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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Not so original

Hope every one's new year is off to a great start.  I still feel like I am trying to catch up from the holiday season.  I just realized today that all the upstairs rooms still have their Christmas out.  Really??  Know what I will be doing tomorrow!!

2011 took a big bite out of our checking account.  2 girls in college - the youngest of which thinks she is a world traveler, a grandson to spoil, and lots of odd expenses really take their toll.  Sooo.. we have decided to scale things back for several months, which means using what I have on hand for a while for any projects I want to do among other things.  Wonder how that will go?

I was in my usual post-Christmas I must declutter phase and came up with what I thought was a really original (and free) project.  I showed it to my daughters.  Their response:  Oh yeah, we have seen lots of those on Pinterest.  Really??  Will I ever have an original idea?

I have lots of canvases that the girls have started projects with and abandoned or just had complete project fails.

So I took one of the reject canvases and covered it with 2 layers of left over green burlap from my fall pumpkin patch.  The green goes great with the spare bedroom.  Then I took lots of old buttons - given to me by a friends' mom - and hot glued them to the canvas.  A few dozen glue burns later - and I even managed to burn my elbow on this one - and this is what emerged

I loooove old buttons!!  I just never know what to do with them.  And to be honest - I usually forget that I have these.  I would gladly give credit to the pinterest person who came up with this idea if I had seen it - and I have not had time to figure out how to find it on Pinterest.

Well - wish me luck on my budget- tightening ways!! 

And speaking of budget friendly ways - Artsy Fartsy Mama is giving away a blog design by Happy Potamus!!  Go check it out!!

Until next time


  1. Good luck on the budget! We are trying around here, but I am less than perfect!

  2. you did a great job! Aren't old buttons just fun! I always wonder what their history is...where they have been.