Archives for January 2015

DIY Mudpaint Makeover

Let’s catch up!

What has been happening around Dandelion Patina this past week?

I have been spending some time in our basement organizing. I have big plans to transform the only room in the basement with a window. It will be a fun hang out space for the girls, as well as a place to create. I can’t wait to share the process with you.

I am also working on a DIY project for my contributor post over at The Everyday Home, which will go live Wednesday. Did you happen to catch last months? I created a fun display of snowflakes.

And, I transformed a vintage kitchen scale today! I tried out a new paint called Mudpaint in Manor White. I love trying out new products. And I love white, but it can be a bit tedious to paint a large furniture piece with white. It has always taken 3 good coats to get a decent final finish.

How about you?

Mudpaint Manor White kitchen scale

I have been searching for a vintage white scale for weeks. I found one at a local antique store, but I got distracted by another piece and forgot to go back to the booth and grab it. Unfortunately, when I went back the next day, it was gone.

But, then the light bulb went on.

I already have a vintage kitchen scale.

And, I have mudpaint in manor white to try out. Ding, ding, ding!

mudpaint paint makeover


vintage kitchen scale with patina

The scale is pretty cool, isn’t it? It tells a story of the past and it is still fully functional. But, I wanted a fresh white one. So, when you can’t find exactly what you want (or in my case forget to go back and grab it) just paint something you already have!


vintage kitchen scale
Honestly, I was slightly worried about the paint adhering to the metal. But, what is life without taking a risk or two? And, I worried for nothing. Mudpaint adhered beautifully. The process took 2 coats and was finished with wax top coat.


manor white mudpaint makeover


mudpaint kitchen scale


Here are a few other transformations with mudpaint in manor white:

 doodles and stitchesDoodles and Stitches

mudpaint project from my creative days

My Creative Days

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*disclaimer: I was provided with paint for this post from Mudpaint, but, all opinions on vintage pieces and my love of white are my own.

How To Make Ice Ornaments

Attention: Do not throw out your Christmas tree because….

Today, I am going to share how to make ice ornaments and make it beautiful for the entire winter season, but first a little fun!


The Cat In The Hat came knocking on our door yesterday.

He was smiling ear to ear with that big ‘ol striped hat.

Oh, the things that happen when the kids have a few days off of school.


ice snowflake winter is for the birds


See, the Phunometer was reading pretty low.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 were creating the mother of all messes…..

…and, frankly, Mom was a bit outta wack.

I was finding myself saying words like Whatchamajigger and Kupkake-inator!

And, honestly threatening to throw them in the Transdimensional Transporterlator!

Do you see where I am going with this?

Winter is for the birds.

winter is for the birds ice ornaments

Good thing I came up with some celebration of winter projects to keep them busy….

winter is for the birds ice ornaments

How to make ice ornaments:

  • To create these beautiful ice ornaments,  we collected all the cookie cutters we could find.
  • Filled them with water in a pan.
  • Attached waxed thread, then gave them a sprinkle of glitter.
  • And let Mother Nature do the rest.

snowflake ice ornament


starfish ice ornament


how to make ice ornaments


paper snowflake garland

We then embellished our tree with paper snowflake garland….

winter is for the birds sunshine with orange slices

Slices of sunshine…..

seed bell winter is for the birds

Seed bells…..

cranberry garland for the birds

Ruby red cranberry garland.

daily dose of Vitamin C winter is for the birds


winter is for the birds decorated tree

All displayed on our Christmas tree….


That’s right.

Don’t throw out that Christmas Tree….

…take it outside and enjoy throughout the winter season.

The birds and squirrels will thank you!

ice snowflake winter is for the birds

This snowflake ice ornament was my favorite of the bunch.

Creating ice ornaments and adorning the outdoor tree certainly kept Thing 1 and Thing 2 busy for the majority of the day.


the sun did not shine.
it was too wet to play.
so we sat in the house
all that cold, cold, wet day.

i sat there with sally.
we sat there, we two.
and i said, ‘how i wish
we had something to do!’

too wet to go out
and too cold to play ball.
so we sat in the house.
we did nothing at all.

so all we could do was to
and we did not like it.
not one little bit.

Hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial!

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Aqua Home Office Organizer

aqua home office organizer

Hey! I’m back with another DIY Monthly Challenge along with some of my blogging friends. The January challenge is all about bins & baskets.

It is the perfect challenge to motivate me in the home office. In 2015, I have a goal of working in an organized space. No more papers flying all over and clutter stacked to the ceiling. This year is the year for organized binders and designated cubbies-for every piece of paperwork to be filed.

I am off to a good start, I think. For one, I organized all the little office accessories and I used some unexpected materials to create this home office organizer. And it is in my most favorite color palette-aqua!

aqua home office organizer supplies

It all started when I found these wooden goblets at a local thrift store. Goblet, did I say that? Yes, I most certainly did. I like the sound of it! Goblet.

Anyway. I knew I wanted to use them for some organizing project, but had no idea they would turn into the home office organizer! It was a simple process really. I attached the goblets to an old chicken incubator tray with some screws and washers. The washers were used to keep the wooden pieces from tipping and moving around. Think of them as extra durability.

Each wooden piece was painted with Annie Sloan Florence. Florence is a vibrant aqua, more of a turquoise. I have various shades of aqua throughout my home and in the office I wanted a bit more punch.

home office organizer in aqua


organizer for the home office


bins in the home office organizer


home organizer with notes


purse pouch organizer

And why not use these cute little pouches, with an industrial zipper and grommets, as wall storage compartments? Aren’t they so cute! I love them to store my stationary and note cards in.

vintage mason jar storage



wall organizer in aqua


home office organizer in aqua


wall storage with dropcloth pouches


thank you note inside purse organizer


aqua home office organizer


Stop over and take a peek at the holiday candy bar created for last month’s challenge. It is a great one for the upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration!

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January DIY Monthly Challenge




Wood Slice Faux Agate

faux agate with wood slice

 Do you get the winter blues?

I do. I can’t count how many episodes of Beachfront Bargain Hunt or Caribbean Life I have watched over the last month. My mind gets swept away to destinations of sandy beaches, bright sunshine, and sea breezes with a tropical cocktail in my hand. Ah, the good life!

Whatever it takes to push through, right?

But, then reality hits as soon as I walk out that door. So, for me, it always helps to keep the creative juices in full force with these blustery winter days.  When this time of year hits, I love to start incorporating something fresh into the home. Whether it be a bouquet of fresh flowers or bright accent pillows. Creating sweet little bird nests in hopes of an early Spring. I love unique accents in home decor. Even more so, budget-friendly home decor. So, here is my version of the wood slice faux agate.

DIY faux agate how to

 Agate slices are beautiful and have been showing up everywhere in home decor for awhile now.  As a lover of all things agate, I wanted to try my hand at creating an agate slice with a bit of paint. 

Let’s get started.

faux agate supplies

Supplies you will need:

small wood slice

gold paint

chalk paints in various shades to replicate agate of your choice

paint brushes

poly sealer

faux agate slice

First, I  painted the edges in gold. {I have seen gold leaf adhered to the edges as well, if you wanted another option}. I then used the natural agate slice I currently had to replicate the design.

faux agate

The natural agate had many shades of color blended together, so I was intentional in layering and blending my paint colors. Once I was finished painting the design, I lightly sanded and applied a layer of high gloss poly.

faux agate diy

So, for under $10, I created my own little awesome slice of beauty and you can too in just a few hours! No hunting for natural agate in stores or waiting for your online order to come. I enjoyed creating this little piece of home decor.

faux agate vignette

Are you ready to create your own faux agate?


7 Elements To Cape Cod Style

cape cod style elements

With the reveal of the fabulous HGTV Home 2015, I wanted to share my thoughts on how to infuse the cape code style into the home. Let’s face it, our chances of winning this gorgeous home are like finding a needle in the haystack. And, if we did win, who could really afford keeping it? But, we can make our own homes beautiful with a few key elements and a bit of creativity.

With that-here are my 7 elements to cape code style.

elements of cape cod decor


Hardwood floors or whitewashed wood floors ground the space. If hardwood floors are not in your budget, there are some very high-end looking laminate floors that would give you the same look. And, with some handyman skills installation can be done by you, the homeowner. Natural fiber rugs are very durable and add that textural element to the home. Plus, when you have open space such as in this photo, the rug will define the separate spaces.

cape cod style elements


Tone-on-tone whites and creams give that airy and spacious feel. The natural light bounces off the walls, showcasing the fresh and clean palette. Having the walls painted in a crisp, clean shade will brighten the mood on gloomy days and become your blank canvas for accents to ‘pop’.

elements of cape cod style


In the photo above, credit to Cuckoo4design, the chandelier is definitely a statement piece. The chandelier is light and airy within that massive ceiling height. Now, chandeliers can be pricey. It is nothing to find a beautiful light fixture like this running in the $800-$1,000 range. Peruse around Craigslist  for a chandelier that will fit your room dimensions. Freshen it up with spray paint or even Annie Sloan chalk paint and distress. You will have an instant cape code style light fixture for pennies compared to what is shown.

elements to accent cape code style


Subtle sea-themed accessories, antiques, and wicker are ways to pull the entire cape cod style together. If you don’t have a ton to spend on accessories, throw pillows are one of the easiest updates for low-cost impact. Mix the old with the new-vintage pieces and salvage elements add character to the space. Bring in objects that have meaning to you. Perhaps, a seashell from the beach you and your family visited last summer could be framed and hung on the wall. This will bring personality to the space with your unique touches.

cape cod elements with color


Embrace color. Paint is one of the simplest ways to bring the beauty of the outdoors in. If choosing a more vibrant or deeper color on the walls, I would recommend keeping the main staples of the room neutral, as shown here. Painting the trim a crisp, clean white will also bring more light to the space and give a nice contrast to the vibrant paint color.

elements of cape cod style outdoors


The photo is so welcoming, isn’t it? We all would love to enjoy the outdoors in a space like this. Everyone feels so much better when they can soak up some rays and breath in the fresh air. Creating a cozy, welcoming outdoor space doesn’t have to be a budget breaker. Spray paint your existing patio set or pick up some fresh cushions in neutral tones. Add some simple green plants with colorful blooms that fit the color scheme of your home and that cape code style feel. And, remember..less is more.


Finally, if you just don’t have the budget for any of the above options-just add a new candle. Candles that have a clean scent of fresh linens or a summer rain, when lite can bring all those memories of that vacation at the beach! And even just opening those windows and letting in the summer breeze.

Which elements of cape cod style were most helpful to you?

*Most photos in this post were found on the HGTV Dream Home 2015 pin board via Pinterest. Julia, from Cuckoo4design visited this home and you can find out more details on the dream home via her blog.*

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