Jewelry Organization

I picked up this little THING -

I’m not sure what its original intended purpose was but I decided to use it to store my necklaces and bracelets, etc

I painted it up and distressed it a bit. 
I love the old look of it.

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I’m just loving it….before I had them all layered on my silver cake plate {which you can see in the background above & which I loved the look of} but it was not as functional.
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The new set up displays them all for easy viewing, easy access and no more tangles….nice!
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{Northern Cottage} 2010 Recap

This has been quite a year.
It has been a year of change,
of savoring  moments,
of creativity,
of remembering….
Looking back on 2010 -
Here are some of my favorite posts/projects from this year:
Vintage Button Bracelets

Pretty Junky Journals

Ice Luminaries

Ruffled Table Runner

Lampshade Slipcover

Up-cycled Pillow

Cozy Heating Pad

Toilet Paper Holders (or lack thereof)

Wedding Breakfast Tray

Shutter Headboard

I feel like I’m…..

just getting started

There is so much more in me to
create  and share

so on we go to 2011

remembering the past, living the present and looking forward to what lies ahead in the future

I want to extend special thanks to those who have become followers, left encouraging, wonderful comments, who have inspired me with the amazing talents and skills you possess and so generously share.  Here’s to you and here’s to a great 2011!!
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Linking to:

Someday Crafts Review

Southern Hospitality Top Projects of 2010

CSI Project Favorites


Featured – Top 50 DIY Blogs

I’ve been feeling the love lately…awwww

I was recently featured as one of the……

Top 50 DIY Blogs

Here is the excerpt on my little ol blog -

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Those who “love junk, home, and crafts” will find much to love on this blog. There are a lot of ideas for home decor, but you’ll also find some great little gift projects, as well. Two of our favorites include metal flowers (do something useful with all those used cans!) and these button bracelets (raid your own mother’s button collection!).

Check out the full post here and peruse through the other lovely featured blogs as well.

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Chalkboard SUBWAY Art

Easy fast personalized subway art with a WINTER theme.
All ya gotta have is a blank chalkboard, some chalk and the words you’d like to highlight.
Hand print them on the chalkboard and DISPLAY

See how I made this temporary platter chalkboard here
when you wanna try something different –
just erase and start on over!
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Winter Mantle {Northern Cottage} Style

I so enjoy switching things up….

I LOVE our fireplace

so tall

so solid

so rocky

I’m also very digging having the contrast to that dark rock with something lighter in color and yet solid enough to pair well with the substance of the fireplace overall

Here’s what I’ve come up with for now {no telling how long this will last around these parts!}

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We recently had a dinner party and one of the attendees didn’t get ‘junk’. 

When she saw the fireplace – she started to…


and said ‘well that’s interesting!”
(in a very nice way – she just didn’t get it)

You guys ‘get it’, right? 

It’s not strange to have a window above my fireplace at all, is it?


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Crinkly Paper Flowers

This is a quick, easy and FREE little craft project
Isn’t that a GREAT combination (quick, free and easy?)
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Take newspaper
Comics for a hit of light color
or black & white for a classic neutral version
Fold it up so there is a stack of papers…..I took the comic section and folded it up 4 times.
Cut 3 sets of circles (small, medium, large)
Hole punch through each layers of circles
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Separate the cut circles into individual circles
Wet them a bit (don’t drown them just moisten)
Crinkle them up and let them dry
You can either
let them dry a bit and them put them onto a brad (little ones on first so they are on top).  They are more fragile and a little more likely to tear at the hole but you can do it this way if you like (or if you are impatient like me - ahem!)
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or let them dry completely and then put them on the brads
Squish the petals as they dry.
Close of up the back of the brad
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And you end up with some cute little flowers…
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From here you can:
    • Add a loop to the back and hang em up or use as bows on gifts!
    • Spray them with clear sealer and use them as
    • pins
    • additions to headbands
    • barrettes
    • magnets
    • grouped in a bowl and set out just for pretty
You can use whatever scrapbook paper you’d like for this project to interject the colors of your choice.

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Linking to:
Blue Cricket

Keeping It Simple


Featured on Cottage Instincts

Cottage Instincts has my little old Pantry Organizing post featured in her last Make It Monday!

Ack!  Make my day or what??

As a side note - do you subscribe to her Cottage Crush Collection - it is DIVINE!