Sunday, November 20, 2011

Yardstick Ornaments

I had quite a few various sized yardstick pieces leftover from some of my yardstick projects so I thought I would put them to use as Christmas ornaments.

A few Scrabble tiles, some plastic snowflakes, a little glitter and some ribbon and the unused yardstick pieces are now ornaments for the tree.
And before I sign off I want to wish a big Happy 50th Birthday to my little sister Peggy!
Wish I could be there to help you celebrate!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Jane

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wire Brush Card Display

I found this old wire brush this week for $1.00.
I liked the long wire bristles.
I tied the bristles with a torn piece of red and white ticking fabric.
And then inserted a Christmas card.
 I placed it on an ironstone plate and added a couple of red ornaments. 
 A simple display in less than 5 minutes.

Have a great weekend!

Jane

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Caster Wheel Photo Paperweight

When I purchased the caster wheels for these bookends I made a couple of weeks ago,
I also purchased this larger cast iron caster wheel.
 Since there was only one available I thought it would make a good paperweight.
It would work "as is" but I decided to add some old photos of my Dad to the wheel to personalize it.

I have a huge library of family photos on my computer so I sized five of the photos to fit the wheel and lined them up in a strip (I copied the photos to Word and resized and aligned in that program).
 After cutting the strip, the photos were the perfect size for the wheel.
 If I was to do this again I would probably first change my photos to a sepia tone to better blend with the caster wheel.  Since the photos were in black and white, I did ink the photos and the edges with a little brown ink (I used a chalk ink pad in Chestnut Roam) to give them more of an aged look.

After gluing the photo strip to the caster wheel, I called it finished.
I can now spin the wheel and see several different favorite photos of my Dad.
 This high school football photo is my very favorite.
My Dad is now 82 years old.  His health has been declining the past few months and he has been in the hospital this past week.  I've been thinking about him a lot and really enjoyed looking through all his old photos as I put this project together.

I'm linking today with Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday.

Have a wonderful day.

Jane

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Altered Christmas Books

I don't thank Karen @ The Graphics Fairy enough for the wonderful graphics she posts daily for us to use.
No matter what the holiday or occasion, I can always count on finding a graphic I need when I search Karen's blog.
So of course when it came time to alter some books for Christmas, I looked no further than The Graphics Fairy.  

I found several fabulous, vintage Christmas graphics on her site that were perfect for some altered books.  You've seen this idea from me before (tutorial posted here).  But since I was making some new ones for my booth, I thought I would go ahead and repost the idea and show you how my new ones turned out.

This Santa image,
Was altered for this book.
This cute Santa postcard,
Was used on this book.
And this adorable angel,
Now graces the front of this book.
These are very simple to create and they really make a nice decoration for the holiday.

Thanks Karen for posting these wonderful images!
I'm linking this with The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday.

Enjoy your week.

Jane

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"JOY" Banner Using Horse Harness Parts

It has been way too long since I last posted!!

We had company for the past two weeks and that made it difficult to find time to create and blog.
We are now back in our normal routine and I'm really looking forward to working on some projects and catching up on what you all have been up to.

The first project I wanted to work on was a banner that I'm linking to the Saturday Nite Special party hosted by Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors.  The theme for tonight's party is Banners/Pennants/Buntings and the rusty horse harness parts I found a few weeks ago were going to come in handy for this project.

This wonderful box of rusty horse harness pieces set me back $5.00.
For this project I used two of these hooks.
Two round pieces.
And two rectangular pieces.
I used red ribbon to attach the pieces together.
And then cut some corrugated cardboard to use as the base for the banner lettering.
I printed the word "JOY" on sheet music and glued it on the cardboard pieces.
I didn't have a spot for it in the house so I hung it on the back of my wood theater seats to get pictures.
I'm kind of liking it there and think I may just have found it's spot for the holidays.
On another note.....things are going very well at the booth.  I have been taking things in daily and it finally looks almost like the vision I had in my head.  I haven't taken any pictures yet but I promise to get some posted soon.

Thanks for stopping by!  I promise I'll be posting a lot more frequently!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Jane

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Vintage Suitcase Clock

Vintage Suitcases.

That's the theme this week for the Saturday Nite Special party hosted by Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors.

I love old suitcases and have them stacked in various spots around my house.
Last March I turned one of the vintage suitcases into a clock and I thought I would re-post some pictures of it for tonight's link party.

This is the rather beat-up suitcase I started with.
I took an old clock face and a rusty metal gear,
And glued both pieces to the front of the suitcase.  I then glued some chipboard numbers on top of the gear.
Using the hole in the clock face as my guide, I drilled a hole in the suitcase and added the clock movement.

I also added some luggage labels to hide some of the flaws on the outside of the suitcase.
Don't forget to turn your clocks back tonight!!

Jane