Vintage Is In My DNA

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I grew up going to antique shops with my aunts. So it was a natural path to introduce my own daughter April to thrifting at a young age.
Above is a photo of our combined Etsy shops set up at a elementary school holiday sale event. It was a cold rainy day but we had so much fun meeting new admirers of our vintage wares.
Life lesson number one how to go to college and raise two littles alone. While money was tight it taught me valuable lessons on how to be thrifty. Our weekends included a trip to the in season farmers market, flea markets, and thrift stores.

As time past and my kids were growing up our stops included antique malls. To make extra money I bought and sold housewares, office supplies, and collectables to students and staff at colleges in my area. It was so amazing introducing someone to vintage items that had no idea they could still be treasures.

April is a busy mother of two now, John is four years old and Dorothy is three! She has a wonderful eye for vintage items and photography. On rare occasions we like to thrift together and I am lucky she has loves vintage goods as much as I do!

April Bogus @aprilintheburbs is married to Darren and with Johnny, Dottie, and Sailor their brilliant dog live in Round Rock, TX.

I live a couple hours away at Lake Mexia, TX. and cherish each second I get to be with them.

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D.I.Y. Painted Picture Frames

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My July D.I.Y. project was to put a new paint job on some picture frames.
I chose interior paint by Benjamin Moore because it is so easy to use with the primer already in the paint.
Color of choice is white. I have a mixture of metal and decorative frames so the white blends in well to my decor.
Steps
1. Take frames apart and set the glass aside. (I cleaned the glass with rubbing alcohol.)
2. Take a damp not wet but damp cloth and wipe the frames free from dust.
3. When frame is dry to the touch you can begin painting.
4. I held the frame back side in one hand and painted with my other hand.
** After two experiments using first a small paint brush then a small sponge brush, use the sponge trust me on this one. 🙂
5. Let the frames completely dry before reassembling them.

D.I.Y. Craft Project: All Purpose Jars With Decorative Lids

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My re-purpose project for June is to cover jar lids.
I just can’t bring myself to throw away these nice jars.
My daughter mentioned how nice my large jar looked which I had finished a few weeks ago.
Think of how nice these would look in your pantry, bath vanity, or as a gift.
Steps to cover jar lids.
1. First remove any labels that are attached to the outside.
2. Wash your jar and lid by running them through the dishwasher a few time.
3. Materials you will need are a sheet of scrapbook paper, Elmer’s glue, and scissors.
4. Cut a circle out of the scrapbook paper by placing the lid and cutting a large circle around the lid. (Leave room to cut tabs.)
5. Take the circle of scrapbook paper and cut tabs all around the lid making sure that when folded they will fit under the lid.
Take the jar lid and apply a ample amount of glue to to top.
6. With your circle laying flat turn the jar lid that you applied glue to and place it in the center of the circle, press firmly.
7. Take each tab that you have cut into your circle and apply glue all around to the tip of each tab.
8. Now start folding each tab down the side and inside of the lid.
9. After you have folded all your tabs down then immediately press down the top and around the outside of the lid firmly with your hand.
10.Place the lid back on the jar and screw it carefully down to close. YOUR DONE!!
Special note: Take that jar lid back off until the glue continues to dry or it might glue to the jar. That would be a bummer.
Now have fun with the re-purpose D.I.Y. project the entire family can enjoy.

Photos in this post are property of Kathy Bradshaw, blog owner of Southern Made In The Shade,”Southern State Of Mind.”