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With that breakneck pace behind me & SOME much needed rest,

~though only a short time out from all things Christmas~

I am now busy-busy with my annual

DEEP CLEANING

before the holiday decorating begins (yay).

This DEEP CLEANING happens twice a year~ before decorating for Christmas and in later spring for the burgeoning GLORY of SUMMER!
The rest of the year is just a –perfunctory cleaning job.

a DEEP CLEANING for the Holidays

a DEEP CLEANING for the HolidaysWindows to silver are once again sparkling—

wood is gleaming, rugs are switched out,
(although the summer rugs are only rolled up, waiting for shrink wrap and storage)
the vacuum hose finds every nook & cranny and lamp shade, and there’s the purging of lots of “how did this get here?” -STUFF.

Before I start decorating this room though, I  MAY take on 1 or 2 ambitious projects…???

Maybe.  I don’t know yet. Hmmmstay tuned!

Catherine

I need a REWARD!

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just a simple Birch frame!Well first,

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!

pine cones~candles

 

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.

my Holiday Show Flowers

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!

a TRASH to TREASURE project!

Speaking of lighting, I also found this cool jar to “fix up!”

a cool jar to transform!

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.

my grandpa's & dad's old hand saws!

I played with some other METALS, including forging a pair of short-squaty boxes that would look FAB stuffed with poinsettias!

~some metals

I’ve had these really nice resin crystals forEVER and finally decided to DO something with them!  A N D  I glittered them!

REvamping some old resin crystals!

locked & loaded for that last show!

Here’s me~locked & loaded for that show

~barely room for me!

Well, I’m  -back working on-  some UNfinished Holiday Show projects.

Catherine

btw— did I show you my wine cork Reindeer?

my wine cork Reindeer!

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First~I wanted to REvamp the stairs for the show to look more

Christmas’y!

market stairs~and REvision!

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!

Santa tree toppers~Santa plaques

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!

in lieu of the standard wreath

I made origami vintage sheet music stars, burlap stars, wood lath stars. . .

my origami stars~glitter and gold leaf!

my burlap stars!

my wood lath stars!

I made good use of our downed tree making drink coasters and a cool “tray”. . .

wood drink coasters and a "tray"

I made “candles” and secured them to barn board trays. . .

my wood "candles"

I made trees—from our fallen Box Elder!

my wood trees!

I made holiday banners. . . and hung them on a vintage crib spring I framed with salvaged boards!

wood banners!

I am a wood-girl!

; D

Wanna see more?

Catherine

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Holiday "Cheer"… just might be

Worn. Out.

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!

a mini "Christmas" show!

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

Catherine

 

YES please!

YES please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YES please!

YES please!

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Craigslist--Farmer's Dresser $20

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 STINKY-NASTY CL dresser

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!

~in lieu of a standard wreath!

That star was SO much easier to create since learning how to make a perfect pentagonI 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.

~in lieu of a standard wreath!

These will be going to the Holiday Show!

Next up~

the 2nd project coming out of the

Stinky-Nasty Craigslist dresser!

Catherine

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I pinned this fun little project

a few Christmases back~

and I’m still thinking about it!

See why?

Com‘on~you’re smiling, right?

~my cutie little herd!

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

Catherine

~now, I should open another bottle of wine. . .

~my "newly engaged" couple! ; D

~pappa, momma, & little guy!

little guy~

my "carolers!"

my "carolers!"

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3 French Hens French Country MarketThe LAST thing I want to think about is

Christmas.

OR holiday decorating.

Let it be perpetual summer, please!
But my 3rd show (in as many months) is the

3 French Hens French Country Market

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!

1st up~

 This site had the absolute  easiest to follow  instructions of all I researched~

5 Pointed Origami Star
Christmas Decorations

5 pointed origami star front view:

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.

making my Christmas oragami stars

 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.

making my Christmas oragami stars

making my Christmas oragami stars

making my Christmas oragami stars

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!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

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!

Catherine

~so how many does it take to create a garland?

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