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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ribbon Candle Rings

I didn't have any candle rings or bobeches 
to match my new red, white and blue summer
 all-American decor...so I made some.
These are mini wreaths made with things I had on hand:
 wire clothes hanger and a few scraps of ribbon.
 Cut the hanger into about 4" pieces and 
shape into a circle.
It will give you a circle of about 1"D....
(pi x D) if you're a 'math genius' or 
married to one.
Conversation goes like this:
math genius: how big do you want the circle?
me: about this big (holding up a bobeche).
math genius: to get a 1-1/4"D circle I'll
 need to cut a 4"piece, 
pi=3.1416 x diameter desired.
me: fine (yikes!)
 Anyway....back to the fun part. 
I cut lots of ribbon onto small pieces. 
I just eyeballed it here. 
If the ribbon is too wide I cut it in half lengthwise. 
 Then I just tied them on
 until it was nice and full.
 randomly!
 Here they are decorating the base of my
 candles. Very festive.
This is the counter tray vignette for summer....
very patriotic!
Cheers!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Handmade Nightie Quilt

What do you do with your favorite comfy-soft 
nightshirts when they are getting 
a little too worn?
You do what my friend Cathy did.
 You cut them up and make a quilt. 
 She cut hers into 8" squares and hand 
stitched them together.
 Then she uses an old blue and white 
ticking sheet for the back.
Then she filled it with batting and quilted 
the corners using old buttons.
Then she found herself a comfy spot and a good book.

Cheers!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Summer Patio Coffee Table

A South Florida summer patio needs to be 
low maintenance and heat tolerant.
 A few tropical elements are all that's needed.
 A wire basket filled with oyster shells.
Up-cycling from oyster appetizers!
 A few found shells.
A large pot of colorful bromeliads.
On top of the dresser is a small pot
filled with herb markers tucked into
 the pine cone filled basket.
The twiggy wreath hangs on the salvaged
 window. I tossed a pair of colorful garden
 gloves over the top.
I'm using them as a 'bow'.
They were $1.00 at The Dollar Tree.
I know, I know, the poinsettia is leftover
 from Christmas. But it's still thriving 
and grows well down here. I'm thinking
  Red-White & Blue for summer.


Cheers!


Links: Between Naps On The Porch,
Common Ground, French Country Cottage,
At The Picket Fence, The Charm Of Home


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Monday, May 21, 2012

May Mug Shots

May is almost over! 
 I filled a vase with bougainvillea clippings
 from hedge trimming this morning.
 May mugs at the coffee station are 
the Villeroy & Boch Botanica.

 Each of the pieces has a different flower.
 Tea set
 The mugs have a lavender flower.
 The afternoon dessert is part of my
 'pie quest'.
I'm looking for the perfect chocolate pie. 
They're all good, but I'm holding out for  
~~~~~chocolate heaven~~~~~ 
Meanwhile, Larry has been my willing taster.
Cheers!



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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Easiest-Ever-No-Cost Coffee Filter Wreath

You can make a pretty wreath in no time
with things you would normally throw away.
I just rinse and let dry my used coffee filters
until I have enough. This wreath took 
about 75 filters.
I used a wire hanger and shaped it into 
a circle. I did a heart this way for my 
Stapling them on was the easiest way. 
No messy glue.
Poke the middle with your finger and scrunch.
Fold the tip over the wire. 
Staple on.
 Push together as you go.
I used the hanger's hook to hang the wreath.
I added a salvaged ribbon to the hook.
I like the look of the coffee-stained filters
 I could also hang it on the front of a cabinet.
 Or on the window pane tomirrors above
 the cobbler's bench in the living room.
I may need to make another one!
 This wreath was a fast and easy project.
Even easier than my last coffee filter wreath
and I didn't have to buy a thing!

Cheers!




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Links: My 1929 Charmer,
Between Naps On The Porch,
Coastal Charm, Common Ground,
Tip Junkie, No Minimalist Here,
My Repurposed Life,
My Romantic Home