Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year!


Friday, December 18, 2015

Dollar Store Candle Holders Makeover

Wow, has it really been over a week since I last posted?!  Between the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the fact I have my first cold of the season, I haven't been able to get much crafting done. Well, I did have time to stop by the Dollar Store earlier this week...
And I did find a little time between bouts of rain to give these Dollar Store candle holders a little Mercury glass makeover.
This was almost an epic fail.
You see, once I gave each holder a few coats of Krylon's Looking Glass spray paint, it started to rain.  Except I didn't realize it was raining and left my garage door open where the holders were drying.
So the paint got wet and took forever to dry.  It got a little gloppy too and then started peeling.  UGH!  I didn't panic and let the paint completely dry overnight (in a closed garage!).  When I came out the next day, I was able to fix most of it.

Phew - that was a close one!  I added some tea-stained seam binding to each holder and called it a day.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Before & After

Sometimes all you need is a little chalk paint.
I made this top hat a few years ago.  I wanted to give it a makeover but couldn't get the sheet music off.
Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do?


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Faux Hot Cocoa Bar

I'm giving my porch a bit of a ski chalet look this year for the holidays.  It's still a work in progress, but I wanted to share some recent touches.
I picked up the plaid pillows ($19.99 each) from Marshall's last week.  They have snowflakes on the other side, but I adore the plaid so I tucked the snowflakes to the back.  We've had the blanket for a few seasons now.  I think it was a gift from my mom.
I wanted to make a wood hot cocoa bar sign, but since I'm trying to stay on budget, I found this free printable on Pinterest.  The frame is from Ikea from a few years ago and the mugs are from the Dollar Store.
Isn't this cup of cheer printable the sweetest?  Also found it on Pinterest.
All that's missing is some actual hot cocoa!  And here's what's brewing on the other side of the porch.
I still have a ton of faux presents to add, but the weather has been wet the last couple of days here.  We got the LL Bean sleigh when our boys were toddlers.  I'm so happy to be using it again!