Friday, November 29, 2013

Blue Christmas in the Dining Room

Today, I'm sharing my Christmas dining room.  

I'm using my drop cloth table cloth as a base, and a piece of toile remnant from the clearance bin at Wal Mart ($2.00) as a runner.

For the centerpiece, I used my white cake stand as a pedestal, and added a milk glass vase filled with turquoise and silver ornaments.  I made these turquoise burlap trees a couple weeks ago.   

My place setting is simple and uncluttered, only a silver charger and white plate, white napkins ( I made), and silver napkin rings, with a clear goblet.

 Simple and elegant.

I changed the napkin rings  when I found a bag of these candle rings at a consignment shop.  At least that's how the tag identified these.

I like the snow flake baubles on these, and decided they would look good as napkin rings. 
Below, you can see them used as a candle ring.

It makes me happy to find items at different places that look like they were made for each other, like the toile and the rings, and the burlap trees.  

What colors are you using this holiday season?

Sharing here:

Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
          Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
    Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal
Junk Party @ Funky Junk Interiors
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Sunday Show Off Linky Party @ Twigg Studios
DIY Sunday Showcase Linky Party @ VMG206

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Past

Kim has asked us to post photos from Christmas Past for today's Wow Us Wednesday, so that is what I'm doing.  Lots of photos, so get comfy, and enjoy!!

Christmas 2012 Traditional Decor
Snowmen were used throughout the house.

My Dining Room Table, 2012

This snowman was a gift to me by a lady who made it from an old chenille bedspread.

This wreath is filled with snow men.  These sweet snow men were made by a co-worker's mother.  I think they are made from baby sox.  They are so cute!!

This snowman is a cookie jar, a gift from a co-worker.

Christmas 2011

Dining table, simple dropcloth runner. 

The bookcase, all dressed for Christmas.

A favorite plate from the thrift shop.

A gift from a former neighbor.  She cut this out herself.  So pretty!!

 A cherub that I whitewashed. 

Please look for me at Wow Us Wednesday!  There'll be lots of great links for you to visit!

I'll also be linking to:
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Whimsy Wednesday @ Simply Designing

Happy Thanksgiving!

Come back on Friday to see some of this year's Christmas decor.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Few Subtle Holiday Touches

I've placed a few subtle touches of Christmas around the house and am sharing them with you today.

If you are a follower, you know that I'm teaching myself to paint.  I had this canvas that I had painted that looked horrible, so Saturday night I gessoed the entire thing so I could paint over it.  I left it to dry overnight, and had no idea what I would paint on it.  I went down to my little basement craft area yesterday afternoon, and began painting.  First I laid down a green and antique white (blended) background.  Once that dried, I took some cardboard letters I had and tried to spell out " Merry Christmas" with them.  I was missing letters, so I looked for a word that I did have all the letters for, and came up with 'noel'.  I hot glued them to the canvas. and began painting.  I placed a bunch of holly and berries in the corner underneath 'noel'.  Then I painted 2 ornaments on, and then I added the tree limbs to the painting.  

Here is the final product.

This is free-hand, so not perfect in any way!  :)

A few other touches were added around the house.

Like this,

I found this wood angel at the consignment shop on Saturday, as well as the ribbon.  I got a roll of this white ribbon and a roll of gold for $2.00.

I tied a piece of the same ribbon around this faux orchid and placed it in the sun room on a wicker side table.  I love it next to this olden lamp.

In the master bedroom, I added two golden wire topiary trees I've had for about 15 years.  

I tied a piece of the gold ribbon around the center of this tree.

I'm enjoying having these festive touches throughout the house, without going all out yet.

I'll be sharing at these lovely parties:

Made by you Monday at Skip To My Lou
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House 

Tuesdays Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tuesdays at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tweak It Tuesday @
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday in the Sun Room

I awoke this morning to blue skies and sunshine!  It has been dreary here for the last 3 days, so this is a welcome relief.  So I am enjoying the sun room.

The light this room gets is great whether a sunny or cloudy day.

Such a peaceful room.

Soft colors, wicker.

Comfortable and peaceful,
Sunday in the sun room...
a great place for contemplation and meditation, and being thankful for all God's blessings.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; His love endures forever. 
I Chronicles 16:34

Let's join:
Sunday Show Off Linky Party @ Twigg Studios
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Makeover Items to Create a Set

It's not hard to figure out that turquoise is my current favorite color.  I've brought it into most of the rooms in my home.  

One of the ways I brought it into my kitchen was to paint unrelated items in the same color, creating a 'set'.

I painted this knife block some time ago.

Then later, I gave the bread box a makeover with the same Valspar Paint Sample.

Last week, I picked up this letter/mail holder that had been laying in the basement forever, and dry brushed it with the same color.

Stencils were used to paint the designs and lettering on these, and by using the same color and the fleur de lis, I have a set of items.

Creating this set cost nothing since I had the stencils already, the paint was a free sample from lowes, and I had all the items for quite a while.  I like how they coordinate in my kitchen.

Do you have any items you could use this way by simply painting them?

I did a quick painting yesterday.

It is a barn in winter.  The trees in the background are meant to look gray and bare, with a few evergreens scattered around the painting.  The fence is rather ramshackle.  I received a book I had ordered on how to paint landscapes, so I hope I can learn from it and improve on my attempts to paint.

So what projects are you working on?

Sharing here:
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
 Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life        
              Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
              Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
          Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
            Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters Stuff
Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal
Junk Party @ Funky Junk Interiors

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