Who doesn't want their shanty to be a bit savvy, a bit clever, creative, a bit sensible, sharp and ingenious?! But hey, let's face it, most of us are living on a shoestring. Here's how I'm doing it my way, making our nest a Savvy Shanty.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Robyn Story Designs and Boutique: Ginger's Pieces

I'm so exicited to be featured on Robyn Story Design's blog. She is based out of Tampa, Fl. and can help you with all your Annie Sloan chalk paint needs (in addition to other decorating goodies). Thanks Robyn! Robyn Story Designs and Boutique: Ginger's Pieces: "This is what makes it all worthwile. We just got an amazing note and pictures from one of our new customers in New York. Take a look at wh..."

Cause I'm easy, easy like summer mornings....

I just don't think there is anything easier than summer decorating! First everything is lush and vibrant, well right up until we go into a month long drought, but I digress. And talk about cheap, I mean where else can you get a basket of color for about $3?! And souvenirs from those summer vacays, well grab a few shells, toss in a mason jar with a little water, a little sand, a little bleach to keep the funky green stuff from growing and wa-la, ya got yourself a centerpiece.

And then, the really free version,  cut flowers from your yard and insert into mason jar! How easy can that be? Tip of the day: Have HOT water in your container when you cut your hydrangeas and insert stem into them immediately. As in take the HOT water with you to the yard. Every few days, dump the water and replace with HOT  water again and trim the ends. They will last a week or more with this method.

And if all else fails, throw a couple of cute kids in the mix with some cheap popsicles! They will either make everything look better or you'll be so busy cleaning up popsicle mess that you won't notice what needs a little summer sprucing.

Happy Summer Days!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sit and Stay Awhile

And stay awhile.....

Welcome to my little 'ol Savvy Shanty.  My spot in the world where I can unleash my creative juices in all shapes and sizes. Hope you will drop by every now and then and check out what is going on around here.
Latest project was this bench, given to me by my Grandparents over 10 years ago. From day one, I had plans of painting it. Once I got my hands on a can of Annie Sloan chalk paint  http://www.anniesloan.com/, that was all she wrote! I was off and running. This really is the best paint in the world!
Here is the before:
And the after:

The paint color is Louis Blue, a bit distressed, Antique White watered down, brushed on and swiped off and clear wax. The letters were cut from my Cricut and stenciled on. I mixed some black acrylic with a little Antique White and dabbed it on.


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