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The Chair (Re)imagined   1 comment

Ah!  The humble chair.  It is not simply a place to rest your weary bumm, but a spot to express a bit of yourself as well.  Today’s post features three fabulously crafty folk and their interpretations of the (re)imagined chair.

First up is Heather Helseth of San Antonio, Texas.  She recreates seating in whimsical fabrics at her shop Renewal Home Decor.  “Each piece is created with reclaimed, vintage and salvaged materials, resulting in one-of-a-kind designs with history and individuality.” (via her site) Some pieces are covered in subdued textiles with just a hint of whimsy … and others allow for a bit lot of “crazy”.  Here are two of my favorites.



Next up, I’d like to introduce Dendro from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.  This shop is “Hell-bent on Hand-crafted” as stated in their profile.  Dendro creates clean, industrial furnishings with steel and reclaimed/salvaged wood.  In fact, wood from one of his pieces was sourced from an old black smith shop circa 1860.  I particularly found it endearing that with each purchase, they will send you a short story sharing the wood’s past life.  Although we are only featuring chairs today, Dendro creates other lovelies with reclaimed wood as well.  This piece would make a great industrial bar stool!


Our final artist is a (re)imaginer from Washington D.C., U.S.A.  Serena Appiah, mother of three stinkin’ adorable boys, turned her love of bargain shopping and renovation into a super groovy site called  You can learn about her process, purchase pieces, and get inspired.  I dig her so much I signed up for emails!  Take a look at the ugly duckling she nurtured into a sophisticated swan.  So jealous of her talent!
That’s it for today folks.  I hope you hop on over to these sites and enjoy their labors of love.  Thank you for visiting my little corner of the blog world.  Until next time, keep (re)imagining!

Posted March 23, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Old-School Mid-Century meets New-School Salvage: (Re)claimed Wood and the Hairpin Leg   Leave a comment

Today I wanted to feature a design style that would marry “old-school” with salvage.  I fell head over heels for the simplicity of the industrial hairpin leg combined with the earthy textures of reclaimed wood. Let’s look at some inspiring images to get your creative juices flowing!

A project by Atlas Wood Co. was recently featured on Houzz.  The bench has a “man-tique” meets environmental feel combining knotty wood, heavy metal and (re)imagined coffee bags as upholstery.


Megan Toro of Modern Textures in Tulsa, Oklahoma has some fabulous pieces as well.  I’m just swooning over the multi-colored, chevron pattern in this coffee table.  Configuring all the perfect angles and combinations of wood-tones had to be a labor of love.  Most of her wood remarkably is sourced from scraps…kinda make you want to hoard those left-overs for a rainy day, eh?  If you’d like to see more of her amazing work, journey over here.  She’s pretty talented!


Just one more bit of awesomeness (rich with contrasting tone) from this sassy designer.  Psst! Megan also does custom wall art too!  Shoot her a request here.


In the 1940’s folks had to be creative with their limited resources during wartime and metal was scarce.  That’s where Henry P. Glass comes into the picture.  He invented the hairpin leg out of necessity and it has since evolved into a trademark for mid-century furniture.  Jump forward to the present and we see the merit of salvaged wood trending well in the world of design…plus let’s admit…reclaimed wood has that hidden “past-life” story to tell.  This Old House has a great tutorial for those of you hankering to try your own hand at crafting something gorgeous with hairpin legs.  Here’s a sneak peek.


(Come on … you can’t go wrong with This Old House.)  I also wanted to share a link to Blue Ridge Metal Works out of Hickory/Charlotte, North Carolina.  They are a great resource for hand-fabricated hairpin legs.  Check out their blacksmith magic below:


You can order various sizes depending on your project. Envisioning a coffee table? They’ve got 12″.  Maybe a new desk for your home office?  They’ve got 32″.  The cool thing is, their prices are actually less than most sites that mass produce them.  Check out their shop if you’re in love with mid-century design and need some awesome, hand-fabricated resources for your next project.

One more little tidbit!  You know that scrap/reclaimed wood you’ve been saving?  It’s thirsty.  Really thirsty.  So you’ll want to revive it to its original glory with this hydrating love potion from Urban Wood Goods.


Don’t neglect your salvaged wood after all your hard work!  This all-natural beeswax concoction is just what your parched project needs.  Take a look at the before and after images.


This stuff really brings out the beauty of the wood grain don’t you think?  Feels good too!  Well my friends, thanks for visiting me today and happy (re)imagining!



Posted January 26, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Thriftin’ Theme Song by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis   Leave a comment

For all my fellow thrift-addicts, boy do I have a theme song for you!  (Don’t worry, this is the “clean” version.)  Once you’ve got this li’l ditty stuck in your head go to Young House Love to find out about their $20 Thrift Store Challenge.  I am pumped!



Posted January 19, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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January Craft Picks   Leave a comment

Today’s feature of handmade goodies is inspired by the winter colors in my home state of Ohio; the grays and earthy browns of naked trees, the hopeful blue skies, and the clean, crisp white snow. We are looking at a high of -1 some days next week, but I’ve got my ski gear out & I’m focusing on the silver lining here. 🙂 I hope you enjoy these little lovelies in the meantime!

Reclaimed wooden lake sign By Mike and LZ Cathcart of The Summery Umbrella in North Carolina. (*irony intended)


Reclaimed wooden headboards in winter hues by Mark of Habitat Une in North Carolina.  Need to hibernate a bit?  Do it in (re)imagined style my friends.


Spoil yourself with these winter inspired handmade accessories by Lorelei DiMichele of Wear It Out Jewelz in Texas.


Winter hues are abound in the wool felted infinity scarf and hemp flax linen pillow below.  Handcrafted by Ania Orczykowska and Zofia Borkowska of ZOJKA Shop in Poland.


Celebrate the winter with this broken porcelain pendant by Andrea Cole of Eagle Rowe in North Carolina.


The gorgeous pieces below were created by Helen Billingsley of Stafford, England. They are glazed in beautiful rich indigo blue, soft turquoise and sand and available at her shop, HB Ceramics.


I hope you’ve enjoyed the featured items inspired by the chilly colors of January.  Honor these talented hand-crafters by visiting their virtual shops while you snuggle up indoors.  Wishing you a blessed, safe, and wonderful winter!



Posted January 4, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Planet Sam: December 2013   Leave a comment


A lovely little blog with a unique spin on color and pattern. You’ll adore her sketches and the way she sees the world!

Tray Bien

Planet Sam: December 2013.

Posted January 1, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Handmade

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2014 Color and Print Trends   Leave a comment

Every year I gander over to 2 specific sites; and  They are great resources for upcoming trends and in the design world, they are indispensable.  So let’s peer together into this collective crystal ball to see what the future will hold.

First things first.  I very much approve of Pantone’s color choice this year.


PANTONE #18-3224 Radiant Orchid is regal, imaginative, and playful. It is full of energy, yet soft at the same time. Take a peek at some of the following #18-3224 inspirations!

ORCHID BRIDAL BOUQUETPurple Orchid & Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet by Just Anns Floral Designs

RADIANT ORCHID EARRINGSRadiant Orchid Earrings by Renee Loughlin Designs


Switching our gaze over to we see a wide array of prints to inspire our crafty li’l hearts and hands this year.  Here are a few to ponder:



TATTOOTattoo Beauty



I hope I’ve got your brain buzzing with new ideas for 2014.  Have a blessed, safe, and inspiring new year!



Posted January 1, 2014 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Winter Blues? A Little Art May Help!   1 comment

Holiday stress…winter blues…cabin fever…or just the trials & tribulations of life can get a good person down.  Sometimes it doesn’t feel like “the most wonderful time of the year“, so here’s a little info on coping with the crappy times.

The American Art Therapy Association states “making art is healing and life enhancing.”  Pfft!  We knew that right?  So it’s official ladies and gents…if you’re hitting a rough patch, getting your craft-groove on may help!  Pour your heart out with loved ones at a little craft party, or create some much needed solitude by creating art on your own.  Whatever you need!  The simple fact is “…the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.” (  

Of course contacting a professional in the health field is kinda important paramount & highly recommended when you or a loved one can’t seem to get out of those pesky ruts.  No shame … that’s just smart.  In these cases, you could think of creating art as a tasty little supplement to getting back on track, coupled with the guidance of a healthcare professional!

Remember, as Florence and the Machine state in Shake It Out, “Its hard to dance, with the devil on your back.”  So dance, paint, sew, crochet, sing & create!  Better times are just around the corner…I promise.




Posted December 15, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Liberty fabric baubles | Wolves in London   Leave a comment


Wolves in London: Fabric Scrap Ornaments

Liberty fabric baubles | Wolves in London.

Posted December 12, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Handmade

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Visual Merchandising with a (Re)Purpose   Leave a comment

This Wednesday, I’d like to share a few merchandising tips for your boutique or booth.  We know you work hard creating beautiful things for the world & those handmade lovelies deserve to be featured with a bit of creativity!  With respect to that, I’ve collected display ideas that utilize re-purposed objects to act as the supporting cast for your “stars” (i.e. the awesome things you make and sell).

First off, we have a wall display via Tymn Armstrong’s tumbler site.  It is compiled of salvaged wooden crates doused in vibrant colors.  The great thing about this option is that you can place merchandise inside or on top as well as hang pieces within (as shown) or underneath.  This type of merchandising offers good space management and saves valuable floor space.


Next up, I want to share a few ideas featured in Oh Hello Friend’s new retail shop in Fullerton, California. These folks really know how to use commonly found objects to showcase their wares.  Clipboards make simple wall displays for handcrafted prints, but you could also use them to hang necklaces and other fabulous bits of joy.  Vintage bread and muffin pans cradle collections of teensy things and provide organization while conveying a bit of “old school” flair.

If you are more of an outdoor merchandiser (think flea markets & festivals), you don’t necessarily have the luxury of wall space.  But guess what?  Old pallet skids lend themselves quite well to pop-up wall displays! The HomArt Showroom in Georgia state chose worn pallets as the back drop for their shop. I have to share some blog loving with SwirlMarketing for posting this idea (*virtual hugs).  Coupled with hanging grove baskets to hold their merchandise, this display makes good use of limited space.


If you’d like to feature a few baubles in a locked display case, but don’t care for traditional (& EXPENSIVE!) glass cases, look no further.  Cherish Designs‘ blog shared this re-purposer’s dream.  This old, over-sized lantern shown from Kris Lanae’s jewelry vignette is the perfect alternative and you can easily change out the latch for an inexpensive lock.


Create height and visual interest by pulling out that old step ladder and giving it a new life.  Leef Stand featured this (re)-imagined shop display recently and because I have a slight obsession with old ladders, I just had to share it with the crafty world.  While they use it to display quilts here, it is stellar for hanging hand embroidered linens, knitted scarves, and other textiles.  Use each rung as a shelf and/or attach hooks to the side for jewelry, hand sculpted mugs, painted tea cups, or hand-sewn holiday ornaments.


The final three images feature hanging displays.  Sometimes it is smart to create a backdrop for window displays or as added visual appeal within a boutique/booth.  The following all use simple, affordable (or free!), re-purposed objects to add a little vertical wonder to your shop/booth. Think outside of the box and beyond fishing wire when hanging objects.  Go for old neck ties, rusty bike chains, tangled yarn, or zip-lines.  Get CrAzY! Share your ideas by leaving a comment below!!!

Embroidery Hoops and Scrap Fabric via

Salvaged Glass Jars: Photo via Brandy Melville USA

Chair Legs, Spindles, and Wood Finials Via Anthropologie in Toronto (Yorkville)

Big thanks for visiting bibbie&blue today & happy merchandising you crafty devils!



Posted December 11, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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Buying Handmade   Leave a comment

Buying Handmade

This holiday season, think about giving a gift with a little more soul!

Posted November 21, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Re-imagined

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