I was looking for galvanized bells for a charming Farmhouse look. I found this set of bells for $31.99 I decided to make my own bells. I found these metal vases at the Dollar Tree store; perfect for my project.
I wanted the galvanized aged look. I found a tutorial that used toilet cleaner to age metal. I applied a coat of toilet cleaner to one of the vases. It definitely took off the shiny coat and left an opaque metal. I love it.
For the bell's clapper; I opened a hole on the bottom of the vase to insert the jute twine with a jingle bell tied to the end. Then I decorated the bell with a burlap ribbon bow and some greenery to hide the flat bottom of the vase.
I hung the bells on my tree.
~I wish you a happy Christmas and blessings always~
I want to share with you how I decorated my little home. I decided to decorate with red and white. I've been making pompom garlands, wreaths, gnomes and mercury glass. I hope that you enjoy your visit on this tour.
I went to the Dollar Tree store and bought the red ornaments, ribbons and tree skirt. I wanted a red tree skirt without spending too much money. I'm sad to say that the dollar tree skirt wasn't well made but I get what I pay for so I had to make some adjustments. I purchased two tree skirts, and hand sewed the appliques. I had extra white felt so I made a border for the tree skirt, and sewed both tree skirts together. The other side had a Santa applique, making it reversible. I like it now.
My church gave away some fabric, I made these gnomes and a couple of maileg elves to decorate my dining room for a Scandinavian look.
I've been busy with crafts; I made this wooden tray, and the crochet wreath with the owl hanging at the window.
A little of vintage Christmas in my kitchen.
I painted these candle glass jars with Looking glass spray paint by spraying the inside of the glass. I discovered that using a hair dryer really helps to dry the paint; otherwise the paint will be swirling inside the jar and set in the bottom of the jar. I really had fun with this project.
Mercury jug, Pottery Barn inspired.
Christmas tree in my family room, frosty theme.
~Christmas Spirit ~
"I am the Christmas spirit! I enter the home of poverty, causing palefaced children to open their eyes wide, in pleased wonder. I cause the miser's clutched hand to relax and thus paint a bright spot on his soul. I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the old, glad way. I keep romance alive in the heart of childhood, and brighten sleep with dreams woven of magic. I cause eager feet to climb dark stair-ways with filled baskets, leaving behind hearts amazed at the goodness of the world. I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way, and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears-tears which wash away the hard lines of sorrow. I enter dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, and pointing forward to good days yet to be. I come softly into the still, white home of pain, and lips that are too weak to speak just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude. In a thousand ways i cause the weary world to look up into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched. I am the Christmas spirit!" ~E.C. Baird~
Would you dare to wear so much color? I would. I think it's beautiful, and so retro. I did not purchase the pattern. I saw the picture and followed the pattern of colors, working with the yarn I already had at home. I'm thinking of placing sleeves on the vest.
I like it better with sleeves.
I have been busy crocheting retro projects; some-thing that I really enjoy, not only retro projects but the beauty of crochet. I made this dress, a maxi skirt, and another vest. All vintage inspiration.
I want to wish you a wonderful day full of things that you love and help you grow to be the best that you can be.
Merry Christmas dear friends. This year I decorated my Christmas tree pink; I think that I wanted simplicity and softness in my decoration. My 10 year old boy helped me to decorate, and he displayed all my village collection. He's so excited for Christmas.
The red pickup truck with the Christmas tree actually is a telephone that I bought in a flea market for $2.00 The only thing I don't like about the phone is that when it rings I think it's the smoke alarm.
I made some paper houses. I found the patterns at Martha Stewart's web site.
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas full of unforgettable moments, and a happy New Year