Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Round 2 Of Vintage Snow Globe Jars

Just in case you aren't tired of looking at these, or you didn't see my previous post.  I made a few more vintage blue snow jars.  This time I jazzed them up a bit.

 I stamped some cute little tags, and tied on with some big jingle bells.

I almost squealed out loud in Hobby Lobby when I found these blue bells.

 I can't believe I found a package of the blue and silver bells together.  Perfection.

It seems the holiday items are always on sale at Hobby Lobby.  I think these were half price last week.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Amy Howard Dust Of Ages and One Step Paint

While at the City Farmhouse Barn Sale last month, I bought some Amy Howard One Step Paint in black, and Dust of Ages from LuLu

The Dust of Ages Powder is applied on top of a wax coat, before buffing.  It softens and ages the appearance of the paint. I used the light color, which is kinda silver/grey/white.

This is the black with the Dust of Ages Powder.

 This drum table is painted with the Amy Howard One Step paint in black, without wax or the Dust of Ages.  

 Dresser with wax and Dust of Ages Powder.

This is the second color of Amy Howard One Step Paint I have purchased and used.  I personally haven't found any notable difference in the coverage, between the Amy Howard One Step Paint and the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The color selection is different, but similar.  Annie Sloan has a graphite color instead of black, which I would like to try.  Unfortunately I live about 45 minutes from a retailer of either paint line.  I usually just go with whichever paint retailer is most convenient at the time I need paint.  I do like that the Amy Howard paint is $10 less per quart than the Annie Sloan.

Has anyone else used both paints?  I'd love to hear any tips or difference you've noticed.  :)

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vintage Snow Globe Jars

I always feel torn between Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating.  Not wanting to let go of fall and its special days, but feeling the Christmas season slipping away before it officially begins.  Especially this year.  Christmas is less than a month after Thanksgiving. I usually start slipping some Christmas decorations in around my house.

I've been cleaning closets lately and found a small box that contained these vintage elf/gnome type fellows, and pine cones.  Each piece was carefully wrapped in soft paper towels, which only means one thing.  These came from my mother-in-law :)  She has cared for and kept more things than anyone I've ever known.  I also found a small box of bottle brush trees that I bought on clearance a few years ago.  I thought these would be great to use for the Anthropologie inspired snow globes I've seen around blog land.  

I actually had everything on hand.  I used some faux snow flakes that you can get at Target.  I wanted to use the jars upright so the words were right side up.  I just put a little "snow" in the bottoms, set in the tree or elf, and sprinkled a little snow over them before placing the lid back on the jar.

Updated to add:  A "Heritage" collection of blue jars was sold this year.  They look a bit different, but cost less and are probably more available than the vintage jars.  There is a link to some for sale on Amazon HERE

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Monday, November 4, 2013

French Laundry Cart


I ordered this French metal cart from Antique Farmhouse.



I ordered it with the intent to use it as a laundry hamper.  It's just taken me awhile (a year) to make a liner for it so my dirty laundry isn't on display.  I made the laundry bag from a drop cloth.  I just eyeballed the dimensions and attached some ties on the back to secure it to the handle.

The Couture towels are from H&M

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Duvet Covers For Curtains

It isn't very often that one of my "great" ideas actually works  :)  I was planning to get some fabric and put a French transfer on it to make curtain panels for the guest room.  It's only recently that I've gotten this room organized enough  to spruce it up.    

One day I was on the H&M website when I noticed these twin size duvet covers on clearance.  I figured if they didn't work for curtains, I could use them for fabric.  The French graphics along with the price were enough for me.   I paid under $8 for each of these, and they each came with 1 sham.  They even had a small opening just where the rod pocket needed to be.  All I did was slip the curtain rod through and hang.  I  have some different rods I want to use when we get a chance to install them, but for now this is an improvement.

 I've found that the merchandise turns over very quickly at H & M.  It pays to check the site frequently.

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