Altered Red Bottle With Designer Inspiration

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I wanted to make an altered bottle in the color red. It can be year round but..Think Christmas or Valentines. Think LARGE perfume bottle. Think Sparkle and Dazzle. That’s what I was thinking anyway.

I bought this bottle at one of the local antique markets. If you know someone who works in a bar, they can save them for you and you can get them free. I liked that this one came with a stopper in it.

Here is my bottle BEFORE.

First step to making a bottle is to wash it of course. Next, I spray paint mine. You might find other creators use different techniques, but this is what works for me. I use Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer. For this bottle I used COLONIAL RED. I bought this color in June to make Fourth of July projects. Sorry I don’t have any pictures of the PAINTING PROCESS. I also didn’t take any AFTER pictures but I do have some screenshots of a video I made.

Paint at least two light coats. Sometimes three coats. Let the paint cure in between coats if at all possible. Then let cure for a couple of days before you begin. That is the BEST procedure because you want it to pass the fingernail scratch test.

You can seal it with Mod Podge or a sealer of your choice, depending on the final look you want. I wanted a SLEEK look with no shine so I left mine as is with no sealer. But I let it cure for weeks. Bottles are like anything else that is painted. If handled roughly the paint will scratch off. But it should be cured enough so that you can handle it and the embellishments will not scratch off the paint.

I used two rhinestone letter C’s to make the designer faux logo. I bought them at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook section.

I used a rhinestone metal chain from the METAL GALLERY collection also from Hobby Lobby. Buy it when its fifty percent off….it is pricy. If I could have found a beautiful rhinestone necklace I would have used that. But I looked and couldn’t find one that appealed to me because I didn’t want a lot of metal showing. I wrapped it around the stopper portion and the bottom neck portion. One drapes on the backside and one drapes on the frontside. Play with your jewels until you like them. I do not glue mine down because I like how you can change it up.

The beautiful TOTALLY DAZZLED bow on top.

This bottle sat in my craft room while I decided what else I wanted to put on it. I debated about a crown on top of the stopper and my Mom and Lexi wanted the crown. But I felt that it fit did not sparkle enough. So I elected to put a crown on the back side of the bottle and a sparkling bow on top. The crown is from the button section at Walmart and the bow is from TOTALLY DAZZLED. I am a brand ambassador for TOTALLY DAZZLED and there is an affiliate link at the bottom of my page if you wish to browse around for something that BLINGS. CLICK HERE to see a link for the bows. It is affiliate meaning that I earn a commission IF you buy through it.

The crown on the backside. Coming or going this bottle is deliciously blingy.
I have it displayed for sale already at our shelf space in Broussard, LA.

I plan to do a lot more bottles throughout the year….so stay tuned. I don’t know if you follow Michelle Butler or Reilly-Chance Collections on Pinterest but their bottles are AWESOME! Please go and take a peek.

I am drawn to bottles and have been since I was young. I collect them. So altering them was the next natural step in my collection journey.

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Santa on a Silver Tray

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Do you have a silver tray laying around your home with nothing to do? Or have you just seen one at the thrift store or flea market? Use it as a SUBSTRATE for a SANTA CLAUS mixed media door hanger!

I did make this project on a Facebook LIVE. Click Here if you would like to see it.

First thing I did was clean my silver. But it was tarnished beyond cleaning. Much of the silver you find is that way. But it still serves as a wonderful backdrop for home decor.

My tray before I began.

I first decoupaged red textured scrapbook paper to the center section. I used Mod Podge to glue it on and also to seal it.

You don’t have to worry about the wrinkles on this paper while decoupaging.
It already has wonderful texture.

Next I glued down the round bead garland on the outer edge of the center. I recommend using Gorilla Super Glue. I used hot glue during a Facebook Live and it later came off. Hot glue put directly onto metal doesn’t want to stick. You could also use E6000 glue sparingly. A small tip applicator glue works the best.

Then I arranged the embellishments to see how I wanted everything to fit. I knew I wanted the buffalo plaid Santa to sit in the middle with florals and ribbons at the bottom. I did use hot glue for everything else because it was glued to the paper.

Here it was finished except for its bow and hanger.

I did turn this into a wall hanging, but if you put the bow on top then you could put it on an easel.

The silver on the beads and the tray really shine. I wish the photos could capture shine and sparkle.

If you worry about putting silver as a door hanger, you can put felt on the back so it doesn’t scratch your door.

Use up that silver. Save it from the land fills!

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Thrifted Sleigh Finds New Santa

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I rescued this sleigh from the Salvation Army. But it was lonely. At first I wanted to put presents or floral greenery in it. But low and behold I found a Santa Shelf Sitter Doll that fit perfectly inside. He does have to sit sideways but that is okay because you can see more of the sleigh that way.

For my location in South Louisiana, you have to get to the thrift stores early to catch good Christmas decor. At the time I bought this sleigh (back in late October/early November) there were none like it to be found. Now I see that AT HOME has some for sale.

An up close side view of the metal sleigh.

Hobby Lobby only had two of the Santas at the time of purchase. And I haven’t seen them put out anymore. So, the early bird does catch the worm around my locale.

Santa’s face is really cute.
I added a bow to the back, ready made gift for someone who LOVES to collect Santa’s and Sleighs.
His legs look so long in this picture.
Here he is sitting with all his friends. He is so cute!
Waiting for their forever home. But maybe I should keep him and the sleigh..???….Decisions, decisions!

This post is just for the idea of TRASH to TREASURE. The sleigh was in great condition. It just needed to be cleaned really good. Sometimes we don’t CREATE the actual items, sometimes we CURATE them. Finding forgotten things and bringing them back to the spotlight of attention makes me so happy!

Let’s go junking!

Happy Holidays! Take Care, God Bless!

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Sewers Delight, Use Embroidery Hoops for First Layer and add Yo-Yos

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This is a great door hanger perfect for a sewer or embroiderer. Mom used embroidery hoops as her first layer and then added yo yo’s for embellishments.

I remember her looking for the red and ivory ticking fabric at Hobby Lobby. I wasn’t quite sure what she was going to do with it, but it sure did turn out to be perfect “Old Fashioned Homespun Christmas” decor. She saw something similar on Pinterest that gave her the idea.

Fill the embroidery hoops with the fabrics of your choice. My Mom then attached the two hoops together with a screw to really secure them.

My Mom loves to make yo-yos. I think originally they were made from leftover fabric to make fancy quilts. But you can use them for so much more. She made a Christmas Tree with them that I posted about the other day. CLICK HERE to see that post. I will be making a post soon about HOW TO MAKE YO-YOs.

She put two staggered sized yo-yos and then put a covered button on the top. I like the little gathered middle section so you don’t HAVE to cover it up if you don’t want to.

She added other embellishments that were small Christmas ornaments and then a bow and jingle bells. She added eye hooks to attach the door hanger ribbon made with the ticking fabric.

This door hanger is very cute and reminds me of a Country Old Fashioned Christmas! The best kind of Christmas!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Add a Larger Canvas to a Smaller Picture, Add Layers for Interest

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I made these two signs last year when I was a Chalk Couture Designer. I wanted to make larger wall hangings or door hangers from these two projects so I added an extra stretched canvas to make them more of a statement pieces. Layers add interest.

Santa Approved is on a thin piece of wood. Very cute on it’s own. But I think it makes more of a statement with its canvas background now.

Before
After

Below is the option of a door hanger. If you want just a wall hanging, you can hide the ribbon behind the canvas frame.

Next is the red and black buffalo plaid SEASON’S GREETINGS. It looks cute all on it’s own too. But I wanted stripes to correspond with its striped ticking ribbon.

Before
After
Here is the door hanger option. Just hide the ribbon and it can be a wall hanging or shelf leaner.

I hope this gives you an idea for any of your existing decor. I just used a 1 inch wide piece of wood trim to make my stripes and checks. It really doesn’t take very long to paint either the checks or stripes. (Actually I think the stripes are harder) For the stripes you could use painters tape to make your grid. But I find that I have to touch it up so much after pulling off the tape, that I might as well just paint it freehand.

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Woodsy Owl on a Repurposed Frame with Faith Ornament

Use a FRAME as the main attraction for several small but coordinating Christmas ornaments. I chose woodsy colors but you could also use traditional colors such as red, green, silver, etc.

I began with a frame my Mom had purchased from Walmart months ago. It was already brown, so I just added antique gold RUB N BUFF to bring out all the ornate details. I had already picked out all my embellishments. I knew for sure that I wanted the owl, picks and beige flower.

What I had to decide on next was what to put inside and on top of the glass. I had several scrapbook papers that worked but I also wanted to add one more dimension. The gold FAITH ornament fit the frame perfectly.

I chose a textured/wrinkled scrapbook page in a bronze color. Then the gold of the FAITH ornament stood out against the bronze and looked great with the owl too.

I really love this winning combination. If I don’t sell it at our craft booth…that’s okay because it matches perfectly with my home decor.

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Yo-Yo Christmas Tree

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I want to show you a yo-yo Christmas tree that my Mom made. She loves to sew!

To watch how to make a yo-yo, you can YouTube search “How to make a yo-yo the traditional way.” I want my Mom to take pictures of her step by step process the next time she makes a yo-yo and I can post about that. But in the meantime, YouTube has everything you need.

She made graduated sizes of yo-yo’s with several different fabric patterns to make the tree. She used about 3-4 of the same size then 3-4 of a smaller size and so forth until she was at the top. She made the base out of a wood round and secured a wooden dowel in the middle. She cut a slit in the bottom of each yo-yo so it would go through the dowel. She added a star on top and I added the bow beneath the star.

This is just a quick post to give you an idea on what you can make with yo-yo’s. They don’t have to be for quilts or table runners. These are also great for putting on top of boxed presents or mason jars full of goodies. They make great Tree Ornaments too.

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“Don’t Be Green with Envy” Pumpkin

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Make a Christmas Pumpkin. This one turned out more beautiful than I imagined in my head. The green velvet poinsettias are the pièce de résistance on this project. Let me show you what I added to make this pumpkin special.

Here are all the embellishments I used. All bought at Hobby Lobby, my happy place.

First, I started with a paper mache pumpkin from Hobby Lobby. I painted it green. But not just any green. I had to match my sister’s home decor and she loves sage green. When I found the velvet flowers in Hobby Lobby, I knew those would be perfect. They are velvet so they transform and meld from light to dark green. So I had to mix several green paints to achieve a color that would blend. The main colors that I blended were an evergreen, a yellow, and just a little white. Then the pumpkin still looked a little chalky so I added a VERY light coat of metallic gold on top.

I added green bead garland down each groove of the pumpkin. I tried to just add hot glue to the top and the bottom so the glue doesn’t show.

You can watch the fast play Facebook Video by clicking HERE.

I added the gold pick leaf florals first. You have to hold them on until the glue hardens.

Then I added the sage green ball floral picks.

Next came the velvet green poinsettias. I LOVE them. Then I added two gold glitter deer among the leaves.

Next, I wanted a pedestal for it. So I painted one I had bought at a thrift store. I used gold and then antiqued it.

Below are some pictures of it all finished.

It looks good in my house too.

I am writing this November 27th of 2021. I hope you have a WONDERFUL holiday season! As always thank you for reading my blog!!

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Ideas for Making Craft Angels

Hi Everyone! Here are some ideas my Mom had for making angels. I’ll try to review the supplies and how she made them all.

The first angel pictured below is made from a spindle. The green and red boa spindle angel is an actual antique spindle found at an antique market that she cut in half to make two angels. She made the wings from wood with her jigsaw. The wooden head is from Hobby Lobby. She added the crown and I added the boas. Now it is ready for Christmas!

The boas can actually be removed and the angel could stay out all year long.

The next two angels are made from furniture legs bought from Home Depot. Shea added the round head and crown. The angel wings are Christmas ornaments from Hobby Lobby. I added the black eyelash trim and white feather boas to each.

This next angel is made entirely of wood that she cut with her jigsaw. She crackle painted both the white and black paints. For embellishments she used yo yo’s with buttons in the middle. Add a bow and voila she is done.

This last angel turned out adorable. It was made with a wooden wing ornament from Hobby Lobby. She unravelled kitchen string for her dress which is actually a tassel. Then connected the tassel to a round wooden ball. To hide all the glue she used a necklace made from jewelry. Then she strung some beads around wire for her halo. She stands on her own because her wings are so thick. She is very precious!

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Nativity Frame Makeover

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This started out as just a frame makeover. But it turned into so much more.

I had the angels and knew I wanted to put those on the frame. Both the frame and the angels were purchased at a thrift store. Here are some pictures BEFORE.

I bought this for the style of the frame.

The frame was a brassy color to begin with. I wanted a champagne color for the frame. So I mixed antique gold RUB N BUFF and silver tone RUB N BUFF and used that for the entire frame. I mix it on a plate and then dip my finger in and lightly rub onto all the high peaks of the frame.

I bought this for the style of the frame.
Here is how it looks going on. I left the brassy color as the underlying base coat.

After I did the frame, Lexi, my glam-daughter did the angels for me. We did that part on a FACEBOOK LIVE. Click here to see that video if you wish. Next we decided to put the Neutral Harlequin rice paper from DECOUPAGE QUEEN onto the top of the glass. You can decoupage on top of the glass or put it inside the frame. Either way works, just personal preference. Then there was a decision to make. I liked both so I couldn’t decide. See below. Should I put the word Believe on it or the Nativity on it?

With the word BELIEVE.
With the NATIVITY Scene.

I posted a ~this or that~ on my Personal Facebook Page and so many people said to put BOTH. So that’s what I did. It may be TOO MUCH for some people, but as long as I give you an idea to create your own in your own way….I have accomplished my goal.

I added some RUB N BUFF to the Nativity figurines so that they didn’t look so yellow against the champagne background.

I added a TOTALLY DAZZLED pearl and bling pin to the star on the manger.

Here, you can see how the RUB N BUFF added depth and highlights to the figurines.

I hope each of you have a wonderful holiday season!! Thank you so much for reading my blog!! I appreciate everyone who just clicks on my page and looks at pictures. I hope I inspire you to go and create….if I do…leave me a message. Take Care, God Bless!

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