Monday, December 28, 2009

A snowy day project

I purchased this little set of glass bottles at The Christmas Tree Shop a couple years ago. The have done their time sitting on the kitchen windowsill holding stems of various flowers. I decided it was time to make something better out of it.

I gave them a (much needed) washing, used some heavy gauge wire, burlap and my Cricut (my wonderful hubby bought me for Christmas) and turned that sad little set of jars into this too-cute-for-words photo holder!

It's hard to see in the photo, but there just happened to be 6 jars - and 6 letters in the word "FAMILY". Coincidence? I think not! I'm looking around the house for something to put inside the jars so the letters "pop" a little more - any suggestions? I'm linking up to


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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!



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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My favorite ornament

My Dad passed away in November, 2004. He was the best Dad anyone could ask for and I miss him every day. Besides being a great story teller, he was an accomplished pianist. I have great memories of him playing piano and of his quartet practicing at my house. Last year I found some treble clef ornaments at JoAnns and make one of these for myself, my sister and all 3 of our kids.

Sorry the picture isn't great. I somply found some picture frame charms in the jewelry section of the craft store and added a photo of Dad. I used a jump ring to attach it to the ornament.

I also finally got around to taking down the autumn decorations from the top of my cabinets. I replaced them with some snowy berry garland I had been using on my tree but didn't this year. A couple strands of white lights finishes it off. The enamel ware teapots and scales are always up there. :)

I linked up to Show and Tell and Blue Cricket designs - check it out!
BCD Show and tell

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas centerpiece revamp

I finally got around to decorating the kitchen/dining area over the weekend. I wanted to do something new and more creative than the poinsettas I usually use. I remembered the cupcake stand my hubby had made for my DDs birthday and had him go dig it up from the garage for me. (Thanks hubby!) It was black, so I sprayed it silver. I found the cute green, red and silver balls at Dollar Tree (3/$1) along with the mirrored cone tree that I have been seeing all over blogland. I wanted to carry on the snowy theme I started on the main tree, so I also picked up some epsom salt. I used a glue stick to attach the strip of paper to the edges of the tiers and poured some of the salts in each one. I stole the votive cups from another cande display I have and removed the candles and filled those with epsom salt too. Each cup them got a shiny ornament. I used silver and black paint to attempt the faux mercury glass effect on the mirrored tree. On each side is a candle made by attaching a glass vase to a candle stick - both also from Dollar Tree. I think I'll spray the candle stickes silver too. What do you think?

I'm linking up to:

The DIY Show Off


Saturday, December 5, 2009

The stockings are hung

I had a request for a stocking for a co-worker's new baby niece. She wanted something that she can use every year. I found this pattern (McCalls, I believe) and fell in love! The ruffle at the top and the big bow are perfect for a little girl. I think I will make some more of these - it went together quickly and was fun to make.

The fabric is from JoAnns - I loved the little touch of pink. I linked up the Funky Junk Interiors for the Saturday Night Special - come check out the great projects!

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special