A Stolen Day…………

My law office boss (I am a woman of many jobs) called this morning and told me not to come to work because of the impending snow storm.  WHOA!  I felt like I just heard the fire whistle blow signaling the closing of school!  (I can remember lying in my bed willing that whistle to blow so I could get up and start calling my friends to make plans for sledding!)

…………There is nothing sweeter than a stolen day………..

I started my stolen day with a pot of English Breakfast tea, making several phone calls sharing my good fortune and making a plan to finish decorating for Christmas.

This year I chose a small tree….. all the more easier to give it lots of attention.  I put it up on a basket trunk and covered it with hand-made book page ornaments,  clam shells from Hurricane Sandy (for some reason she dumped a lot of big, white clam shells on the Jersey beaches), blue balls, twine, raffia and ribbon.

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(NOTE:  A nice perk for empty nesting?  You can do a THEME Christmas tree.  Finally!  Change it up.  Do something different.)

Last year my tree was big and a peace offering to mother nature.  I covered it with clam shells washed ashore by Hurricane Sandy to ward off any more hurricanes in the Garden State.  It has worked so far.  Here is a picture of last year’s tree (with last year’s green walls!).

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I painted these oyster shells many moons ago.  (I visit my sister on a barrier island in Florida every year and the beach is loaded with oyster shells!)  I saw these oyster Santa’s in a store down there and recreated them at home.

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Back to today………..I finished my handmade wreaths.  Over the weekend, I gathered the greens and wired them up.  Today, I gave them a few lemons, a ribbon and hung them up outside.  Here’s one…..

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For me, natural greens are the best decorations for inside the house. I love everything about them – all their different textures and colors.    I lay them on mantles, wire them onto railings, pile them in bowls and arrange them on platters.   I add a few pine cones and a bittersweet vine to the greens for some color and textural interest.  Even better if you can find branches with the pine cones still attached!

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I made these little trees last year with leftover book pages…..to match the wreaths and ornaments!

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And, finally……. I chalk painted and distressed this rack to hang my mason jar lanterns near the front door.

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My Stolen Day is almost over…. they always end too soon.

Until the next early morning fire whistle……Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

C

PS – If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write me, below!

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Lake House or Mountain Cabin?

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This is a picture of the vision in my head….  What do you think?

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Good pillow fight amunition?

Plaid happy, C

 

A chalk paint project – A beach house find

Walking up to the front door of the “Sold” beach house, “down the shore,” (a clue as to where I was), I knew we were too late to buy any good “finds” at the house sale.  I was bummed because it was the neatest house, very old, with loads of character and charm.  I knew that I had most likely missed  many wonderful pieces as I could feel the memories while walking around the nearly empty house.

I walked up the wooden staircase and peered into a bedroom and there it was!  A lonely old beat up dresser that wanted a new life.

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I thought it might be hard convincing my fiance that this piece of furniture had potential with it’s dirty yellow stained paint and it’s contact paper top, but, I was wrong.  We negotiated a price and packed it in the car.

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It took several weekends to repair and paint it.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue and Old White.  I lightly distressed it and hand-waxed it with clear and dark wax.  I replaced the old worn wooden knobs with new glass knobs from Hobby Lobby.  I was finally finished.

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Even he wants to keep it as his house.  Me too!

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After:

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Some more pics……….

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It’s for sale……. in my head.  Happy Painting, C

My Evolution to Crafting

It started with an old book page wreath.  I hadn’t done a craft in years.  I found the instructions on how to make one of these wreaths on the internet and it grabbed me. I had to make one.  Something happened to me during those few hours.  It was a new meditation!  I completely lost myself in the repetitive ripping, folding and gluing.  It was magic and I was hooked.  I had Image

found the escape I was looking for!   Now since I like variety, my searching continued.  I came upon a picture of some pillows made out of  button down shirts.  I loved them and thought they would be perfect for the beach house…. so I whipped up a couple of those.  My sewing skills needed some grease for sure, but they came out okay and looked great at the beach.

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Then one day, while searching for some new/old shirts to recycle into pillows at the local Salvation Army store, I came upon an entire rack of colorful plaid flannel shirts that had NEVER been worn.  Oh, the wheels started whirring and all I could picture was a lake house couch with all shapes and sizes of flannel shirt pillows strewn across it – all cushy and comfy.  So I did what any other visionary would do – I bought the whole lot of them and started stitching….

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with a little help from my friend, here……..

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All but 2 of those shirts were turned into pillows.  (I couldn’t part with 2 of them – I wear them all the time!)  Aren’t those great colors on that shirt?!

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Here are all of the lake house pillows all stacked up and ready for sale!

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I will eventually open an internet store to sell my wares…… as soon as I figure out how to do it!  Until then……

Warm (flannel) regards, C

Day 1 – Introduction

Hello from a new blogger! 

Most of the blogs, (usually creative/craft type blogs) that I have read recently are written by young mothers with small children.  It is encouraging to me that I share some of the same interests with the younger set!  I am not old, mind you.  But, I am experienced and finished with raising two wonderful children – both boys.me&2boys  As such, I may be able to offer another perspective on creating and living. 

Facebook is getting old and sitting down to watch T.V. puts me to sleep.  Photography, clean eating (for the most part), working out, pillow making (yes, pillow making) and furniture recycling/painting are what’s taking up my time now.  I would like to add to that in the near future – blogging and ____________ (fill in the blank). 

What a change from my past life of driving boys to sports, working in a busy office from 9-5, dating, trips to see colleges, trips for parents weekends, etc.  I still work in an office, my last son is graduating this December, hopefully, and I am now in a committed relationship.  I have an engagement ring… but that’s a story for another day.  Eventually, things will get planned. 

That’s it for now….. C

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