December 9, 2014

How To Hand Paint A Sign

I've been busy finishing DIY Christmas presents.....Next up on the list was painting this sign 

 I could not believe my luck when I found these four shutters in the neighbors garbage can......Who throws this stuff out?????  They are so shabby perfect!

I first printed out the words on my computer....I know...... totally unoriginal wording...... 

....But since the wood had 2 squares I needed to think of something I could put in the little square.....5 cents was perfect!

I put some old tracing paper under the words...And traced over them with a pen

Then filled in the letters with white paint using a small brush and did the shadowing with a black paint pen.....I have no idea if I got the shadowing right.....But, it gave the letters some dimension

After it dried, I sanded over the letters and then applied some dark wax.....And I was done

  I did absolutely nothing else to the wood because it was perfect just as it was

I love it and I still have 3 more shutters...I think one will be perfect for over my kitchen sink

Humm....I wonder who will be getting this one for Christmas?  

Happy Creating!

Partying with My Salvaged Treasures

December 3, 2014

Mitten Ornaments From Vintage Lace And Fabric.... Take Two

I posted these cute little mitten Christmas ornaments three years ago, but I think they are so darn cute that they are worth another look!?  I hope you agree.

They are a great way to use torn and stained vintage linen and lace scraps 

I am always saving vintage hankies, and embroidered linen that is stained or has holes, I just can't bare to throw them out when some portion is useful

This is the perfect project to use some of those scraps

I drew a free hand pattern of a mitten 5 1/2" X 4 1/2", cut two, sewed them together and embellished

These were from old tablecloths and an antique quilt

And old hand towel, table cloth, and quilt

Hanky, hand towel, and tablecloth

I adorned these with vintage lace, buttons, flowers, and jewelry

 Great hostess gifts for the holidays.

I think I could call these "Second Hand Mittens"!

Happy Creating!


Partying with My Salvaged Treasures
Coastal Charm

November 24, 2014

Setting Up A Holiday Booth.

When I closed my booth of 13 years last spring to focus on the Polka Dot Flea I had 6 bins of vintage holiday goodies still in storage  

This is where my friend Terrie Ireland came in.  She just opened Vintage Living Marketplace in Rockledge Florida, a short 1 hour drive from Orlando.  Terrie invited me to sell my holiday wares in a small booth space at her market.

I am only going to be there through the holiday season

I apologize for the worst pictures ever.....I forgot my camera, these were taken with my iphone and my booth has no natural light

Vintage Living Marketplace is absolutely gorgeous.  The venue was previously a high end kitchen store, so each vendor is set up in one of the many rooms in the store.

Do you ever find yourself standing on your head trying to see price tags on other blogs......No secrets here at The Polka Dot Closet

What an honor to be in a Market with so many of the who's who in Central Florida vendors.   Here's a look inside some of their booths.

I had so much fun setting up a booth again.......Thank you Terrie for finding me a space at Vintage Living Marketplace!!!

 I am so thankful for how my world has been enriched and all of the wonderful friends I have made by simply pushing ......

I wish you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Creating


November 21, 2014

The Winner Of The Paint-A-Pillow Giveaway Is......

The Winner of a free Paint-A-Pillow kit, which includes everything needed to create one fabulous pillow is.......Wait...Before I get to the winner....I want to thank you, It was wonderful to hear from so many readers!  Don't be strangers...Drop in any time.

I'm working on getting pictures together, from last weekend.  I was at Vintage Living Market Place in Rockledge, Florida (1 hour east of Orlando),  to set up a booth for the holiday season. 

I had 6 bins of Vintage Christmas items in storage and no where to sell them since I gave up my booth at Orange Tree Antiques last year to work on the Polka Dot Flea

Have I tortured you enough...... lol!

Ok....The winner, by random number, of the Paint-A Pillow giveaway is..........Janice From Curtains In My Tree Blog

I'll be back soon with pictures of my Christmas booth

Congratulations Janice...Happy Creating!

November 16, 2014

Paint A Pillow Giveaway!

I was contacted by the fine people at "Paint-A-Pillow" inquiring if I would like to try Paint-a-Pillow AND do a giveaway for my readers......The answer was a resounding YES and YES!!  Paint-A-Pillow is a sister company of Cutting Edge Stencils

I was in need of new pillows so the timing was perfect!  I went to their site where I was able to choose from over 150 stencils and choose paint colors 

I used these paint colors to play mad scientist and got the colors I wanted with the help of their handy color mixing chart

When the box arrived I was more than impressed with the packaging 

The pillow case was already on the cardboard frame with the stencil attached over it by the gold clips........All centered and ready to go....This is a no fail project! 

I was able to use either a stencil brush or a roller

They turned out perfect!  The key was the pillow case frame and the ability to center the stencil perfectly with the gold clips

Here's the beauty of Paint-A-Pillow......Now that I have the frame, stencils, and tools, I can order just the pillow covers for $9.95 and order additional stencils or paint ala cart

This allows me to custom design my pillows...I pick the pattern and colors I want......No shopping around for the perfect pillow....I create it!

So here's the deal.....Paint-A-Pillow is giving away to one lucky reader a free Paint-A-Pillow kit, which includes everything needed to create one fabulous pillow

Just leave a comment and make sure there is some way I can contact you.  I am unable to contact some Google + readers. 
Some I can, and some I can't I have no idea why?  It always makes me feel bad when you leave kind comments and I can't get back to you.
This Giveaway is Now closed
I will draw a winner by Random Number on November 21, 2014
US residents only

Good Luck!
Happy Creating

I was compensated with product for this post, but the opinions are all mine