Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day everyone!  We hope you are having a week full of love.  Here's a quick recap of some of our Valentine's Day projects.

{Amanda's Thrifty Valentine's Day Wreath} 

We love this wreath and love how much it cost, even more...a whopping $5.00.  The wreath is from CVS...the price tag said $9.99, but Amanda got it for free after using her ExtraCare Bucks (yay)!  She found the frame at our local ReStore; after a $5.00 donation, it was hers.  The red spray paint and burlap were left overs from previous projects.  We love a good wreath...this one turned out cute!

{Candy's Vintage Valentine Vignette}

Chances are, that if you're looking for something unique or vintage, Candy, Nicole's mother-in-law, has it!  She has an adorable collection of this and that which she's always turning into something cute.  We borrowed a few of her fun things to create another valentine inspired vignette. 

The vintage valentines are Candy's (how cute are they?)
The button tree is Amanda's...a leftover Christmas crafts.

The red & white antique enamel pan
and shakers are more goodies from Candy's collection.
Amanda made the lovebird print using her
 Sihlouete Cameo and the other was a free printable
 she found via Pinterest.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Double Door Hall Tree

Last month we featured Sabrina's bedroom, which she creatively made her own with an old door headboard, bench, and full-length mirror.  If you haven't already, check out the post here...  Sabrina's a-Door-able bedroom

As promised in the post's another great project using doors (who doesn't love an old, beat up door?).  This double door hall tree is so fun and charming and makes the perfect addition to Nicole's entryway.

Nicole and Amanda spotted these two gems at a local antique store almost a year

We've been drooling over them ever since. 

Finally, Nicole came up with the perfect idea for them.

Her entryway was lacking a catchall - a place to hang coats, store that stuff that always seems to pile up at the front door, and to set her almost two year old down when tying his shoes.  After figuring out her design and finding some great hardware, she asked The Briarwood to construct and paint it.  You MUST check out The Briarwood - Sullivan, IL (and Once Upon A Find) is lucky to have them!  

It didn't take David (from The Briarwood) long to turn Nicole's antique store finds into this awesome hall tree.  The doors were attached (hinge sides together, so the knobs would be at each end), a shelf was added at the top, and a storage bench was constructed around the bottom.

Next came paint (a gorgeous taupe color and a clear coat) and hardware.


Nicole found the perfect hardware at Hobby Lobby (for $1.50 each...sweet!).  They have just enough touch of vintage to pair well with the old doors.

And check out that storage!

Nicole can't wait to put this thing to good use!  With her busy life, we're sure she will!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Budget Friendly Valentine's Day Crafts

There are only 7 days left until Valentine's Day.  If you're looking for some last minute ideas to bring the LOVE into your home, here are some simple, budget friendly ideas.  

1.)  Heart Wreath with T-shirt YoYo Flowers: 
Here's what you'll need - a foam heart shaped wreath form (we got ours at Hobby Lobby), jute twine, old t-shirts, & your trusty hot-glue gun.

Wrap the foam heart with jute, securing with hot-glue (works best if you start at the middle point of the top and work your way down on each side).  Then add YoYo flowers - we just used old t-shirts...they worked great and were free!  Click the link below for an easy tutorial on yoyo flowers...Danielle does a great job explaining it!


2.)  Candy Filled Mason Jars:
Filling Mason Jars with candy hearts is a quick and easy way to add to your Valentine's Day decor.

3.)  Upcycled Heart Bakeware:
Check out your local dollar store for heart shaped cake pans (you should be able to find them this time of the year). Decorate them with doilies, scrapbook paper, or even chalkboard paint. Super Easy!

Happy Crafting!!!