Are you ready for Round 5 of Swap it like it’s Hot????
If you don’t know what in the world I’m talking about, let me clue you in. An awesome group of bloggers, organized by the unbelievably amazing Charlotte of Ciburbanity, swarm thrift stores and flea markets around the country to find the coolest (sometimes weirdest) stuff and mail it to another blogger to work their craftifying magic on to create something inspiring and new again.
So, let me show you what was sent to me by the lovely Colleen at 58 Water Street. If you are visiting from good old Water Street, welcome. Make yourself at home, won’t you? I’ll get you some tea while you look over these goodies.
Ok, so Colleen sent me two of those little yellow/orange cups (is that even what they are? If you know, please tell me) and two wreaths as well. Why I only put one of each in my photo is beyond me….Moving on.
At first I was going to paint the cups and use them as egg holders. I think I had Easter on the brain. Who would even use egg cups in my house?
I got my head together and saw some cute little succulents on one of my numerous trips to the garden store. It is one of my favorite places to browse. And BAM! The little unidentified cups were about to become succulent planters.
And so it was. They look awesome on my dining room shelves. That vintage color ended up being just what my shelves needed in the sea of white and clear glass.
Lucky for me, succulents don’t need much space when they are little and these guys have been perfectly happy so far. I will probably kill them though. Unfortunately for them, that’s typically what happens with plants in my possession.
I think I am reeeealllly ready for spring because the next craft on my list was a fairy garden. I have a large pot on my front porch that is the perfect place to add some fairy fun and that grapevine wreath was ready to help me.
I am lucky to have this retaining wall that moss has made into its home. So I harvested a few handfuls to add to my pot.
I placed the wreath and tucked some moss into it.
I added some rosemary and chives to the pot. I thought the rosemary gave it some height and the chives looked like grass.
Then I popped in some peonies for color.
Next, I added a fairy house made from sticks that my daughter had made last summer.
A few decorations for the fairy’s front yard and that was it.
I can knock fairy garden off my list now! I can sit back and watch the plants grown and fill in around the fairy house.
Onto the wooden bowls. I kinda loved them just the way they were.
Someday I am finally going to get around to making over our master bedroom. I swear I have redecorated every room in our house twice and haven’t touched our bedroom in 8 years! It’s pathetic, I know. But I thought these bowls will make a great place to toss a phone and pocket change at night. So they will live (one day) on our nightstands. But for now I added some gold geometric pattern to the sides to add some interest.
All I needed was some scrap wood from my (overabundant) wood pile. I know this is a long post, so I’m going to save the full tutorial for another day, but you get the idea. A little glue and some nails with my brad nailer and now it is a totally rad Lego mini figure holder for my son, complete with a handle.
There is plenty of room for him to put more guys in, and he can organize them by the set they came with.
Now, I’m sure you finished your tea, so it is time for you to hurry along to Amanda’s place to see what she did with this group of stuff I sent to her. I’m coming too, I can’t wait to see!
Here are all the participants for this awesome swap! Hop around and give everyone some love!
Prim and Propah / Create & Babble / Windgate Lane
Gourley Girl and Guy / Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Two Purple Couches / Run to Radiance / Restoration Redoux
Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer / Our Southern Home
Southern State of Mind / Roadkill Rescue / Always Never Done
The House of Wood
Decor Adventures / Bright Green Door