Sunday, September 26, 2010

Another "Spook"tacular Halloween Giveaway

Howdy peeps. In case you didn't notice, September is almost over and it is offically fall. That means it's time to get your freak on...I mean in the Halloween sense.
As you know I am already hosting my own "freaky"tastic Halloween giveaway which you can all enter by clicking here, but I wanted to let you all know about another "spook"tacular giveaway over at Cosmogirl's Emporium. Wanna see what's up for grabs? Okay.

I'm wet from all the drool right now.
And I don't mean to be rude, but I hope I win. If you want a chance at winning these "preciouses" head on over to Comsogirl's Emporium pronto. The winner will be announced tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Guess what happens when you leave a bookcase outside and a huge gust of wind comes through?

This heap of poo used to be a decent all-wood book shelf in my hubby's office. It had been residing in the gay-rage whilst the hubs and I shuffled things around in his man cave and redecorated.

Little did we know when we left the ole girl oustide it would be the last time we'd see her intact. I didn't even get the chance to say goodbye.

Oh well! Because there is a happy ending to this story.

When I went out to the garge to organize her remains I noticed that the pieces were still in pretty good shape. I thought it a shame to just discard them...for that's not the way of the frugal decorater.

As I sorted through the pieces I could see the potential in all the salvaged parts.

When I saw these guys my mind started going crazy. I saw a pair of standing photo frames, or if I added some knobs a future "knobby wall".

But, instead I decided to do this.

It's hard to see the numbers due to the flash on my camera, but they're there. I promise.

I've always had this philosophy that if something is in a room it should have some sort of purpose or functionality. So, ummm, the purpose of these number boards is to teach the little ones number recognition. Ya,that's it. I guess that if a person likes the way something looks, that's enough of a purpose, right?

{Look son, there's a two.}

I didn't take step by step pictures, so this isn't really a tutorial. And if you don't happen to have and old book shelf that has been brutally violated by the wind you could use any old {board} you have lying around. I started the process by sanding the wood with a medium sanding block. Then I primed them with Kilz spray primer. After they were dry, I painted them with Krylon brand Ocean Breeze. Then I distressed them and stensiled the numbers on {I just used a font off of my computer and made my own stensils}. Then I distressed the numbers by wiping off some of the paint so they looked faded and worn. Finally I glazed over the entire project with Ralph Lauren faux finish glaze. {Here's a tip, don't by your glaze pre-tinted. You can tint it with acrylic paint on your own. Sometimes I like black, sometimes brown. This way you can control the color. This time I used a combination of black and a little gray.} And voila...distressed number boards. You likey?

Stay tuned to see what becomes of the rest of the remains. It'll be flippin' awesome (written in my best Napolean Dynamite type).
OH, don't forget to enter my Halloween Giveaway. You can go here for all of the details.

Linking to:

The DIY Show Off

Blue Cricket Design

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Got Platters?

I'm not really a silver collector. I have no idea what's valuable and what's junk, but when I was at the thrift store a while back I found these.

I didn't really need them or have any use for them, but I liked them so I grabbed them. {They were $2}. They've just been sitting around the house collecting dust...until now.

That's my mom and dad. Aren't they the cutest? I just love the fifties.

It's hard to see it in the picture, but this platter has a really neat bluish petina. That's me. Just in case you wondering who that super darling, adorable, chubby baby was. :)

Here's another old photo of my cute mom and dad. Don't you love the ears? I inherited those.

Old silver platters turned picture frames. Me likey.

Don't forget to enter my Halloween Giveaway for a fun, festive prize. Click here for details.

Linking to:

The DIY Show Off

Blue Cricket Design

Kitchen Table...Finally

I've been on a quest to find a dining room table for months. And on every outing to the D.I. (local thrift store) I've always retured home empty handed. In my defense, I need an eight seater table. Apprantly they are hard to come by...even in Utah.

Then one day, on a whim, I decided to stop by the thrift store. I had already been there once that day and had no luck, but I went with my gut. And what do you know? There she was...gleaming in the celestial light of the fluorescent bulbs above. I was so happy I almost cried...almost.

I know she doesn't look like scrolling or intricate carvings or interesting lines. But to me she was perfect.
I allowed myself the satisfaction of a subtle victory dance (think James Brown) and then proceeded to the cashier to purchase my treasure.

Initially I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish the beast. I thought about painting her, but I didn't want her competing with these little beauties.

Wild and bold...maybe just a titch.

I was concerned that a painted table might be a little too much, what with all the pattern and color going on with the chairs (I didn't want anyones eyes to start hemorrhaging when they walked in the kitchen). So I nixed that idea.

Then I considered sanding her down and restaining her, but deep down I knew I was way to lazy to take that kind of work on. So that idea too, was nixed.

Then it struck me...glaze. I love glaze. It's always come through for me in the past. I was a little skeptical at first.

I had never glazed over natural wood before. But I just went with it and ended up being pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

I really like the slat-ish top of the table and I love how the glaze just pools in all of the crevices. I also like that I was able to maintain the look of wood, without all of the sanding and staining. Now I just hope that she will stand up to the wear and tear of five uber active kiddies.

The dining area is still a work in progress as far as decorating goes. But now that I finally have table I can start working on that. Here she is in her new home.

I guess that the moral of the post today is...glaze is good, so don't be afraid to use it.

Don't forget to enter the Halloween Giveaway, if you haven't already. Go here for details.

Linking to:
The DIY Show Off

Friday, September 17, 2010

Extra Extra! Halloween Giveaway!

I'm not gonna lie. I'm kinda giddy right now.

Do you remember these little cuties?

How can you forget them right?

Well...I am pleased and giddy to announce my first ever


In lieu of the upcoming Halloween holiday...and because I just love them so much, I am going to be giving away a set of three, Lori C. Mitchell figurines. If you happened to miss my homage to these whimsical, little works of art (or have forgotten just how cute they are), you can click here to see what all the fuss is about.

These figures are all hand sculpted and painted and retail for $75. So, if you love Halloween as much as I do, here's how you can win them.

Giveaway Rules:

Each person is allowed up to three entries.

1. Be a follower of retropolitan. {If you aren't already, you can do so by clicking the "follow" icon in the sidebar}.
2. Leave me a comment telling me how much you love Halloween {it can be as simple as "I love Halloween", or "I need those figures or I'll die"...whatever}.
3. Invite your friends to come visit me here at Retropolitan, by mentioning me on your blog and/or linking back to me.
The Giveaway will end 10-09-10 and the winner will be announced

Thursday, September 16, 2010

More Feed Bag Knock-offs

Went to Ikea. Found these little gems.

What do they remind you off? No, not dish towels.


Remember how much these puppies cost. $89-$99.

And guess how much these cost? $0.97. Holla!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Holy Crow

I LUH-HUV Halloween because it is the only time that gaudy and over the top are ever really acceptable.
I mean, when else is it okay to mix the colors purple, orange, green and black? Not to mention decorate with skeleton bones, flying rodents and oversized arachnids?
I'm always on the look out for inexpensive items that add just the right amount of whimsy and "over the topness".
So imagine my delight when I came across these little fellas at the friendly, neighborhood dollar store.

At first, I wasn't sure what I would do with them, but I liked 'em so I grabbed a few.
I wandered through the house with my crows in tow searching for their perfect home. Turns out I had just the place.

What crow wouldn't love to perch atop a bundle of willowy sticks? I love 'em here. It's one of the first things you see when you enter the house. Initially you don't really notice them, then it dawns on you... "holy crow", there are ravens roosting on the sticks in the corner. Subtle, yet not, at the same time. Me likey.

I liked 'em so much, I went back to the store and bought a few more. This time I took them outside. They are the perfect fall adornment for the porch. Especially if you happen to have some old, dried up corn stalks just hanging out.

Don't they look cozy. And really, isn't it every crows dream to wallow in the cornstalks? No scarecrow here...yet.

linking to:

Witches and Wizards and Ghosts...Oh My

My Halloween village is my pride and joy come fall. With the exception of trick-or-treating, putting out the village is the most aniticipated Fall tradition for the kids and I.
It's only been the last few years that I started collecting these little guys, but I am totally addicted. Can you blame me?

The beginning of the month was my birthday and look what, er who, I got. Meet...
Jack, Jack Squash. As you can tell, he really, really loves candy...and donuts and pie and cake and...

And this little darling is Eliza. Isn't she enchanting? Don't get too close, she might put a spell on you...if she hasn't already.

The artist who creates these charming and whimsical figures is Lori C. Mitchell. She is an American folk artist from Georgia and her inspiration comes mostly from children's themes and literature and old illustrations and toys. I absolutely love her work and look forward every year to her new creations.
And in case you didn't get enough, cause I never do, I'll leave you with some more of her ghoulish delights.

Captian Kidd

Candy and Corny

Becca's Broom Ride

Bat Boy Triplets

Adorable Dora

Flirty Gertie



Dinky Dinosaur

Little Boo

Little Alien

Funny Bones

Fraidy Cat

Precious Pumpkin

Piper's Pumpkin Ride

Mummy Boy

Little Frankie Stein

Little Devil

Witchy Hazel and Helen

Trick-or-Treat Clown

Sweet Pea

Simon the Sorcerer

Robby Robot