Posts Tagged ‘ARTS AND CRAFTS’

We moved closer to the In-laws and I developed a hang up for a pile of old fence boards that have sat on their side yard for ever.

I finally got brave and asked if I could have some and then My Big Hang Up Started.

Okay it started with this…

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I picked up this cool piece of wood and then made this necklace holder from it over a year ago

I make art from old leather belts, so I have a lot of belt buckles hanging around.

And then I made this out of the other half of the wood.  Rack4 (2).jpg

I realized I like making hanging racks out of interesting and unusual bits and pieces.  Although hard to tell between my cool old kitchen gadgets, the rack is made from old metal water facet knobs and big butterfly screws.

So once I had the fence boards…The Hand Ups Began!  I started to dig around in my widgets, gadgets, screws, hooks and thingies.

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I went first to my mass amount of belt buckles and made a couple of my mini necklace holders.

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I have been noticing mermaids a lot lately because my older sister who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer last year loves them.   So, I have mermaids around and made this beachy themed key and coat rack.

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I dug deep and found these huge screw things with a nuclear-ish symbol on the ends.  I loved them and finally found a project for them!  They would make great “hooks” for a coat/jewelry rack!

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I had more wood but was running out of ideas, so one day I really dug through my stuff and I did not even know I had these little red hooks.  I love the bright color against the awesome worn wood grain.

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This one makes a Great Industrial Chic Necklace holder!

I ventured out from just making racks, I made some signs too.

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Vintage and Ready for Sale.  Original Handmade Art Things made from Vintage Stuff!

Easy to Make your Own and Easier to Buy from Me!

My Favorite sign is the one I made for my brother for sales we do together.

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I Introduced my brother to the old fence board and now he has his own line of cool things.  Come to one of our sales!

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I hope to open up an online store again soon too.  So you can shop directly from the comfort of you home!

Thanks for visiting and Come Again!

Gnome

 

 

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It all Started with the above tins that my Friend sent me.

You see, many years ago I turned tiny tins into nicely decorated pills boxes for all my girlfriends. I used to make small Christmas gifts for most of my friends every year. I guess she thought I could do something with her collection.

I had recently moved right into the inner city of Chicago. Along with the Skyscrapers, great views, museums and awesome restaurants there are also people down on their luck. I had not been in a living situation in a long time were I saw people who were homeless, out of work and/or sick asking for money in my neighborhood, every day, every where I walk. My heart was breaking for them.

I came up with the idea to use the tins to decorate and insert some  money and small things for these people, my TINS of LOVE! Then I realized they were way too small for what I wanted to do.

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I was saving Toilet Paper Rolls for Art projects. When I realized the tins were too small, I looked at a roll one day and thought this size would be better, my TUBES of LOVE!

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The plan was to start handing them out right before Christmas and throughout the winter for as long as I had supplies.

I had already been collecting 1 dollar bills and quarters to put in my TUBES of LOVE. I told a few friends and family about my plan. My Mother Inlaw, who collects a lot of stuff, sent me a box of stuff to stuff in my TUBES of LOVE! I also bought big multi-packs of gum.

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After Halloween, I collected leftover single wrapped candy from my neighbors and bought bags on sale for the TUBES of LOVE, for a bit of fun.

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I made a list of all Shelters, Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Warming Centers in Chicago for each one of my TUBES of LOVE.

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On the Sheet of Paper, I wrote a Note.

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I thought of items besides the money and candy, and thought soap and aspirin could be helpful. I had some hotel soaps and shampoos. The little bars of soap were too big, so I started to cut them down to a size that would fit, wrapped them in clear cellophane and labeled them.

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I also divided a large bottle of acetaminophen into packs of 6-8 pills each too.

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I had to cut the sheets of info down to fit better inside the tubes.

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The plan was to roll it all up and then stuff it in the TP Roll/Tube!  Yes, All of the below would fit into One TUBE!

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I started with rolling the items up in a dollar bill.

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Then I would roll that up with candy on each end in the folded in inforamtion Sheet.

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Easy Peasy!

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It all Fit Perfectly!

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But just so stuff would not fall out when it was opened, I put a small piece of tape at both ends.

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After I stuffed around 30 Tubes, I then decorated each TUBE of LOVE.

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Just Basic Decorating, as I was going to Wrap them as well.

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First Round of TUBES of LOVE Ready to be Wrapped!

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Fun and Light-Hearted. Literally, there are little hearts on them!

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Stuffed with Love!

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Part of the Idea for TUBES of LOVE is Recycle / Upcycle. So along with all the other items I saved, I also saved paper bags. I cut the bags up to lay out flat.  I painted it all

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I had 2 sessions of fun using paint and markers.

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I wrapped them “candy” style using string at each end. The First Batch was Done!

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They were all handed out before we left town to have Christmas with out family. During the time away I got my nephew and nieces involved with making more TUBES of LOVE! We also handed some out in Sacramento, CA, where they live. The rest I brought back to Chicago with me. Below is two of the TUBES of LOVE my twin nieces Stuffed, Wrapped and Decorated.

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I received 3 boxes of supplies from friends and family!  I was overwhelmed and very happy.  After exploration of these boxes, I realized many of the items were over-sized for the TUBES of LOVE.

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So I went bigger, Bigger TINS, that is! It all started with tiny tins and now I was back to tins, but bigger and better! I went to the Salvation Army Outlet Store here in Chicago. I bought Tins, and Socks as I learned they were highly needed. The women checking me out, actually gave me a better deal on the items after she heard about my TINS of LOVE project.

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So Much More Love Stuffing! The tins I used would vary in size, but I do not want to go too big as I need carry them as I give them out.

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I still decorated the TINS of LOVE like I did for the TUBES of LOVE, but since many of the TINS were already nicely decorated, I now do less decorating and more stuffing!

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At Top of the Above Photo, on the right and left, you will see TUBS of LOVE. Yes, I have expanded to using Plastic Tubs/Containers/Jars as well. Happy to recycle/upcycle as much as I can!

The TINS of LOVE above are my current batch.  I am down to just a few more as I handed some out the other day.

I have supplies to make more, but I need more containers!  I will do another batch of TUBES of LOVE before I get more TINS/TUBS. I am going to Cleveland soon and will see if I can give away some of the TUBES of LOVE there.

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I will hand them out for the rest of Winter or until my supplies run out.

If you have any questions on how you can do this as well, please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Or if you want to donate any stuffing items to my TUBES/TINS/TUBS of LOVE Project, please comment as well and leave your email address for private communications.

By Education, I am a Recreational Therapist. I have worked with Youth a lot in this position and my favorite activities were art related, if I could include a lesson that made the project even better.  I would love to do this project with more Children. I can volunteer with programs within Chicago if you would like me to lead this project at your program!

Thank you and I hope you Enjoyed this project of mine!

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We went to Northern California for the holidays!

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And Saw Tons of family and friends!

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And this is what we did with them!

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WE MADE SNOW!

And Tiny Little Polymer Clay Colorful Snowmen!

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Including the above one holding his own head!

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And We Beaded!

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And Beaded More!

Taking a Break from Crafts…

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We Went to the Playground!

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Where There Was This Cool Play-Ride-Thing!

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I Had to Join in On the Fun!

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And it was Uncontrollable Laughter Fun!

Yes, I am the Big Kid Auntie!

Back to Crafting…

Kind of…

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Thrift Store Photo Shoot!

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For Something WE ALL Made Together!

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A VIDEO!

Introducing…

Thrift-mas Shopping!

Starring Mis Sobrinos!

WHAT A FUN DAY WE ALL HAD…

And although the kids seem kind-of tired…
They were not!
Just shy about singing in public places!

The oldest came up with the lyrics on his own too!

And Now Some Winter Activity Fun!

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Ice Skating!

(Not sure how I made it snow in the photo…but I like it)

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On Your Mark, Get Set Go!

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No Falls For Me…
But My Hips Were Hurting!

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So My Big Sister Took Over Auntie Ice Skating Responsibilities!

On to More Activities…

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Bird Feeding with the In-Laws and Friends!

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Little Friends!

One of My Favorite Things…

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Organizing this Hot Mess China Cabinet (I Love Mom In-Law)…

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Into this Nice Display Piece!

While at the In-Law’s I also Decorated the Christmas Tree!

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And Found these Awesome Vintage Pieces!

And the Hub…

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Made Kelicha Cookies with his Mom!

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Yum Yum!

We Also…

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Entertained…

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Held…

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And Fed Babies!

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We also Danced!

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Boy, Did We Dance!

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So Did the Giant Bear!

Never a Dull Moment in Northern California!

Although I did make any items to sell in this blog post…

Feel Free to Visit OUR OWN BIG WORLD! to see things I have made and other items for sale!

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What Do you Do When you Have to Move…

and Need to Downsize Tons?

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And No One Wants to Buy your Hoopty 50’s Style Hill Billy Front Porch Picnic Table?

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You Fix it Up and Five it to a Young Adult for her First Apartment!

But First, I Had to Access the Situation…

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The Top Was Good!

Schwew!

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The Trim was Not!

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Nor Were a Couple of the Legs!

So I Started with…

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Removing All the Trim.

And Then I had to Figure out What to Put There?

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But Before that… I Painted all the Wood White.

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Looking Good!

Oh Boy, I got Creative with the Trim!

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Oh, Yes I Did!

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After I Sampled it!

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And Decided it Would Work Perfectly!

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And It Did!

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Around the Corners…

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And Close Up!

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The Drawer Even Got Purdied-Up!

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Tea Time!

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It is So Cute, it is Making the Hill Billy Front Porch Look even More Hoopty!

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It Looks So Good Now…

You Forgot about the Legs!

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Although I just painted them, you could use a wood putty to re-shape them.

Next Time…

When I Have More Time and Less to Do.

Like Pack. Sigh.

To See More Purdy Things, Please Go to:  OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Life is Too Short to Just Put Paintings on Our Walls…

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Or Books on Our Shelves.

(You Can find this wall art at Vintage Gas Stove Grates)

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(You can find this Cooper’s Hoop Driver Folk Art at Folk Art Tools)

How About Books On the Walls…

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This Book Cover Art Works for Me!

(Found in a cafe in San Juan, Puerto Rico!)

And this So Very Beautiful Thing…

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Would Match This Cool Industrial Wheel Folk Art Rather Well!

(The Above Piece Could be Found at Honey Blossom Studio)

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How cool is that?

(Found at a MA Auction)

And how about Blossoms that Bloom all year-long?

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Rusted Railroad Screw Spikes and Up-cycled Vintage Brass Curtain Tie-backs make an Awesome Bouquet!

And for more color…

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How about this Bundle of Fun up-cycled colored metal!

(This piece can be found at Industrial Bloom )

And speaking of color…

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How about a mini croquet set to snazz things up a bit?

(This piece can be found at MINI CROQUET)

Vintage Sporting Goods and Color?  The options are limitless!

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Fun old pool balls in a cool old box!

(This piece can be found at Fish Legs )

And for less color…

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Love the feel and look of an old baseball, and a basket of them is even better!

(The piece can be found at Chaps and Rascals )

Staying with the old in mind, but moving away from sporting goods…

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And going Industrial!

Like an old tool box, or even better, a vintage Votive Candle Mold Folk Wall Art!

(The candle mold can be found at Rusted Metal )

Metal of another kind!

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Pots, Pans, Strainers…are all cool wall art!

(These items can be found at Enamel Ware )

Let’s saunter away from metal.

(Because metal is just too cool to walk away from…sauntering seems right and make sure look over your shoulder at it before it goes away.)

Take a deep breath…

More fun to come!

Let’s linger around another cool idea!  

The re-use of a useful item of days gone by for decor!

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A 1800’s Dough Bin to hold throw blankets, pillow, magazines, games…

Whatever you need to store…

It will look Oh-So-Loverly in an Old Box of any kind!

(You can find this particular one at OLD WOOD )

 To finish up, let’s go circular!
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Vintage Chenille in Vintage Metal Needlepoint Hoops!

OLD MY!

(The can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

And for a Modern Turn…

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So Cute!

(These can be found at JoeMomma )

And if you want curtains that are NOT curtains….

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Then these are for you!

(They can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

NOW GO PUT A STICK ON YOUR WALL…

AN OLD METAL PIPE ON YOUR SHELF…

OR A PIECE OF HISTORY ABOVE YOUR MANTEL!

Thanks for visiting!

To see more of our UNUSUAL DECOR SUSPECTS go to OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Vermont is freakin’ beautiful…

Even when it is dead.

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The beauty of death

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The deadly spine flitters and floats.

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“We are not in vain!” says the beautiful flower that dies.

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Whoville died in Vermont.

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But it is where butterflies go to hibernate!

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The veiny fingers of death reach for the sky.

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What death makes you…

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Oh Puffy Stuff?

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Even in death, I will stand tall!

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“Blue skies you do not deceive me!” says the naked tree.

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“I still like the sunlight.” she said with her last flower breath.

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Eyelashes of death try to block the view.

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And its veins try to suffocate.

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Color laughs at the grey of death.

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“We are not of this deadly world,” says the lively fluff ‘n’ stuff.

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Pods of death ready to blast off into winter.

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We will not die, we will not curl up and die!

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Star bursts of death spring upward.

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While death breathes, roses sleep.

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Death loves me, Death loves me not.

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Death’s fairy wings on a stick.

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I flutter, I flitter, I flurry and soon I will die.

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Winter is upon as
Balls lay unused among dead leaves
Guarded by the Gnomesman
Who has stood the strength of winter
And shall prevail once again!

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And then it snowed!

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Adding a bit of clarity to death around.

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Sprinkling death with sugar.

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Tiny fingers cupping clouds of sugar.

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Clouding death.

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And still purple strives.

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As does the Gnomesman of Winter.

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UPCYCLE LIGHT!

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EASY PEASY!

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To start the hole, I used pliers and a hammered it just a bit in the centered dot in the centered star of the bottom of the strainer.

You can see the finished hole in the photo.

Oh, and yes, those pliers have a pink rhinestone on them!

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To help enlarge the hole, I snipped from the inside with wire cutters.

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Then I would push this vintage soda bottle into the hole to make it more round!

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Picked these up at IKEA for $5.00 each the other day!

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Put lighting through hole, put in lightbulb…

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And there you have it…and cool hanging lamp that casts spotted star shapes!

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That was fun!

But I was not done creating!

Back to Gnome Christmas Trees!

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I so need a gnome for under that tree!

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Now, let’s see if these things sell!

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Yes, Gnomes celebrate Holidays too.

And they, just like us, need Christmas Trees.

I have made it my goal to supply them some this holiday season.

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Let me talk first about the tall one in the back.

Or better yet, let me show you how I made it!

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Supplies: Cone, felt, glue gun, scissors and maybe some tidbits for decorations (I used some brads and tacks).

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Cut, cut, cut out your tree leaf thingies.

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Glue them, one at a time to the cone, all of them!

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Start adding your decorations as you go.

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Figure out your topper and decorate.

I decided on decorating a small Styrofoam ball with the brads and tack.

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There you have it, the first of many…

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A Gnome Christmas Tree!

For those Gnomes who like simple lines…

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The Bobble String Christmas Tree!

Yes, it bobbles a bit from the way it is attached to its stand.

And now for those Beachy Gnomes…

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The Pearly Shell Gnome Christmas Tree!

I made both the string and shell trees awhile ago…lots of string, shells, glue and patience, and you too can make them.

As you can see from the first photo, there are many other trees.

Some are vintage and some are just darned cute.

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I had to have a variety, so many Gnomes so many different trees needed!

And these two are my favorite!

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They so remind me of my Italian Grandparent’s Christmas decorations. Under their Aluminum Christmas Tree (Yes, I said Aluminum) they had this tiny outdoor winter skating Scene (a mirror was used to make the frozen pond) with these tiny trees all around it!   Ha, but they have sold already…should have put a higher price on them! 

I have two more in the making, but not sure they will get finished in time.

Gnomes…I got you covered!

Elves get all the attention during the holidays, give some love to any Gnomes you may know!

EARLY HOLIDAY BONUS CRAFT FOR YOU:

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I made the wreath awhile ago, Click here to see how I did it: The Garbage Wreath

But then I put it in an old frame and threw some red felt on the back for that something special and different Christmas decoration!

HAPPY HOLIDAY CRAFTING TO YOU!

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I have a thing for circles, balls, orbs, globes, pizzas…anything round!

So I buy needlepoint hoops, lots and lots of needlepoint hoops.

Mind you, I do not do needlepoint!

But I do love cool retro looking material.

So, I put the two together and this is what I got!

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This little cutie consists of three different size hoops, 3 different sample pieces from JoAnne’s and some twine.

I did glue them together, so it is a just hang one thing wall decoration!

Note to self, iron material next time!

For those that can not commit to 3…I give you this:

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Not attached for cases where just one or two will do!

PS…the lint and stuff on the floor do not come with hoops!

I have saved the largest hoops (one really big…others quite large) for the wall on our new dining room.

Now on to something different.

I like frames, and I could not pass up this little metal one with tiny crosses!

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I found a map, which I also love..and this little fleur de lis was calling my name.

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All together, and they make an interesting conversation piece!

Circles, Frames and Maps…I wish I only like those 3 things!

Whatever it is for you…find new uses for your favorites!

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Buttons aren’t just for clothing anymore…

Especially cool old Buttons!  

I pulled out my small collection the other day when I wanted to snazz up a few other things.

And here is how it went!

The below were just plain old round colored cardboard boxes.

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AND NOW THEY ARE FANCY RESPECTABLE DECORATIVE CONTAINERS!

So easy…old buttons and some burlap!

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Oh, and Mod Podge, gotta love the Mod Podge!

Wait, and some glue!

I used the Modge Podge to adhere the burlap and after that was dry, I glued on the buttons.

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Sassy & Brassy!

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Golden Girls!

They were so cute, I did not stop there!

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This nice piece of pottery had the word “Utensils” across the front.

Why? I mean, if the utensils were in it, couldn’t you tell what was in it?

So, I got rid of it and prettied it up with some vintage white buttons!

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I really like how it came out!

Can’t wait to use it now!

Any button will do…glue it on, sew it on, or even use wire for jewelry…

JUST BUTTON UP!
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