One of my favorite stencil suppliers (http://maisondestencils.com/) had a 40% off sale in December, so I splurged on some new stencils to add to my sign repertoire!
SO, I showed you how I bleached and dyed the bottle brush trees . . . . then what?!?! What do you DO with all your cute and pretty little bottle brush trees??? Here’s some of what I did with mine:
BEFORE I could start on any new craft projects, I needed to put away some recently accumulated supplies, like this bagfull of tiny spools of thread that I had bought at the craft show. Got down my box of ‘spools and stuff’ to toss this into and spotted some bigger spools I already had. Had recently seen an idea on Pinterest with spools and bottle brush trees , so the ‘light bulb in my head went off!”
I had some big spools, small spools and the tiny new ones. Since they were all ‘neutral tones’ I used my cream colored trees on them. These are the trees that I bought already this bleached looking color.
So it was a pretty quick and easy project! Just a bit of tacky glue on the bottom of each tree, and plop it onto a spool!
I’ve also seen people take whole groups of tress like this and glue them to a vintage silver tray and cover it with fake snow OR pretty vintage glass balls. But I didn’t really have enough trees to use so many of them in one big project.
I also had two of these little jars I got at the thrift store. Looks like maybe they were originally filled with fragrance oil for a reed diffuser set maybe. There is a picture on the INSIDE BACK of the bottle as well as the front. Kinda neat looking. Hard to photograph though!
So I filled these part way with some fake snow and glued a tree on top.
The trees were a perfect fit for the bottle top!
I took pairs of the tiniest trees and bagged them to sell. Tiny things like that have a way of disappearing sometimes, not to mention how difficult it is to put a price tag on something that small! And this is how I displayed the rest of them in my booth at Stars.
I also had a few bigger trees leftover from last year. These are ones that I had bleached, then tea stained and added new star shaped wood bases to.
Just something ‘different’ that you don’t see everywhere!
Put some under little glass cloches.
Displayed some with other things, here and there. Next to a tiny crystal angel here.
And with some jars full of glass balls here. I just LOVE those neutral colors against the aqua background!
I hope you are enjoying the holidays at your house!!
Received this email today. I’m not including the writer’s name, since it was sent via email and not left as a comment on the blog; I don’t want to violate the writer’s privacy. But it a definitive example of WHY I write this blog:
Just a quick reminder of what our inspiration piece was:
And here’s what Becka, the purchaser of the rustic headboard did with the one we built for her:
I seldom (NEVER!) get to see what purchasers do with the items they buy from us, so this is a REAL TREAT for me!
How SWEET is this?!?!
To read the entire post, hop over to Laurie’s blog, CHIPPING WITH CHARM.
We’ve got one such ladder in our stash, but it’s ‘earmarked’ to be used as a shelf when we get a bigger space at the antique mall. AND it would have to be cut down to fit in my shabby chic bedroom to use like this. BUT, maybe Michael will find another, shorted one that I can use.
I’ve been itchin’ to dive back into finishing up that bedroom; but just not sure WHAT I want to do to finish it?!?!? I’ve got a pile of wall decor stuff (keys and crowns) but don’t want to start hanging them until I finalize my shelf placement, so I know where the usable wall space will be! And THAT mostly involves sorting through the stuff (supplies and half completed paper craft projects!) I’ve let ‘pile up’ . Waiting for inspiration to strike!
A new old ladders sure would get me motivated!!
I think I’d probably MAKE (er, have Michael make FOR me!) brackets from old wood though, instead of using the metal ones like Laurie did. (although if I still had kinds at home like she does, I WOULD use the sturdier metal ones!)
Any other awesome ideas you’ve seen out there in bloggeritaville using old ladders lately??
NO such thing as too many pretty dressers to look at and gain inspiration from! Thanks to Julie at “Knot All That I Seam”, CLICK HERE for a quick jaunt over to her blog for TWENTY FIVE beauties to feast your eyes upon, and make your heart go pitter pat!
This is just ONE of the fabulous make overs, to whet your inspiration a bit. I just LOVE seeing the before and after pics! Thank you Julie for putting together such a fabulous resource list!
Will have to come back to this post on Julie’s blog some ‘rainy day’ ; and explore the BLOGS that all these dressers came from!
Every so often even “I” need some inspiration. (tis true!)
While perusing for dresser painting ideas on Better After, (which is ALWAYS a good source!) I came across this great collection of salvaged/updated pieces from one of the featured artists. Take a peek!
This little dresser I just picked up is a PERFECT candidate for a ‘unique make over’. The single drawer pulls make it easy to ‘work around’ . Pretty much a blank canvas. I just can’t decide WHAT to do?!?!? OR if I’m even BRAVE enough to do a ‘wild’ paint job?!?!
This idea popped into my head as I drifted to sleep the other night. For the knobs I’d use some BIG oval wood plaques, and make them into letters for the painted on number words. I just got a totally “WTH?!?!?!” look from Michael when I asked him what he thought. I’m not convinced I’ll like the asymmetry of the numbers on the drawers. Might be too unbalanced for me.
I can ALWAYS just paint it white or beachy blue; change out the knobs. It would sell instantly. Little dressers always do. But I’m kinda itchin to do something different too! Better sleep on it a few more days. But we’re SUPPOSED to be getting a stretch of warm and sunny days and that’s PAINTIN’ WEATHER in these parts. So I can’t put it off for TOO long!
Last summer I broadened my painting repertoire with what I called my ‘Cabana stripe collection’. Remember this big boy???
It sold surprisingly FAST. I had so much fun painting all the striped pieces, and everything sold quite well. I have one little shelf (like on the dresser above) and a folding table left over from then. So I COULD bring back the stripes this year, but I really yearn to do something NEW. (new to me at least!)
Any thoughts? And new trends you’ve seen that I may have missed and should give a go???
Just updated the Camas Antiques Photo blog with new pictures from throughout the store (not just my booth)
Just click on above link to take the full tour.
Seeing a lot of WHITE, and these mosquito net canopies. I had these out LAST spring at Every Husband’s Nightmare. Seems they are ‘the thing’ this year!
Recent doings from my craft table:
Thrift store candle holder and dollar store bird.
Attach the bird with some e6000.
Spray painted flat black; then ivory; then lightly sanded to distress.
A simple companion piece. Dollar store ceramic bowl with finial attached with e6000 and painted the same as the bird piece.
Lightly sanded with a coarse sanding sponge.
Inspired by these Ballard birds: