Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cigar Box Gift Box


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I have quite a few of these wooden cigar boxes that I got for 25 cents each at a garage sale! So for this challenge, I thought it would be a good idea to make one over.  I needed a gift box for one of my son's Christmas gifts (a certificate to a fancy cigar shop where he lives -- good thing he doesn't read my blog!) and I thought this would be a great gift box AND he could still use it to hold cigars.


I love the shape on this one.  I pried out the latch hardware so I could keep it unpainted.  The rest of the box was painted with Rustoleum Chalked Spray Paint in charcoal.  I distressed it a little and then applied a coat of wax.


Since he may use it for cigars, I taped off the inside and kept it natural wood.


I found this quote and thought it was funny and perfect to add a little extra special touch to the box.  I just printed it on paper I had and used double stick tape to attach to the lid.


The latch was easy to press back into the existing holes.


I have a big bag of felt scraps so I made a felt pad and attached it to the bottom of the box.


One less box laying around!


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Winter Cocoa Bar

There are not too many things I like about winter but I CAN say I enjoy hot chocolate and soups.  The rest, well, let's not go there.  I don't have a lot of space to set up a designated hot chocolate bar so creating a small, 'mobile' one was a good solution.
A wooden cigar box, one of many scored for 25 cents each at a yard sale makes a great container.  The metal tins were left 'as is' but dressed up a little with some yellow pom poms. A few coats of glossy yellow spray paint and it was ready to go. Since this will mainly be in the kitchen I used my colors of yellow, red, teal, white and black.
The diamond pattern paper mimics my floor so that was perfect to line the lid of the box.
I purchased the hot cocoa, tiny spoons, cups and little milk bottles all at the dollar store.  The bottles didn't have lids so I decided to make some.
These work really well to protect my 'toppings' of chocolate chips, marshmallows, peppermint sticks and peppermint bark.
The labels for the bottles are Formica sample chips, painted black. Using a chalk paint pen I added the words. You could also just use chalk so you can change up the labels.  
I thought it would be fun to add a little sign.  I like little signs. And fun quotes. 
A nice, hot cup of 'dressed up' cocoa can certainly go a long way toward making me feel a little better about winter!

Did you know you can freeze whipped cream and then use cookie cutters to make fun shapes?
Simply spread your whipped cream on a non-stick silicone sheet and freeze.  Thaw slightly and then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.  You can store these back in the freezer until you're ready to serve them!  I made up a bunch and have them in zip lock bags in the freezer, ready to pull out when I want them.
While I'm STILL not happy that we had our first snow flurries yesterday and the temps are well below normal for this time of year, chocolate really CAN make me feel a little better!


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tea Cup Exchange Reveal

There are a lot of wonderful things about blogging, but one of my favorites is getting to know so many wonderful women that I otherwise would never have a chance to meet.  Possibly one of the sweetest, most talented and giving gals I've "met" is Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose.  Several times a year Stephanie hosts a Tea Cup Exchange. This is the third time I've participated and I can't decide which is more fun . . . putting a package together or getting the package!  I was even more thrilled that my package came from Stephanie herself!
 If you know Stephanie, you know she is one talented young lady! She has a fantastic Etsy Shop, Rose Petal Blessings, where she sells her beautiful, hand-sewn items and how thrilled I was that I received some of those!  Just look at how pretty everything was wrapped!! It was like a box of Christmas!
 Look at the CARD she made! I was STILL finding cute little things tucked inside a week after I got it! A little envelope with wooden butterfly buttons and confetti, lots and lots of little tags and vintage pictures. I'm using some as bookmarks, and some I've tucked into thank you notes that I've sent to friends.  The necklace was something she purchased on Etsy just for ME! This is the verse my blog is named for -- how beautiful and thoughtful is that!?
 As I said, Stephanie sells such pretty and feminine things in her shop.  Just look at this tea bag envelope! I have it on display on my writing desk.  I love the floral design on the tea bag rest too!
 I really did a happy dance when I unwrapped this tea cozy because I had been wanting one for the longest time. It too is so beautifully made and has such pretty details.
 Of course the cup and saucer I received is JUST as beautiful as the rest of the goodies! I just love the pattern and size of it.
 Just look at how pretty it looks on the tea mat she made. The little mat has a pocket to hold a few tea bags and there is a lovely, vintage hankie tucked in as well.  I use this every day when I'm at my writing desk having my devotions.  
 Of course this pretty tin was filled with tea as well!
I hope you stop by and see Stephanie's blog and her Etsy Shop -- she is such a beautiful writer and photographer as well so both are so enjoyable to browse.
Thank you Stephanie for this labor of love and all of the time and effort you put into pulling it together for us. We are so blessed to have you as a friend!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Vintage Mold and Key Bell Ornaments

These bell ornaments were so fun to make. With just a few things I already had (molds, keys and formica chips) and a the purchase of some large, metal washers, I was able to make these ornaments (and they really do RING!).  All are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.
The formica chips are something I use A LOT. They are free (although I do ask at my local hardware/Home Depot before taking them since I tend to take quite a few) and you they make wonderful gift tags or any kind of tag because you can paint them, cover with paper, etc. and they are sturdy.
I sprayed one side of these black. The other side I covered with paper. I printed out the words on the paper, cut to slightly larger than the chip and just glued the paper on. Next I used an emery board or sanding block to sand from front to back, removing the excess paper and creating a distressed edge.
The aluminum molds are very soft so it was easy to drill holes in the top for hanging.
The washers were a perfect fit for the top of these. I sprayed them red and attached with E6000.
I also sprayed the keys red.
Thread the key and chip through the opening in the top to form a hanger.
I love using parts of Scripture or music for these types of tags. 
These are all available in my Etsy Shop.  There are several different carols depicted on these and I think they'd make a wonderful gift for an ornament exchange, to decorate a package or as a hostess gift!
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Best Source for Area Rugs!


Let me start this post by saying I have not been compensated in any way for this review.  Since I'm so pleased with this rug, I wanted to let others know!  I purchased this 6'7" X 10' area rug from an online company called RugsUSA and I couldn't be more happy with both the product and the company.  I know that it's sometimes scary to purchase bigger ticket items online but after reading all of the 5-star reviews, I decided to take the plunge.


I knew I wanted one of these vintage-style, faded-look rugs but what I had seen in stores was crazy expensive, up into the 200-300.00 range -- way out of my price 'league'.  With the free shipping and 10% discount code they offer my total cost was 116.00.  All of their rugs come in multiple sizes from small, runner-type up to very large area rugs.  


The color and pattern are exactly as described and seen on their site.  You could choose to purchase a pad to go underneath but I opted not to since this is in the bedroom.  I thinks it's quite thick and plush but if you were going to have this in a living or family room, you might want the pad, but again, I don't think it's necessary.


The edges are bound SO neatly - no frayed edges, strings, etc.  As with any rug, when unrolled, the edges rolled up slightly.  I taped them down with painter's tape for just a few hours and they laid completely flat.


The room really feels nice and cozy now!

Here are some of the great things about RugsUSA:
  • Site is very easy to navigate
  • Lots of detailed information about each rug
  • Buyer reviews
  • Ships FedEx free with lots of email communication from the time you place the order, to the time it ships, to the time it is delivered.
  • Comes securely wrapped in heavy-duty plastic with cardboard end protectors that keep edges from being damaged in transit
  • Always at least a 10% discount code on site
  • Returns seem fairly straight forward (you have 14 days from the date of your delivery to initiate a return)
  • LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of styles, colors and sizes to choose from
  • Most importantly - a high-quality rug for an extremely low cost!
Personally, I will not purchase a rug anywhere else again. In fact, I'm going to have to force myself to stay OFF of the site since there are WAY too many pretty rugs!!


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Monday, October 23, 2017

DIY Custom Bed Skirt


I was having a hard time finding a bed skirt (does anyone call these 'dust ruffles' anymore? That's what we used to call them but it appears that is not so any longer lol) that I liked AND that wasn't CRAZY expensive.  I loved ones with fringe and pom pom detail but they were 75.00 - 125.00.  No thank you.  The other day I was rooting around my craft room and found this big, bunch of vintage fringe I had forgotten I had!

Perfect! I purchased the bed skirt at JCPenney (originally 55.00 but was 40% off).  I had already measured the fringe and knew I had JUST enough to make it around the three sides.  After measuring and trimming the bed skirt, I sewed on the fringe.

It really was an easy project, it just took some time to measure, cut and hem the bed skirt and then sew on the trim.  I think as it 'settles', it should hang nice and neat.  

I've been looking for a 'peach' throw for my 'winter' bed and today while hubby and I were at the mall, we saw this one and he bought it for me! It matches the peach accents in the room perfectly!

With the flannel duvet cover, the throw and dark gray curtains, it's almost ready for colder days.  I'm expecting an area rug I purchased on Rugsusa.com tomorrow and will be posting my review of that soon.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Reclaimed Wood Rustic Thank You

 

One of our staff pastors was retiring and I was asked to make some type of thank you gift.  I found this quote on Pinterest and I really thought it was appropriate.
I dug around in my garage and found this big, old piece of wood in the rafters.  It measures about 24X15 and it was heavy, solid wood with lots of character.  I sanded it down and where there were odd 'nicks' or cuts, I emphasized those by sanding deep into those imperfections.
I applied a white wash of chalk paint and was surprised to see these vertical ridges pop out adding even more natural character to the piece.  The words were printed out and then with graphite paper on the backs of them, I traced over with pen.
It's a simple technique which then leaves the letters on the wood, ready to paint.  I used watered down, black acrylic paint and a fine tipped brush.
I decided to go back with my sander and remove some of the paint along the edges.
Simple process to create anything you want to say on any kind of wood!

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