Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Chalkboard Wish Frame

Chocolate, wine, or Pinterest???
If I could only choose one, I think it would be Pinterest!
Really!
Where else can one go to experience exotic places, drool over thousands of gorgeous recipes, or draw from the endless inspiration of the creatistas of the world all from a comfy sofa?
This "wish" board is a take off from something I saw on Pinterest, and
it's perfect for Christmas.
I cut the letters on a Cricut from book paper and chipboard. The stars and moon are a Tim Holz die that I cut with a BigShot. I carefully glued wire between the layers, which was a little bit of a pain in the neck!  Once the main piece was complete, I mounted it with foam tape on a piece of matte board that I had spray painted with chalkboard paint. I rubbed on a little chalk for interest.

To frame it, I  painted an odd-sized, black frame from Goodwill with ivory chalk paint. Home Depot carries small containers in loads of colors, and it's hugely cheaper than Annie Sloan. Here is my finished project:

Wishing you joy as you prepare for the holiday season and lots of Pinspiration!

Laura



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hand-made Christmas Cards with a Vintage Flare

Hi sweet friends.
I haven't sent Christmas cards in a long, long time, but 
this year it's going to be different:

Once I finished a design, it was easy to cut the pieces and 
work on them every night, a little bit at a time. 
Before I knew it, I had made all of these:







The next two I modified from Pinterest:


I had so much fun, I can't wait to make more!
I hope you find some inspiration in what I've created.
Do you have a favorite? I'd love to know!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Laura

I am linking up with these wonderful blog parties:


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vintage Halloween Decorations and Creations

My FAVORITE season is finally arriving, and I have pulled down all the boxes of folk art pretties:


From Bethany Lowe's company - Nicole Sayer
A vintage thrift-shop frame with a vintage reprint.


Some things I have made:
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A closeup of my banner

Love this decoration designed by my friend Heidi
A carton I m ade for Halloween treats

This is my favorite time of year to decorate:

The sideboard in our entry
A fun way to celebrate and remember my child's Halloween celebrations through the years. (Gonna find some more pictures!)

My inexpensive way to decorate--put a Dollar Tree creepy portrait in a thrift shop frame:

 


Did you know you can paint a leather boot with regular acrylic paint? That was an experiment that worked well! A black and white gingham ribbon completed my witch's boot.  I made the "Boo" blocks several years ago, and they are still some of my favorite decorations. I have pictures of my great aunt and uncle on them. I suppose it's a Scots-Irish version of Dia de los Muertos! lol!


The Tom and Jerry set below were actually made for a Christmas drink, but I think this orange lusterware version is perfect for  Halloween!

 All the decorating and creating and photographing have kept me pretty busy these past few weeks. Stay tuned for an anthropologie-inspired decoration coming soon!


Laura


Linking up this week with these great blog parties:
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Tweak it Tuesdays at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesdays
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Creative Things Thursday @ The Vintage Farmhouse 
Blog Stalking Thursday @ The Crafty Blog Stalker

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Perfect Sunday Brunch

Some days, and it's all too rare in this life, but some days are simply perfect. The perfect meeting of food and laughter and family on an early Autumn day that is sunny with just the right amount of crisp coolness in the air. So nice to visit with adult children and their significant others. This is new for hubby and me, and it is really wonderful. 

We made applewood smoked bacon, omelettes, pumpkin cranberry scones, and gluten-free pumpkin pancakes with organic maple syrup. What a sweet surprise greeted me when I cracked the first egg for the pancakes:

And then another and another and another of those surprises as I cracked three more eggs, all telling me this day was going to be special.

I washed some of the most perfect-looking organic fruit and decided it had to go in my circa 1860 antique ironstone tureen.  Hee hee... everyone asked if the fruit was real. It did look quite like a still life! 


What fun it was to pull out my Autumn dishes, Royal Worcester's Evesham, and work in flowers, another antique ironstone piece, some pearl-handled knives, sterling forks and coin silver forks.



After brunch, we had a lovely time visiting and looking at our son's video footage of his underwater adventures in Hawaii. They swam with dolphins and huge turtles--amazing! Reliving the trip was so relaxing that we all felt like napping.  With the warm aromas of food still lingering in the air, and the warm contentment all around, this truly felt like a recaptured Sunday from my childhood at my Grandma's house. I felt older and more settled and able to give to my son what I had been given by the adults in my childhood. This was a perfect Sunday--one I will cherish and bring back as often as I can.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Messin' Around with Bailey's Irish Cream Mugs

Life sure gets busy, doesn't it?
I haven't had a lot of "create" time or energy, but I still do mess around with my pretties. 
One of the pretties I've been in love with forever are the Bailey's Irish Cream face mugs.
I just LOVE these things!!!!!!
They're not the greatest to drink from, but I love to display them with a little 
something in the top. Remember these old red pincushions?

This one feels like me on most days... no lipstick and a pencil in my hair!

Everyone needs a partner, so I paired her with a blue pincushion that
 I made with a sweet calico cotton:

I love their flirty expressions. Romance in the air?

The whole display is in my kitchen, and it makes me smile to walk by and 
see them winking at me with their knowing smiles.

Do you have special pretties that bring a smile to your face?

I'm linking this post with these wonderful blog parties:

What's It Wednesdays on Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Cup Thursday on Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen

(I will have Halloween and Christmas projects posted in the future.)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Tag Tuesday: Roses

It's just been far too long since I have posted. Life takes so many twists and turns, invites us to meet others, share joys, share sorrows, take on new challenges, and it seems to drag me along kicking and screaming sometimes. I certainly have missed so many of you; I hope I can make time to visit your blogs this weekend.

I have also missed out on a lot of Tag Tuesdays, but with Memorial Day over and Fourth of July around the corner, I got a little patriotic burr in my saddle!

I started with white card stock and spritzed a red ink and water mixture onto a stencil from Tim Holtz. Then I spritzed walnut ink to age it the paper. I stamped the rose in navy blue and colored with pencils. I really am happy with the patriotic, retro look of this tag! I will say though, it looks so much better in person!

I wish you all a good and blessed weekend.

Laura


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tag Tuesday: Africa

Wow, this one just about threw me, but after thinking on it for a week, I remembered some Africa-themed, clearance-bin cards in my stash and set to work.  I wanted this to look like a postcard, so I trimmed the card to a tag size, stamped the back, aged it a bit,  and added a Cape of Good Hope stamped image:
To change up the front a bit, I added a piece of transparent paper tape from Tim Holtz, which looks like newsprint, another Cape of Good Hope stamp, and a heat embossed image in deep red:
For starting with such little inspiration, I'm really happy with the result. I hope your recent creative endeavors have been fun and fruitful!
Laura