Natural Accents in the Family Room

After the Christmas decorations are all put away it’s fun to bring in natural winter accents from outside. Some of my favorite items to bring in are twigs, pine cones, fresh greens and logs. I admit that little tree is not real but it looks enough like it. I do like to clip greens from…

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A Backyard Fire Bowl and Old Containers

Have you started your Christmas shopping or are you the type that gets it all done early? I am just beginning, unfortunately. I found some really great containers for gift giving the other day. While browsing the thrift store I found a bronze bucket, copper egg pan and a few wood tool boxes. Unique containers…

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Make an Off Centered Fireplace Visually Symmetrical

As I have mentioned before in THIS post, our fireplace mantel is a bit off center. The marble corbels and ledge don’t line up with the gas fireplace insert. That bugs me… So – I covered it up in pine wood. This is where I started – pine 1x’s that are cut to fit snug…

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Jute Ribbon & Lanterns on Scrap Wood

Today is a snow day here in Virginia. It would be sort of fun if we could all carry on “business as usual” but that is not the case. No school, shops closed….etc… While all the neighborhood kids were getting my foyer floors wet with snow and eating everything in my pantry I lost myself…

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Grain Grinder Candle Sconce

While “pickin” at the Goodwill the other day I found this grain grinder. My kids made peanut butter and cashew butter with it that same day. It was fun (and messy). I actually love the metal and it attaches just right to my new/old desk top. This candle happens to fit inside it perfectly. The…

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Christmas Mantel 2014

Here are the most recent pictures of our fireplace mantel…. Deer head on the lower part of the mantel. Paper whites. An old window layered with galvanized tin roofing & mirror with natural and recycled accents. Brewery growler, owl and pine cones. Wine bottles wrapped in burlap and topped with candles. Old wood, pine cones…

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Old Crate End Table & Candle Accents

After our birthday party and sleep over – I need some “craft therapy”. I put this crate next to our love seat last week when we pulled out the Christmas tree.I needed a shallow end table for one side. The large candles, I purchased at Homegoods in the spring, fit perfectly but were plain and…

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Rustic & Natural Candle Box

These candles are from the dollar store. I cut out numbers with a Cricut on sticky vinyl and made them look a little less generic. A while ago I made this simple box with scrap wood. Painted it white but to give it some age I dribbled some glue on it and sprinkled cinnamon on…

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Indoor Summer Fireplace

The weather is warm so we won’t be using our fireplace for several months. I dressed up this area with twigs, battery operated twig lights and greenery around the large candle trio. faux lavendar lanterns and a rustic homemade wooden box filled with pine cones battery operated twig lights look like twinkling stars on a…

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Welcome Candle Light

A trio of simple mason jars with a little tea light in each hang from the covered porch. Frame wire looped around each handle ties them to nails on the house trim. A ‘summery’ way to welcome our guests. The little tea lights are great because they just go out on their own – I…

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Wintery Welcome & Wine

 A few weeks ago I picked up a wine box at Costco.  It was all natural wood. I stained it with dark walnut wood stain.{shhh – I asked REALLY nicely and got it for free} Filled it with used wine bottles and white spray painted twigs. Placed candles in the bottle tops and sprayed faux…

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Candles in the Window…..

Aren’t these cute? In my office / craft room I am getting ready for Christmas. Wrapping gifts to send off to family and friends. I keep my magazines under my desk in an old milk crate – for inspiration. I put some candles in my window that looks out to the backyard. I used frame…

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Hanging Votive Candles on a Vintage Window

This post will show you how to use hose clamps to hang votive candle holders. It may be pretty self explanatory but I will show you anyway. These are the clamps. I used them for my Winter Mantel display…. I will show you how easy it was…. Fit the votive into the clamp and tighten with a…

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Dressing Up Your Candles

Here is an idea on how to dress up some plain candles for the winter season. I’m using white candles, decorative tissue paper (I found this newspaper print at Target), and Mod Podge. I folded the tissue across at the width I wanted and licked it 🙂 – so I could just gently rip each…

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