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2012 Pinterest Challenges I Actually Accomplished : Post #2

March 5, 2013 09:17 by ehouston

Yep, it’s another door ornament, but it is super cool, right?  Our old Christmas wreath has seen better days and I was ready for something new, including a small project to tackle.  I saw this pic on Pinterest,

and could not resist the upgrade to our decor.  Unfortunately, what seems like a nearly endless amount of searching has not resulted in the original maker of this wreath.  I even tried a “Google” image search, but this has been a very popular pic and the search just pulled up hundreds of other sites that used this same image.  Whoever came up with this design….THANK YOU!!!  It’s super easy, super cute and works great for dark doors on houses that sit back from the road.  You could actually see this wreath from the street, which was a nice effect our set back.

To make this door decor I started at the craft store to buy the wreathes.  I ended up having to go to both Michael’s and Joann’s to get three that were the right dimensions next to each other.  In my memory I knew there were what looked like three ornaments hanging down from the neck to act as the buttons on his belly.  When I was looking through the Christmas decor isle at Michael’s I came across a doorknob hanger with metal holly leaves and berries and three large bells hanging down.  After snagging this item on sale and thinking I was brilliant, I took a closer look at the inspiration picture and realized it was exactly what the creator used in the original.  Wah-wuh….  so much for creativity!

I did manage to find a plaid scarf and black hat at the thrift store for a couple of bucks, making this one of the few projects I have completed from mostly complete objects.

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If you read this blog or know me and my frugal ways, you are aware that I sometimes go to great (and ridiculous) lengths to create decor from the scratch items I have around my place.  I will admit that once the wreaths were sprayed white, putting the whole thing together took less than 10 minutes.  There is definitely a lot to be said for having all the parts ready to go from the beginning.

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I do believe we got a lot of bang for our financial and time buck!  Oh, and a cute little addition thrown in to the image background for good measure.

Did you guys make anything new for your Christmas decor this past holiday season?

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Snow Day–2012!

February 20, 2012 08:35 by ehouston

We awoke to quiet serenity after the first snow fall for the season here in Richmond.  Lucky for us, and a lot of other people, it is a holiday and no one really had to be any where at any certain time, which is something I find to either make or break a good snow day.  Since it was the first time for our Little Guy to get out and actually enjoy the fluffy stuff we decided to make the most of it before the sun took it all away.

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First, I tried making snowballs for him to throw.  All he did was knock them to the ground and stomp on them.  okay…

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Then we tried to get him to do his best “Baby Gap”, but…

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..he couldn’t keep the poker face.

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So we made an impromptu sled and I gave him a pull around the yard.

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One set of freezing fingers and…

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…three pairs of freezing feet!

Hope you are enjoying a day off and a winter wonderland of your own!

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Retro Handmade Esty Team is Rockin' the Holiday Treasuries!

November 26, 2008 06:56 by ehouston

Just had to post the Treasury West that our team scored yesterday.  Way to go Retro80s!

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My tie trees are featured in the first picture on the second row down.

Go here to view and shop! 

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=33858

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!


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Holiday Kitsch- Coming Soon!

October 21, 2008 05:45 by ehouston

Have you ever made something so cute you can hardly stand it?  Or, something you just like so much you are torn about giving it away or selling it?  Well, my latest projects fall into that category.  I found some vintage holiday fabric cut-outs at a thrift store a while back and although I normally would not have bought something like that, I threw them in the basket anyway.  I am so glad I did because I think what I decided to do with them turned out pretty nice.  I was thinking about all those pictures that my parents took over the years of the Christmas tree decorations and then the tree with all the gifts underneath.  And, of course, the tree, gifts and sleepy kids in PJ's picture we have from every Christmas.  I thought it would be funny to have an album of just those pictures and maybe even a couple of notes about the holiday that year.  It seemed like a cool thing to look back at each holiday to get your nostalgia on.  So, I used the vintage cut-outs and created these albums:

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They have a sweet vintage red polka-dot fabric on the inside and the edges have vintage rik-rak inlaid in the seam.  My favorite part is how someone decorated the trees with sequins and beads.

I have also been working on some boxes that I thrifted a while back.  I finally decided to use some other vintage fabric and embroidered linen scraps to cover them and make keepsake or jewelry boxes to sell.  Here are just a couple:

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I have been working away lately to get ready for a couple of local craft fairs that are coming up in the next two weeks.  No matter what I decide to create I keep feeling like I just won't have enough stuff to fill up a booth.  Then I am afraid I will kill myself only to have a surplus when I don't sell anything.  It's so hard to judge what will happen at a craft fair.  Then the pricing nightmare.  I know what I need to price my items at, but I also know that people are cheap and rarely want to pay for the work involved.  Whatever items are left over will be added to my Etsy shop after November 1st.  Wish me luck!


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