Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Miss Thing gets a Makeover

What a difference a week makes and "Miss Thing" definitely had a good week!

After all of the comments came in here and from my guest post over at The Country Chic Cottage for What Would You Do With It Wednesday, the majority of you said that you would make Miss Thing into a bead or button sorter. There were some other really creative ideas too, but this one really intrigued me and was more what I had in mind when I bought her.

As a reminder, this is what Miss Thing looked like when I brought her home.

After sitting down with some paint and craft supplies, she began to take on a whole new look.

First, I applied a couple of coats of Heirloom White spray paint to the base. I didn't take photos of this process, but suffice it to say the base went from a light woodgrain to Heirloom White.  It was like magic, I tell ya!

I set that aside to dry and started to work on the individual vials.
 I tore out sixteen pages from a vintage French print book that I have. Now, I can hear you gasping, but don't freak out about me tearing up a vintage French print book.  It is a simple paperback called "Teach Yourself French", not a classic tale by any means!
I used distressing ink on the pages to darken the torn edges, but they already have a great aged patina look to the pages because the book was printed in 1964. Yummy! 

Then I applied a line of glue along one edge of the page so that it would adhere to the vial.

Then I simply rolled them around the vial in various directions. Some wrapped directly around, some wrapped on an angle, because everyone loves a variety, right?

When finished, I sat them back in the base which was now dry.
Then I went diggin' in my bottomless stash of ephemera.  This is where the fun began!

One at a time, each vial took on a personality of their own as I added baubles and trinkets and ribbons, oh my!

Then I stood back and looked at the entire piece and the base just appeared to be way too stark white to go with the vintage look items that had been applied to the vials. I got out one of my all time favorite rubber stamps and randomly stamped the base with French Script words in all directions. 

Then, using my paint brush, I randomly dry brushed some ink smudges and smears around on the base to shabby it up a bit. Perfect!

Then I set about filling it with the vials. The following photos need no explaination, but they sure are pretty eye candy!

You likey? If so, it can be yours!  It's listed on Ebay this week and you can see even more photos of the rest of the piece by following this link to my Ebay listings.

I will be linking up this week to a bunch of fun party links too, be sure to check them out for more great home decor and craft ideas!

Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented
Market Yourself at Sumos Sweet Stuff
Motivate Me Monday at Keep it Simple
Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Toot Your Horn Tuesday at  A Silly Little Sparrow
Second Time Around at A Picture is Worth 1000 Words
Penny Pinching Party at The Thrifty Home
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design
Spotlight Yourself at It's so Very Cheri
Works for Me Wednesday at We are That Family
Look what I Made at Creations by Kara
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Show off your Stuff at Fireflies and Jellybeans
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence
Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life as Lori
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Inspired By at the Inspired Room
Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge
Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Metamorphoisis Monday at BNOTP

Til next time!


  1. Now that is just fabulous! I would've just plopped some flowers in them an called it a day - but you made it into something wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I luv your makeover...your idea was so COOL! I need to get me some of that distress ink...I have been seeing a lot of people using it.


    I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

  3. What an awesome idea! Turned out so darling. Be blessed. Cindy

  4. Adorable! Every touch you applied here made me say, "Wow, I love that!" How incredibly creative!


  5. That looks great, what a great idea! I really like the paper on it, it just adds so much!

  6. That is so pretty - I'm sure Miss Thing appreciates her makeover :)

  7. These are adorable...I love how you dressed them up!

  8. Wow Lisa, that is beautiful. What a wonderful gift from God to be able to create such gorgeous crafts. Stunning!! -- Yoli :)

  9. Great job "dolling" that up! I could imagine some small flowers in a few!

    Stop over to Pandora's Box to enter a giveaway! patti

  10. That is so cool! I love the book pages on the vials and the words stamped on the base! GREAT job! : )

  11. How crafty of you! It looks amazing!!

  12. I didn't even tell you that I think this ROCKS!!! ;)

  13. Just adorable ! Love it !
    The Little Things

  14. That was absolutely amazing...what a creative project.

    My New Doll -my Show n Tell. I would really enjoy your company if you can drop by to visit me. Hope you're having a terrific Friday!!!

  15. That is very cool.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

  16. What a good idea! Looks great!

  17. This is such an interesting piece. You did a great job with it.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  18. Wow, what a great looking project, I love the little details you added to each tube! Thanks for linking up.

  19. "miss thing" is very nice! great makeover, very one of a kind for sure.

  20. Oh my goodness I love this idea they are so FABULOUS now. if you have a chance stop by I am giving away a free pretty teapot
    Hugs, Hugs, Hugs,

  21. absolutely delightful! I adore the vintage snippets adorning the vials... and the script added to the base. I jumped over from It's so Very Cheri's blog hop and am so happy that I did! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same!

  22. What a clever puss you are; this is fabulous! First time visitor and enjoying myself, came via the Shabby Chic Cottage.

  23. Totally Awesome! How on earth did you think of that?
    Very cool! :)


  24. Wow! Amazing transformation...so frenchy! I love all the little special touches that you gave each bottle! Is that the "Le London" stamp form Hobby Lobby? I love mine! Happy weekend...Debbie

  25. Found you on the web. Love the holder. I'm doing something like this for my wedding do you mind sharing where you purchase this from ???

    New follower btw.


    Please visit me at my blog.



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