Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and Last Minute Decor Projects

Can you believe Christmas is tomorrow and 2011 is like a week away? Wow, this year went by FAST, don't you think?

And speaking of time going by too fast, I still have holiday projects to complete. I don't think I will get them done by tomorrow, but I guess I can start prepping for next Christmas. Hee hee.

About three weeks ago, I bought these cute frosted, glass pine cone ornaments at Goodwill. When I came across them, I immediately imagined them mixed in a glass vase with other ornaments. Then a week later, I came across these silver, plastic pine cone ornaments at the same Goodwill. I liked the glass ones a lot and wasn't sure if I wanted the plastic ones. Then all of a sudden, Ding, ding, ding - light bulb! Can I make them pink? Well, it looked easy to do, but it didn't go as PERFECTLY planned. I primed them before I spray painted them pink. HOWEVER, they turned orange. Not only did they turn orange, they started to bubble and crack. I was sooooo disappointed. I dreaded sanding them down, but decide to give them a quick coat of pink paint. It worked. The orange disappeared, but, of course, the cracklies did not. But hey, I didn't give up. I decided to add glitter glue to the cones petals. That was magic. The glitter glue practically covered up most of the cracklies. yeah!!!! So now they are hanging from my little tree.

At the same time I found the silver, plastic pine cones, I found this adorable pink skirt. The minute I saw it, I knew it was coming home with me. But, wearing it is currently not an option....well, at least for now. I decided it was going to be this year's tree skirt. I've been looking for a tree skirt that would match my tree's decor. I've seen white and silver, white and gold, pink and gold, and more gold-mixed tree skirts. And if I did see a pink tree skirt, it didn't appeal to me. This skirt will do for this Christmas, but I've already imagined next year's skirt. I've drawn it down and plan on making it next month. Yes, next month. As you can see in the pic, Buttercup likes my tree skirt too.

This year I had to find stockings for my boys. I already have stockings for them, but I may have misplaced or tossed them during the move this year. More likely misplaced them; nevertheless, I immediately bought a Star Wars stocking for Lance. As for Tristan, I did hit a roadblock. When I asked him what color and style of stocking he wanted, he said skeletons or zombies. Skeletons-zombies-Christmas, ummm, ok? Anyhoo, I decided that if that's what he wanted, that is what he is going to get. I drew up a design and a pattern on tissue paper. All I need was the fabric. I went to three different fabric stores and found nada. I then decided to go on ebay. Ebay has everything, I know I will find it there. Well, before I could, I found a flannel blanket with skeletons at Big Lots for $3. This stocking is not completely done, it still needs a bell and some buttons, but it'll do for now. When Tristan saw his stocking, I think I heard "awesome, cool, rockin, mama,you're the best" way more than I expected. BTW, Grandma sewed up the stocking. Mama, you're the best, you rock, and I love you!

Well, I best be going. I have yet to wrap up any presents. Yikes!!

Again, Merry Christmas and God Bless!!


I'll be sharing at Cindy's Romantic Home.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A couple of Mini Projects to share

It's been a while since I last blogged. Just when I thought I was done with a project or dilemma, well, let's just say I feel like I'm playing my kid's whack-a-mole game. I hit one mole and another one pops up. But isn't life like a whack-a-mole game?

To start off my blog, I want to say if you own a digital camera, don't forget to download your photos onto your computer or print them asap. Two weeks ago, one of two guilty parties (My niece or Lance) deleted the photo files in my camera. Pictures from Tristan's first day of second grade, Halloween, Lance's birthday, decorating projects etc were deleted. Let me tell you, I cried for days and kicked myself multiple times for not saving them on to my computer. These visual memories were deleted, trashed, wiped out, name it. Sure, I will always have those memories in my head, but it would have been so nice to have them on paper too or even saved on disc. Ho hum.

Well, the last coupule of weeks, I completed a handful of projects, but I'll only show and tell two of them today. I'll also be sharing them on Cindy's Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday.

The first project I'm sharing is a coffee filter wreath. I was inspired by the many blogged filter wreaths (they are so adorable). So I jumped on that wreath wagon. For two days, I enjoyed soaking and drying my coffee filters and glueing and poofing up my wreath.I also added pearl picks to it. This was an easy project. Even a novice craft person can do this.. so give it a try. Tada!

I was thinking pink for my next coffee filter wreath! Can't wait to share that one.

The second project I'm sharing is a wooden jewelry box. My coworker, Cathy, gave this copper painted jewelry box with rhinestone charm on top and four purple fleur-de-lis stenciled on it (Sadly, the pic for this box was deleted). The colors didn't go with my bedroom color scheme, so I decided to give it a paint job. I spent two days working on this box. I sanded the fleur-de-lis off (I don't recommend hand sanding)and painted it pink. I didn't want to prime it because I actually wanted the copper to peak through when I sanded it for that distressed look. I glued rhinestone charms on the drawer handles. Once it was completed on the outside, I decided it wasn't made for jewelry, it was made for silverware. I have one more step to do which is lining the inside with contact paper, felt, or decoupaging it with decorative paper. Until then, here you go.

Here's a sample of the copper paint the box was painted in.

Very girly, don't you think?

I do have two more mini projects and the many flea market/thrift store finds I need to show and tell. Maybe in a couple of days.

Until then..