Sunday, December 30, 2012

render grace...

i want to wish you all a happy new year!-- a fresh new start, a time to reflect.

my outdoor world looks like this today.  it's so bright and pretty, as it covers up the ugly remnants of last summer's drought.   

our christmas time was wonderful--my best gift was spending time with my most favorite people in the whole world:)  here's my christmas table centerpiece, inspired, no, totally copied, from donna at funky junk!

my new years resolution-to render grace each day.  have you picked your resolution?

my 2012 most viewed posts are on my sidebar, in case you missed something.

--thank you for stopping by, and i'll see you next year!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

repurposed christmas family room...

during a trip through my attic, we found a green trunk and old window—here’s what we did with them. 

after adding a new set of rollers to the bottom of the trunk, I painted it white.  it’s perfect in front of the mantle my husband made for me last summer. (this is our tiny family room—I’ve never shown it cuz it's so dark.  I had to really lighten the pics-sorry). 

here’s the trunk after…

and this is the trunk before the paint job…

I put a skinny tree into a small wooden suitcase and sat it on an old piano stool for height.  the topper is a zinc chalkboard sign.

we put 2 hinges on the old window’s top and attached it to a simple shelf. 

here’s a pic with the window lifted up---this shows the basic foundation for the shelf-a very easy project.  another earlier window project is the leaded glass window in the picture.

the zinc numbers-below and the cash register sign—(25 cents-above pic) were found in a local shop.

I used shower curtains (from tj max) for the window, in this room.  they are a wrinkly texture and I love the writing on them.

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sharing with funky junk-12 days, and commonground

thanks for looking and have some holiday fun this weekend!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

a simple feather wreath…

I received an early xmas gift -a pretty grey chair, and it caused some changes and moving things around. 
I brought in one of my rusted iron headboards-(from the garden), and put it on the mantle, to hold my new feather wreath. 

I made the wreath by simply wrapping a feather boa from hobby lobby, around a wood embroidery hoop.  it took all of 2 minutes to finish!

the tree moved to the other side of the fireplace and a small stool was painted white and added to the mix…

added some stoneware…

added greenery and some lights in dining room…

more feather boas on my flocked tree…

for ornaments, i wrapped some old bulbs with rose print fabric, tied them with seam binding, and added stamped tags to them—very easy to do tutorial here.

my husband finished some projects and I’ll try to post them this week.  right now, I’ve gotta start wrapping presents—thanks for looking!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

christmas past…

years ago, I made mohair bears,-most were sold.  and at christmas time, they gathered under the tree.   so, when I came across some old pictures,  I thought I’d show a few today.
sadie, (yes, they all had names), was the first mohair bear I made. she had a christening gown on with a sweater and lace collar.
here’s a pic of one of the trees—I think 1992. funny, I loved pink then, too:)
olive had a mini quilt that I made for her.
brody, was in my son’s room.
mohair was and is expensive, so, my very first bear, hadley, was sewn from plain old sherpa fleece from jo-anns.  I made her a dress and a baby doll to hold.
it’s hard to believe, but, these 4 bears are all from the same pattern.  you get different looks with the fur color and length, the size of eyes and noses, and how you shape the faces.
I have a few in my attic, collecting dust.  hmm, maybe its time to bring them down…
sharing with debra at commonground
thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


it’s hard to capture in pictures, it’s also hard to resist, especially at christmas time.  it comes in all shapes and sizes…
like gems on wings under a cloche…



a soft sparkly star on a wreath…



a bowl of glittery balls…


a cheap plastic crown-(my fav ornament this year)…


a mercury glass candle holder…


and old crystal chandelier, just to name a few…


the older I get, the more I’m drawn to shiny things:)
do you have your christmas decorations done? 
thanks for looking!

sharing with ivy and elephants!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

a second life for an old duvet cover…

this dining chair was moved into my craft room—so comfortable!  I removed the seat and back cushions and recovered them with an old “simply shabby chic” duvet cover.  the cover was reversible with two different prints—the pinks and blue are perfect for the room.


the before chair…


and recently, I was given this old chair and I’m hoping to try slipcovering it after christmas.  love the shape, just not the gold and burgundy corduroy!


I don’t think I shared this project yet.  to change up the look of this plain white bookcase, I stapled burlap to the back and randomly covered the burlap with book pages.  (I used tacky glue to attach the book pages to the burlap)


and on the bottom shelf, I used iron-on material to transfer a free graphics fairy image.  


we are going to the “christmas at the zoo” in indy this weekend.  the weather is going to be in the 60’s—yay!   last time we went it was in the 30’s---we froze!  hope you have a great weekend!

sharing with debra at commonground
thanks for looking!

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

tags, bags and a sign...

yesterday, i  spent time in my craft room making this year's xmas gift tags.  the tags were cut from  my die cutter and the cute "vintage finds and crown" stamps are from older papertrey ink sets here and here.  

   and gift card holders are simply a small kraft bag.   the "wish" tag was made for a birthday gift.

the sign was made with simple stories paper subway art and has a tim holtz dress form die with one of my metal tags that says "secret".

have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, November 9, 2012


it's been a long week and i'm so glad the weekend is here!  

today, i have an old metal crown and chandelier, that were brightened with paint and re-purposed.  both started out a rusty brown color and were found at hobby lobby.

 the crown was removed from a wooden picture frame and added to my chalkboard.

and the chandelier was hung inside a $4 garage sale picture frame. 

i saw a saying on pinterest--"SOMETHING WONDERFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN"...
i think it's my new favorite and i need it cut in vinyl for my wall:) 

thanks for looking and wishing you something wonderful this weekend!
sharing with debra over at commonground:)

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

the beginnings of a pink christmas...

hi everyone,-I always rush christmas.  this year is no different:) 

  this mantel was a headboard last christmas, but, now is a working fireplace.  it has white lights, ivy, and roses on it-simple, bright and cheerful, which is what I like during the dark wintery days.

I shopped my house, and gathered some of my favorite things—

and I painted these frames white.

a crown candle holder-(hobby lobby), became a tree topper.

my chandy got a new coat of paint,

and it brightens a dark corner. the enamel pot was found at a garage sale last summer.

the tree has the cd clock faces that I made,-isn’t the crown key adorable?

and I poured pink paint into some old clear glass bulbs for more color.  there are tiny crowns, bits of tulle tied to the light strands, and lace pieces were for the garland.

some random ornaments--some are just my everyday decorations.

that’s all for now, is it looking a lot like christmas where you are?
thanks for looking:)