump ring, in a rectangle shape to the bottom of the bag.  You'll need a piece of scrap leather and a rivet.  I got the jump ring from another old bag, Re-purpose as much as you can on this project
 At the bottom I'll have a supplies resource list. 
I inserted the hole needed for the rivet through and between the stitches at the bottom of the bag. The rivet can be removed later if desired, and the bag will return to it's prior condition.  I used an awl to coax the stitches apart just enough to insert the rivet shaft. (you could also use a small screwdriver to coax the stitches apart).
 I used a couple of old belts (again re-purposing)  to make a long strap that can be separated using  head button studs to fit it to the size you desire.  I placed the studs 2" apart on one belt and punched holes 2" apart on the other. 

I attached the straps to the top rings with rivets, this could also be done with the Ball Studs to make it fully detachable.

You'll need some specialized equipment to do this.  Here are links to the items used via
Leather scraps, jump rings, belts, all found or thrifted.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Announcing new issue of Flea Market Style Spring 2017 Cover Reveal

Now ready for pre-ordering, Spring 2017 issue

Go here to order
Will be mailed in early February

Back issues also available, New condition, found in a warehouse, No longer available at stores.
(Note Covers on some may be slightly less than perfect, usually just a slight fold at the corner). Choose from the drop down menu below.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Picture Frame Towel Bar-past Project Re-visited

This is my most pinned, followed, commented, popular project ever, So I thought I'd post it again.  It's been up in my bathroom for several years now, and is holding up nicely.  The biggest question I get is "what about wet towels".  Answer: You could varnish with marine grade varnish or simply use it for "dry only" towels as I've done.

Driving down the road one day, after my bathroom was painted, but not yet decorated, I contemplated what to use for towel display.  I could put up the old towel bars that I had removed before painting, but that is no fun What could I use that was a re-purpose, I wondered.  Everything I thought of was much too cottag-y or crafty.  How about wood from old frames I thought, and then it hit me.  Why not just use the whole frame!  But how to mount it so it had space behind for the towels?  The solution quickly came to me. Use other frames as spacers and make a frame collage towel bar.  

Note the most frequently asked question I get about this project is...
"what about wet towels and the wood".  The answer is
I have a separate hook for wet towels, this is for dry towels, decorative and hand towels. It's also in a rarely used bathroom. If you were going to hang wet towels, regularly, I would suggest a non wood option.

Frames are one of my "must get" items whenever I see them at garage sales and they are cheap.  So I have quite a stash of them and have used them for many projects, some you can see here.  

I gathered several frames I had in various sizes. You'll need one large one and a couple of smaller ones and the various other sizes as you'd like.  You'll want the largest one to be long enough to accommodate your towels.
First I laid out the design on the floor. Then I traced the frames on craft paper and  cut out pieces to do a mock up on the wall.  I carefully arranged, leveled and measured so that when I recruited Hubby to do the drilling we would not have to revisit the placement.
A note about getting hubbs help.  I am perfectly capable of doing this myself. But I'm impatient and not detail oriented. I'd be drilling holes all over the place with no real plan of action. Getting frustrated and damaging my walls in the process.  Hubby is an engineer and always has great ideas about how to make my projects work better. So in an effort to limit the frustrations, I asked him for his help, which he is always glad to give.
Of course all my papers fell off the wall because I used a weak tape.  LOL  Anywhoo, It was pretty easy to slap them back up there so Hubby knew exactly what I was thinking.  First he figured out where he would be drilling to allow for maximum strength.  First up are the 2 spacer frames, which I painted a Yellow color.

Line it up for one last look, then drill through both the frame paper and wall. 

Remove the craft paper and insert a plastic anchor into the hole.
Replace frame and check for accuracy. Then decide where the other holes will go and drill into the frame.  Now an important part of drilling through the frame is to countersink the screws.  We did this by partially drilling with a larger bit down about 1/8", just enough for the screw to sink below the front of the frame. 
 Hubby's tip, Switch the drill to go backwards, so you don't chip up the front of the frame.  I told you he was cleaver!

After securing both spacer frames in their proper places, it was time for the larger frame which will hold the towels. Make sure your frame is strong on the side that will be the lower rung. You don't want it falling apart.

Use a level at each part of this process to make sure everything is strait.
Drill through both frames, again countersinking your screws, secure in 4 places.  
We were careful when hanging the yellow frames, to hide some of our screws underneath where the larger frame would overlap, so that  they are hidden. 
The paper mockups helped with this process.
When finished fill in the exposed holes with wall joint compound, or hole filler. You may need to go over them a few times, as it shrinks as it drys.

 Wipe smooth after each application with a wet cloth to blend into the curves of the frame.
 Once dry and contoured, paint over the holes to blend with frame colors. 
Hang your towels and you are finished.  I added smaller frames to give it more punch. I hung those in the usual way.  You could add lots of frames or just a minimal amount. It's all up to you.

There are also some special flush wall anchors you can purchase and use, but I thought this was easier and more secure.  
These frames are so strong they are not going anywhere.
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