1.05.2009

Very Mary Makeover

Each year for their birthdays, Very Mary and her Very Mother celebrate by giving one another all the free stuff they've accumulated during the year. Really, you'd be surprised by the amount of free junk that these two can find. And this isn't like hotel-sample-shampoo-free, this is like scrounged-through-freebie-boxes-at-yard-sales and snagged-promos-off-the-table kind of free. Sometimes there's some pretty amazing stuff. And sometimes? Sometimes there's this:


The Very Mother found this weird/warped/rather country-ish cherry picture from a freebie table at her local thrift shop. It did come in a rather swanky glass frame with adorable metal clip closure. But, well, um. Look at it. Never one to look at ugly with the same eyes as others, Very Mary was able to transform that into this:


She simply flipped the cherry-covered outer mat around to its white side, and then she covered that green mat with some black cardstock. For the center image? Very Mary cut out a picture from a card sent to her by a friend. Once its adorable little clippy frame was replaced, this piece of artwork looked like something from a gallery. Total cost? Free.

13 comments:

katydidnot said...

no effing way.

Sherry Goodloe said...

I swear we are twins! Since I've been doing my reorganizing dance around here, I've been doing the same thing. Frames, glass and mats can be expensive to have someone else do.

And on top of that, I like my friend's artwork much better than some of these other pieces that have been hanging on my walls :)

CherryTreeLane said...

Way to go Martha Stewart!

Yarni Gras! said...

I bow to you, oh great one.

see you there! said...

You are just too clever. I have a penchant for cherry prints but in this case I much prefer your new arrangement.

Darla

Roxanne said...

Amazing transformation!! You know how much I LOVE doing stuff like this. Trash to treasure at it's best. Nice work!

Crafty Connie said...

Fantastic transformation on the freebie. Wonderful looking pie. Your quilt for your grandmother turned out fabulous. Good luck with your second attempt at a glasses free life. Let's say that the second time will be the charm.

Fire said...

Adorable. I swear, you should decorate my house :) I love it! And free is always good.

Raesha D said...

Way to go! That is about a one millionth degree improvement!

i am very mary said...

To prove the validity of the "find good stuff" statement: today, Very David received a package from his Very Favorite Bicycling Shop. Inside was a promo men's razor and it wasn't even used. ha. So yes, that Very Free razor has been added to the Very Mother's freebie box.

Kay aka dkswife said...

Looks great! Free razor! Whoop! I love getting free samples in the mail.

chelemom said...

I bow down to you, your MAGESTY!!! I need to learn a thing or two from you!

Sherry said...

What a cool thing to exchange and I love what you did with it!!

Sherry