{ Holidays / Crafty }

Christmas Wreath

After a few years of collecting old Christmas ornaments from thrift stores and cast offs from our tree, I finally took some time this weekend to make an ornament wreath. Its a great way to use up all those bulbs that have lost their metal tops or ornaments withe minor defects.

I ended up using a flat Styrofoam wreath as the base.  This made a nice surface to hot glue to and also allowed me to push some of the ornament tops into  the Styrofoam for really good holding power.  My main suggestion would be to pick up a few boxes of the smaller bulbs.  They really help to fill in the holes left by the big ornaments.  I did this over two evenings while watching TV, it probably took 3 hours total to do.

Now I just need to figure out where to hang it!


{ DIY } Vintage frame to fancy corkboard

Whenever I am at a thrift shop I always look to see if they have any unique frames.  Even if what is in the frame isn’t to my liking, if the frame is cool, I will get it.  This frame was a great score at 8.99.  When I got it home I went ahead and pulled the painting out of the frame.  Then I rolled out some cork that I picked up at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, so it was about 8.00 as well.  Word of warning — cork is much more delicate than I realized, especially when you are cutting it with scissors. An Exacto knife might have been easier and caused less crumbling.  (Pardon the blurry iphone shots.)

This part definitely took the longest.  I went ahead and spray glued the cork to the painting after many unsuccessful tries at putting the cork in by itself.   It was harder than I thought it would be to get it to lie down flat.   Finally once I had it arranged, I went ahead and pushed back down all the staples around the sides.  In the end, I had a great 3-1/4 to 4 foot long/tall corkboard for my office.  I am still trying to decide if I want to paint the frame.  If I knew I would have done it prior to cork, but as of right now I am not sure — and I couldn’t wait to see the final product.

Total time spent, probably and hour or more.  Cost:  About $17.00 for a approximately 2 foot wide by 4 foot long frame.

Similar cork boards of this size from Ballard Designs run $459.00 for a 40 x 60 inch one. WOW!


{ Home Decor } Tea Tin + Flowers = Unique Centerpiece

I am a big fan of tea and when I was shopping in Target the other day I noticed a display of new tea tins across the top row.  The colors were beautiful and the tea blends were even more enticing, so I picked up this fall blend with a twofold plan — drink some yummy tea and use the tin as a free decorate vase.  What a bargain for 5.99.

These were all flowers from the yard and house plants.  I combined my maiden hair fern with some variegated basil from the garden along with some green envy zinnias and a sagey-gray plant I had in one of the flower beds (name escapes me).  I love the fallish combination of the green and orange.

And — the tea wasn’t half bad either.  I usually like my tea strong with two bags, but this tea has some powerful cinnamon and cloves, so I think one bag would have sufficed.  It had a really yummy fall blend.   The great thing is I can keep trying their other blends and can collect more of the fabulous colors.   I shot this while in Target.

Wouldn’t these make an adorable centerpiece for a wedding or bridal shower?

The owl candleholder was from Homegoods last year and the twig coffee cups were from Z-gallerie a few years back.

{ Crafty } Long time no blog & amazing installation


Its been a long time since I have posted.  Lots of thrifting and projects around the house as well as working and enjoying the summer.  But, with school back in session, and lots of projects winding up, I thought it was a good time to start the blog back up and share all the cool items I have found and newest inspiration.

The first is this stunning installation and DIY post by Emily Henderson on how to make this amazing mason jar installation.  I am obsessed with mason jars and all you can do with them.  I found a really large unique one this summer and it is sitting on our mantle with some fall foliage in it.   I can’t wait to try painting the inside of one though.

{ Journals } SMASH books for all life little bits …

I am just in love with this new product from K&Company.  I have kept a variation of this kind of “everything/art journal” type book for a long time in various journals like Moleskine’s, but I think these books  — six variations — are really fun too.   And all the little doo-dads they are selling for them make them even more enticing.  40 pages and it comes with its own marker/glue pen.


Check out the SMASH products here.


{ Journals } Art journaling class with Ms. Moss

The new preview for Mary Ann Moss’ new class, Full tilt boogie is up:

She has a beautiful way of taking old albums and various pieces of paper, empherma, wall paper, and travel memorabilia and combining it all into amazing journals.  I have had a lot of clicks on my blog regarding her last class, which I took, Remains of the Day.  I am sure this will be similar, but with a fun twist as you can always expect for Ms. Moss.

More details on June 1st and the class begins June 17.  But, as she says on her blog, “FTB will be ongoing and open indefinitely.  You can revisit the videos and pdf’s as often as you like for as long as you like. (providing you don’t lose your password!)  Start immediately or watch the videos and let your ideas simmer for as long as you want.  No stress or guilt allowed.”  That is what I love about her classes, you can go at your own pace and look back at them time and time again.

You can see all the details on her blog here.

Photos: Mary Ann Moss, Dispatch from LA.