Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Thrifty Thursday #125, Plus a Tablescape!

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Some Thrifty Thursday's ago (#112) I shared a clock and mirror that were both thrifty items...


A closer view of the mirror:


It's a mirror I have actually had for years. I found it close to 10 years ago at Kirkland's in the "Green Corner". If you look closely, you might notice the frame was a little warped, kinda like me,  so it came home and was admired for many years for it's odd and warped frame. The design was rabbits. They were dimensional, 2-D. I mention this for a reason, which I explain in a moment.

I am a fortunate person. I am able to get to the beach pretty often. On many occasions when I visit, I love to comb the beach for driftwood. Its so therapeutic and relaxing. It empties my mind in a positive way. I stroll, collecting as I go, putting driftwood in my big beach bag.

I like to then take my driftwood finds and haul them all home, knowing I will do "SOMETHING" with them.

 Much to my husband's dislike. It's an ongoing disagreement,  "Why do we have to bring a bunch of sticks home? We have sticks in our yard!!! And it takes up trunk space."

Ah, the precious trunk space.
He should worry about that space.
Because I am determined to bring home my sticks.
His body can also fit into that trunk.
But I digress...

The sticks come home. Momma is happy.

I came home and looked around my home. You might not be surprised to find much of my home decor reflects my love and nature, most notably the beach.
And I have not a single bunny, but for the mirror. Then my mind begins to map out how well the sticks will adhere to that round 2-D bunny mirror. Because it is dimensional, it allows for more contact of oddly shaped sticks to adhere.
I divide the sticks by size and I place them, like a puzzle around the mirror.
Good enough. Still oddly pieced together (like myself). It worked.
I take out my trusty glue gun and begin to work. Picking up each stick, laying down glue and putting it back just so....

And in less than half an hour, I have it! My driftwood mirror!


I think it has so much more character than the bunnies.
Here is a couple close-up looks for details:


It's imperfection is perfection to me.


It cost me about $7 for the clearance mirror.

And for what it's worth, Big Daddy said, "I cannot beleive you made that mirror! It's really cool. It looks like something you'd buy in a store!"

Ya think?

I think I'll keep him.

And outta the trunk for that matter.:)

I love Big Daddy to much to put him into my trunk....well...most of the time ;)
For more of my driftwood craft projects: Click here & Here
Driftwood Inspiration: Click Here & Here 
How I incorporate it into my home: Here 
And other Home Decor: Here
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Tablescape Thursday
Now, onto to Tablescape Thursday, which is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.



An individual place setting this week. This is the last full week of summer as my children know it and we have stayed on the go.....no elaborate place settings, just family time, mostly consisting of paper plates and grilled burgers. But...life is good!

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What is a tablescape without the food? I invite you to stop by my food blog, PLATES & PLACES, tomorrow for Foodie Friday!

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XOXO
LIVE*LOVE*LAUGH
LEIGH


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17 comments:

Mel said...

I've wanted to make one of these forever, but driftwood is hard to come by in Toronto :)

Your's is absolutely perfect!

Justabeachkat said...

Love love love it!!!!

Hugs,
Kat

Tami said...

I am so in love with the driftwood mirror you created....so adorable!

Grammy Goodwill said...

I love that mirror. It has so much character.

Marlis said...

great mirror! wow. Love the dishes and your napkin is wonderful. xo marlis

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I just love driftwood. What a great idea! Thanks for hosting.

Miss Kitty said...

You did a wonderful job on the driftwood mirror! It looks like it is much more meaningful to you everytime you see it 'cause you made it AND it has memories of the beach. I have seen similar ones selling for LOTS of money. Thanks for sharing your pictures (and funny interaction with Big Daddy).

southernscraps said...

Your mirror is fabulous. Great job on doing something with those sticks, lol.

Susan said...

You know I heart driftwood..... I love that mirror!

dogsmom said...

My family carries home stones. Big daddy should be happy you trinkets are lighter.
Great mirror. I think you need to make more and sell them. The he will see what a good eye you have.

SavannahGranny said...

Love that mirror. It is soooo neat! So neat that hubby likes it and comments on it. Those accolades happen so rarely that they are special.
Come over and join my giveaway.
Ginger:)

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

LOVE the mirror - great job!
Thanks for hosting today!
-Shelley

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Love that mirror! I never find driftwood so I am bummed. I have seen these mirrors go for a lot of money!

meg said...

great mirror! beautiful job. i just stumbled upon your blog... i'm your newest follower :)

Laurie said...

My first time playing along! Thanks for the fun!

Tammy said...

Thanks for hosting and that's a really cute mirror. Love the use of the driftwood!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

This seems to be driftwood mirror week! I just featured a tutorial on Mo, then got an email with link to yet another great diftwood mirror..., and now yours -so fabulous!!!