From the Archives....A mini-tutorial~

On Vacation so here's a post FROM THE ARCHIVES...

This post originally appeared on August 21, 2008~

I have been wanting to decoupage something on a barn star for a long time. I have looked endlessly at scrapbook paper, but I just couldn't find the right thing. Then I remembered this beautiful toile wrapping paper my lil' sis wrapped my birthday presents in this year. When I saw it, I was instantly in love. I unwrapped my gifts very carefully and tucked the paper away waiting for the perfect project. And here it is...

I cut each section of the star's rays separately (next time I try this project, I'll only cut out one large diamond for each ray rather than two triangles) then Mod Podged them on. I sealed it with a coat of Mod Podge as well. It turned out beautifully and now hangs proudly across from my mudbench.

Happy crafting~


From the Archives...A tutorial~

On Vacation so here's a post FROM THE ARCHIVES...

This post originally appeared on January 8, 2009.

And what are we making today, Wendy, you ask? Why, a button wreath, of course!

What you will need:

  • Lightweight cardboard (I like to collect this so I have it around for various projects...things like the cardboard that comes in folded shirts, large tags from clothing etc.)
  • Scrapbook paper (ideally this should be the color of the buttons you will be using.)
  • Two glasses (or other round objects) one smaller than the other.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stick glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks (I went through about 2 of these)
  • Buttons (lots - I used about 80 or so for my small wreath) I like white vintage buttons best, but you could use any color and you can buy them new - of course.
  • Ribbon


  1. Using the stick glue, start by gluing the scrapbook paper to the cardboard. Remember, stick glue is your friend...be very generous.

  2. Using a pencil, trace the rims of the glasses onto the paper. The larger glass outside and the smaller glass inside to create a wreath form.

  3. Cut out the wreath form. If you're the perfectionist-type you can gently sand the edges so they are smooth (using a sanding block), but keep in mind that they will be 90% hidden by the buttons.

  4. Now comes the fun part. Gather your buttons. I like to sort them into sizes before I get started gluing...makes the whole gluing process a little easier.

  5. Start by gluing a layer of large buttons to the form.

  6. Now glue a layer of slightly smaller buttons on top of the larger ones, staggering them to cover the spaces between the larger buttons.
    NOTE: I like to play around with where I will put the buttons because I want to vary the shades of the buttons...especially when using white buttons, because it creates more texture and interest.

  7. Continue gluing on buttons using smaller buttons each layer, and filling in the blank open spaces. This will create a rounded effect. Then I go back and add smaller buttons to the empty spaces left on the edge between the large buttons in the first layer. (That description is about as clear as mud, but hopefully, you get what I mean.)

  8. And that's it! Loop a pretty length of grosgrain ribbon around the top and tie with a bow...then hang it somewhere that will make you smile when you look at it.

Happy Crafting~


Linky Love~

First of all, I want to thank everyone who participated in the Frugal Friday Linky Party here at the Shabby Nest! I want you all to know, that I visited each and every Frugal Friday post, but I wasn't able to leave comments on all of them. I'm sorry for that...it was one of those crazy busy weekends...but know that I loved all your great Frugal OCD (Obsessively Consumed with Decorating) ideas! You all rock!

Here's a little taste of the great ideas that were shared~

Kim at Twice Remembered shared her gaudy art to chalkboard makeover...perfect!

Holly at Holly's Haven shared a makeover of a $5 locket that's sure to make your eyes pop out of their sockets...okay, I hope they don't really pop "out of their sockets", but you'll really want to see this makeover!

Loved this!!! Sariah at Enchantresses 3 shared a DARLING cloche creation she made with thrifted finds.

Melanie from the Old White Cottage shared a fabulous makeover of a $1 thrifted tray! Almost makes me want to serve someone breakfast in bed! Even better...someone can serve me breakfast in bed!!

If you haven't had a chance to look through all the great posts at the Frugal Friday Linky Party, click over here and take a look...you won't be disappointed!

Have a great Monday~


Frugal Friday Linky Party~

Welcome to Frugal Friday!

The rules are the same as usual. Please link directly to your Frugal Friday post, not just to your blog. Please also link back to the Shabby Nest from your post. And leave lots of comment love!!

Oh, and the winner of the RHBDesigns drawing is Jan from Mullis Memories! Congratulations Jan...

Now let's all, sit back, relax and enjoy the Frugal Decorating Goodness.


Happy Birthday~

The Shabby Nest is One Year Old today!

I never dreamed one year ago, that this little blog would be what it is today...such a source of joy to me! I love you, my wonderful readers, who lift me up, encourage me, and inspire me with your creativity and imagination. I am so thankful that I have found this wonderful corner of the blogosphere where I can share what I love and get so much back in return.

Thank you for visiting the Shabby Nest! Thank you for making it a wonderful place to be. I look forward to sharing many more "blogiversaries" with you all in the future!

If you didn't get a chance, make sure to visit yesterday's post for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to RHBDesigns!

And don't forget the Frugal Friday Linky Party! Here. Friday. Be there. Please. :-)

Have a great Wednesday~



Just wanted to share a few pictures of the Brimfield goodness that I enjoyed with the Hubby on Friday afternoon.

I am so in love with Banjo clocks. I really wish I could have taken this pretty little thing home with me. (Okay, it wasn't so little, but it was pretty!)

I loved this little vignette...chippy-rusty-metal-architectural-thingy on an old weathered table with a robin's egg blue hoosier behind, and a reproduction bust.

I'm a sap for mirrors. This gilded beauty caught my eye.

Mmmmmmmmmm. Old linens and a fun new french-inspired pillow. Love. them.

What I loved here were the altered books. The vendor had taken old books and recovered them in lovely papers. So pretty on a shelf. And if you peek behind the bookshelf, you see the one treasure I would have loved to bring home (it was a little too $$$ for my blood - AND - I can't believe I didn't actually take a photo of it, hello?) an antique mercantile wrapping station complete with a roll of twine on the top and two rolls of brown Kraft paper. sigh.

I thought these sconces were adorable.

The hubby snapped this last pic. I don't think the old VW Bug was really for sale....but it is almost identical to my first car (which was almost as old and rusted as this one when I received it from my older brother - one of his fix-up projects. Surprised my parents let me drive it...it barely ran.) I include this photo purely for my own nostalgic purposes. Ha!

Hope you enjoyed this little tour of Brimfield! I had a great time! So much to look at...so many ideas in my little old head now.
Have a great Monday~


Frugal Friday~

For today's Frugal Friday I present.......things in jars.

Don't laugh.
I can hear you.
I mean it.

Don't underestimate the power of like things displayed in great jars. Just look at these...

So go gather up those buttons/shells/rocks/clothespins/paperclips you have lying around and put them in a pretty jar. Big impact. Little Money.
Next Friday is another Frugal Friday Linky Party. Meet up here and share your Frugal Decorating Ideas. Those of us with Frugal OCD (Obsessively Consumed with Decorating) will appreciate it!!
Off to Brimfield with the Hubby...pictures to come on Monday...have a great weekend~


Patching Things Up~

I was a busy girl yesterday. I pulled out the old sewing machine and went to work.

A while back I had the idea of making some "custom" t-shirts for my toddler boys by using some fun vintage clip art images, cotton canvas and (what else?) photo transfer paper to make patches that I could sew onto some plain tees. I found a vintage firetruck image that I just loved. Printed it out (twice), ironed each one onto the canvas, and then realized that I had inadvertently printed them out bigger than I thought, and they wouldn't work for the boys' shirts.

But I knew I would come up with a brilliant idea sooner or later so I held on to them. And yesterday it hit me! I had some lovely ticking fabric that I could use with the firetruck patch to make a darling pillow.

Isn't it cute? I made one for the chair in the boys' room, and one that I will list in my Etsy! Love. it. so. much.

And just so you can see... I did get some t-shirts done for the boys. Here they are with cute pictures of dalmations (or firedogs as the hubby calls them). So it all worked out in the end. Yea!

EDITED TO ADD: My fabulous-ly stylish friend Kasey is having an amazing giveaway at her blog today. Amazing. That's all I'm sayin'.

Have a great Thursday~


Treasures and Tags~

Here is my latest curbside find. The hubby just rolled his eyes when I stopped for this one, but he knows me well, so he didn't say anything. And I have plans, YES I have plans. Any guesses?

I just added these darling shabby fabric tags to my Etsy store. Perfect for gifts or embellishments or just because. They feature my crown drawing and some sweet black and white check ribbon.

And just in case you were hoping to see an "Inspire-Me Tuesday" post, I think I'm going to permanently change them to Wednesdays...so y'all come back tomorrow for some Inspirational goodness.

Have a great Tuesday~


Budget Decorating~

Today I'm joining the Price My Space party over at Nester's blog!

I'm proud to say my living room was decorated on a budget, and today I'm going to share it with you all!

1. My buffet was a great find at a local "antique" store. $125 refinished!

2. This pair of lamps was only $80 or so at one of the big home improvement stores.

3. All of the accessories on top of the buffet total about$200.

4. The frames above the buffet were $20 each at Target, and the artwork inside was free.

5. This mirror is a favorite of mine from a local home decor store and a steal at only $75.

6. The chair is Ektorp from IKEA. It cost $349 with the slipcover you see, but I purchased an additional white slipcover for only $29.

7. The pillows (and this price includes the ones on the sofa in the picture below were approximately $75 for all because I simply recovered existing pillows with new fabric.

8. The rug was $499 at one of the big home improvement stores. It is 8x10 feet and very thick...I love it! It felt like kind of a splurge, but for the size of the rug and the quality, the price was really quite reasonable.

Now for the other half of the room...

1. The Armoire was purchased at Target about 5 years ago for only $299. Someday it would be nice to have real wood, but for the time being, it looks good, and that's what counts.

2. The roman shades are also from Target and were $40 each...we spent $200 for the entire main floor (5 blinds.)

3. This great charcoal print was free....it pays to have a professional artist as a Father-in-law.

4. The accessories on top of the armoire total approximately $65. (TJMaxx and craft stores.)

5. The sofa is Ektorp from IKEA and cost $499 with an extra white slipcover for $49.

So the grand total for the entire room is $2624. Not bad considering everything was purchased over time. And I'll tell you that slipcovered furniture is definitely a plus with little people, and these Ektorp slipcovers wash up beautifully, and wont break the bank if you have to buy replacements (I would recommend buying an extra set anyway...really helps!) I've had the sofa and chair for 4 years now, and they are holding up really well structurally even with four rowdy kids who jump on the sofa despite what mom tells them.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour of my budget-friendly room! Have a great Monday~


Thought for a Thursday~

When I stand before God at the end of my life I hope that I would not have a bit of talent left, and I could say "I used everything you gave me." Erma Bombeck


Lego Birthday~

Mr. One turned 9 years old yesterday! He is a huge Lego fan, so of course we threw him a Lego bash for his 9-year-old party.

This year I started the tradition of making my kiddos birthday shirts with their ages on them. So far I have done appliqued numbers, but I felt like a photo transfer shirt better fit Mr. One's personality. So I created this "9" logo in Microsoft Paint (making sure to reverse the number) then printed it out on Avery T-shirt Transfer paper and followed the package directions. So easy! So cute!

I chose primary colors for the decor, because that seemed very "Lego" to me. The table was set with the kids' goody boxes (I'll talk about them in a minute), fun polka dot plates, and cups full of legos that we used in some games. The centerpiece was a mason jar filled with legos (and tied with curly string to look festive). The kids had to guess how many legos were in the jar! We played two other simple games...for the first, I wrote random words on cards (like cow, bus, flower etc.) and had each of the kids pick a card, then they had to try to build their object with the legos in their cups. (I didn't make this a contest, so each kid got a prize.) The last game was the simplest of all...and the favorite of the guests...I set a timer and we saw who could build the tallest freestanding lego tower in the set time. I didn't give awards for this game, I just let the kids try to out-do one another...they LOVED it!
The goodie boxes were so cute! They were just mini take-out boxes purchased at Michael's craft and filled with candy including Lego-shaped candy. I added tags made with photo-transfer-on-fabric clip art of Legos.
A close-up of the table settings.
The cupcakes were my favorite of all. Each one was topped with Lego candies. (We bought them in bulk from a local candy store.) So cute, and soooooooooooooo easy!

Happy Birthday Mr. One! We love you!

Have a great Tuesday~


Slipcover Love~

If you're dropping by for the first time from Do-It-Yourself day at Kimba's place, welcome! Hope you'll take a minute to look around the Shabby Nest. So glad to have you here.

Some of you may remember this sweet little curbside find that I brought home a few months back. Cute, but lacking a certain something. I had plans to slipcover this baby, but I was having a hard time deciding what fabric to use.

Then I had one of those lightbulb moments. When I was making the drop cloth curtains for my dining room, one of the cloths I purchased had a seam running through the fabric about 18" into one end. Rather than returning it, I kept it knowing that I would come up with a use for it. Then it dawned on me...a slipcover for my little chair!
My cute friend Trisha (who happens to be an awesome seamstress) came over on Friday and we set to work. Luckily, the chair has fairly straight lines, so although she guided me, she let me do a lot - not all - of the work. Below is the only in-the-process photo I took (Helllllllo? Do I have a decor blog or what? Where was my brain?)

And here she is in all her glory! I had to add a little extra stuffing to the cushion, then I popped my #4 pillow - available in my Etsy store- on the back...and it is the perfect finishing touch for my boys' reading nook. Oh what a little slipcover can do! Thanks Trisha for all your help!

Have a great Monday~


Dining Details~

I have had so much positive feedback on my dining room restaging (and so many questions from readers) that I thought I'd share with you all a few of the details.

First and foremost, because we chose a neutral palette, texture was key! I used a burlap runner on the table, along with burlap, linen and canvas pillows.

And yes, for those of you who asked, my new curtains are painter's dropcloths. I love the heavy weight....they hang perfectly when left straight, or drape beautifully if pulled back.

My centerpiece is made from a seemingly mismatched bunch of random things...but it works together beautifully and adds a subtle touch of color.

Remove the color, and look how the textures play off of one another...the heavy details of the sphere, the smooth surface of the footed bowl, the earthiness of the wreath and the intricate metal work of the tray. A feast for the eyes!

Just a reminder today is the last day for the Shabby Nest Summer Sale...still some great deals left....hurry over!
Hope you all have a lovely July 4th weekend~