> Tres Chere: 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

$5.00 Pet Costume

Meet Oscar the Grouch..oops I mean Tiffany...my 4 year old Brussels Griffon...

Today's post is brought to you by the letter "O" for Oscar the Grouch. I am sharing with you a costume you can create for less than $5.00 for your furry friend.

I used an old basket that my neighbor was throwing out, cut it down to fit and then spray painted it Brilliant Silver by Krylon (on sale at Hobby Lobby for 30% off) to mimic a trash can. Some items I already had on hand, black construction paper, orange ribbon and chalk paint was used to create the pennant flag. I purchased one can of green hair color from Walmart for $2.17 and gently sprayed Tiffany's hair. For her face, I sprayed it on my hands and then rubbed it on the hair near her eyes. 
My dogs love being pulled every year in my red wagon through the neighborhood to trick or treat. This basket will fit in the wagon perfectly! So there you have it a pet costume for only $5.00. 
Naptime Crafters

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Season 3 Contestant on American Crafter

Yay! We were selected to compete in Season 3 of American Crafters over at Naptime Crafters! Woo Hoo!


Our painted fabric zebra chair secured our spot! In case you missed the post click here.

Round One is Halloween!

Voting for Round 1 will open Friday Morning. Please mark your calendars and head on over to Naptime Crafters to vote for us...pretty please with sugar on top. :-)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Under $20.00 Front Porch Decor

Today we will show you how to decorate your front porch using what you already have on hand and with items that we found at the curb.

We found this old ladder on the side of the road. It was pretty rough but a coat of creamy white paint cleaned it right up. We added a plastic Halloween candy bucket with a potted plant and a pennant flag we created with fabric scraps and cardboard and the words "Boo" were written with a Sharpie.

We created a wreath using a bag of black beans, some fabric scraps, cardboard and LOTS of glue.

We glued the beans to a piece of round cardboar?d we cut. This was a very time consuming wreath because in terms of weight the beans need to be laid out one layer at a time. We used spray adhesive to glue the beans to the cardboard. Then sprayed over the beans with another coat. Then we used plain old Elmer's glue and poured it all over the beans. We waited a day for it to dry and then repeated the process. On the third day, we cut fabric scraps tied it around the wreath, added a bow and then hung it on our front door. It was time consuming but we didn't have to buy anything to make it since we already had everything on hand.

The black chair was a curbside find. We found it just like this and thought it was perfect the way it was. As the season's change we can easily swap out potted plants or add a pumpkin like we did here to fit the seasons. Who knows? Santa might be sitting there next!

We used a Black Sharpie to add stripes to the white Heirloom pumpkins and the large orange pumpkins.

Some fresh flowers in an old crate fill up the space under the chair.

So there you have it. You can create a space using items found at the curb or by using what you already have on hand. The only items we purchased were the two large pumpkins and some fresh mums. Everything else we had on hand. Overall cost was less than $20.00.

Until next time.....
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two Dollar Curb Art

You know the song "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend" from the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blonds? It's iconic.

Marilyn Monroe prefers Diamonds. We prefer the diamonds in the rough that we find at the Curb. 

To us "The Curb is a Girls Best Friend".

Monday, September 26, 2011

Welcome to Crazy Town (My Garage Sale)

This past weekend I had a garage sale. The last time I had a garage sale was over three years ago. Yeah I know, can you imagine how much crap was in my garage? 

Here was my ad.

Garage Sale
Saturday - Sunday 7:00 AM - ?
Vintage Items, Antiques, Household Decor, Furniture, etc.
Priced to go! I need room in my garage! I can't take it anymore!

Pretty standard, right?

I am normally going to garage sales not hosting them so I had forgotten what it was like to be on the other side. So here are my own observations and stories about some..not all..of the people who came to my garage sale.

Monday, September 19, 2011


We wanted to send out a warning about a situation that happened to us last week.

Last week we were posting our projects to link parties we participate in every week. As we were scrolling through the projects that linked up we ran across this picture, which is our project, with a completely different title, "Moroccan Inspired Bench". Hmmm...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blog Awards

Last week we were awarded FOUR blog awards from the fabulous Tanya Anurag, author of Kreative Korner. Thank you so much for thinking of us. We truly appreciate you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hello Lover

Where have you been all my life? 
Waiting for me by the curb? Oh no, that's so sad. I know it is lonely out there. I will take you in.

Monday, September 12, 2011

HELLO Sunshine!

The last two weeks it has rained here everyday. I feel so blah when it rains all the time. Luckily, this past weekend was absolutely beautiful! The humidity was gone and the breeze was warm but crisp. I was inspired by the sunshine so I repainted a huge sun mirror that was in the dining room and hung it over the daybed outside. Don't worry it is plastic so if it starts raining again it will be just fine.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thank you!

Thank you all so much for featuring our projects last week! You all are just so wonderful!!! Thank you for making our week! :-)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cutter Island

Ever feel alone when it comes to sewing? Why do some people make it seem so easy! Sewing is definitely not one of our strong suits but we decided to give it a shot. 
Cute Huh?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Aydan Pie

Who is sweet as pie? Why of course our sweet little cousin Aydan Pie! For a little girl this sweet we created a desk fit for a princess. How could we resist? We revamped an old Vintage school desk for less than $20.00.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Psst...We have a Secret

We have always wanted to do a piece of furniture using chalkboard paint. With our limited DIY budget we always try to think outside the box. Guess what? You don't have to use expensive chalk paint or go through the hassle of making your own with non sanded tile grout. Gasp! Yes, it is faux chalk paint!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

This Weeks Features!

We want to thank all of the fabulous sites that featured our work this week! Thank you all so much!

Friday, August 26, 2011

We Have Been Waiting For You

Today we would like to send some love to our 100th follower NeeCee Daugherty of Pine Creek Style! NeeCee's blog is filled with wonderful tips and tricks from cooking, cleaning and decorating. We particularly like her "Common Courtesy" page. She reminds us of lessons we learned as children that are sometimes forgotten because we are so busy in our lives. We are guilty of sometimes forgetting to extend common courtesy! It definitely made us stop and think! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Craft-O-Maniac Guest Post

Hey Everyone! Just a quick note to let you know we are Guest Posting for the first time ever over at Craft-O-Maniac today. Jen has an awesome site with tons of tips. You really need to check out her Craft Room...can you say JEALOUS! We love her style and can't wait to keep up with her creative ideas! Thanks Jen for allowing us the opportunity to post.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dear John

Dear John Wanamaker,

Who are you? I have tried everything to get to know “you”, the real you.

I found a gorgeous desk at a Thrift Store for $50.00. Sure it was more than I would normally pay but  my “Super Saver Card” was filled so I received an extra $5.00 off. I think $45.00 was a great price for this desk.


Friday, August 19, 2011


I have some great news! Look at all of these fabulous blogs that featured our work this week!  Isn't this wonderful! What a great start to the weekend. Yay!

Thank you ALL so much!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Heads Are Gonna Roll

This weekend while working on posts for the blog I couldn't help but think am I in over my head? I said to myself, "Don't be a knuckle head silly, everything is just fine". I just need to get my head out of the clouds.

I came up with a "How To" post on using a doll head in an empty picture frame. Such a great idea! The doll head cost 50 cents and the picture frame was only $1.00. Perfect! I will give everyone a heads up to let them know how easy and inexpensive this project is.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mr. Nope & The Evil Thrift Store Employees

We received a ton of e-mails asking us where we found the lamp that was featured in the “We Need To Talk” post.

We purchased the lamp from a new Thrift Store we had never been to. Every week they run an ad in the Sunday paper with two 50% coupons off your entire purchase. Sweet!

This store is very junky and when you walk in it has that musty Thrift Store smell which makes you immediately sneeze. Our kind of place! C'mon now, some people love the smell of old books or a library, we just so happen to love the smell of dingy old Thrift Stores. Ha Ha!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We Need To Talk

It's you not me....I mean it's me...not you
I'm just not that into you anymore.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Two Faced

"If you're gonna be two faced at least make one of them pretty."

~Marilyn Monroe

One of the many projects we have been working on is transforming a very small bedroom into a glamorous space for a teenage girl. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

We are Showoffs!

                                   The DIY Show Off

WOW! What an amazing week!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Shut your Cornhole" for less than $20.00

Our follow up to our "Cover you Cornhole" post. In case you missed it, check it out HERE

For the 2nd Cornhole platform we went for a Vintage look.

This space was created for less than $20.00.  

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Love

Aaahhh summertime! How I look forward to you in the winter but when you are here I am looking forward to the cooler weather. There is no happy medium when you live in steamy Florida. It is either Hot or Hotter! Why not make the best of it, right?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Welcome to Tres Chere Vintage Market!

Hello World! Angela and Debbie here. We are a mother and daughter team new to the blogging world with a dream of following our passion of decorating. 

We are very excited to launch our Tres Chere Vintage Market blog and hope you enjoy reading about our many adventures in being Thrifty, Repurposing, Decorating and Curbside Treasure Hunting, Thrift Store and Craigslist shopping.

To find out more about us, take a look at our "About Us" page.

We are looking forward to sharing this amazing journey with you and can't wait to hear your opinions, suggestions, inspiration and more....

Welcome to "OUR" world.

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