Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Trick or Treat Tags

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Trick or Treat Tags

The possibilities are endless when it comes to Moo MiniCards!

I was inspired to make these Trick or Treat Tags in time for Halloween. 

Moo cards, twine, a special message, and a vintage scale?
The perfect combination for trick or treating at WhisperWood Cottage!

Get the full tutorial at The DIY Club.

So, what do you think?
Trick or treat?

A treat, I hope! I have a treat just for you, too!
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Think ahead...wouldn't these be great for your holiday gift tags?


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sports-themed Autumn Displays

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Inspired by my baseball coffee table display, I decided to outfit our recently added fireplace cabinetry with some sport-themed decor. Autumnal reds, rustic leather, and aged wood make for an earthy display. There's something about the dropping temperatures and autumn leaves that makes red and leather accents a natural way to warm up a space.

The top shelf holds a vintage cricket bat I found on one of my trips to the Texas Antique Shows. No, I don't think I carried it on the airplane with me! :)

There's no crying in baseball! (Bonus points if you can name the movie!). My baseball coffee table display (a glass cloche, a vintage church collection plate, and softballs/baseballs found at Goodwill) was moved from the coffee table to the cabinet. And a vintage catcher's mitt also holds an extra softball. 

In the background, you'll see an old advertising sign for a special on girls gym shoes. That was one of my finds from Oronoco Gold Rush Days this past August. On the bottom shelf, a super-fabulous vintage leather medicine ball (found at a local antique store for a steal) adds texture and warmth.

In the left-hand cabinet, we have more finds that I've collected over time on my many junking adventures. A vintage football and a pair of small, red cheer cones (megaphones) nestle together on the top shelf. On the bottom shelf, a pair of wooden 1-pound dumbbells sits atop a locker basket, which holds a pair of soft, red leather boxing gloves.

What do you think? TKO or down for the count?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thank You, Gorilla Glue, for Featuring WhisperWood Cottage & The DIY Club!

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Thank you, Gorilla Glue! I appreciate you featuring WhisperWood Cottage and the other gals in The DIY Club at your booths for the Country Living Fair events! What an honor!

My friend, Kathy at Sylvia's Vintage Daughter, snagged this photo of my project display at the Ohio show. It features the Domino Magnet project I did in August. To see how easy it is to use Gorilla Glue to make your own domino magnets, click here! To see all my Gorilla Glue projects, click here.


A Few Special Notes about The DIY Club

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Did you know you can link up your Gorilla Glue projects in the DIY Club Project Party Monthly Contest and be eligible to win $1500 in prizes? The October winner is being announced Monday, October 25, over at The November event is open from November 4 - 18. If you have a DIY project that uses any of the sponsored products (see sponsor list), you should link up! Need more information? Click here for more details on the DIY Club Project Party Monthly Contest.

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There is also a weekly showcase where you can link up all kinds of projects. The DIY Living Party Weekly Showcase starts on Sundays and is open through the following Saturday.  One randomly drawn winner is selected each week to be featured and win a prize. All you have to do is link up with any project, makeover, photo, event, etc. There are lots of categories to enter! Click here for this week's linky  party!

Friday, October 22, 2010

WhisperWood Cottage Master Bedroom Featured in The DIY Life eZine

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If you haven't seen the October edition of "The DIY Life," you should check it out! Yes, that's a photo of the master bedroom here at WhisperWood Cottage on the front cover. We are honored to be featured (pages 4-7) in the inaugural edition! :) Flip through the pages by clicking on the lower right corner to see the full article. Click HERE to see it full screen.

The November/December issue is underway and will be coming soon. It is a double issue that will be filled with all kinds of holiday DIY ideas from a fabulous bloggers who live a DIY lifestyle!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chair-enthood: Saying Good-Bye to Heywood & Wakefield

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Heywood & Wakefield with the OLD fireplace.

Did I ever tell you that Heywood and Wakefield moved out? Yes, it's true. After less than a year, the vintage twins were feeling quite grown up, and they wanted to be on their own. You know how chair-dren are. They want the bright lights of the big city and an exciting night life where they can meet other chairs their age. What's a chair-ent to do but let them go?

Remember when they first came home with us? Oh, what a precious moment. They smiled and cooed...and we cuddled as chair-ents and chair-dren do.

And who could forget the day they flanked that great liquid shipping crate side table? They really amazed us that day. They were so grown up and stylish!

With last spring's fireplace makeover and new chairs moving in, Heywood and Wakefield felt we were cramping their style and that their time had come to move on. 

It was a bittersweet day when we had to say good-bye. While they didn't know it, I had arranged for a lovely Twin Cities couple to watch over them. After using some Mensa-esque puzzle strategies to fit both of them into the world's smallest car (not kidding...Wakefield even made the woman sit in the back seat with Heywood...wish I had taken a photo of that!), they took off to the big city party-style for their newest adventure.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vintage Mailbox: Any Ideas?

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I found this mailbox a while back at a local antique store.

I adore the shape, the patina, and the great flag!

Any ideas for it?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lazy Susan Table Top: Part 1

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Inspired by the round piece with the star painted on it (photo above), we decided to see if we could turn it into a portable rotating game table.

Who knew using a lazy susan mechanism was so tricky? I didn't! But we figured it out!! 

Get the play-by-play tutorial at The DIY Club...Amy's Lazy Susan Table Top.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Industrial Chic at WhisperWood Cottage

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Industrial touches abound at WhisperWood Cottage! Inspired by Margo's Industrial Chic Linky Party going on this weekend, I thought I'd pull together a few photos of all things industrial! :) Above is one of my favorites...the closet door in the master bedroom using a vintage university door and a salvaged barn track and trolley. A matching set is used on the door to the master bath. {SEE ALL MASTER BEDROOM POSTS.}

Above is a metal nautical float we use as a door stop in the master bedroom. In the background, you can see the salvaged storefront doors that are on the second closet in the master bedroom. {SEE ALL MASTER BEDROOM POSTS.}

Our recent guest room makeover added some industrial stools as night stands. The vintage metal greyhound sign ensures sweet industrial dreams. {SEE ALL GUEST BEDROOM POSTS.}

In the living room, metal baskets organize reading materials...

...and a vintage ladder adds height and texture on a center wall in the room.

The kitchen uses a set of industrial stools that mimic those in the guest room. They are the perfect height for the kitchen island! {SEE ALL KITCHEN POSTS.}


Ron is a master of all things DIY, and he is especially clever with lamps made from salvaged engine parts. He has made a collection of great gear-inspired lamps for friends. You can also see the great industrial fan blade in the background. {SEE WHEN RON CREATES POSTS.}

Margo's Junkin Journal

Thanks for stopping by and viewing all things industrial at WhisperWood Cottage! Be sure to visit Margo and all the other bloggers who have linked up at the Industrial Chic Linky Party!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mini Tombstone Birdbath Graveyard

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Once you have a few mini tombstones made from your garden edging, you can gather them together to make your own mini graveyard!

A birdbath top filled with black sandblasting material serves as the spooky base! Nestle the garden edging tombstones into place. Frame the whole setting with two rescued light fixtures. So simple!

Want to make these yourself?
  1. Garden Edging Turned Mini Halloween Tombstone (RIP version)
  2. Another Mini Halloween Tombstone (skeleton & cat version)
  3. From "ick" to "slick"...Sconce Rescue

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Another Mini Halloween Tombstone Project

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Hey, Halloweenies! Did you see the first Garden Edging Turned Mini Halloween Tombstone project? I'm back with a second Halloween project for that wooden garden edging I found at a garage sale over a year ago. 




STEP 1: Cut apart the wires connecting the garden edging using a wire cutter.
I used the one built into my needle nose pliers.

STEP 2: Distress the piece using the Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler.

STEP 3: Place the "Trick or Treat" frame stencil from DecoArt on the wood.
Use the Rockler  foam brush to dob on the DecoArt shimmering silver paint.

STEP 4: While the paint is still wet, apply the PK Glitz "crystal" glitter.

STEP 5: Place the stencil and  paint the cat figure by dobbing it with the foam brush and soft black acrylic paint.

STEP 6: Let it dry.

STEP 7: Fill the bottom of a jar with black sand blasting material. Place the tombstone.
Add a tealight candle. Light the candle.

Wouldn't this be great by the front door to welcome your trick or treaters?

What do you do to welcome
your tick or treaters?


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Saturday, October 9, 2010

AAJMS Fall 2010: Opens This Wednesday!

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If you are in the Minneapolis area this upcoming week, I highly recommend making time to stop in at the  Art+Architecture JunkMarket Style (AAJMS) event! For any of you that are familiar with the historic JunkMarket events, you know that it is not to be missed. It is more amazing than ever. Check out the sneak peek photos on the site!

If you like the industrial, vintage, and junk-inspired style you see here at WhisperWood Cottage, then you simply must make an effort to get there. It is events like this where I have found many of the key items in my home.

 AAJMS kicks off this Wednesday with a charitable gala. Not only does the admission fee benefit the Freedom to Fly charity, you get food, beverages, music, and hours of early bird shopping!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday provide a mix of shopping, classes, door prizes, and giveaways. Surprise Sunday is something new this year. I don't even know what the surprise is, but I look forward to finding out! Check out the full schedule of events...

Here are some of my favorite shots of last spring's event...

Get all the details at!