Month of Makeovers Day 30: Lucky charms!

We’re finishing out this 31-day makeover project with a whimper, aren’t we? I’m away from home. And Janeray’s modem and her refrigerator both went kaput yesterday, so she’s out of commission for a bit. That leaves me, the technological dinosaur, to make a total mess of things here on a borrowed computer. Whee!

Back to the makeovers! Because we’re ladies of a certain age, Janeray and I are both owners of silver charm bracelets. They were a big deal in the ’50s and ’60s.

Mine is loaded with charms from places we lived and visited. Some are movables—my favorite is the little English church that opens up to show the bride and groom. Or maybe it’s the little typewriter with the roller that slides back and forth. I can’t decide. All are big heavy charms, not the dinky ones like you get now. Believe it or not, silver used to be cheap.

But some days you don’t want to wear a wristful of heavy silver. Some days you want something just a little . . . tackier. Read the rest of this entry »

Month of Makeovers Day 29: iPad goes primitive

First off, our apologies for missing a day of Makeovers. Luray and I have been helping our mom unpack her belongings in her new cottage. Although we planned ahead to have things ready on the days we knew we’d be busy, Luray is missing the hardware she needs to finish her current project. To further complicate things, my Internet connection was wonky all evening. Thanks, Verizon! 😛

My inspiration for this simple makeover was a 1-3/4″ vintage turquoise button and scrap pieces of a felted wool blanket I found in my mom’s attic. I thought they’d be fun joined together as a primitive cover for my iPad mini. Read the rest of this entry »

Month of Makeovers Day 27: A craftsman remakes a worn out jacket

When we came up with the idea for this Month of Makeovers I knew I had a perfect project to delegate to a real craftsman. We met Jared DeSimio, Maker at the Vintage Bazaar in June. He had an impressive display of totes and bags he had made in his workshop in Brunswick, Maine. I thought of him when I was trying to decide what to do with this battered jacket that used to belong to my father. The sleeves were worn so badly it couldn’t be donated; it would have to go in the trash. Or get remade.

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Month of Makeovers, Day 26: The lingerie model gets a makeover

She’s sleek. She’s slender. She’s svelte. She’s smooth.


She’s a lingerie model! Oooh la la! Read the rest of this entry »

Month of Makeovers Day 25: I get by with a little help

Have you been sitting on the edge of your seat just dying to know what happened with the massive Empire dresser I abandoned in melodramatic despair on Day 15?

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It’s finally gotten a makeover with a little help from ManRay–aka Mr. Janeray.
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