Friday, August 6, 2010

Shabby Shutters

So I've been on a "Shutter kick" for the last few weeks.  To me, shutters on the outside of your house are like curtains on the inside of your house...they just complete the look of the home, and throw in some character while they're at it.  BUT, take them from the outside and use them on the inside, and there's all kinds of other things you can do with them!  

I have a few of these black shutters (pictured on left) that came from an old farmhouse in Stone Lake, Wisconsin.  They're all very distressed, which adds even more to their character.




Use them as message boards, photo or art displays, hair bow organizer, jewelry holder, pot racks, screens, trellis, book and/or magazine rack, candleholders, headboards, chalkboards, or as just plain rustic art. 

This shutter (pictured on right) was handpainted and is now being used as art in a client's bathroom.





I've searched all around for old shutters, most of which are quite expensive, so I get extra excited when I find some in my "thrifty gal" price range.  I am listing some on my website that are available.  Go to http://www.erinsattic.com/ and check under "Projects & Finds" page.  Look through the pictures, and it will tell you quantity and price.

These shutters (pictured on left) were from a house built in 1901 in Buckhead, and the fleur de lis hinges were from the same house as well.  This would work as a full-size headboard or just wall art. 






Here's some custom built shutters with flowerboxes (pictured on right) that are in my daughter's bedroom.  These can be custom ordered with color of your choice.







Leslie Wells, a friend of Erin's Attic, has photographed "letters in nature" and her photography will be featured in a new line of windows coming out soon...BUT how cute is this shutter with the word "N-A-T-U-R-E" in pictures, hung with my cute little handcrafted clothespins???

So if you come across an old shutter, think twice before passing it by.
They're just so cute, with so much character, and such functionality!
I'll be posting more shutter ideas soon on my Erin's Attic Facebook page as well.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tip of the Day

Most moms know of this site, but lots of folks don't...if you haven't checked out http://www.southernsavers.com/ you need to!  Click on your grocery store, it will tell you the sale items of the week and if there are any coupons out there.  It usually has a link to many of the coupons for you to print on your own.  Very helpful and saves a bunch of time. :)

Just the start...

So I'm not much of a writer...basically, I hate it.  BUT, I've had a few people lately who have suggested this whole blog thing...so while I may not post often or they may not be very long, I figure I'll give it a shot. 

Don't worry- this won't be a diary, and I definitely won't be posting my "feelings" on here. :)  But I do have lots of money-saving tips and between me and my husbaind, we have a bunch of other creative things floating around up in the "attic" so we might as well share and along the way enjoy some tips, projects, & suggestions from you guys as well!

If you haven't visited my website already, you should. :)  It's http://www.erinsattic.com/.

So I started Erin's Attic in January... my husband is in contracting and would always bring home doors, windows, and a bunch of other "stuff" that we have enjoyed reusing or repurposing.  If you know me well, you know I love my "stuff."  I'm kind of a packrat to some degree...I get rid of things, but I love to "collect" things that I MIGHT need in the future.  :)  So, my husband gave me a storage shed that I have now turned into "the workshop" and I use it for all my Erin's Attic supplies...and Christmas decorations...and tubs of other fun stuff.  I've had windows in my house for years as decor, some are plain and some had pictures in them.  I even have some really vintage ones stored away to make some sort of furniture in the future. 
So I have been working extra hard the last couple months to get the business off to a great start...and it is!  I have had lots of great feedback and many sales, so I only pray that it will grow and grow in the near future.

OK, so I'm tired of typing for now...gotta break in slow. :)  But keep on the lookout for some fun ideas, tips, & projects in the near future.  Please feel free to post any fun tips or projects as well!  I'd love to hear them!