Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favoritesThis week is all about crafts, food and business. I suppose that’s not different than any other week, but I have been downloading a lot of craft books, getting some new foodie supplies and a few food-oriented books, and my friend Kandyce and I are getting serious about our upcycle/vintage/handmade business. So, I have some business goodies I found this week to share with you, too!

Photo from Ashley Pahl

Photo from Ashley Pahl

Snowed In Magazine by Ashley Pahl at She Makes a Home – Ashley teamed up with Anastasia Christou of Anastasia Drawing and Dreaming,  Kayla Domeyer of Say Not Sweet Anne, Lara Habbinga of Lila Art Studio, Desha Peacock, author of the upcoming book, Sweet Spot Style, Megha Silvano of The Art Bug  and Lauren Thomas of The Full Catastrophe to create this beautiful free magazine that is full of holiday decorating ideas, planning, crafts and recipes.

Photo from Make Your Day DIY

Photo from Make Your Day DIY

Make Your Day DIY by Chelsey Andrews and Chelsea Costa – Chelsey Andrews from The Paper Mama and Chelsea Costa from Lovely Indeed came together to create a wonderful 150 page digital crafting book, that is full of awesome tutorials and printables to use with your crafts. To top it all off, any orders before Dec 23 will come with a bonus 2014 printable calendar, holiday gift tags, and a few surprises! The book is $12 and you can order it at makeyourdaydiy.com, you can also get 20% off the book at Poppytalk.

Image from Kate Payne

Image from Kate Payne

Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking from Kate Payne – I got a couple Amazon gift cards for my birthday on Tuesday, so I was finally able to buy this book that I have been wanting to get! It’s $17.98 at Amazon and is full of information that any “half-assed domestic goddess” should know. She talks about decorating on a budget, canning, preserving, thrifting and more. I think she also shares a few recipes, which I’m stoked about! I think she’s working on a new book too….

Image from Wiley Publishing

Image from Wiley Publishing

Plate to Pixel from Helene Dujardin – This is another Amazon purchase that I got because it gives tips on food photography and styling. This is something I have really wanted to get into more, but have had some difficulty with. She also runs a food blog called Tartelette – where she shares recipes, workshops and more. Originally from France, Helene is now living in Alabama and she started her blog in 2006, after leaving a pastry chef position at a French restaurant.

Image from Stephanie St. Claire

Image from Stephanie St. Claire

11 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business from Stephanie St. Claire on Medium – Since starting my own business, I have read a lot of articles on what you need to know to run a successful business. Few of them touch on how hard, tiring and lonely it will be, though. That’s what I liked about this article – it’s real, and she quotes Snoop Dogg. A super funny intuitive guidance counselor, she blogs at Blissbombed and offers custom guidance sessions.

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I had been hinting at a pressure canner for SO long and my boyfriend got it for me for my birthday! I am so excited, and now I can really get going with my canning. Christmas presents, anyone? My beautiful daughter is embracing her inner Vanna White and is displaying it for us. Truthfully, she was pushing it around the house and I caught her mid-pause. What a useful gift!

What are your favorite things from this week? Share them in the comments and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #fridayfavorites You can find more Friday inspiration on my Pinterest!

Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favorites

I was lucky enough to get my dresser free from a friend a couple years ago. It has been in many a house and has treated me well. But now, parts are falling off and now that I share a dresser with my boyfriend, it’s not able to hold all of our stuff. Yeah, that’s right. I share a dresser and a closet with my boyfriend. Do you know how many clothes I had to donate/hide under my bed to get to this point? A lot.

Back to the point. We’re in the market for a new dresser, but that market better be the flea market! Luckily, there seems to be a rising trend in painting your dresser and there are actually some pretty cool designs. Again, I’m sharing a dresser with my boyfriend and I don’t think we’ll be getting his and hers anytime soon, so I need a design that will suit both of us. Like, I can’t reason with him that we need another thing with an owl painted on it.

So, I’ve done my research (ie…looked at Pinterest while feeding my baby and drinking coffee), and these are my favorite painted dressers.

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Image belongs to Potholes & Pantyhose

Silver painted dresser from Potholes & Pantyhose – Rebekah from Potholes and Pantyhose refinished a dresser with silver metallic paint she got from Lowe’s. She used a foamy brush so she wouldn’t get the normal brush stroke. This dresser was part of a master bedroom remodel. She also writes about different crafts and offers tutorials on her site. Definitely worth checking out. I love when I find new sites like this!

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Image belongs to retropolitan

Chevron painted dresser from retropolitan: Erika decided to paint vertical chevron lines instead of the normal horizontal design. She initially painted bold white lines, then decided those didn’t fit the dresser and distressed them a little with a sanding block. She has a whole bunch of DIY remodeling projects that she writes about on her blog so if you’re feeling that your house needs a little uplift, check her blog out.

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Image belongs to Holly Do

License plate dresser from hollydo.blogspot.com – Now, I found this site from a different dresser, and kind of fell in love. To say my boyfriend loves old cars is an understatement. He lives for them. And sometimes I feel like going to a swap meet or two with him. When you’re a stay at home mom without a vehicle, you really will take any opportunity you can to get out of the house. And I love old bikes…so it all works out. Well, there are plenty of old license plates at the swap meets, so this would be a relatively cheap and fun project! It should also be noted that this blog is a wonderland when it comes to repurposing dressers and desks. And she’s from Elk Grove, which is right by where I live!

Image belongs to Itsy Bits and Pieces

Image belongs to Itsy Bits and Pieces

Car door and window handles from Itsy Bits and Pieces – This would go perfectly with the old car theme for the dresser! The whole blog is dedicating to decorating and repurposing with vintage finds, so it’s definitely a resource to check out. They even used a gas pump as a hook on the wall! What?!

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Image belongs to She Makes a Home

Dresser remodel from She Makes a Home – Well, I just fell in love. I love everything about this. I love the style of the dresser and I love the way she painted it. Ashley’s blog has a corresponding magazine and she offers a free “Breakthrough Boot Camp” e-course for work-at-home moms and creatives. Definitely going to check all that out!

Ok, which dresser was your favorite? Did you repurpose a dresser and want to share your project? Post in the comments!