Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Where Do You Look for Inspiration?

My theory is {majority of the time} that you can redo, recover, repaint recreate....anything.

You know me, I cruise my local Goodwills and thrift stores on a weekly basis. I'll admit, it's sort of an addiction. You walk in, beeline for the "home goods" section and get your fix.


I am always amazed how many treasures I find. Why wouldn't someone snatch this up?! Whether it be a old frame or wooden box, a old radio. I look at it and think "What can I do with this?"


I think the key to redos is keeping an open mind. Look past the cracked edge or chipping paint. You CAN redo it and make it look fantastic!


I'm not the best at redos, but I love doing it and I am good at finding creative solutions for things. It's a sort of instant gratification. All of that work on this little worn out piece and then BAM! you've turned it into something you love.


I get so many great ideas from other people. I recently discovered Google Reader {I know, welcome to the internets right?} My Google Reader is packed with blogs I peruse daily. Everything from DIY blogs to sewing blogs to design blogs, I pretty much have a wide variety all across the creative spectrum!


I'm going to start sharing some of my finds in Google Reader

What have you subscribed to in Reader? Anything you'd love to share? ;)

Go check it out and be inspired!

kristina Sig copy


Liz said...

Great idea for sharing your Google Reader finds!! I'm also a little behind in the times and only discovered Google Reader in the past month or so. :) By the way, where is that cute "J" with the bird from???


Averill said...

Love that blue that you used to freshen up that wooden bowl. What paint did you use?

And you know what? I have Google reader but I still find myself just going directly to the blog site...for some reason I just can't get used to it. Is that weird?

Kristina with a K said...

Liz--I am ashamed to say I have no idea where the "J" came from. I ran across it in a blog a few months ago and saved the picture because I wanted to try it. If I run across it again, I'll post it for ya ;)

I use both Reader and Notebook. I love Notebook because I can create mini folders and "clip" pictures or pages as I find them and it files them away for quick access later. So when I was trying to redo my bedroom, my notebook was jammed with all sorts of random lamps and bedspreads which made things easier when it came to decision time.

And Averill--it's a Apple Barrel acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby called "Cayman Blue" $.99 :)

carma said...

You are so clever! Looks fabulous :-)

Stoppin' by from SITS to say "hi" and welcome. I know that you will enjoy this vibrant community of bloggers!
carma :-)

sandy said...

Fabulous finds! My father taught me the art of transforming good will and yard sale finds many years ago! We never knew what "treasures" he was going to come home with to revive!

Welcome To SITS! It's great to have you in the SITStahood:0)

Joy said...

Your redos are great! I try to hit the thrift shops on a fairly regular basis for the same reasons. :o)

p.s. Welcome to the SITS community!

Mamarazzi said...

LOVE LOVE Big red puffy heart L-O-V-E what you did with those goodwill finds, seriously inspiring!

I am Mamarazzi and I am a Welcomista from SITS. I am here to welcome you to the SITStahood! You are going to LOVE this amazing community of women.

Stop at Dandelion Wishes and say hello and if you like follow me. I do a drawing for fun prizes each month EXCLUSIVELY from my list of followers...just for following, no need to stop in and comment everyday (though you might wanna, but who has time?) just follow...pretty cool right?! yeah, that's how I roll.

Brandy said...

Welcome to SITS! I used to do this type of stuff all the time, and I miss turning trash to treasure. Your post just might inspire me!

Kristina with a K said...

Thank you all for the warm welcome and kind words!! Please come back and visit anytime!

Ashley said...

I love repurposing things too.... I'm excited to check out the rest of your blog!

Visit mine if you get a chance!



Kristina with a K said...


There's the link for the J monogram!