Monday, October 31, 2011

Believe it or not, holiday project #1

Every year I have a long, long list of projects I want to get done for the holidays.  You know, the big holiday, Christmas.  I could probably do a project or two a week starting on January 1st and still not start/finish all the projects I have supplies ideas for.  This year, well it is the year I'm going to finally get a few of them done.  Starting with this one.  And this one is hands down, the cheapest least expensive project around!  Including glue, glitter and ribbon I estimate it cost about .50 cents total.  Yep... TOTAL!

I love all the items people make out of old books, sheet music and any other paper ephemera they come across.  The vintage, slightly discolored paper combined with a bit of glitter is just perfect in my dining room.

Last year I purchased two of these wreaths made out of sheet music.  They looked pretty simple and of course there's a million tutorials and how-to's out there to follow for inspiration.

So yesterday I broke out the .10 cent Readers Digest that I used for this project already.... I never thought .10 could go so far, and got started!

I cut out a stack of pages and folded the ends up to make the pages a bit more square.  Plus I thought that a double layer of paper might roll into the necessary cone shape a little cleaner... after all this book has seen its day and the pages are a bit brittle... not to mention that the paper was pretty cheap stock to begin with.

I rolled approximately 32 cones out of the full size sheets of paper.

I knew I wanted an "inner circle" of cones as well.  To make them smaller I cut the pages in half and folded just a little bit up on each sheet.  Rolling them into cones as well.

Of course, I did need something to glitter.  I cut a circle out of a piece of lightweight cardboard, fortunately recycling day is only once every two weeks so I had  a good supply!  I spread the circle liberally with Martha Stewart glitter glue and poured my German glass glitter on top.  I worked on a piece of tin foil so that I could pour the excess glitter back into the little bag.

German glass glitter does not like to have its photo taken... all my shots came out slightly blurry (oops).... but it looks so pretty as it "ages" and gets a bit of tarnish.

I also cut a larger circle out of heavyweight cardboard.  It was about 8 inches in diameter so that it would support the cones well.  I covered it with two pages from the book for a finished backside.  I also glued ribbon onto the large round BEFORE I started gluing cones.... I almost forgot this step which would have made it rather difficult to hang when finished!

Now, time for lots of glue.  I think I used about half a bottle of plain old Elmer's White Glue.  Of course, this also meant that the drying time was a bit longer than I anticipated.  Like well over 24 hours... it was a lot of glue but those babies aren't going anywhere!  In fact, I originally thought I'd use "watching glue dry on a Sunday" for the title of the post....

And here it is, with my purchased wreaths from last year....

Hanging on the built in china cabinet.  I kept the other wreaths out from November until about March last year... I plan to keep this one out too.  It adds a little something to the cabinet and isn't too bold.

Well, except for maybe the glitter... but a girl can never have too much glitter.

So the little .10 cent Readers Digest?  I think I have enough pages left for about 12 or 13 more wreaths... I'd better add them to "the list."


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween: a sugar and sweet, orange soda table....

Halloween.  Orange and black.  Sweet and sugary.  Scary... or... sparkly.

A time when witches ride their broomsticks up and over a crescent moon.

My little table setting for Halloween.  I rounded up everything black and orange.... right down to the orange soda pop in bottles.

A black, paper witch's hat nestles on sweet candy corn.

The vintage ghost tapers are ready to be lit for a Halloween feast.

If you were to sit at my Halloween table, you'd notice all the orange and black.

An orange Fiesta ware plate, topped with a smaller black plate and finally a paper Halloween bowl.  Of course we mustn't forget the crepe paper nut cup, candy and sparkly-glittery black witch!  This could be a place card with your name tied on the nut cup.

Above the place setting you have your very own Halloween votive, ready to safely burn in a vintage Jell-o mold.

Of course, there is also your own bottle of Orange Creme Soda... black and orange straws... tucked inside a Halloween bag (thank you Micheals and Martha Stewart).

The vintage Nesbitt's Orange soda crate is the center piece.  Filled with cute Halloween paper umbrellas.

My vintage orange and black glass pieces look right at home on this table.

There's never enough candy corn at Halloween....

Or chocolate...

So if you're feeling up to it....

Or looking for an orange soda....

Perhaps you'd like to spend a little time at my Halloween table.

You can even take a sparkly witch home.

Enjoying the weekend... by confusing my family with my Halloween party table... Boys, they don't like to have any fun!


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall, out my window....

 What I see out my window, when I'm sitting at my computer....

Visiting all my blogging friends... well, it's the side of my garage, complete with sliding door entrance!

I live in an old house, from the 20's.  Garages weren't usually attached to the home in those days.

During the rainy days of fall (and winter, spring and summer) I make the dash from home to garage... or garage to home.

But it does give me another spot to decorate...

And a flower bed to plant each year.

And from where I sit... my favorite sight?  The white, worn, chippy door paired with the last of the Limelight hydrangea bouquet.

Once again, almost the weekend,