Friday, November 21, 2014

~oh deer, it's a holiday thrift shop challenge~

Alice from Thoughts From Alice asked if I'd like to participate in a challenge making over a holiday item from the thrift store. Since thrift store is my middle name, 
I didn't hesitate to say yes.

I found these 4 matching deer ornaments at my local thrift shop for $3.99.

I thought they were pretty cute as is, but decided to dress them up a bit. 
I bought 4 of these unfinished wooden shield plaques from Joanne Fabrics, along with some vintage looking floral scrapbooking papers.

The first step was to cut the paper to fit the tops of the plaques. I did this by flipping the plaques over and tracing around them with pencil onto the paper and cutting out. 
Modge podge them onto the plaques.

Any excess paper can be sanded off. 
This step also helps create a worn vintage look.

Drill holes through the tops of each one so you can hang them as ornaments on your tree.

They should look like this at this point.

The next step is to age them. I used Annie Sloan dark wax and a rag, but you can also use stain.
Go over the outside edges and smudge it onto the paper a bit as well.
Let dry.

Before and after the dark wax.

Use ribbon, or twine to tie a bow.
I used liquid nails to attach the deer to the center of each plaque and let them dry overnight.

I love how they turned out.
I wish there was more than four!

I hung them on my tree in our dining room.

This tree is new to me this year too.
It's a narrow frosted frazier fir from Balsam Hill.
I've always wanted a frosted tree and this one looks so real!

Don't forget to check out everyone else's thrift shop makeovers:

Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies

Thrifty DIY Part One: Faux Fur Throw Rug by Creating Vintage Charm

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters

Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House

DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss

Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling

DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age


Thursday, November 20, 2014

~thrifty Thursday~{log slice pedestal}

This thrifty Thursday project a 2 year old can make~really.

All you need is a log slice

{if you don't have access to one, you can buy them at craft stores}

and a thick branch, or tiny tree stump.

You can rest the slice on top, or use liquid nails or another strong glue, and let set up overnight.
Pretty simple and basic right?

Would you like to see how I used mine in a rustic outdoor table scape?
I created a little chocolate party for the kids.
Chocolate muffins, chocolate chips, milk, and all the smores fixings.

I know I am jumping way ahead with Christmas decor before Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't resist.

I've been collecting these vintage Santa mugs for years.
Pottery Barn sells new ones if you can't find old ones.

Each person got a plate with a bowl filled with 
chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

The eat drink be merry napkins I got on etsy years ago and they are no longer being sold.

Plenty of milk to wash down all that chocolate!

If you are dining outdoors this time of year, a nice touch is to 
add blankets to each chair to keep your guests warm and cozy.

Yes, my tree is up inside :)

On either side of the centerpiece I placed two birch logs that are actually little mini fire pits from Home Depot. 
It not only adds warmth, but is quite handy while making smores!

Lights on the house are slowly but surely going up too!

Phew, that was a lot of photos!
Here is some links if you'd like to create a similar outdoor tables cape.

Blankets found here, here, here, and here.
Santa mugs found here.
Cup holder found here.
Birch fire pit found here.
Ornaments found here.
Lantern {old} similar here.
Straws found here.

To see how I made the table, click here.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

~favorite things 2014~

Melissa from 320 Sycamore asked if I 
would want to participate in my favorite things 2014.

If you are here from Thistlewood Farms, welcome!

LOVE seeing everyones favorite things so here we go with a few of mine.

To stay warm:

From World Market, their chocolate faux fur throw.
It is super soft and comfy, not to mention stylish!

To wear:
I love these Hudson jeans.  They are comfortable and they look cute with the boots below.

I live in my Hunter boots this time of year.
I have the black ones which get the most use, and I also have the baby blue ones, love them!

In the kitchen:

I recently upgraded our pots and pans and got this great Zwilling cookware set.

Beaded white plates from here.


I love all of the Olay Regenerist products found here.

For the holidays, why not make your eyes sparkle?
These eyelashes  from Thrive are a great way to give back as well. For each pair purchased, one will be donated to a woman going through cancer treatment.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few of my favorite things!
Head on over to Courtney's blog here to see some of her favorites.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

~free Christmas printable~

I am so happy to be back to share with you another printable!
Thank you Kristin for inviting me back.
The last one I offered for fall you can find here. 

Today's Christmas/holiday printable is very simple. 
You can print it on any color card stock to to go with your decor.
Simply copy the image below by right clicking on it,  paste it into a word document, adjusting the size for your frame opening, and print.

I printed mine on a sage green piece of card stock and
 framed it in a rustic chippy white frame that I made.
For now it sits in the corner of our dining room but I may move it to the kitchen later on.

Here is the full list of participants: 

Joy to the World Christmas Printable from The Lily Pad Cottage
God Bless Us Everyone Printable from Sweet Cs Designs
Red Buggy Christmas Printable from Craftberry Bush
Simple Christmas Wrap with Printable Gift Tags from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Keep Warm and Drink Cocoa Printable from Top This Top That
Free Christmas Stag Printable from Rooms for Rent
Cocoa and Cookies Party from Migonis Home
Hot Chocolate Bar and Free Printable from Finding Silver Pennies
Elf Movie Free Printable from Eclectically Vintage
Free Christmas Printable from My Sweet Savannah
Free Christmas Printable from City Farmhouse

Happy printing!

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