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AND SO IT BEGINS...

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AND SO IT BEGINS...

When I decided to quit my full-time, good paying, corporate job and venture into being a business owner, my family thought I was crazy!  But this is something I have wanted to do for years.  I have always been able to take the unusual, or the forgotten, and repurpose it. I painted and "upcycled" stuff before it was cool.  Mainly because I was a single mom on a tight budget and had to make something out of nothing.  It was my creative outlet for a very stressful job and I loved reclaiming items.   It only really hit me about 5 years...

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Reclaim Dames Goes Coastal

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Reclaim Dames Goes Coastal

I recently returned from a trip to the gulf side of Florida, more specifically, Treasure Island.  We had four gorgeous, picture-perfect days , spending time with family, laying in the sun and searching for sea shells.  While searching for sea shells, it gave me an idea of incorporating sea shells into reclaim projects. I’ve had these little blue vases that I picked up on sale months ago so I grabbed my handy dandy glue gun, my roll of jute and got busy!  I used a thicker jute on the hanging candle holder below.  It’s amazing what a little jute and cute...

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Seaside Stories Under a Seaside Lamp

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Seaside Stories Under a Seaside Lamp

I’m always on the hunt for great bargains at Goodwill and anyone that does reclaimed projects knows that Goodwill is just full of great bargains.  I try to go in not really looking for anything in particular because that is when I usually see something I can reclaim. On this trip, I saw this lamp sitting in the lamp section.  Don’t be afraid to plug in lamps and any other electrical items to make sure they work – and yes, I keep an extra light bulb in my car – just in case. I debated and debated whether to get...

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Anchors Aweigh

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Anchors Aweigh

The first idea I had was a fun, nautical table.  I took a very ugly 1990’s side table, sanded and primed it. While walking on the beach during a recent trip to Florida with the family, I had a lot of time to think and it gave me great inspiration to do nautical pieces.  I came up with all these great ideas and couldn’t wait to get home to put them in action. The first idea I had was a fun, nautical table.  I took a very ugly 1990’s side table...   sanded and primed it.... I then painted the...

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