Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wire Christmas Tree

I bought this "wire thingy" for $1.00 
at a thrift store. It can be
put together to make a
Christmas Tree.  
Really?


It was only $1.00 so I'll try it, surely I could make something out of it...
Ok so far, kind of Christmas Tree like....


After cruising the craft store for an hour 
or so, I decided on this... 
the garland was half off ...


I was also thinking greens, burlap and paint cloth...

I began by wrapping the garland around the wire tree...


and then tied on strips of paint cloth 
and wired on greens...


I turned the "wire thingy" into a
Primitive Christmas Tree!
It's maybe even ready for a small string of lights, some hanging red balls or even a star on top!

Holiday Blessings!
Susan




Monday, November 28, 2011

The Sweet Smell of Rosemary


Don't you just love 
Rosemary?


It's beautiful all summer long...

It's sad to see it freeze, so before it does.... 
I'm cutting it down!

With a few simple supplies...


I'm turning that sweet smelling summer plant....

into some sweet smelling Mini Wreaths!


Branches of Rosemary are wired around a 
thick brown wrapped wire, secured with floral wire, 
and tied with a bow!


A beautiful gift that takes only minutes to make!


It will make your home (and your hands) 
smell delicious!


And the best part is that the plant 
comes back next Spring!
Thanks Martha!

Susan

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rusty Hinge Tree

This time of year it seems that everywhere I look I see 
Christmas Trees....
This rusty hinge was no exception...

 I stood it up, wired on some copper wire 
and beads...


Added a star...


Stuck on some scrabble letters 
attached to magnets...


This cute little snowman went perfect with the tree!


I knew I thought it looked like a 
Christmas Tree!


Happy Holidays!
Susan



Friday, November 25, 2011

Tin Punch Ornaments

Beautiful Tin Punched Ornaments 
are easier than you might think...

(my pictures however, are not very good today, I forgot my camera at school over the weekend and had to use my iphone camera)

First you'll need tin, I used a textured tin...
I found my piece at the thrift store.
You can use roof flashing too, it's very inexpensive.



I cut out a tag board heart and traced it with a Sharpie marker onto the tin...



I used regular scissors to cut out the tin. 
Be very careful because the edges can be sharp! 
I used a sanding block to smooth the edges once the 
hearts were cut out.

I used a small hole punch to make a hole in the top and the bottom of the heart.

On the bottom I added crystals that hang from the point.



On the top I used pieces of chain from an 
old necklace. 


Next I laid the hearts on a newspaper and used a hammer and a screw driver to make dents all the way around the heart. This gave the tin heart depth...


When I was finished the ornaments were ready to hang...


Plain or with a bow...



They look great on the tree and the best part is that they are magnetic. My scrabble tiles with magnets on the back let me spell anything on them!


Here they are all packed and ready to give as gifts...



Noel!
Susan

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thankful...

I'm so very thankful for my husband, my 4 beautiful daughters, my soon to be new son-in-law, my parents, 
my class

and 

the ability to be doing what I love!


Thank you to all my followers!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Susan

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mulling Spice Recipe

I was intrigued by a recipe for 
I read about on


I did not however have the 
Packaged Mulling Spice
that Susan used in her recipe...

so 
I did the next best thing....
I Googled how to make my own....


I added 1/4 cup of homemade 
Mulling Spice
to a 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
and a 14 oz. can of whole cranberry
and 1/2 cup of crushed pecans
(as per Susan's recipe)

I mixed it all together and believe me...

IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!

I can't wait to serve it on Thanksgiving!

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While I was at it I decided to make Cranberry Bread...
I used a Krusteaz Fat Free Cranberry Orange box mix. Instead of adding the can of cranberry-orange that came with the box, I mixed the can of cranberry-orange
with a cup of the homemade cranberry relish and added it to the bread mix.  I used the little can it came with as my measurement for the relish...



Now the cranberry-orange bread had pecans, pineapple, cranberry, and orange!


And now being a crafter and not really a cook...

I couldn't stop there...


I filled several jars with the homemade 
Mulling Spice
added a label and I'm giving it 
to my guests for Thanksgiving....


Mix 1/2 a cup of Mulling Spice and 1 cup of water
into 2 cups of red wine, cider or tea. Simmer and
you have a delicious treat 
for the holidays!

It makes your house smell great too!

Happy Thanksgiving!
xo Susan
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Party Time @ It's So Very Cheri

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle 
Trash 2 Treasure @ Sassy Sites
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Remodelaholic Friday @ Remodelaholic
Weekend WrapUp Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 

Tutorials and Tips @ Home Stories A to Z
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vintage Angel Ornaments


 This project was a cinch and the results are 
beautiful!

First I started with an old, yellowed, paperback dictionary...
does anyone even use a dictionary anymore?


I tore out pages, rolled them into cones and glued them leaving the torn edges...

Next I stapled 6 cones together at the tips...


I applied glitter glue along the yellowed edges of the paper...


Thanks to the Graphics Fairy I copied
a beautiful angel and cut out only the head and arms...


I used the glitter glue to highlight the wings and headband of the angel... and attached her to the 6 cones.


I attached a circle of silver card stock to the back of the ornament for stability and attached a gold string through the opening...


A beautiful vintage paper ornament!


Susan


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Linking to the places I like to hang:

Party Time @ It's So Very Cheri

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle 
Trash 2 Treasure @ Sassy Sites
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Remodelaholic Friday @ Remodelaholic
Weekend WrapUp Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 

Tutorials and Tips @ Home Stories A to Z
The Project Queen
The Graphics Fairy 
  

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rolling Cart... What I did!


So, what did I do with these babies?

Well I began by taking the old crummy wood off one cart, it was rotting, not in a good chippy way either. Now both carts are similar but not identical...
Your suggestions were fantastic!



Joyce and Kathy saw potential with old crates...


So I plopped an old crate on top of the cart and stuck it in the corner for decoration... actually, the crate, mirror and flowers were already there I just put the cart under it all and I love the way it looks.


I liked Lesley's suggestion too, do nothing!


So I put a very large, square, white platter on top and put it on my sideboard...




Keeping the Fairbanks name showing was important to a lot of readers, so in both options, the platter and the crate can be removed. Nothing permanent was attached....



One reader even went as far as to research it on ebay and let me know the exact same one was selling for $225.00! Wow! Thanks so much Pam!



And then there was Dog Mom's suggestion...


That one made me laugh!

Thank you everyone for your input... 
I'm sure glad I found 2 of them because there were so many great ideas, 
I'm sure I will be moving them around the house and as usual changing my ideas a lot!...

Thank you!
Susan
Linking to the places I like to hang:

Party Time @ It's So Very Cheri
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle 
Trash 2 Treasure @ Sassy Sites
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Remodelaholic Friday @ Remodelaholic
Weekend WrapUp Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming

Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
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