Sunday, November 24, 2013

Snow Scenes

I’ve been seeing little snow globe d├ęcor everywhere this season.  I just love miniature worlds like diorama's, snow globes, & fairy gardens so I decided to have a little fun and make a few snow scenes in jars and bottles I had around the house.  I picked up all the other supplies at the craft store, a great area to look is where they keep the Christmas village trees. 
Church Globe
Bottle Globe
These two are in my bedroom so I added a little reindeer pillow for a little more Christmas cheer here. 
I’m planning on keeping my Christmas decorating really simple this year.  I like how in this room I have just a few touches and it is enough. 
Sleigh Globe
Here is the last scene, it was a bit hard to photograph but it’s a little sleigh with ornaments and trees stacked inside. 
These were so simple to make, I simply added the parts and then the snow.  I put a small amount of hot glue to the bottom or the trees to hold them in place and that was it!
I have been doing a little more decorating today and we went out to buy our Christmas tree today!  It seems so early to me but I want to get the tree up next weekend and have time to enjoy it this season. 
Have you started decorating yet?


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Shiny Brite Wreath

Two years ago I rushed into TJ Maxx on Christmas Eve to buy these beautiful Shiny Brite ornaments I had been eyeing all season.  I felt like waiting until after Christmas may be too big of a chance so I snagged them for 25% off and bought 5 boxes of green and red ornaments. 
I typically don’t decorate with much green and red for Christmas, I like more jewel toned colors but these were so pretty…no worries, I picked up plenty of pink, purple, blue, and silver too.  I had planned to make a wreath out of the green and red from the day I bought them, however, last year we were still living with Will’s parents so I didn’t decorate. 
Traditionally I will not pull the first Christmas item out until Thanksgiving weekend but I wanted to start early on my wreath and I love it!  I am ready to start the decorating!!
Wreath Completed
This was so easy to make and it looks like it is really expensive.  To make one yourself  you will need a foam wreath, hot glue gun and glue sticks, PLENTY of ornaments (I used some cheap filler ones from the craft store), and ribbon to hang. 
I tied the ribbon on the wreath and picked a spot and just started gluing, placing ornaments  together like a puzzle. 
Step One
When you are all done you will have hot glue strands all over so I just used a hairdryer to melt them away. 
I love this finished wreath and it has inspired me to use a little more traditional colors this season!
Wreath Hanging
Wreath Completed
Have you started your Christmas decorating yet?!?


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mirror Mirror

Happy Fall Y’all, it officially feels like cooler weather is going to stick around here.  I’ve taken down all my Halloween decorations and I am kind of of excited about Christmas decorating.  No grand plans but I am looking forward to decorating this year and setting it all up in our new house. 
I wanted to share with you this really awesome mirror that I recently painted.  It’s a bit different from my normal paint projects and it rocks!  It kind of makes me happy every time I look at it.
I don’t know which picture to start with on this, #1 because mirrors are hard to photograph, #2 the details are the best on this one…so I’ll start there.
Dust of Ages
Mirror After
Before this mirror was gold and it was beautiful as is but the gold was flaking and there was this reddish hue left behind that cheapened it a little.  
Detail Before
Mirror Before
Once I started painting I wondered I started to regret it, the gold was very regal…the white was so bright next to the gold.
Little action shot for you…It must have still been warm out this night Smile
Once I got all the white paint on I felt better, it really looked great.  I used the new Amy Howard One Step Paint in Ballet White and then I applied a product from her line called Dust of Ages.  I had seen a similar product to this a while back and was eager to try.  A detailed piece like this one is perfect for this finish. 
With the dust, you paint, wax then sprinkle the Dust of Ages on just before the wax dries and then buff to a beautiful finish.  Since this was the first time I had used it, it took a little getting used to and the first try I think I let the wax dry to much and I applied too little dust.  I tried again right over by applying a little more wax and then adding the dust liberally, then buffed. 
Here is a shot of my first attempt.  Dust on the left, none on the right. This looked good but I really wanted that aged antique look.
Dust vs. None
My final product.
Dust of Ages II
Before and After
I loved trying something new with this piece and that I was able to recreate the aged antique look of the original in a painted version. 
Mirror After II
What do you guys think?  Is it a beauty or what! 
Hope everyone has a great week!  I’m fighting the urge to decorate for Christmas!!