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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Easter!

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday. It's so much fun to visit. You'll be truly inspired by her post as well as all the participants!


Happy Easter everyone!


I used my grandmother's bedspread as a tablecloth...



...added a few thrift store bunnies and it looks like spring!


The tulip runner and sugar bowl {used as a vase} were also my grandmothers.


Pink camellias from my yard.



The large bunny was purchased at Wal Mart years ago. The glass eggs were a Goodwill find.



The cross was given to me by a dear friend... perfect for Easter.




Do you know the good news?







He's risen!

Lenox stemware


vintage creamer as another vase


Prelude {International} flatware



chargers - Marshall's
dinner and salad plates - Opal Innocence Carved {Lenox}




After the meal, dishes were cleared, and there was time for a cup of coffe or tea.



I pulled together pink cups and saucers I found at Goodwill...


and a pink depression glass bisquit jar from my mother.


The bubble glass birds were a gift from my sister and mother...


...little bunnies from GW...




...and of course well loved books.



Happy Easter everyone!
Thanks so much for visiting...enjoy your day!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Starfish Tassel

I LOVE tassels and have ordered great ones on Etsy, click here. Since then, I've found wonderful blogs with tassel tutorials, here, here and here. It always amazes me how creative people are in making a product. Their strategies are so varied and each tassel is unique and beautiful!

I've been in the mood to make a starfish tassel, so I combined strategies and just went for it.

I began with a candle cup I purchased from Hobby Lobby.



I took jute {4ply #72}  and made 20 or so loops approx. 8" long. I secured the top with a small length of just and clipped the loops at the opposite end. I used the secured end and stuffed it into the candle cup with a small drop of hot glue. After it had dried, I untwisted each strand of jute, separating into four strands...I wanted a natural base for the starfish.



{Kinda looks like a jellyfish, doesn't it?}





After fluffing this jute I added various ribbons at different lengths to add volume. At this point, it's just a matter of what you like and how full you like your tassel.


On top of these ribbons, I wound more jute around the cap, covering all edges. I could have stopped at this point, but I decided to add more fringe. I put on three layers, two brown and one off white. When I felt the tassel was full enough, I added the starfish on top and another piece of jute on the back in which to hang him.



Just for fun, I added a few small shells on various ribbons.


Image all the possibilities! Be sure to check out all the links above, the tassels these ladies have made are absolutely gorgeous! As I go back to visit, I find myself looking around my home thinking, hm...where else can I add a tassel?

I'm linking to Susans' Between Naps on the Porch for her Metamorphasis Monday. Be sure to stop by to visit!

I'm also linking with The Nesting Place...You'll LOVE this blog too. Please visit for LOADS of inspiration!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Blue and White

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday! It's always such a great place to find amazing tables.
Today I'm sharing a blue and white table, one that even surprises me! I didn't think I had enough blue around to put a table together, but as it turns out, I've found bits and pieces here and there!


My dining room window gets the afternoon sun, it's always a joy to see all the bright blue!


The blue glass ball is actually a vintage Christmas ornament that belonged to my grandmother.
It's quite heavy!



As the sun sets, the candles were lit.






...a couple of friends stopped by...








all candle holders/odds and ends: Goodwill, Dollar Store
bottles: Pier I
goblets: Garden Ridge
flatware: Oneida, Michelangelo
chargers: Marshall's
dinner/salad plates: Lenox, Opal Innocence Carved
napkins: homemade

I'm linking with Smiling Sally and her Blue Monday as well as Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday.




Thanks so much for visiting...enjoy your day!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I've gone a little crazy!



We lost our beach cabin during Hurrican IKE and as the warmer weather rolls around, I miss it even more. It was our own little slice of heaven...to see my post on that, click here.

All this to say that I've gone a little crazy with seashells this year in my decorating. I just love their natural beauty, simpleness, and stories. Don't you imagine they have great stories to tell? Where they began, traveled, who lived in them?

As I was browsing one day, I ran across this blog. They have the most gorgeous shell bottles! I loved that they were made using vintage items. They were a bit rustic, like they had a story to tell themselves. As I studied them closer and read all I could on their site, my wheels began to turn. I thought, hey, I could make them, I had the sand, seashells, jute...I just needed the bottles and a soldering iron.

The search began for vintage bottles. I decide to visit one of my favorite little antique shops. They had a huge sign out front that they were closing and thus having a 50% SALE! And as luck would have it, they had a box of bottles.
SOLD - I picked up 8 {and should have bought the entire lot!}




On to soldering...no problem...my handy-dandy husband {HDH} could help me with this, in fact I think he even had a soldering iron.
Now...how do you solder?
He gave me a quick lesson but said that it only worked metal to metal.
Hm...I wasn't working with metal to metal, only glass to shell. So I went back to the above site and yep, they were soldering.
How did they do that?
{...apparently there's a resin to use that makes the metal you're melting "stick" to the other surface...}
TMI for me.

My HDH suggested I use another product that would probably work:  Bondo.
What?
 Like they use on cars?
Yep...it's a two part mixture that repairs the body of a car that has been wrecked. It can be molded and when it drys, it can be sanded and painted.
...that sounds a little easier...



We found this on a shelf at an auto parts store {on aisle #6}. I asked  my HDH to go with me, just because I'm whimpy and had absolutely no idea what I was looking for.

See the little tube on top? It's the redish goop that reacts with the gray goop in the can. The mixture is about 1:30.


The mixture drys in about 3-4 minutes so you have to work quickly. The right side of the plate is already dry so through trial and error, I decided to work in small amounts.
I used throw away plates and plastic utencils, gloves are not really needed. HDH suggested I use them but I found they just got in my way.
*****AND the MOST IMPORTANT TIP*****
Work in a WELL ventilated area - like OUTSIDE.
{I used this while working on my kitchen table - the back door and windows open  wide - and the odor was still quite strong!}






Using sand from our local beach {that's legal right?} and shells from my collection I was set.
I used a funnel to add sand to the bottles and depending on the opening of the bottle, added tiny shells.
Next..."glueing" the shells to the bottles.

On my first bottle, I wanted to make sure the shell was on really good, so I put a lot of Bondo on it...you know the theory, "... more is better..."?



...while it was still workable, I tried to "smooth" it around the bottle with the plastic utencil AND hold the shell in place. {Can you say ambidextrous?}
 Hm...not exaclty the look I was going for.

On my SECOND bottle, I had a new plan.
Since the mixture dries so quickly I would just put enough of the goop to attach the shell and I would hold it for the drying time.




{looks kinda like melting chocolate ice cream doesn't it?}




Much better...and while it's wet, it can be wiped away if you have too much - just don't get it on your hands.

After I had all the shells afixed to the bottles I mixed another batch and added more around the top of the bottles, getting the desired look.




I played around with the different shells on different bottles, just to see what I thought looked the best.
After the 3-4 minutes setting time, the shells were definitely "stuck". Bondo is truly amazing stuff!
It's just like concrete.
However, any mistakes you may have made can be chipped, scratched, or sanded away!
Yippee!



Now for the "soldering" look. I played around with acrylic paint until I achieved the blackgraywhitebrown look I was after and painted the bands of Bondo.



The final step was to add jute. Putting a small dot of hot glue on the back of the bottle, I began my jute and continued to wrap until  I had a desired look.


This project didn't take too long to complete and I'm very pleased with the results.

Here are few pictures with these guys around my home:







Wouldn't these be neat with a long lost note inside? or music? or another object?
Or what about a different topper?
The possiblities are endless!

Thanks so much for visiting...enjoy your day!


I'm joining the following parties this week, as always, thanks ladies!
Susan for her Metamorhphasis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.
Rhoda for her Today'sThrifty Treasure at Southern Hospitality
Tam's Three or More Tuesday at The Gypsy's Corner
Diane for Second Time Around at A picture is Worth a 1,000 Words
Leigh for Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
Beth at Mantel Party at The Stories of A to Z
Marty at Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Be sure to stop by for amazing posts and creative participants!

I've just been invited to another party, Linda's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Party over at Coastal Charm! Thanks Linda!








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