Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring

Friday, January 28, 2011

My Blooming Lamp!

these pictures were taken in my shop as I was working, please excuse all the stuff!

I decided to keep this one, just liked where it was sitting!

I love this idea, not mine though. Kara from Elements Interiors came up with this one. Talk about a talented lady, she truly is. Sometimes I wonder how in the world she comes up with all these creative ideas. Her link is enclosed so you can visit her blog.
Anyway all that to let you know where I was coming from. Today was such a beautiful day and I was inspired to try  and see what I came up with. The first one with the red roses is in a mahogany wooden box. Filled with foam and the lamp glued and wired securely. Be careful and keep the glue away from the cord. Moss was then applied and the flowers was placed. The other lamp was secured the same way, just different pot and flowers. I always spray my arrangements with a clean acrylic sealer. Then when the flowers get dusty (or at least they do at my house) lol, all you have to do is take a hair dryer on low setting (no heat) and blow it off. Very easy! Both of these will go to my booth at a local flea market. Now if they will just sell, then I did have a productive day. I for sure will fix some of these for my house also. I hope you enjoyed your visit, thank you for stopping by.
Be sure and go to Elements Interiors, you will be inspired! link follows:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Old Window!

I just love these old windows! I think I have five of them in my house and have fixed some for other friends to. They are so versatile, whether you put pictures behind them, posters, or just about anything you can think of. On this one, I first painted it white and then came back and brushed gold paint on it, then distressed it some. I had some red satin fabric that I stapled on the back of the frame. On some windows that I fix, I actually hot glue braid around the window next to the frame to stabilize the glass. The letters are the stick on kind, can't remember the brand, I got them at Hobby Lobby. I didn't use anything to make sure my lines were straight, I just started sticking. lol. Sometimes there is just not time for perfection, and I kind of liked the random look to. Oh forgot to mention, make sure the glass is very clean front and back, learned that the hard way.( I also have one in my guest room that has a piece of an old quilt behind it that matches the quilt I have on my bed). Two screws (don't know what they are called) into the back with wire attached made it easy to hang. This one wasn't heavy so probably a picture hanger would work. Anyway, just love these old windows! They come in all shapes and sizes, maybe you will have to try one for yourself. Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!
check out Metamorphosis Monday, You will be inspired!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Painting Cabinets!

 Here my cabinets have the first coat of Primer.
 After, this color is called (I think) "cream in coffee" Lowes brand. Just love it
 Finished, whew!
 Before fabric, liked it but didn't work after the paint job
 After fabric!

 Whopppeeeeee! After 2 days, I can call it quits!

Before and After pictures of my cabinets. Of course, when you start it seems there is no end. lol. By the time I got finished, my curtains and chair covers had to be changed. Still haven't put any thing above the sink. This house that we bought 4 years ago had been built 30 years ago. It has a lot of warts, but also has lots of character to. We just love it, anyway this room had a wallpaper around  the top and at this time I just didn't want to take it down. So I just put another one on top of it, then we did a faux treatment. When the economy comes back (hopefully soon) then we can do a big renovation. In the meantime, cabinets had to be painted and spiffied  (is that a word) up a bit.
Thank you for stopping by, I hope your week will be blessed.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Still More Florals!

I just love floral design! It has always been on the top of my list as things I so enjoy doing and learning about. Nearly 20 years ago hubby and I lived in Germantown Tennessee and I was able to take classes at Ramsey's school of florist design in downtown Memphis. Boy, did that give me an addiction I still have today! lol. I guess it is like any thing else, you finally decide on a style and mine of choice is European traditional design. The concept of flowers being a part of everyday life just suits me to a tea!  Oh, I know there are many who are not fond of "fake", but for me that has no green thumb at all, the fake is a blessing. lol. The artificial flowers that are now manufactured are nothing like in the "old" days. They are beautiful and last for as long as they are taken care of. The ones shown in the pictures are just a sample of what is out there. Containers are something else I am always on the hunt for. Flea markets, garage sales, and goodwill offer a wonderful variety and I try to keep several on hand. For this particular one, this container was given to me and I couldn't wait to fill it up and put it on my dining room table. I also love to use fruit and berries, looooove the lemons.  So now my table has gone from Christmas to something that will be staying for awhile. I will have to post pictures of my shop soon to. A place where I can make a mess and then leave it. A place where I can create and be so thankful for one of the blessings God has given to me. I hope you have a wonderful and safe week!
I will be linking up with Metamorphosis Monday, here is the link, please check them out you will be inspired.  Also check out Elements Interiors Whassap Wednesday!