Adventures in Dressmaking: Notes from a crafty weekend

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Notes from a crafty weekend

Whew, boy, did we have a busy and crafty weekend last weekend. The holidays can get that way, I guess--we had lots of family things to do and are thinking about Christmas, so it was a doozy.  BUT, I have lots of cool things to share with you soon...

After my Christmas inspiration post last week, there has been serious reader request-age for a Christmas stocking tutorial! So, it's in the works. In addition, we made THE most amazing fireplace/mantel decor! I love it, can't wait to share it soon. Husband helped. He was very sweet.

Other successes include the result of lots of spray painting and spray priming--check these out. Lucky, lucky me, I had access to this chandelier for free--I saw potential! See the before/and after, where it's living happily in our living room. **Note: Wow, it is hard to take pictures of ceiling lights. Who wants to see a pic of my ceiling? Once the room is better-looking, I'll share wider-range pics. ;)

Also improved by some spray primer and white spray paint... this round mirror I got at Ross on super clearance because it was dirty, eew, and had some missing colored mirror trim pieces. I cleaned it up and gave it a new home in the stairwell going down to the basement/garage/bonus room. That stairwell area was super boring. I like seeing myself and my feet as I head down the stairs!

We also got some more ornaments on the tree, although our collection is still pretty small. I guess you accumulate those kinds of things over time. Right now pretty much all we have are colored bulbs! And candy canes, and those red glitter spindly things I just got... Dollar Tree. =) Wish I had time to do some DIY ornaments, but not this year. ;)

Lots more to share when I can!

Any awesome holiday successes at your house these days? I always love to see original holiday DIY ideas.

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  1. Your tree looks perfect-- I love how the ornaments stand out against the white.

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  2. The tree looks great! Until you accumulate them (which you surely will) the cheapy little colored balls look awesome on a white tree, and you won't cry if they get broken. Excited for the stocking tut!! Thanks for taking my suggestion into consideration!

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  3. I'm always amazed about how much you get done in a weekend. My house is still in boxes and yours is already looking like a home! Love the white tree so much! Looks great!

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  4. Yay! I love how Christmas-y your house looks. I'm excited for the tutorial!

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  5. Seriously what can't a good coat of white paint can't do?

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  6. Your tree is SO PRETTY! Like it was custom made for your space. Legitimately one of the loveliest trees I've ever seen. I love your mirror/chandelier quick fixes! What a difference some white paint makes. Both look so pretty and fresh.

    I wanted to thank you for recommending the Low Christmas album to me! I'd never even heard of the band before. I'm enjoying it SO MUCH! And I had no idea that Sufjan was releasing a new holiday album! SO excited.

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