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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, December 2, 2011

Coastal Christmas Creations

The other day I was commissioned to create some Christmas table top decorations with a coastal flair.  Of course I jumped at the chance to get my creative juices going, and had so much fun with this project!  Here is what I came up with:
 Petite Christmas wreathes, to be used as candle rings!  First off, it wasn't nearly as easy finding the bases for these as I thought it would be!  I finally found some rings that I liked, then also purchased a bunch of assorted greenery "picks".  I cut the picks up, and wired them around each ring, giving them the really full look that I love.  Then, I gave the wreathes my special painting technique that makes them appear as if the have been lightly dusted with snow!
 The piece de la resistance are small glittered shells, that I collected on our beach.  I also made small paper roses, that I created from vintage sheet music, and dusted generously with glitter. Rhinestones in the centers are added for even more bling!  While the roses are very labor intensive, I do love the look and feel that they add to the wreathes.
 Here they all are, marching down the center of our dining table!  Imagine how pretty these will be with candles lit in their glass votive cups!
 Of course I just had to check it out and add some of my own candles, just to see the effect!
 I was having so much fun with their photo shoot, I moved them over to my Frenchy table and snapped a few shots!
 I had so much fun creating these!  The best part of all is that not only are they one of a kind, but they can be used as mini wreathes to hang on the wall, or as candle rings.
That's it for today!  Now go out and find something to paint, glitter, or decorate!
Have a great weekend!
I'm linking up with:
Funky Junk Interiors for SNS 
Boogieboard Cottage Masterpiece Monday 
Faded Charm White Wednesday


Love of the Sea said...

I can't wait to receive these Donna. They are so beautiful. Thank you for your creativity and inspiration. Your touches are all through my house this holiday season! XO

Kim K. said...

Just gorgeous, Donna. Just gorgeous.

Blondie's Journal said...

Donna...these are just beautiful. You can really use them for so many things! Very inspiring! :-)


Myric said...

Oh! Small wreaths as candle holders! Clever idea! Thanks for sharing :)


NanaDiana said...

Donna- Those are just adorable. They are just so YOU! Love the dusting of "snow" and the bling.

I have missed a few posts with this new baby here and not being at my own house-so bear with me for a while until I am able to catch up!

Love to you- Diana

texasdaisey said...

They turned out just beautiful! I love all that glitter dust! Can't seem to get enough of it.

Gail said...

Looks beautiful !! and dusted with snow...perfect ! enjoy your weekend ! Gail x

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

they turned out great!

Karen said...

Donna, these are SO beautiful!

Debbie said...

These are so beachin' cute, Donna!
Perfect for a coastal Christmas!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Isn't it fun to dive into a project that you can get excited about! You did a great job!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh how totally gorgeous, Donna!!! And I adore those white trees...they are precious...and that glittered shell...You have the "Christmas Magic" touch!!!

Tete said...

Those turned out pretty darn good. Great job!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, These candle rings are incredible. Just stunning and perfect for a beach theme and coastal home. You are one talented lady my friend. Love your pics with the french treasures. I am sure the customer was over the moon happy!!

Hugs, Celestina Marie