Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sparkling Luminaries

  Sparkling luminaries. An easy inexpensive make-in-an-afternoon Christmas project .
These frosted luminaries  are made using  craft basics - glitter,  glue, paper and glass jars reclaimed from the recycling bin. For embellishment I sorted through a box of bits and pieces left over from other projects. They are so easy they barely need instructs but some very basic instructs are included at the bottom of the post.  You'll see these popping up here and there in the coming months.

The pinwheels are made from book pages.  The letter circles are edged with pipe cleaners.( I cut the book page in half then fan folded. 2 half sheets per pinwheel.) 
 Here are some rustic winter luminaries I made .

Reindeer images  can be found at The Graphic Fairy.

Some frosted luminaries for a pink Christmas display.

Directions: Print out some appropriately sized images from online or your collection. Clean label free jars are coated with glue (I use Tacky Glue it dries clear) Image is applied then the jar is coated with glitter. When the glue is dry I added a few embellishments from the box of left over  bits and pieces from other projects. A battery tea light (2 for $1 at Dollar Tree) and that's it. (Do not use a flame tea light in these)
The handle of the luminary is made from twine covered wire found at Lowe's. 

 Have a Blessed Week!

Please join me at these great parties

A Glad Thanksgiving

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving


For a peek at some vintage Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade 
visit below
I love a Parade 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Tablecloth Love

Do you love vintage Christmas tablecloths? 
 Do you collect them? Do you use them or hoard them?   What type do you prefer? 
I love the Santa graphics. They are so cheerful.

These charming graphics were not part of my childhood. Our kitchen table was full of homework at night and cereal box walls in the mornings; My brothers and I couldn't stand the sight of each other before 9 a.m..

 I am charmed by the tablecloths with borders that are like an unfolding story.

 Papa gets a snoot full of soot and requires a trip to the ER where little Henry catches the mumps. Water damage caused by reindeer gnawing through the shingles is not covered by homeowners insurance.

Fido must shiver in his dog house the Night Before Christmas. Last year he took 6 inches of fabric out of the seat of Santa's pants.  The step children arrive. Momma takes the Jamison's and Eggnog and heads to the neighbors' house.
 Merry Christmas!

The 1st Christmas tablecloth I purchased is like the one pictured below. I won it on ebay in 2004 or 2005 and paid less than twenty dollars.  I found the one pictured here on ebay today with 15 bids already in. The present high bid is 42.62 USD. The auction is over in less than 24 hours. (Not my auction!) 

Santa's sleigh   and gaily wrapped presents around a field of bright red.

 Merry Christmas and stars on the outer border of red. I do not think the stains would stop me from bidding. Lemon juice and sun remove a multitude of stains. Be careful of using detergent - the red fades easily.

Another favorite pattern is this Snowy Village. I saw this one in the forty dollars range.

I have never see the the Jack-in-the-box Santa below go for under 100 USD.I keep hoping I'll find one in my budget.

 Details of a few in my collection that I see listed on eBay under 40 USD..

I see many with starting bids under ten dollars. I am tempted by the all.
I have a bid in on this Christmas tablecloth . Wish me luck!

What  collections are you starting or adding to this season?

Have a blessed week!


And Don't forget to
Check out My Picks of the Week 

Beau-ti-ful Blue for Tea @ Rose Chintz Cottage 

Visit Sarah and have a cup of tea in lovely brown transferware. Sugar? Right there in an antique French caddy. And gingerbread acorns.

Visit Spot on Cedar Pond for a thoughtful post on our wandering minds and some lovely blue lusterware. While you are there check out her darling handmade sheep in a variety of colors and 'seasons'. I have a flock of  Cedar Pond's nativity sheep which I love !!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tea in the Library # 43

“Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o'clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.” 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Country House Inspired Dining Room

Old silver. Plaid and lace. Wildlife prints. The glorious earth tones of Autumn. The warmth of solid oak.  

Welcome to my Highland Country House dining room.

The Country house has always stirred my imagination. 

Romantic suspense, who done it, or screwball comedy if you plunk a heroine down in an English country house, or a Scottish manor even the thinnest plot is elevated. In the hands of a master the country house becomes a character in it's own right. I wasn't looking to create a facsimile of country manor house room, just bring together things that evoke the spirit of those fictional country houses. And because I am frugal minded and saving my craft/decorating pennies for Christmas projects  I wanted to create it from items I already owned or could make myself with materials I had on hand.

The story is in the details.  The plaid runner is a rough edge length of fabric layered with a length of heavy lace.  Mercury candlesticks and beaded silver add the touch of  the frost one might find on an early morning tramp around the estate. Hare and hounds. Pheasant and wild turkey. Gilt edges and a warm fire to welcome one home from the field.

A fruit compote hints at a cheese course, a lovely Stilton perhaps?

The hounds search in vane. The fox is safe in it's bolt hole.

Vintage napkins purchased at Creative Home Expressions.

Old Country Roses and an embroidered linen tea towel. The shabby genteel patina of old silver and doilies crocheted by Victorian grand aunts.  Lady Charlotte adds a touch of class to the informal tea cart. 

  It was fun and a little challenging to only use what I already owned. First I compiled a mental list of things that said country house to me. Then I took a large wicker basket and shopped my way through the house and closets.  I admit I was yearning to go buy some urns, and pheasant feathers, and oh! I really wished I had some cut glass decanters. But I stood firm and only used what I already owned.  Once the table was set I headed to the PC and printed out some images which went into (Dollar Tree) frames I had on hand. I baked some scones and was arranging the tea cart thinking that there was still something missing … Of course!  Woofer graciously exchanged his bow tie for a plaid scarf then took up his position by the fire; Angus McWoofer at your service. 
 I had hope you’ve enjoyed my Highland Country House Dining Room. I certainly enjoyed pulling it together.
Wishing you a week full of blessings.


Parties I'll be joining 

Pink Saturday@ How Sweet the Sound 
Whats It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants 

   Share Your Cup Thursday@ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life

One More Thing ...

Over a Golden Egg Vintage swap partners have been chosen for
Erica's "Christmas in the Kitchen" Exchange.
My swap partner is Viv - from Viv 's Whimsy 
If you haven't met Viv  you want to visit her right away!
And Don't forget to
Check out My  Picks of the Week 
Pickles & Peppers Home made Firecrackers

Visit Sarah and have a cup of tea in lovely brown transferware. Sugar? Right there in an antique French caddy. And gingerbread acorns.

 Hyacinths for the Soul -Gingerbread Acorns

Visit Spot on Cedar Pond for a thoughtful post on our wandering minds and some lovely blue lusterware. While you are there check out her darling handmade sheep in a variety of colors and 'seasons'. I have a flock of  Cedar Pond's nativity sheep which I love !!!
Spot on Cedar Pond