Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas 2014

Well I started my Christmas decorating early and ended late. We took a trip and I came home in a full blown flare up. I was only able to do a very minimal amount each day. I ended up scaling back my plans considerably. I'm  grateful that I was able to accomplish what I did.The struggle was real folks, I'm late for every holiday link up but better late then never! So here's my living room and dining room dressed up a little for Christmas!


I used my tabletop tree again this year and placed it in a wine crate that I wrapped in the same birch wrapping paper that I used for my dollar store candles makeover. The cute fawn pillow was a H&M Home purchase.



 I bought faux fur from the fabric store with the intention of making fur pillows, nope didn't happen, so I just draped the fabric over the back of my chair and called it a fur throw.


I put my dollar store Christmas house on the floor under my mora clock. I just like the way it looks with the tree and the clock.


Just another view of the sitting area, you can see my sad little paper whites struggling along. I just am not good with growing things indoors.My armoire will be moved to my bedroom someday and a DIY Trumeau will go behind my as yet unfinished settee.


A fast coffee table vignette using bottle brush trees purchased from Target, some trees that I bleached and flocked a couple of years ago, my snowy dollar store village and a thrift store bowl filled with mercury glass ornaments, feathers and a few sprigs of greenery.






 Here's a close up of the wine crate wrapped in the birch paper and my white deer that started out a bright turquoise, it was a pretty color but the glitter was atrocious.  I applied a coat of  gesso to the turquoise glitter and then two coats of antique white paint, a light coat of snowy glitter and I liked it much better.



 I ordered paper script ribbon from Decor Steals, it kind of reminded me of bark so I added it to the tree.It kind of ties in with the birch candles and planter.



I only used birds, nest, ribbon and icicles on the tree. Oh I also added white faux hydrangeas deep in the branches.




This is the vignette that I created on my buffet. I ordered the download for the print from  Dear Lillie and had an engineer print made at Staples. The standing deer started out life the same as the one next to the tree. It got the same makeover.The sitting deer is a new purchase from Target.


A few close ups of the buffet vignette. The ice skates were made last year.


The repainted deer



I set the table using my mom's china, my everyday flatware and chargers that I purchased years ago from the dollar store.


The arrangement is a combination of real and faux greenery placed in a silver thrifted bowl.


  The  candle holders are all thrift store finds and the goblets were bought from the dollar store years ago. The vintage tablecloth was a Goodwill purchase a few years ago. It's tattered and mended in spots but I still love it.


 Thanks for stopping by, I hope everyone has a blessed holiday season. Linking up late at these fun parties.

                                                                     Nesting Place

                                                                    Savvy Southern Style

                                                                   Ivy and Elephants

                                                                  Craftberry Bush

                                                                  French Country Cottage

                                                                 My Romantic Home

                                                                Thrifty Decor Chick

                                                                 

                                       



Monday, December 8, 2014

Quick Dollar Store Candle Makeover

This Christmas I wanted to add a little white birch to my Christmas decor and while I was cruising the aisles at Pier One I spotted this great birch embossed  wrapping paper. Immediately about twenty potential projects popped into mind. I started with wrapping it around my dollar store candles.


I used these dollar store holy candles, you can also find them at the grocery store.


Just measure the height and circumference of the candle, cut your paper to those dimensions and glue or tape the paper around the candle. I used double stick tape.


I sprinkled a little snow glitter around the top edge of the candles. After about ten minutes of crafting I had these pretty faux birch candles. The paper is very sturdy and realistic looking. The roll was only 7.00 bucks and it's 30" x 96".  I have a couple more projects I'm thinking of using it for.


I used these same candles to make  these  a couple of years ago. If you would like to see a few more dollar store projects click here and here, for one more go here. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these fun linkups this week,

                                              Debbiedoo's

                                             Savvy Southern Style

                                            Thoughts From Alice

                                          Ivy and Elephants

                                         Craftberry Bush

                                        My Romantic Home

                                       French Country Cottage


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Snowball and Cotton Boll Wreath

I'm decorating for Christmas earlier than usual this year because we're going out of town for a week the day after Thanksgiving. I'm excited about visiting family and at the same time anxious because it's a whole weeks setback. I'm sharing my first Christmas project now because I'll be away and I don't think I'll be taking my computer.



 This year I'm doing a snowy woodland winter. I thought a snowball wreath would work well with that theme.However  the thought of making tons of pom poms by hand was not appealing to me so I bought two large bags of white pom poms in assorted sizes and glued them to a Styrofoam wreath that I first covered with an old white sheet torn into about one yard strips.


I glued on a few cotton bolls for a little extra texture and because they're pretty and remind me of snow balls.


 I added a little silver glass glitter to the husk of the cotton bolls for a little sparkle.


 I bought the chalkboard print from Dear Lillie to use on my buffet but I thought it made a pretty back drop for my wreath. You'll be seeing more of that later on. Thanks for stopping by. I'll have a few quick and easy projects to share later. I'll be linking up with these ladies this week,

                                        Savvy Southern Style

                                      French Country Cottage

                                     Craftberry Bush

                                    Ivy and Elephants

                                   My Romantic Home

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In Memorium

 Paris our beloved fur baby has departed this earth, She was our little ray of sunshine for twelve wonderful years. Paris had one mission in life and that was to love and be loved. She was the most gentle  and loving dog I've ever known. She displayed no signs of illness and left this earth gently, the very same way she lived.She went to sleep on Thursday evening November 6th and slipped away early Friday morning November 7th. We are crushed and our home has a large hole in it. We are grateful for the 12 wonderful years of unconditional love and joy she bought our family. She is and always will be, deeply missed.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Giant Coasters

Ever since Brandi made these cute coasters  I've been dying to make a few of my own. Now that we have so many wood surfaces I figured I'd better get to it. I went to The Home Depot and bought a few tiles.  I thought the 4x4 tiles were a little dainty so I bought 6x6 tiles. They are HUGE.


I figured if I was going to go through all of the trouble of making coasters with pretty images I didn't want what ever was placed upon them to completely cover up my hard work... ha.I made two different sets. One using wrapping paper that I bought from Marshalls.



The other set was made using images from The Graphics Fairy and images purchased from Etsy.



I antiqued the wrapping paper with walnut ink and tea stain ink to give it the look of aged leather, then I brushed on three coats of poly and glued cork to the backs.



I traced around the tiles and cut out the images a little wider than the tiles, then glued them to the front of the tiles, once the glue dried I trimmed the images to the exact size of the tile. I did the same with the cork.


The dress form image and teapot are from The Graphics Fairy


I purchased the typewriter image, French script background and birds nest from Etsy. First I printed the French script and then I ran it back through the printer and printed the dress form and the other images on top of the French script. After the images were glued to the tiles I inked the edges with a black stamp pad.




 I ran out of cork for the backs so I used some extra rug pad that I had lying around. I just traced around the pad and glued it to the backs of the tile, same as the cork. Now I have cute coasters that are large enough to hold a drink,


Or a large bowl of homemade butternut squash soup,


Thanks to Brandi for the inspiration for these coasters and thanks to all of you who take the time to visit and leave such kind comments. I'll  be linking up with these great ladies this week,

                                                       Savvy Southern Style

                                                      Ivy and Elephants

                                                      French Country Cottage

                                                     My Romantic Home

                                                    Craftberry Bush

                                                    Thoughts From Alice

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Buffet

For some reason it took me all week to finish this vignette. I had a million and one interruptions. I was waiting on pumpkins at first and after the pumpkins appeared in the stores I just kept hitting snags along the way. I almost said forget it, by the time I finish this no one will be interested in fall decor. However I managed to get it done.

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I love it when other bloggers use those beautiful vintage breadboards as backdrops in photos. I don't own any yet but I have a boat load of vintage thrifted silver so I decided to take it out of the cupboards and use it in my vignette.





This year I wanted to use real pumpkins and other natural elements like dried hydrangea from my sad hydrangea crop and dried seed pods from the coneflowers that have long since bloomed. I also used some dried liartis also from the garden. I added in some moss from my stash and cotton boll stems.




I also bought a few tiny pots of ornamental kale and added them to my vintage coffee pot and planted a few in a milk glass pot and added it to my coffee table.


I could only find orange pumpkins so I painted them white using Glass of Milk, a Martha Stewart paint.



I added a few painted pumpkins to my coffee table  along with the ornamental kale.





 I'm still working on my settee redo, I'm hoping to finish it this week. Well thats all for now friends, thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these fun link ups this week,

                                                    Thoughts From Alice

                                                  Stone Gable

                                                 Savvy Southern Style

                                                 Ivy and Elephants

                                                 Craftberry Bush

                                                 French Country Cottage

                                                 My Romantic Home

                                                 The Vintage Storehouse

                                                Thrifty Decor Chick



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