Archive for the ‘holiday decor’ Category
I forgot to include this simple Birch frame I made with all those other “wood” projects!
It would have been wonderful to have some beautifully stylized pics to share but, folks—I’m just happy that I GOT some pics with the pace I was keeping!
Here are my REworked faux Pine Cones+candles…
and actually, the last of all those NATURAL materials projects was that I patiently sugar-crystal’d a LOT of hydrangea and sedum from the garden!
I sold them by the head—but ladies drove me CRAZY with, “Oh, I’ll just do THIS myself! picture-picture. Now, tell me~how did you do this?” ~rolling eyeballs.
Another thing with flowers was this lamp.
A literal TRASH to TREASURE project!
Someone threw out this BROKEN lamp, I took it, I cleaned and fixed it~
then painted it & added moss, holiday flowers, and an elongated silk shade!
Speaking of lighting, I also found this cool jar to “fix up!”
Another thing from “use what you have”. . .
my grandpa’s and dad’s old hand saws! Don’t they kind of look like a Christmas tree shape?
I mounted them and hid the battery pack in a routered out void.
I played with some other METALS, including forging a pair of short-squaty boxes that would look FAB stuffed with poinsettias!
I’ve had these really nice resin crystals forEVER and finally decided to DO something with them! A N D I glittered them!
Here’s me~locked & loaded for that show
~barely room for me!
Well, I’m -back working on- some UNfinished Holiday Show projects.
btw— did I show you my wine cork Reindeer?
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, building green, flea markets, holiday decor, holidays, holidays, holiday decor, lighting, my antique mall space!, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, tagged candles, Holiday Show DIY, Santa tree toppers, stars, trees, wood drink coasters on November 22, 2016 | 5 Comments »
First~I wanted to REvamp the stairs for the show to look more
A n d you can see I used Buffalo Snow Blanket to play up the holiday effect!
So anyway~these are some of my
Holiday Show DIY’s!
My Santas. A few years ago I cut down a vintage yard Santa to create a giant tree topper for the kiddo’s tree—I’ve collected 2 more since to have for sale!
I also made a pair of plaques using parts of that nasty~stinky dresser and vintage graphics! I’m crazy about that craquelure finish!
It seems I became a bit STAR-struck!
I made barn board~narly wood~and stinky dresser wood “plaques” in lieu of, and as a change from the standard wreath!
I made origami vintage sheet music stars, burlap stars, wood lath stars. . .
I made good use of our downed tree making drink coasters and a cool “tray”. . .
I made “candles” and secured them to barn board trays. . .
I made trees—from our fallen Box Elder!
I made holiday banners. . . and hung them on a vintage crib spring I framed with salvaged boards!
I am a wood-girl!
Wanna see more?
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, flea markets, holiday decor, holidays, holidays, holiday decor, humor and inspiration, my antique mall space!, tagged Holiday Show on November 16, 2016 | 5 Comments »
I’ve been working on “Christmas” since about mid October.
There is SO MUCH WORK involved in these shows—and I’m exhausted. No kidding.
3 shows in as many months, plus closing out my Door County antique mall space (it’s a seasonal shop). And once again~ REsetting my regular antique mall space—
which NOW looks like a mini Christmas Show!
I worked on a lot of fun projects and I’m eager to share, but,
I. am. SO. exhausted.
My brain (& body) just need a day off!
And maybe a big glass of wine! ; D
Posted in building green, Craig's list, dressers and beds, holiday decor, holidays, holiday decor, salvage, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged holiday star, instead of a wreath, salvaged material on October 24, 2016 | 2 Comments »
Remember that STINKY-NASTY dresser I got off Craigslist?
The one that an animal peed in~ and has been sitting on the driveway since late June?
And STILL stinks~in part.
Well~ I DEconstructed the WHOLE darn thing –and surprisingly– THAT seemed to help! So I grabbed some of its parts to work into some projects!
The 1st project-
was to rip two parts of the dresser’s side panels that could be paired together, then secured them together using maple door stop material creating a frame.
Afterwhich, I took the whole thing into the house and scrub-brushed it down. I even bleached it too!
It gave the whole piece a great patina! And look at that natural, aged craqueleur.
In lieu of the standard wreath, I’ve created something different!
I went on a Christmas-pinning tangent about 3 years ago and recently went back to look at all the inspiration. This project stood out once AGAIN!
That star was SO much easier to create since learning how to make a perfect pentagon—I made another to use as a template.
~I centered my pentagon, then followed the 5 fold lines outward to mark the exact points to pre-drill for the pegs. THAT EASY!
~I glued and hammered in each peg, and let them set up before wrapping with my ribbons.
These will be going to the Holiday Show!
the 2nd project coming out of the
Stinky-Nasty Craigslist dresser!
Posted in building green, flea markets, holiday decor, holidays, holiday decor, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, tagged 3 French Hens French Country Market, holiday decor, reindeer, wine corks on October 20, 2016 | 3 Comments »
I pinned this fun little project
a few Christmases back~
and I’m still thinking about it!
Com‘on~you’re smiling, right?
There’s nothing complicated here~it really doesn’t need any HOW TO’s. I think it’s fairly obvious and I sure was having some fun!
I’m building a small‘ish herd for the Holiday Show!
Above was early on—below, I’ve been zhooshing them! ; D
~now, I should open another bottle of wine. . .
Posted in flea markets, holiday decor, holidays, holiday decor, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged 3 French Hens French Country Market, Origami Christmas Stars on October 18, 2016 | 4 Comments »
OR holiday decorating.
Let it be perpetual summer, please!
But my 3rd show (in as many months) is the
I spent last week doing essentially nothing trying to rest my back from a pulled muscle. All that rest gave me a chance to form a projects~action plan to work on. And with the help of a supportive back brace, I’m working -slowly- on some stuff again!
This site had the absolute easiest to follow instructions of all I researched~
5 Pointed Origami Star
I didn’t watch the video, I literally needed the step-by-step pictures to keep up with ALL those folds.
◊ There are 2 halves to this project~the 1st is to create the pentagon. I thought it would be more efficient to do ALL 24 papers together, then move on.
◊ I started the whole thing by printing out some vintage sheet music onto card stock paper, cut it all square, then began folding. And folding. And folding.
* That marking pen you see helped me press each fold into a crisp crease.
◊ The 2nd half creates the star! The collage below takes you up to the star “shape.” The final folds define it more and make it more 2-dimensional! Let me add here that this is a WHOLE LOT EASIER with normal paper—I, of course had to make it harder with heavier paper (of course). But I had my reasons.
Now I have 24 Stars!
And now I get to play!
◊ I spent some time SHAPING each of my stars to perfection!
◊ I “opened” each star back up just enough to paint the insides with gold leaf paint.
◊ Lastly, I used an artist brush to paint select front edges with glue, then covered them in crystal glitter! When they were dry, I glittered a part of the back side too!
Some will be used to make a garland,
the rest will be left individual~
I just need to decide on those final details and finishes!