Monday, June 18, 2018

Vintage Pyrex Collectible Bowls and Patterns Guide or Library

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Vintage Pyrex Collectible Bowls and Patterns Guide or Library. Pyrex has been a long time collectible for many people. Many are either on the hunt for these pieces to resell them, or some are collectors who are adding to their collections too. 

I myself like looking at the collectible pieces of pyrex bowls, I have sold some myself, and I own a few pieces of these treasures too. Not as many as I would like to, but it's enough to have for show around in the kitchen. 

This is a picture of the Colonial Mist patterned Pyrex bowl. I use to have a set of these, and at some point decided to downsize. So, I sold them. Of course I regret it now, but I will add to my collection again at some point. 

This is a picture of the Pyrex Cinderella bowl set that I do have. Very very happy with them as the coloring is great with all of them. The insides are a very shiny white milk glass coloring that look much like new yet, or show very little signs of use. 

Over the years Pyrex has made many different patterns, and had different colors with each piece that they made and distributed. There are many patterns and colors to learn with the names given to them. Along with the names you kind of like to know the years that they came out too. For information like this you can buy collectors books to have on hand that you can look things up. Another way to look for some of the information is to research online like many of us do. I would like to share a few links with you that I am aware of. With these places you can find pictures with the pattern, the name, the year for them, and when you click on some of the pictures it will open to a new page describing that particular piece to you. Again, telling you the bowl print name, the year of its distribution, and some may offer an idea of its value as well. 

Pyrex Pattern Reference

Pattern Library Pyrex

Pyrex Vintage Pattern Guide

So, if you're looking for a little bit of help with identifying a piece, maybe want to know a little bit more, or if you want to expand with some of your knowledge check on those links I have listed for you. No, I get no kind of a commission with you clicking, and it is not an affiliate link either. I just enjoy helping where I can, and sharing with others who have some of the same interests. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again soon. Till the next time...Toodles!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Treasures Await, Old, Vintage, Repurposed, DIY, Plate Stand, Dish Stand

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Treasures Await! Old, Vintage, Repurposed, DIY, Restyled Plate Stand, Dish Stand, Glass Stand, Vintage Inspired. In this posting I am sharing a few pieces that I had made from vintage plates, decorative plates, candle holders, and a compote candy dish. As you can see I used different sized plates for these stands shown. Most of them were glass while one I did use a dinner plate for the stand. 

Generally when you think of these stands you thought of them standing upright which is the normal shown way for them. Time to be a little more creative with these pieces, and believe me I had fun when I was displaying these pieces for pictures. I enjoyed showing, and giving ideas of how to use these plate stands I made for your homes. I tried to show how the pieces could be versatile for different uses. They could be used for serving, used as decor in the home, maybe used for a little organizing of things, and etc. Use them in the living room, in the kitchen, in your bathroom, or in your bedrooms too. 

Not only were these a plate stand, but they could be used with candles and some embellishments. Use them in the kitchen with some dish soap, dish rag, scrubbing pad, etc. Use in the bathroom with some rolled cloths, jewelry holder, bathroom accessories, and so forth. 

Common use was to have them standing as a serving plate stand, but since I used different items for the bases I liked to show how they could be flipped over for different uses too. With some of the plates I had used some goblets. One plate had a blue glass goblet I used. When it stood straight up I liked to put a flicker candle under the goblet, and added some flowers. If it was a holiday season I would decorate with that theme too. 

I sold a few of these pieces over at Etsy which is where I am working on getting some things listed there. Remember, I am in the process of buying a home and moving. So, I have to watch how much I am doing until we get fully moved. Earlier tonight I was working with all my policies, introductions, etc. Doing a lot of updating with things. Anyway, once we get fully settled I have thought about making up some of the plate stands again too. Would be great to have some for the upcoming holidays, given as gifts, and so on.     

                                  Clear Glass Cupcake Stand Dessert Plate Center Piece

Some pictures combined that show a few different uses for this particular plate stand that was made.

Avocado Green Relish Tray Dish Glass Stand Vintage Inspired

This avocado green relish dish stand looked like new when put together. I am selective with the pieces that I partner to make these stands. Many times they look pretty much new, and bought from the store. Something I took pride in doing. 

Cake Cupcake Stand Blue Glass Vintage Inspired

It took a little while before this plate stand came together. This happen to be an extra plate that came from a dish set. When I found the blue glass candy might have been the base of a fairy light that was missing the top to it too...I just knew before I got it home what I wanted to do with it. My biggest issue was to confirm that the colors in the blue glass would work with the blues in the rim of the dish. They were a match, and I got this together as soon as I could too. 

When I put these pieces together I took my time matching them. I make sure the pieces are clean, and dry. Then, I spend the time marking/noting where the pieces will connect. Once they are connected I use the right things for pressure to make sure they stay connected. Check on them periodically to make sure the glue did not shift pieces, and off center them. Once I was comfortable with the pieces settling the right way then they would sit to dry. This part I never rushed, and I was content when I placed them for sale knowing they had bonded properly, and would make the new owner of them happy. 

Yes, I get excited with some things. There is so much out there that we can use to be creative with. Many things that can be made/created. Part of a piece to a set, a lonely vintage piece that needs a new life, sometimes painting can help a piece along too. I like how there are no rules to do this. What you create can work for you, or maybe someone else too. It might be a copy, or mimic something else made. But, it is still a unique piece because of how you made it, what was all used to make it, etc. 

Ok, I better slow my jets or I'll be carrying on, and bore some of you. Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams everyone! I enjoy your visits, and hope to see you dropping by again. Take care till the next time everyone. Toodles.....


Monday, June 4, 2018

Repurpose Restyle Refresh DIY Picture Frames

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Repurpose Restyle Refresh DIY Farmhouse Picture Frames. Now, this is a project that you can have fun with, be creative, and depending what you all do the cost is low with it too. Cost might be low, but it can also give that wow effect when others see it in your home too. 

So many things you can do with picture frames, and I am sharing just a few ideas with you. Keep in mind there is so much more that you can with them. You can use some old frames you have sitting around. They don't always have to match for some of your projects you create. Find picture frames in thrift stores, garage sales, craft stores, and don't forget to look at your Dollar Tree stores too. Depending on the creation you are making you can leave the frames as is, maybe paint them, cover them in paper, glue them, nail them together, and you got the idea. Many home decor ideas for around the home, for any room in the home, maybe given as a gift to someone too. 

                                         DO IT YOURSELF TIERED TRAYS

                                               From:        What Treasures Await

                                       REPURPOSED FARMHOUSE FRAMES

                                            From:      Raggedy Bits    

                                                       REPURPOSED FRAMES


There is sooo much more out there to see with how picture frames are used. If you would like to get more ideas I would google repurposed picture frames, and I would also check out pinterest too. 

This is one project I have supplies at home to work with, I know what my first project is going to be, the weather has been great! Unfortunately, I have to put things on hold for a couple of months. I am disappointed because I had plans for some creations, but I am also excited and staying busy too. My husband got a new job. He drives truck, and his new boss is about 2 1/2 hrs from where we live. Which is fine, but we have been talking about a move for a while, and things have been happening that we will be moving soon. House we are buying will be available then. Soooo, instead of having fun with crafting, repurposing, thrift store shopping, garage sales, and etc. I am packing, and hopefully downsizing a few things as I go along with this. Area will be different. I've scoped a little bit of it out, found some thrift stores, dollar tree, and the city is about an hour away with a Goodwill Outlet store, and I am sure other things to get into as well. This should be a good change, and definitely better for me to work on projects, my site, and to get going online more like I have been planning on. 

Till then I intend to keep coming to my site here, and posting different things for you all to visit, view, and read. I will also stick a note in here, and there about how we are progressing with our move, and when I will be shut down for a bit for the move, and to get things all hooked up again. 

Thank you as always for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Hope you enjoyed the visit, and I hope to see you again soon. Till the next time....Toodles!


Monday, May 28, 2018

Repurpose Handmade DIY Garden Glass Art

 Hello, and Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Repurposed Handmade DIY Garden Glass Art. Last week I had covered kind of crafting with lamps into solar yard lights. This week I'm going to show you a few more things that are so creative, and so cute as well. For those who are looking for ideas to add to their gardens, or outside decorating I hope this helps you a little bit. Best of all I hope it helps many get their creative ideas working to create the next thing you are looking for. 

For the items that I will be sharing below in just a bit the materials used were used pieces that could be found from your own home, from thrift stores, garage sales, and etc. Some pieces used are maybe some vintage collectibles you have that might have some minor damage that you wish to use for the outside too. The glues that you use you need to make sure that it is workable for outside. You might have to also prepare some of the pieces just a little bit to better assist in the glue bonding, and holding too. 

                                                                Ironing Board Lady


Take a closer look at the picture, and visit the link this originated from (click the picture title). Is this not adorable? How cute, and how creative too!

                                                               Glass Bird Feeder


This is something that is also adorable to make. This piece shows all glass being used which is great. But, there is so much more that we can think about, and consider too. For instance using maybe a saucer, and the cup with it. Another idea could be done with a tea pot too. The possibilities are endless when you are creating. 


Here again you are shown a glass bird bath that is made from different pieces of glass that has been put together to make this adorable piece. They used green glass with everything. I see a glass bowl, 2 glass vases, and at the bottom a glass plate. I have also seen bird baths made with table lamps. Remove all the hardware, paint it, some were glass bases, and then add a glass bowl to the top of that. Interesting ideas don't you think?

This beautiful adorable glass garden art piece does come from Etsy, but looks like it has sold that it is not fully available. I love these pieces myself. You can put different glass plates together to make the different layers of the flower. The center you can be creative with by using a round piece of glass, or whatever material you find to work. Some of these are set in pictures holders for show, and some are attached to different kinds of poles/stands to sit outside for decoration too.

One of the best places for you to look to get more ideas of what others have created is to visit with Pinterest. That is a very big place, with many many things that others enjoy sharing their finds on the internet too. 

Thanks so much for visiting LilacsNDreams, and I hope to see you again soon. Always free to leave a comment, and share things with everyone here that visits. Take care, and have a happy holiday! Be safe everyone!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Repurpose DIY Restyle Solar Yard Lamps

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Repurposed DIY Restyled Upcycled Solar Yard Lamps. Now, I've mentioned it before how I really adore different projects with repurpose, DIY, restyle, upcycle, reuse, and etc. I like to find pieces of all kinds that I feel I can work with. Some of them can just get a little cleaning, and they are good to go. Some need some minor work with maybe some gluing, painting, replacing things, etc. Maybe it's with glass, wood, furniture, and sometimes vintage collectibles too. That's what makes it so much fun because it could be anything really. Something for you, for your home, for a friend/family, and maybe it's something to resell too. 

One item I am going to share is using a table lamp that is constructed into a solar yard lamp. This is something I have wanted to do for a while myself. Either I can't find what I think will work for me, maybe I only find 1 when I would like to have 2 matching lamps, I'm being too picky, or I guess I'll know it when I see it, right?

For this particular project I had read about using 2 matching table lamps. Just something you can find at a garage sale, thrift store, something someone is throwing out, etc. Once you find what you are looking for you need to remove all of the electrical from the lamp, the cord, etc. Once you have done that you want to clean them up good. Then, you will want to paint them. While that's drying unless you have some on hand you will want to get some solar lights you can use. In the light socket portion of the lamp is where you will put the solar light into. Consider using some glue to hold them in place a little more securely. 

This is your finished project. It isn't going to take real long to do this one. Depends on what you would all like done for any extras. Wouldn't these look great sitting outside on each side of the door, maybe on each side of the porch staircase, and the possibilities are endless. 

Below is a before, and after picture of what I have described to you. I feel horrid because I cannot find in my notes where I found it from to give the proper credit due. I am thinking it was something from pinterest, but I can not be completely sure of that. I apologize for that, and I mean no disrespect in doing this. 

Isn't that a really neat idea to do with a used lamp? I think it is, and I am excited to get this project completed with all the nice weather we are having now too. 

I hope you enjoyed your visit today. Maybe you learned something, or better yet maybe it gave you some ideas to work with on some projects too. I would be happy to hear from you, and have you share with us here. I love seeing creations of others. 

Thank you for visiting with LilacsNDreams! See you again soon. Toodles......


Monday, May 14, 2018

Repurpose Upcycle Handmade DIY Drawers

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Repurpose Upcycle Handmade DIY is something I have really grown fond of over time. I enjoy the uniqueness, creativity, no rules, and the things that people create. Many times pieces are used that are salvagable, that were going to be thrown, things that are useless to one person but can be born again with someone elses imagination. Some pieces are combined to create what is being visioned, sometimes they are painted, glued, and the possibilities are endless of what you can do. The item I will be discussing with you today is going to be Drawers.

LOL! Yes, you are reading it correctly Drawers....can be used from an old dresser, maybe an old desk, even smaller ones from like a sewing machine, and etc can be used. There is quite a list of things that can be done with Drawers. Once you see a few possibilities your mind may wander into some other creative ideas, and I hope it does. Something you can use, something you can make to sell, a gift for someone, and better yet is the fun you can having doing this too. 

With drawers you can make small cabinets with them that either hang or can be stood, attach a rod to it with some shelves and it could be used in the bathroom maybe, attach and stack some drawers to make a floor shelf, use the draw fronts only with knobs for hanging, use a small portion of drawer fronts to make small shelves/flower like boxes, and I think you're getting the picture of the possibilities that you can do. 

                                     Plastic Wrap Station 

Organizing the Bathroom

Display Books

Decorate Your Walls

Hang Up Jackets or Whatever

Store Your Dishes


                                                                 Build a Book Shelf

Above you will see a few pictures along with the web address that they are from. Please bare with me as I try to make sure I am giving the correct acknowledgement for all the pics being shared here. I got all of them from the same blog at,-so-she-took-out-all-the-drawers!-who-knew-they-could-be-used-for-this-! Visit with them over there to view these pictures, and a few more that were shared for ideas too.

I hope you are able to get the idea of what is being shared today. I also hope that maybe it will help some of those creative juices stir a little bit, and help you with a project you are not quite sure about. I sooo enjoy this myself, and I am happy to share along with all of you. Would love to hear more ideas too. Please share if you would like. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and I hope to see y'all again soon. Take care. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Repurpose, Upcycle, Handmade, DIY, Vintage Collectibles

Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Repurpose, Upcycle, Restore, Handmade, DIY, Vintage Collectibles, and many many more words I could use that we can all relate to in one way, or another for our interests. I love to Junk, Thrift Stores, Garage Sales, Flea Markets, Curb side pick up, Dumpster diving once in a great while, and wherever a treasure can be found. Sometimes it's in front of you in a store, and sometimes you have to do a little digging for it too. That is all within the fun of the hunt. 

I Love painted furniture, wood, etc! If it's junk, cheap pine, damaged is where the joy of restoring, or repurposing is done instead of throwing it away. It's something that can be treasured by you. If you happen to get a piece that is already beautiful keep it and treasure it, or sell it so someone else that can enjoy it the same way. 

Now, when you find some of the pieces that you are going to keep for yourself, or maybe resell them you have some decisions to make. Did you happen to find a valuable antique? I am no expert myself, and the best thing to do is a little research before you decide what you will be doing. Some of your pieces will lose value if the original finish is not preserved. Wood grain, some aged patina, warm wood tones, and sometimes pieces are in great condition that they just need a little cleaning. Nothing else. Ok, so again is it a valuable antique, is the wood in good condition, will painting improve the value, and will painting make the piece more beautiful, or desirable for resale? Just a few questions to consider, and ask yourself when you are deciding whether or not to paint.

Is the wood in good condition? A lot of your pieces found can be in fair condition to poor, or very poor condition. Sometimes you'll see pieces of veneer missing maybe extremely scuffed finish, scratched, worn, etc. With these kind of cases painting would probably be a great option. Also, some pieces may just need a good cleaning with a bit of a restore of a finish to make it shine again. Many pieces can look fabulous painted, and sometimes the original finish is the best too. These are decisions that you will have to make. 

I, myself, like a mix of painting, and natural wood within each room of a home. Doing a mix like this can add some interest with the wood tones, provide some warmth, and adds a little depth to a natural or a white room too. 

It's like an art deciding whether the wood is beautiful, or not. This would be a personal decision on your part. What I may consider beautiful others might not like. Remember that sometimes just a simple cleaning can be good enough to bring an item to life too. 

Some pieces are really stunning in person, they are in amazing condition inside and out. You might feel that painting it would diminish the value, and of course the beauty too. Again, how the item is beautified is entirely subjective. Many pieces can be either way really. It truly can be a tough call when restoring, repurposing, upcycling, and so on. If it's for my own personal use I would consider what would look best with the space it is to be used in. Now, if you intend to sell a piece you need to consider if painting will make it easier to sell. Most of the finds we come across need some kind of help to live again, and I am willing to revive it too! 

These are just a few thoughts I am sharing with you about painting versus a no paint decision. It can be a tough call. So, what do you think?

I shared a few thoughts pertaining to painting of items. There is sooo much more that can be discussed when we get into this area of repurposing, restoring, restyling, handmade, diy, and all of the above. It excites me as it does many others. Unfortunately, I cannot cover everything all at once. I hope to cover a little bit of this, little bit of that, and am willing to have you offer some ideas too. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and don't be afraid to leave a comment if you feel like doing so. All are welcome. I just ask that everyone plays nice, and enjoy sharing things with each other please.