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Natural Thanksgiving Decor

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)



Thanksgiving is just a few days away and if you haven't succumbed to buying faux decorations at the dollar store, fear not. I have a few ideas that make use of nature's freebies. For example, the basket above makes for a great centrepiece or hall table decoration. It's easily made by simply winding together vines. I have a neighbour who cuts down his vines at this time of year and I always get some for decorating purposes. This year a friend of mine put the basket together. He used a wire coat hanger to create frame for the bottom 'wreath' and then built up the handles freestyle. Cost? Just a couple of hours creating.



I don't recall the name of this plant - the fruit look lik little pumpkins. I simply plunked a bunch of these twigs into one of my vintage sap buckets et voila. Something to dress up the back yard.




Light up your hallway with this garland-clad mirror. String Chinese Lanterns seed pods into garlands instead of traditional autumn leaves. Simple insert a light bulb of string lighting into each lantern and you're done. They last a long time and could just as easily work for your Halloween decor.


Your welcome. 

Halloween Rosette Workshop

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)



Our 2-hour Halloween Workshop is being held at the lovely upscale kitchen and food speciality shop, Pot & Pantry on Elgin Street on Wednesday, October 18th.


Not ghastly, not ghoulish, not gruesome, and certainly not grisly. Instead the workshop is just devilishly stylish. Prepare to be amazed, astounded, and delighted but, more important, if you are in the Ottawa area, be there! Spend an afternoon learning how to create a stunning paper rosette from an old book to decorate your Halloween home, while chatting, making new friends, and enjoying seasonal refreshments.


To register, click here.


Come if you dare.


Treasures from Nature

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)



If you think that you need buckets of money to decorate your home, think again. Just head out to your back yard, local park or woods and you will find more than you can imagine to create natural and charming decorations for no money and very little time. Why not create a wonderful centrepiece using Chinese Lanterns? Use a string of fairy lights and you're all set.



Gather up colourful leaves and make a bright and cheery maple leaf wreath. All it takes is a wire coat hanger stretched into a circle form and glue. Before making the wreath use a warm iron to flatten the leaves between sheets of wax paper.



Have a little fun and create a few large 'butterflies' to decorate your seasonal pumpkins or your walls. Fold leaves to form wings and glue to a gnarly twig. Again, press the leaves flat before making these 'insects'.


None of these ideas take a lot of time and certainly no money. What would you do?


Street Finds

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This morning's walk had me discovering a whole lot of stuff on the sidewalk waiting for the garbage trucks. I was upset to see so much stuff that would end up in the landfill when it all looked in pretty good shape. As an example, see what I found below.



Both the shutters (there were 6) and the chair need a bit of TLC but the rewards would be enormous. Here are some ideas. You'll find plenty more if you do a bit of research.


SHUTTERS


An easy way to reuse the shutters as head boards in the bedroom with just a lick of paint and then flipping them.  




Make sliding doors to glamour out a doorway. You can purchase the sliding gear at hardware stores.



Our lady Martha looked at her shutters and made this linen cupboard. 



If you have the carpentry skills, transform shutters into this kitchen island. Now for the chairs.


CHAIRS



Bored with that old armchair. You can actually paint it! Apparently there is paint specially designed to use on upholstery material. To find out how, click here.



If you prefer fabric, you can pick up wonderful pieces of vintage curtain drapes or upholstery fabric at charity stores and even if there's not enough of one colour to cover your chair, you create a one of a kind of chair like this ... 



or this.



This is my favourite - I have a thing about stripes.




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