Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Rope Wrapped Pumpkins

Today I'm sharing a super simple project - rope wrapped faux pumpkins!

I had a couple of faux pumpkins from last year I had painted silver with black accents. I really didn't like the way they looked so I decided to give them a makeover.

I started off with a package of 1/4" rope from Wal-Mart and hot glue and started wrapping the rope around the pumpkins. 'Round and 'round until they were fully covered, gluing as I went.


Then I added "ribs" - one pumpkin got rope "ribs" and the other one twine. Both had their stems repainted with a couple of shades of brown.

What do you think? This was a super easy project. Don't they look pretty with the Fall Garland?

Next week I'll share where they ended up and I hope share my table and chairs makeover so be sure and come back!

Sharing here:
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Candle Chandelier With Glass Teacups

     


 I finally finished the teacup chandelier! I'm loving it!

Let's start from the beginning. I had the old chandelier light from the dining room that we took down.



It wasn't anything pretty to look at with its antique brass and frilly glass globes. So down it came and got replaced by a far cooler light. However, I saved it, thinking I'd someday repurpose it.

Then I saw some chandeliers redone with teacups as planters and one that used all red teacups - it was gorgeous! and an idea was born. 

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I thought it would be fun to use different teacups so I begin looking for different ones. I mostly found ones with flowers on them, a couple of red glass ones, then finally one with a bird on it. But not enough that were unique.

Those red glass ones were so pretty. Now, I wanted all glass teacups so the light would shine through them. So I began looking...

I first thought all red but couldn't find 5 red ones. Then one time in Canton, I came across a booth with many different colored teacups...greens, yellows, pink, clear.  I bought a green one and a gold one to go with the red ones I had. I thought a blue one would be pretty but couldn't find a single one. The next day, we went downtown to shop and success at an antique store! It was a little more than I wanted to pay but I bit the bullet and bought it. 

I was so happy! I finally had 5 different glass teacups and could make my chandelier. Then disaster struck! As I was walking into the house, the bag I thought I was securely holding, slipped out of my hand and onto the tile floor. Crash! The only thing that didn't break was the saucer. I might have shouted a bit and definitely shed some tears. All I could do was pack the other cups away and wait for my next trip to Canton.

That trip was the hot one in August but happily I found another blue cup (as we were walking towards the car) and got this one back in one piece. Whew.


This past weekend I finally had the time to put it together. I'd already restained the wood a darker color, spray painted the arms silver, and cut the wires out, now I just needed to glue the cups on. Using clear silicone, I glued the saucers to the chandelier then after that dried, glued the cups on with E6000 glue.

After the glue cured for 24 hours, I hung it up out on the back porch! I love it. I'm using battery operated tealights for now although in the future, I may try votive candles for more light. I think it works pretty good though.


Here's a close-up of all the cups:
the 2nd blue one

green

gold

red - there are two of these
Nighttime couldn't come soon enough. I couldn't wait to switch the candles on and enjoy my new outside porch light!

I really love how it turned out. The different colors are perfect for my porch and are a bright spot during the day and the glow of candle light is perfect at night. I'm looking forward to Fall evenings on the porch under the candle chandelier!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

It's been a busy week, getting back into a Fall schedule. I don't have kids in school anymore, but my Ladies Bible class started back up and I'm thrilled to meet with my sisters in Christ each week. It's such a blessing.

But with that and art and trying to workout at the gym, I haven't gotten much done. So yesterday, I stopped at Hobby Lobby and bought some canvases and other supplies to start my Holiday crafting (Fall - Halloween and Thanksgiving - and Christmas). And yeah, it's a mess right now.

I've made lists of the things I want to make this year and I've been pinning inspiration on Pinterest like crazy.

This weekend, I'm planning on switching out the Summer decor for Autumn (I can dream of cooler temperatures)!

To start me off, it's time to change out the chalkboard in my city house kitchen - from my Summer fun:

To Autumn saying:

ahhh, I can just picture the leaves swirling in the wind and feel the crisp, cool days and chilly nights! Now if only that was real! So hurry cooler weather! And bring your friend Rain.

Have you started on your Fall decor or am I the  one who is behind?