Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oriental Blue Vase with Orange Blooms

We had received this beautiful Oriental vase for a wedding present.  The piece has a painted frog as I call it that matches the vase.  It sits right in the top of the vase and holds the flowers.  The gift at the time was sent by a local florist that had filled it with gorgeous fresh flowers.

                                               Here is a picture of the frog.


                                                               And a picture with the vase.


Around October one year, I decided to fill the vase with orange foliage.  The blues and oranges come together beautifully.


                                         This year, I am growing the Chinese Lantern perennial from seed.  I hope by next fall that the plants will be grown, dried and once placed in the vase, will be a stunning addition to the fall colors.

                                       This is what they look like at 2 weeks.

And one week later.
     I don't know if these will mature by Halloween  This vase will look stunning with the real flower!

              While I am still waiting for the plants to grow, I will use the faux stems until then.

Just received a beautiful card from friend Susan, the person who helped me start this blog, just in time for Halloween.  Thanks!!!!

Happy Halloween


Friday, October 26, 2012

Spooky Halloween Foyer

In order to create a Halloween foyer design, I wanted to incorporate my two glazed cream ceramic pumpkins.  Using the garden urn that I had, I filled it with Spanish moss and placed one of the pumpkins on top.

The other pumpkin was placed under my vintage garden dome.
After pulling my glass vase used for my wedding flowers for the altar, I went out to the woods and cut down several intertwined twigs.  Placing mini skeletons and more Spanish moss draped on the twigs was the next step.  Putting them into the glass vase, the twigs cascaded out to drape the silvered mirror.
Attaching a crow to the weathered lantern completed the scene.
                                   As you can see, I reused my burlap table runner on top of the table and vintage suitcases to fill the underneath portion of the library table.  Once the battery operated candle is lit makes for a rather spooky feeling to the foyer.
Getting away from using the typical oranges of the fall season still allows me to create a haunting scene.
What a great welcome for all those goblins and ghouls.
Happy Haunting!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Orleans Beignets

Just returned from our 4th annual Sister's Weekend in New Orleans.   We had to stop by the famous Cafe Du Monde.

 Couldn't pass up the opportunity to try their favorite food  especially the delectable beignets.

I bought a postcard with the recipe to share with all of you.  I know my kids will enjoy these smothered in powdered sugar.

                               Here is a closeup in case you can't read the recipe.

 My fabulous sister Terri snapped a picture before we inhaled the delight.  I think it was gone before you could blink.   Thanks Terri!  She usually documents every food delicacy that we eat on our travels.

                                                 Maybe I will try these for a holiday treat.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween Witch Wreath

My friend Tara made a bunny using a scroll saw and some luanne(thin wood paneling) years ago.  It looked adorable on my Easter wreath.  Adding some spring berry twigs and lavender crystals made a very fun Spring wreath.

I was trying to come up with an auction idea for fall.  Witches came to mind.

 I had not used my scroll saw before, so I found a template on the Internet and practice on scrap wood.  It was pretty easy.  In order to give the design some dimension, I glued black glitter to some areas of the witch.  I like the way that the glitter throws light around at night time.

                                                                 And here is the witch.

To add whimsy, I drilled  6 holes in the scallops at the bottom of the witch.  Using scrapbook puffy letters, I glued them onto round labels and hung them from the holes.
To complete this project, I pulled an old window out of the garage stash and washed the frame down.
Using a coupon at Hobby Lobby, I purchased a plain willow wreath. A vintage crystal knob screwed into the top of the frame was a great hanger for the wreath.  The witch was then wired onto the wreath.
And there you have it, a very primitive but cute Halloween wall display.
Using the window and wreath all year round, you could create different templates for all the seasons.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oriental Ginger Jars

The pair of Oriental jars were given to me by a dear friend.  I loved them instantly.  They were not your average cobalt and white  ceramics that we are used to seeing.  These ginger jars had fabulous orange  and pink blossoms on them.

                                    A silver-plated cupcake stand elevates one ginger jar.

                   Arranging some pumpkins, a glass dome, a teacup and saucer and fishing basket lamp       was all that was needed to set the stage for an autumnal display.

                        Can't you wait to cozy up to a roaring fire in the fireplace?

 Look at table top accessories in your home to create a scene.  There is nothing 'autumn' about these ginger jars, but I think they work beautifully on the library table with a bit of embellishment from the faux pumpkins.   Think out of the box!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chandelier II

I almost forgot about my second up cycled chandelier.  This one did not come with candle cups to hold the crystals onto each arm.

I checked on line and found a place that not only sold the crystals for a reasonable price, but found glass bobeches. The bobeches take the place of the candle cup.  Each bobeche contains 5 small rings attached to the outside.  On these rings you can attach your crystals.

The first step is to wipe all the dirt and grime off the fixture.  Take out the lightbulbs and stuff one paper towel wadded up into that space.  This will protect the connection point from paint.

I like to suspend my lights from a set up ladder that has plastic around the exterior, making a spraying tent of sorts.  This is a different fixture, but it shows how to hang it for spray painting.

Using any white primer, coat the entire piece.  Open the plastic curtain and let dry at least overnight.   The next day, topcoat with white appliance spray coats.  Do at least 2 coats waiting one day between them.

Here is a picture of the bobeches.  The cost around $5.00 apiece.  Shop around.  I have not been successful scouring them at flea markets or antique stores.  It is hard to get at least 5 matching ones.

 The crystals come in a multitude of colors.  The clear ones are standard.  They also  have various shapes, and sizes when choosing  crystals.

There is also chandelier chain that can be added to drape on your chandelier.  It usually comes in lengths.  I divide the length up when I get ready to hang it.  All you need is a jewelry pliers to open and close the connectors.

A little side note.  Before you hang any of the glass pieces on the lamp, I recommend the very best glass cleaner.  I pick it up at WalMart or Sam's.  I use this product on all glass and mirrors in my house.  It does not streak.  The name of this product is Sprayway Glass Cleaner.


Here is the chandelier all assembled.  There are no right or wrong ways to adorn a chandelier.  Use your imagination. 

                 The glass bobeches add much more sparkle and added reflection.

                                          This chandelier makes a great reading lamp.

This fixture adds a lot of character to the room.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hankie Lampshade

I found this precious candlestick lamp at Goodwill for $3.99.  Once I brought it home, I cleaned it  up with silver polish.  Then, I went to the stash and pulled an unfinished shade for it.

You see many exposed lampshade skeletons around in decorating.  I soaked the shade with water until all the paper came off.  Then, I ran into a problem.  The two parts of the skeleton only stayed together with the paper sheath.  Now, I had two separate rings.  I had to come up with an idea to conjoin them together again.  I had some twine upstairs.  I cut three equal pieces of the twine and knotted both parts together securing them with knots.  Now the skeleton hung over the light bulb.  I  tried to think of an out of the box type shade.

          The lamp was very primitive, but not quite finished.  I needed an idea.......................

While on this same trip home, the girls and I visited a thrift shop in Mom's neighborhood. My youngest brought up a beautiful hanky to show me.(She knows what catches my eye!) I unfolded the hanky and to my surprise I found a name imprinted on one corner of the piece. This hanky truly had a life before ending up at the thrift shop.

  Immediately, it became very special to me and I wanted to find a place to carry on its use. I purchased the hanky for $1.00.

It seems a Miss or Mrs. Hemmer did not want to lose this hanky. I don't blame her.  It is a beautiful handkerchief.

 To cut off the name to reuse the hanky seemed sinful, so I had to come up with an idea to incorporate it into a future project.

                                  The delicate lace edging could not be destroyed.

Not much time passed before I realized that I could marry these two latest finds. Some people will cringe to see what happened next. I took a fabric scissors out and cut a hole in the middle of the hanky.

                     Grabbing a needle and white thread, I secured the hanky over the lamp skeleton.


                                        The hanky hangs randomly over the frame.  I love it!


                                 And Miss or Mrs. Hemmer's hanky lives on in a new light.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Up Cycling a Glass Dome

I have a few glass domes that cover items through out the year.  I saw a post online a few weeks ago.  They had purchased a lamp finial and glued it to the top of a glass dome.

Lowe's had a variety of finials.  I purchased a glass and bronzed finial.  This finial cost under $3.00.

                         Out of the package, the finial looks better.  The top piece is real glass.

                                        The blog glued the finial to the top of the dome.

 I wanted it to be temporary, so I pulled out my blue tacky(used for hanging wall posters) and put some on the underneath part of the finial.  I placed it on top of the dome and it created a new look.

                                           The finial dresses up the dome quite nicely.

     The best part of this makeover is the small amount of time and money it took to kick it up a notch.