Monday, December 28, 2009

Third and Final Post of the Holiday Home Tour 2009!

Well another Christmas is in the books.  I have eaten, entertained, celebrated and slept (a lot) and I think I'm  ready to post the final in my series of pictures.  I really have enjoyed doing yet another tour (my fifth), and loved hearing all the comments.  It was really fun during the tour to hear people say how they appreciated the reuse of items, rather then seeing them end up in the junk pile.  When you find a piece, look for that coolness factor in it.  Think outside of the box, and I'm sure you'll find some purpose for it.  It really is fun to get those creative juices flowing!  

It's easy to take all the credit for the decorating, but I have to give credit where credit is do.  First, I have been very blessed to have such  a great home to decorate.  It's a long story on how we came to be here in this beautiful home, really a gift from God, but we had the best builder in the world.  Thanks to Minks Custom homes in Ramsey for giving us the canvas to work with.  I also want to thank Sue Wolfe, of Destination Art, for helping me get ready for it.  Her creative talent is incredible, and she really helped me put it all together.  Thank you, Sue!  And not to forget those who put this on this year, thank you, Julie and Teri of the French Flea.  I think it turned out great!  So without further ado, here are the final pictures . . . 


This coffee table I'm assuming was originally used to hold a wash bucket or something of that nature.  When I purchased it, the glass had already been added.  The aquarium on the table works great for holding what ever collection you want to put in there.  Here it just holds a few ornaments.  The green pillow on the couch has an ornament hot glue to it for a little bling!

This telescope was purchased on a visit to North Carolina.  I knew I had to have it.  It's black and white color goes perfectly with my decor!

A wonderful piece of Destination Art work.



Scales, scales, and more scales . . .


This one may be my favorite.

Love this German tin.  It fits perfectly in this large space.  I only wish I knew what it's original purpose was.


The number is a European house number.

I love just a touch of red with my vintage Janite collection.

This unique architectural piece is perfect for candles.



I love these old snow shoes.  Canvas and metal, a great combo!

I think this was the most talked about addition to my decor this year.  A painted Christmas tree!


The balls were hung from the ceiling with fishing line and tacks at alternating lengths.  I wanted them to appear as though they were hanging on the tree.


They were also hung so they would be dimensional, like a real tree.  Funny thing, people wondered what I would do after Christmas.  Great thing with paint, you can just paint over it!


My wire water bottle holder was transformed into a hot chocolate stand with the addition of some stenciled tin pieces.  The huge jar I think was some sort of lab jar.  Works great to hold the hot chocolate!

 A simple dough bowl is transformed into a centerpiece with clear craft ornament balls (the metal piece removed), cedar greens and large pine cones.  I think simple, but dramatic.

A vintage grate adds some flare to a window.  Tiny vintage ornaments hang from cedar greens.  

This ornament holder from Crate and Barrel holds vintage ornaments.

I love old pillars.  This one just stands in a corner holding wall votive holders.  The sign on the window sill says, "It's okay to say Merry Christmas!"



Marshmellows in a vase with glittered twigs and popcorn in a platter with candles.  Think outside the box!


You know I love cloches!  Just a little treat for Santa!


This large tube holds coffee beans.  Goes perfect with the Destination Art coffee canvas!

Someone on the home tour told me this was originally a radiator cover.  I had always thought it come from a front porch.  Glass was added to make it a table.

I love this old oil painting.  The distressing I think adds to it!


I purchased these "curtain" balls from a local gift shop.  They're actually cotton balls on fishing line.


A glittered branch was added to the top, with a crackled bird hanging from it.

I have a small bathroom on the main floor, but am able to have this skinny cupboard in it.  It was originally a built in.

This cruet works great with candles in it!


There it is in a nut shell.  Another tour down.  Sorry if I took too many pictures.  I know I go overboard!  I try my best to make it feel like you're on it with me.  It was a lot of fun being a part of it, and I so enjoyed all the people who were able to come.  I guess I better not say it's my last year again.  Never say never, cause who knows what next year will bring!   Have a Happy New Year! 

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Into Us a Child is Born . . .

For unto us a child is born . . .
      a son is given to us.

   The government will rest on his shoulders.

      And he will be called:

   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

      Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

  His government and its peace

      will never end.

   He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne

of his ancestor David for all eternity.

   The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

      will make this happen!
Is. 9:6-7 (New Living Translation) 
May you know the reason for the season.  Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I Have a Bright Idea . . .

I had an accident.  Oops . . . the wind blew the Christmas tree on my front porch over and bulbs on the string of lights broke.  This caused the entire string of lights to no longer work.  I could just throw the whole strand away.  But that's when a light bulb (pun intended) went off in my head.  Hmmmm...I have an idea...

I started with two strands of tangled lights with a few broken bulbs.  But why throw it all away when you can repurpose part of it.


So  I removed all the intact bulbs . . .

And found a large vintage jar amongst my many stashed away items.  And when I say many, I mean many.  Just ask my hubby!  LOL!

I grabbed some birch twigs and some glittered twigs I already had.

All I needed now was some items for a little extra embellishment.  Greens, ribbon and vintage ornaments.  Hey, I'm really getting into the ribbon and greens thingy.  Watcha think?  You impressed?  Ha!

So here you go.  An arrangement made from discarded items, and items laying around the house.  Not bad heh?

I think the vase looks great in my kitchen.  Whatcha think about the marshmellows in the vase?  Lucky I don't have any mice around (I have three cats)!

So next time, think out of the box.  Don't use the typical clear rocks in your arrangement.  I think you might be surprised at what you'll find!  

Beyond The Picket Fence


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