Retro Halloween craft DIY: Make shadow box dioramas from old costume boxes and weebits

retro-halloween-shadow-box-1RetroCraftyArtsyFartsyGet your crafty hands on a vintage Halloween costume box …. add spooky mini bits …. you can even string some lights … and like reader Sue — who sent this idea — you can make the most adorable retro Halloween shadow box diorama. And hey, Sue’s method didn’t even require a glue gun! Halloween’s around the corner — time to get started!Heck yeah there is more →

Geoff and Beth find a vintage “P” for their screen door grille — it only took four years!

screen-door-initialsRetro Renovation projects are all about the details — and no detail is too small! You know those mill-finish screen doors that everyone had back in the day? Including with the style with a grille guard protector thingie designed with a place to hold the family surname initial? Geoff and Beth found the door and grille relatively easily — but a “P” to finish it off — that took a while! Heck yeah there is more →

Small Sputnik pendant lights — in three designs

small-sputnik-lights-3-designsDo you love Sputnik lights — but don’t have the place for the prototypical large one? Good news: We found two styles of small sputnik pendant lights — just 12″ wide and tall, available from the The Land of Nod — a children’s store. In addition, you can get a 15″ sputnik from Practical Props, a specialist in making sputnik lights in a variety of sizes and styles.Heck yeah there is more →

Small bathroom sinks from Bates and Bates — in 15 colors

p1616-gloria-innocent-blush-448x392Are you looking for a very small bathroom sink? Sometimes this is necessary in a tiny bathroom or in bathrooms where the vanity countertop depth is constrained by a door opening or other impediment. One of the places I’d look first for a solution: Bates and Bates, which offers a number of petite ceramic bathrooms sinks. Above: “Gloria” is just a bit over 16″ wide and 16.5″ tall. And as you can see, it comes in color — you can get all these sinks in real color-colors: almond, biscuit, black, bone, desert bloom, ice grey, innocent blush, jersey cream, linen, mexican sand, rasberry puree, seafoam green, teal, white, and wild rose.Heck yeah there is more →

Open thread: What’s on your to-do list for the house for this fall/winter?

garage sale

Leftovers from garage sale #1.

My house is in chaos. This summer, I did a lot of fun stuff, kept the blog going, and was successful at completing two big house tasks:

  • I had a big garage sale.
  • And, I donated a lotta furniture from two houses ago to a non-profit organization.

In rank order, following is my list of key projects for fall/winter. What projects are at the top of your list??Heck yeah there is more →

Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant — the book is out!

978-0-7643-5126-6The Mai-Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale — opened in 1956 and still running strong today — is my #1 favorite place in the world. The architecture and interior design! The Molokai bar! The history! The drinks! Every time I’m about to go inside, I am literally — and I do not jest — jumping up and down with excitement. So it’s thrilling that now, after a decade of research, Tim “Swanky” Glazner has written a history of this amazing space … the people who created it … visited it … and have kept it going with such enthusiasm for 60 years.His book: Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant (Amazon affiliate link). I already have my copy… I’ve ogled all 400 historic photos… and this weekend I am digging in.Heck yeah there is more →