DIY: Halloween Sleepy Hollow lantern sign post

 

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DIY Tumble Leaf Birthday Party!

It was last year when my family, and especially my then 1 yr. old son, welcomed a wide-eyed, blue fox named Fig into our home. From the time we started watching Tumble Leaf until we had devoured every last cinematic quality, wanderlust provoking frame, we were mesmerized. As a mother I was thrilled to finally see a television program geared for children that sparked out-of-the-box thinking. I don’t know how many kid shows I’ve seen that focus on left-brain thinking only and force children to memorize facts instead of teaching them how to think for themselves. Fig along with the many other beautifully crafted, colorful characters are warm and endearing. My son truly loves them and believes them to be his best friends. Luckily the Tumble Leaf series has brought home a myriad of awards since it’s debut and will be coming back with a second season. Yay! Sadly, merchandise has yet to be seen for this amazing series. Seeing as how much my son loves it, I knew it had to be the theme for his second birthday party. However, what to do, what to do? What would Fig do? (Haha) He would get creative and that’s exactly what I did. It turned out to be a lot of fun and it’s something everyone can do!

The show itself is very colorful and thus decided the color palette. I started with a fun backdrop which consisted of a white flat sheet from Walmart. With blue and green craft paint, I painted a sky and rolling hills. Once that was dry I was added all of the main characters from the show. The characters of the show are stop motion and I knew if I painted them they wouldn’t look the same. So I went to Michael’s and bought a couple packs of printable iron on sheets (for dark fabrics). I printed off some images I found of the characters, cut them out and ironed them onto my sheet where I wanted them to be in the seen. Pretty simple and took hardly any time to do.

Next while I was printing stuff off, I decided to make my son a special t-shirt. Using the transfers again, I printed out a picture of Fig (his favorite of course) and ironed it to the front. I then found an image of the iconic red leaf and wrote a special message. However I didn’t stop there. What Tumble Leaf shirt would be complete without Fig’s furriest and portable pal Stitch? So I added Stitch to the sleeve of his shirt to mimic how Fig carries his friend about.

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My son’s birthday banner spelled out a simple HAPPY BIRTHDAY and his name. What makes it fun is that each letter is shaped like a leaf hanging from a rope by a clothesline pin. This is a nod of course to the hanging leaves outside of Fig’s bedroom. To add further interest I suspended a few light weight branches from my yard above the backdrop and banner to make it feel 4 dimensional (another detail I borrowed from the show). You will also notice the fuzzy balls over them. They represent the fun little barnacle creatures living on Fig’s boat. In the show Fig has a playful collection of odds and ends, mainly all sorts of keys, hanging from his branches. So, of course we needed those as well! Luckily Michael’s has a large assortment of metal keys in their scrapbooking section and wood keys (I quickly spray painted) in their seasonal section. Instead of crepe paper, I used multi colored yarn. As it zig zags across the ceiling you see it connects into the scene in the backdrop (as Auntie Pine is knitting with it).

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As for the food and drinks I simply grabbed anything fun shaped and colorful to serve to our guests. The cake I made from fondant and modeling fondant/gum paste mixture. I’m not gonna lie this was a lot of work but I made the figurine days before the party and let him dry out (I painted him with food coloring and edible shimmer dust). The rest I did two days before and once assembled I left it in the fridge uncovered until the party.

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To finish off the Tumble Leaf world I decided we needed a “Finding Place”. Which in the series is where our beloved blue hero finds his intriguing treasures. This to me made perfect since to have one for our birthday boy to find his presents in. You can create one too. It’s really simple and everything you need for it can be found at Michael’s. 

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I started with a plane wooden box they had on sale 40% off (check online for their coupons at michaels.com). I drilled two holes on each side about 3 inches apart for handles I added later. Then I stained the entire inside of it a mahogany finish (with a foam brush). Once dry, I closed the lid and spray painted the entire exterior gold. I also spray painted the latch gold as well. When all of that was dry I painted three blue rectangles (using blue craft paint) on the front and back and on the lid. I made sure they were about an inch apart from one another. On the sides I painted an arch and rectangle below leaving the same distance between as everywhere else. (This creates the look of straps) Finally, I added some small details. I attached the latch to the front using only a screw driver (no need to pre drill). I cute two ropes for the handles, fed them through the holes and knotted them off on the inside (I used the leftover rope from his banner), and lastly used finishing tacks (I found in the bedazzle section) along the sides.

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If you’re viewing this and planning your own DIY Tumble Leaf party I hope this helps. Also, if you have any further questions on how I did something let me know! Until, next time…..

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DIY: Birch Lane inspired Grantham Pendant Light

After many discussions between my husband and myself about needing a bedside light we finally agreed we did indeed need them. However, my only concern with them is that we have smaller nightstands. This is a HUGE problem for me because I don’t know how many times I have murdered an unsuspecting table lamp reaching to turn it on in my zombie-like state. My solution? Hanging pendants above each nightstand. I scoured the internet for inspiration and was inspired by Birch Lane’s Grantham Pendant Light for $169  (Picture below)

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Getting Started -You can find all of these supplies at Lowes and Home Depot

Supplies:

Clear Glass Shade
Silver spray paint
4″ wooden table leg
Keyless Light Socket
Swag Light Kit
2 Pack of threaded rods (next to the swag light kits in the lighting section) ( *You may have to cut off the end a little to make it the right length)
Apollo 1/2″ Pex Tubing
Blue Hawk 15ft Weldless Silver Steel Chain
Natural twisted Jute 190ft pack
Large washer (that will allow for your threaded rod to move through the center)
white and gray/taupe craft paint

Tools:

Spray bottle filled with water
paper and painter’s tape (you can also use masking tape)
craft paint brushes
plastic cup or bowl (used for the craft paints)
drill and bits
router
hot glue gun and glue sticks
pliers
screwdriver
pencil
clamp

step 1

Creating a mercury glass effect: Turn your pendant shade upside down (on a protected surface preferably outside). Wrap the outside of the shade with paper attaching it to the rim with painter’s tape (as seen below). This will protect the outside from any over spray. Next, spray a mist of water on the inside of your shade. Whilst wet spray a light coat of silver spray paint. Let it dry and then repeat this step 3-5 times until you’re satisfied with the coverage. (TIP: If you want to invest a little more you can add warmth by alternating with gold spray paint. You can also give an aged effect if you add one very light mist of bronze spray paint. However, remember to always spray a mist of water before paint. This is what gives the mercury glass effect.)

While painting you will also want to spray paint the rod cap that came with your light socket.

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Wood Table Leg: First, remove the dowel rod that came already in your wood table leg with pliers. Next, measure the diameter of the 6″ threaded rods you purchased. Choose a drill bit just big enough that the rod could slide through the hole. Then drill a hole through the center of your wood leg.

Now that your shade is dry remove tape/paper. Sit your table leg with the wide end up. Keeping your pendant shade upside down, hold it on top of the table leg and center it. Still holding it, take a pencil and trace around the outer and inner rim on the wood leg, and then remove the shade. This creates a template for you to use your router on your wood leg. By doing this it will allow the shade to sit up in the wooden leg.

Clamp your wood table leg so it doesn’t move on you (use and old rag to wrap around leg so the clamp doesn’t damage the leg). Use a small bit for your router and carve out your template, as picture below, but please excuse my lack of routing skills :/

Paint your wood leg with the two washes we’re going to make. First a white wash (create by using craft paint in a throw away bowl or cup and mix with water until you get the thickness consistency of milk). Paint the white wash all over. Once dry wipe away the parts of the leg that protrude outward with a wet paper towel. Then make a gray/taupe wash the same way you did with the white paint. Paint the gray wash anywhere you wiped away the white wash. Keep playing until you get a distressed look you are happy with.

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Pex Pipe: Decide on low you want your pendant to hang and cut your chain accordingly. Whatever length you decide cut your Pex pipe (they will cut your pipe in Lowes and Home Depot for you) so that one link of your chain will stick out the top and bottom of your pipe. Once it is all cut, go ahead and run both your chain and your power cord (that came in your swag kit) through your Pex pipe. (TIP: You can use one link from your swag kit chain to attach to the top of your chain in your Pex pipe. This will not only keep your chain from sliding through your Pex pipe but it will also be roomy enough for your ceiling hook to fit through) Now attach your rod cap (that came with your socket) to the bottom link of your chain and run your power cord through the center.

Grab your roll of Jute and tie a knot on the first small link of chain at the top of your Pex pipe. Now, hot glue a half inch vertical line at the top of your Pex pipe moving downward (as seen below). While it’s still hot, quickly wrap your jute around the Pex pipe until all the glue is covered (keeping it pulled taunt). Continue gluing and wrapping your pipe all the way down to the bottom working in half inch or one inch sections (so the glue doesn’t dry on you before you can get to it). Once you make it to the bottom, simply cute the jute and glue down the end piece. Tuck the knot you started with up at top down inside the pipe, so it isn’t visible.

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Assembly: Finish assembling in this order. Run the end of your power cord that is sticking out the bottom of your pipe, through your threaded rod. Next run them both (power cord and rod) through your wood leg, then through your glass pendant shade, then your large washer. Now take off the steel top to your light socket. Slide your power cord through your steel top and twist it on to the bottom of the threaded rod. (ALWAYS FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THAT COME WITH THE PRODUCTS AND ALWAYS TURN OFF ANY POWER BEFORE WORKING ON ANYTHING ELECTRICAL) Connect your power cord to the socket and screw it closed to its steel top. Now moving everything upward as far as will go twist the top of the threaded rod up into the rod cap (this is what holds everything together). The swag kit also comes with a switch you can install on the power cord (this is optional).

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Lastly, hang your pendant using the ceiling hook that came in your swag kit and Enjoy!

DIY: TRIANGULAR DREAMCATCHER/MOBILE

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share a new DIY project with you. Whether you’re like me and have Native American ancestors or you simply just love their culture then you’ll love this! In this video, the project we’re creating takes a trendy approach to a traditional dream catcher. With it’s geometric shape and muted color palette it will fit perfectly with any decor and hopefully inspire some beautiful dreams. Click on the video below to find out how to make your triangular dreamcatcher. Enjoy!!! 

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The true beauty of Art is fellowship

Lyndsey Bush working on her piece entitled Forefeathers

Forefeathers by Lyndsey Bush

Well hello there! I’m sure you might of thought I had abandoned ship but I am happy to say I have not. Life has been busy, full of meaning and full of discoveries as of late. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my little family. My son is growing so fast I’m terrified I’m gonna blink and miss it! Haha. I also got the itch to start painting again. For those of you who don’t know me I grew up in a loving and creative household. My mama is an amazing artist in her own right and has worked with every medium out there. As kids, she would constantly fill our home with crayons, markers, paints, and crafts of all kinds! Crayola made a killing off her I’m sure, lol. Everything she taught us stayed with me in life and even got me through a lot of hardships. I plan on doing the same for my children as well. If you have kids please, please do the same because it makes all the difference in their creative thinking. That kind of out-of-the-box thinking is what’s going to solve the problems of tomorrow. Okay okay, I don’t mean to get all preachy on you, I’m just really passionate about the arts!

Anyways, getting back to what I was talking about….I never really did anything with my art. Until one day I decided to give it another go, and my sister Britt saw some finished pieces. She surprised me when she said they were really good and that I should sell them. It was her determined push that ultimately led me to selling prints online. I was so shocked and humbled by the amount of people who came forward to support me. Friends, family, people I hadn’t spoken to in years and people I had never met. What I’ve really taken away from this experience actually has little to do about my paintings. The art was just a vehicle that allowed fellowship, a sense of community, friendship and love to come flooding into my life. God truly is good.

If you’re interested in checking out my art, you can at www.society6.com/lyndseybush , if you want to chat and share your own stories/experiences about how art/design has affected your life or just need a friendly ear click on the comment icon up top. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for stoppin’ by! Until next time….

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Vintage Bar Cart gets new life in the New Year!

Hey there, to all y’all visiting for the first time, and welcome back to all those still hanging in there with me! I don’t know about you but it’s been a crazy start to this year. (Psst!…Between you and me my Christmas tree may or may not be still standing in the corner like a shy wallflower leftover from a Stephen Chbosky novel.) Anyways, I meant to post this project slightly sooner, but alas, here we are….So, tardiness aside I’m really eager to share this with you! What started out with a visit to my sister’s house in Nashville ended up materializing into yet another fun an unexpected projected. She expressed to me there before Christmas how she had wanted a plant stand or bar cart in brass for her dining room. I automatically thought to myself, I know what I’m getting you for Christmas.

 

At first I looked online but everything of interest was tied up in a evil bidding war. I checked around town in some of my fav vintage/antique spots, but nothing. So, I checked one of my other fishing holes aka Craigslist and this time caught a whopper! I found an awesome vintage tea cart for only $20! Imagine my excitement when the day before I had seen one just like it, except completely rusted over, yet the place (who shall remain nameless) wanted $99 (Tisk, tisk). The one I found was in excellent condition and needed minimal work on my end. I only had to sand down a rough patch here or there, clean it, and paint. I primed it first using a primer paint that would adhere to metal and of course would prevent future rust from occurring. Secondly, I applied two coats of a metal-friendly paint in brass. Then I went over it with a durable polyurethane three times.It was certainly shaping up by this point but I didn’t care for how the two grated shelves looked together. So, I went to the
local glass company and had them cut down a mirror to rest upon the top shelf, giving it a more streamline look, hopefully worthy of any Gatsby party. I also went with the thickest mirrored glass they had because we all know how we tend to sit things down a little harder after too much of the ol’ drinky drinky 😉 They even rounded the corners off and did it all for $15! I was super impressed with them and the mirror fit in the shelf like a glove. With everything I invested my total came to just under $50.
Christmas came and went and my sister and her husband weren’t able to make it to my parents house until around new years. Then we were finally able to give it to them. You have no idea how hard it was for me to wait, lol. I’m seriously such a kid when it comes to giving gifts. Especially gifts I’ve made because they come from such a place of love. To wrap things up though, I think they were truly surprised and really loved it.  We even got to use it for our drinks at our New Year’s Eve party, and I’m honored that it now graces their dining room.
I hope this inspires you to try upcycling your own bar cart. It’s a great functional and aesthetic piece, perfect for any party.  If you’d like to comment on this post or share a project of your own, I’d  love to hear from you! Just click on the thought bubble icon next to the post title and drop a line. I Look forward to hearing from you, until next time….sign-off-2

Unwrapping Christmas ~ Lyndsey Bush

Hey there Instafriends! I hope everyone had a joyous holiday season!! I know we certainly did. Our little family has been very blessed over the course of 2014 + 2015 is looking just as amazing. God is good! Over Christmas we went home to visit my family, which turned out to be such a wonderful visit. My son, KP, had so much fun chasing around his Nana and Hotrod (a.k.a. my mama and dad), along with auntie Lara, and uncle Aaron. Then a little later on in the visit my baby sister Brittany and her husband Taylor showed up. Did I mention we were all staying at my folks’ house? …..🎤 Whatever happen to pre-dic-ta-bi-la-ty, the milk man, the paper boy, evening t.v.? 🎶…….(If you didn’t catch that, we had a full house).

Everyone there spoiled us with love, presents, and lots and lots of food! The gifts that were given were so lovely and heartfelt, I had to share them with you because they have completely enriched our home and lives. Here are a few of the goodies we received: (Links attached to photos)

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Anthropologie Nettie Pullover in Dark GreyMichael Aram Gilded Twig Dish SetDoxahlogy jewlery

Jetsetter Bon Voyage

Dyadema rose gold starburst earringsHere are a few things KP got:

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1) Henley shirt in orange by H&M http://www.hm.com/us/product/74450?article=74450-A

2) Bear Fine Knit Hooded Jacket by H&M http://www.hm.com/us/product/16863?article=16863-B

3) Blue Hooded Cardigan by H&M http://www.hm.com/us/product/59144?article=59144-C&fromSearch=blue%20hooded%20cardigan&cm_vc=SEARCH

4) Contrast Waffle Raglan Sweater by Baby Gap http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1025031&vid=1&pid=168235022

5) Panda Sweatshirt by Baby Gap http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=988265002

6) Stripe Shirt by Baby Gap http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1025471&vid=1&pid=986788002

KP's toys1) Sheldon Sheep Stuffed Animal by Anthropologiehttp://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/33177700.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS#/

2) Fox Push Along by Orange Tree Toys http://www.orangetreetoys.com/12-months-push-along/fox-push-along

3) Antique Rocket from a private collection

4) Giraffe Safari Stacking Animal Blocks by Skip Hop http://www.skiphop.com/product/giraffesafari_stackinganimalblocks.html

We had fun giving gifts too! Below, is a 1961 Sears and Roebucks Allstate train set we got for my dad. He had one just like it when he was a kid!

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Charades got a little silly with these guys…..
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Of course after it was all over, I needed a me moment. Shew……
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Thanks for stoppin’ by and celebrating the holidays with the Bush family!!!
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Holly Jolly DIY Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

Free printable Woodland Creatures gift tags!

Printable Woodland Creatures Gift Tags Template

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Tis the season instafriends! If you’re like me and you still need gifts for people on your list and you’re on a budget, this project is for you. I put my old mason jar lids that I don’t use to good use. I gathered up fabric and ribbon I had laying around the house, some jute, and random craft beads. So far, sound simple? Good.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

*mason jar lid

*free printable gift labels Printable Woodland Creatures Gift Tags Template

*card stock 

*scissors

*pencil

*measuring tape or ruler

*fabric and ribbon you have laying around the house

*jute (or you can use a thin ribbon)

*hot glue gun with extra glue sticks

*craft beads

Getting started:  Download my Woodland Creatures template by clicking on the link here or above Printable Woodland Creatures Gift Tags Template, and print them out on card stock. Print out two different images (one for the front and back of your ornament). Make sure you print two copies of the front image (you will have to hack one up). Cut them all out. Taking your second copy of your front image, cut out whatever the center design is (if you’re using my Woodland Creatures template, cut out the animal). Keep the scraps from it, and cut a small strip out from it. Fold the strip five times to make a little three dimensional box and sit it aside (see second image below). 

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FullSizeRender-5Go ahead and plug in your hot glue gun on a safe surface (the glue will get everywhere & the glue and gun both get very hot. Please use caution and do not end up on the 6 o’clock news!) Still with me? Okay, I have listed the directions in numerical order that correspond to a photo below giving you a visual aid. Pretty simple stuff. Recap: Follow the steps in order, consult the pictures with the same number, don’t end up in the hospital. Okay, let’s get to it my little jolly elves 😉

1. Lay out your cloth strip, mason lid rim, and glue gun out where you’ll be working.

2. Glue around the outer rim, pressing the fabric down as you go.

3. Continue gluing all the way around the rim until the fabric is completely tacked down (it’s okay if the fabric over laps a little).

4. Taking the fabric sticking out, glue the inner rim, folding the fabric through the opening and pressing it down on the inner rim.

5. Repeat this action until that entire side of fabric is folded inward and glued down.

6. Once the inner rim is completely covered with that side of the fabric, we are now going to take the fabric sticking out on the other side and fold it inward.

7. Gluing it down the same way you did for the other side. Glue over top the fabric on the inner rim you just did, folding the loose fabric inward and pressing down on the inner rim as you go.

8. This is how your inner rim should look like.

9. This is how the outer rim should look like. Now sit it aside for later.

10. Grad the mason jar lid plate (the flat metal part that fits inside the rim). Grab the design you’ve chosen to be the back of the ornament. Simply glue it to the shiny, silver side of the plate.

11. Once the glue is secure, taking the rim in one hand and the plate in the other, press the plate firmly into the rim (with the picture facing outward) until the plate can’t go any further. (Consult picture #11 and #12)

12. Your back should look something like this.

13. Flip it back over to the front side. Taking your picture you have chosen for the front, add a dab of glue onto the plate and press the design firmly onto the plate. (You may have to press the design around the edges to get it to lay completely flat)

14. Remember that strange little box I had you make out of that strip? Well, I need you to glue the box flap end to the other end so it will hold its box shape. Then glue it to the center of your design on the front side. (Definitely, check out the pic below if I lost ya, haha!)

15. Add a dab of glue on top of the little box you just attached, then, before your glue dries, quickly take the second front design you cut out and center it on your box (pressing it gently until glue dries). This should now give your design a nice little three dimensional effect.

16. This step is optional but SO much fun! Add a dab of glue to your design. Taking tweezers, grab a bead and press it into the glue.

17. You can continue to add beads all over your design. I glued beads down on mine wherever there were berries.

18. Remember the jute I listed? Now simply cut enough to wrap around the entire outer rim and still have enough for a loop (about 20″). Starting at the top of your rim, center a dab of glue and press one end of the jute down. Wrap it around the outer rim, and glue it down at the starting point, leaving your excess sticking straight up.

19. Create a loop with the excess, gluing the excess down at the starting point. (simply snip whatever is left off with your scissors.) 

20. It should look something like this.

21. To finish your look off, take whatever festive ribbon you have tie a beautiful bow around the hanging loop you just created to hide the messy glue. (You can add a dab of glue inside the ribbon knot if you wish, to keep it from moving around.)

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Check out the end results below and I think you’ll agree, this diy project is not only simple and inexpensive but stylish too. You certainly won’t be embarrassed to hand out these beauties. Here’s another tip: They can also serve as name tags on presents that the recipient can later use as an ornament (you can even type their names on it to give it a more personal touch).Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

I hope you enjoyed this last minute little project. Thanks for stoppin’ by. I hope y’all have a very merry Christmas!

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champagne + berries: Christmas traditions

Greetings instafriends!,

As you know the magical season of Christmas is upon us. Over the years there have been many family traditions including adding festive touches all around our homes. We do it in celebration and why shouldn’t we? Well over 2,000 years ago a very special baby boy made His way into this world and changed us all forever! Since this is the most amazing thing we will ever celebrate we best do it up right! So, inspired by this essentially over the top birthday party I have cultivated a look that balances glamour and earthy. My inspiration came from, if you hadn’t already guessed it by the post title, a glass of champagne and sparkling berries . This look is not only about this joyous color palette but also plays with textures and of course details. Plus, it’s fun! So, have fun and try it for yourself! Play around with shimmery champagne pieces (I’ve seen quite a variety in stores this season. Everything from tree skirts, to tensile, to sculptures and even some pretty table settings) and simply add hints of berries and other natural fibers (burlap and linens are lovely). Remember, to keep it simple, always pairing the sparkle with something natural. 

One of our special family traditions is to read the classic, The Night Before Christmas. Pictured here is a pop-up book version of the tale that came out when I was a child and my mama always read it to my siblings and I. I now get to share this with my own little family.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I take great joy in wishing you, from our family to yours, a very merry Christmas!

Thank you to mama’s little helper, I couldn’t have done it without you!

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Hey there instafriends! I know it’s been a moment since my last project and I apologize. I must admit I’ve been crazy busy sewing halloween costumes, planning parties, and now Christmas projects underway. However, I do have a little surprise for y’all still hanging around. I have (what’s that?), not one but two pieces for you this week! Seriously though, what’s better than double? All things good come in twos, twins, pair of Manolo Blahniks, and yes even Lorelai Gilmore. Well this particular duo came to me from a storage warehouse that rivaled some of those places they go to on “American Pickers”. Ew!(said with a Jimmy Fallon voice). I usually do my best to acquire pieces that have good bones, but the buffet and cabinet I found there were a set and they had certainly been through the ringer. They were such beauties though I knew I couldn’t leave them there to die. It took a lot of hard work to restore them but was completely worth the hardship in the end.
The wood finish on these two were completely destroyed and someone through the years decided to try and fix the loose frames by gluing them back together. Which would be fine if they had used wood glue. Instead they used an industrial glue of some kind and let it dribble all over the piece. I began by sanding down the dribbled glue as best as I could. It was literally on there like concrete! I caulked all the major seams, used finishing nails and wood glue to reattach trim pieces, and completely reworked the cabinet door and a couple drawers. Although this sounds easy it took me hours upon hours to stabilize the frames. Finally, they were sturdy enough to withstand daily use and I was able to move on to cosmetic issues. I love their elegant details and that’s what drew me to the pieces but sadly one wood appliqué was missing from the buffet. I couldn’t find any professional mill workers to copy the design for me so I purchased what I could find. I also bought three other appliqués to fill in some areas that were lacking appeal. I really wanted to paint them and stain the top of the buffet but they were so bad staining was completely out of the question.
First of all, I want to say your paint job is only as good as your prep. To do that I would usually sand these babies smooth. However, this time that wasn’t possible. Since they are circa 1930’s I wasn’t sure of their product history. I didn’t want to risk some old product being airborne. Some of those old poly’s are very harmful. So, I did the next best thing and used a bonding primer paint. It is specifically formulated to adhere to shining surfaces. You can literally apply this stuff directly on top of polyurethane and achieve great results! I removed all hardware (more on that later) and applied two coats of bonding primer, being very careful to not load up too heavy on the delicate carvings. I chose a lovely french gray hue for them both. Applying two coats to give proper coverage. To add interest and depth I used an antiquing glaze, working it into the details. Then finished them off with water-based polyurethane in a semi-gloss *I used the same poly in both regular formula and in a spray can on all the detailed areas. (Some places are just too tight and delicate for a foam brush!)
Lastly, the hardware were in as sad and sorry shape as the wood. So, they received a spruce as well! I ended up with an anitqued nickel finish. Im sad to report that the cabinet knob was beyond resuscitating. It had rusted over and was literally crumbly in my hands and therefore I tossed it (Dust in the Wind, softly playing in the background). I felt like this was a great opportunity to give it a little sparkle and gave it a stunning yet simple glass knob. Needless to say this project was such a labor intensive one I am keeping both of them with me for all eternity. In fact I’m going to be buried with them. (Too morbid? Sorry, haha!)
On a final note: Keeping true to their era, I paired them with matching art deco inspired lanterns in a finish that correlated to the hardware. I also added a glamorous mirror that again, went with the era but also had clean lines that made it still feel modern. Along with the french gray paint color and dark accent pieces I was able to balance both contemporary modern with the art deco style. ( Always follow the 60/40 rule when blending different styles ❤ ) I hope you were able to take something away from this and if you have questions, comments or want to share your own stories with me, leave me a message. I’d love to hear from you!
Check out my before and after pics below! Until next time……

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Seriously, what were they thinking with that glue!?

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