Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Repurpose GW Finds

My GW days are pretty frequent
I see the same people every time I go-
We are all there to find the "treasure" someone else discarded as trash-

People get rid of the most amazing things and until a few years ago, I was one of those people too!
We are the dumpster family-
My husband is big on clearing things out, so every few years he orders a dumpster that sits in our driveway(sorry neighbors!) and we fill it with broken things.  Even last night he offered to go to the dump for me to get rid of things in the garage- I shudder at the thought- I can remake repurpose and reuse- my hoarder's heart is a flutter.

My latest repurpose are with lamps, pretty lamps mind you.  I remove the cords, shades, bulb sockets and I have my way with them.
Sometimes I paint them but others, I shine up-

Here are a few I recently added to my collection-












Can't wait to show you my newest repurposed creations!

Take care, gotta fly-
Claire

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to make Pumpkin Centerpieces

Pumpkin Season is here in full force-
No matter where you turn, faux pumpkins are in every craft store across America!
You can't miss them-

I love a great white pumpkin and if your not into orange in your decor, white's the way to go-

With sales galore, you can pick one up and turn it into a holiday centerpiece that will last a lot longer than fresh flowers or pine boughs( getting a bit ahead of myself- not the Christmas season yet, although some stores would make you believe it's time to trim the tree!)

Foam pumpkins are easy to transform- cut out the stem and make a hole large enough to fil with flowers- no need to add anything to adhere the stems- it's all foam so the flowers glide in- add your favorites, hydrangeas, mums, sunflowers, berries, leaves, pods- whatever strikes your fancy.  You don't have to be a designer to get a beautiful look- add a simple bow, with ribbon or burlap to dress it up.  Your holiday table will thank you for adding to its beauty.  

This is an adorable idea I found on Pinterest- 




The dollar store has small faux pumpkins- try it out on these first before you pay a little more for a big beauty- have fun with this- be creative, be inventive, be you.

You can even cut out the center of a foam pumpkin and add a small succulent plant still in its plastic pot and fit it in snugly to the pumpkin- a great look without the cost of silk flowers.

You can check out all the pumpkin arrangements at your local Michaels craft stores- they have every size imaginable but they cost a pretty penny too, so try your own, go for it!

With this foam pumpkin, no cutting was needed- a wooden skewer slid in easily and I added a silk sunflower into each hole-



After all the sunflowers were attached, I pulled the plastic stem out and added my own version-
A wired stick with a silk leaf wired to it.

Now, I have a sunflower topiary made from a foam pumpkin!

Check out my Pumpkin board on Pinterest for more inspirations and get busy!

Take care, gotta fly-
Claire