Saturday, October 5, 2013

I finally have a Mantle I can decorate! Welcome Fall

I have searched for a small Mantle for my little Cottage down the shore for about 2 years.
Most that I found were too big or too expensive.
This one is perfect. it is just the right size , a great price, and it even has a metal backing.
I adore it.

 I covered my TV with a lightweight, removable shuttered mirror which used to be in the bedroom.
So easy to move
And covered the boxes with lace which doesn't interfere with the remote, if possitioned correctly.

 A bit of burlap around a candle
 Little Mrs. Owl

A very simple  project to use up old burlap scraps is to cover a styrofoam ball with them to make your own decor balls.

Or wrap and glue some sisal rope around a candle or jar.

A simple natural burlap bag for some lavender or cinnamon this time of year, couldn't be easier to craft.


 And finally, at this time of year I like to bring in a little bit of the wheat colored sea grass that grows out back, for both sides of my new vintage mantle.
I always lament when the blooms are full ...the summer comes to a close, but the gorgeous Fall weather  will begin. And Fall is wonderful down the shore.

 Our leaves are just beginning to change a tiny bit here in Jersey, so the orange leaves will get added in a little later in the season when they do!
Today is like Indian summer... 82 degrees and lots of beachgoers, unusual, but very enjoyable!!

Thanks for stopping by.

There is a Fall Party going on:

http://www.finecraftguild.com/party-85
Feathered Nest Fridays

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Easy Old Window Projects



I love doing things with old windows, and doors. This 8 pane window became a huge piece of art by blowing up one of my photos of Sanibel Island into 8 printable pages which I attached to the back of this window.

A special shout  of THANKS to the graphics fairey for mentioning how to turn a simple photograph into a poster size work of art, by directing me to blockposters.com
Here it is once finished,  hanging in the vintage shop 
(excuse the glare there is a huge chandelier nearby spreading it's glory!)


I love it's beachy and vintage cottage vibe!
I gave it some legs from home depot and painted the whole thing in a distressed look.
The window was already greatly distressed, so the challenge was to get it cleaned up and  slathered with a fresh coat of distressing to match the finish of the legs I'd created.
As much as I wanted to keep it, low and behold it went off to the vintage shop, 
North End Antiques and Thrift in Cape May NJ
All ready for some crab dip!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Joining the parties here

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Christmas Past and New Blessings to all

Christmas slipped by me so fast I hardly knew it was there! I hope all had a grande time!
I had 3 weddings to go to in the last 3 weeks of December, in 3 different States,...Florida, Virginia and PA... so Christmas kinda got snuck in there.
But I couldn't resist posting a few pictures from this December 2012
A pretty snow filled drive to a wedding in Pennsylvania
Gorgeous Pennsylvania

A little bit of silver and blue at the Shop
It was lots of fun to decorate the shop in November in preps for the Holidays!!
The window above this was all silver, white and blue.

The mantle in my booth

The front window was all red and green.

A few vintage purses hung on our tree.

Thanks for stopping by! Now it's time to get back to work!  Time for some new displays!
Some of my favorite things!



I hope you all enjoy your New Year!

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