Recreating Costume Jewelry

Marian Parsonscrafts, Tutorials27 Comments

This project is super simple.  Like, “embarrassing that I’m even showing you how to make them” simple, but I’m going to insult your craftiness and post a tutorial, anyway.  I love vintage costume jewelry, but I’m not about to don my rhinestone clip-ons and mink shrug for a day of furniture refinishing.  (That image made me laugh.)  But, I find … Read More

Fashioning a Nest

Marian Parsonscrafts, Tutorials34 Comments

Nests are all the rage right now.  They are so symbolic of new life, protecting your family, and creating a comfortable environment.  Until now, I never really thought about the aspect that a nest is made entirely by the occupants and entirely out of found materials.  I’ve found nests before with gum wrappers tucked in.  When I was a little … Read More

Painted Pail Tutorial

Marian Parsonscrafts, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials33 Comments

I loved how much my large painted pail turned out, so I went out today and bought several smaller ones to work on.  As promised, here’s a step-by-step tutorial and some other ideas for painting and using these buckets.    Start with a galvanized metal pail.  I found these on triple clearance at TJ Maxx, but I’m sure you could find some … Read More

Zinc Frame…or is it?

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, crafts, Furniture Makeovers, Tutorials43 Comments

Zinc is a hot “thing” right now. You’re seeing zinc furniture, zinc letters, and all things zinc in home decor. It looks so cool, but it’s expensive. Now, I’m going to say that as much as I love paint, I am not a fan of faux. Mainly, because it looks….well, faux. My friend, Jami from Freckled Laundry, recently painted a … Read More