Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas 2013 in Review - A Blogger Christmas Series

Vintage, Paint and more... Blogger Christmas Series logo


Thanksgiving is just a few days away and it's nearly time to start putting up the Christmas tree and decor.  I and 20+ other bloggers are going to share our Christmas homes with you over the next few weeks.  But before we do this years decor ( of which I have not even started) we decided we would do a Christmas 2013 Review.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Share It One More Time #15





Can you believe it's Saturday again already and time for

Share It One More Time

Seems like yesterday that we were gathering here to share all your awesome projects.  You all have been working hard and it shows - I had a very difficult time choosing the features this week.  But that's a good thing right? 

Before we get to those marvelous features I'd like to share what Tammy and I have been up to this week. 
We both participated in the Handmade Christmas Ornament Blog Hop with over 30 other bloggers.  Wow, was there a lot of inspiration there. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Pinecone Wreath


Vintage, Paint and more... winter wreath made from pine cones and spray painted

Since I am starting to get the Christmas decor out I thought I would share a project I did a couple of years ago with you today.   I made a pine cone wreath for our front door that I still use every year. I had wanted one of these for years but just kept putting off making one. Actually, I thought it would be quite difficult to do.  One day I just decided it was time to tackle it and sent Papa and Miss A to our backyard to pick up the pine cones to use.  Then I set out to make the wreath.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Smart Home Temperature Control

This post is sponsored by Honeywell and Klout.  I was compensated for writing it, but all opinions are 100% mine.



This weekend some very unseasonably cold weather came to visit the beach.  We had been having our usual beautiful Fall weather - sunny skies with temps in the 70's and then all of a sudden on Friday night we were sitting at 30 degrees.  I know that you in the Midwest and North have been having quite a bit of cold temps along with snow but for us to have 30's this soon is a little out of normal.  And I might add I just plain freeze to death at these temps.  Thank goodness I received the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control in the mail the same day.It was a perk from Klout.

Vintage, Paint and more... Honeywell Smart Thermostat

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wreath Ornament

Vintage, Paint and more... handmade Christmas Ornament collage
I am joining up with Diana of The Girl Creative and 30 other bloggers to bring you a wonderful collection of handmade Christmas Ornaments today. Just in time for you to be able to make a few before you put your tree up this year.  Below you will find my contribution to this collection along with the tutorial to make it.  

Vintage, Paint and more... diy wreath ornament made with lace and beads

 This cute little ornament can be made with any kind of lace, ribbon, rick rack and embellishments but, let me tell you the story behind this particular choice I made for this ornament.  My sister owns a fabric shop and somehow she inherited a ton of buttonhole looping. 

Vintage, Paint and more... buttonholing trim to make wreath ornaments with

  This is the looping you use for those vintage dresses that have a million buttons down the back or down the sleeve. They were very popular in the 70's if I recall.  Well, she challenged me to come up with some ideas for using this since those type of dresses are no longer vogue.  Among some of my ideas is this little Christmas wreath.  It is a very simple project that takes very little time and can be used in many different ways. So let's get started.    

You will need:

  • A white poster board - I bought mine at Dollar Tree
  • A glue gun and glue sticks
  • Your object to make your circle - one for the outside and one for the inside circle.
  • Your lace, buttonholing, ribbon or rick rack.
  • Your embellishment - beads, flowers, charms
  • a 6 inch piece of gold cord, twine or string to make a hanging loop for it

Vintage, Paint and more... using poster board to make a wreath ornament

First I made some circles on a white poster board using a glass and a small circle punch. You can honestly make these as large or small as you like depending on the project you are using them for.  (As I am writing this I am imagining much larger ones for decorating windows, cabinet doors, backs of chairs - whatever you can think of.)


Vintage, Paint and more... making a wreath ornament with poster board and lace

The next step is to start gluing the buttonholing or your trim choice onto the poster board circle using hot glue.


Vintage, Paint and more... handcrafted wreath ornament made with poster board and lace

I started on the edge of the circle and then just continued going around the circle keeping the flat edges touching as I went around.  This created a layered full look.


Vintage, Paint and more... making a wreath ornament with poster board and lace

When I reached the center.  I just cut the buttonholing, folded back a little edge and glued it down to make a nice neat ending.


Vintage, Paint and more... DIY wreath ornament made from poster board, lace and beads


I then glued little gold beads around it - you can use any color or style of bead or embellishment you like.  And then used some gold thread to glue a loop onto the back to hang it with.  





Vintage, Paint and more... making a wreath ornament using poster board, lace and beads


That's all there is to this little project.  So simple and quick. I was able to make several one evening while watching TV.  My kind of project. And so adaptable to your own decor by changing out the type of trim and/or the embellishment you use.
If you want to see what else I made with this buttonholing check out these Little White Christmas Trees

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas trees made from poster board and lace for a table centerpiece

I hope you enjoy perusing all the creativeness and great inspiration found in this collection and take the time to visit some of the blogs. 

Until next time - enjoy making something you love.

Hugs,



I will be linking up to the parties listed on the I Party At page above.  Please go and visit them I am sure you will find some great projects and inspiration.























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