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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Ornament Redo

Bonjour Mes Amis!
While I admit I'm more than a little tempted to go out and buy a bunch of new Christmas ornaments each year (especially when I spot anything sparkly or silver!), I usually try and stick to my rule of 
"making the most of what I've got"!  So that often means redoing or repurposing those items that I already have on hand.
So today I thought I'd show you one of my latest creations, these pretty Frenchy decoupaged ornaments!
 They actually started out looking like this:
 I'd picked them up years ago at a garage sale, for next to nothing.  While I really loved them and enjoyed them as is for many years, I was in the mood to give them a French accent, in keeping with my
"glittery-silvery-creamy-Frenchy" theme this year!
 So here is what I used to transform the ornaments (which are made with a styrofoam like base).
I began by tearing pages of a vintage French dictionary into small pieces.  No worries, the dictionary is not valuable!  I picked it up a few weeks ago at our library's used book sale for just 50 cents!  I never would tear up a valuable book, I bought it just for crafting.
Besides, I already have a nice French dictionary that I use:)
 I then used my handy-dandy Martha Stewart fleur de lis punch (love!!),
and punched out a bunch of them from pretty light blue scrapbook paper.
I wanted the ornaments to be a bit glittery, but I didn't want them shedding all over the place!  Believe it or not, even though I am a glitter nut, I really don't want to find the stuff on every square surface of our house!
And since I am a cheapskate  budget minded,  I hate wasting anything!!!
So, I had a bit of a brainstorm!  I had a large bottle of iridescent glitter glue that had gotten too thick to really use.  So, I cut open the bottle, and mixed it with satin Mod Podge.
 I save the little trays that my "Lean Cuisines" come in, they are perfect for decoupaging and painting projects.
 I didn't take any photos while I was decoupaging the ornaments, it was more than a little messy!
Anyway, once I had the balls all covered with the French dictionary pages, I let them dry.  They I added a fleur de lis cut out to both the front and back of each ornament, went
over the entire ornament with more Mod Podge,
and lightly sprinkled with iridescent mica while still wet.
 I wish that the glitter and mica showed up better in my pics!
 Anyway, I am so happy with the way they turned out, and am glad that I hung onto those ornaments, I was about to donate them to the thrift store!
 They look so pretty hanging on our tree, best of all, they cost next to nothing to make!
Oh, notice the little crocheted angel hanging to the left behind the ornament?  My mom made that years ago, and I really treasure it.
Hard to believe Christmas is just over a week away!
Have a fun and creative day!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Few Fun Ornament Ideas

Wow, it's hard to believe that Christmas will be here in less than two weeks!
Seems as if the season goes faster each year, doesn't it?
For me, one of the best parts of Christmas is creating!  And sharing those creations with family and friends.
So today I thought I'd share a few ornament that I made for gifting.
 Instead of running out and buying a bunch of supplies, I think it's fun to challenge myself and see what I can create with items that I already have on hand!  You know how much I adore the image of the sweet French Christmas angel.  I just had to use her yet again!  With inspiration from Pinterest, I created this pretty and glittery shadowbox scene ornament.   It is actually made from the lid of a small and sturdy cardboard  box that once held jewelry.  I ended up making two just like this, one from the lid, the other from the base of the box.
 And since I was on a glittery roll, I had fun creating this snowy ornament above, fashioned from a petite wood picture frame.  I'd had the frame in my "to do" stash forever, and was actually about to donate it to the thrift store, when inspiration struck!  So, I removed the glass, went over the frame with one quick coat of cream spray paint, then added this fun snowy scene.  I brushed the frame with Mod Podge, then dusted with shimmery mica flakes. To the inside of the frame, I added a snippet of vintage sheet music and a pretty piece of snowflake velum paper that I happened to have.  White foam snowflake stickers were added, as well as a generous dusting of clear coarse glitter and "snow" glitter.  I printed the words "let is snow" on the printer, mounted them with foam squares to give a bit of dimension, and glittered the edges.  To the top of the frame, I screwed in an eye hook and hung from vintage looking silver tinsel trim.  Oh, I also glued a piece of Christmas scrapbook paper to the back for a neat finish.
 Ok, getting back to my angel shadow boxes..........
I had so much fun creating these!!
I first used some white craft paint to paint the sides and inner edges of the box top and bottom.
Copies of vintage French Christmas sheet music were glued to the insides (found at the Graphics Fairy).
Cotton was hot glued to the inside bottom of the boxes, then I added pretty silver glittery snowflakes, "Joyeux Noel" on chipboard, and the cute little angel.  I first cut the angel silhouette out, mounted her on heavy paper, then added her to the boxes with foam mounting squares, again for dimension.
Then I did the same as for the frame, and coated the heck out of it with my clear glitter, mica and snow glitter!  I also used glitter glue on the angel.
 Silver tinsel trim was hot glued around the edges of each box, and I used silver cord to hang
(I just punched a hole in the top of each box).
 I gave these to my hairstylist the other day when I went in for a cut. She was so surprised.  I remembered last time I was in, she mentioned she didn't have much in the way of Christmas decor.
The other angel shadow box is a gift for a friend.
 Here is the backside of one of the boxes, covered in pretty paper.
 So fun, and so glittery!
 And this is part of my crafting arsenal (hahahaha!), my Martha Stewart glitter and mica. 
(I forgot to include a pic of the glitter glue.)
Martha, if you are reading this, I am still more than willing to become your official 
International Glitter Ambassador!:)
 Here is one last look!

Happy creating!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Glittery French Christmas

Bonjour Mes Amis!
I guess you could say that my theme for this year's Christmas decorating is
"Glittery French"!
While I originally was planning to decorate simply for Christmas, I somehow found myself knee deep in holiday decor!  I kept spotting so many wonderful ideas and projects on everyone's blogs, as well as Pinterest, that I just couldn't help myself:)
So today I am sharing with your our Christmas tree, that is decorated with all things silvery, creamy, glittery, and Frenchy, 
Many of the ornaments I have made, and many were gifts given to me by special friends.
 I actually laid down on the floor to get this shot!  The triangle of lights you see above the tree is actually the icicle lights that hubby put outside, outlining our roof!
 I made over a dozen of these glittered pincones.  I had nearly forgotten that we'd collected them this past winter, when we were in Georgia.  They are really big!
I coated the tips, both top and undersides, in fine silver glitter by Martha Stewart.  A fun project, but boy was it messy, not to mention a bit labor intensive!
I screwed eye hooks in the base of each pinecone so that I could thread a sheer ribbon thru for hanging.
 Lots of glittery goodness!

 German glass glitter angel
Large tussie mussie that I made several years ago, and a pretty vintage inspired angel tag ornament.

 Oooh, la, la!
 Parisian postcard ornaments that I made several years ago.
 I snapped all of these shots during the day.  I have some night time views coming up.

 Ok, I snapped these shots tonight.
 Faux mercury glass ornament that I just made today.  It is actually a clear plastic ornament, which I spray painted silver on the inside.  First I poured a few drops of water inside the ornament, and sprinkled some fine silver glitter inside.  Then swirled it and the paint all around.  A vintage image of the Madonna and child was decoupaged to the front, and I just had to add a bit more glitter!
 Glitter makes me happy!

 One of my French angel ornaments I showed you last week.
 I am so happy the way the pinecones turned out, they look just magical shimmering in the light!
 Leaded glass Eiffel Tower ornament.

Katie even has her own ornament:) 
And what do we have here???????????
 One last look.  I was really hoping for a nice fat tree, but we ended up with another tall and skinny one,
it's about 11 feet tall!
I added a vintage white crocheted tablecloth as a tree skirt.
Thanks for joining me on the glittery tour!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Petite French Cupboard Makeover

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Today I wanted to share with you my latest drab to fab transformation, 
this pretty Frenchy cabinet.
It didn't start out this lovely though!
Au contraire!
 This is what she started out life as!
I found her a few weeks ago while out treasure hunting, and was immediately drawn to the great lines she had.  Made of solid wood, she is sturdy and substantial.  At just under 2 feet tall, she weighs in at 7 1/2 pounds! (yes, I really did weigh her!!)
 While the paint job was very well done, the colors were definitely not the look I was going for!
I could hardly wait to get this puppy home and begin the transformation process!
After removing the doors, and giving the entire piece a good cleaning,  I was ready to roll.
Let me tell you, it took many, many coats of the creamy white chalk paint that I used to cover up that awful rusty/burgundy color!
I immediately knew that I wanted to give the cabinet a French accent.  I had debate on weather to add stenciling to the doors, but decided to decoupage this gorgeous and ornate frame graphic that I found over at the Graphics Fairy.
I added the French wording to the frames, giving it the look of a sign from a Parisian flower market.
As luck would have it, the frames fit perfectly in the insets on the doors!
As a fun little surprise, I decoupaged copies of vintage French book pages to the inside back of the cabinet.
I love that there is a little shelf inside to display treasures or mementos.

The cupboard also has two cute little drawers down below.  So I just had to add a bit more French flair by stenciling a sweet fleur de lis and swirl motif.
Love the cute little wooden ball feet that the cupboard stands on!

 I must say that this piece is one of my all time favorite makeovers!
 While I would love to keep her, I created the piece for my Etsy shop.
You can take a peek here if you want.
 My imaginary flower market is on rue Ecoles, the same street that our favorite little hotel in Paris is on!
But, here is a real flower shop in Paris, below!  It is right across the rue from our hotel!
 And a few more shots I snapped of some flower markets in Paris.
I am missing it there!

 She was a labor of love, but oh so much fun to create!
 I am really loving that ornate frame graphic, I can't wait to come up with more ideas using it.
 So there you have it, my petite wooden cupboard with a French accent!
Au revior!
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