Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's just about time to get out our snow family

A couple of years ago Hubby and I made a snow family outdoor display. Our son-in-law's father had some 1" x 4" lumber that had been removed from the walls of a store, and was being thrown away. So hubby stopped by on his way home from work, and brought it home.

I had been wanting to make a large wooden snowman to display during the winter. Something that would make me smile when I pulled into the driveway on the dark, cold, winter evenings.

After a few hours labor, the used boards, and some miscellaneous chair parts, and scrap trim, and this is what we came up with. The big guy is a bit over 7' tall and the little one around 3'.

I look forward to getting them out again this winter. Maybe this coming weekend (if it ever quits raining) they'll once again bring a bit of cheer to our home.

Do you have something you have made (or purchased) for display during the holidays?


Sunday, November 27, 2011

scrap metal art

Hubby, I and Joe made a couple of things today for Lil Raggedy Angie's Holiday Open House next Saturday. I have a couple of snowman heads in progress but I'm not ready to share pics of those yet.

Here are the items we made this afternoon.

They aren't perfect, nor are they everyone's "cup of tea" but we like them and enjoyed making them.

I hope you made time to do something fun this holiday weekend.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

rustic folk art angels

I thought I'd share what I've been working on for Lil Raggedy Angie's Holiday Open House December 3rd. I need some constructive feedback. I'm not sure if they need faces or not. I would like some honest opinions of what you think. They need something I'm just not sure what...

The folk art angels shown below are made entirely from stuff I had laying around. I used chair backs from old wooden chairs for the wings, I used two broken fence pickets for bodies, the upper back leg of the chair above for one, and one out of a couple of old boards. The halos are end ends of an old chair spring, a vintage silver plated spoon with an interesting design. I cut a heart out of a plywood scrap, and an end off a piece of decorative molding for another. Check them out and give me your honest feedback.

And as always, a swarm of dragonflies waiting to come to life...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chandelier makeover

Remember this boring shiny brass chandelier I bought? Well, after painting it black, removing the globes, I have a new to me chandelier, perfect for my old house. I love it! Total cost: $19.59 ($15.00 for light, $4.59 for paint and finish) How I love a bargain that looks good.

Here's another finished item. I've had this old copper lamp for awhile, but couldn't find a shade to fit or complement it. Angie found this reproduction shade at a church bazaar in the spring. I think they complement each other nicely. And you can't tell its plastic unless you inspect it closely. I'm happy with it!

I'm glad to have a couple of projects completed. I've made a list of things I want to accomplish inside this winter. I'm currently working on the kitchen and a new bed.