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December 29, 2009


I have done lots of etching on clear glass, but this was my first attempt using the etching solution on a mirror......I am so pleased with the results that I am planning to work on a few more after the Christmas season.

Happy day!

December 24, 2009


Christmas blessings to all my blogging friends!!

December 11, 2009


Here is a great idea for little silver plates......just apply a word to the front and stand it up on a little easel for some easy Christmas cheer.

I was inspired to create these little word plates after finding a bag full of easels
at the thrift store.  A little added bling takes them up a notch.

Have a happy weekend everyone!!  One of my boys reminded me today that there are only 14 days until Christmas.................EEK!!!......HOW DID THAT HAPPEN!!??!!

December 9, 2009


Believe it or not about a year and a half ago I didn't even know what a blog was!!!!! 
 I am blessed to have many fellow junkers in my life that I know through the spectacular junkmarket style site........and one of my buddies, Gretchen of Mimitorias designs was the person who introduced me to blog land.
Gretchen sent me the link to Karlascottage.  Karla's blog was one of the first blogs I ever visited and
 I was blown away by all her gorgeous creations.  
 I fell in love with the beautiful crowns she handmakes from old gutter screen  AND so wanted one of them. I contacted Karla, but she was very busy at the time getting ready for Silver Bella and had no crowns in stock.
So sad was I and sooo obsessed with her crowns that that was what I was thinking about the day I spotted some ugly brass basket thingys in a thrift store.  

  WHOA----I thought-----there are my crowns!!!!
I made a crown template from some paper, then laid it over the ugly thingys and cut away.
I then spray painted, added sparkles, ribbon and vintage jewelry.

I so love my crowns and I thank Karla for the wonderful inspiration she provides on her gorgeous blog.

These are the ugly brass thingys in their glory prior to the wire cutters getting hold of them.
Happy thrifting my blogland buddies.

December 8, 2009


Remember the "BOO" swag that I did up for Hallowe'en??  Here are some I created for Christmas.

I soooo love these silverplated coasters...trouble is I CAN'T find anymore anywhere.  Well....off to hunt some more thrift shops!!
Happy day blogging buddies.

December 7, 2009


Earlier this fall on one of my thrifting days (oh, but I COULD thrift shop every day of my life and still not get enough--ha,ha) I found these absolutely fabulous old trophy cups!!!!!
They make the perfect holders for my bleached bottle brush trees!!!

Because I am more in to the Shabby Chic look I tend not to use traditional greens and reds at Christmas.......my house is all done up in silver and white and cream.
Sticking green bottle brush trees in bleach overnight turns them a beautiful cream.  Add some glitter and Christmas balls and you've got an easy handmade junkstyle decoration.
Happy thrifting my blogging friends.

December 4, 2009


 I have been such a terrible blogger as of late.......it is such a busy time of year, and I have only been able to manage quick peeks at my favorite blogs.  I love all the Christmas inspiration out there in blog land, and have been busy with some Christmas projects of my own (in between all the mom and work stuff).

One of my favorite things to do as the holidays approach is to glitter absolutely anything and everything that I can get my hands on!!!!!!!  This candle holder was $3.00 at the thrift store and the mirrored tray was just a little bit more.  I painted them with decoupage medium and then sprinkled on the glitter.....

I added little knob feet to this tray.

So you see.....my house (and me) are absolutely covered in glitter!!!
Happy day!


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