New Project…Maybe?

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Candles, DIY, Home Decor, Potpourri | Tags: , , , |

Empty Candle Cups

Got my money’s worth with these candles. They’ve been sitting around for a while now due to “crafters block.”

After browsing the Internet, I found a pretty nice project to embark upon.

I don’t have any baby food jars, but I think my candle cups will do just fine (we’ll see In Shaa Allaah).  I’ll post some pictures upon completion.

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener - Making Friends.com - Idea by Angela of Portland, Oregon

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener - Idea by Angela of Portland, Oregon

You need:

  • Potpourri

  • Clean Baby Food Jar (no top needed)

  • 5″ Paper Doily

  • Rubber Band

  • Lace

  • Ribbon Rose

  • Low Temp Glue Gun

Instructions:

Fill jar with potpourri. Cover with a paper doily or tulle. Secure with rubber band. Tie a ribbon around the jar to hide the rubber band.  Hot glue ribbon rose to ribbon.

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Hand-Beaded Curtain Bow

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Bows, Curtains, Decorating with Beads, DIY, Home Decor | Tags: , , , , , |

Beading Supplies

Beading Supplies

Beading along...

Beading along...

Hand-beaded Bow

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Flowers in a Basket

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Baskets, Faux Plants & Flowers, Flowers | Tags: , , , , |

Waste Paper Basket full of Faux Flowers

Waste Paper Basket full of Faux Flowers

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Coffee-stained Runner

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Centerpieces, DIY, Home Decor, Oops!, Sticks and Stones, Table Settings, Vases | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Coffee Stained Runner I laid a beige runner width-wise across my table hoping to tone down the brown, woodsy feel. It worked, but the table setting was as boring as watching paint dry.  I tried this knick knack, that lackluster knick knack…still nothing. Everyday there was something different sitting on the table (a refurbished item that I already owned – no shopping sprees here, smiles). Before I could satisfy my crafty whims, oops!…my cup of coffee spilled over and made its way to my runner which soaked it up like a sponge.

I laundered the runner, but it did not help much. I could kick myself for waiting till it was too late to remove the stain with a homemade, effective solution.

I had 2 glass vases on stand-by, swirly straw, a bunch o’ fake grass, faux bamboo stalks, pebbles, and some other stuff that I can hardly define.

After brainstorming and fiddling away in my craft bag….

I evenly rolled both ends of the runner up till they were about 6″ apart from each other. The runner now resembles a scroll. I divided the grass, swirly straw, faux bamboo and other things up between the two vases, placed one on the desk, and the other in the middle of the “scroll.”

Brown pebbles and glass knick knacks were strategically placed over the stains. Until I get that coffee stain out, this’ll do.

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Sassy Floor Vase – Camouflaging Cracks & Chips

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: Decorating with Beads, DIY, Home Decor, Refurbished Goods, Vases | Tags: , , , , , |

 

Crack-ups

Crack-ups

 

My floor vase has been knocked over twice, hence the terrible-looking glue job in the photo. It’s brim and “neck” look ragged and tattered – what an eyesore. I can’t paint over it. And I can’t find the missing pieces to somehow glue them back into the open crevices. I would probably end up gluing my fingers together anyway :)

 

Now, I openly deny being a “rat pack.” I just think that it is better to sass a functional item than to trash it. Refurbishing goods allows one’s creativity to flow and sets the mind at ease. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment and joy.

 

A Bunch O' Beads

A Bunch O' Beads

 

With tons of leftover beads and swirly straw, I settled on making a necklace for the vase’s “forelock” and using the straw to slightly draw attention away from the chipped brim.

 

It’s not perfect, but it’ll do for now.

Sassy Floor Vase

Sassy Floor Vase

 

 

 

 

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Candle Bowl turned Paperweight

Posted on November 21, 2009. Filed under: Candles, DIY, Home Decor, Paperweights, Refurbished Goods, Sticks and Stones | Tags: , , , , , |

Simple Paperweight

 

Now that's what I call getting one's money worth!

 

After burning this sweet-smelling candle down to the very end, I couldn’t bring myself to discard the bowl.

 

I scooped out the remaining wax, gave it a good scrubbing then, transformed it into a rock-filled paperweight.

 

 

Sassy Paperweight

The tray that it’s nestled upon was once a candle holder itself. I purchased it from the “2 – 200 Store.” Because it was so cheap (2 SAR) it began to rust and one edge started to buck (you get what you pay for).

I took the drawstring out of an old khaki skirt, snipped it down to size then, hot-glued it around the brim of the candle tray. That took care of the bucking and topping it off with my paperweight camouflaged the minor rusting.

I won’t keep it this way. I have a second tray that I plan to trim with the drawstring as well. They will become coasters  in the near future.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Update: Sassy Centerpiece

Posted on November 20, 2009. Filed under: Bookshelves, Centerpieces, DIY, Home Decor, Vases | Tags: , , , , , |

Sassy Centerpiece - The "before" shot.

Sassy Centerpiece The "before" shot.

I decided to move my sassy centerpiece from the table on over to the bookshelf. It did its job as a not so cliché focal point, however, it looked rather boring amongst my books. It yearned for something more.

A colorful bow? Maybe. Maybe not.

Flowers? Nah.

More Ikea thingies? Why not?

A Sassier Centerpiece

A Sassier Centerpiece

I decided to add my favorite color to the vase and there you have it, a sassier centerpiece!

I know that I said that I would stay away from this color in order to deflect an unintentional Thanksgiving theme gone wrong in my domain, but I can’t help it for it captivates me. And when I come home tired after running errands, it energizes me.  When I am stressing,  the mere sight of this hue puts me in a lull. I love earth tones.

Enjoy!

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Beaded Lamp

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: Beaded Accessories, DIY, Home Decor, Lamps | Tags: , , , |

Beaded Lamp

I decided to dress my lamp up with large-holed, Burnt Orange wooden beads.  Nothing over the top, but I love it.

The mere sight of my favorite earth tone is all that it takes to bring about quiescence – well that and a hot cup of tea.

I placed 9 beads onto the brim of the lamp (evenly spacing them 9 spokes apart). No glue, no strings attached.  And if I tire of this look, all I have to do is take them off. Easy, breezy, rice and peasy :)

I may weave something around the middle of the lamp to give it some flair.  Enjoy for now!

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A not so fishy fish bowl

Posted on July 7, 2009. Filed under: Refurbished Goods | Tags: , , , , , |

The water in this region of the world is a bit harsh and very salty. Unless you purchase a large tank with a pump, it’s a must to change the water every 2 days…you’re pushing it if you try for 3. After giving seven gold fish the royal flush, I was stuck with an empty bowl. I kept it due to my desire to purchase more fish, however, I’m planning to go home for a visit and am without a pet-sitter. Soooo…

Mustardy glass thingies...

Mustardy yellow glass thingies...

I decided to place some mustardy yellow glass thingies on the floor of the bowl and topped them off with some tea light candles. Placing the candles in the water without wetting the wickers was like playing a game of  “Operation.”

 

 

 

My lil project came out fairly pretty I think. The photo doesn’t do it any justice. Actually, it kinda resembles a pic of a  sonogram :)

Tea light candles in a fish bowl...

Tea light candles in a fish bowl...

Enjoy!

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A not so cliche centerpiece

Posted on July 5, 2009. Filed under: Centerpieces, DIY | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Stalk-like thingies...

Stalk-like thingies...

Lime Green has become my favorite color for home decor (weird I know, that’s why I love it). Time for change was long overdue. Thanks to some awesome DIY photos by Better Homes & Gardens featuring this odd color, I thought, “why not?” My home was becoming too chocolaty anyway and the Brunt Orange accents (my old favorite color) screamed “reject” Thanks Giving – Martha Stewart style. I will not do away with Burnt Orange because I heart it so much, however, I will replace or accent some of the Chocolate Brown with Lime Green.

Lime Green, Brown and Burnt Orange…is she serious?

Yup!

Let’s start with the table… I could purchase White flowers with bright Lime Green leaves and stems. Hmmmm, too cliché. I’m going for weird here.

I found some stalk-like thingies at IKEA and but they’re way too long. I want them anyway, so in the cart they go.

I had a hard time finding the right size floor vase for these things and on top of that, they did not look right no matter where I placed them. Okay, let’s think….what shall I do with these?

Got it!

Sassy Centerpiece

Sassy Centerpiece

A snip-a-roo here…and a snip-a-roo there….stuff them in a vase and there we go, a not so cliché centerpiece.

Enjoy!

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A Candle in a Cup

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Candles, DIY, Refurbished Goods, Tea Time | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

"Candle in a Cup"

"Candle in a Cup"

While tidying up my kitchen, I discovered quite a few tea light candles stashed away in a drawer. Hmmmm? What shall I do with these? As my eyes wandered around looking for something – anything– to refurbish, an old tea cup demanded my attention. Perfect. A candle in a cup coming right up!

I filled the bottom of the cup with over-priced pebbles from IKEA.

*Isn’t it funny how clever people can persuade others to purchase things like sticks and rocks? I think so… lol.*

Anyway, after tying a wired bow – that I made myself – around the cup, I placed my candle on top and voila, a candle in a cup.

Enjoy!

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Tin Can Faux Flower Pot

Posted on June 15, 2009. Filed under: Flowers, Refurbished Goods | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Tin Can Faux Flower Pot

Tin Can Faux Flower Pot

Materials:
  • tin can
  • faux flowers
  • hot glue gun and glue stick
  • glossy page from an old magazine
  • matching ribbon
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
  • beads and faux gem
  • mesh butterfly hair clip

1. Remove label from the empty tin can.

Empty can
Empty can
2. Wash thoroughly. Allow it to dry completely.
  • Be sure to remove glue/paper from the can where the label used to be for a smooth finish.

Magazine page

Magazine page

3. After choosing a page from an old magazine, size it up to the can. Mark how much is needed, then snip away.

  • Don’t worry if you happen to snip too much, the ribbon will cover the edges of the paper.
4. Use a glue stick to adhere the paper to the can.
  • Do not spread the glue over the whole page (or the paper will become lumpy).
  • Use the thickest, glossiest paper available.
  • Glue 1/4 of the page (only) starting at the ends. This will decrease your chances of having a lumpy outcome, especially at the front of the flower pot.

    Allow can to dry

    Waiting and waiting...

5. Allow the glue to dry.
While waiting…
6. Begin beading and bedazzling your butterfly. began beading butterfly
  • Pretest: If you’re going to use small seed beads, make sure your needle will fit through the holes without a problem.
  • If securing the thread with knots after beading proves difficult, simply dab a small amount of glue from the hot glue gun on the ends of the thread, then lightly press them on the back of the butterfly.
Old Butterfly Hairclip ~ Before Shot

Old Butterfly Hairclip ~ Before Shot

Old Butterfly Hairclip ~ After Shot

Old Butterfly Hairclip ~ After Shot

Faux gems from costume jewelry
Faux gems from old costume jewelry

*Use a hot glue gun to affix the gem to the center of the butterfly. A glue stick will not do the job in this case.

Back to the tin can…
  • Before gluing the ribbon on the brim of the can, fold it evenly in half (lengthwise) making sure both sides of the ribbon meet, then iron a crease down the middle. This will be your “guide” while gluing the ribbon on the can and will help you to achieve an even fit.

    Creased Ribbon

7. Begin gluing the inner side of the brim using your hot glue gun.
  • Gluing the inner side of the can gives you more leeway to cover possible mistakes.
     Inner side of can

    Inner side of can

  • Do not spread the glue all around the brim. Instead, glue the ribbon little by little. Press firmly to secure its proper place. What’s great about hot glue is that it gives you time to adjust your craft before it dries should you err.
  • Should you forget, or opt not to start at the back, cover flaws created by the ragged ribbon edges by placing the butterfly over it once the gluing is complete or decorate the can with short stemmed flowers instead of long ones (like mine) so that the petals grace the rim.
  • Cover the bottom rim of the can with ribbon if you please.
  • Allow it to dry.
Almost done…
8.Neatly arrange the faux flowers in the pot, the find an awesome place to display your new flower pot. Have fun.

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