Lacy Place Mats

I’ve been planning a Shabby Chic Tablescape for quite some time now.  I’ve had the idea bouncing around in my head, and when a very dear friend gave me a lace bed skirt that she couldn’t use, it all came together.  The bed skirt was still in its original packaging!  Yards of beautiful lace.  She thought that maybe I could use the fabric.  Well, use it I did!

Lacy Place Mats

The bottom part of the bed skirt was just long enough to add to place mats that I wanted to make for a Shabby Chic, Pretty in  Pink Tablescape.

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A Lacy Table

I’ve had a little brass & glass table since the 80’s.  It’s one of those pieces that is small enough to be used almost anywhere.  I’ve used it in the den, the bedroom, the bathroom & even outside.  When I first got it, it was brass. Since then it has been brass, black, charcoal, white & silver.  It needed a little makeover.  But this time, instead of just painting the legs, I did something a little different.

A Lacy Table

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Beaded Victorian Ornaments

Whether you call them Victorian, Beaded, or Shabby Chic, these ornaments are so pretty & they look a lot harder to make than they are.  It’s just some ribbon, lace, beads, sequins & pins.  (and a little patients) It’s how you put it together that makes the ornament. And that’s so easy.

Finished Victorian Ornament

I’m serious, it’s easy.  Let me show you how I made mine!

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Shabby Chic Gift Box

When I give a gift to someone, I like to have the wrapping do double duty.  If it’s a larger gift, I always try to use a fabric shopping bag instead of a paper one that people will eventually throw out.  (Walmart has some really pretty ones for only 88 cents in their accessories section)  When I give a smaller gift, I try to make sure that the packaging is as useful as the gift.  That’s why I decorate so many small wooden boxes.  Call it an Altered Box or a Shabby Chic Box, it’s just something that I like to decorate.

Here’s my latest Shabby Chic Gift Box that will be perfect for a piece of jewelry.

Shabby Chic Gift Box

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Dry Brushing Frames – tutorial

Dry Brushing Frames… it’s easy to do!

Dry Brushing Frames Finished

I’ve had these little frames for more years that I care to admit to.  I do remember getting them on a clearance for a quarter each.  But when I got them home, I couldn’t find a picture small enough to put into them.  So they went in a bag until I figured out what to do with them. It’s hard to believe that the frames in the bottom picture are the same frames as in the above picture.

Dry Brushing Frames

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Decorating a Votive Candle Holder

Decorating Votive Candle Holders is very easy.  Some of them when finished, can be very expensive.  I’ll show you how to make 4 of them for very little money.  They can be customized to go with what ever you need them for.  Decorating, Weddings, Parties, Gifts…

Decorated Votive Candle Holders

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Shell Angels

I’m still longing for the beach.  So, making shell crafts seems natural to me. and I love Christmas.  I’m making Shell Angles today!  I constantly think about all of the joy & sparkle that the Christmas season brings.  (I wish that feeling could last all year long)  So, combining the two makes sense to me.  Makes sense to you, too, doesn’t it?  (I know it’s only July, but haven’t you ever heard of Christmas in July?)  🙂

Angels are always part of my Christmas decorating.  It was an angel that brought the good tidings to Mary.

Shell Angels

This is a long post, because it’s loaded with step by step pictures.  I will apologize now for some of the blurred pictures.  I’m still trying to master the macro setting on my camera.  I’m also showing how I make all of the parts before I put them together.  It’s so much easier when you’re making multiples to do it like an assembly line.

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Patriotic Decorated Candles

I had a lot of fun with this one.   I’ve been playing with decorations for the 4th of July, and the thought of decorated candles come naturally to me.  (I guess it’s because I love the look and feel of candlelight).

Patriotic Decorated Candles

 

As usual, it’s an incredibly easy project to do.

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Patriotic Wreath – tutorial

I’m still having a ball working on decorations for the 4th of July!  The table is almost ready to be set, the decorative pieces are done for a vignette or two.  But the door was  naked!

It needed a wreath.

Patriotic Wreath

Here’s how I made it:

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Adding Glitter to Wooden Letters – tutorial

By now, you know how much I love the sparkle of glitter.  Adding glitter to ‘things’ is easy. I’ve seen glittered letters selling for a small fortune, ($7 – $10 each) and it’s so inexpensive to do it yourself.

I’m still immersed in the patriotic theme, so I wanted to make some letters sparkle for another project that I’m working on.  Here’s what I’m up to today!

Glittered Letters

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