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Burlap Holiday Tree

Burlap Holiday Tree

This Christmas, I decided to to forgo a traditional Christmas tree now that the children are older. They have lost interest in decorating a tree so I thought I would decorate in a different way. I even sold our fake reusable tree. It was a little too big for our living room and this would be year two of it not being used and taking up much needed storage space in the garage. It was time to let it go and be of use to another family.

Quickly, I went into “use what I have” mode and came up with this beauty!

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It evolved effortlessly from what I had in my craft stash.

I attached some Christmas lights along three lampshade rims that I slipped on a metal rod and secured in place with rubber washers.

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The rod is threaded on one end so I screwed it into a scrap piece of wood and topped it with a picture frame for the base.

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Then I began draping the burlap tirm and securing the tucks and folds with clothespins, my new favorite thing.

 

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Used pine cones for a tree topper,  securing them around the rod with a fabric remnant.

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I so adore all the little pockets and folds that I stuffed with tree branches and paper packaging materials.

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Every angle is unique and interesting.

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Here is an upshot from underneath. The paper adds volume and additional texture.

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Added a little trim and a few ornments. Done!

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And there you have it, a burlap holiday tree. I love, love, love it, especially because, with the exception of the tree branches, I made it from what I already had along with some remnant items I had laying around. I went to a Christmas tree lot and picked up a large bunch of clippings.
 

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Although I’m in love with my holiday tree, I realize it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me!  

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I decided to get a jump start on the table setting by doing it the night before. I wanted it to be a forethought instead of an afterthought. which usually happens when I get caught up in the meal preparation frenzy.

I used a blanket for  a table cloth. I’ve seen others do it and fell in love with the look. I like when part of the table is exposed.

Then I grabbed whatever I had and worked from there. When I ran out of these little mini wreaths

I continued the look with these mini pine cones.

I didn’t have a complete set of wine glasses so I pulled  these monogrammed glasses out of hiding.

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I think they will take our beverage of choice, sparkling cider, up a notch.

A small flower arrangement, and that’s it!

Nothing fancy. I like to think of it as basic casual elegance. That’s me.

Ready for a Thanksgiving dinner lunch since No. 1 son has to be at  work  for 4:(  If everything goes as planned  though, we will be sitting down at 2 pm.  But early is a good thing because you have the rest of the day to recuperate relax.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Belated Holiday Greetings!

Belated Holiday Greetings!

Post holiday greetings! I hope that you had a blessed holiday and are looking forward to the New Year. Although I adore this time of year, the holidays always seems to get the better of me. Even though my children are older, 22 and 12, and Christmas this year was very simple, I still found myself turning into the energizer bunny running on E. However, the many hours of preparation and endless tasks are a small price to pay for the joy and love floating in the air.  And the beautiful lights and decorations everywhere make my heart sing!

Speaking of decorations, I did manage to almost finish my vintage ornament wreath at the 11th hour on Christmas Eve. It was my Christmas gift to myself.  And here it is:

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I love it!  Although, I had 100+ ornaments, I still had to do another thrift store run halfway through. I had too many gold ones and not enough silver. However, as you might already know, you can’t go to a thrift store and expect to find just what you’re looking for. I did find another box of pretty teal blue ornaments though, and incorporated them into the wreath as well. As for the silver ones I needed more of, I decided to strip some of the gold ones I already had.

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Most vintage ornaments are usually silver on the inside no matter what color they happen to be on the outside.
After a few seconds in water, the color film crinkles and peels right off. But in order to retain the silver on the inside you have to avoid getting water inside the ornament. However, if a little gets in by mistake that okay too; If you pour it out quickly it might result in a mercury glass look like this one.

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Just know that it’s not an exact science and requires some experimentation. As for my wreath, I still have a few more spaces to fill. From afar the gaps are not too noticeable but close up they stand out like a sore thumb. When I take it down, I will fill them in at my leisure.

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While working on it,  I had a lot of casualties; some of the ornaments rolled  right over the edge of my work surface and shattered into a gazillion pieces. I will definitely have to wrap it in bubble wrap and find a sturdy box to store it in because it is very fragile. I think if I make another one, perhaps, I can find some vintage looking shatter proof ornaments instead. I’m not sure if there is such a thing but the new glittery ornaments in stores today just don’t do it for me.

As for our Christmas tree, my selection turned into a teachable and reaffirming experience. My intent was to have a cute table top tree instead of using our pre lit one. I wanted to try something different.  The tree I bought home, however,  turned out to be too big for a table top and too small for the floor. So I stacked it up on a crate to give it a little more height and called it our Charlie Brown tree. LOL. The poor thing sat bear until two days before Christmas. Finally, I asked my sons to have at it. I added a few pine cones and ribbon trim and,voila,

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our too-big to-be-on-the-table and  too-small-to-be-on-the-floor Christmas tree that can’t be taken too seriously.

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The last couple of years, I’ve been learning the importance of going with the flow and allowing what will be to be. The strive for perfection is so overrated and I have decided to move on and choose a different path. And although that path may be filled with many unfamiliar twists and turns, I am embracing and appreciating the imperfect goodness and uncertainty along the way. Each step brings me closer to the authentic life I want to lead.

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I Found Gold!

I Found Gold!

I found gold, vintage gold that is. I was in Home Depot and something told me to stop in the Salvation Army store a few blocks away. I am so glad I listened  to that inner voice because I found all of these beauties sitting on the shelves waiting for me.

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Wait, let me zoom into these colorful beauties.

 

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When I spotted them I was in ornament heaven! In their original boxes and MADE IN AMERICA! Wow! I love how some are really showing their vintage age..

 

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And look at these beautiful shades of blue. I love, I love.

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Only one green and three red,. but don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.

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Now I have what I need to make a vintage ornament wreath. I decided to use a straw wreath like Virginia used over at   Live Love DIY. She filled in every nook and cranny so there’s no evidence of the wreath form underneath.

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I just have to purchase a wreath form. All out at the closest Michaels. I will have to try another location and, hopefully, I will be able to start working on a vintage ornament wreath of my very own.. Wish me luck!

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Wreath Obsessed Again!

Wreath Obsessed Again!

Every year as the holidays approach, I get obsessed with DIY creative wreath ideas. This year, I have been dreaming of making an ornament wreath. But before, I set out on this creative journey, I needed some inspiration. First, there is true vintage.

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I remember some of  these ornaments from my childhood; so different from the ornaments today.

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source: GeorgiaPeachezWreathBlog.blogspot.com

Georgia Peachez Wreaths is a blog devoted to vintage wreaths 24/7, 365 days a year.

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source:BlueVelvetVintage

The next two are more contemporary versions if vintage is not your thing.

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source: Matt-and-Becky.blogspot

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source: Live Love DIY

Not into ornaments?  How about frames showcasing your favorite holiday memories?

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source:justasmidgen.com

or buttons maybe?

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source: Good Housekeeping

I started out wanting to make a vintage ornament wreath, but now, I’m not too sure. I love them all! What wreath are you hanging for the holidays?

 

After Holiday Blues

After Holiday Blues

The Holidays are over and as I looked around my home on New Years, only remnants of the holiday remained.

One lone kiss left on the advent calendar remained.

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Toys thrown under the tree

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Pinecones infiltrated with Legos. They are taking over the house these days.

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The welcome wreath on the door turning brown

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and holiday CD’s back in their cases waiting to be put away.

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I wasn’t quite ready to take down a wreath I made from a 99 cents store garland

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surrounded by an unfinished wallscape. Believe, Faith, Peace, Love and Hope never made it into their frames. But we carry it in our hearts and will continue to do so all year long.

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Well Santa, it’s time to come down.

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Hard to believe just a few days ago the stage was set for the big day.

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Christmas was a lot different this time around. Our usual trip to Manhattan to see the holiday store windows and Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center didn’t happen. Early dawn wake ups and “cant sleep” excitement are no more. No. 2 son is eleven and the magic has faded. This year it was a 7:30 AM wake up. You think that would be a piece a cake but it was hard getting up just the same. I was up to 3:30 finishing last minute gift wrapping and getting a jump on dinner preparations.

Christmas time excitement through a child’s eyes is so special and I am going to miss it in our home.
So I found it a little difficult dismantling all the holiday decorations this time around. It will be a new kind of Christmas in our household from now on. But next year, I will look forward to celebrating the holidays in more mature ways. The moral of this story – cherish the holiday magic because they grow up so fast! And as I wrote in our holiday cards “May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.”

Do you have any after holiday stories you’d like to share?

New Year, New Name

New Year, New Name

Happy New Year!

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A few weeks ago, I was home alone and decided to drop everything and do nothing. I just wanted to be alone with my thoughts. Immediately, I began thinking about my blogging behavior and realized why I was resistant to something I had enjoyed and loved. My passion was waning, why?

I realized that I still like blogging but a sole DIY focus no longer served all of me. A few months prior, I made a commitment to do some personal soul searching and it has been, and continues to be, one of the best decisions and journeys of my life. Living authentically requires honesty, hard work and accountability. It requires you to show up and live live consciously, all the while, staying in the present moment.

I was changing and evolving while The DIY Spot remained the same; no longer in sync, I was finding it increasingly difficult to write posts that I was excited about. It became clear that I needed to shift my blogging voice as well.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love DIY and the creativity it brings; it is a big part of who I am and gives me such joy. However, it is not all I am. I am also passionate about the tiny remnants- a profound quote, a powerful lyric, an expression of gratitude or a discarded item – that might get overlooked yet have the potential to have great significance in my life and, hopefully, yours as well.

And so a new year brings new direction and a new name, Meaningful Remnants. I hope you will continue the journey with me.

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with blessings beyond measure.

In Time for Valentine’s Day

In Time for Valentine’s Day

The last few weeks I have been brainstorming a ways to create a Valentine’s Day display that would incorporate my lamp holiday tree that I refuse to put away. I got as far as constructing some burlap hearts.

I couldn’t find a way to display them that pleased me. I tried using lace and twine and concluded that I need a lot more of them in different sizes to perhaps cascade them from the tiers. Since time is at a premium these days, I nixed the tree and switched gears to a wall display instead.

I added burlap backs to the empty frames on the striped wall in my dining room and used double stick tape to temporarily adhere the hearts.

Initially I sewed the layers together, but a sharpie pen can be used to create faux stitching just as well.

I use strips of red burlap and slid it on a metal heart frame I had sitting around to create this luscious one.

I love the unraveling burlap texture.

Added a couple of embellishments pulled from a holiday wreath to some.


Shaped a vine into a Valentine wreath and placed it front and center along with some Love on the side.

And there you have it, an embellished wall that let’s you know Valentines Day is here!

Happy Valentines Day!

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Little Grey Chair

Little Grey Chair

Have you recovered from your holiday festivities? I love the holidays but I love the day after even more. Wondering why? Because I spend it in my PJ’s, lounging with no plans and eating way too many leftovers. With that said, I sure hope your holiday was everything you wanted it to be and more.

Lately, I’ve been having a blast experimenting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP). I truly wish I could find the before picture but it was deleted or misfiled. Sorry about that. I assure you, it wasn’t anything to write home about.

After two coats of Paris Grey followed by some wax, VOILA.

The paint is so easy to work with.

The distressed finish looks rather authentic, don’t you agree?

ASCP is my new BFF:)

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A Lamp Tree Display for Christmas

A Lamp Tree Display for Christmas

Have you ever heard of a lamp tree?

Are you sure? It’s a tree made with lamp shade parts of course. I just made that up but that is what I did.

I used lamp shade frames in assorted sizes and placed them on a metal rod, all of which I just happen to have laying around. Each tier is held in place by rubber washers. It was the easiest thing to put together. I just slid each tier and used a washer on top an bottom to hold it in place.

This broken clock frame was used for the base.

The rod happen to be threaded on each end so I could screw it into a piece of wood and secure it using a metal washer and nut. Then, I hot glued the clock frame to the piece of wood and painted the base with ASCP Paris Gray.

I used a wooden drawer knob for the topper, but I think I am going to search my house for a lamp finial to use instead.

I thought of this idea to display ornaments at the craft fair but I realized it could be used to display cards at home as well. By the way, the craft fair didn’t go well but I’ll leave that story for a later post.

I adore burlap and love to think of ways to use it. I wrapped styrofoam cubes like a present, secured it with hot glue and added some trim. Again, all things I already had on hand.

Here are a few more closeups. I’m having a ball experimenting with blurry backgrounds. Finally getting the hang of my DSLR camera. Yeah!!

Pine cones are another one of my favorite things.

I love to create things from odds and ends. It’s so much more rewarding and requires that extra ounce of creativity and resourcefulness.

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