Thursday, November 4, 2010

Inspired.

This is the time of year, where I start getting all kinds of fun ideas for the upcoming holidays.  Mainly Christmas.  (Though I do love Thanksgiving.)  In fact, I spend time going through my Christmas decorations in early November, (sometimes even late October! Gasp!) making sure lights work, and planning out my general decor so that I'm ready, and can relax and enjoy every minute of the coming months. When we put our house on the market, and made the decision to live differently, we sifted through everything, keeping only what we absolutely loved.  (Shocking what you acquire in fifteen years of marriage and two kids.) I plunged into the Christmas bins, consolidating five bins down to about two and a half.  I don't know where we'll be in the whole house selling/buying process, so I'm going to keep things simple this year.  I'll be using what I've got, but tweaking things a bit in the process! 
These little silver bird ornaments just got makeovers.
 I used red flocking powder, glue, and feathers.  I'd never worked with flocking powder before, but it gives everything a soft, fuzzy, finish.  (I found it at Michael's crafts.  It was located in Martha Stewart's craft aisle, with the glitter, and came in all sorts of fun colors.)  Tip: Make sure your surface is exactly how you want it to look just under a dusting of flocking powder, because the flocking powder doesn't cover the design, it just leaves a fuzzy coating over it.  I left two of my ornaments as they were, and prepped the other two, by scraping off the glued decoration, and spray painting them white. Simply coat the surface with glue, and dust on the flocking powder, then let them dry.  It's the same idea as glitter, and just as much fun!  I've got big plans, for a sweet little Holiday table centerpiece now.  It's going to be both cute and cost-friendly!  And I will be gathering branches from neighboring areas and spray painting them. (grin.)  I can't wait to put it together.  Hopefully it will give you inspiration for creating easy things, inexpensively.  (We all love that, right?!)
And speaking of makeovers... check out this beauty I scored at Goodwill!  We'd been needing a standing lamp, but they are incredibly expensive.  When our other table lamp had an electrical short, I decided it was time for some replacements.  It's made of actual wood too!  Wait and see how great it looks by the time I'm finished with it!  (Because of course I can't leave it like this....)

Do you have any creative plans for the upcoming holidays this year? Do tell!

18 comments:

  1. Now we all know you are just going to paint that lamp white and then distress it...

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  2. Dawn, that is hysterical. How did you know!???

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  3. i was just tinkering with some christmas ideas this morning. so glad i'm not the only early 'bird' out there!

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  4. The birds are so cute. I love the red flocking. I haven't really thought of any Christmas ideas yet but I've been thinking about my Thanksgiving centerpiece. Honestly, you have to be "the early bird" and start thinking of Christmas now because come December 1st, it goes so fast!

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  5. here i am!!! oh girl you did SO good with that floor lamp! I am super impressed :)

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  6. I honestly haven't even thought about decorating for Christmas yet. I just got all my Thanksgiving deco just the way I like it.

    You'll probably paint that lamp then beat the heck out of it, right?

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  7. That Dawn girl is a hoot! Can't wait to see what you are going to do with that lamp. You know you can't just paint it white and distress it now...HA! And can I tell you that you have move creative juices flowing in your little pinky finger than I do in my whole being. I wouldn't have dreamed of "flocking" (whatever that is) those pretty white birds. You go girl!!!

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  8. Can't wait to see what you do with the lamp! I just fixed one up myself. I did paint it white, but no distressing. I was too tired by then :)

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  9. I've been thinking about Christmas for 2 months! I can't wait to start decorating. I do force myself to wait until the day after Thanksgiving. I can't wait to see what you're going to do for Christmas!

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  10. I am excited to see that lamp. I need a tall lamp too. I love junk treasure. I used to have so much Christmas stuff and now I have 2 bowls and some ornaments for our tree. My homeschool group all got us ornaments last year because we lost all of our Christmas gear. It was really sweet and rebuilding collections is pretty fun..new stuff...new meanings!!
    Lisa

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  11. I love how your tweaking turned out! I had never heard of flocking powder before-Very cool!
    I will be blogging my Christmas stuff soon-I'm probably not going to make the Thanksgingers (my own word)very happy but Christmas is too short!
    Robin~♥

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  12. all right girl. I love what you've done with your birdies. Now I want to see your centerpiece.

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  13. That lamp is pretty the way it is...you get some amazing stuff! I can't wait to see what you do to it, though. :)

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  14. The birds are such a great makeover

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  15. I like how the birds turned out. super cute!

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  16. Fun ideas! Such a cute blog and great photography! Hopped over on blog frog. :)

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  17. I love your little red birds, they are just precious.

    Our holiday plans are already organized. We will be going to the family lodge for 4 days at Thanksgiving. 17 people all in one place, cooking, playing board games, hiking in the woods, and just visiting. We have not done this in the past 5 years since my Daddy passed, however, all three of us have kids and husbands we really want to share this with. My Mom, Step Dad, and Aunt will be joining us too.

    We always decorate the tree the first Saturday of December. We buy it Friday night, set it up out doors and let the branches come down. We bring it in Saturday after breakfast and let it sit until after dinner. We always have clam chowder and then decorate while listening to Christmas music.

    I am so looking forward to these weeks filled with family time, baking, music, and memories.

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  18. Those birds are stunning. I'm shocked at the transformation, literally gasped when I saw them.

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