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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!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tray chic!

Happy Friday to you all!  We finally have some much appreciated sun and dry weather here in Michigan.

Tray chic??..................Tres chic!!!!!!!  Sorry, I just couldn't resist!  Looking around our home, I see that I have lots of trays.  Guess I just can't get enough of them!  Not only are they pretty to look at, but they are functional as well!  I love using them when we entertain.  Everything looks better (and more organized!) when it's corralled on a tray.  And since we love eating outdoors in warm weather, trays are really a lifesaver when it comes time to hauling everything out on the deck!  I thought I would show you some of my favorites.

This Parisian themed one is a shadow box style tray (you can't really see the handles in this photo), that I bought several years ago from Current catalog. The only finish it came in was a dark cherry, and since I prefer lighter woods, it sat in a corner gathering dust for years.  Every time I walked by it I felt guilty!  Why did I buy it?!  Why don't I do something with it??  So finally, I painted her my favorite creamy white and distressed her a bit.  This was before I met Ralph (as in Lauren.  As in antiquing glaze!), or I certainly would've used it on this project!  Anyway, I used scrap booking supplies and a reproduction French postcard, and now I love it!  The neat thing about this tray is that you can easily change it out. I made a fun display for Christmas last year.  This would be so easy to do with a pretty picture frame, too!

I got this pretty black and floral tray a few years ago at a yard sale (25 cents, I think).  It's advertising a store, and I think that it was a gift to customers.  Check out there phone number!  Only 5 digits!  I love this pretty yellow tray. I've not been to Provence (it's a dream trip of mine, though!), but I did find it in a cute little shop in Paris a few years ago.

The rose tray was alot of fun to make!  I decoupaged pages from a vintage French book, then decoupaged roses from a book of Pierre-Joseph Redoutes water color roses.  I found both books at our librarys monthly used book sale.  I was especially excited to find the Redoute rose book! If your local library has used book sales, I would highly recommend going!  You never know what potential crafting projects are lurking within the pages of all of those books! I showed you these toile trays before. They are in our bedroom.  My motto is: "You can never have too much toile"!

I also showed you this last one before, in our living room.  Bought several years ago at a moving sale for next to nothing!  I just love the floral design!

Why not add a little tray chic to your home??!

Well, ladies, I hope that you all have a great weekend!  I am hoping to find a few good yard sales this weekend.  You never know what you might find..............


NanaKaren said...

What an amazing tray collection!

Victoria said...

I just decoupaged some toile onto a tray I've had sitting around! Yours are lovely!!!

Liz said...

Thanks for popping by my little blog and your sweet compliments! :) I love your trays! I think they are fun to make and they are just the cutest accent pieces. You did a great job! :)


Victoria said...

Hello again Donna! I just used the regular matte mod podge to glue the fabric onto my tray and also onto the shelf. I'll have to look for the sepia tone you mentioned, I didn't see that one!!! Oh the endless possibilities of Mod Podge!!!!

Vintage Remixed said...

Great job on the Paris tray, Donna. It's very tre chic!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh what gloriously beautiful afters!

Thank you ever so much for your wonderful comment.

Olga said...

Such beautiful trays. I love the rose one.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Hey Donna,
looks like you've been having lots of fun! CUTE!

Leslie, the Home Maker said...

PRETTY!! You gave me some ideas!