Magic City Flea Market Finds…

Me, my sister, and my two daughters spent the day in Minot, ND on Saturday.  Our first stop was the Magic City Flea Market.  It was located in the State Fair Grounds and was a decent sized flea market, especially if you didn’t want an all day event.  I got several great deals that I hope to upcycle into some wonderful “stuff” very soon!

$8 for this fall-color afghan – which I will just be using to keep my behind warm this winter – no upcycling of this baby.

$4 for these two suitcases (Okay, I think I have a suitcase fetish – I have 6 now) – I have great ideas for these guys.

$4 for a pair of white ceramic pheasants.  While taking this picture though, I broke the head off of one of them (dang).  I think these this one will be great to display once I’ve taken my Halloween decor down and put up my fall decor.

$2 for this vintage 60s/70s photo frame.  (Oh do I have plans for this one …. )

I’ll be sure and post updates on these items as I begin working on them.


My Fun Halloween Decor

When my husband came to Turtle Lake, North Dakota last October he told me about how so many of the houses in town decorated for Halloween and for fall.  It was one of the things he loved (loves) about the town and the people here.  I’ve never been one to decorate for Halloween or for fall.  I am the type to put out a carved pumpkin on Halloween – and maybe a bowl of candy in the house – and call it done.

Since the big move I have found that I have much more time on my hands.  And I absolutely love the house we bought here and want to decorate every inch of it!  A few days ago I was searching Pinterest as well as the Internet in general and found some really cute ideas for decorating spaces in the house for Halloween.  So – here is my attempt at “Fun Halloween Decor.”


I started by bringing my recently purchased dresser upstairs and putting it in its home.  Yes, this is the dresser that still needs finishing (see post titled “Square Brand Dresser Makeover”).  I looked at the space for a while and then headed out with my daughter to shop for decorations.

Any time I go to town (Bismarck) I make sure to stop by the Goodwill Store and the Dakota Boys and Girls Club Thrift Shop.  I’ve had great luck at both of these places finding awesome stuff for cheap.  At the Dakota Boys and Girls Club Thrift Shop I found a variety of interesting goodies including the two picture frames (yep, $2 a piece!).  So, I put a photo of my daughter in one, and a scary message in the other.

I also found some great deals at Goodwill, unfortunately nothing to assist me with my Halloween decorating mission.  We then headed to Hobby Lobby and, again, hit the jackpot.  All their Halloween and fall decor was 40% – 60% off (it’s nice not to pay full price).  We purchased this great black owl.

I also got the candle stick for a very good price ($6).  And the BOO lettering (1.39/letter).  I already knew that I wanted to add some spider webs to the BOO (with Elmer’s Glue) and paint them with both black and glitter spray paint.  So that’s what I did and then hung the letters on the wall.

The smaller candle stick was a previous garage sale find, which I’ve never used – so I just painted it with black and glitter spray paint and stuck a pumpkin on top.

We found the cheese tray with the cover when we moved into our house in Alvin, Texas many years ago.  I kept it, knowing I would use it one day for something fabulous.  So, I painted it with a black matte spray paint.  At this point I didn’t have anything to put inside the container and was considering making a trip back to town to find a little human skull.

The tree is made from a branch that I clipped from a bush outside – and while I was clipping the bush – I found the miniature cow head in the flower bed.  Jeez, what timing!

I spray painted the branch black – and just stuck the cow head in the container next to it.  We stuck the tree in an old coffee can and used newspaper to hold it in place.

Next I printed off a pattern for bats from Martha Stewart’s website.  On Martha’s website she hangs the bats from a branch over a door – I changed that up a bit.  I used poster board for the bats at first, but the edges were white and then I remember I had black card stock from another project so I used the card stock to make the bats in various sizes.

My wonderful husband found clear fishing line and hung all the bats on the tree for me.  Then as a finishing touch we added spider webs to the tree.  I set all the small pumpkins in their place (paid .50 a piece at the local farmer’s market for these babies).  I debated whether or not to paint the pumpkins a creamy white, but opted to stick with the traditional orange pumpkin this year.

I also found a really cute idea for mice silhouettes (on Martha’s website).  So I downloaded the pattern and cut out several mice silhouettes and placed them around our floorboards.  My husband added one mouse silhouette to the top of the “O”, which to me, completed the entire space! (Go hubby).

So here is my attempt at My Fun Halloween Decor for this 2012 Halloween.  Enjoy!

Square Brand Dresser Makeover

My husband and I were headed to Washburn to get groceries.  Since the grocery store in town closed down we either have to go to Washburn (and buy expensive groceries) or go all the way to Bismarck (and spend $15 in gas for the hour long drive it takes to get there). We opted for the closer of the two this time.  Since we had a few minutes “kid-free” we decided to drive down Main Street.  Good thing we did – we hit the jackpot!  We got a number of goodies (old windows, metal bucket, and an ice auger).  But the deal of the day was this guy ($15) – solid wood (including the drawers and the back panel) and it is in pretty good shape.  There is a label on the back of the dresser (pic below) – and I intend to look up this brand and just find out a little more about this baby.

My $15 Bargain!

Here’s the low down on the dresser.  One of the drawers is a little warped but I’m confident my ever-so-handy husband can fix it.  Also, the bottom drawer has a little chunk missing, but nothing a little wood filler can’t fix.  And there are just a few scratches on the top and a little bubbling of the varnish.  Other than that, this guy is a b e a u t y.

Because I want the top to be pretty smooth, I decided to go ahead and strip the varnish from just the top of the dresser using JASCO Paint & Epoxy Remover. I bought it from the local hardware store (for a pretty penny) and it worked great!  Once I stripped the top I sanded out some of the scratches and just did a once over with sandpaper to smooth out any other dents or dings that were glaring to me.  Underneath all that varnish the wood grain was absolutely beautiful – almost to pretty to paint … Yes, I said “almost” (smile).

Since then, I’ve applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Graphite).  Graphite is like the color of pencil lead – which is pretty (a purple/brown kind of grey).  However, for this project – wasn’t the exact color and finish I was looking for.  So I glazed the surface with a mixture of Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Mineral Oil – just to give it “that look” I am looking for. Tonight I was so excited that I was finally getting a project near completion – applied the Annie Sloan Clear Wax – and must have done something terribly wrong.  It’s a little goopy looking.  I read up on the stuff and I am going to have to wipe down the surface with Mineral Oil tomorrow to get some of the wax off and …. start over on the waxing process.  Bummer, I know.  I believe it gooped up on me because I tried to use a rag to apply the wax instead of the recommended waxing brush.  So sorry but it will be several days before you’ll see the “finished product” – because I need to wait for my waxing brushes to arrive.

I’ve also only painted the dresser itself and not the drawers.  I’m still debating whether or not to do the drawers in a different color – or perhaps stencil something on them, or maybe even leave them brown.  I also intend to paint the insides of the drawers some amazing color to give it a pop of surprise when you open a drawer.

But as of now, the story of this amazing guy will have to be continued……..

The 5Ws

The 5Ws of this blog.

The Who. Me, Kathrine Butler.  Want to find out more about me?  Click on the “About Me” button on the right side of this page.

The What. This blog – currently titled “Bored in North Dakota.” I suspect this title will change in the future – but as of right now, this is what it is.

The When. As often as I need and want to – for as long as I enjoy it.

The Where. Right here from Turtle Lake, North Dakota – population 581 (according to 2010 Census Data).

The Why. Because I love to write. I have a lot of thoughts and ideas.  And, I’m bored.

Lucky you (ha)!