Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Themed Log Slice Coasters

Coffee Themed Log Slice Coasters from Denise on a Whim
A short time ago, I made a request for some log slices from a friend
and she delivered, just in time for me to make these coasters
for a few of my other friends for Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Rustic Wire Angel

Scrap Wood and Wire Angel from Denise on a Whim
On this Christmas Eve day, I'd like to take a short moment
to send you and your family joyful Christmas greetings!
And show you this rustic wood and wire angel gift.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Big Sky Country Sign

Big Sky Country Sign from Denise on a Whim
I've been a busy little elf this year making custom signs for Christmas gifts.
Although I like all of the signs I make,
I do have favorites, of course.
And this Montana sign is one of them!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bird in a Nest Embroidery Hoop Ornament

Bird in a Nest Embroidery Hoop Ornament from Denise on a Whim
Last week I showed you a button snowflake I made with a wooden embroidery hoop.
Today I'm sharing another embroidery hoop project.
This time, a turquoise bird sits in a nest in front of some greenery
with a snowy-white frame.
Perfect for the bird-lover at Christmas time!

Monday, December 14, 2015

An Edison Bulb Lamp and a Chippy Yellow Table

An Edison Bulb Lamp and a Chippy Yellow Table
 It's rare that I actually get something brand-spanking new.
Most of my home decor is either something I've had forever,
something I've repurposed or, lately,
something I've built myself.
I've been wanting a table lamp for some time now and I finally got one!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Framed Twig Tree

Framed Twig Tree from Denise on a Whim
This framed twig tree is rustic and was nearly free for me to make.
If you have an unused frame sitting around, no matter what size,
then you could easily make this for virtually no cost, too!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Home for Christmas Blog Hop

Home for Christmas Link Party Brought to You by Hometalk and Country Living
I'm so excited to join in an awesome blog hop hosted by Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com!
You can check out some amazing Christmas projects and home decor
by visiting the links below!
But first, let me share my own little Christmas project with you!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Warm and White: A Sewing Cabinet Makeover

Warm and White: A Sewing Cabinet Makeover from Denise on a Whim
Maybe it's the cooler weather.
Or maybe it's the lack of snow in a Michigan December.
Whatever the reason, I'm really loving a warm white color palette lately.
White, beige and a greyish brown are the colors I chose to beautify this sewing cabinet makeover.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Denise on a Whim
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
Thank you for always being so supportive of me and my little business & blog!

Let's keep in touch...
Your comments make me smile :) 'Til next time!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Framed Pallet Wood Backdrop

Framed Pallet Wood Backdrop in Warm Neutral Colors from Denise on a Whim
Today's project is one of the simple yet loveliest pieces of home decor I've ever made.
At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Seriously though, I adore the coloring on this simple framed backdrop
more than I ever thought I would.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Basket Pedestal Stand

Basket Pedestal Stand from Denise on a Whim
 I was cleaning my house out when I came across this nice basket.
By came across I mean, emptied out all the toys that had gotten shoved into it
and refound the basket!
I didn't want it sitting on my floor any longer so I decided to try and make it into a stand.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

At Home for Christmas

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At Home for Christmas | a Sponsored Post from Denise on a Whim

I am the first to admit that I love, love, LOVE Christmas decorations!

When I heard about a store called At Home, and found out there was one in my area,

I jumped at the chance to check it out!

First I texted my friend, Michelle, to see if she'd want to go shopping with me.

Turns out, At Home is a store she totally loves so she said YES and we made a date!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Chippy Reclaimed Wood Table

Chippy Reclaimed Wood Table from Denise on a Whim
Sometimes I sit on a piece of junk or, in this case,
a piece of chippy old wood, for ages before I finally decide on the right repurpose for it.
I've had this fabulous chippy, aqua piece of wood for some time and I finally got around to making a table out of it!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rusty Industrial Side Table

Rusty Industrial Side Table from Denise on a Whim
I created this fun little side table with a metal piece from a factory
that had been sitting in my garage, collecting just the right amount of rust!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Contemporary Rustic Vegetable Bin Makeover

Contemporary Rustic Vegetable Bin Makeover from Denise on a Whim
This vegetable bin is something a friend of mine picked up at a yard sale.
It started out with an outdated country style but
with a few new doors and some paint, it's now a modern-rustic piece!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Housewarming Gift and A Custom Sign for Another Friend

Home Sign from a Repurposed Wine Barrel | Denise on a Whim
A few weekends ago, I went to a housewarming party at a wonderful little cottage on the lake.
My friend's son and his girlfriend bought a house and, after remodeling most of it, finally got to move in. Emily, the lady of the house, has great taste!
After having seen the way she decorated the house, I chose to make them this sign from a piece of an old wine barrel that my friend had given me.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sweet Little Bench Makeover

Teal Blue and Lime Green Bench Makeover from Denise on a Whim
Sometimes my friends want me to make them something and we work out a little trade.
That's exactly how I acquired this bench.
I made 2 small pallet signs for a friend and I got this bench to paint and sell.
So paint it, I did!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Home, Memories & Laughter Sign

Rustic Wooden Lettered Home Decor from Denise on a Whim; Home is Where Love Resides
With a job making commercial signs during the day,
and then turning around making painted wooden signs when I get home,
I'm sometimes surprised I don't make signs in my sleep too!
The sign I'm showing you today turns out to be one of my favorites of all time.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Humorous Welcome Sign

A Humorous Rustic, Pallet Wood Welcome Sign from Denise on a Whim
Maybe it's just me and mine, but our house is
That's why I came up with this little welcome sign.
It's both a welcome and a warning!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Autumn's in the Air!

Bright Autumn Pallet Sign from Denise on a Whim
 With school starting and bit of a chill in the air this week,
I believe I'm getting into an autumn frame of mind!
These 2 pallet signs are helping a little bit as well.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Love and Family Pallet Wood Sign

Love and Family Pallet Wood Sign from Denise on a Whim
 I haven't shared much with you all lately,
but I've constantly been making signs the past couple of months!
Custom signs for friends and customers,
along with signs to fill my booth, like this one I'm sharing today.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Craft Show and Freshening Up My Booth

A Craft Show and Freshening Up My Booth with New Signs | Denise on a Whim
 This past weekend I had a show at the Lowell Riverwalk Festival.
The show is a lot of fun to do because I get to see a bunch of people I know
and my space is right on the river.
It was a gorgeous day for an outdoor show, too!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Upcycled Crate Table

Upcycled Crate Table with Hinged Top from Denise on a Whim
I never pass on a crate.
I love them in my decorating at home.
They're great for giving height to my booth displays, too.
But, this one, made a great little table!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Grab Your Coat Hook Board

Rustic Hook Board from Denise on a Whim
I had every intention of writing a nice long post along with this new project
since I've been gone so long.
But, the truth is, I'm just a little too busy and tired to do just that.
So, instead, this will be a short post and I'll let the project do the talking.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blue Patina Magnetic Board with Modern Masters Metal Effects Paints

Blue Patina Magnetic Board with Modern Masters Metal Effects Paints | Denise on a Whim
I was recently contacted to try out Modern Masters paints and,
I gotta say, I think they're so cool!
I tried the paints on wood, terracotta and metal and I love the results!

Monday, May 11, 2015

3 Pretty Barnwood Signs

3 Pretty Barnwood Signs from Denise on a Whim
 You may have already realized this, but I've been on a major sign kick lately.
All of my friends must be redecorating or something
because I've made 9 custom signs for my friends alone in the past few weeks!
But it's all good, because making signs is one of my favorite projects!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Record Storage Cabinet Makeover

Record Cabinet Makeover from Denise on a Whim
I found this cute, record cabinet at our local thrift store and bought it for a steal.
It had a few small issues, but nothing that a little glue and nails couldn't handle.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Store Signs

New Signs for Caledonia Vintage Marketplace | Denise on a Whim
I recently received a request to make a couple of new signs
for the store where I have my booth.
When the store owner emailed me this crown and wings graphic,
I wasn't too sure about the outcome.
But it turned out pretty cool!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello Sunshine!

Hello Sunshine Sign from Denise on a Whim
I know it's been awhile since I've shared anything with you.
So I thought a nice warm, greeting of a sign
would be the perfect thing to get rolling with!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Garland with Jello Molds

Spring Garland DIY with Jello Molds from Denise on a Whim
I didn't do much decorating for Easter this year.
I went with a spring them and then added a few simple Easter touches.
Like this wire egg basket with speckled eggs.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Feature in DIY Decorating Addict Magazine

Chicken Wire Memo Board Feature in DIY Decorating Addict Magazine | Denise on a Whim
Today I'm going back in the archives to revisit a project I did in 2013.
You may notice my tastes haven't changed all that much.
Turquoise paint and burlap, along with some chicken wire,
are the main elements in this project and they're still some of my favorites!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Crafts Hometalk board

Curated Spring-Inspired Craft Board on Hometalk from Denise on a Whim
With spring just around the corner,
I'm very excited to share with you a new clip board I curated for Hometalk
that features spring-inspired crafts!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Home Tweet Home Sign

Home Tweet Home Barnwood Sign from Denise on a Whim
We finally got some warm weather here in Michigan!.
Actually, let's make that a big fat HOORAY!
In honor of the warm weather and the birds chirping outside,
I'm sharing this cute little sign with you today.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Boxwood Table Decoration

Spring Boxwood Table Decoration Made with Scrap Wood from Denise on a Whim
With the warmer temperatures we've been having the past few days,
(which are wonderful, by the way!!)
it seems like a great time to share with you this scrap wood spring table decoration I made.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

In Full Bloom

Live Life in Full Bloom Spring Sign from Denise on a Whim
My post today is not only about spring,
although this sign is perfect for dreaming of warmer weather and spring blossoms.
But the sign and the post have a little more meaning for me than that.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Turquoise Birds on a Branch

Turquoise Birds on a Branch | Denise on a Whim
I cannot deny it.
I have spring fever!
Today the temperature is in the twenties here and it feels warm.
There's something so wrong with this picture!
So I decided to change the picture a little bit
and brought spring right into the house despite Old Man Winter!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Repurposed Window Cottage Sign

Custom Cottage Sign from a Repurposed Window  | Denise on a Whim
Maybe it's the freezing cold weather that we're currently stuck in.
Maybe it's the old window frame.
Or maybe it's just cottage-envy, plain and simple.
But I think this might just be my favorite custom sign ever!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Passionate, Weird Life Salvaged Wood Sign

Passionate, Weird Life Salvaged Wood Sign from Denise on a Whim
If there is one word that my friends might use to describe me, 
it would probably be weird.
But, you see, I'm totally okay with that.
I think they mean it as a compliment...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vintage Fishing Reel Key Hook & Organizer

Fishing Reel Key Hook & Organizer Made from Barn Wood from Denise on a Whim
A few days before Valentine's Day
(because I work best under pressure!),
I decided to make a custom present for the guy I'm dating.
Here's the story.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Vintage Suitcase Sign

Vintage Suitcase Repurposed as a Sign | Denise on a Whim
A friend of mine gave me this really nice vintage suitcase.
I just love the coloring on it.
The way it has naturally aged is quite beautiful!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hugs and Kisses, Sweaters and Twigs

Hugs and Kisses made from Embroidery Hoops, Sweaters and Twigs via Denise on a Whim
This super cute xoxo hugs and kisses decor
was made from twigs, embroidery hoops and an old sweater.
A super easy and inexpensive DIY for Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Vintage Button Wreath

Vintage Button and Bakers Twine Repurposed Wreath from Denise on a Whim
I'm not one to make many wreaths,
but I'm just a little in love with this simple burlap and vintage button wreath!
It looks pretty darn adorable with my Valentine decor.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hearts, Hearts and More Fabric Hearts!

Drop Cloth Hearts with Faux Stitching from Denise on a Whim
For Valentine's Day this year, as with every holiday really,
I started from scratch on my decorations.
I typically end up selling everything I make for myself after i use it for one year,
much to my daughter's dismay!
She wants me to keep everything I make :)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine Typewriter Vignette

Typewriter Decorated for Valentines Day from Denise on a Whim
I find it kind of hard to believe,
but I have never even shown you the vintage typewriter I snagged a few months back.
I thought I might better show it off a little while it's all decorated for Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Love is the Air Valentine Signs: I Want...You

I Want To Be Loved byYou Salvaged Wood Sign from Denise on a Whim
I'm almost done sharing all of my Valentine signs with you.
Just two left!
Today's sign is a lot cute and a little playful!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Love Is in the Air Valentine Signs: When I Follow My Heart Wooden Sign

When I Follow My Heart Salvaged Wooden Sign from Denise on a Whim
Are you the type of person to follow your heart?
Or your head?
I think I'm a little of both.
Maybe that's why I like this quote so much.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Love Is in the Air Valentine Signs: I Dream of You Reclaimed Wood Sign

Love Is in the Air Valentine Signs: I Dream of You Reclaimed Wood Sign from Denise on a Whim
Sometimes the love bug bites you and you just can't' get a person out of your head!
Even in sleep they dominate your thoughts.
Today's I Dream of You reclaimed wood sign expresses the preoccupation
we oftentimes feel when we love someone.
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