the ReFab Diaries

As always, I used to pick the winner and it chose entry #46 ... that's Cynthia Winter! Cynthia, congrats! Expect an email from me later today to get shipping info.  

Remember, all Heidi's daily paintings are for sale - keep them in mind for the holidays ... they're perfect gifts  :)  Also, if you aren't following her via email or Facebook, make sure you do! If you're impressed by the daily offerings, wait 'til we load a full gallery of her work (little taste above). 

Thanks to everyone who entered for your interest and great comments. 

The Anthropologie store I frequent most is on Southport Ave (Chicago). By "most" I mean I get myself there once every six months, if I'm lucky. And even if their sale section doesn't deliver, some in-store display will make it worth my while. This wonderful version of a bookish headboard was on show a couple of weeks ago and even made my three-year-old stare. 

If you'd like to create some version of this for yourself, I have two older posts dedicated to a book headboard DIYs:  Here and here.  

Heidi Shedlock is my cousin but, really, the closest thing I have to a sister. Growing up, she always loved to draw and paint. I always loved to write. She is now an artist (and busy art teacher) whose work has been shown in South African galleries. And I, of course, write stuff. :)

As children, our grand plan was to one day create books for kids, together. We'll get to that. What has turned out to be our first joint venture is Paintings in the Post ... a blog sparked by Heidi's decision to embark on a daily painting project. As I write, she's just completed Day #46 and shows no sign of slowing down! Are you inspired? I know I am. Did I mention she also has two school-aged children?? 

Anyway, her entire beautiful (and growing!) collection of daily paintings is now for sale through Paintings in the Post. Why the "post" part? Because Heidi is also a lover of "good-old-fashioned" letter writing. When she ships her little beauties around the world, they are accompanied by hand-written letters. See all the stamps on the envelope below? Your painting will be coming to you from Durban, South Africa.

In celebration of her launch of Paintings in the Post, Heidi is excited to give one of you lovely people a painting of your choice!  

There are lots of ways to enter (through the Rafflecopter entry below) but please note: Only paintings still for sale are available to win (they include a Buy Now button). These are one-of-a-kind oils on primed, canvas board worth approx $80. If you see SOLD under an image, the painting is gone. 

Ready to win one? Here's how it works: 

Giveaway opens 12:01am EST Thurs, 11/14 and ends Mon, 11/18 at midnight. WINNER announced Tuesday 11/19. Open to citizens of the world, 18 and older - if you can get post, you can win a painting.   

NOTE: if you can't see the Rafflecopter widget below, please switch to a different browser (Firefox or Chrome) and try again.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ugh... those nasty light fixtures that developers use when they literally refuse to spend more than 25c on lighting. I'm not a fan. Nor do I love the ugly wire planters that come out in the spring ... but at least they get covered up with whatever is planted in them!

But somehow these two things are combined into something I love. It's clever, simple and the color choice is perfect. Complete Cage Light tutorial at Rook No 17.

Really simple idea from the Ambitious Procrastinator ... but effective!  Check out the tutorial and all her other lighting DIYs.

And this?  Click through to see more images and get the full effect. This is such a high-impact refab and I can imagine that the actual light it gives off is really warm. Rock on Cleverly Inspired.

I rarely create holiday-specific posts, but this year I've seen enough awesome halloween "upcycles" that I feel compelled to round them up and share. Like the diction-fairy costume pictured above .... really? Does it get any better??? Good tutorials here and here

I featured this creepy idea a long time ago in a post dedicated to repurposing old umbrellas. I'm bringing it back out again because it remains a great idea!

Love this Frankestein bottle care ... DIY of Crafting a Green World

Not really upcycling ... they're crocheted. And I love them ... so go take a look at more lovely images of them at Cute Cottage Overload

Old grill rack turned spider web? Yes. Simple and easy. Care of Petticoat Junktion

And finally ... some creepy dolls. Because I don't think anything's creepier than creepy doll heads. More at Sweet Pickins Furniture 

Christine Marie Davis collects old metal knitting needles and turns them into extraordinary bracelets ... the colors are wonderful! Check out the full collection and visit her blog. where she refers to herself as a "finder, collector, maker, breaker, smasher, basher."

No DIY for working with metal needles, but if you have old plastic ones lying around, they make great bracelets too!

Check out the tutorial (pictured above) care of Time for Tea.  If you're interested in what else you can do with old needles, take a look at this roundup.

As always, I used to pick the winner and it chose entry #375 ... that's Lauren Becker! Lauren, congrats! Expect an email from me later today.  :)  

Remember, April is offering ALL my readers a 20% discount off your purchase - just enter the coupon code REFAB at checkout (offer expires 11/1/13).

Thanks to everyone who entered for your interest and great comments.

Paper beads (think magazine pages) are easy to make (I made book-page beads a while back) and can have a great visual impact when displayed together ... like this wonderful curtain from Trashy Crafter!  I love the colors :) Click through for the complete DIY.