Matte silver gourds, giant acorn and pine cone. This is NOT how I originally envisioned that I’d be displaying these. I just ran out of creative ‘oomph’ after decorating the tree! Next trip in I want to set them up on the big hutch; interspersed with the white dishes.
Vintage molded plastic wall medallion. The plastic is fairly thin and cracked and chipped in a few places, but it was just too pretty to pass up. It was originally all gold. I painted it white and antiqued it. I don’t remember the EXACT price I put on it, but it is priced extra low because of the wear and tear. Should still last for a couple of holiday seasons!
Here’s a better look at what’s inside the cage. It’s all glued onto a round piece of cardboard that fits right into the cage. Use it as a Christmas decoration (small enough to use as an ornament on the tree even!) then take the show scene out to use it throughout the year!
Bigger bird cages are fun to use for Christmas decor too. I put a little pedestal nest in this one, but you could set up part of your mini Christmas Village in it or fill it with pretty glass balls or battery operated candles.
Well turquoise and aqua Christmas actually!! Got my Christmas tree up and decorated in my booth at Stars:
As BIG as they are, I wasn’t sure they were going to ‘look right’ ON the tree. They’d be pretty piled in a bowl or on a tray too. A little difficult to see in the photo, but there is a sparkly tendril thingy cascading down from the tree topper. This tree is 7′ tall and needs a little ‘extra’ at the top.
Do you decorate your tree with a certain theme or color?
That’s what the local meteorologists are saying. Another week of dry days, albeit cooler, dry days. I’ll take it!!
At first I was going to make this into a wall hanging piece by turning it upside down and adding a hook to the little cubby part. Then I remembered how little wall SPACE I have to actually display wall hanging items, and went with the feet.
****Funny little footnote: Whilst I was working on my booth at Stars earlier this week, a customer strolled by and exclaimed, “WOW! That’s a LOT of blue!” Then when she saw me working in the booth, she quizzically added “Is it intentional?” Her quizzical look turned to total disbelief when I answered, “Absolutely!”
Eighteen days straight of dry sunny weather here! Second longest dry spell this year! Yeah . . . we get a little giddy from too much sunshine around here! It’s been so nice to be able to work outside this late in the year. I’m getting LOTS of sign boards ‘prepped’ (sanded, base coated, painted and distressed) ready to be stenciled on later when I am ‘stuck’ inside. Getting a good number of other painting projects done too!
The color was a little ‘different’ too. Almost a Periwinkle blue. Removed the drawer pulls (set aside to use on another project later on) Sander off the sheen and painted it my signature Aqua.
Stocked up both malls today. BIG SALE at STARS Thursday – Sunday. 25% off all regular priced items in my booth. Still Lots of Halloween goodies available too!
You’ll remember this was the first of the three that I did over, using a new French script stencil design on the top. I have a total of three of the same type table, and just finished making over the other two.
I’ve now got my booths in both antique malls stocked with fun Halloween goods.
Here are the pictures from STARS:
‘skeleton’ shades are great for Halloween decorating!
Big glitter skull on a stick with ‘spider eyes’
Small glitter skull on a stick with crown ornament.
Little glitter witch hat and framed spider.
If the broom fits, ride it signs.
Feather crows with crowns.
And the following pictures from my booth at CURIOSITIES in Beaverton:
Prettied up pumpkins on pedestals.
This one is set up for display; others available packaged so they don’t get damaged from handling.
Spider with a hat.
Happy Halloween decorating!
I’ll admit that I completely did not notice that the lower edge of the drawer was chipped when I put this night stand into my cart at the thrift store. I looked INSIDE the drawer, to be sure it had clean innards! But I totally overlooked the flaw right in front of my face. sigh.
The top had a cigarette burn (which you can still see a bit of) on the front ledge, and was pretty scratched up. But those flaws are easily ‘sanded out’. Unsure of HOW noticeable that chip would be once repainted, I proceeded with caution.
NOW I was debating whether or not to ‘add’ a decorative element to it. A pretty drawer pull (even though it didn’t NEED one) or maybe one of those carved wood appliques? I just wasn’t sure it NEEDED something more. So I asked Michael. While he and I have VERY differing tastes in styles, I value his input and opinion. Sometimes I really need an outside perspective when I start to ‘over think’ things.
“What can’t you ever just leave things ‘plain and simple’?” he asked me. MORE is always better in MY book, but he had a good point. Maybe ‘plainer’ items that will ‘go with any decor’ would be a better idea. So, I left it plain! Then if it doesn’t sell, I can always bring it home and ‘dress it up’ a bit.
As I already mentioned when I first showed you the picture of this plant stand; it’s a real ‘treat’ to find a piece that is UNfinished! A good percent of the time I spend on refinishing things, IS spent on removing the original finish. (the only ‘prep’ an unfinished piece might need is to sand off any ‘oily residue’ that may be on the surface from use.)
Since I had saved so much time by NOT having to prep this piece, I decided to experiment with the finish! I did a ‘color wash’; which is just watered down paint. I mixed about 4 parts water to one part paint. You want it to be as thin as water. A foam brush or soft fabric rag works best for applying a color wash. Brush it on and wipe off the excess; similar to how you apply a stain.
It’s a very subtle finish and quite a change from my usual bright aqua. But you need to try something NEW and different every so often! AND I figure if no ones likes it and it doesn’t sell, I can always repaint it if necessary!
Another ‘bonus’ with this type of finish is that it is super fast and easy which greatly factors into the selling price! A good part of the price I put on items is ‘for the time’ it took me to refinish it. With this being such a fast and easy process, I can price this piece extremely reasonably!