Friday, December 19, 2014

Stone House Renovation: Preparing stone wall

Here's a video of Gene preparing the fireplace wall. He's installing strips of wood over the stone (it's called "furring") so we can level out the surface for our finished wall. We thought about keeping the stone exposed, but it's not in really good shape and not that attractive up close.

We want to do something fun and interesting with it, so we're going to cover it with plywood first and then create a pattern with rough hewn wood. We think the contrast of the wood and stone will be a great focal point in the living room.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Twinkling Twig Candle Holder

Simple DIY Twinkling Twig Candle Holder



Here's a simple and festive DIY candle holder project.


1. Gather your twigs, I used Forsythia branches. 2. Cut them into smaller pieces. 3. Coat with Mod Podge. 4. Sprinkle on your glitter. 5 and 6. Cut off the top of your white cup, leaving about 1/2"of the bottom. 7. Apply white glue or use a glue gun, and press your glittered branches into the glue. Let dry, insert your candle and enjoy the twinkling glow.


Closeup of Glittered Branches





Saturday, December 13, 2014

DIY Holiday Shadowbox

A shadow box is a "deep frame" that's used for displaying 3D items...mostly mementos. I made this one to celebrate the holidays.



Here are the supplies you'll need:



I used a wood box I had on hand, separated the two pieces and worked with just the lid. I painted the lid white, printed out the background art and glued that to the inside. I added some glue to the outside rim of the box and sprinkled on some white glitter.

I made the trees with green fabric, but green paper would work too.


I then added some white paint to the tops of the trees, brushed the trees with glue and sprinkled on some green glitter. I love how they sparkle.

For the wreath, I cut out a circle with the pinking shears, added green glitter, glued on a bow and adhered that to the top of the box.




I lightly hammered the nails into the sides of the lid and strung my gold thread across. I cut out my banner message and folded each one over the gold thread. A bit of glue holds them in place.

Add your cotton to the bottom, glue down your trees and your deer. I embellished him with a little gold leaf...it is after all, the holidays.

Hang it on a wall or place it on a shelf. Create one every year and make sure to date the back! I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt, this will be a keepsake.

Happy Holidays!