Mantels are a pain to me! I have never been able to be satisfied after I would fix my mantel. On this one in our family room, it is marble and narrow. Why would anyone fix it like that? That will be a project for hubby one of these days, but in the meantime, I have to deal with it. The window you see was given to me and not in very good shape. After much cleaning and a coat of paint, plus a glaze it began to look rather nice. I went ahead and hot glued a cord around the inside of the window just to be safe. The stick on letters made it easy to dress the window. The topiary, the wreath, and the candle holders along with the candles all came from a local goodwill store. None of it was very much, I think all together the total cost of the makeover was about 10.00. Maybe decorating a mantel will get easier for me! I do enjoy them and there is nothing like a warm fireplace to set the tone of rest and relaxation. Have a wonderful day!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I love garage sales and junk stores! That is where the treasures are usually at! At this outing I found this shadow box that someone had attempted to do. I loved the theme and decided to take it and run with it. First thing I did was to crackle the frame to give it a more rustic look. I had a silk sheet set that I didn't care for (it was given to me) so I use it in different ways. The sheets are used as tree skirts, the pillow cases for mantle clothes or anywhere I need some color. So with a little misgiving, I did Cut the pillowcase into a slightly larger piece that would fit in the frame after bunching it up in the middle. The cross is just two pieces of wood and the thorns are real. Don't try this without gloves and at that it is still dangerous. The piece of paper that is not easily seen in the picture is from an old songbook entitled "Rock of Ages". Using hot glue everything is in place and has found a prominent place on my mantle. The theme is so meaningful because it reminds me of what Jesus Christ did for me and you. And when it really hit home was when I poked myself with that dreaded thorn. Maybe sometimes we just need a reminder, you think?
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Have a Wonderful Blessed Week!
Monday, October 11, 2010
This one is the throwaway!
I love Fall Weddings and it this was the first time I was able to do fall floral arrangements for a grandson (the other wedding was spring). Spring and summer weddings are beautiful, but the flowers for fall are spectacular. And, another blessing was the fact that hubby performed both ceremonies for the grandsons. (Grandson number 1 was in May of this year). As many of you have guessed I love floral design. I went to school many years ago in Memphis Tennessee and have been doing it ever since. Flowers (real or faux) just seem to make people smile! Now on to the particulars, there was 3 bridesmaids and of course the brides, and a throwaway bouquet. The flowers were purchased at Hobby Lobby, who can resist that store? The flowers were hand held and then just spaced properly then taped together with floral tape. I then tied ribbon around the stems and made a bow for the bottom of each. There was no one to take pictures when I was putting them together, sorry bout that. When I am finished with every design, I spray a sealer on it to protect the flowers. Then with most I use a (this one was mulberry) season appropriate scent to spray on them. I had so much fun with these, I hope you enjoy them also. Please go over to check out Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch (link follows). You will be amazed at the talent these ladies have.
Have a blessed and wonderful day!