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Sunday, December 29, 2013

13 Top Posts of 2013

Written by: Cathy Carroll, Vintage, Paint and more...

Good day folks,
hope you are all enjoying your holidays.
We are traveling  - visiting family
have a great time.
I have a down day today and so thought I would put together a post
about the
13 top viewed posts this last year.
I didn't really start blogging till about July
when I decided to get serious about this little blog
see just what I could do.
So, without further ado let's get on to the countdown.

This little cloche I made from thrift store finds was very popular
actually one of my favorite projects also.
I liked it so well I actually
found some more of these parts and made another one.
You just can't have too many little cloches can you.
You can read about it here

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Traditions

Our family - as most families -  has many traditions at this time of year.
There are activities that we have been doing since the oldest were toddlers
if I try to skip any of these activities
I am nearly crucified.
They have become the expected and are actually a big part of what
Christmas is to our grand kids.
Baking is one of our number one traditions
they all get into it no matter their age.
These two older girls have been baking with Grandma since
they were toddlers.
The only difference now is that they can actually
do most of it by themselves
 have become great cookie and candy bakers.
However, this is the kitchen while they are working.
(Just keeping it real....)
The two younger have now joined in the fun
help with what they can do
to make all those delicious delectables.
We make a day of it and have a blast together.
Of course, it includes eating a fair amount of the wares
a cup or two of hot chocolate
if it's too warm we just turn the AC way down.
Another activity that they have to do each year is
trim Grandma's tree.
This is a big party and when we lived in the Midwest
where all eight of our grand kids were it was a big affair.
We still carry on the tradition here with just the four that are here.
They enjoy picking their special ornaments to put on the tree
placing them in just the right spot for all to see.
They each tell little tales of memories they have of their special ornament
share lots of laughs and giggles as they reminisce.
After it is done we all admire it and tell each other
what a great job we did this year
as the youngest says
"This is the best tree ever!"
Then it's hot cocoa, some of those cookies
"The Polar Express".
It just wouldn't be Christmas if we didn't usher it in
with this great movie.
We wrap up in blankets even if it's 80 outside (the AC on, again)
cuddle up together.
It's one of the happiest times that I enjoy so much with them.
We always have a craft day.
I try to find age appropriate crafts that span all the ages.
They love to create
part of Christmas is creating together.
This year they made this little snowman
some clay tags.
Both quite simple for them to do
(the older helping the younger)
very cute and useful items when they were done.
They really enjoyed using their own creativity with the tags.
I love what they came up with.
We always take a couple of evenings with the grands
catch the movie of the season.
This is year it was the new
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
(the younger two skipped this one)
Then it's home for more hot cocoa and cookies.
We have a new tradition that we started when we moved here to the beach.
Brookgreen Gardens puts on an annual
"Night of a Thousand Candles" event.
This is a fairy tale walk through the garden at night.
It is lit with fairy lights and candles
 is absolutely mesmerizing and beautiful.
The kids love it.
We get hot cocoa (of course) and coffee,
bundle up and go for a long stroll.
I am not the greatest night photographer
we enjoy all the lights hanging from tree limbs,
surrounding the tree trunks and rambling through the grasses.
There are little tents scattered throughout the gardens
with small orchestras of music playing
that lends to the ambiance.
The statuary of the gardens are spotlighted in wondrous ways
 the whole of it is a fairy land come live.
The girls, especially revel in the imaginative it come alive for them.
I, too can get totally lost in this land of
Christmas wonder.
These are a few of our Christmas traditions
what are yours?
Would love to hear about them in the comments.
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Until next time
have fun creating something you love....
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Simple Snowman Craft

Written by: Cathy Carroll, Vintage, Paint and more...

                                                               Good morning friends,
I don't know about where you live but school is out until after the new year here.  That means that we have lots of projects and activities to do with the kids so they don't get bored.  Ours are 8, 13, 16, and 17.  Although the older ones are very well able to entertain themselves they still expect me to come up with cool projects and activities for them to do as I have always done in the past.  The other day I found myself with a very bored 8 year old and her 16 year old sister just hanging out for the day.  So I pulled out one of our "projects" to get them engaged in something.  Even with the huge age difference they work quite well together and enjoy doing things together.

Vintage, Paint and more... snowman made by painting two votive candle holders and adding embellishments

Isn't he cute.  This little snowman is so simple to do and takes very little time except for the drying process.  He is made from two round "fish bowl" like candle cups from the Dollar Tree.

The girls painted the cups with white craft paint using the method I used to paint these vases this summer.   The girls both love playing with paint and this was a method they had never used before so it was mesmerizing for them watching the paint roll around in side the cups.  They then let them dry overnight.  Next day they glued the two cups together with a glass glue and then added the embellishments with hot glue.  I had gotten the little Santa hat and ruffled bells at the Dollar Tree also.  I found them in the pet section and thought they were perfect for this little guy.  So, they proceeded to glue the hat on the top and the ruffled bells became his buttons.  Then two black buttons for eyes.  A bit of ribbon for a scarf and a sharpie smile.  And wallah.... you have "Frosty".
Vintage, Paint and more... budget friendly snowman craft

So, cute and he is perfect standing next to our burlap tree.  The best part is they had a blast making him and boredom was overcome....

What kind of projects do you do with your little ones to keep them engaged during this time of the year?  I would love for you to share them in the comments.

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You really don't want to miss any upcoming posts.
You just never know what I will try to do next.....

Until next time
have fun creating something you love....

Click here to see the parties I am linking to this week.
Please visit them and see all the great projects and inspiration found there....

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Handmade Christmas - Home Tour

Written by: Cathy Carroll, Vintage, Paint and more...

Today I am going to wind up my series A Handmade Christmas with our Christmas Home Tour.  You can read about
A Handmade Christmas - Trees here,
A Handmade Christmas - Wreaths here,
A Handmade Christmas - Pillows here.
I am going to show you how you can have a simple and festive Christmas décor while keeping within your budget.

Vintage, Paint and more... diy pine cone wreath, Santa boots, brown parcel paper packages from cereal boxes

Friday, December 13, 2013

Our Christmas Tree for 2013

Written by: Cathy Carroll;  Vintage, Paint and more....

 I have been putting off doing this post because
it has been a pain trying to photograph this tree.
The only really good place to put our tree is
in front of two windows.
In the morning it is light but, not really light enough because
they are on the shady side of the house.
in the afternoon the sun glares through them so
no photography at that time.
This is really the best picture I could get with
my little point and shoot camera. 

As with the mantel this year I decided to keep
our color scheme neutral.
I love the tree and it is quite pretty
the fam (again) would rather have the bright
colors of Christmas.
I used all gold, white and brown..

Starting at the top
I used some faux flowers and stems to give it more interest and
lots of texture. 
I also stuck some gypsum throughout the limbs
of the entire tree to give it more fullness.

You can see a little more detail here. 
 Our favorite little gold bird is perched amongst the stems
in the top.
He looks as though he is watching over the rest of the tree
sitting up there.

The garland is burlap ribbon and gold glittered tulle.
Then a string of pearls.

The ornaments are handmade -
some by me some by friends and family.
This one is a clear ball with pot pourri and a gold wire ribbon.

This one is metallic gold paint swirled around
inside a clear ball.

Then there are the purchased glitzy white ones
we all love so much.

And, our primitive ones.
These are but a few.
A large amount are still in the boxes in storage
they didn't make the white, gold or clear list.
Next year they will be back in all their glory.

Surrounding the base is the new tree skirt I made.
It is a sewn one made of ....
you guessed it- drop cloth fabric and a sheet.
I just can't tear myself away from these two old favorites.
I added a bit of gold cording at the top of the rows of pleats to give
it a little glitz.
Gotta' have that glitz....

I love this tree - I think all Christmas trees are magical
at night it just sparkles with all it's lights and glitter
looking as though it just came from fairy land.

 You can follow me through Bloglovin, Google+, Facebook
my Christmas boards on Pinterest
where you will find all kinds of inspiration.
You don't want to miss out on the upcoming tutorials either.

Until next time
have a great day and get out there and create
something you love.....

Click here to see the parties I am linking to this week.
Please visit them and see all the great projects and inspiration found there....

Monday, December 9, 2013

DIY Vintage Book Page Snowflake Decoration

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Making Christmas ornaments is a big part of my preparations for the season each year.  I love crafting and the fun of adding to my tree  with ornaments that cannot be found in the big box stores.  Today, I am going to share my latest ornament with you - a vintage book page snowflake decoration.  I am using it as a Christmas ornament on my tree this year but these could be used in many ways - hanging in your windows, from a light fixture, added to a length of twine for a banner - so many different ways it can be used.  

Vintage, Paint and more... a vintage snowflake ornament diy'd using book pages, glitter and gold snowflakes

I love book page crafts so it's no surprise that this one is a favorite of mine.  It's very simple to do and you can make several while watching a favorite movie or having afternoon coffee with a friend.  And, the fact that it's so versatile makes it one anyone can use in any decor.  It can also be used in your winter decor right through January, February, and March. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Mantel 2013

Written by: Cathy Carroll; Vintage, Paint and more...

This year I wanted to simplify our decor a lot.
Each year I bring out all the storage cartons full of decorations
proceed to unwrap everything and put it out.
When it is done I get overwhelmed with the amount of clutter it makes
within a few days I am ready to put it all away.
So, I decided the huge Old World Santa collection would stay in the cartons
along with the collection of nutcrackers
all the red faux poinsettias
the rest of the collection of things we have gathered over the years.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Farmhouse Yarn Wreath Tutorial

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When cold temperatures set in I like to fill my home with warm, cozy, textural things like pillows, throws, and rugs to make the spaces appear warmer than they may be.  This year I was noticing another element that lent a warm, cozy feel to a room and that is a beautiful pom pom wreath made with yarn.  I love this wreath - so fluffy and full of texture - it's definitely the center of attention in any room you put it.  So, today I am going to share my tutorial with you so you too, can make your own pom pom wreath for your home.

Vintage, Paint and more... A beautiful yarn wreath that can be used for your holiday through winter decor  adding texture and that cozy feel.

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Handmade Christmas - Pillows

Written by: Cathy Carroll; Vintage, Paint and more...

Not everyone thinks of pillows as their go to
decorating element.
But, pillows can be the one thing that adds that
simple elegant touch of color
that is needed to carry off your decorating theme.

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Handmade Christmas - Wreaths

Written by: Cathy Carroll; Vintage, Paint and more...

A Handmade Christmas - Part 2

Today I am going to show you a few wreaths you can make.
I love wreaths and have always made my own.
I don't remember ever buying a ready made one.
They are so expensive
I have found I can make them quite easily
and stick within my budget.
Thru the years I have made every kind you can imagine.
But, for this series I am going to stick to the ones I am using in my décor
this season.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Handmade for Christmas - Trees

Written by : Cathy Carroll; Vintage, Paint and more...

After writing yesterday's post about all the
Christmas inspiration that is floating around in blog land,
I thought I would write a series on
A Handcrafted Christmas.
I love to create and craft
Christmas is probably my favorite time of the year to do this.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Decor Inspiration

Written by: Cathy Carroll; Vintage, Paint and more...

Good morning friends...
I have been busy crafting on Christmas decorations
have found so much inspiration on Pinterest and at the Linky Parties
I attend.
I just wanted to share a few of the things that I really have fallen in love
with this year.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Page Wreath Tutorial

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Last year I made a rather large book page wreath to hang over our mantel.  Today I am going to share the tutorial of how to make this simple wreath from an old book.

Vintage, Paint and more... how to make a wreath using pages from an old book


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mod Podge Vases

Written by: Cathy Carroll; Vintage, Paint and more...

A few weeks ago I went to the thrift shop to purchase some glassware
for several projects I had in mind to do.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thrift Store Finds

Written by: Cathy Carroll; Vintage, Paint and more...

Fall is in full swing here at the beach.
The days have been mostly sunny and breezy.
Perfect for being out and about
there is nothing I like more
thrift shopping on these days.
So, the other day Papa and I set out to run some errands
just happened to stop at our favorite thrift store.
Sometimes I find nothing and sometimes I really hit it
like this day.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Crochet Blanket Edging

I have been cleaning out my closet over the last couple of weeks.
Yep, it took me that long to dig through
everything that was in there
"declutter" it...
 And, boy did I find a lot of forgotten "stuff".
One of the things I found was this little blanket.

I had bought this to put in Miss A's room when I redid it.
I had wanted to crochet an edge around it
to dress it up a bit.
But, it was summer and for some reason I just hate to
crochet in the summer.
That is a craft I do only when the temps are cool -
fall and winter...
So, it got put back and totally forgotten.
When I found it I  decided no better time than now to finish it.

I added this sweet little scallop edging to it
I think it really dresses it up.
(And so does this cute little purple dude.)

It's a very simple edging that I like to add to these plain fleece blankets
to dress them up a bit.
I have done this to several we have here.
This edging is quite simple
I use the already existing blanket stitch around the edge
of it for my base.

You can see it better here -
I have just crocheted each stitch in the stitches of the blankets edge.

The pattern is as follows:
( Now I hope this makes sense as I do not write crochet patterns.)
Also this is a pattern I made up in my head.

I start by attaching the yarn in a stitch anywhere except a corner.
I then single crochet in each stitch all the way around the blanket.
At each corner I increased as needed to keep the piece lying flat-
with no puckers.
I do this by making two single crochets in about every third or fourth stitch.
This will be different for each  blanket.
Join the first row with a slip stitch in the first single crochet,
chain one and single crochet in same stitch.
Skip the next single crochet then do 5 double crochets in the next single crochet,
skip the next single crochet,
do a single crochet in the next single crochet.
Then repeat this pattern all the way around.
(* skip 1 sc, 5 dc in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc*) repeat
all the way around the blanket
slip stitch in beginning stitch and tie off leaving a short tail
to weave in.
A very simple and easy crochet pattern that makes such a difference
on one of these plain fleece blankets.

I love doing these. 
The blankets are quite inexpensive and the pattern is simple.
It took me all of two hours to do this whole blanket.
what a cute gift this would make for someone
for Christmas.

What do you think?
Think you might want to make a couple of these for Christmas gifts?
You can also just buy the fleece in a 1 1/2 yard or 2 yard lengths,
then punch your own holes.
Then do a blanket stitch around it and proceed with the edging
pattern after that.
I have made several this way also.
I just use a plain old paper punch.
(Your hand will get tired)
But, when I want a certain look or pattern I have done this.
It still is quite simple and can be finished in an evening.

So, get yourself a cute little blanket and crochet a cute little edge
on it to keep you warm this winter.
And maybe this sweet little purple dude will come visit you...

Have a wonderful week
make something you love....

Click here to see the parties I am linking to this week.
Please visit them and see all the great projects and inspiration found there....