Monday, March 29, 2010

Candle trickery

I bought some new candle sconces at Kirkland's going out of business sale and have been looking for some tall, fat pillar candles.  I was having a hard time finding some that looked bulky enough for the sconces - but were cheap!  I found these at the Dollar Tree, but they were just way too short.

I almost passed them by, then I had an idea - glue them together!  I bought 4 short candles and brought them home.  I got out my hot glue gun and was pretty disappointed when I realized that hot glue does not stick to candles. So, I got out my candle lighter and melted the suckers together!  Then in order to hide the seam I wrapped them with burlap, scrapbook paper and a couple of little brads with "K"s on them.

I'm linking up to the following parties:

Keeping It Simple


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More canvases!

I made a canvas for each of my girls.  The first was done for my youngest with a quote that I found that reminds me of her.  The photo is one of her with her BFF, Kim.  I used Gimp to make the photo comic book style then added a blue cast to the photo.  The quote was cut out from vinyl with my Cricut and the rest is supplies I had on hand. I picked up the metal tape a long time ago at Big Lots and finally found a use for it.  She loves it - and so does Kim!

The other one was done using one of my favorite pictures from my wedding.  It's my older daughter dancing with my dad.  We lost him to lung cancer in 2004, so this picture is very precious.  The quote I used sums life up pretty well, I think.

The flowers were cut on my Cricut from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge that came with my machine.  (Flower 2)

I'm linked up to:

Show and Tell Green

The Shabby Chic Cottage

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Giveaway at No Minimalist Here!

Check out the great giveaway going on here!

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If pretty tags, mercury glass and birds are your thing you will want to take a look.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Artwork with my favorite subjects - my girls!

I got a Cricut for Christmas and have not played with it very much. I was at Michael's the other day and they had artists canvases on sale so a grabbed a variety of sizes along with some wood plaques. This is what I came up with!  Sorry once again for the crappy photography.  Those golden yellow walls drive my camera crazy!

I have been seeing all of the faux mercury glass all over and finally got around to giving that a try too.  It was very easy, but tool several coats to get this look.

Here it is all together,  I still need to put something in the little vases for some height I think.

I'm linking up to:

Keeping It Simple


Sunday, March 14, 2010


Spring is just around the corner! I decided to put winter away and start decorating with spring in mind. I have seen these cute little birds on other blogs so of course I had to go to the Dollar Tree and get some for myself. My original plan was to attempt a faux mercury glass treatment, but I didn't like it. I ended up painting them ivory and using a black antiquing glaze over that. I love the result - they resemble concrete.

I dug out the candle stick I used for my fall table and topped it with a small grapevine wreath and some spanish moss to make a comfy little nest for one of the birds. The largest bird is sitting on a little flower pot I turned upside-down. The flowers are in a glass vase I picked up a while back at a great little shop here where I live. (Olde Homer House for any locals!)

I think it turned out very cute!

I'm linking up to these parties:

Keeping It Simple


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