Thursday, September 30, 2010

Altered Couture Victorian Cone

I just stumbled upon the most fabulous name for craftin....
Altered Couture! 
Sooooo, break out your hot glue gun and all your bits and bobbles and lets create some Altered Couture!
Below is a darling Victorian Cone I created to fluff up my kitchen!
I used a coffee stained folder to create this little beauty and
I topped her with a vintage corsage...
My sweet Victorian girl is set on a background of vintage hymnal pages and topped with lace and a vintage jewelry bobble!
Just Darling!
She found the perfect home in my kitchen up against a Shabby Rose iron piece I hung on my kitchen wall!

 Make it Fabulous for Less Tip~ Add a touch of Romance and Whimsy to your home with a pretty vintage image. You can print them off your computer on regular paper and decoupage them on almost anything. I use a spray adhesive to add Victorian girls to my booth tags, suitcases and decorative cones!
I hope you enjoyed my bit of Altered Couture!
I will be partying with 
My Cottage Charm
 Finding Fabulous
http://decormamma.blogspot.com/
My Cottage Charm
Cindy's Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday
Hugs,
Olivia

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Shabby Roses Teacups & Crystals

Oooohhh La La!
Want to get my attention...
say ~Shabby Roses, Teacups and Crystals~all in one sentence.
You Shabby lovin tea party girls know what I'm talking about!
 This year I painted my kitchen cabinets white. I left several of the cabinets open to display my Shabby Rose treasures!
A beautiful creamy Rose Bowl with pink flowers...
One of my favorite cream colored teacups with gold roses...
Some yummy vintage rose plates by my sink...
I left the cabinet above my stove open and added a little lace piece across the back...
A drippy crystal candle holder hides underneath the breadbox in my hoosier cabinet...
 Of course who can resist a pink chandelier
To see more sweet lovliness stop by Show off your Cottage Monday
 and
Faded Charm's White Wednesday
 
Have a lovely rose filled day!
Hugs,
Olivia

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Step Back in Time

Over the weekend we took an enchanting trip back in time...
where early American Craftsmanship is celebrated and still practiced.
Ornaments and glassware are hand blown...
Blacksmiths hand forge horeshoes...
Baskets are hand woven
Artists and musicians play on the streets...
Gourds are fashioned into lampshades
Families are together, 
laughing and making happy memories...
There were many more early American crafts people and artisans making homemade apple butter, taffy, aprons, quilts, ice cream, beef jerky, knives etc....
Made me want to put on a pioneer dress and learn a craft!
We were blessed with the opportunity to visit Silver Dollar City, it was a blast!
Happy Fall Ya'll!
Hugs,
Olivia

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Rose Chic Friend!

Don't you just love receiving presents 
~just because~.
My heart fluffed up with delight when I opened this sweet package from Lorena, over at
she sent me the prettiest hand painted rose O,
it found a home in my Shabby pink kitchen...
 She also included a handmade rose clay magnet that looks so cute on my Shabby framed tin...
Ohhhh, I just love these pretty in pink clay rose magnets! 
A perfect way to dress up any note!
You can find these one of a kind clay roses in Lorena's Etsy Shop
Thank you sweet friend!
While we are in my kitchen lets have a bite of the tasty chocolate cake I whipped up this week!
 
I rarely take time to bake up cakes from scratch. I use the box mixes from the store.  However, I did spice up my cake mix!
Make it Fabulous for Less Tip~ When your box cake mix says to add water, leave a little room in the water part to add your favorite flavored creamer ( I just used a couple of teaspoons). For this chocolate cake I used my Caramel Cream Delight! Yummy!
 I crafted up these cute pink cupcake tags for my booth, (I coffee stain all my booth tags) the cupcakes came out so adorable i decided to keep one for myself and dress up my cake plate!
Well my sweet friends, I am off to cruise and see some more yummy pinks! Thank you to our lovely pink hostess Beverly, 
http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/
for hosting Pink Saturday!
 Have a beautiful and blessed day!
Hugs,
Olivia

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fabulous Birdcage Lampshade

Who would have thought...
a broken birdcage fashioned into a lampshade?
I have had this cool old birdcage~marked cheap~ with a missing top in my booth for over a year. No Takers!
I hauled it home with very little vision for it myself, except maybe the trash can!
 I had my eye on a neat old black iron floor lamp with a terrible shade. I did some trading with a dear friend and ended up with this little project on my hands. I set to work shabbying the iron...with you guessed it, my white paintbrush. I used a stencil brush to paint this so I could get into the crevices....
I was playing around with an old broken birdcage and hung it on the end of the lamp to work on it and then realized it might just work for the lampshade. I tied the birdcage to the top of the lamp and then pinned a pretty ruffled valance around it! Waaa Laaa! An instant lampshade!
I realized there was a cord issue with this old lamp. The entire cord was exposed all the way to the shade. 
So, I used some white ruffled tiebacks and wound them around the cords.
 I found a home for this little beauty in my living room at the end of my Shabby bench.
Make it Fabulous for less Tip~
Get creative with the items you have laying around that are headed to the trash bin. 
Before throwing away a broken item, take a good look at it and make sure it can't be used for another purpose.  By removing the base of this birdcage, I was able to fashion it into a lampshade!
 I am partying with Faded Charm's White Wednesday
and
Brambleberry Cottage's Time Travel Thursday
Cindy at My Romantic Home
http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
Finding Fabulous Frugalicious Friday
and
Olivia

Monday, September 20, 2010

An Edearing Cherub

Hello Friends!
I was at a church fundraiser and I found this pretty cherub vase.
I was paying and the man helping me kept looking at this cherub and then looking back at me...he told me he had given this to his wife as a gift,the wife informed him she did not like cherubs. I felt terrible for the man as he seemed somewhat burly, and not one to buy a delicate cherub vase.
 I adore cherubs and told the man, I thought it was beautiful
Not only did I get a bargain on a darling vase I took the mans story as a reminder gift, that my husbands heart can be as tender as mine and to tread lightly.
As practical and unemotional as my own husband, Mr. Romantic, may seem, my actions and words have a deeper impact than I may realize. Ladies, tread lightly on your husbands hearts and be thankful when they do express themselves in a romantic way.
On a lighter note, 
I did have to fluff up the cherub vase with a wave of my magic Shabby Chic paint brush...

Make it Fabulous for Less Tip~I always keep a can of regular old Wal-Mart Latex paint around in white and antique white. I do alot of Shabbying items white and it is not cost effective for me to use spray paint on everything. Brush painting will save you alot of money in paint, try not to get frustrated, some items do take several coats with the brush.  Also, remember if you are distressing the item the paint job does not need to be perfect... a little messy is ok!

Since it is Monday, I think we need a little eye candy to get our day going!
And a strong cup of coffee to wake us up!
I am addicted to flavored creamers! 
My favorite right now is Carmel Vanilla Cream!
Yum!

Have a lovely and beautiful day! Don't forget to hug and kiss your sweetie! 
I am joining Cielo at 
Show off your cottage Monday
Hugs,
Olivia
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