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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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If I Had a Craft Room?

If I Had a Craft Room?

Are you a Pinterest lover like me? It’s visual presence always takes my breath away. I can get lost in Pinterest land and I never know where I’m going to end up. Here’s my most repinned pin so far.


Can you tell that crafty wall storage is made from a crib rail? Perhaps, like me, it’s repurposed appeal mixed with craft organization makes it a winner. Creative upcycling is a beautiful thing, don’t you think? I like this organized craft space as well. It has a light and airy feel.

DIY and Craft orgainization

 

Craft organization is a big deal to me. I want to be able to grab what I need without pause; otherwise my creative productivity suffers. If I had a craft room, I’d probably never want to leave. A dedicated craft room would be my ultimate dream; however, for right now, it’s just not in the cards. But that’s okay; it just requires me to be even more creative in order to find solution that will work and fit in my home. For now, I am collecting ideas on Pinterest that’s perfect for tight spaces while I reduce my craft stash before making any changes to my existing craft storage.

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Creative spaces always wow me because they are all so beautiful and unique. How’s your creative space? Is your creative space all put together or a work in progress?

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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Free Inspiration!

Free Inspiration!

I’ve been away far too long. My hats off to those who have incorporated blogging into their lives and do it consistently without fail. I love the art of blogging but have yet to find a way that works for me. All things in time. In the meantime, I have turned my frustration into patience as I find my way. I hope that you will be patient as well. Enough of that, time for the topic at hand.

I went into the city Manhattan the other day and ended up in the Business Library and later the Mid Manhattan library a few blocks away. Found myself perusing the craft section, no surprise and I was in heaven! What can I say, it’s the simple things that make me happy. As i turned the pages of countless books, daylight quickly turned to dusk and realized hours had slipped by. Walking to my bus, my mind was racing-all the neat creative ideas, techniques and projects dancing in my head, most of which included sewing, my first love.

There were three books that really drew me in. First, I think my mouth dropped open as I flipped through The Sweater Chop Shop, written by Chrispina French, a sweater alchemist.

The cover speaks for itself; she has created some beautiful designs, all made from discarded sweaters that would have been destined for the landfill. Amazing! The sweater dress is “Project Runway” worthy, don’t you think? You can learn about her and see more of her designs at her Etsy store.

And then I stumbled upon Fabric Leftovers by D’Arcy-Jean Mine, an older publication published in 2006 but still relevant. She uses remnants and creative stitching techniques to make one of a kind fashion and home fashion designs.

Lastly, I am definitely ordering Linen Crafts by Florence Le Maux.

I always have a variety of slippers and cozy socks on hand for guests when they remove their shoes. It’s a little comical at times to see them excitingly browsing for just the right pair that they will later take home with them. However, a handmade pair like the adorable ones pictured on the cover would provide that extra touch that makes your guests feel even more special.

It was definitely the nudge I needed to pull out and dust off my sewing machine; it’s definitely time to get reacquainted. Inspiration is an incredible thing! It’s all around us. The trick is staying in the present moment long enough to take it all in. I know, I know, not an easy thing to do especially when our everyday lives are so rushed and busy. Surely, we can find 15 minutes to inspire ourselves to do something, creative or otherwise, right? I would love to know what inspires you?

 

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Simple Living

Simple Living

I love simple green solutions, so when I stumble upon them in blog land, I’m elated. You see, I love baking soda and vinegar. Okay I’m weird. I admit it. I use both for the bulk of my household cleaning and laundry. I love the clean fresh non chemical scent they give to freshly laundered clothes when I use baking soda and scent free laundry detergent in the wash cycle and vinegar in the rinse cycle.

Recently, I discovered this baking soda based air freshener by Smashed Peas and Carrots:

Neat idea! I’m definitely going to give this a try.

And then I discovered a baby oil remedy for removing labels over at Krafty Kat.


I reuse plastic containers and glass jars to store and organize my craft supplies and I have such a hard time removing the labels.


I have Goo Be Gone but dislike the strong chemical formula so this green alternative is definitely for me.

I challenge myself to go green whenever I can using the products pictured below:


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Discovering a new green application or tip is a return to basics and simple living; I like that:)

Do you have simple green ideas you like to use?

Terrariums, of Course!

Terrariums, of Course!

No. 2 son graduated from fifth grade and will be off to middle school in the fall. I thought it would be nice to give parting gifts to each of the teachers he had from kindergarten through 5th grade. After weeks of brainstorming and second guessing all my ideas, one day I was in Barnes and Nobles browsing through magazines and came across a beautiful terrarium. Immediately, I thought, that’s it!

I used different containers so that each would have it’s own unique personality. I found most of these glass containers at one of my favorite thrift stores.

I read up on the right plants to use and how to plant them.

The basic ingredients are charcoal (available at pet stores), pebbles, potting soil and moss; however, there was a lot of variation in the order of layers and the use of charcoal.

Closed terrariums definitely need the charcoal due to the humidity levels.

This, by far, is my favorite one. I love it’s crock pot like shape. Actually, I kept it for myself and I made another one in it’s place.

I separated two plants to make all seven. We gave one to the principal too. We received a thank you card in the mail and she says it’s thriving.

I didn’t have the same luck with the one I kept, but that’s another story. My vegetable garden isn’t doing too well either. I wonder if it’s some sort of sign? Or, can I blame it on the intensely hot summer we’re having? I digressed, I know.

Seriously, I do love how these mini terrariums turned out and I thought they made nice end-of-year gifts for his former teachers and principal.

And an excerpt from their card, “…May this plant be a symbol of the growing knowledge, inspiration and wisdom you strive to impart on all your students, past and present… ”

And even if they don’t thrive, I wanted them to know that our family valued their work and they made a significant mark in No. 2 son’s life.

“What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.” (Author Unknown)
What do you think? Do you have a favorite gift idea? A favorite teacher who you adored or made a real difference in your life?

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Globes and Maps Are Now Design Tools!

Globes and Maps Are Now Design Tools!

Apparently, globes and maps are no longer just for geography lessons. Lately, I have been running into some inspiring DIY global designs. Here’s a sampling of what I found:


Better Homes and Garden


Apartment Therapy


Marie Claire Maison.com

Equally, I am enamored by the varying colors as I am about the ingenuity behind these upcycled designs.

And how about these mapping treasures:


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I hope you will stop by and take a look at this transformation for yourself. The before condition of this piece would have made most people turn away.

Now take a look at this map chair makeover by Jessica at Nouvelle Vie.


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Could a map be any more appropriate for this schoolhouse chair? You can check out her inspiration for this piece here:

So clearly, maps and globes are not just about geography, they can also be a creative tool as well.

What do you think? Have any global or mapping treasures of your own?

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Some More of My Favorite Guys

Some More of My Favorite Guys

Slowly, I am pulling together some of the photos I took in haste preparing for last month’s craft fair. Here are some more accessories, I made over to sell.

This guy was in bad shape and needed some love. The veneer was chipped and the finish worn. So I repaired the chipped veneer with wood fill, primed and painted it.

If I am not mistaken, the original use was for magazines or record ablums (remember those?). But I thought it could be used in an office to hold current files just the same. I was planning to stencil it but then I decided to go with a grain sack aesthetic instead.

And I shared you this little guy with you earlier but I never showed you the before. Check out the needlepoint cover.

This foot stool was a little shaky so I took it apart and re-glued the joints.

The finish was a mess too.

So I used some ASCP Old White and the remaining section of a flannel shirt I used to make one of these pillows

to cover the cushion.

What do you think?

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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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Project Hopping

Project Hopping

I’ve been project hopping. Do you do that? You know, doing a little of this, and a little of that, no completed projects. I decided I would do the grunt work first.

I’m sanding.

I am totally in love with this flatware chest.

I’m stripping my patio chairs. Remember these?

It’s been some time since I had a date with my Citrus Stripper.

And then there’s some serious gluing going on too.

Okay, I just outed myself. Yes, I have a thing for vintage flatware chests.

The plan is to get all the yucky prep work out the way so no ooohs and aaahs just yet. But soon the fun will begin and I will be able to play and party hop once again. So I’ve been hanging out in the garage a lot lately and looking forward to the makeover fun ahead.

So what are you up to? Are you prepping or finishing? Please let me know so I can stop by for a visit.