Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dreaming Of A White...

distressed painting, plate rack
PLATE RACK!?!

Yes, I was dreaming of a white plate rack that was wa-a-a-a-y past being finished.











You may remember this poor soul from last February.  It was a rescue from  The Saddest Thrift Tossing.

















It had extensive water damage to the back.

After sitting in the sun for weeks with weights on the back, it still refused to straighten itself out.












Surgery was required.

The back was successfully removed.

I gave it several coats of my gloopy paint mixture in off-white.

Then stuck it in a corner for months.





Finally I pulled it out, sanded it down, and gave it a coat of MinWax Mission Oak.

I drove it over to the antique mall, put it in a cart, and promptly sold it before it arrived at the booth.

Thanks, K!

She will be dreaming of her white plate rack all season long!

See y'all!



See all the bottle brush trees at these posts:


Let The Bleaching Begin

Dying the Trees

Bottle Brush Trees on Corks

Bottle Brush Tree Joy

Bottle Brush Trees on Molds 

Bottle Brush Trees On Blocks  

Painted And Pearled 

Silver And Gold 

A Tiny Shake Of Christmas 
















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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Make It Monday #15

Welcome to another
Make It Monday

Distressed Donna Down Home, link party, features

We want to see your creative projects, delicious recipes, furniture transformations, and thrifty finds.













Meet my co-host Tamara from Etcetorize












Nancy of Our Peaceful Planet shared the legend of spiders decorating with their webs.  She wrote a printable poem to go with the spider ornament.


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Nicki of T-shirt & Jeans shared her family's Christmas book tradition.



Taby of Oh, Cecelia shared a delightful star garland.





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Wrap It Up

making vintage wrapping paper, 100 Proof Press stamps
I am one of those people who believe the wrapping is more important than the gift.

I want tiny presents all wrapped individually.



I want them to look vintage.

I don't really care what the gift is as long as the wrapping is imaginative.

This is what I have selected for this Christmas.






I bought a roll of masking paper in green from the paint section of Lowe's.

I have rolls in brown and red also.






My favorite stamp is this Old World Santa from 100 Proof Press - the place to go for unique stamps with a vintage vibe.

Even if you are not a stamper, you will want to visit 100 Proof Press to see their images. You can find them HERE!

A flash mob of Santa's!








For the ornament exchange this year, I tied each package with jute baker's twine in natural and red from Hobby Lobby.

Added a cute knee hugger and some bottle brush trees.



Vicky of  Life on Willie Mae Lane hosted her second annual ornament exchange.  See what everyone received!







Some gifts ready for a friend in a small green basket.

Do I have Christmas all wrapped up?

No, I have yet to even put up decorations. 

I will get to them when I get to them or just won't get to them.

But I will guarantee each person's gift will be wrapped imaginatively.

I was inspired to create my own paper by Melissa at Shabby Love Blog last year when she carved her own stamps to make wrapping paper to sell in her booth. Read that post HERE.



Remember to come back tonight to join Tamara (Etcetorize) and I for Make It Monday - it starts each Sunday night at 7PM Eastern.  I chose the features this week so they will show up on my blog.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Ornament Exchange


handmade ornaments, ornament exchange
Vicky of  Life on Willie Mae Lane hosted her second annual ornament exchange.

An ornament exchange is serious business, folks.

You only have one chance to nail it.

I had no idea who had my name.

Then I arrived home to find a package from Tina of  What We Keep.






Oh, joy!

I love Tina's stuff!

Well, there was that one corn incident, but that is behind us.

You can read about the corn incident here. 


Look at the goodies carefully nestled in cheetah tissue.





A mini Samuel de Champlain.

A bristly, bottle brush squirrel who instantly won my heart.














Tina slipped an extra cupcake ornament in for my birthday.















Wow, looks like Santa was sure glad to see that cupcake!
















My favorite - Tina created the ornament from a chunk of reclaimed wood, a golf spike, a cloth heart, and two tiny squirrels scampering about the top.

It looks just like a miniature mantel.





These were beautifully wrapped.



















A silver Santa bell who will fit in with my Santa collection.

And the woodland bottle brush tree ornament.

I may have to choose another favorite - I love the woodland scene.

And the silver Santa bell.





When I began to open the box, Chucks saw Tina's name on the box and asked if she was the one who had sent me corn before.

I told him Tina knew not to put corn in the box.

Folded in the bottom was this holiday popcorn bag with our name on it.

Tina does have a wicked sense of humor.

Don't worry - the bag was empty.






Samuel de Champlain wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas.

And a huge THANK YOU to Tina for my lovely ornaments.



I sent an ornament box to Tania of  Little Vintage Cottage.  You can read what she received HERE.

Vicky will be hosting a gathering of everyone who participated this weekend.

See y'all!










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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Retro Gray Guy



Painting a retro table, Americana Decor Relic
He is a retro gray guy.

A marriage of a sixties TV stand, plywood, and ingenuity.

Look at the groovy wheels on him.

Vroom, Vroom!









That lovely orange varnish so loved way back when.

He is quite adaptable.  

One leaf up.

Two leaves  (leafs?) up.

Or both down.







Skinny, but sturdy legs.


















I am sure this orange varnish look will be back in about another twenty years, but for now...














I will just sand that right off and ...

















Paint him Relic gray.


See his brother - a square in a gray suit here.











Left his bottom alone.

Cleaned his legs and waxed them.












Rubbed him down with MinWax Mission Oak Poly.










Left him out in the yard to dry.

Rolled him over to Riverfront Antique Mall to Booth W-10.

He is buried under a ton of stuff, but if you want him, he is there.


That retro gray guy.



See y'all!

















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