Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween Treat/Petite Places - Spook Manor

I have just discovered these tiny houses from Papertrey Ink.  They are called "Petite Places," and there is a whole collection of buildings to include this adorable and not-so-scary haunted house, "Spook Manor."
They make adorable jar toppers but first, here are some photos without the plastic dome

The tiny trick-or-treater in his ghost costume --cuteness overload!  There are coordinating stamps sets to go with the dies so you can create the house and then add accessories. I put the bats on strips of craft plastic so they could "fly" above the house.  I also created a tiny black cat for the fence:

I used a paper punch cat on Shrinky Dink film and shrank it using my heat gun!   

They make the most adorable gift toppers for jars and candles.

I found the candles at TJ Maxx. Isn't this just the perfect adult Halloween treat!? 
Have a great week!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tiny Couture Witch Hat

Hello All,

I've been back in the craft room and it's been a ball!  I am obsessed with making these tiny felt witch hats and then decorating them in different witchie themes.

I found a pattern online and then customized it to the size I wanted.  These are just under 5" tall. Each hat is cut from felt.  I hand sew the cone and use Spellbinders Nestabilities large circle dies to cut the brims.  I cut three brims, two from felt and one from card stock.  I cut tabs in the bottom of the cone and glue them to the paper brim which is sandwiched between the two pieces of felt.  The cardstock layer gives some stability to the brim.  I also include a ring of  26 gauge wire so I can bend the brim as needed.  Here's what I have so far.  The hats on the pedestals:  A Murder of Crows (left), Deadly Nightshade (center), and Death's Head Moth (right).  The black and white striped one isn't finished but it's so cute, I couldn't help but include it.  These are going to be invitations for a ladies tea!  Each guest will receive a hat box (made using my Cricut) with one of the little couture witch hats inside:

The tag was also made using the Cricut.  It was my first "print then cut" project!

I'm debating whether or not to color up the logo.  I'm also trying to decide how the party details will be conveyed.  I'm leaning toward tucking a small card inside the box with the logo on the front.  My favorite hat is the Death's Head Moth!

It has a black tulle veil and the moths are actually sporting a skull head embellishment (Darice)!

The moth was cut using the Cricut Art Nouveau cartridge and I layered gray and black Bazzill card stock so I could lift the wings.

The Deadly Nightshade hat has a beaded spider that I made from glass beads:

The spiderweb was cut on the Cricut.  I like the idea of the Murder of Crows hat but it's not couture enough - LOL!  But seriously, after looking at the pictures, I want to see if I can add a little more to it. I love the idea of it so hopefully I can come up with something to improve it.  The crows and branches were cut on my Cricut and the feathers are from Spellbinders dies.

I'm also hoping that 3 crows constitutes a murder otherwise I guess I just have an attempted murder - hahahaha.  Each crow has red embellished eyes.  The fuzz you see is from the felt; I didn't realize how much it pills - bummer!

Have a great week!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It's a Boy Baby Shower: Blue, White and GOLD!

A sweet lady I know from work is going to be a grandma soon and with the baby shower coming up, I wanted to do something for her.  She asked if I could make a diaper cake and banner based on the balloons they picked for the baby shower:

With a resounding "YES!!"  I got busy.  They are super cute, right!?  I figured I would do an all blue- and white-baby-item  diaper cake and then incorporate the balloon design into a pennant or flag for the cake topper.  Here's the diaper cake:

It was a challenge to find just plain blue or white baby things!  I didn't count on finding anything with gold on it but then I found the sweet snuggle bunny that I used to top the cake.  It has tiny gold stars on its paws and ears:

I found the tiny gold bucket at Target!  It's filled with sample baby products, a pair of socks, and mittens. I got lucky and found a swaddle blanket at Buy Buy Baby printed with stars and, as luck would have it, it also had gold stars (it's on the first layer of the cake).

Drawing from the balloon design, I found gold tassel garland (Target) which I took apart.  Using a dowel rod and wooden bead I painted baby blue, and a flag cut from Bazzill starmist card stock (using my Cricut), I made the flag.  The gold lettering was also cut using my Cricut.  The font is called "retro" and the gold metallic card stock is by Recollections:

And here is the banner:

The banner shape mimics the flag but is a slightly different shape and cut.  Dan got me a Cricut Explore Air for Christmas this past year and it is AMAZING!  I love everything about it.  I have used a Cricut for over 10 years and the Air takes it all to the next level :) 

I love this color combo!  It wasn't until I hung the banner up, that I realized it's the color scheme of my craft room.  White, gold, and light blue!

I have thoroughly enjoyed playing in my craft room this past week.  Baby showers are always my favorite but I'm equally excited about Fall so I have to get back in there! 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Basement - Part I

I don't have before pictures for this one but trust me when I say, our basement has been sorely neglected in the decor and furnishing arena.  Actually, it's just been sorely neglected, forget about any arena.  Jenna lives with us and uses the basement bedroom which is prime real estate since it's roomy and private and has its own full bath.  The rest of the space was a catchall for whatever wasn't used somewhere else in the house.  On top of that, we've had problems with the exterior doors leaking.  The space was carpeted and with every storm, it would get soaked.  Despite the carpet drying efforts, it just always smelled musty.  Yuck.  So, the carpet needed to go and the doors needed to be replaced. Work has begun!  The builder-beige walls have been painted (Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray) and ceilings painted white.  The smelly carpet has been replaced with a vinyl-coated laminate that looks like hardwood.  The exterior doors are all being replaced and the work is being done by a contractor who knows how to install doors properly!  These next couple pictures are after the painting and flooring.

This is the main room (recreation room?) and the door there on the right leads into a small room (under the sun room) where a mini-kitchen will be installed (more to come!).  The room at the far left is the bedroom and bath.

The patio door is being replaced with a French door.  It was actually supposed to go in before the floor but there was a delay in delivery - ugh - they are still not in yet :(  Hopefully this weekend or next.

Here is a "partial" after!

Here is the "before" of the bedroom.  I almost forgot that this room had been painted a few years ago when Jen was in college.  We were lucky enough for her to be able to live at home and go to school so we let her paint it.  The teal wall was pretty and somewhat unusual because it was metallic (I remember the paint was from Ralph Lauren) but since this is a basement room with only one window, and Jenna's furniture is black, it just felt kind of dark. 

One of the other great features in this room is the huge reach-in closet with double doors.  The sad thing is, for years it has had only a clothes rod and shelf --which did not make use of the space at all!

But look at this!  We painted the room (Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams), wallpapered the back wall of the closet and Dan installed the organizer!  

... and Dan installed lighting:

Jenna is in the process of moving back in.  She has two nightstands and a chest of drawers to go back in but they are buried under her clothing in the store room - LOL!   

One other area is this nook. 

And this is what it looks like now:

Please excuse the litter pan...but otherwise, I am loving this office!  It's all from Ikea although the desk and chair were purchased when Jenna was in college.  The bookshelves are navy!!  I'm crushing on that color big time and have been since I painted the old waterfall buffet (HERE).  Once this space is completed, I'll post an update.  The electrical panel will be covered with a white board.

Besides the doors, the other big deal down here will be the mini-kitchen.  It will feature gray cabinetry, a refrigerator, a microwave, and table/chairs.  The cabinets are from Ikea and here they are, just waiting assembly:

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Craft Room Updates

In 2014, the craft room got a makeover (HERE).  Over the last couple years, the craft supplies have been moved back in and I have been working at furnishing and decorating the room.  The door was upgraded to a glass door.  The cute monogram came from Simply Sierra Studio from Etsy.

The biggest update is the translucent blue glass desk:

I've had my heart set on it since I pinned it two years ago.  It's taken this long for it to go on sale :) Totally worth the wait - my oh my, it's gorgeous!

The shelving in the closet continues to be a work in progress.  It houses my go-to craft supplies and since it's right behind me, I can grab what I need off the shelf, use it, and put it right back.  It's very functional but I am still working on rearranging and organizing things.

The Expedit shelving is for Cricut cartridges, other craft tools, and cardstock.

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentines Day!

When I take down the Christmas decorations, one thing that helps the doldrums of de-sparkling the house is decorating for Valentine's Day.  I have collected a few Valentine's treasures over the past few years thanks to thrift stores.  Here are a few of my favorites!

A couple years ago, Dan and I took a long weekend and headed to Winchester for a mini-getaway. We wanted to do some antiquing and found some thrift shops along the way.  I found this darling picture (print?) in a Goodwill:

It's true, cupid does have quite an effect on people as it was instant love :)   It's marked "Hughes and Lyman Co. 1911" and titled, "Cupid Waiting."  It was $2.

Such a sweet face!

I put up some other Valentine's decorations--

The pink and red mosaic candle holders (inside the hurricanes on either side of the mantel) came from BThrifty last year:

I love pink lights under the iridescent garland!

I picked up another little cupid at BThrifty:

It's a candy dish!

It's holding chocolates in the foyer :)  The lamp is a thrift find from 2012 (this post).  It's the wink of cranberry glass that makes it a favorite of mine, along with the clear glass shade.  The banner and metal filigree lights are from target.  The small angel print is a thrift find from Salvo ($1).  The hydrangea arrangement is from Joss and Main.

The antique mantel is holding a $3 antique mirror, another arrangement from Joss and Main and the crocheted heart garland (I made!).  The lighted "Love" is from Target.  There's another tiny cupid too (also from the thrift shop!).

Another cupid!  I love that this little guy is blowing kisses!  It's very dainty.

One final favorite find:

This sweet vintage vase.  I found it a few years ago (this post) and since it is so simple and sweet, it's one of my favorites.  It's marked R/B Japan.

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I hope your day is filled with love :)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Home Tour 2015

Hello All!

Well, in typical fashion, here I am to share Christmas decorations AFTER the grand holiday!  They stay up through New Year's so I am happy to post so timely - ha!

I always hang garland on the staircase but Dan doesn't like it on the hand rail.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found the perfect compromise.

With the exception of it not being as visible on the inside of the stairway, I like it.  Next year, I'm going to try hanging it on both the inside and outside.  I'd also like to hang ornaments between the balusters.  

Looking at these pictures convinces me that 2016 will be the year the staircase gets a makeover!

The antique mantel hosted a cadre of glass finials this year:

They are so pretty!

They mimic the clear glass candlesticks in the window

The tree is decorated with teal ornaments and glass drops.

The electric fireplace is on a setting for just lights and sound of a crackling fire.  It's 70+ degrees here in Virginia.  On Christmas day, with the oven on and all the hustle and bustle, we needed the air conditioning on for a bit.  That's nuts.  It was damp and warm so opening windows and doors wasn't helpful - yuck!

The family room got the most attention this year.  I was thrilled to find these two leaping reindeer on super clearance at Hobby Lobby.  I say super clearance because I got them for 70% off because they were broken :)  It wasn't anything a little glue couldn't fix!

They tie in the reindeer art over the fireplace:

I haven't shown you the chesterfield sofa yet!  It was a closeout because of the color--can you believe that!?  I LOVE the color!  It's called "honey" (isn't it more like camel?)    It is also the most comfortable piece of furniture in the house...well, besides our bed...ha ha!

The sugar pine cones came from A.C. Moore last year.  They were on after-Christmas clearance and were $1.25 each.  I wasn't sure what to do with them until I consulted Pinterest!   The icicles are a little much but considering the weather we are having, I'm using anything I can to bring the winter to Virginia - ha ha!  Overall, I think the room is very cozy.

Do you see the Lucite quilt rack the stockings are hanging from?  It's a thrift find from earlier this year--$20 from BThrifty.  It's awesome.  I needed something to hang stocking on since the mantel is packed!

I found ornaments for the sun room Christmas tree this year!  This little tree was a thrift find in 2013 (details here).  There was going to be a new tree in here - one that was 10 foot tall --but it just didn't look right to me.  It felt too big and I had to move out the coffee table and rearrange the furniture.  It just wasn't worth it.  So, it was returned and I put up my little thrifty tree!

I love the texture of this tree.  It feels and looks so soft.  Since I didn't have to trade my coffee table for more real estate for the bigger tree, I could put out the Windstone Edition polar bears (another amazing thrift find HERE).

A couple other random snaps...Shelly bought me this adorable metal house at Thanksgiving:

The glass evergreen was a thrift find from the Goodwill Outlet in Richmond a few years ago.  It looks so cute with this house :)

I like to have fresh flowers in the house so when I grocery shopped last week, I picked up a couple of bunches from WalMart.  I was surprised but delighted to find a bouquet with white hydrangea!  

The vase is one I found at Goodwill (here) a few years ago.  It has become my go-to vase because it's so tall and roomy.  I just love this arrangement!

This silver plate champagne bucket was a thrift find this year (from BThrifty).  It was one of the things on my thrift bucket list!  It's beautiful and not engraved!  WooHoo!  

Here's a better look:

It was $10!  

The dining room was pretty much the same as the year before too:

One of my favorite decorations is the nativity I bought the year Jenna was born:

I like to display it with the (thrifted) antique Indiana Glass compote in the Bethlehem Star pattern.  I put an electric tea light in it so it glows!

 So that's Christmas :)  I hope yours was wonderful and peaceful.

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