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A Bit Bar Cart Crazy

Posted: November 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

My recent love is turning things that were not bar carts into a bar carts.  I have made at least 5 and 2 in project mode, but will focus on the biggest one which took the most work.

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A Trunk Bar.  It has been done before, but not quit like mine!

The outside was a bit rough. It is made of wood, which is not true of a lot of trunks. I sanded it down and like the effect, so I kept it.  The picture does not do it justice.

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I loved the paper on the inside, but it did need some love, especially where the paper was and the damaged.

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I decided to put old drink recipes in the damaged areas on the inside.  I could not find a decent priced vintage recipe book, so I got a newer one with old recipes in it. I aged the pages with several layers of coffee and to match the orange hue of the paper I added a tad bit of orange paint to the coffee.

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I used the decoupage technique on the recipes as well as to secure the old brittle paper in the rest of the trunk.

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Then I put in shelves.  This took several tries and some extra support efforts.

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After the shelves where secure, I added leather belts (a common theme in some of my projects and art) to hold in items on shelves.

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I added wheels, a lot of them so it will stand secure open and shut and there you have it!

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I love the Initials and the original tag on it.  I used decoupage on the tag as it was falling apart and I felt it needed to stay with the piece.

And as an extra to whomever bought my Trunk Bar I made a leather-bound drink recipe book (on middle shelf on right side) with the left over pages of the recipe book.  I also aged the pages of it with coffee.

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Where it sold for less than I wanted, but it went to a good home!

Next post will be my small bar cart upcycle rehab projects!

Thanks for visiting My Gnome Little World!


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Pop Up

Posted: November 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

Not the kind of “Pop Up” you think of these days though.

We got a Pop Up Camper and here are some photos of our adventure of the last year Camping!

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This is Our GoGo Gnomie Pop Up Camper.  We’ve Taken Him Here, There, but Not Everywhere!

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August 2017 We took our Niece to Wright’s Lake and it was So Nice!

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Dinner!

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The Hub Laying over Wright’s Lake!

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We all Split wood to keep warm and cook!

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Out in the Woods!

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We’ve been to Pinehurst, a friend’s family property, a couple of times for big group camping too!

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My nephew Entertaining Me.

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GoGo Gnomie at Night!

Oh and I Fixed it Up Some.  I kind of Retro’d out this 1990s Pop Up on the Inside.

Before:

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After:

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It’s so Cute and Comfy!

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And Our Subbie Tows it Perfectly!

It’s packed away for the winter…oh wait…we have a date camp date on the Coast in February.  But it’s in Nor Cal…so who knows what the weather will be like…but we are not afraid of the cold!

Come Camp with Us!


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I’mmmm Baaaack!

Posted: November 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

I am going to post a bunch of quickie posts, photos mostly, to pseudo catch up.

Between spending time with family, camping, picking and traveling, I have been having fun upcycling and making again!

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I Brought a Mid Century Base and a modern Wood Tray Together to Make this Awesome Side Table/Bar with a Removable Tray!  It has Already Sold!

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I Turned this awesome old trunk into a stand up open and close bar on wheels! And this has sold as well!

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I turned this 1970s TV Stand into an Adorbs Bar Cart…Sold Also.

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And I sassed up this old Step Stool. Sorry Sold!

I will post photos of some travel, adventures, picking, making, picking and selling. I promise!

Thanks for visiting!


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It’s the Little Things.

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I am doing a series of photographs of bits and pieces and the little things that make San Francisco, well, San Francisco.

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Guess which hood I was in for this series of photos.

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I’m trying to make it hard, but if you are in the San Francisco know you will be able to figure it out.

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If not, look again.

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Ten Photos.  Ten Little Things.

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If no one gets it from the 10, I will add more obvious hints in the comments.

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I had a blast seeing things from a different point of view, or even, seeing things I have never noticed before.

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I looked up. I looked Down.

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I looked inside and out.

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Even at Eye Level.

Can you guess?

Please reply in the comments!

And stayed tuned for the Answer, More Hints or the Next Hood!

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I am going to Do Something Crazy for Good, as in Giving Back Kind of Good.

Oh, The Good All My Crazy Could have Done in my Past.

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Like the Time I Went for a Hot Air Balloon Ride in New England.
Okay, Okay, This one was tethered down, but it did  Go up Around 12-15 Stories!

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Or Like the Time I Talked Jim into Parasailing with me on my Birthday in the Bahamas.
Well, It was not So Crazy for Me, But Talking “Fear of Heights” Jim into my Crazy.

Okay, here is it…

I’m Taking The Plunge.

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No, Not a Bungee Jumping Plunge.

Been There and Done That in Australia!

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No, Not Plunging into the Deep Blue Sea.

Although I will Do that More for Sure!

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No, Not Doing the Trapez…Again!

Once in Brattleboro was Enough!

Drum Roll Please.

I am doing…
The Respiratory Health Association Skyline Plunge!

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Before I tell you what that is exactly, Please Read Why I am Doing it.

I am Raising Money for an Organization that Supports a Health Issue that is                           Near and Dear to Me.

I suffer from 2 Respiratory Diseases.  

I take daily meds twice a day and have had 3 surgeries, But…

I do Not Let Those Ailments Keep Me From Being Crazy.

With Money for Research for Respiratory Health Issues I  now can be as crazy as I wan to Be and Still Live!

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And No, It is Not Another Zip Lining Adventure like this one I did with my nephew in Honduras!

It is Kind of Like Something I have Done before. A Long Long time Ago.

In college I Rock Climbed, I Dropped Down Caves for Exploration, and I did and led High Ropes Courses.

But…It’s not exactly any of these that I am going to do for this Plunge.

It is the Rappelling Part.

I will be Rappelling Down the Side of The Wit, a 27 Story Hotel, in The Loop Downtown Chicago!

Yes, I Will Be Dropping Myself Slowly down 27 Floors on a Rope!

Told You I was Crazy!

But I do Crazy Well.

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Like Surviving Crazy Ass Honduran White Water Rafting with my Teen Nephews.

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Like Surfing at 45 years old…for kind of…the first time!

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Snowmobiling at 50.

Okay not that crazy, but the trails were tight and rough so it was for exciting!

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And I even trusted Jim to lead a pack of Dogs while I relaxed on the Sled.
Now, I am just reaching for straws.

If I only had photos of the the horrid drug boat “ferry” ride from Honduras to Belize, My Rock Climbing in the Days of Less Safe Equipment, Dropping down into 200 foot Dark holes to Cave explore, hitchhiking with a Scot in Australia, Finding out I was swimming in the Amazon Jungle with Candiru (fish that swim up your urine stream), Running into Tear Gas in Venzuela because I wanted to take Photos of the Student Protests, Hiking in Malaysia Through Leach Invested Water and Jungle and Actually finding a Leach on me (they are quite cute before the suck your blood),  that time when the “captain” of the small dory boat said he can make it to shore in the storm which in the long run he did not, Jumping off 30ft or higher cliffs into rapids because the locals did it, of course tandem skydiving, And I could go on.

Although, I could show you After photos of my 3 Respiratory Disease Surgeries…

But I will Spare you Those!

Back to the Matter at Hand, Please Donate to my Fundraiser.

Any Amount at All Is so Very Highly Appreciated!

To Learn More and to Donate Click Below: If this does not work, please copy and paste!

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Photos to Follow after the Event on May 22, 2016!

I Thank you in Advance!
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Alert Alert! Christmas in August!

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Big Move to Small Place in January Has Had me Way Off My Regular Blogging Schedule…
But I’m Back at it Now.

Sooo….

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I LOVE Christmas. And I LOVE to Decorate for Christmas.

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We live in temporary places most of time for The Hub’s work.

Last Christmas we were packing during the holidays which is a very sad sad thing to do…

For Yet Another Move.

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So I Had to Make My Own Happy…

Literally, I made my Own Happy…

Happy Signs…That Is!

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We were going to spend most of Christmas Eve and Christmas day with my parents, who no longer put up a Christmas tree.

 

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I was prepared to be bummed about the lack of Christmas Decor that would be around me on Christmas Day.
So I decided to do something about it.

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Let me go back a bit here, the name of the blog is from a scene in the move ELF.
That is all I will say about that, if you do not know ELF by heart by now…you better get started!

G.R.E.A.T Movie!

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I went into DIY Christmas Elf Decoration Making Overdrive!

Besides the Red Felt and Vintage Sheet Music Garland I made Ornaments!

Star Ones!

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Ones from Old Wood Thread Spools!

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Snowflake Ones!

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And Speaking of Snowflakes…

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And This One!

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And This One!

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Let Me Not Forget This Garland Too!

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And Signs…I made Signs!
This Way>>>>>

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<<<<And That Way!

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And Trees…I Made Tiny Little Christmas!

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I Made It All, Packed It All Up and Off to Momma’s House We Went for Christmas Eve Dinner!

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My Mom Has Had that Christmas Table Clothe Forever and It Just Makes Me Smile!

Full Bellies, We All Went to Bed.

And Then The Hub and I Got Up in the Middle of the Night!
Shhhhh!

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And Went DIY Christmas Elf Decor Cray Cray!

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Quietly, Like Little Christmas Elves!

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The Parental Units Did Not Even Wake Up with Our Elfing Shenanigans!

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Even When We Dragged the Tree In From Outside!

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No Space Was Left Un-Decorated!

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Even The Wrapped Presents Matched!

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If You Ask Me…

IT WAS MAGICAL!

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever Was the Look on My Parents Faces on Christmas Morning!

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And Now I Bid Holiday Adieu to You, You and You and You!

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PS…
There are 141 DIY Decor Making Days Until Next Christmas!

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And to Break It Down For You, That Is…
3,350 hours, 200,997 minutes, or 12,059,813 seconds to Christmas!

Now Go Have a Great Rest of Your Summer!

If You are Interested in Purchasing any of the items seen in this blog or want me to make some of your own…
Please Contact me at OUR OWN BIG WORLD ETSY SHOP
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DON’T MAKE ME TAKE MY BELT OFF!

Posted: September 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Although those days are long gone, I hope….

PLEASE TAKE YOUR OLD BELT OFF AND UPCYCLE IT!

That is what I have been doing…

It started with a chair I did quite awhile ago now. You can see it at BELT CHAIR !

After collecting more belts and having several ideas that I never started.

This rustic chunk of wood came into my life.

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Lovely with all the nails with bits and pieces of material and vinyl of days gone by stuck to them.

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It, too, sat around for awhile.

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Until I decided to paint it, that is.

Which I did not like at all.

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Then I took the sander to it.

I loved it and at first came up with the idea of putting colorful plastic rulers on the top,

Another collection of items I have laying about.

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But the leather belts won out!

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After attaching the top belts, including 2 old western style ones with the names Garrett and Jack on them,

I decided to wrap the top edge with 2 buckled belts.

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And There you Have it!

Even though I love it, I made it to sell. You can purchase it here BELT BENCH! !

Can you guess how I used belts on the piece below?

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Guess before you scroll down!

Okay, Now start to scroll!

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First, I removed the heart “doors” and painted it!

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And then started to add the belts…
Yes, White leather belts!

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I put them across the back and wrapping two around the whole piece.
And as you can see, I played with buckles for extra decor.

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But ended using upholstery Studs instead.

This is also for sale, but comment below if you are interested in it!

What can you make with old belts?

Here is another project I have in the making…

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An Old Suitcase Valet…

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Turned Side Table!

I use it in my own home without attaching the belts.

Any other suggestions for this piece?

If you are interested in seeing what else I make for sale or my old things for sale,

Please visit my online shop at OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

Thanks for visiting and now, GO CREATE!
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THANKFUL TABLE SCAPE!

Posted: December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Nothing says the Holidays to me…

Like a Good Table Scape!

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Our Thanksgiving Dining Room Table…

Before the Food!

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Bits and Pieces details of it all!

I got the vintage frames from thrift stores.
I dipped into my collection of paper (some of this paper is handmade from over 20 years ago) for the leaf and backgrounds.
I printed out a maple leaf template to use as stencil.
I cut the paper and then put it all together!

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I got the pressed glass cuties from a thrift store…all for 25 cents each.
Two small bowls and 4 cordial glasses = $1.50 !!

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Bag of Fresh Cranberries from the local grocery store!

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Leaves that got caught up in stuff when we recently moved from Vermont!

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Plain plates with clothe napkin wrapped silverware held together by twine surrounded by a few cranberries!

With a mix of vintage crystal wine glasses and vintage cocktail (ahem, water) glasses from our own large collection of glasses.

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And the centerpiece of it all…THE WHEEL!

I know you want to know about it….

Don’t you?

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Since I love old rusty metal things, I fell in love with it at an auction!

But we  had no idea what it was…

As I like to do, I researched it.

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Low and Behold…it was not the antique fly fishing line (made of silk back in the day) dryer that I first thought!

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After some help of an awesome online stranger…

We figured it out!

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Thanks to that logo in the center!

The initials are HW for the Heywood Wakefield Company.  Some of you may be familiar with a furniture company name that is now  hugely popular for it’s Mid-Century furniture. This piece precedes the Mid-Century. Both the Heywood Company and the Wakefield Company were started in the mid 1800’s making rattan furniture.  They merging together in the very late 1800’s., but the name Heywood Wakefield did not take hold until 1921. The main part of this piece is from one of the rattan baby buggies/prams they made in the 1920’s.

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The rest of the story of this piece is based on ideas from photos in a book of the history of Heywood Wakefield.

It is obvious that it is handmade, but it also obvious that it is very well made at that. We believe it was made by workers in the Heywood Wakefield factory to help them feed the rattan into the machines making the rattan furniture.

How cool is that?

Well, we think it is so cool!  That is our story and we are sticking to it!

Until anyone else shares any other info about it with us!

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And now on the Christmas Decorating!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

If you are looking for that perfect decor piece or holiday gift, check out:  OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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I will mostly let the colors speak for themselves!

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Candy Colored Country Drive!

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Just like Leaves Candy Fall from the Trees in VT!

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Peaking Fall.

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Bin Fall Fruit Candy!

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Fruity Colored Trees.

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Looks Like it Tastes Yummy!

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So Sweet!

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Swedish Fish New England Style!

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Looks Good Enough to Eat!

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The Sweet Sweet Staircase.

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5 Second Rule…Eat It!

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Fall Corn…Candy Style!

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Let the Sweetness Fall!

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Where Sweet is Made.

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Sugar Shack!

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Gummy Vermont Bears!

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Where Gummy Bears Live.

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Gummy Barn.

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Going on Down to Gummy-Town!

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Skittles Come in Fall Colors.

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Skittle Yellow #Vermont.

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Skittles Fall from the Sky and slip off the leaves…and this is how they get their colors!

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A SkittleThrew Up on this Leaf.

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Reeses Pieces is the Taste of Fall.

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Where the Pieces Go to Retire!

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Or Here.

And They Work on Farms to Grow…

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Reese Trees!

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The Deep Fall Colors of Chocolate Covered Cherries!

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Dripping Fall Sauce.

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Fall Cherry Tree!

HAPPY END OF FALL!

If you are interested in buying some photos contact me here or go to:  PHOTOS @ OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Yes, I wrote, “Chain”delier!

A Chandelier….

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Made from Chain!

The idea started out with Old Chain.

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But I ran out and added some new chain which added something shiny…

Which this girl always like!

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There was a lot of chain cutting…

Which had to be done in different sessions due to my dainty girl-man hands!

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And then there was attaching…

Triple attaching at that!

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Metal Rings, Glue & Wire…

Makes for a strong Chaindelier!

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And since this girl is distracted by shiny things…

I decided to add more of it!

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Using Vintage Chandelier Crystals…

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And Beads!

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And there you have it!

A Long and fun process.

It does not have a light in it as is, but I have the fixture to put in it at any moment!

I can be yours …  The Chandelier @ OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

Some extra shine for your holiday season!

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