December 23, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas

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Are YOU ready? Me NOT. Like every year, I didn’t get everything done that I had planned for Christmas but this year I don’t let that stress myself out. I’ll just try again to be perfectly prepared next year … :)

Wishing you and your families a very

“MERRY CHRISTMAS”

Relax, eat cookies and enjoy the holidays!

Christmas Hugs,

Julia

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December 19, 2013

Christmas Decorating with Scrap Yard Finds

When I spotted a birdcage at the scrap yard some months ago, I didn’t want to show my excitement but I was surely thrilled. Sometimes the business owners put a firm price on certain items but the birdcage was sold for the scrap value at about 1.50$.
 Shabby White Birdcage with Christmas Decoration

It’s perfect for seasonal decorations. For Christmas I just put some baubles and other decorative pieces inside and a silver birdie on top.

Shabby White Birdcage with Christmas Decoration
Now we turn to another of my multiple Christmas personalities, lol. I do love the rather girlie birdcage decor above but lately, I developed also a liking for a more rustic and rusty style, as you probably have realized during my last few posts. Last Christmas I had an idea of creating a tree from those round little metal pieces I had used in one of my Christmas tree wall hangings. I thought, when I could find them in different sizes and would attach them to a big rusty screw, that this would make a cool tree. This didn’t work out but I couldn’t let go the idea of a rusty 3-d tree and tried again this year. I looked through our stash of rusty parts from the scrap yard and found several round pieces, including a saw blade, a bicycle crank, large bolts, a spring and a small metal ball.

Rusty Junk Christmas Tree 
It didn’t take long and my tree was assembled. Then dear hubby welded it together for me because glue wouldn’t have been strong enough to hold every piece in place.

Rusty Junk Christmas Tree
Neither very girlie nor rustic is my chippy mirror. It was a roadside find and I had used it without the frame in my studio for a while.

Christmas Decor - Chalkboard Mirror

Originally the frame was pretty ugly. It was partially tiled and had some wooden appliqués that I didn’t like at all. After those were removed and I had painted the frame a medium gray, it looked so much better already. I exchanged the tile part for a chalkboard. I love how it turned out.

Christmas Decor - Chalkboard Mirror

Christmas Decor - Chalkboard Mirror

My handwriting is not pretty and therefore I transferred the “Jingle Bells” lettering. I printed the words out on regular printer paper. Then I covered the back of the sheets with chalk and traced the letters with a sharp pencil onto the chalkboard. Voilà. Some spots had to be cleaned and some lines had to be completed but it helped a lot to get a nice lettering.

Is it really just a few days until Christmas? How could that happen? I’ll try again next year to be ready in time, lol.

Have a happy weekend!

I’ll be joining these great parties:
Be Inspired at Common Ground
The Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo 
Funky Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
 A Little Christmas in July at Thoughts from Alice

Hugs,
Julia

December 16, 2013

Gift Wrapping and a Handmade Paper Glitter Ornament

Are you surprised? I bet you are. Yep, this neutral color loving girl has used a tiny touch of red in her Christmas gift wrapping – and she likes it. If you’re now worried, you don’t have to. This is most likely the only red you get to see here for a long, long time. At least until next Christmas ;).

The tags were easy to make. I printed out snowflakes on cardstock. Then I drew a circle on the back and cut around with pinking shears. The snowflake graphics were provided by The Graphics Fairy. Thank you, Karen! For the tiny glittered snowflakes I used a punch and added glass glitter.



Snowflake Tag
 Christmas Gift Wrapping
Christmas Gift Wrapping
Christmas Gift Wrapping

Christmas Gift Wrapping 
I recently fell in love with some origami ornaments I had pinned and wanted to try to make at least one. I found tutorials for several kind of such ornaments. I chose one called “twisted kusudama” and got started.

Paper Ornament
Such a flower ball consists of 12 flowers and each flower of 5 petals. That means I had to fold and glue 60 petals. I used vintage book pages and cut them into 1.5” squares. The finished ball is about 2.25” in diameter. After the 12 flowers were glued together, I added some glass glitter for a more Christmassy look. This is not a fast project and needs some patience. The good thing is that the folding is really easy. I’ve made 3 ornaments so far and folded most of the squares while watching TV in the evening. If you’d like to give it a try, you can find the download link to the tutorial here.

Have a great start into the week and don’t get too stressed out by the Christmas preparations.

I’ll be joining these wonderful parties:

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of  Time
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Be Inspired at Common Ground
A Little Christmas in July at Thoughts from Alice

Hugs,
Julia

December 12, 2013

Pallet Wood Trees and a Star

Today I’d like to show you some beautiful pallet wood Christmas decorations. The only credit I can give myself for these pieces is, that I kindly asked my dear hubby to make them for me.

Pallet Wood Christmas Tree by Vintage with Laces
Hubby started with the small tree above. The design is similar to some I had pinned to my Christmas board.

Pallet Wood Christmas Trees by Vintage with Laces
Then he created his own designs and came up with the large tree in the background. The grid was a leftover piece from one of his rusty metal artworks.

Pallet Wood Christmas Tree by Vintage with Laces
The last one has some metal too, which is a bit difficult to see though. Each of the higher wood pieces is framed with small rusty coils. Instead of a wooden trunk, this tree got a metal one.

Pallet Wood Star by Vintage with Laces
After my wonderful little pallet tree forest was finished, hubby surprised me with this beautiful star. I’m so excited about all these fabulous pieces. Thank you so much, sweetie! I LOVE you!

Boule Balls as Christmas Décor by Vintage with Laces
If you were wondering about the rusty Christmas balls in the star picture, they are heavy metal petanque (boule) balls. They were a scrap yard find from earlier this year. Aren’t they cool?

I’ll be back soon with some more recycled/repurposed Christmas creations. Have a wonderful weekend!

I’ll be joining these great parties:

Be Inspired at Common Ground
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
A Little Christmas in July at Thoughts from Alice

Hugs,
Julia

December 02, 2013

From Trash to Trees

Over the last weeks I pinned a lot of trees to my Christmas board, which are made from junk pieces, found objects, scrap wood etc. These pins inspired me to create my own junk tree versions. In my collection of vintage books I found several pretty spines in different sizes that were partly torn or ripped off. I cut them off and glued them onto a background that dear hubby had hammered from pallet wood together for me.
 Book Spines Christmas Tree

Book Spines Christmas Tree

Book Spines ChristmasTree
Usually I don’t like gold very much but I adore these beautiful embossed spines.

For the second wall hanging I adhered vintage book pages to a piece of wood and added a light, uneven coat of gesso. The tree is made from rusty parts of an electric motor and an old hinge.

Rusty Parts Christmas Tree
Rusty Parts Christmas Tree

Rusty Parts Christmas Tree

Barney in Basket

This is my little helper Barney, who finds room in the smallest baskets :-).

Have a wonderful week and a great time creating and decorating for Christmas. I’ll be back soon with some more recycled trees.

I’ll be joining these parties:
Christmas Junkers United at Knick of Time
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
A Little Christmas in July at Thoughts from Alice

Hugs,
Julia

October 28, 2013

Witch Maybel and her Apothecary Cabinet

Every witch needs an apothecary cabinet. So, when my witch Maybel asked me to make one for her, I couldn’t refuse. Who knows what kind of spell she would have put on me, if I hadn’t fulfilled her wish.

Halloween Apothecary Cabinet

Halloween Apothecary Cabinet

Apothecary Bottles

Apothecary Bottles

Apothecary Jars

Apothecary Bottles

If you ever wanted to try one of those yummy spiders or bats on a stick, now is the time. They’re on sale in Maybel’s apothecary. If you’d rather go for the “Try & Die”, aren’t you just excited that instant satisfaction is guaranteed? Maybel wants her customers to be happy customers for sure, lol.

Apothecary Cabinet

Apothecary Bottle and Tin

The “Arsenic Poison” and the “Catarrh surely cured” labels were provided by  The Graphics Fairy. The same applies to the images of the bat and rat in my own label creations above and to the frame and skull in my “Try & Die” label.

Apothecary Cabinet

Halloween Apothecary Cabinet

Halloween Apothecary Cabinet

Now you probably would like to meet the witch.

Witch Hat

The quilter in me came through and I sewed a patchwork hat for Maybel. It’s embellished with a tulle bow, a black feather and a vintage rhinestone button.

Witch Hat Detail

Witches' Broom

Her broom certainly had to match her outfit. Now she can go for a ride in style.

Black Witch Outfit

Maybel and I wish you lots of fun on Thursday.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Hugs,

Julia

I’ll be joining these great parties:

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants

Be Inspired at Common Ground

October 24, 2013

My Black and White Halloween

I’ve shown you several Halloween projects in my last several posts and today I like to show you how I decorated my studio.

Black and White Halloween Vignette
I embellished an old milk can and filled it with rose hips which I had painted white. I added some black ostrich feathers, some tulle bows, a bat pick and a mouse.

Black and White Halloween Vignette
Black and White Halloween
I made this witch some years ago and still like her.

Black and White Halloween Witch

Bear Dusty was born and raised in Chester, Vermont until I bought him and took him to Germany 16 years ago. He’s one of the few bears I kept after I stopped collecting teddy bears. Dusty wanted to get dressed for Halloween and chose the cute witch hat I got from dear Carola. The mask is a bit too large for him but he wanted to wear it anyway. I guess you can tell that his favorite Halloween treat is spider on a stick.

Halloween Bear

Dusty moved after I had taken those pictures and now has a place near the vintage exterminator ad that I adhered onto an old book cover. The wonderful image was provided by Angie at Knick of Time. Thank you, Angie!

Halloween Bear Vignette
Halloween Vignette
Halloween Jars
 Black and White Halloween Decoration Shelf

Black and White Halloween Decoration
Black and White Halloween Decoration Studio

If you have read my post about the fabulous Halloween package that Carola had sent me, you might recognize the altered bottle and egg carton as well as the Edgar Allan Poe notebook, the glittered bat and pumpkin, the felted pumpkin and the creepy egg.

Black and White Halloween Decoration on Shelf
Halloween Typewriter Vignette

Actually I’m not so much into cute children and women images anymore. When I found the cabinet card I had altered some years ago, I was not sure, I would use it in my decoration this year. Eventually the little witch got a place on the typewriter.

Altered Cabinet Card Little Witch

How do you like my black and white Halloween decoration?  There will be one more Halloween post with the apothecary cabinet I’m still working on. When that is finished, I will start thinking about Christmas.
Have a happy weekend! I’ll see you soon.

Hugs,
Julia

I’ll be joining these great parties:
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants