Sunday, September 30, 2012

Halloween~Fall Decor

I am a bit late in getting my Halloween~Fall Decor up this year, what with our vacation and just last week I went to see my sisters and attended a mass in honor of our beautiful mother.  I am crazy getting the house ready for fall ~AND~ 2 of my sisters are coming to help us celebrate my 50th Birthday!  WOW, I can not believe I am turning 50, I sure do not feel like it I feel more like 30ish. =O)
Okay, so now lets get on with the decor shall we:
The Mantel
 I asked my husband to get our Fall decor out of storage and I was so surprised at how many bins he took out ~ '3' Yikes!   I chose these 2 cream colored pumpkins perfect for the mantel I thought, then I looked around to see what I had laying around our home.  I started putting the pumpkins in compotes, but it made them look so tall and close to the ceiling , it just did not look right, I remembered I bought this set of candle holders, for $1.00 each at a thrift store of course and they did the trick!
 This tie back was my inspiration and it got the ball  pumpkin rolling!  I bought it at Hobby Lobby for $4.19 a few years ago and it still had the tags attached. (shhhh don't tell my husband)  many of the other items/ornaments I had on hand as I use many of them in my Christmas decor as well so I did not need to spend tons of money!
I L~O~V~E this copper bird, I named it 'Tir' after my mommy, because she was a natural red head and she was so beautiful!  I just love how it shimmers from all the glitter, this is really a Christmas ornament I went shopping  yesterday to buy something special for my mantle and "she" flew out at me! ;0) It was the perfect thing.  Of course I needed to incorporate a monogram, this is actually chip board that I colored in with a metallic pen and simply taped it onto the pumpkin. I like how it casts shadows onto the pumpkin because it does not lay flat against it.  I will tell you a secret, I have a stenciled 'T' in black on the back side of this pumpkin, but since I went with an earthier tone the black was a bit to stark!


Coffee Table

Since I am doing my Fall decorating on the fly & quickly I am thrilled with the way my coffee table decor turned out. For this I  used both Fall & Christmas items that I bought last year or years past all after the season & I normally wait for at least 50% off or they came from thrift stores~
 Here is the low down:  The candle holders were bought at a thrift store for $12.00 for the pair the gold leaf compote is from the same thrift store $3.00 as well as the acorn $.50 the rest are from Hobby Lobby again  most I had on hand from years past. I wanted to interject a pop of color that is where the lime green comes into play in this picture you can not see the lime green leaf  but the next photo you are able to see it better.
 The pumpkins on the candle holders are glass, when I put them on my husband got this look and said uhhh, I asked what?  He said he would be more comfortable if they were not so high, but I reminded him that the angels do not touch any of my decor and they never had, okay there was that time my son saw the 2 NEW cloches that were sitting on my table and said look mommy I am doing like Despicable Me and proceeded to drop one!

 Here is an up close picture of the compote, can you spot the lime green leaf?  Trust me it looks so good in with all these other muted earthy colors, in fact I think I will try to find another one I think the center piece can handle another one. Right?
The small acorn needed a touch of bling so I took out my gold metallic pen outlined the leaf and grid pattern and added a few stokes on the base & stem it turned out pretty good!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Scratch & Dented To Resurrected

Way back when Pier 1 had outlet stores I bought these two items, they were both pretty beat up & with knobs missing a few scratches and some discoloration but I knew they can be brought back to life with a little TLC.  Well it took me a few years to do just that, okay 10 + years, but the point is I finally did breath some life back into them! Take a look~

This is what I started out with, the top left corner was so badly chipped that I needed to fill it in with filler & re-stain it I thought I did a great job.  The drawers were not original, but that did not bother me so much~
Mini Drawers

 I love the way it came out, I know this is a lousy picture and I apologize for that, but you get the point right? The point being it looks awesome~ It is now in one of my angels rooms on one of the bookcases, I painted (post to follow at later date)~
I have found that I have a new love with sharpie pens.  They are so versatile and easy to use, that I seem to be using them for/with so many projects.
I numbered them (okay hubby number them, he has great printing), we had 8 drawers and I am so pleased with the new look~

Empty Treasure Chest
 This little beauty has some green markings on it, along with a few big scratches, but I just covered the scratches with some mineral oil and it remained like this for years.  I wanted to update it so~
 I painted it with some acrylic paint I had on hand I really did not do much to it, simply painted it & rubbed the paint off to achieve this look~
 I had these two designs from a very old book I bought at a library sale that has designs as well as monograms, all I did was use some tracing paper and then I painted over the design~
 It is very subtle, but I like the way it looks in both the silver & gold.  I thought I would outline the design, but thought it looked great just the way it is~
I put it under this revamped table on the landing, after we finished our stairs (post on these soon).  It looks so sweet and wow it really needed that update~  What do you think?  Have you taken years to revamp something, share it with me on comments so that I do not feel so bad!
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