Monday, April 14, 2014

Window Frame to Picture Frame

I decided I should do something else with the old window frame that I got at my Grandmother's house.

I've enjoyed this, but decided I wanted to change it.  I removed the lace, the one piece of wood left where a pane would have fit, and everything else from the frame.  Next, I stained the frame with some leftover stain, in golden oak.  I brushed it on with a foam brush.

The picture I attached to the frame was one bought several years ago.  It had fallen from the wall a couple years ago, breaking both the glass and the frame.  I tried to sell it in my yard sale last Friday, but it didn't sell.  Now I'm glad it didn't!!

To be honest, the picture was a little too small for the frame, but I came up with a way to keep that from showing.

I taped the picture to the back of the window frame, then covered that in brown painter's paper, by taping that on too, and stapeling in some spots.  Viola!  it worked!!  So here is the frame, all changed!!


I think it looks pretty good!  I don't have glass for the front, but that is fine with me.  I have several pictures without them, and like them just fine.

I removed everything below from the mantel, and redecorated using the "new" picture.


These are the other items on the mantel.

To the right of the picture is this faux grass, and Johnson Bros. plate.  On the left is fake hydrangeas, in a favorite pitcher.



So the mantel is very simple with only these items.  I know I will really enjoy it more because the frame is now where I can see it everytime I look up.  Guess you could say I have an antique window/picture frame!  

Of course moving the frame to the mantel left the entry table withough a focal point, so that had to be fixed!!

Here's what I did.

I moved the shutters from the mantel to the table, turned them to the blue side, added a couple plates, and a succulent, & lamp, and it's finished.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quick Easy Spring Banner

This banner is so easy, and the cost is very minimal.  The base for this banner is paint color chips which are free at home improvement stores.  I was in the paint department of a local store and picked up some pastel color chips in nice spring colors.



First, I cut a small triangle out from the bottom of the chips.


Next I went through my stash of paper crafting supplies, and found a package of these Scrabble tiles I had gotten some time back on clearance at Michael's.  I also found some really nice flower/spring stickers in my stash.


I had enough daisy stickers for all of the pendants.


They had glue dots on the back of each, so I just stuck them on .


Next I ran jute twine through the hole I had punched in each corner and tied a small knot each time so the pendants wouldn't slide.

I have it in the hallway near the master bedroom with a group of Spring items, and attached each end of the string with a tiny piece of double stick tape!



That's how easy it is to make a simple Spring banner.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Window Frame From Granny's House

I told you about my sister, cousin, and I finding our Grandmother's home and going through it.  There was part of a window frame lying in the floor of one of the rooms, that I brought home with me.  It had no panes, and only one piece of wood left that would have held a glass pane in.  I didn't remove that one piece of wood, and decided to try to decorate the frame in some way. After scrubbing years of dirt and webs off the frame, I set it outside to dry.  Once dry, I brought it into the basement where I store my stash, and just started using things I had to give life to this old frame.

First, I added a panel of old lace I've had for probably 25 years to the back with staples.

See that one piece of wood where a pane would have been?  It's really in there well!!

Next I went through two floral bins until I came across this spray with roses and hydrangeas, which I attached to the front of the frame with staples.
**(Note the odd piece of wood lying on the bottom left of the frame.  That is an old 'door knob' that was also in my Grandmother's house; it can be seen better below near the rabbit).

Next, I attached a piece of jute string across the width of the frame.  My next couple of hours were then spent going through old pictures to find ones of my Grandmother to hang on the string.


Can you believe these old black and white photographs??  I will look for small wooden clothespins to attach them, but for now, I will use these that I had on hand.  In the photos, L-R,  the first one is my mother and dad, and my oldest brother when he was a baby.  This would have been around 1931.  The next photo is of my Mother's family when she was a baby, so around 1907. She was the smallest child (in her Mom's lap).  The third photo, is my Grandmother with her second husband.  I just love having this in my home.  It was so wonderful to go through her old home, even if it is deteriorating.

I kept a colorful vignette on the table, and leaned the old window frame against the wall.

I think I will really enjoy dressing this old window frame in many different ways.  I found several ideas on Pinterest, and will be trying them later on.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Spring at Shadymont


The birds, bunnies, and flowers have taken over here at Shadymont!  I'm in full Spring/Easter mode.  We've had April Showers all day!  3.5" they say!  Our back pasture looked like a river most of the day!  Inside though, it's Spring!









 Peat pots, overflowing with Spring flowers,


I've had so much fun painting and decorating the peat pots.  I'm getting some ready to sell when I have my yard sale.  Hopefully in a week or so!  Maybe, this Friday.  I'm not quite sure.  I'd like to have it for 2 days in a row, but on Saturday, there's a Sister get together for some shopping, so I think I'll do that.  Then we plan to go to the lake house next week, so I'm not sure when to schedule it.  I've gathered lots of goodies today to put in my sale.  Stuff that is just taking up space, that I do not use.  So hopefully it will sell.


I've even included some of my art work, to see what kind of reaction I get.  If one piece sells, I'll be delighted.  Then there are the wreaths I've been making.  




My favorite peat pot, this one is not for sale!
See who is hiding in this close-up?


The Last Supper, a cross, and Jesus figurine


My current favorite painting of mine.
Painted on Canvas paper, easy to frame!

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