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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Decorative Wall Hooks

Bonjour Mes Amis!
I wanted to thank those of you who left encouraging comments about our little cocker spaniel Emily and her surgery.  The big day was yesterday, and hubby and I were able to bring her home this morning.  The surgery went well, and she is curled up sleeping right next to me as I write this. Your thoughts and prayers really meant alot!
Today I wanted to share with you a few of my latest projects, decorative wall hooks, that I've created for my Etsy shop.  I'd picked up a bunch of unfinished wooden plaques last year while out thrifting, not having any idea in the least what I'd do with them!  Does that ever happen to you?  They had the neatest shape, and the price was right, so I knew that eventually I'd figure something out! Well, I finally did, and this is what I came up with!
 I recently picked up some cast iron decorative hooks, and a light bulb went off!  Why not mount them to the plaques?  So that's just what I did!  ("I", as in "hubby", that is!)  Hubby also added key hole type mountings to the back, so they can hang flush to the wall.
I first painted the plaques my favorite shade of creamy white, then did just a bit of distressing around the edges.  I really love this crown hook!  It has just a tiny bit of rust on it, giving it that time worn appeal that we all seem to love.
 I really like how this one turned out!
 What could be more French then the fleur de lis motif?  I really love this double hook, and the antiqued bronze tone.
 Oooh, la, la!
 I just had to paint one of the crowns pink!
 I think it would be so cute in a little girl's room, or nursery.
I have a few more to make.  It was a fun project, and I'm so glad that I was finally able to make use of those plaques!
Linking up with Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.  Be sure to visit!


Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm glad Emily is recovering nicely. Love the crown hook. You are the queen of distressing. Fabulous!

Tete said...

What? No Donna Blue?
So glad to hear that Emily is doing well! Gotta love those big old eyes of hers.
Love your new project and hope you sell out! I love it when you finally figure out what to do with something you just couldn't pass up. Have an awesome afternoon- heading out to see the doctor to get this cold and ear infection cleared up before I have my surgery.

The Bear's Blog said...

Very nice. Now that you and Emily must have quiet time it will give you a chance to get creative without worrying of her upcoming surgery.

I know you are busy taking care of the little one, and remember - one day at a time.


Susie said...

Glad the dog is okay. I like those crown hooks:):) Smiles, Susie

Ido said...

Love those hooks Donna! I have one in my bathroom in the shape of a crown, I use it to hang my face towel, very useful.
Hope the cocker is doing well.
XXX ido

Trisha said...

What a stroke of genius! These turned out great! So glad to hear the Emily made it through and is home safe and sound!


Bente said...

Those crown hooks are very pretty.
You did a great job.

Hugs from me

NanaDiana said...

Donna- I don't think I got back to you (I don't know if I am coming or going this week). I am so happy that Emily is doing well. That is always so scary when our pets are ailin.

Love your sweet project. You did a wonderful, wonderful job on them..and good use of those plaques. xo Diana

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, So happy to know that sweet Emily is recovery nicely. I know you are so glad to have the surgery over and have her home again.

Love your wonderful plaque hooks. They are perfect and you redesigned them so beautifully. Great idea. I can see then in a bathroom too, for towel hooks.
These are going to fly out of your shoppe.
Have a creative day.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Connie said...

These are so sweet. They would be goreous hanging in my guest room.
First rate job!!!
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Donna, how clever of you (and hubby) to mount those hooks to the plaques! They look terrific and showcase a nice variety with the different finishes.
Glad to hear Emily is resting well. :)

Little Miss Maggie said...

These are great, Donna. I love the little crowns. Just perfect for a little girl's room too.


So nice creations ! I'm hppy for little Emily and you !

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

These are great! Headed over to your shop to favor items, etc. Can't wait to see all you have!

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Couldn't click onto your Etsy shop. I'd love to visit. What is the name?