Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Santa and My Bird Theme Tree

No, this isn't a Bird themed tree. This is Santa. He came from a garage sale for a buck! He looks cute at night lit up next to the red lighted tree that sits on my porch. Maybe I will take a picture of him at night. If I can get the picture to turn out, I will show you. ;)
Can't have a bird themed tree without feathers! The only bling on this tree are the christmas lights and a little glitter on the pinecones and birdhouse (where I put snow-tex on them). See the altered cigar box?

Nests, birds, berries and pinecones. Isn't nature just wonderful?

My tree topper? A bird's nest with a bird and eggs in it, of course!

A closer view of him. My cats do not know what to think.

Sorry about the glare of the windows. I don't have curtains on these front windows yet. We don't use the livingroom very much so it really doesn't matter right now. I'm dreading to buy 95" long curtains for this room though! Curtains and drapes are SOOO expensive! And I hate buying curtains. They never have enough of what you want or need.

This is the altered cigar box that is sitting in my tree. I love the colors of it and the poem. I know people use this poem a lot in their crafts but I don't care. I like it.

Another view of it.


I have this sitting under my tree. I love this little calendar. My daughter bought it for me quite a few years ago. I just love it.
I have a lot more pictures to share but I'm doing a little at a time. Because every thing is so different and I don't want to confuse you! I ended up with five trees! Yes, five! And they are ALL different. One in my living room, family room, craft room, stairway and one on the porch. I mostly made due with what I had (decorations). I'm not into going out and spending a whole bunch of money on decorations. So that's one reason decorations are different in every room. :)Can't get tired of it that way, can I?
How about you? Are getting into the holiday spirit yet? Have you even started decorating? Are you a procrastinator? A lot of people are, so don't feel bad. It sure seems our days are shorter and there's never enough time for anything anymore. Just do what decorating you can. And take your time. Enjoy it. If you don't get it done...oh well, right?
Well, even my bird tree didn't turn out like I planned. But that's probably because I didn't really plan ahead. You know. Like you're suppose to?
Thanks for stopping by. I pray that you have many blessings during this holiday season. And find time in your hectic schedule to come back. Hugs.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pearls, Glitter and Snowmen

You know when you have something in your head and you think, yes, that's what I'm going to do. Then reality ends up being something totally different? Well, that's what is happening to my Christmas decorating ideas. So, disregard my earlier post of what I'm gonna do. Because it ain't happening! It's okay. I guess. But the colors aren't even what I wanted! Isn't that weird? I'm more vintagey, and lace and old fashioned. And this is NOT that!

No, he is not sagey green, is he?

He is cute, isn't he? With his little angel wings.

That's my tree top! Wow! My grandson will get a kick out of it.

The Christmas balls on this swag match the tree colors. (At least they match).

Dressing up Bird Houses:

I bought some birdhouses to go on my bird themed tree and they were kind of blah. So...I painted them with some Snow-tex! I love that stuff. I'm not showing you my "bird" tree yet. I'm not happy with it yet. I'm hoping my kitties won't bother my tree. They love the bird's nest that have the real bird eggs in them.

Hanging Cards:

I made these hanging cards for my sister's store too. This was the only one left. I used nothing but vintage cards or photos. I copied them of course. I can't see using the originals if I don't have to. Once you've used them, thats it, right? And some day there won't be any left so we need to think about these things. They definitely don't make cards and photos like this now, so we need to make them last as long as we can. These looked adorable hanging on the trees too.

This is the back of the card.

Can you see the glitter? I love glitter...
Acorn Ornaments:

Here's an inexpensive ornament to make. You have to take the acorns apart. They have fake ones at the craft store. The top is a real acorn top but the bottom is some kind of foam.

Drill a hole in the cap of the acorn, so you can later put a wire inside to hang the ornament. You cover the cap with glue. Elmers is fine with a little water added to thin it. Then just cover with glitter. Any color your heart desires! These brown ones are going to hang on some branches in a pitcher on the diningroom table. My dishes are brown transferware, so I thought this color would look really nice. Well, this is my intention anyway. I shouldn't say that for sure. Right? But that's what I want to do. :)

After I covered the bottoms with glue and glitter, I stuck each one with a piece of wire. Then placed them in foam until the glue dries. Then you just glue the tops on after you add the wire to the cap of the acorn.

When the tree is covered with these, it is so pretty especially at night when the tree is lit.

This one I did a little differently. I sprayed silver paint on the bottom and just glitter the cap with white crystal fine glitter. These look beautiful on a white feather tree. But you have to make sure you don't touch the bottom piece of the acorn once it's painted or...fingerprints!

I like this color combo too. Like I said, what ever color you want!

Glass Pearls with Vintage Buttons:

I made these last year for my sister's store. All sold but these. Made with old pearl buttons and glass pearls. I love that the pearls are made of glass, it makes them heavier. They look prettier in real life. Then I just hung charms or whatever on the ends. I made other colors too.

All the decorations on the tree are from my sister's store except the tree topper. So that makes them even prettier! I love snowmen so even though it didn't turn out as planned, I'm happy with it.
How are your decorating plans turning out? Is it the way you expected?
Have a wonderful week and thank you for all of your sweet comments.

Friday, November 26, 2010

I Love Christmas Decorations!

I'm digging my Christmas stuff out. I got rid of so much of it and then I moved to a lot bigger house! That was smart. But I thought I would show you a few things that I didn't get rid of.

Isn't Mr. Twinkles just adorable? I found him in a store a few years ago and I just love him. I just had to show him to you. Don't you want to just squeeze him?
His cute rootbeer belly!

I love the way he's looking at the bird. I want to decorate my livingroom with the bird theme for Christmas. So he will go in there too.

I bought this stocking at my sister's old store she had. I love the quilted fabric and the pearls pinned on the top of the stocking.

Isn't it cute?

Don't you just love these little houses with the lights inside? They look SO cute at night, don't they? My sister gave me this last year and I just love it.

Knock, knock! I would love this to be my house! HAHA!
How are you decorating this year? Do you have a theme? I have such a hard time deciding how to decorate because I like everything. I think I will do something different in every room. :) Won't that be fun?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Being Thankful

In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the "Thanksgiving Feast", let's try to remember what the word thanksgiving means. It doesn't mean, let's see how many pieces of pie we can eat without becoming physically ill. Although many of us will probably do just that. Give yourself ten minutes, or even five. Close your eyes and think about your life. The life that God gave you. Are you thinking about positive things right now? Or the troubles you have endured this last year. In 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 it gives us instructions to follow:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands- be joyful, pray continually, and give thanks-often go against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however we will begin to see things in a new perspective. When we do God's will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful. Paul wasn't telling us to be thankful for everything that happens to us, but be thankful IN everything. Evil doesn't come from God, and we shouldn't thank Him for it. But when evil strikes, we can still be thankful for God's presence and for the good that HE will accomplish through our trials and struggles.

My family and I have endured many traumatic experiences this year and my friends, if it wasn't for our Lord carrying me, I couldn't have endured it. Still, we have SO much to be thankful for. Back in August I started a little journal of Gratitude. It has helped me to focus on my blessings. And I am amazed with every entry, how many blessings that I actually have. You should try it. I think you will surprise yourself.

I want to thank everyone who comes to visit my blog. I so enjoy sharing with all of you and really appreciate all the sweet comments. Praying that all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day, dear friends.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

What? Another Giveaway?!

Guess who is having another giveaway? That's right! Rebecca, at Gathering of Thoughts. Go take a look! She is such a sweet lady and I'm not just saying that because of the giveaway. A lot of you probably already know her. I just love visiting her blog. Such a talented gal. What can you win? A beautiful pillow, adorable card and sweet tea bag that she made herself, of course!
That estate sale I went to? Blahhh...maybe the next one will be better. Thanks for visiting and hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ornaments I Made

Hello friends! I thought I would share a couple ornaments I made. One is made from an old zinc jar lid (from Barb's store) and the other one is a tart tin. I love old pictures, so that's what I used. The red pipe cleaner I found at an estate sale. And if you read my previous post you would know I got the tin and the silver pipe cleaner from the antique store when I went shopping with my daughter. The red Christmas ball hanging on the zinc lid was one of a box FULL of ornaments I bought at an estate sale last weekend. I can't wait to use them all but I think that's going to be awhile since I think there is over 200 of them in all colors! I couldn't help it! They were CHEAP!
There's another estate tomorrow! ;) I think I'm going to go. I need to. Haha. I think I'm addicted to estate sales. How about you? Am I the only one?
Well, anyway, I hope you all have a very pleasant, restful weekend. And remember to count your blessings. Do something you enjoy. Like visiting my blog! Ha! Just kidding...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Go See Rebecca!

Yes, you all probably know her...Rebecca from Gathering of Thoughts? She is having another giveaway! A beautiful sachet pillow! If you don't want me to win then you better get over there! LOL! She is so sweet and talented you just got to go see her. Tell her "Hi" for me.:)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Treasures of the Heart Shop and My New Blog Friend!

Do you live in the Eugene, Oregon area? Well...if you do and you haven't been to "Treasures of the Heart" gift store yet, you better get over there and meet Barbara Jean! Treasures! She wasn't kidding! I. LOVE. IT! I met Barbara through this blog! She was actually my first follower too! And she is the sweetest. You can meet her on her blog too, if you can't make it to her store. Her blog is Treasures of the Heart. I had so much fun meeting her and spending the day with her. She is going to show me how to make her lace flowers and the tea bag roses! I can't wait! We did so much visiting and then we went to a couple other places to shop we ended up running out of time to do the crafts. That's okay I'm going back so we can do it next time. Her shop is absolutely the cutest. You just have to go see. Okay? Barbara is so talented too and you will be able to see that when you visit her shop. Here is her address: 90034 Prairie Rd. Eugene, Oregon. She is opened Thursday through Saturday. Here are a few pictures that I took of her store. Like a dumb head I didn't take one of her! Duh! Can you believe that? Sorry, I'm such a dunce cap! Next time I will Barb! You should have said,"Hey take one of me too!" LOL.
Thank you so much for the fun time Barb!
Kind of blurry but look at all the neat stuff on these shelves and there are many more just like it!

Neat chandelier!
Adorable pansies...my sister collects these! I had to get them for her! Her kitchen is lavender and yellow.

Barb made this nest and placed it in this sieve. Cute!

Believe it or not this is an old refrigerator and a guy made these (galvanized?)tin drawers to fit perfectly into this gutted fridge! I want it!

Another view of this wonderful fridge/cabinet. I would love to have that in my craft room!
Darling, darling shoe that Barb made with those tiny roses made out of used tea bags. Sweetness.
Still cute.

Look at this awesome box! You could store all kinds of treasures in this thing.

Aren't these lace flowers sweet as can be? She is going to show me how to make these! They are even prettier in real life!

I LOVE this gown! I want it don't you?
So pop on over to her blog or better yet go to her store! You won't be sorry and tell her I sent you! The store is very easy to find too.
I hope you all had as great of a day as I did. God bless you all.