Sunday, December 15, 2013

May Christmas Happen in Your Heart or with spray paint

This post will be a hodgepodge of holiday decor and small DIY/craft projects.  Lets begin with the crafty stuff.  Do you remember the 3 mini twig wreaths I mentioned in the Habitat for Humanity post?  I also picked up a small ceramic googly-eyed owl at the thrift store for $3.

Wreaths and Owl ready to paint

googly-eyed owl
I spray painted everything with white paint.  I wanted the owl to fit in with my milk glass collection so it could live on the same bookcase.

White flat spray paint
White Owl
This is how the little owl turned out.  He is cute.  I sat him in a festive old Yankee candle holder stand thing that I've had for years. 

Holiday 3 Wreath Trio
I turned the newly white twig wreaths into a small holiday decoration for our guest room.  It is hard to see because of the bright light, each wreath is hot glued to one long piece of ribbon with a bow at the top.  Then I added a blue ball ornament to each.  What I like about this little decor piece is that after Christmas, I can remove the ornaments and the wreath trio will still fit in.

Lets move onto holiday decor.  I probably do not have enough to do one of those fancy house tour blog posts, but I will share a few of my favorite things (that is a song, right?) beyond the traditional tree, stockings and mantel.

This globe also came from Habitat for Humanity.  I added a Peace On Earth vinyl decal.  The decal spans a good half of the globe, but it works because as you walk past the globe, you read the whole phrase.  I heart this $5 globe.  I may keep her out year round.

I went a little silver happy for the dining room tablescape.  The silver theme will translate well into New Years.

I saw this idea on another decor blog.  I used a satin gift ribbon to wrap this pillow to mimic a gift.  The ribbon instantly added a bit of holiday spirit.  I love it.

I love preserved boxwood wreaths and this one is my first.  I can not claim it as a DIY because I purchased the wreath online while it was on sale.  I'd love to make one myself, but my boxwood bushes are still in their infancy stage.  To add a some holiday sparkle, I stuck a little reindeer ornament in the center.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.  Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

Take Care!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Weekend Finds

Are you familiar with Habitat for Humanity?  Over the weekend I found a Habitat for Humanity (HFH) ReStore location near by.  I have never been in a ReStore before but thought why not?  The HFH ReStore resells building materials, home improvement products and general household goods.  The ReStore in my area was bigger than I expected - it was more of a warehouse.  Sorry I did not take any photo's of the store.  Below are the items that came home with me:

Finds at local ReStore
Set of wooden shutters, 3 mini twig wreaths, a world globe and a wooden chair.  The grand total of my purchase was $16.70.  Can't beat that!

The mini wreaths are added to my stash of craft goodies.  I do not have a plan for them yet but at .25 cents, I could not pass them up.

This is my second set of wooden shutters.  I will likely paint them white and distress them.  One of the sets of shutters I have will become a note collecting station - I suspect the other set will be a decor item.

I have been looking for a globe for a while now.  This one has a really pretty color.  I cleaned it up and made some minor repairs.  She is sitting on a half wall between my dining room and library because her color goes well with the dining room.

The wooden chair was a steal at $5.  The paint is already worn and chipped.  The color is within the color family of my craft room desk.

I took some sand paper to the chair and smoothed out the paint chips.  I found a light greenish paint color peeking through.

The extra distressing added a lot of character and interest to the chair.  I wish I knew more about the life of this little chair.

Take Care!