Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wishing you the Best in 2014!

As 2013 comes to a close and we prepare to usher in a new year, I just want to let you in on a little secret...

Tiered Stand

Gorgeous Tiered Stand via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
I always adore the gorgeous tiered stands I see all of the time and I finally made one myself. I hope you'll take a peek!

Monday, December 30, 2013

My Favorite Posts from 2013

My Favorite Posts from 2013 via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
2013 was my first full year blogging about our projects and I have thoroughly enjoyed every post!
But I have a few sentimental favorites. They weren't the most viewed posts but I love them for specific reasons. Let's take a peek!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Voted Most Popular for 2013

As we get ready to ring in a new year, I like to think about the wonderful things that the past year has brought me. One of the best things about 2013 is the people I've met through blogging. And another is the fun I've had creating things and sharing them with you! So today I've got a quick review of the most popular posts on the blog this year...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to You and Yours from Our Family at http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
May you all have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones!
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Christmas Tree Card Holder from an Old Rake

Card holder made from an old rake via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
Christmas Eve greetings to you all! And, speaking of greetings, I'm going to share just one more Christmas project with you all before the big day! I've always wanted a good place to put my Christmas cards and now I finally have one. An old rake turned Christmas tree is the perfect spot for hanging my greeting cards!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Solstice Ice Storms

Winter Ice Storms via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
We got some major ice this weekend. Many people lost power (including me for awhile). But, in spite of that, the beauty of all this ice is amazing! I snapped a few photos around my yard to share with you.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Lowell Showboat at Christmas

The Lowell Showboat at Christmas Time via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
The Lowell Showboat is a great historic landmark in our town. It's what Lowell is known for. But at Christmas, it turns into something magical...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Vintage Santa and a Soda Crate

Vintage Santa and Soda Crate via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
Today I'm sharing a sweet little vintage Santa Claus that's been in my family since I was a child.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dashing Through the Snow: A Vintage Sled Shelf

a vintage sled becomes a winter wall shelf via http:/deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
Yesterday I kind of showed you my new shelf. My Crochet Thread Snowmen were sitting on it in their debut. I made the shelf from a rusty and weathered old sled. It's the perfect winter accessory for my living room!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Crochet Thread Snowmen

Crochet Thread Snowmen via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
I picked up some spools of crochet thread at the thrift store the last time I was there knowing they were the perfect makings for some more snowmen!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Countdown Dollar Store Project {and a Printable!}

Christmas Countdown Printable via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com

My kids are always asking me, "how many days until {insert event here}?" So when I saw a clever countdown sign, I knew I had to recreate it! This version uses a frame from the dollar store and a printed graphic behind the glass. Cheap and easy. My favorite kind of project (especially with the hustle and bustle of the holidays!).

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Painted Burlap Sign in a Red Rustic Frame via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
I love it when I find great frames for cheap. It gives me the perfect excuse to make another burlap sign, like the Christmas version I'm sharing today.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Own Little Christmas Corner

Charlie Brown Tree in a Bushel Basket via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
In my house, Christmas decorating is all about the kids. We have all sorts of character ornaments on our tree, not to mention a boatload of handmade ornaments from throughout the years, most of which I can attribute to my own little munchkins. I love each and every thing on our tree. But I also have a real desire to do a pretty theme for my Christmas decorating. This year, I think I've accomplished both!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Candy Cane Wreath

turning a bundt pan into a Christmas wreath via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
When you always have a bundt pan hanging around, like I seem to, you find lots of things to do with them. Our latest bundt pan creation is a candy cane wreath.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kitchen Update {Inspired by a Couple of Talented Ladies}

Kitchen Update Inspired by Some Talented Ladies via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
 I'm thrilled! And there are many reasons for my excitement! First and foremost, my kitchen is organized!! I now also have a room in my fairly ugly rental house that I actually like looking at! And, finally, I got to add some of my vintage and rustic stash to my own house! I can't wait to show you my kitchen!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Jello Mold Tinsel Tree

A Christmas tree from a chair dowel, a jello mold and some shiny silver tinsel via Denise On a Whim
I made a shiny silver Christmas tree out of an old chair dowel, some fake branches and a jello mold.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Every Time a Bell Rings... A Christmas Sign with a Classic Movie Line

Movie line from It's a Wonderful Life as pallet art
When it comes to the holidays, I can't go a season with watching my favorite movie (ever): It's a Wonderful Life. It's an awesome reminder of how important each and every one of us are in this crazy-old world!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Honored to be on Mommypage Today!

I'm very excited to tell you that I am on Mommy Page today!
A short time ago, I was contacted by Mommy Page to be part of their Page Turner Program. They asked me to share a craft with their readers. I've seen the kind of projects shared on Mommy Page so I was really thrilled to be asked!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Let It Snow: How to Make Snowmen Decor with 2x4 Scraps

2x4 scraps become an adorable piece of winter decor
When it comes to winter decor, I just love snowmen! Last year we made some of these cute groups of snowmen and sold every one! So, we're at it again this year!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Christmas Through Lowell

Christmas Through Lowell Booth Display via http://deniseonawhim.blogspot.com
This weekend is the annual Christmas Through Lowell event in our community. People sell crafts right out of the comfort of their own homes during this fun event. I love the small town I live in because there's always something going on!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Upcycled Ornament Display Tree

Upcycling an old cd holder as a tree for displaying ornaments
After crafting some simple snowman ornaments out of 2x4 pieces and can lids, I needed a clever place to display them at our booth. A metal CD rack I picked up at the thrift store was just the ticket!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Simply Adorable Snowman Ornaments

It's easy to make darling snowmen ornaments from slices of 2x4 boards!
When you have as much scrap wood laying around as we do, you find all kinds of uses for it. Like these too-cute and very simple snowman ornaments!

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Rustic Christmas Star

broken window panes become a Christmas star
When you have to dismantle the damaged panes from a window to make a Christmas sign, why not use the dividers to make a rustic Christmas star while you're at it? That's what I did!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Roasted Chestnuts and Nippy Noses

Dreamy Burlap and Window Christmas Sign
There's just something so wonderfully old-fashioned about this white and burlap sign framed by a chippy window. I think I'm in love!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas Booth at the Marketplace!

The first touches of Christmas at our booth
Once the calendar turned to November, it was definitely time to spruce up the old booth at Caledonia Vintage Marketplace and get it all jolly! Let's take a peek at the booth and a quick glimpse at some upcoming projects I'll be sharing here on the blog!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Recycled Art Market Booth

Booth Display Ideas
This last weekend we had a booth at the Recycled Art Market in grand Rapids. It was a great success and I met some really nice vendors who sold awesome stuff! I'm sharing a few pics of our booth with you today.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Proud Momma Moment

autumn, family
My kids let me take some pictures of them. By that, I mean they actually cooperated! Taking a moment away from our regularly scheduled programming to just be a proud mom and show off my kids a little!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In Our Home {A Client Project}

I received an email a short time ago from a wonderful lady, Laura, who had a frame she really liked but had redecorated her home and it didn't fit anymore. She requested we paint the frame and add a new graphic. Today I'm showing off the newly painted frame and stenciled graphic.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bike Wheel Rag Wreath

upcycled, recycled, wheel, rust, wreath
While I didn't have the time to snap any nice, fancy pictures of this project, I'm sharing it with you anyway since I think it's pretty fun! With a little rust and some pretty fabric, my daughter's old bicycle wheel makes a pretty autumn rag wreath!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pretty Pumpkins

pumpkins, autumn, decor
I love pumpkins and squash. They come in such gorgeous colors, like the few I chose this year. Bright orange, pale orange, peach, white. They're all so beautiful!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sunday Morning at the Covered Bridge

covered bridge, fall colors, historic Lowell
A few weekends ago, I took a little time for myself on a quiet Sunday morning and went to visit a great historic area just outside of town. The Fallasburg Area is simply beautiful and full of history. I take my kids to the park there sometimes but rarely do I get to enjoy some time to myself, simply soaking in the beauty that surrounds me. I snapped some pictures to share it with you all.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Girl Put Your Records On {A Cabinet Makeover}

vintage, furniture makeover, chalk paint
This great old record cabinet was a donation from a friend. With its original pulls, it had a bit of an oriental flavor to it. But not anymore!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sweet Pallet Sign

I made this sign for the last craft show we had and I loved the way it turned out so I'm sharing it with you today.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Roadside Rescue Chalkboard

Sometimes you find the prettiest little things on the side of the road. This project was constructed with the donations from a few different households. People throw out some amazing things!

Friday, October 11, 2013

An Apple Sign & Apple Pie

pallet sign
Ahhhh... apples. Sweet, tart. I love them all! And what do you do when you have a bunch of apples? You bake an apple pie, of course!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Autumn-Inspired Cupboard Door Shelf

I was lucky enough to snag some showroom cupboard doors at an auction last year. They were all different in design and color. I've used some as signs and hook boards and only have a few left. I decided to make this one into a shelf!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Apple Pickin'

The kids and I took a trip to Klackle Orchards this weekend. Located in Greenville, MI, they have a wide variety of fun activities for the kids and some pretty cool eye-candy, too! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Junky Fruit Bowl

 Boy, am I glad I picked up a broken metal base at a yard sale a few weeks ago! It turned into something I'm absolutely loving... this junky fruit bowl!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Project C.A.T.

I'm excited to share today's post with you because I'm super proud of myself for completing this project! I'll hope you'll share in my excitement!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Some Fun October Projects

Halloween decorations are so much fun, aren't they? Today I'm sharing a few fun projects from my booth with you!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Farmhouse Bathroom Inspiration Clipboard on Hometalk

When Alex from Hometalk emailed me and asked me if I'd like to curate a clipboard of farmhouse bathroom ideas, I couldn't have been happier! First of all, Hometalk is a great resource for DIY projects for your home and I've been a member for over a year now. And, to get asked to curate a board for them, well, that was fantastic!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Striking Red Sewing Desk

This sewing stand is such a dainty little piece with beautiful hardware. She's so girly and pretty that I knew red would look good on her! Let's take a look at her before she got some new clothes.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Harvest of Pallet Signs

Today I've gathered up some new pallet signs to share with you, all with the warm and cozy colors of fall. Sit back with a warm cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Co-Hosting Fluster's Creative Muster Link Party

I'm super excited to be co-hosting this week's Creative Muster Party with Fluster Buster! I hope you'll join us for some link-up fun!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pretty Little Dining Room Set

A little Coco, some Vintage White and a touch of Santa Fe Turquoise give this sweet little dining room set a cozy but bright disposition.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Coffee Served Daily Sign

I love coffee. This is no secret. But, for some reason, I've never made a coffee sign. I've seen some super cute ones out there lately so I figured it was time for me to join the crowd!
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