July 28, 2014

Sunburst Stand Tutorial

I love sun burst mirrors!  In fact, my very first post way back in 2009, was "I Finally Got a Sunburst Mirror".   Imagine my delight when I first saw this gorgeous Gilt Sunburst accessory in the Wisteria catalog.

 I am seriously crushing on this beauty

It is large - 22.75"w x 10"d x 31.5"h
and probably worth every penny of the $279.00 price tag
too large for my need and too expensive for my wallet!

I want the feel of this but not so big  - still on a stand but a little shorter and smaller.
I need something that I can use behind a low vignette to visually add dimension and height.  
Inspiration was not very  forthcoming with this project so the idea had settled into the crevices of my mind and I had moved on to other things.   Last week I was browsing  Ballard  Designs website checking the sale section when I saw this:
 Suzanne Kasler Sunburst Tree Topper

was perfect for my project. 
$69.99 on sale for $19.99.  WHAT???
So, into my shopping cart it went -

Venetian Star Ornament
- along with a few of these Venetian star ornaments
$12.50 each on sale for $4.99 each!
My box of Ballard goodies arrived and I got to work ASAP

 My supply list:
Suzanne Kasler Sunburst Tree Topper (remove tree top attachment)
Venetian Star Ornament
Wooden Base (mine was base to a broken seashell stand)
1" wooden dowel
dark brown acrylic paint
Baroque Art Gilding Paste - Antique Gold
hot glue gun

Drill a larger hole in the base to fit the dowel  (you can purchase raw wood bases)
Paint dowel rod and base dark brown. 
Use gilding paste to add gold to dowel rod and the base
Tone down the gold finish on the Sunburst tree topper with brown paint
Glue dowel rod into base
Glue star ornament to the front of the sunburst tree topper
Fit a sunburst ray onto the dowel rod and glue in place.
- time to have fun -
Just what I needed to 'fill in' areas


I am going to make another one just like this one so that I can use them on each end of the mantle  at Christmas.  
Hope your week is lovely and creative!
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July 11, 2014

Making Crowns

I love crowns - I love using crowns in design - and lately I love making crowns.
I have been busy as a bee making and storing them up like a squirrel with her nuts getting ready for the  City Farmhouse Pop Up Show on October 17th and 18th. Since I do have a 'thing' for crowns, this has been very enjoyable for me. I love being surrounded by boxes of old jewelry and the other supplies as I let my imagination run wild!


I will soon  be adding some crowns to
 my Etsy shop, Blue Creek Home 

2nd Crop Sisters
I am so excited that 2nd Crop Sisters is

 featured over at Coastal Charm on Shop Talk.

If you are visiting from Coastal Charm, I am very happy to have you.

I would love to have you follow Blue Creek Home while you're here.
I will visit your blog and follow as well. 

May 12, 2014

Mannequin Heads

You all know by now that I love little sewing projects.  I grew up at my mom's feet while she was sewing.   I am pretty sure I was a nuisance, but I never recall being sent away or scolded. Then sister # 4 (my business partner at 2nd Crop Sisters) started sewing and I remember wanting to join in so badly.  It took a year of  9th grade home economics for me to understand the concept but after that,  I too, got to sit at the old Brother sewing machine and start creating things just like my mom and sister. 

I won't mention that I stitched the middle front seam to the middle back seam during my attempt to make pants!  They would have been perfect if only my legs attached directly to my waistline!

So....Lately, I am busy making these little mannequin heads.  It is so much fun to shop for unique bases for them and creating each of their 'costumes' reminds me of playing with my Barbie dolls when I was young. 

I have listed a few of them in my Etsy Shop - Burlapidated


I hope that each of you moms had a blessed and happy Mother's Day.  I certainly did.
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April 28, 2014

Belgian 1920's Wardrobe

I found this incredible Belgian wardrobe on Craigslit.
She is a beauty!

I thought she would be great for the 
City Farmhouse Pop up Tent Show in Oct.
but in a 10 x 10 booth she would take up a lot of space.
Rethinking it
hmmm....it would look great at Blue Creek Home!

Should we get the wardrobe's little sister?

Tempting! She's a cute thing too.

We will take two of these love gilt French chairs
Recover or not to recover?
That is the question.

 (photo courtesy of Coastal Charm)

  Watch this video from last year:

2nd Crop Sisters is going to be there.
By the way, that's me and sister #4, Jan.
We are already making so many plans and
buying good junk to take with us.
Oh yea, Linda from Coastal Charm will be there too.
Hope our booths are close together - 
I always have fun with Linda!

Hope to see y'all there! 

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

April 20, 2014

Happy Easter - He is Risen

May you all have a very happy and blessed Easter Sunday