Flea Market Swap Makeover – #swapitlikeitshot

I’m joining over 30 other bloggers this week in the great Flea Market Swap, and today is Day 1! We sent each other a mystery box with fun flea market or thrift store finds, all under $15. Our challenge was to transform the contents of said box into something fabulous! 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotBrandi from Don’t Disturb this Groove sent me a box full of goodies; fabric, wicker paper plate holders, some cute candle sticks and a scalloped wooden bowl. 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotIf y’all have been reading this blog for very long, you probably know I love to pick up these wooden bowls at thrift stores. I’ve transformed them with paint to be anything from just “catch-all” bowls to planters. I was excited to get another one in my box to do some magic on! 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotI started by spray painting the outside of the bowl in white. I just used some spray paint from my stash. It took about 3 coats of paint to get full coverage. 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotSome of the paint seeped through to the edge, but that wasn’t a problem because I had plans for the inside of the bowl as well. 

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotI wanted to give the inside of the bowl a gold leafing treatment. I found a liquid version that has the consistency of paint at my local craft store. If you’re going to try this, I would definitely recommend using it outside. The fumes are pretty strong. 

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Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotI “painted” the entire inside as well as a little past the edge. I wanted a more organic shape {like the bowl} and so I didn’t tape it off.

Flea Market Swap Makeover - #swapitlikeitshotIt’s great for the coffee table, or to help corral my jewelry. I’m thinking it will be the new home for all of my bracelets. :)

You can hop over to Artsy Chicks Rule to see what I sent Nancy and what she did with it! And be sure to check out the rest of the girls’ projects this week. I can’t wait to see what everyone else did with their thrifted finds! 

 

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Partyin’ it up! {Noonday Style}

Psst…This is not a sponsored post. I just really love Noonday, their jewelry and their mission; and I just feel like sharing the fun we had! 

This past weekend was such a blast. I got to host my first Noonday Collection trunk show and we had so much fun! This particular show was to do a little fundraising for our adoption. I love having people over to the house and hosting parties. It had been a long time since we were able to do anything like that. Honestly, the last few months have been so busy, I’ve hardly had a chance to see my friends {outside of normal activities like church}. It was so great to carve out a little girl time. We visited and caught up, snacked on some tasty treats and got to try on a bunch of gorgeous jewelry. It doesn’t get much better than that! 

Noonday Trunk ShowThey key to hosting a Noonday trunk show is to keep it simple. I was very purposeful in my planning. Even though I love these types of things, it can sometimes be stressful. I’m normally running around getting everything ready until the last possible second, but this time….I was done and ready to go an hour before anyone showed up {!!!}. Miracles do happen! ;) 

Noonday Trunk Show - simple, but tasty spreadThere is no need to decorate, because the vibrant colors of the jewelry is enough to make your party feel festive. I planned a simple menu ahead of time. Nothing too fussy. We had cucumber sandwiches, veggies & hummus, fruit skewers, chocolate chip cookies and lemon cupcakes with blackberry frosting. 

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Veggie and Hummus PlatterI chopped the veggies and fruit and put those plates together the night before. I also made the cucumber sandwich filling that night, but waited to put it on the bread until a couple of hours before the party so the sandwiches wouldn’t be soggy. 

Cucumber SandwichesThe hummus and cookies were store bought. There’s no shame in that game! 

Chocolate Chip CookiesGood is good. It doesn’t matter if it was made by your hand or another as long as it makes the belly happy, right? So just relieve yourself of the pressure to have homemade everything from scratch. If you do like to cook or bake, pick one or two items and go all out with those. 

{Noonday Trunk Show Spread} Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting That’s what I did with the cupcakes. I found a great recipe on Pinterest {from Baker by Nature} that I really wanted to try out. I made the cupcakes one evening earlier in the week and froze them. Did you know that you can do that? You can’t even tell the difference. I set them out on the counter the evening before to thaw out, and made the frosting the morning of. These were absolutely delicious! I’ll be making these again during the summer. They’re also really tasted chilled, FYI. :) 

{Noonday Trunk Show Spread} Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

To go along with the food, I made my Sparkling Cranberry Lemonade {a fan favorite} and of course, had freshly brewed coffee. I have a stash of mason jars and daisy lids that I bought for my sister’s bridal shower. I have used these over and over for parties. Over time, I spend less money than I would on paper cups and it just seems a little more special. 

Noonday Trunk ShowI buy paper straws {or select some from my stash} in coordinating colors. This time, I picked up some black paper flags that you can stick onto the straws and had everyone write their name on them with a chalk pen. Super fun and festive! 

Noonday Trunk ShowWe had so much fun that afternoon! We all really enjoyed learning about the mission and history of Noonday and each piece {OK…and trying on all of the amazing jewelry!}. If you are interested in hosting your own trunk show, you can find more info on the Noonday website.

I hope you’ll take a little time to look at their website, read about this amazing company and take a look at their unique jewelry and bags! 

Have a great day! 

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Homemade Scented Candles {Contributor Post}

Hi there! I hope y’all are having a great week so far! I’m back over at All Things Thrifty with another fun tutorial today. I tried my hand at making my own {chemical free} scented candles. It was so much easier than I thought it would be and a ton of fun! 

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Click the photo to hop on over to the post. While you’re there, stick around and check out some of Brook’s amazing projects! 

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