Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bonne Année (or Happy New Year)!

Wishing all of my bloggy friends a safe and happy new year!


Monday, December 30, 2013

Farmhouse Frame

I stopped by our local thrift store on Friday with the 6 year old.  It was slim pickings but I did manage to find a few goodies.
This haul cost me $2.50.  Missing from the photo is one cat stuffed animal and a cat book that my little guy took off with immediately after we got home (he loves cats!).  Check out the green fame with the screening. Here it is now.
I was able to give it a few coats of spray paint over the weekend.  I think it has a kind of farmhouse/industrial chic look it now.
The B stencil stands for our last name.  I like how the metal pops against the white.  
I was originally thinking of adding a stand to the back to make it a jewelry holder but I'm liking this much better for the kitchen.

Jeanine 1.
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

"Pin It" Hover Button

Can anyone remind me how to add the hover "Pin It" button to my blog?  You know, the one that when you glide over a photo with your mouse it will say Pin It.  I did it a while ago and can't for the life of me remember how I did it.  Ack!  Thanks in advance!


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Quick Change Artist

So our upstairs carpeting was completed today.  Yay!  While I was milling about the house waiting for them to finish, I started tinkering with some of my cloches and other glass pieces.  Since all of our holiday goodies are packed away now, I was shopping the house for quick ways to update.
This is how my faux mantel looked for the holidays.  And here it is now.
Less cluttered and more simple.  Blue and white hues.
For this cloche, I added some embellished match boxes.
This one has a Frenchy votive.  Sorry about the glare!  You know how it is with glass and sunlight.  ;)
I added an urn with faux moss to this one.
And of course I started playing around with some ideas for Valentine's Day.
My husband just scratches his head.  But I remind him that love isn't just for Valentine's Day - it's for everyday!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Tag Happy

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!  Believe it or not, our decorations are down and already packed away.  We're gearing up for some much-needed home improvements and can't spare a moment.  I was able to get a few items done and added to my Etsy shop before the madness ensues.
Tags, tags and more tags!  French ones.
Religious ones.
And yes, even Valentine's Day ones.

That's all I've been able to get to.  The hubby is home until January 2nd and I've got to use the extra set of hands while I can.  New carpeting coming tomorrow.  A livingroom and diningroom await fresh coats of paint.  And don't even get me started on the clutter.

I'm determined to start 2014 organized!

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Taking a few days off from blogging and wanted to wish all of my bloggy friends a very merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Embellished Bottles - Salsa!

I don't know about you but Goodwill's been a bust for me lately. With Christmas right around the corner, I've been trying to avoid the stores and work with what I have lying around the house.
I've been saving these bottles (mostly salsa ones!) for a few weeks now. Yesterday, I decided to embellish them.  I broke out some French book paper, lace, baker's twine and some charms.
I got busy gluing and wrapping and tying.  Giving each one its own personal touch.
This one is dressed up with an image from the Graphics Fairy and a burlap flower.
This one holds a French flashcard.  The word in French is knife of all things.
Then I added some carnival tickets for a pop of color.
I just love embellishing bottles.  And the best part is always using what you already have on hand!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Ringing in 2014

Truth be told, we don't do a lot for New Year's Eve.  I, for one, do not like being on the roads when there are a lot of people out drinking.  We usually stay in as a family and eat all sorts of goodies as the night goes on. This year, our boys asked if they could stay up late with us.  How can I say no?
We have some festive hats and horns from about 10 years ago lurking in the attic.  And that's about it.  So I've been trying to come up with different ideas to make it more fun for the boys.
Not sure if this is what they'd call fun but it's a first attempt.  I made the "medallion" using vintage sheet music.  I printed out some French script on cardstock and then used my Cricut to cut it into a circle for the middle.
Then I hand-stamped 2014 on the front.  Finishing touches include glitter, a wood stick and some ribbon.  Again, I'm not sure if this is something that will get them excited but it will make for a nice addition to whatever New Year's Eve decor I can come up with between now and then.

Wish me luck!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Pottery Barn-ish Inspired Chalkboard

If you've flipped through a recent Pottery Barn catalog, you've probably seen where they cover a wall with vintage book paper.  I love that look and would be ecstatic to do something like that in our house, but I don't think my husband would go for it.  Plan B: give a vintage chalkboard a similar look.
This is the chalkboard before.  Pretty ugly, no?  I bought it a couple of years ago with the intention of adding black chalkboard paint to it.  Um, clearly that never happened.  Fast forward and here it is now.
I used a variety of vintage dictionary and book paper.  I made a quick 2014 Wish banner to the top and then printed wish and dream onto vintage sheet music and added that to the mix.
Here's a closeup.  This hangs in my office/craft room - right across from my desk.
I think I'll be enjoying the view more now that it's all dressed up!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Special Delivery

How excited was I when I won one of my sister Kathy's giveaways (CreativeHomeExpressions) last week?  My special delivery from Susan of EvelynandRose.Blogspot.com arrived yesterday.
Two beautiful handmade ornaments.  And how adorable is the Santa tag?
I love them!
A big thank you to my sister and Susan!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Home Tour

I've been showing some of our Christmas touches for the past couple of weeks now.  Here are a few more to share.
The $24.99 Target wreath that I snagged for $3 at our local church thrift store.  The Merry Christmas sign is from Walmart.  I wanted to keep it simple.
Some bells and greenery hangs from our porch light.
Santa has definitely come to town!  Here...
And here.
Snowman hat on a stack of books.
Can't forget the bathroom!  And, of course, wishing everyone:
On earth!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Petite Gift Boxes

Tinkering with some Dollar store match boxes over the weekend and came up with some petite pretties.
I used some French book paper and religious images found on Etsy to dress them up. Slide open the box and...
You find a little surprise inside.  A small square religious metal - also made using the Etsy images.
These would be sweet to give as a gift, but I must admit...these are for me!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Xmas Touches for Vintage Milk Bottle Carrier

I've had this vintage milk bottle carrier for a couple of years now.  I dress it up and down depending upon the season.  I gave it a quick holiday makeover and have it on the trunk we use as a coffee table in our livingroom.
I made the wood pieces quite a few years ago and break them out every December.  
I added some Mason jars and festive candy to add a touch of color.
A quick update to a favorite vintage piece!