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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Christmas in July, Thrifted Angels in Frames Decor Idea

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I found these frames at one thrift store (I think Goodwill) and I found the angels at another thrift store (I think Salvation Army). I couldn’t decide if I wanted to leave the items gold in color and make an Old World style project or paint them and make a shabby chic project. For now, I decided to leave the items gold in color. I can ALWAYS go back and paint them later. And I think I will after Christmas this year.

I did not change the pictures in the frames at all. They were already gold and it was destiny how the angels fit perfectly inside the frames. I just had to make the angels match the frames. After I changed the color, I hot glued them in place. They are very light weight so hot glue was enough. I also did not want to permanently bond them with E6000 because I want to later take them off to paint them. I love options!

The angels were very grungy and dirty when I bought them. They even had what looked like a tinge of green mold about them. But they were not damaged in any way so I scooped them up. Remember when thrifting that color can always be changed with PAINT. In this case, I used Antique Gold Rub N Buff. Use this product in a well ventilated area. I used my fingers so I can get into all the areas I want. You can use a brush, but I never have. It does come off your fingers if you wash up right away. Below are some pictures of the before and after of the angels.

Below are some pictures of the project when finished.

Here they are all finished. I will probably paint everything later when I get tired of them this color. I will also change the background of the pictures. I thought about changing the picture to be Harlequin print. Not sure yet, but for now, I love them as is.

I hope I inspire you to go junking, thrifting, garage sale shopping, etc. You never know what treasures you can find and transform into extraordinary home decor.

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Polka Dot and Rick Rack Christmas Tree

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Here’s another playful NON-TRADITIONAL Christmas tree to hang on your door.

This whimsical tree just makes you smile. And that’s what we need this year.

THINGS that make us SMILE.

Maybe you will want to make this tree or one similar for your children’s room door?

Here it is on my outside bricks.

This post is very short.

I am sorry, I only have 3 pictures.

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!!

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Plaid NOEL, and what does NOEL mean?

Hi Everyone! I was wondering where the word NOEL came from. So I googled it. It is a French term. Here is what I found.

Source: http://www.quora.com

“English speakers borrowed the word noel from the French. It can be traced back to the Latin word natalis, which means “birthday,” referring to the Christian belief that Jesus was born on December 25.”

I have to tell you a story. My sixth grade teacher was a great teacher. I wish I could remember her name. One day she put on the board this message.

ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Then she asked us to figure out what the message meant. Of course we realized she had skipped the letter “L”. And we kept telling her she messed up. But then she told us it meant NO “L”. NOEL Merry Christmas. I have never forgotten that. God bless her for she was a great teacher.

Keep reading for more details on how we made this sign.

Luckily we have a bunch of scrap wood. You can find scrap wood at construction sites. Ask the workers and they might point you in the right direction. They throw away all the little pieces.

We already had the letters and Mom used plaid scrapbook paper to cover them. We had painted all the background green but the plaid didn’t stand out against it. So we went ahead and painted the front white. Sometimes you have to do a pivot to make things work.

We added holly and berries to the top for that added touch.

Here’s a different picture against a brick background.

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Aqua Candlesticks

Hi Everyone! Aqua is my favorite color as you will discover if you follow my blog. Turquoise, aqua, teal it doesn’t matter, I love them all.

So……..I had to paint some of these candlesticks in Aqua. The set with brown lowlights will probably stay in my house instead of going to the craft show. lol.

I painted one set Caribbean blue straight out of the paint bottle. I painted the aqua green set from a mixture I made trying to get my sister’s favorite color, sage green.

At first the color looked so flat and plain. I love to mix colors. So I went back and put some brown on the candles that were deep aqua. It really helped give them more character.

We added ribbons and raffia and voila’.

Mom made a wood garland to match and I added matching ribbon.

In the picture below are the aqua green set of candlesticks. There is a difference but it is slight. If you favor blue you will love the set above. If you favor green you will like the set below.

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Jack Jump Over the Candlestick (Lights of Yesteryear)

What would Christmas be without Candles and Lights. It is hard to believe that before they made electric lights people used candles on their trees. Can you imagine the fire hazards? Maybe that is why they put their trees up on Christmas Eve and then took them down the day after Christmas. Keep reading about this cute little craft idea.

The following excerpt is from History.com https://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees The whole article is a very interesting read.

“It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.”

Mom made these candlesticks with cut cedar fence slats. The flame and the candle are made as one. Then she attached the base with a screw.

I wanted some candlesticks to go with rustic farmhouse decor. These are my tribute to farmhouse. I used black and white buffalo plaid ribbon at the bottom and raffia at the top.

I also made some with gray and white buffalo check. Many people have their walls painted some shade of gray nowadays. These would go with so many people’s decor. They could also be left out all year round if you wanted. Change the ribbon and voila you have a different season’s decor.

Let me know if you would like me to send you a pattern. But really it’s easy to make.

Thank you for reading my blog about CANDLES at Christmas. There is also a lot of mention of candles in the Bible. Very interesting.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas. I know it’s early for Christmas greetings but the holiday season can be a very depressing time for some and it usually begins around Thanksgiving. This year has been extremely hard for A LOT of people. So everyone has my very best wishes!!

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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Presents

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Here’s a present you can use year after year as a decoration. We made some of these out of 2×6’s we had leftover and they sold at our last flea market booth.

Now, we made these with leftover 2×4’s. They are so cute. You can make these to fit ANY decor. You could take special orders for the size and colors.

See the pictures below for regular buffalo plaid and there is another set with red buffalo plaid and a vintage car. LOVE!

These were decoupaged with buffalo plaid scrapbook sheets. We painted the tops and bottoms black so the edges of the paper wouldn’t show. The hardest part is choosing the best looking ribbons to go on them. The choices and possibilities are endless!

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Ho Ho Ho Christmas Door Hanger

Ho, Ho, Ho…..a deep throated laugh or chuckle. Christmas is all about good cheer.

We thought this door hanger was a cute, cheerful way to enter your home.

A cheerful entrance to any home! 🙂

Here is how we made it. Mom cut the round circle from craft wood we bought from Home Depot. She painted it red with the black belt across the middle.

She tried to paint the buckle but wasn’t having any luck so she made the buckle out of a small piece of wood. We made the top of the ornament out of a letter “O”. And we made the buttons from snowflakes glued to burlap that we painted black.

We couldn’t decide about the letters or font for the HO HO HO. But when we found the buffalo check at Hobby Lobby we thought that would be perfect. We decided to hang it with the cute ribbon that is polka dot on one side and striped on the other.

We put a bow on the left side made from red and white buffalo check and black and white buffalo check and threw in a few polka dots for the sheer fun.

I hope you make something like this in your craft adventures. I am so fortunate to be able to work with my Mom. My step dad just passed away last month. So we both use crafts as a way to focus on creativity instead of depression. Enjoy crafting therapy!!

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