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holiday decor

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017

I realize the holiday season is past us but I was having such a great time off that I didn’t post any photos of what my home looked like.  Take a look at Christmas 2016: I kitted out my front porch with a small sleigh that included burlap and pinecones. I picked up the white wooden star at All Through the House in Okotoks.  I suspended lights over my window seat this year and they gave off a lovely glow. A small taste of my ongoing collection of vintage glass ornaments. One of my fave ornaments.  A simple wooden bowl filled with bells and a mini-evergreen dress up a console table. I love these little stars made of bark A trio of tiny snowscapes Little bottle brush trees dress up a shelf. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  I promise to post the 2017 holiday decor photos in...

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decorating for the holidays

decorating for the holidays

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015

We enjoyed a lovely white Christmas here in Calgary and I thought I’d share some photos of how I decorated my home for the holidays. I tried to create a simple holiday table with crackers, silver chargers and homemade name cards for each guest The centrepiece was a set of antlers I had spray painted blue, candles and crystals from an old chandelier My Christmas tree holds my collection of glass ornaments A reminder of my trip to Paris years ago A bowl of vintage glass ornaments A mini-spruce in a maple syrup can and an industrial light cage filled with bright, shiny baubles Even my desk gets the holiday treatment with a wreath on my chair and a wintery fern wrapped in burlap A beaded ornament and mini-tree dress up a shelf I picked up this garland years ago and love how they dress up my chairs circled into a wreath This silver tray sparkles when filled with bells and chandelier crystals A little pewter mug holds glittered stars A picnic basket full of mercury glass ornaments A little holiday...

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halloween collage

halloween collage

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015

My first Halloween project left me with a few extra images from my “I See All” books, so I decided to use them in a collage. Personal note – several of these images are nightmare-inducing. I raided my craft stash and found poster board, a black frame and the gold letters I picked up at West Elm while in Seattle. I used a paint brush and glossy mod podge to glue down each of the images. I also overlapped them to create a layered look. The paper bubbles up a bit when you paint it over with the mod podge but does dry flat. The sheen from the glue makes the frightening images sparkle. Seriously, these books have some creepy pictures in it. Once the glue was dry, I found the centre of the picture and added the letters. Here is the finished piece with a dried Chinese lantern. I love this Halloween collage and the ghoulish images it contains.  It is perfect for the...

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halloween skull

halloween skull

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015

Halloween is quickly approaching and I took some time last month to put together a couple of DIY projects. I had spotted some cool Halloween skulls at a home decor shop and thought it would be easy to replicate for a fraction of the price. I picked up this skull at a dollar store.  It was a good size and the stick was removable so the skull could be placed upright. I’m still working through my five volumes of “I See All” (you can see other projects here and here) and I’m always amazed at the topics it covers.  I went through each book and pulled out all the images that reminded me of Halloween. Next, I took some glossy mod podge and a paint brush and I glued the images to the skull.  It took some time to make sure the paper was tight to the skull and in particular around the eyes, nose and mouth. Once the images were on, I painted the full piece with the mod podge to make sure it was completely covered. Here’s a shot of some of the images I used.  That rat one creeps me right out! And here is the finished Halloween skull.  I think it looks pretty great for something that only cost $1.25. I put together this little vignette showcasing the skull.  I am really happy with how it turned out. Next up, is a second Halloween project I did because I had a lot of extra images to play...

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