Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mason Jar Crafting for Christmas

When I saw these mini mason jars with pretty green chalkboard lids in the dollar bin at Target I knew I wanted to find a way to use them for Christmas.

So after buying as many as I could get my hands on....13 in total from four different Target stores (yup they sold out fast!!) I decided to use them as gifts for my Christmas guests,which will also serve as their dinner seating place markers.

And the funny thing is, including me....13 is the exact number of people I'll be having for dinner!

So then on to my favorite craft stores....

At Michaels' I bought garland ~

 At A.C. Moore I bought mini ornaments ~

At JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts I bought faux snow ~

and came up with these cuties...

(I glued an ornament to the bottom of the jar and poured in about a half inch of faux snow)

(I picked sprigs off of the wreath and hot glued them to the side of the lid)

(and with chalk....wrote the names of my guests)

On a side note....they also had the jars with black lids and I bought as many of those as I could find as well - they're in my craft stash for another day :)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

An Easter Bonnet Perhaps

I bought this hat at Target on clearance for $3 but didn't care much for the green ribbon 

so I bought a half yard of white rosette ribbon at JoAnn Fabrics and attached it with a glue gun

I just may wear it to Easter dinner with my family 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Everlasting Pumpkins...

I thought what a waste it would be to toss out my white pumpkins so I decided to incorporate them into my Christmas decor...

I painted the little gourd with Annie Sloan's chalk paint in duck egg blue and then applied some glittery snowflake stickers to the large white pumpkin

Yes, this is the same white pumpkin that I decoupaged with an anchor (shown in this post) - I just spun the pumpkin around so it wouldn't be seen

Saturday, October 11, 2014

What is it About White I Wonder...

That makes me happy....

Truly....I smile when I look at that probably explains white I decorate with it so often.

And these two I can NOT get enough of

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Decorating - Coastal Style

I embellished a white pumpkin to fit in with my coastal home decor....isn't she a beauty? The last one I had lasted over 18 months - hoping this one does too.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pinterest Inspired Nails

I love Pinterest and in particular, pinning to my "Nails" board
....which I've been doing a lot of lately....

 These nails (the ring helped!) really grabbed my attention.  So much so that I was inspired to try my hand at painting my own...

 On MY nails I used Essie's "Topless & Barefoot" for the base and "Good as Gold" for the tips

and on these.... I tried out Essie's "Find me an Oasis" for the base and again "Good as Gold" for the tips

So far I've been unsuccessful in determining the polish name of the base color in the original photo but a friend thinks it looks like OPI's "Bubblebath"

What do you think????

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Guest Bedroom

I first blogged about my guest bedroom five years ago....back when my followers were limited to close friends and family and I had no clue how to enhance my photos :)

I thought I'd share a few pictures again for those who may not have seen or recall the original post

Linking this week with Every Room in the House  from A Joyful Cottage

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dining Room in Shades of Grey

I wanted to create a post so that I could participate in Petite Michelle Louise's "Grey Dey Thursdey" link party

Truth be told.... these pictures are of my dining room prior to redecorating and going back a few years as there's not much grey going on in my home at the moment

I no longer have this farm table - I passed it down to my niece

The garden bench has gone through a transformation which you can see here

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things...

I'm sure I've featured these pictures in various prior posts....favorites from around my house...

I'm linking this post to a wonderful blog that is new to me called 
and her weekly feature "Share Your Cup Thursday"

Pretty pink tea cup perched on a plant stand

Faux crystal lamp in my office/craft/reading room

White button, lace and sea shell wreath

If you have a moment grab a cup of your favorite and visit Mrs.'ll be happy you did!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Upcycled Boots

I was browsing the Internet for cowgirl boots (as I do most days in my spare time).... when I came upon these in an Etsy shop called The Look Factory

They were sold so if I wanted a pair they would have to be custom made. I didn't want to wait so I went on a hunt for used white cowgirl boots with the thought of making something similar on my own.

I found these on eBay - very little wear and tear and luckily my size.  Real nice boots (Steve Madden) and it killed me that I'd have to cut them but it had to be done.  (I went on YouTube and watched a couple of tutorials on upcycling boots).

So the first step was to take a pair of scissors and cut the leather right down the back.  I cut them far enough down so that when they were folded over the flaps just reached the top of the heel of the boots.

I put some vice clamps on them for a few hours to set the folded leather and was ready to begin

I sewed cuffs out of FunFur and slipped them over the top - this way the flaps of the boots stay put without having to glue them down.

Then I decorated with old belts, scarves, leather braided roping and feathers. So that I didn't have to use glue (in case I want to changed things up a bit from time to time)....I punched extra holes in the belts so when they were wrapped around twice they could be fastened. I used the boot pulls that are now at the bottom of the boots to tuck in and keep the braiding in place.  The scarf pieces were tied on the sides and the feathers secured into the knots.  

I wore them with a pair of skinny jeans tucked in and a peasant blouse.  I plan to also wear them with a short white gauze sun dress with a cropped jean jacket as well as a long white prairie skirt and an over sized caramel colored cotton sweater with lots of turquoise and silver jewelry.