Thursday, October 9, 2014

Boo Bunting and Scrappy Garland {in the shop}

1) We have a pennant style Bunting {in the shop}.
One left.
fyi: follow us on Instagram {tadacreations}
we sell there too

 beads and sequins


 ric rac edged


 perfect fall colors

2) We also make Scrappy Buntings {in the shop}.
One left.

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 handmade pom poms


ribbons and lace 


We are working on Christmas buntings and garlands right now so stay tuned.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Whatever Craft Weekend {May 2014}

It's time to get this blog rolling again. Let's see if I can remember how to do this. Ha!

I promised you a recap of my time at Whatever Craft Weekend so here it is...five months later. *hangsheadinshame*

Such a fun group of women made up May 2014's Craft Weekend. I felt privileged to be able to attend. I can't even tell you how exciting it was to get the e-mail from Kimberlee that my name had been picked (By the way, you need to go make every one of the recipes on Kimberlee's blog this week. You'll thank me later.). Promise. And when she said there were a few extra spots available for us to invite friends, well I said a little prayer and contacted Jessica and Amber ASAP. Within an hour we were all booked! I highly recommend attending with friends. I'm naturally shy around new people so I don't think I would have had nearly as much fun. Plus, getting to finally meet Amber in person was such a thrill. She also got to meet Jessica in person for the first time as well. The three of us have been internet friends for years. Love this creative community. Jessica's been up to see me twice already, so it's definitely my turn to visit her next.


Amber decided to fly from OH to MN on Monday of that week to extend her little vacation. I'm so so glad she did. We spent so many hours just talking and having fun, the week went by way too fast. In fact on the drive down to KS we were going to be an hour early so we weren't feeling rushed when we stopped for lunch. Wouldn't you know we got to talking so much that we ended up being an hour late to Meg's house. Oops! We had so much to talk about we never even turned the radio on for the 8 hour drive there and back either. I so wish this sweet girl lived closer. We'd be inseparable. *sigh* 


I had so much fun showing her around my town. We walked around Lake Harriet, one of my favorite places in Minneapolis. My highschool was just a couple of blocks from here. Ate at a couple of fun restaurants and walked every floor of the Mall of America.


And of course I took her to my favorite Antique shop close to me.


When we finally got to Meg's we had such a blast catching up with Jessica. The three of us shared a room all to ourselves. Loved staying up late talking with these two lovely ladies.


 Thanks Meg for the group photo.

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Jessica was such a dear and bought us all matching leather cuffs. *swoon*
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Couldn't leave out Amber's quilty find. It's was so darling and on her list of things to get.
Glad she found one.


A few of the treasures I found to bring home. Unfortunately the glass didn't make it in one piece.  
I'll be on the lookout for more here in MN. Love the rainbow design.


Oh, don't let me forget to show you what I did to this chair. It's super cute now and sitting at my cutting table. And that little cupboard is now holding jewelry in my bedroom. 


My Whatever Craft Apron has a fun spot to hang in my kitchen now. 


 Moving on to Meg's house...I neeeeed that chandy for my bedroom.

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I'm dubbing Meg's house the House of Garlands. There are just soooo many. It's chalk full of inspiration. I now want to hang some in every room of my house.
In fact you can find some Amy and I are selling for Halloween over in {our shop} right now.


 We learned how to make our own pom poms and I am officially addicted.

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 This one pictured below was in our room. Love the spools of thread on there. Genius!


 Oh! I need a strand of bulb lights too!


Oh Hi!


 Loved her huge canvas prints all around the house.


 And of course the hoop art.

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Fun to see my pal Sarah on her chalkboard as well.
We've known each other since the 7th grade. :) Everybody say "Hi Sarah!"

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 This sign is the best.


I will have a map like this over my piano some day. I want to put little flags in all the places our family visits. A fun visual of happy road trips together.


On my list to make now is a pillow like this Paisley Sprouts one. Isn't it delicious?
My favorite quilt shop just started carrying Kona solids. Can't wait to go snatch some up.


"Grace Finds Goodness in Everything"
It sure does.


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Craft Weekend really was the getaway I needed. I came home feeling ready to take on this new stage of life (turning 40, kids all in school). Ready to live a creative life. Thanks Meg, for having us in your lovely craft house. It was an honor. And thank you Amber and Jessica for making it a fabulous trip from start to finish.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Reinventing myself {TaDa Vintage}

Hello friends! I know it's been a long time since you've heard from me, and we have a lot to catch up on. I am excited to get back into blogging and start selling some creations again. You see, all my kids will be in full day school this fall and I'll be turning 40 too. It feels like the perfect time to do something new. I'll have more time for photo taking, writing and crafting so let's pick up where we left off. Sound good?

First up, this past year, I have fallen in love with Instagram. Did you know there is a whole world of Vintage sales going on over there? If not, then let me introduce you. Get yourself an account and come find me at TaDaVintage. It's crazy fun! The next best thing since Pinterest.

This past spring I was able to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Kansas to meet and stay at Meg's house.  Yes, that Meg! Don't worry, I'll give you a proper post this fall. In the mean time you can see Jessica's recap over here.  Anyhoo, though I did buy a few fun things, I didn't come home with any of the goodies I had on my list to look for. So that prompted me to seek out places in the Minneapolis area. Turns out there is a ton of it out here and I live in a great place to thrift. Who knew?

So, here's the deal. This vintage selling on Instagram is quite a fun business and I'm going to have a go at it. Once I reach 300 followers over there I will have my first sale and pick someone to win a $20 shop credit to my little shop. All you have to do is be following @TaDaVintage and every time you share this photo on IG, you will be entered. More shares = more entries. Got it? Great!

Look at all that gorgeous handmade yumminess! I can't wait to start with these in my Instagram shop. I hope you'll join me. 

I'll share sneak peeks of all the other goodies I've been collecting this summer too. And once the kiddos are in school I plan to make some TaDa goodies for the home to list in my Etsy shop. My girls aren't so little anymore so I don't plan to step back into little girl creations again. My heart has me leaning towards embroidery hoop art, pillows and bunting. I've got quite a collection of vintage sheets to show you too.

p.s. I've missed you!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dining Room Reveal

This summer/fall I finally broke out the paint brushes and painted my $30 Goodwill hutch. I didn't get fancy with the paint. I just used what I had on hand from my TV stand. Behr Premium primer-in-one, semi-gloss, color matched to Benjamin Moore's White Dove. Two coats, just sanding to distress and then a coat of wax was applied with a brush and buffed off. I'm so glad I went with all white. Now it won't matter what color accessories I dress it up with. *Someone keeps wiping off my chalk labels. Grrr... And I will teach myself how to crochet this winter so I can make little coasters to go under the glass jars. I'm worried they will scratch the paint, so for now, pot holders and a dish towel do the job.

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I also finished the new-to-me hutch that came with our new Craigslist table.
I bought Behr's regular paint in satin, color matched to Benjamin Moore's Old Pickup Blue. I used this home-made chalk paint recipe too.

3 parts paint
1 part plaster of Paris

*First whisk enough water into the P.O.P. to make it smooth like a pancake batter (you don't want any lumps). Then add the paint and stir. You don't want to use a paint with primer in it or it will dry out too fast. The P.O.P. already helps it dry fast which is another bonus.

I love the final texture of it and how the brush strokes really disappeared. I do wish I had sanded the piece first (I did NO sanding on the body of this) because there is a bit too much of the original orange stain peeking through after distressing. Chalk paint flakes off quite easily so it was hard to distress it just a little. I sealed it with wax and it has worn really well the last month or so.

I love how smooth this finish is. Like butta!


Now for the table itself. I must say this was an almost-didn't-happen project. I tried to take the easy way out and use a varnish stripper on the table instead of sanding down to the wood grain and that was a terrible mistake. Mostly because I didn't go into the store with a certain brand in mind. I didn't read any reviews, just picked up the one I thought sounded best. Don't ever do that! The stripper was terrible. It wouldn't scrape off, just became a hard layer of gunk that in the end I had to sand off anyway. It took hours, and hours, and hours... And in the end I didn't realize how thin the pine veneer was on the table and ended up sanding right down to plywood in a few places. Oops! There went my dream of just staining the top a dark brown. Now I was left with spray painting the top black. In the end it turned out just fine, but I look forward to the day when I can just walk into a store and buy what I want to furnish my home. Someday... For now, this still works and it's awfully cute.

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I had really wanted to use the chalk paint recipe on the table and chairs, but since I started with the hutch and didn't use it for that I thought it would be too noticeable to have such a different texture in the same room. In hind sight I should have just gone with it anyway. Plain laytex paint (even with the primer-in-one) wants to peel. And when I went to distress the chairs, boy did they peel. More sanding and paint touch-up later they are much better. Chalk paint would have been tons easier. But it's done now and I'm not giving it another thought.

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My favorite part was covering the seat cushions in a laminated fabric. This is the first time we've had padded seats in our kitchen and I just knew basic fabric wouldn't cut it. These have been really great! It's from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane line. She sells the laminated on her site too.

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David liked the green so much that he said he could live with the pink in there too. The olivey green pulls out the darker green in the curtains. I love that the flower centers are red and picks up the red cherries in the curtains. 
This whole room is just sunshine to me. I love it!

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Speaking of red! Here is my newly painted kitchen trash bin. Until now it's always been a stained wood. I added the lettering and distressed it of course.
Surprisingly people still ask where the trash bin is.  ;)

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And I love this new addition. Polka dot glasses by Southern Living at Home. Long since retired and only to be found on eBay. I scored these 12 glasses for $38 total. Woo hoo!

In the middle of my table is a metal tray from Ikea. I have a cute owl vase for pencils on it and the little orange pot has more erasers. This is homework central every day after school.
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These sweet deer from World Market are just waiting to hop out of there this Friday.


I added hooks in the kitchen for the kids backpacks. I still need to fill the holes and paint it white, but we've been using it for months now and it really helps with the after school clutter. Our home is small and cozy. We really live here. So if I need backpacks hung in the kitchen to stay sane, then that's what I'm gonna do.
You can kind of see below that the dining table is super close to the sliding door. And that our 6th chair is actually in the living room. Oh boy! This was another learning moment for me. I had no idea that this table was really only meant to hold 4 chairs around it. The chairs themselves are really wide across the front. In order to have two chairs next to each other on the long side, you have to have the leaf in it. We tried it without for a few weeks and it was terribly annoying. So, yes, all for the sake of "pretty" I swapped my mom's old table (which is now in my uncles home) that seated 10, for this new table, that in our home can only fit 5 chairs around it. Oops! Live and learn, right?
It sure is pretty though. And I do love having it. It will just make moving to a bigger house in a couple years that much more fun. Right?
This little side table got a couple coats of chalk paint too. Love it!
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Picking the Perfect Aqua {old pickup blue}

So what's a girl to do when she's stuck at home waiting for the insurance guy to come out and look at the hail damage on her car?
Why, choose the perfect aqua paint color of course!
Four hours later...
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Wouldn't it be nice if someone would just say "Here, this is aqua blue, go forth and paint." Maybe Annie Sloane is on to something, with so few choices. But I went to one of her dealers two weeks ago and wasn't thrilled with Duck Egg or Provence in person. Duck Egg just wasn't bright enough for me and Provence was too dark. Boo! So on to plan B, make my own chalk paint. 
The top one up there I actually bought a paint sample of. I was confident that Benjamin Moore's Whythe Blue (aka color of the year a while back) was what I wanted. But it's unfortunately not what I was expecting. I would say that this is a more accurate photo of Whythe Blue. And do you see the one with the "x" on it? It's quite green, isn't it? Well I apologize for pinning this Balmy Seas by Behr recently. For me, it is not the perfect shade of aqua.
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Yesterday, I painted this chair gray with a free oops paint from Home Depot. Loved that it was free (someone had ditched it in their parking lot!) and allowed me to try one of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint knock-off recipes for cheap. So far it has performed great! It needed two coats, but the brush strokes disappear and the final texture is right on. I have yet to distress it and add wax, but that's next. I used this recipe using Plaster of Paris. Ahem, have you ever bought Plaster of Paris? I now have enough to paint exactly 26,382 chairs! Just sayin.

If you need a cup, I'm your gal.
Back to paint colors...
The large one in the middle, True Turquoise by Glidden and the Old Pickup Blue by Benjamin Moore (bottom center) were finally calling to me.
But I had to move things around a bit more to make sure there wasn't another contender.
Yep, it's still singing. I like that it's a bit gray so it won't be so in-your-face in a room that already has so much color.
Though I love the True Turquoise, it's just too saturated.
Especially since I plan to use it everywhere. Seriously.
Old Pickup Blue it is!
It's soon to be on a coffee table, side table, 2 armoires (one in my bedroom, one in my craft room) and this Craigslist buffet in the background. The table, chairs and the hutch in my kitchen, are going Dove White by Benjamin Moore. Thankfully, my two-year-old gallon of that is still good and freshly shaken. 
(there are 6 chairs plus a leaf for the table that were not photo'd)
 Now...time to think about fabric for those chairs.
Oh dear!