Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Favorite Furniture Projects 2011

  I thought it would be fun to put my  favorite furniture re dos of 2011 in one post. My first favorite is the painted ottoman it's still getting hits everyday. I was really nervous about this but it turned out great.


Number two is the reupholstered settee, a thrift store purchase.


The bench redo


My favorite chair redo,

  Here's a shot of my favorites all together,

 More coming  in 2012.  I'll be joining these great parties,
                                                     Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
                                                    Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Friday
                                                    My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday                                       
                                                    Its Overflowing With Creativity
                                                    Ivy and Elephants for Whats it Wednesday 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

I  want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  Lots of love and happiness to you all.

                                           Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

An Ottoman Vignette

I decided to add another little vignette. We use our ottoman as a coffee table so I thought it would be nice to add a small vignette there. I kept it simple by adding three milk glass vases.  I added boxwood clippings from my yard to one,  silver balls to another, to the third I made sort of a paper bouquet using vintage doilies and vintage sheet music. It's a fun little vignette. 

Can you believe Christmas is next Sunday? I'm joining these great parties.

                                                      Savvy Southern Style for WOW
                                                       Ivy and Elephants for Whats it Wednesday
                                                       My Romantic Home for Show And Tell Friday
                                                        Between Naps On The Porch for Met Monday
                                                         Space 46 for the Pinteresting Party

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Substitute Mantle

I decorated my newly finished buffet for the Magazine Copy Cat Christmas Challenge. I liked it a lot but it wasn't exactly what I wanted for the season...so I did  another arrangement. I made two arrangements using clippings of boxwood and pine from my yard mixed with some faux greenery. I added twigs also from the yard and added pine cones and silver balls. I made a candle scape on a silver tray in the center. The arrangement anchors my giant wreath lol. I'm giving you a tiny peek of my buffet, but not to much because I'll be revealing it later.  Here are some shots of my new arrangement on my buffet aka my substitute mantle.

              I'll be joining these great parties,
                  Shabby Art Boutique for The Christmas Inspiration Party.
                 Funky Junk Interiors for SNS
                 The Nester for The Christmas Tour of Homes


Oh Christmas Tree

I finally finished my tree. I didn't  do a lot of extra frills and flourishes this year, but I did keep my color scheme from last year. I really love my tree in silver white and crystal. I have a 7 foot slim tree. It's really hard to get a full picture of the tree with a point and shoot but I did my best. Here's the tree:

Here are some close ups of the ornaments:

I'm joining these parties,

                                       Thrifty Decor Chick for the Christmas Tree Party
                                       Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
                                       My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Paper Wreath

I showed you a little of this wreath in the  Magazine Copy Cat Challenge. I promised to do a post about it so here goes. First let me say that the lighting was terrible  annnnd the wreath fell off the wall while I was shooting the pics. I used one of those sticky hooks and followed the directions to the letter, I dont know what happened. So my poor wreath is a little bent  LOL.  Here is a full picture of my slightly banged up wreath.

I made this wreath using white construction paper. I love the ones made from book pages and music sheets, but I got the idea that a solid color white one would be pretty. I also got the idea to put a mirror in the center, sort of a wreath sunburst mirror hybrid lol, the mirror adds a little sparkle. So heres what I did. I bought a pack of 9x12 white construction paper, I folded each sheet in half length wise and tore it in half, then I tore each half in half, so that I got 4 pieces from each sheet. I used 25 full sheets and after tearing them in four pieces I ended up with 100 pieces of paper. I rolled each one into a cone...whew! all things considered it went pretty fast. I used a  thick Styrofoam wreath, I don't recomend this. I think its much better to use a flat surface, like a cardboard circle, I used the Styrofoam because I was adding the mirror and I thought the wreath form would add stability. Here is a progress shot. It shows the wreath form and the paint sticks that I glued to the wreath. I added the sticks because the mirror is smaller than the wreath opening and they provided a surface to glue the mirror to.

It wasn't until after I put the wreath together that I decided it needed a little bling, so I added silver glass glitter to the tips of the cones. I swirled the cones and made some stick out further than others.

 I added paper lace around the edges of the wreath to hide where the cones met the mirror. Barring any major disasters I'll have pictures of my full vignette soon.

Joining these great parties
                             A Blondes DIY Life for Come Party With A Blonde
                            The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

                           Between Naps on The Porch fot Met Monday

                          Centsational Girl for Holidy Crafts

                     Bunny Jeans Decor and More for The Bunny Hop
Ivy and Elephants for Whats it Wednesday
         My Romantic Home For Show and Tell Friday

        The Product Queen for the Holiday Linky Party

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winter Wonderland

I'm slowly getting the house decorated for Christmas. I had a few days setback  because I wasn't feeling well. Thankfully I'm much better now and hopefully I'll get it all done by the weekend. Today I want to share the side table vignette that I did for the living room. I'm trying to keep it simple and my color scheme is silver and white. I may add a little turquoise to the mix but I 'm not firm on that yet. Here's my little side table vignette.

I'll be sharing more soon.  I'm really enjoying all of the beautiful holiday decor around blog land.

I'll be joining these great parties

                                          Courtney at French Country Cottage  for Holiday Vignettes
                                         Between Naps on The Porch for Met Monday
                                         My Romatic Home for Show aand Tell Friday
                                      It's Overflowing for Christmas Scapes
                                      The Product Queen for The Holiday Linky Party    

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Mantle/Buffet

It's time for Christmas Blog parties galore, and the first stop is my favorite, Debbie Doos Blogging and Blabbing Magazine Copy Cat Challenge. I flipped over the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas 2011 issue. It is packed with beautiful ideas and features several of our favorite bloggers. I was looking for an idea to copy and was fortunate enough to find a picture loaded with things that I had on hand...yippee! I dont have a mantle but I do have a buffet that I talked about here. I didn't get it done in time for Thanksgiving but I did finish it in time for Christmas. I'll share the full reveal on that later, but right now it's all about Christmas. Here is the picture I tried to copy:

I saw this and thought it was great way to put some of my milk glass collection to good use. So here is my take:

As you can see I also made a  wreath that I will have a post and a full reveal on later.  I placed a vintage runner on top of the buffet because the mantle is white in the photo and because I didn't want to reveal the buffet just yet, sneaky huh?  Here are a few more shots of my copy cat.

As usual this was a fun Challenge, I cant wat to see what everyone is doing for Christmas this year, I'm joining  These fun parties this week,

                               Debbie Doos Blogging and Blabbing Christmas Magazine Copy Cat Challenge

                               My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

                               Ivy and Elephants for Whats it Wednesday

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dollar Store Ornaments The Remix

Christmas crafting and fluffing has started around the old homestead. I'm trying to keep it simple and thrifty this year. Every year I try to add  a few new ornaments. Last year it was all dollar store and this year I'm making a few and altering a few dollar store ornaments. I bought three ornaments from the dollar tree and did a quick makeover. I started with this swirly ornament... pretty but very plastic looking. 

I liked the shape but I wanted to add a little something extra so I tried three different looks.

I simply painted on white glue and dusted it with white flocking powder mica flakes and clear glitter. I added silver glass glitter to the tip.

For this one I mixed flocking powder clear glass glitter and silver glass glitter. I added a little dove on a bed of snow and a little  vintage hymnal paper.

I added clear glass glitter and mica flakes to this one and silver glass glitter to the tips. I bleached a tub full of bottle brush tress and added one of the minis to the center. I flocked the tree with snow that is sold for trains scenes and sprinkled it with clear glass glitter and mica flakes.

It was a quick and thrifty up grade,I only purchased the three new ornaments for a total of three dollars. Everything else was in my craft stash.  I'm making a few more ornaments, I'll share those later.

How's your Christmas  crafting coming along? I'll be joining these great parties this week:

                      Betwwen Naps On The Porch for Met Monday
                      The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
                      Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
                     Ivy and Elephants for Whats it Wednesday
                      Centsational Girl for The Holiday Crafts Party

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May your day  be filled with love, laughter and good food. May we all be grateful for the many blessings bestowed upon us. Among my many blessings I'm grateful to all of you who take the time to stop by, drop me a line, encourage and inspire me. Have a great day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Blogging a Year in Review and Thank You

 It's my one year blogging anniversary, I can't believe its been a whole year. I've met so many wonderful bloggers and learned so many great tips and techniques. Overall its been a positive experience and the few negatives are too minor to mention. I'm still amazed that over 300 talented and kind people follow my blog. Each one of you are worth more than a million to me.  I've been through loss and illness with the support of my blog friends and you've been a blessing to me.  I am eternally grateful to all of you who take the time out of your busy day to read this little ole blog. I thank you all for your kindness, your encouragement and support. You've all become a major part of my daily life. For all of you, old and new friends  I thought it might be fun to recap a few of my favorite projects. Number one is my first time at attempting upholstery, my thrift store settee redo.

I've since learned to take a better picture lol. My next favorite is my  painted ottoman,

The  bench redo

Pottery Barn knock off  Hurricanes

The decoupaged Table,

                                                                                                                                                                  Living Room updates          

French Bee Tray

Painted Suitcases

And my favorite blog party challenge  from  Debbie Doos Blogging and Blabbing Copy Cat challenge

The altered globe              

The newest favorite is the chair redo

This shows  my chair and a few of my favorite projects in one shot. Thanks for taking this little stroll down memory lane with me. I hope to have lots of good things to share in the future and I''ll continue to look forward to reading and learning so much from all of you talented  and wonderful friends. Thanks again for the inspiration, encouragement, laughs, and just plain fun.  Its been a wonderful year. I'll be joining these great parties,

                                  My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
                                  Bunny Jeans Decor and More for the Bunny Hop
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