Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rootie Toot Toot

I've been having so much fun with these wreaths.

I just started with a few grapevine wreaths and painted them with "snow". I had so many goodies from the Christmas boxes I purchased at auction. I used vintage candles, ornaments, bead garland, glittered letters and even some Scrabble letters.

As I was working on this one with all the toy ornaments, the words "Rootie Toot Toot" just came to me as "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" was playing in my head. SO-I added the sentiment to this fun project.

Don't you just love when something like that just pops into your head?

What a fun project to get into the spurt of this fun time of year.

You better watch out and you better not cry...

Make some time to craft some fun little projects like this that bring you back to the magic of childhood.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Little Desk Gets Merry

Hello to all of you. As this holiday weekend is winding down, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Here's a little desk that I took to the store yesterday.
I just gave it a coat of the Sherwin Williams Stolen Kiss and painted the existing hardware in espresso brown.

I have always believed that EVERY room needs at least a touch of red. This desk would make a perfect accent for just about any room.

With most people opting for laptops over desktops our needs for really large desks has gone by the wayside. These small pieces make great laptop work areas and this one has a ton of drawers for stashing all that stuff away.

This antique desk lamp looks "just right" sitting on his desk. I'm not really sure why it hasn't been snatched up yet.

Safe travels to all of you that are heading home today. After over a week of snow, we are going to have a few clear days here in Eastern Washington.

I'm linking up to Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday here.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pumpkins Out - Glitter In

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us we can focus on Christmas.

Here's a couple things I've been working on. I wanted to design some fun new stockings this year.

This is what I came up with. Using burlap, a great stencil that you can find here, some super fluffy white chenille, vintage lace, and a little glitter , I came up with these.

Now I don't sew, so I rely heavily on two products--Liquid Stitch and Fabric Tac glue.

I made a pattern out of poster board and cut out my two pieces of burlap.

I used this fun stencil and some cardinal red acrylic paint by Folk Art. With right sides together I "stitched" the pieces together with Liquid Stitch. I let it dry overnight.
I turned the stocking inside out. I added the lace trim layer and then the really fun white chenille top.

I also taped off the bottom of the toe and added the red paint there for fun. A lighter color burlap rosette was added. To accent the rosette I used a bottle cap painted red and make sparkly with some German glass glitter in silver.

For the hanging loop I used the cording for piping. I tied a little red ribbon detail to the loop, just because : )

Here's three of them hanging in the space....Pretty cute...huh?

Here's another craft. I bought these 6 inch letters at Hobby Loblby. I wanted to do a Pottery Barn "knock off" of their NOEL sign. I wasn't sure how I was going to join the letters together.

Here's what I came up with.

I mounted the two bottom letters to a wood plaque (also from Hobby Lobby). I used hot glue for this. Then I realized I need to join the two top letters together and also the top to the bottom.

What to use without another trip to The Big Orange (Home Depot)???? Wood clothespins! perfect little "biscuits". I used the flat side in the back like this..

I was pleasantly surprised to see that it worked!

I painted them red with the SW Stolen Kiss paint left over from some furniture projects.

I added some glitter "dots" randomly. NOTE: These photos don't really show the sparkle of this wonderful glitter, but, trust me, it's amazing in person. Then I "grounded" them a bit with a bundle of twigs and another burlap rosette with the bottle cap glitter detail.

The definitely have a handmade "imperfect" way about them. I love that. You really can't get hung up on perfection to enjoy these kind of projects. There is a certain amount of "letting go". Don't you think?

I LOVE crafting and the last few days have been so much fun. Snow outside and glitter all over the house and me. Now, that's what signals Christmastime for me.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

White Thanksgiving

Hello to all of you. On this Thanksgiving Eve, I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a wonderful holiday filled with gratitude and love.
I have so many things to be thankful for. My oldest son is flying in for a week tomorrow. I cherish every moment with him.

He will be greeted with a lot of WHITE as he flies in from California.

Yes, we are definitely having a White Thanksgiving here in Eastern Washington. It is truly gorgeous. I have been spending the last several days doing what I love--creating and crafting. Being inside and cozy with the snow outside makes my favorite activity even more rewarding.

I want to wish all of you a special day with the ones you love...

I am thankful for all of you that visit my little blog and support me with your comments. Blogging has changed my life in some very positive ways.
Thanksgiving Blessings to all-

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Little Step Shelf

Remember this little primitive step shelf I purchased at auction last weekend?

Well....I got some great ideas from you guys about what to display in it.

A huge shout out to Shari W. for her idea. She collects wine stoppers and thought it would be perfect for that!

It is!

I don't have a big collection of wine stoppers, but decided to make a few new ones. I took these large sand dollars I had in my stash. I gave them a coat of the wonderful German glass glitter in silver and they have their "festive" on, for sure.

I added some little glittered wood letters to spell of "wish" on the bottom.

Now it's in the store and looks great there.

Hope your Monday is going well...countdown to Thanksgiving now.