September 21, 2014

Making Pumpkins

OMG,  Fall will officially be here in six hours!!!   I pretty much spent the hot, humid summer indoors.  The heat kicks my backside!  I realize that it won't automatically be chilly in the morning, but the end is in sight for sweltering hot days and I am very happy about that.

Last year, around this time, I started shopping for 'real' pumpkin stems to use on my handmade pumpkins.  I could not believe the price these little pieces of wood were fetching!   That's when I  decided that I would be on the hunt  for pumpkin stems to use for this years pumpkins. I happened to be in Florida right before Halloween so I stopped at a Pensacola Church, in the pouring rain,  to see if they would let me walk through their soggy pumpkin lot and retrieve stems.  Not only did they let me, they helped me!  I was soaking wet but thankful for real stems to use this year.

This weekend I made pumpkins with real stems!

I think my favorite is the burlap one

The bright orange velvet one is cute

 Three little white velvet pumpkins

 My cloche wouldn't fit over the pumpkins  : (

They won't stay on this table
I will use a single large pumpkin so the cloche will fit

The stems are a little large for these pumpkins
but, by George, I was going to use them!!!
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Here are some pumpkins that I made last year
 There is something about grouping 
three pumpkins together that I love

 What a good use for an old orange chenille bedspread!

Pieces of vintage doilies and fabric strips added a little something

 And, the stem?  Yes, it's a twig from my yard.
Thus, the reason for wanting real pumpkin stems!

 I love these black velvet pumpkins from lasts year

I bought $1.00 pumpkins from the dollar store
just to use their stems - painted them white for contrast.
Again, the reason for wanting real pumpkin stems

I will be making more pumpkins.  I might even make a few larger ones to take to City Farmhouse Pop up Show!!! 
Have a great week!
Rhonda
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Joining these parties:
Coastal Charm  Show and Share
A Stroll Thru Life   Table Top Tuesday
Ivy and Elephants  What's it Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style   Wow Us Wednesdays
From My Front Porch To Yours Treasure Hunt Thursday
Nan Cherrow  Fridays Unfolded
Feathered Nest Friday  French Country Cottage


August 22, 2014

Major Frustrated This is a Test

How frustrated am I, you ask?  VERY!  I have not been able to sign on here since I posted my last post on Sunday. Something weird happened when I published that post - a white line mysteriously appeared through my page.
 I did manage to click on comments and somehow was able to  connect to Coastal Charm's party, but could not link back to her blog - sorry Linda!
Nothing is clickable from my homepage.  I cannot sign in from there - I can't do squat!!
 I am here now only because I have spent hours researching what to do - my latest attempt was signing in to www.blogger.com instead of my regular URL address and BAM  - here I am.  Now lets just hope this shows up and I can carry on.
Did I say I was frustrated?????  My blog brain is mush!
Okay, I see that this post shows up but white line is still running down my page and again, nothing is clickable!  
I guess I can sign on through blogger, not a huge deal.
Sometimes I want to throw in the towel for good!
Hope your blogging week was better than mine....
Rhonda

August 4, 2014

Estate Sale Finds


Happy Monday everyone.
 I went to a local estate sale on Wednesday and found some lovely things.  Best of all, I left a bid on a beautiful antique French desk. I was totally surprised when I got a call on Friday afternoon. It  had not sold and I had the highest bid.  WHAT?  I couldn't believe it

 Love old jewelry and accessories

This seashell belt is incredible.  It had the original sticker price on it $80.00!
It isn't marked, so I can't find any information on it.
The belt is a fine gold metal that has been woven -
 pretty amazing.
These vintage earrings are so sweet

Hand painted porcelain pin 

The matches are wax????  
 I don't get it, but I love the little cylindrical box!

 The necklace is really pretty -
 pearls and clear rhinestones.

 This is the French desk that I got.

 It will be going to the City Farmhouse Pop up Sale.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your week is a good one.
Rhonda
Linking to:
Coastal Charm   Show and Share
Knick of Time  Vintage Inspiration Party
From My Front Porch to Yours   Treasure Hunt Thursday








August 1, 2014

Angel Wings and Crowns


 Creating crowns and painting wings

New inventory at Blue Creek Home Etsy Shop

 I adore angel wings and crowns


Request a custom finish on a pair of these wings





Happy Weekend
Rhonda
French Country Cottage  Feathered Nest Friday 
The Charm of Home  Home Sweet Home

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
but... 
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:
 EUREKA
 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

 Directions:
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!
Rhonda
Party at:
Coastal Charm    Show and Share
Knick of Time     Vintage Style Inspiration
A Stroll Thru Life     Tabletop Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style     Wow us Wednesdays
From My Front Porch To Yours     Treasure Hunt Thursday