Glamorous Flourish Finial

You may already own something similar to this finial. It might be stored away in your attic or basement or garage. Maybe you are tired of it. It no longer matches your decor. REFRESH it. Add paint and embellishments that match your CURRENT decor or turn it into HOLIDAY DECOR.

I have redone so many of these finials that I don’t even remember what color it was to begin with. But I like the SHABBY CHIC style so I painted it white and then antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. I then added sparkling ribbon and rhinestones.

I used a pin from TOTALLY DAZZLED.

It is now even Wedding worthy. But it could have easily been painted to fit in with your Fall Decor or Christmas Decor.

Think outside the box, and redo, repurpose, refresh, rehab some of your decor. I am just here to shoot out ideas to you. Have fun! If you try something like this comment below and let me know.

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Dollar Tree Bandanas Made into Angel Rag Dolls

These little angels look so cute sitting on a shelf or mantel. You can make them in any color for any occasion. How about making some in YOUR team colors? You can buy handkerchiefs/bandanas from the Dollar Tree or almost anyplace.

Begin by choosing two different colors of bandanas. You could choose all one color if you wish or more than two. Cut or tear into about one inch strips. You can also use pinking shears to cut them if you do not want a straight edge. My Mom uses shears since she has arthritis and finds tearing them to be rougher on her hands.

Then you fold them in half and create a tassel that makes the body. You then tie the tassel portion with twine or whatever ribbon you have to match.

My Mom uses the sewn edging of the handkerchief to tie the body and make the “tassel”.

She then glues on twine for her arms and a wooden ball for her head. Sometime we stain the wood and sometimes we leave it raw. And then other times we paint it. It’s all your preference. We ended up painting this one to match her wings.

She is beginning to “come to life”.

You may add a face or hair if you wish. We sometimes use moss for the hair. We normally leave all our angels “faceless”. You can also add a halo.

The wings are a strip of ribbon or lace tied together in the middle.

The angel wings are made from lace that has been mod podged to stiffen it up. Glue them on and Voila you have an Angel. Now for the embellishments.

We chose to put a silver crown on this one. I buy these crowns off Amazon. Just search for crown cake toppers.

We also added a TOTALLY DAZZLED pin to make her look as if she is holding a flower.

These are fun to make and embellish. You can make these in so many colors and use so many different embellishments. Each one is so unique and different.

Below is one that fit in with a Patriotic Theme. She has moss for hair and is holding a star.

I love to just have them SIT on a shelf or mantel.
Just sitting around……

These are so easy to make, that I hope you give it a try. You could also just make a doll for a child to play with. Let me know in the comments if you give it a try.

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Spooky Book, Potions

I turned an old hardback book into a SPOOKY BOOK. I did not destroy the book, it can still be read. I just painted the hardback cover with an Old World Bronze color paint. I used hot glue to make the glue dots and raised up edges around the cover. I did not want anything TOO ghoulish or evil sounding so I kept it simple with LOVE POTIONS.

I bought potion labels off Etsy because I had planned to make some spooky bottles. I haven’t had time so far to make any. But those labels will be there when I need them.

I used foam letters to spell out LOVE POTIONS. I used smaller letters to spell out BEWARE on the spine. They already had sticky backs and stayed on without extra glue. For the smaller letters, I had to use super glue to keep them on because they were so narrow. Then I repainted everything with the bronze paint again.

I then used antique gold RUB N BUFF to bring out all the highlights on the raised letters and edges, etc.

I had two book ends that I thrifted so I painted them the same color to match so it would be a matched set.

I hope you liked my Spooky Book idea. I did watch Kathy at “Royale Funky Junque” on Facebook to get her step by step instructions. I did not use the tissue paper that she used. Go and watch her because she has several videos about these books.

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Spooky Yet Fun Skeleton Hand

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I bought this candle and candle stand at a local thrift store. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but I love candles so I was going to keep it myself. Then when I set this hand on top, Voila, I knew they belonged together. By the way, this has already sold at our Craft Booth in Broussard.

I found the ring and bracelet set at Dollar General which adds a touch of whimsy and fun to the project.

I had to add Diamond Dust of course for a touch of glamour.

Diamond Dust really adds sparkle to any project. It is glitter on steroids. Actually it is real shards of glass. I buy mine on Amazon.
I bought two different ring/bracelet sets at Dollar General. This black set and a red set. The cost in 2021 was $3.00.
I love anything that has interesting lines and scroll work. How could I resist this decor that elevated the candle plus had great design elements.

Thrift stores are great places to find holiday decor inspiration. No one wants to spend a fortune for decorations that will only last a season. So think about taking a trip to your local shops and find fun items that can be upscaled and repurposed.

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Glamorous White Diamond Dusted Pumpkin

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This pumpkin was bought by my Mom at an antique flea market. Little did it know it would change from ho hum… to… humdinger. Mom and I are on a roll with feather boas and sparkle embellishments. It is JUST FUN!

This is a tall pumpkin and it was already white in color. But it needed jazzed up. So I put rhinestone ribbon down each groove of the pumpkin. Then I DIAMOND DUSTED it all over.

I used some moulds to make little leaves to add to the stem. It looked too plastic by itself. I painted the castings white and then added antique gold RUB N BUFF. I then painted the stem with Gold Leaf by Plaid. See picture below.

We felt it was lonely, so we wanted to elevate it and put it on a candlestick. I had these really ugly candlesticks that I bought at the Goodwill. I had tried to bring them back to life by using different RUB N BUFF colors on them but was not satisfied with the look. Not knowing for sure what I wanted to do with them, I had set them on a shelf for later projects. So I brought one of them back out and used a mixture of silver and gold RUB N BUFF. I also added bling to the candlestick. See the BEFORE picture of the Candlesticks below.

With this picture you can see that one of the candlesticks had totally tarnished. On the other one you can see how I used the antique gold RUB N BUFF on it but wasn’t liking how it looked at all.
The other candlestick got a makeover too. It is now elevating my dollar tree foam pumpkin with black lace and a witch’s hat.

For the glamorous white pumpkin the feather boa around the edge was the pièce de ré·sis·tance. The perfect finishing touch.

All the right combinations and you have ~~~~exquisite!

Think outside the box and make a glamour pumpkin. Let me know if you make one. Send me a picture. Thank you so much for taking the time to click on my post and read all the way to the end. It is humbling to think that someone out there, likes your creations enough to read about them.

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Makeover a Box Storage Chest

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Mom and I found this little broken chest at a flea market near my home. We brought it home and showed it some love by repairing the wheels and the hinges. Then it needed a couple of more coats of white paint.

Ignore the dirty floor in my garage….lol…. But as you can see, the little chest needed two coats of fresh paint. We used regular house paint because we did this part last year when white craft paint and white chalk paint was hard to find during the pandemic.
Here it is after we repaired it but we had not painted it yet. It was storing some of our supplies in it and helping prop up finished crafts.
It is getting ready for it’s new coat of paint here.

Here is a quick time lapsed video of me putting on the transfer and painting the stripes. This video is housed in Facebook. Click Here to view. Please excuse my voice over inexperience.

I used a Redesign by Prima transfer that I ordered from Amazon. It comes with four different patterned transfers. I could not find it on Amazon anymore, but it is on Etsy. See the picture below.

I love the light pink and purple tones of the florals in this transfer. I used a purple and pink paint mixture to outline my stripes on my box chest.
I decided to take a picture of my box chest out on my patio. The sripes looked good out there with my black and white decor. My rugs were not out because of all the rain we have been getting.

I hope this post has inspired you to take a look around your home, attic, basement, or local flea market to find a small piece of furniture to MAKEOVER!

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Halloween FUN BLACK CATS

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Last year we made these cute Black Cats all in a country farmhouse theme. This year, I wanted to change them up and jazz them up. So, on one set, I put dapper black and white houndstooth ribbons and on another set I put white feather boas. Totally Dazzled Bling had to go on them too! I tried to do a video with the “Green Acres” song, but it was nixed. I understand because I don’t have permission to use it. But it was a really cute video.

My Mom made these last year out of 2×4’s. They are SO CUTE! Whether you want a country cat or a city cat…..(Town and/or Country Style) these are FOR YOU! Have fun for Halloween. No fright…..just fun!

We made all our cats like this last year. Too cute! Raffia was their embellishments.
Here’s our uptown cats. Black and White Houndstooth ribbon with Bling.
Here’s our Park Avenue Cats. I put feather boas on them along with some Bling. I also added eyelashes.

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Sentiments Plaques Can Be Refreshed with Diamond Dusted

These signs or plaques had great sentiments. Love and Hope. But they were dark, dirty and forlorn; and being sold at a garage sale. I saw potential. I even thought they would make great wedding presents. But they needed makeovers. I didn’t take any before pictures but I did do a video about my garage sale haul and took some screen shots.

I cleaned them up and painted everything white and then added Valspar Antiquing Wax to make them look “shabby chic”. I then added embellishments.

For the LOVE sign I added a rhinestone ribbon around the frame and added “Totally Dazzled” Bling to each corner.

I then Diamond Dusted the background behind the glass. Luckily there was enough room between the glass and the background wood. It was almost like a shallow shadow box.

For the HOPE sign I also used Diamond Dust. I just used it in the inside section of the plaque. I wish photos picked up the sparkle better.

I hope this post gives you an idea of how you can REFRESH some of your decor that you may have hiding away in a basement or attic or garage. Or you can always go thrifting/junking and find some hidden treasures to REMAKE, REPURPOSE, REFAB RESTYLE or REFRESH.

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Designer Inspired Painted Pumpkins

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I wanted to try painting a pumpkin similar to the ones our beloved designer makes. The one that does Black and White Checks, Stripes and Dots. I love their style and wanted to do a mini version. I am not anywhere near as good as the original, but I love trying. Painting takes my mind off all my troubles and becomes therapy for me. It has really helped my Mom over the years too.

This first pumpkin pictured below was bought at a flea market. It was white already but I had to paint it white again to brighten it up. The grooves in the pumpkin were not of even numbers so I had to come up with a design pattern that would work and look good. I used black and white check for three sections, gold leaf for three sections and orange for three sections. You just have to pattern it out ahead of time.

I put it on a candlestick and added a bow. I painted the candlestick with gold leaf too.
Here it is on my antique fireplace mantel. I am decorating for an antique/flea market booth that we will rent the beginning of October. I am setting up my garage to how we want the booth to look.

The next two pumpkins were soup bowls I bought from one of the Dollar Stores. I think it was Family Dollar. I just wanted to practice my painting and practice the types of paints that would cover ceramic. (See picture below for the type of paint.) I also wanted to get in the mood for fall. I bought an orange one and an aqua one.

Again the patterns were not easy to come up with because of the uneven numbers of the grooves. But they were good practice for me.

I used the Folk Art Enamel Paints. These have a wine glass on top of their caps. That makes you aware that the paint can go over glass. I also used Plaid Gold Leaf in “Classic Gold.”

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Metallic Pink Pumpkin and Birthday

Hi My Blog Reader Friends! Today is the one year birthday of my BLOG. I want to thank all of you for reading, looking at my photos, liking, commenting and subscribing! Every view counts! It brings joy to my heart to know there are people who like what I post. This post is about an unconventional color for a pumpkin. It turns out very elegant and upscale.

I just wanted to say that there are times when you just want to give up on social media, blogging, etc. It is not easy. It is time consuming. You wonder if there is ANYONE out there enjoying what you post. But another blogger, who was also my business coach for awhile said, “The first year is the roughest. If you can get through that year and keep going you will see benefits.” I hope she is right.

I got the idea of a pink pumpkin from Kathy at her Facebook Page…..Royale Funky Junque. Go follow her she has terrific ideas.

I knew I wanted mine to be a metallic pink instead of a soft, pale pink. I found all the rose gold/pink embellishments at Hobby Lobby. I also bought the paper mache pumpkin from Hobby Lobby. Pictures of all the supplies will be at the very bottom.

The first thing I did was paint the brown pumpkin white. I thought the true color of the pink would come through much better if I primed it. I was right. Then I painted a good coat of the metallic pink paint. Deco Art Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz. I then had to paint a light second coat in some areas. I did not paint my stem because I knew it wouldn’t show. I used the stem to hold the pumpkin while I painted. I could have left it brown. But from now on, I think I will paint it the color of the pumpkin so it all blends.

After it was painted and very dry, I did a Facebook Live and put it all together. You can watch it here: Facebook Live Video

Here are some pictures I took before, during and after.

Here is the pumpkin BEFORE.

The paper mache pumpkin. If they no longer have these, you can use any pumpkin even if it has uneven grooves.

Here are some pictures DURING.

First I painted it white.
Then I painted it 2 coats of pink.
I had to paint the top and let dry and then paint the bottom.

Here are some pictures AFTER.

Here’s a close up of the little bird.
Here’s a close up of the ball.
Here’s a close up of the flower.

The candlestick is what will make this project unique—one-of-a-kind! I bought it at a thrift store and it was dark brown. I dry brushed it with the same metallic pink paint. It is beyond gorgeous. Pictures do not do it justice. I sold this pumpkin the day after my Facebook Video. It is on it’s way to it’s forever home.

The beautiful candlestick

Here are the supplies I used. I bought everything at Hobby Lobby. At the time of purchase all Fall and Christmas was 40% off.

Brown Paper Mache Pumpkin. Here’s the price for 2021. I got 40% off.
This paint is old and I do not know where I bought it from. Just use any white or ivory paint for the primer.
This paint is a beautiful color and has a great sheen to it. DecoArt Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz.
You will find these items in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. This is the tinsel I used for the grooves in the pumpkin.
Here are the flowers I used. I used only two, but my Hero/Shero used three or four I think.
The picks matched the pinkish rose gold of all the other embellishments and were found on the pick aisle.
These were the other embellishments I used. The balls were on a pick and came with three balls per pick. I only used one. The birds came in a package of four. I only used one.

I truly hope you try your hand at making this pumpkin or one like it in your favorite color. I plan on making a teal color pumpkin soon. I already have made an oil rubbed bronze color pumpkin with more traditional colors. Make these for YOUR store or craft show. Good Luck! Happy Fall!

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