Sometimes it pays off to be a tiny bit of a hoarder. When we bought our house 11 years ago, one of the first things we did was rip cupboards out of the laundry room. We used a couple upstairs for a while, in my oldest son's room, but most were rather ick, and burned in the backyard. Still, even though these doors were cheap, I did like the basic look of them and stashed them in different places through the years, taking them out, eyeballing them, putting them away again. They were a funny green at the time - the last owners had a serious thing for every weird shade of green. Fast forward a decade, and I found Ella Claire Inspired , and fell in love with her gallery wall art, made with mouse traps! I immediately thought of these doors and finally made my own version. I love how they turned out, and I love being able to quickly change out pictures. There are so many pretty pictures, funny sayings, wonderful bible verses, and quotes, that my walls couldn't hold them all, and now I can just switch them out!
I lucked out, and had "painted" numbers on scrapbook paper, so I just cut them out and glued them to the mousetraps after following Kristen's directions up until that point. Although the images for #1 and #2 are from The Graphics Fairy, The lettering for Spring, I did on my own (with the help of my 11 year old, haha!). The little bird on top is a stamp I already had. The actual paper is from Goodwill, a big stack of wonderful children's writing paper, in a lovely shade - though the above one shows my overdose of spray adhesive after being knocked down. One of these days I will screw the tops to the wall to anchor them. This is all on the top of the piano, a favorite place for kitties to curl up in the winter.
I do not remember where I got this nest, I have had it for many years now! I recently bought the roll of tickets at Goodwill - I love the faded brown color the purple has faded to - you can see where the rubberband used to be. I filled the birdcage (also a Goodwill find) with a couple packs of dollar tree plastic eggs that I painted. Actually, the bird was even a dollar tree purchase from several years ago.
These candle holders were a wedding gift, and were originally a metal look that I later painted to brighten up. They developed rust after leaving them out all summer, and although I keep putting them in the giveaway pile, they haven't made their way to Goodwill yet. I then saw these (at this point I can NOT find the blog I found them on, and I will the link in when I do!) mossy eggs and already had these giant plastic eggs and moss from...Dollar Tree. The ladies on the blog I found and lost used sheet moss on styrofoam eggs. My moss was loose instead of sheets, so I sprayed the eggs with green paint first, then brushed glue onto the eggs and packed handfuls of moss onto them. I also used a plastic bag to smush (technical word) the moss down. *edited - I found them! Heather from At The Picket Fence is the one who made the ones I saw.
I really like how everything turned out, and I'm so happy to be finishing up some projects and sharing them!
Linking up to: Party Junk and Thrifty Life Thursday