Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Repurposing and Thrifting with a Good Friend.....Life is Good!

AS YOU MAY KNOW, my good friend Heather of Larissa Hill and I often go on thrifting adventures together. Sometimes they really ARE adventures and 
we often laugh ourselves silly at the predicaments we get into.

Our latest was a revisit to a large thrift store in Jeannette, PA called  THRIFT KING. Let me tell you this place is great. It has a really large furniture area and huge array of household goodies....well priced and sometimes great sales. 

I found these lovely Italian metal frames and loved them immediately.
While I love repurposing, Heather is always trying to get me back to my painting, pen and ink etc.  
She gave me the spark to repurpose frames with miniature artwork. 
I quickly placed them in my cart!

When I got home I tore off the backing (it was glued), cut new backs from cardboard and then covered the new backs with scrapbook paper. 

I added swarovsky crystals to the frame. 

I decided on bunnies as they are one of my favorite subjects. 

This is the first... Guy in Gray, done in pen, ink and acrylic.
He has swarovsky crystals on the ears and tail. 

Next came... Bunny in a Brown Fur with crystals in his eye and tail.

Added some green velvet ribbon for hanging.

Can't tell you how fun these were to do!

Each is signed.
I think they look cute as a pair.

I was so pleased with them I wasn't sure I could part with them, but started their Etsy page.  My Etsy site has been sadly neglected, but the good news is I keep selling the stuff before I can get it on!!!

Took them into work to show my friend Kim.  Her daughter is having her first grand child and she bought them on the spot...FOR THE NURSERY! 
I totally missed that idea, whoa they actually would be great in a nursery and great news.... later would work in "grown up areas" like a powder room, etc. 

I was so excited and pleased....made my whole week. 
I am so grateful that these experiences keep coming into my blessed.

Now this has given me the vision to do more of these. My friends, who are all starting the grand child phase of their lives, have been asking me to come up with gift ideas for babies. Isn't funny how if you just listen, how "Spirit" taps you on the shoulder?


  1. How cute! Great idea for a nursery for sure! :)

  2. Good one Shari. Those awesome frames are perfect for your sweet bunny pictures. Very nice job!

  3. Soft and sweet and just adorable!

  4. Our adventures are always so much fun and your bunnies absolutely adorable....Heather

  5. Great finds! Hugs P.S. I'm your newest linky follower :-)

  6. Oh my goodness! Your bunny frames are just about the sweetest thing I've ever seen. So adorable! Coming over from Transformation Thursday. I'm your newest follower!


  7. These are FABULOUS!! I would have bought them in a New York second! You are an extremely gifted artist and I agree with your more of it! And then post it in your Etsy so we can clamour for them!!

    Beautiful job on the frames! I just found your blog and am a new follower!

    Lou Cinda

  8. I'm sorry you sold them already, but I'm glad you were able to sell them so quickly, Shari! I love these! Bunnies are "my thing". I think Lou Cinda and I would have been doing a tug of war over these! : ) I know she's a bunny nut, too.

    1. I too have such a soft spot for bunnies, I can't stop myself! I'm a bunny "nut" myself. Love when Easter comes because I know there will be tons of them available....thanks sooo much for your kind words!!

  9. Great finds, I just love the frames. I love thrifting!

    We're just starting a link up party and love it if you'd share there (if you are interested):

  10. Love thrifting and love those frames!