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Anthropologie Mason Jar Snow Globe DIY

I love looking at the online store Anthropologie and have been inspired by many of their products.  Last November I saw their Mason Jar Snow Globes and they were priced between 22 and 38 dollars.  I thought to myself, who would spend that kind of money?  I went back a week later and they were sold out, so I guess there are many people with money to burn.  I never got a chance to make one, but when we opened gifts on Christmas Eve, Jen made me one.  Everyone loves snow globes, and I have never received a hand-made one.  It has a winter snow-covered tree scene with several types of glitter, giving off an incandescent shine.  This is one gift that I am going to keep out and display all year.

Thanks Jen 🙂

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On a Roll……again

We all have them, and most people throw them away…..  I am talking about toilet paper rolls again, lol.  I posted about making stars using them, and went a bit crazy in my house.  I decorated the fireplace, over the cupboards and in wreaths, glittered stars everywhere.  I saw a blog on making Faux Metal Wall Art, and thought I would give it a try.

You may have to look twice at some of these, I am amazed at what you can do with TP rolls, spray paint and a glue gun.  I had a frame from the dollar store, and a dollar can of spray paint from Lowe’s, total cost for all 3 projects, 2 dollars !!

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On a Roll…………..

I have very dark areas in my house, it is that awkward space between the cupboards and your ceiling, and I am always looking for ways to brighten them up.  I always have mini lights lit, or my kitchen looks like a cave and I decorated with some branches that were laying in my yard, but I wanted something else, something sparkly.  I save toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls, so I thought I would make snowflakes and hang them from the branches.

Muffin Tin Mom has a great tutorial and they are super easy to make.  I first followed her directions and cut them 3/4 in, but decided I wanted them thinner, so I cut them in half.  I spray painted them and then sprayed with glitter, and hung them on the branches.  I only painted eight of them, I wanted to see how I liked them, and I do!!  I have thirty more cut out and glued, I am thinking about spraying them gold or silver and see which I like best.

These snowflakes turn out so pretty and festive no one will ever know they are made from a recycled toilet paper roll.

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Looking 10 ft up
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All Bottles in a Row

I love, LOVE lighted wine bottles.  I posted a how to video in August on how to make a wine bottle light, I wanted a few for my kitchen window. Thanks to my wonderful friends who give me their recycling, I had collected a wide assortment of beautiful bottles.  The bottles ranged from blue Flex wine, Saratoga sparkling water, to Tequila and Rum bottles.  I was feeling ambitious one day and drilled holes in all of them and added lights.  As I was adding lights to each bottle, I was like a kid at Christmas, mesmerized by the lights, and the beauty that each bottle gave off when lit.   I love the dramatic visual they created all lined up.

Dig out your bottles and  follow my previous post.  Not only will you get a dramatic display, you get another excuse to buy more wine, too. *wink*

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eco-friendly, handmade, and vintage items for the whole family and the home

Do you have a friend that always has the coolest stuff, and you’re constantly saying, “Where did you find that?” 
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Playing (with) my old vinyl records

I dug out my very old record player today and decided to play some of my ancient vinyls that I have been storing for 30 plus years.  I was expecting to hear the sweet sound of a vinyl record spinning on a turntable playing the music that I love, but all I heard was scratches and skips.

Since I hate to throw anything away, I decided to go to Pinterest and see what everyone was making with their old vinyl records.  I can’t believe how many ideas I found, and now I have the bug.  I thought I would share a few of the things I made this morning….

Vinyl bowl using this tutorial, I also painted a chipped martini glass black and added it as a base…

Record Album Mail Organizer using this tutorial

Vinyl Bracelet using this tutorial

I made other things also, but I need to explore drilling holes and polishing edges on vinyl first, my fingers are crossed that they don’t break.

Have you ever made anything from old records?

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Old Book Lamp

Do you have some old books collecting dust and you just don’t know what to do with them?  Why not make a lamp? I make several different ones and this one doesn’t require drilling a hole in the books.

Supplies needed:

  • Old books
  • Candle lamp
  • Doily
  • Glue gun
  • Mod podge or white glue
  • Twigs or vine
  • Old eye glasses

Pick out books that you would like to create the base of your lamp, you can choose as many as you like.  I like to glue the sides of the books with Mod Podge so when I pick up the lamp the books won’t open.  I let the books dry overnight, and when they are dry, I glue the books together, using a hot glue gun.  I glue the doily to the books and then the candle lamp, also using a glue gun.  I like to put some twigs or vines around the base of the lamp and add a pair of old eye glasses, gluing in place.  To add more country charm, add a silicone bulb.  If you would like t make your own silicone bulbs, here is my tutorial.

 

Have you made a book lamp?  I would love to see what you have created, please share your link.

 

 

 

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Sitting in the cheap seats, figuratively speaking

Hi, my name is Liz, and I am a chair-aholic.  I cannot pass by a chair without wanting it, and it doesn’t matter what condition it is in.  I have chairs hanging in trees, under trees, in gardens and in every room in the house.  I even have chairs stored in the garage and in a warehouse.  I happened to be at my favorite auction, Capone’s Vault in Amsterdam, and a poor little chair wasn’t being bid on.  It didn’t have a seat, and was a bit wobbly, but it caught my attention.  When the bid kept getting lower and lower and it was finally at 1 dollar, my number went in the air, and I held my breath that nobody would raise the bid.  SOLD

I took my little chair home and glued it, cleaned it up and it was ready for caning.  I then realized I was out of cane, and in my rural area, you can’t just run out and buy it, hmmmm, I wonder how it would look caned with twine?  I always have twine, I make bracelets with it, so I started to cane the chair with my dollar store twine, and next thing I know, the chair is done and I even have twine left.

If you have been doing the math, chair 1 dollar, twine 1 dollar, total cost for this little chair, 2 dollars.  That’s what I call sitting in the cheap seats!

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Random acts of Sharing

sharing – unselfishly willing to share with others; “a warm and sharing friend”

unselfish – disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others

 

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and I usually take pause and think about what I am thankful for.  Why am I writing about this now and not closer to Thanksgiving?  In the past month, I have experienced many random acts of sharing, and with the recent events, I decided today was a good day for sharing.

To start, Hurricane Sandy, where folks who were dramatically affected by the storm, as well as others across the nation, are offering time, food, clothes, money and lodging to storm victims who need help. Businesses have supplied disaster recovery areas with food and beverages, as well as pledged millions to help the affected towns rebuild.

I recently went to a friends wedding and at the beginning of their reception, they thanked everyone for coming and sharing their day with them, what a wonderful thing to do.

One of my favorite bloggers celebrated her 1 year anniversary of blogging.  She created a Good Neighbor Award and asked everyone to nominate a fellow blogger that they would like to live next door to, someone to cook/sew/craft/shop/write together, to learn to do something new, to be inspired, or to visit over a cup of tea.  I was incredibly honored to be among the nominees.

I have friends that share their recycling with me.  I know it’s easier to just to put it on the curb, but to save it and give it to me, knowing that I will be repurposed, I am thankful.

I met a woman the other day, a perfect strangers, in a parking lot.  We met so I could buy some vintage Christmas bulbs that she had for sale, and another woman was there, doing the same thing.  I don’t remember how the conversation began, but we started talking about decorating and silicone light bulbs and how expensive they were.  The other woman, shared with me, how to make them yourself, and explained what I needed to use and how to do it. This simple act of kindness is the main reason for my blog today.  If she only knew that she would open up my creative side and that is all I would think of for days.  Thank you Helen!

How to make silicone light bulbs

Things You’ll Need:

  • Clear silicone caulk for outdoors, about 3 dollars
  • Small disposable bowl
  • night  light bulb, dollar store
  • wire or paper clip
  • metal hanger
  • Caulk gun
  • Scissors
Silicone bulbs usually cost about 3 dollars for 2, I made 12 for 6 dollars, and have enough silicone for many more.

Prepare the Silicone:

I placed my tube by the wood stove to warm it up.

Cut the tubing tip and squeeze the silicone into the disposable bowl,  I used an old sour cream container with a lid.

Do not stir the silicone, I tapped it on the counter to remove air bubbles and to settle the silicone.

Making the bulb:

Screw the bulb in the socket to test and make sure it works. Remove the bulb.

Wrap wire around the metal part of the bulb. Make sure the wire is holding the bulb securely.

Submerge the bulb in the center of the silicone until you have only the metal part of the bulb showing.

Pull the bulb out of the mixture,  simply pull straight out. Do not pull fast,  a slow pull will give you a long tip that is important to the look of your bulb.

Hang them by the wire on the hanger. Do not allow the bulbs to touch each other or anything else. Allow to dry three hours, and cure for 24 hours.

If you look closely, you will be able to see the difference between my first try and how they improved as I dipped more bulbs.  I added cinnamon to the silicone to add an aged look.

And the bulbs finished

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

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Decorating with bittersweet? almost….

I planted many bittersweet plants almost 20 years ago so I could have my own supply to decorate with.  For some reason, I didn’t get a single berry this year, and that is a first.  I always decorate my fireplace with branches of bittersweet, it seems like such a “fall” thing to do, grapevine and bittersweet throughout the house, pops of orange and yellow.  I was in a big dilemma, too late to wax leaves, they are already off the trees, decorations are so expensive……..and then it came to me !!

I was eating candy corn, you know that pure sugar treat that comes out once a year, and it had all of the colors I wanted.  I ran outside, cut down a bunch of branches and wired them together, and pulled out the glue gun and started gluing them on.  If you look closely, it doesn’t look like bittersweet, but from a distance?  Works for me.

add lights, wish they had brown wire….

and the finished product…

I was unable to take a bright picture,  it has been cloudy here in the northeast forever, and with the log walls, it never gets really bright.

What do you think?  Keep it or eat it?  lol