Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Tree Roundup

I was really tempted to sneak in another little project this week, but decided that it was time to clean off my workbench for the year and store away my ideas until after the holidays.  Instead of making something new, I rounded up ten of the Chirstmas trees I've shared here over the last couple of years. 


I hope you enjoy them the second time around.
Vintage Lace Christmas Tree, December 2013.  I covered the tomato cage base with muslin, wrapped it with pieces of vintage lace, then added a battery operated tea light under the tree for a warm soft glow.  

Tape Measure Trees and More, November 2013.  I had quite a stash of old tape measures and yardsticks, so I combined the two and came up with these funky hanging Christmas trees.  For extra sparkle, I used a vintage rhinestone clip-on earring as a tree topper.

Repurposed Folding Rulers, December 2011.  My stash of folding rulers was the inspiration for this Christmas tree.  I glued the ruler pieces to an old cabinet door and didn't even bother removing the hinges or knob.  I used a vintage rhinestone button as a tree topper, then added a little greenery with some tiny ornaments and a rhinestone brooch to the cabinet knob.  This one hangs in my dining room every Christmas!

Folding Ruler Trees, December 2012.  A year later I still had enough ruler pieces left over to make three more trees.  It's a good thing they looked a lot better in person because they were all Christmas gifts.  

Vintage Sheet Music Christmas Tree, July 2013.  This was a first for me...I actually completed a Christmas project in July for the Christmas in July Link Party I hosted with Knick of Time and Bliss Ranch.  I rolled up copies of vintage sheet music, then glued them to the frame I made from a cabinet door and strips of molding.

A Touch of Sparkle, December 2011.  I made this tree several years ago and it still finds a special place in our home every Christmas.  

Junky Lamp Parts Christmas Trees from a few weeks ago.  Two whimsical trees made from old lamp parts.

Framed Button Christmas Tree from last week's post.  A quick and easy project made from vintage mother of pearl buttons, a vintage frame and sheet metal. 

Christmas and New Year Tape Measure Trees, December 2013.  The ingredients: metal tape measure pieces, Victorian photo album pages, scrap wood, and some rusty old hinges.

A Few Creations for the Holiday Market, November 2013.  A rusty lamp part, an old spring, and some vintage ornaments make a fun and whimsical tree don't you think?

 I wish I could round up all the other Christmas trees I've created over the past few years.  Do you take pictures of everything you make?  I need to start doing that even if it's just a quick picture with my phone.  So many tree ideas jumping around in my head, but they're just going to have to wait until next year.


Sharing with:
The Cottage Market for Junkin Joe
Distressed Donna Down Home for Make It Monday
Coastal Charm for Show and Share

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Party

Welcome back to Vintage Inspiration Party!  I'm sure you've all been so busy trying to put the final touches on your shopping and decorating.  Yes!  I'm happy to say that I'm finally calling it good enough, and now I'm looking forward to just enjoying everything that this wonderful season is all about.

When you link up with Vintage Inspiration Party your links show up on all four blogs!  That's four times the fun and exposure!

Check out some of the projects we've been working on.....
This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, but you can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.  vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.

I hope you enjoy these features I chose from last week's party.....
Happy At Home has done an incredible job decorating her home for the holidays with white, silver, and pops of red.  How cute is this?  It was this pop of red that really put a big smile on my face.

This beautiful buffet shared by The Olde Farmhouse is a real trash-to-treasure transformation.  You wouldn't believe what it looked like before she worked her magic on it. 

My 1929 Charmer found a perfect spot for this charming Christmas vignette on a stairway landing.  The best part is that she spent less than $20 for everything here, including the chest and mirror!  

Sadie Seasongoods created this beautiful necklace with a vintage curtain tieback and a pretty glass bead chain from a thrift store.  Love the colors, and you know how much I love repurposed jewelry!

Polka Dot Closet shows us how she created this wonderful Farm Fresh Eggs sign from a shutter she found in a neighbor's trash.....and she still has three more!

This Putz house created by Magia Mia is a true labor of love.  The attention to detail is amazing and I just love the way it sparkles.

Isn't this a fun and clever idea from Duct Tape and Denim?  What a perfect way to display this quick and easy Peace on Earth banner.

I love how Hymns & Verses decorated this painted feather tree with skeleton keys and other vintage treasures.  It's so pretty next to the vintage typewriter.

If you were featured this week, we'd love for you to spread the news!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Framed Button Tree, etc.

I finally finished the last of this year's Christmas projects!  This was a quick and easy project because I used a framed piece of sheet metal that I put together a few years ago and was using as a magnetic picture holder.  Then I picked through my stash of vintage mother of pearl buttons and started gluing them to the sheet metal.  Photographing it was loads of fun (insert sarcasm) because it was nearly impossible to capture the shine and depth of the sheet metal and the details of the buttons.

Even though it looks gray and flat in this picture, I love the contrast between the vintage frame, sheet metal, and buttons.  It really does look so much better in person! 

The topper is a combination of four different buttons. 

The iridescent glow of the mother of pearl buttons adds a touch of color, and the sheet metal is just shiny enough to reflect the light without too much glare.  A small dab of Tacky glue holds each button in place.

A few other things I was working on.....
All of the silverware necklaces I recently listed in my Etsy shop sold right away.  The shelves are sure looking bare over there in my shop now, and even though I have more, it doesn't look like I'll find the time to get them listed before Christmas.

I had my final show of the season last weekend. 
One table of jewelry was all I set up for this two day event held at Big White House Winery for the annual Holidays in the Vineyards event in Livermore.  This was my seventh year here and the best one so far!  Wine and shopping are a good combination!

This year we had lots of room to spread out under the big outdoor tent.  Do you notice what it's tied to?  No wonder it didn't blow away this year.

Oh what a beautiful weekend it was!  Quite a contrast to the last several years and quite a contrast to all the wind and rain we're getting this week.


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