July 30, 2014

Welcome to an I-Could-Make-That Wednesday!


Toss your mail on the kitchen counter or keep
it organized in a custom made mail box:
Listed on Etsy for $43 plus shipping, you could make one for under $15.  


You might use a 'normal' glass vase or you could
display your flowers with a country flair:
This trio is listed on Etsy for $36 (plus shipping) but you could pick up a few Ball canning jars at a flea market or thrift shop for around $2 each and paint with chalk paint (or use a Dollar Tree acrylic with a little flour added!)  
These beautiful colors make a lovely Autumn presentation.


Priced at $25 per letter, EAT + shipping could quickly take a bite out of your budget.  These type of letters are available at Walmart or at large craft stores for around $4 each.  


A single 12" letter sells for $33 online:
Make your own for MUCH less.


Up for a game of ring toss?
It took a second glance to realize that these milk bottles are actually wine bottles spray painted white.  With shipping, this unique game will cost you almost $100.  Save your wine bottles, grab a can of white matte spray paint and keep your eyes open for a small wood crate.  


Not too long ago I was at a flea market where I
found a box of rusty skeleton keys for $3 each.
These necklaces are priced at $18 each on Etsy.

A rustic growth chart ruler makes a charming baby gift:
But, priced at over $80 with shipping, it can be a little steep.  Make your own for around $20 with materials from a home improvement store.

I don't have to beat you over the head with a growth chart board to get across the point that you don't have to spend a small fortune on gifts or home accessories.  Consider making a few of your own creations and see how much you can save.

July 28, 2014

Mondays at fleaChic are usually dedicated to repurposing and upcycling furniture or decorative items.  But today's post takes an entirely different look at a more glamorous type of recycling - reusing Hollywood costumes.

 In 2006, Scarlett Johnsson, left, starred as Olivia in The Prestige.  The beautiful hand-embroidered Victorian gown she's pictured in was worn by Susan Hampshire, right, in the 1970s when she starred as Glencora Palliser, Duchess of Omnium, in the BBC production of The Pallisers.

The lovely gown is just one of hundreds designed by Raymond Hughes for The Pallisers.  Most of the costumes from that series have been used in numerous other productions over the years.



An Elizabethan doublet that was designed for the 1998 film Shakespeare In Love reappeared in 2001 on an extra in The Life and Adventures of Nicolas Nickleby.  Another extra wore it, again, in a 2010 episode of Doctor Who.


While portraying Lady Mary Crawley in the first season of Downtown Abbey actress Michelle Dockery worn an Edwardian-style walking suit specifically created for her.
The same outfit was worn by Perdita Weeks (Lady Georgiana Grex) in the 2012 mini-series Titanic.  It was seen this Spring on Mr. Selfridge.





This distinctive fur lined coat has appeared in many productions - a 1984 episode of Agatha Christie's Partners In Crime, top; in 1989's Till We Meet Again, middle; and in the 1997 production of The Wingless Bird, bottom.


Like most networks working on a tight schedule and a tight budget, ABC Studio designers comb through its vast collection of costumes to save time and money.
A dazzling red jeweled strapless gown was worn by Stana Katic in a 2009 episode of Castle.  In 2013 it was seen again in Once Upon A Time.  Lana Parilla, playing The Evil Queen, wore the gown with a satin overcoat to give it a different look.


Gabriella Pescucci won an Emmy for Best Costume Design in 2011 and in 2013 for the Showtime series The Borgias.
One of Pescucci's beautiful Italian Renaissance costumes was worn by actress Holliday Grainger in season one, left.  The gown was altered and reappeared in the second season with different sleeves, right.


Michelle Pfeiffer wore a detailed robe a la francaise in 1988.  It was worn by Jodhi May, right, in 1992's Last of The Mohicans without the billowing petticoats.


Thanks to HD television, intricate details on costumes can now be seen more clearly.  It's hard to believe that the gown worn by Geraldine Chaplin in 2005's Heidi, left, is the same gown worn by Jenna Louise Coleman in the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen.


Movie studios began recycling their costumes
when the industry was still in its infancy:
A pair of silk pajamas were born in the 1933 film Flying Down To Rio by actress Dolores Del Rio.  The same pajamas were worn a year later by Betty Grable in The Gay Divorcee.




Black and white films rarely allow us to appreciate the full splendor of many costumes.  A perfect example of the change in perception with color is the gown worn by Donna Reed in 1947's Green Dolphin Street.  The same gown was worn in the 1949 color production of  Little Women.



Period dramas require many specific styles of clothing.  Costumes from 2005's Pride and Prejudice have resurfaced in Becoming Jane and other productions featuring the Regency era.  The gown worn by Kelly Reily, left, in 2005 reappeared on Keri Russel, right, in the 2013 film Austenland.




 Keri Russel worn several recycled gowns while filming Austenland.  The one she's pictured in on the left was previously worn by Emma Pierson in 2008's From Time To Time.  Interestingly enough, the gown made its first appearance in the 1999 adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.




Women's costumes aren't the only ones to be recycled.  The gray space suits worn by the crew in the 1956 cult classic Forbidden Planet, top, were worn again in 1958's Queen Of Outer Space, middle.  They reappeared in the 1960 adaptation of The Time Machine, bottom.



One of the gowns worn by Gweneth Paltrow in the 1996 movie Emma, left, was worn by Jennifer Higham, right, in the 2007 adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

The charming gown resurfaced recently in the 2013
BBC production Death Comes To Pemberley, above.



Distinctive costumes are easier to remember:
 Duplicates were made of this sheath for the 1998
HBO series From the Earth to the Moon.


One of the vintage-inspired gowns appeared in AMC's Mad Men, left, and was worn this year by Kristen Wiig in The Spoils of Babylon, right.


Today's photos show just a fraction of the number of costumes that have been reused by the entertainment industry over the years.  Stop by Recycled Movie Costumes for an in depth look at a one of the best kept secrets in show business.

July 25, 2014


Everybody do the Friday Dance!  (Kind of a cross between the Hokey Pokey and Gangnam Style.)

You know what fleaChic is all about on Fridays.  That's right - Before & After Projects. 

Today's post is a smorgasbord of miscellaneous interesting transformations and they all have something in common.  See if you can guess.


Seriously, only $1?!


Cast your eyes on this whimsical vintage kitchen cart:


Sometimes you just need a single chair
for a desk or to fill a corner:
Before                                                     After


So cute!



Isn't that flamingo adorable?





It's hard to imagine that this lot of
mismatched chairs had potential:

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Such a charming idea - the same paint, the same
fabric but each chair has a distinct personality.


Would you have walked right past these chairs?


Oh, my, what an amazing transformation:
Stunning, aren't they?



A humble little cabinet was simply sanded and painted:



An Art Deco desk was silently screaming for a makeover:

Love the new drawer pulls.


Speaking of drawers . . . . . 

A skeletal frame was welded together out
of scrap metal to make a unique drawer unit.


Sandi at A Cottage Muse turned an antique cast iron
oven door into a beautiful architectural accent piece:


Who says a stool has to be boring?


This antique buffet had significant laminate damage:

Paint and decoupaged maps beautifully cover the damage:


Today's last metamorphosis is a beauty:

A black stain added a touch of sophistication to this vintage treasure.

Well, have you figured out what every one
of today's projects have in common?

That's right - each piece was purchased at a flea market!
So get out there this weekend and look for a project.