Halloween Fun

While listening to two of my oldie but goodie favorites:

Nina Simon singing  “I put a spell on you” and Eartha Kitt singing “I want to be evil” ….I had to chuckle and it made me think of Halloween.  It’s time for a little Halloween fun just for the heck of it.

Gathering supplies: I used E6000 to glue glass cups to candle holders.  Added rhinestones clips for eyes:

Oh how I love Eartha Kitt!

Gave kitty cat a fur tail and a diamond collar then perched her on a pedestal……

 

A bewitching candy dish and potion goblets……drink up?!?!

Trick….

or Treat………

Have some fun this Halloween just for the heck of it!

Thanks for creeping by……………

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A GoodWill Great Find

I went to GoodWill to donate a few items to make room in the garage for an elliptical trainer I want, but not really. 🙂 I rather continue to walk with nature, which I love butttt there has been a few bear sightings and that makes me scared to death!!  AnyHey….while there I had a look-see.  On the bottom shelf at the end of the aisle silver caught my eye.

Looky… Looky…  The Wilton Company RWP   15″ diameter bowl.   $6.99Yup, she came home with me, cleaned her up and now I can put anything in her I please.  She will stay on my coffee table ’til death do us part.

Filled her up for Fall: A beautiful start to a long decorating journey ahead. 🙂  

If you have a moment check out the video on YouTube titled:  Fall Coffee Table Vignette

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIYSYfYEGE_PshrFi6JqKrg

You just never know what you will find at GoodWill!  You can’t go wrong with large decorative bowls. don’t you agree.

Thanks for stopping by

Bar Cart Styling Afrocentric Safari

Hello October!

One of my favorite months.  Although it’s still hurricane season until November 30, the weather in Florida starts to cool a bit.   It’s the perfect time to give the patio a refresh especially after Hurricane Harvey.  I’ll start with the bar cart by giving it an Afrocentric Safari vibe for Autumn.  For those who know me….Ya’know  how I love Ethnic print and Animal print fabrics. 🙂

Using this  Kente African Fabric Print purchased from http://www.FWDfabrics.com I made a candle wrap, decorative rods, cocktail napkins, bar towel and a wine tie.

African Print Fabrics

Purchased two beautifully embellished animal statues from Ross 

And using items that we had:

With just a few simple items it came together nicely.  

 

Beadable custom appetizer sticks from KarenThomas.us

A natural, no-nonsense twig and leaf wreath with leopard ribbon as the wall accent

A tad different from the traditional Fall decorations but I’ll add a few more falling leaves :-)…..Thanks for stopping by.

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Enjoy your week-end!!!

It Takes a Village

First I’d like to say:  My heart and donations goes out to all who has suffered, lost and recovering from the horrible path and destruction that Hurricane Harvey and Irma brought us.  We had no major damage to our home (Thank God) but outdoor clean up was a wake-up call to what could have been.  We are truly grateful. Only by Grace.


Happy Fall!  Thanks for taking a few moments to visit and read my chit-chat.

Well I said I was not going to do any Fall decorating because I did not want Summer to end.   But…. To make a long story short, I was searching for a particular Christmas fabric print on Ebay when this print popped up on the sidebar entitled

“It Takes a Village” depicting a Tribal African Village with children and women:  And the coordinating fabric print of clay pottery:

What can I say but I’m weak people! I thought I was done when I purchased a beautiful beaded pumpkin pillow from Marshalls and then I did a Fall Inspired tier tray. on the bar.

But nooooo,  the colors of this fabric print just spoke Fall Harvest to me. I had to get at least one yard if only to make napkins!!

A Fall Harvest tablescape was now in the making!!

See my video on YouTube of the final outcome.

I will probable do more videos going forward.

So glad I caved…loving my napkins. :-).  Thanks again for stopping by. Enjoy your Fall tablescaping and decorating. 

 

 

Sea Shells at Summers End

Reaching the end of Summer is not welcomed….

Although Florida has warm weather year-round it still saddens me when Summer ends because our “weekly” beach excursions becomes “maybe monthly”  until next Summer.

Via

Via

I always manage to bring home beautiful sea shells each time we go to add to our collection.

 

But when your shell collection results in too many for one container to hold, then it’s time to divide and conquer with creative ways to use your shells in home decorating.

Here are a few simple ideas I’ve done that were inspired by the many shell lovers I follow and admire.

Apothecary Jar and candle ring:

Clam Shell filled with white sea shells:  Clam Shell purchased from AtHome Superstore

Add Starfish which are actually Christmas Tree ornaments from AtHome Superstore. 

Create a Shell Tray:

I strongly recommend using GE II Silicone Sealant that is clear and water proof instead of hot glue.  For the base I stacked shells and used a large Bay Scallop Shell turned upside down for the tray top.  Then painted the inside with a little sparkle.

To create an Orb:

Start with a Styrofoam or rubber ball.  Add shells until you like what you see. Super simple DIY

A Sea Shell Tassel.

Drill small holes at the tips of Alphabet Cone Shells and use monofilament wire to tie together.  The same way I drilled in making the wind chime shown here.   Drill a hole at the top and bottom of a large Knobbed Whelk shell.  Tie the tassel to the bottom hole and create a wire hook to insert in the top hole.

  

Why not replace the clapper and center string of an old wind chime with your new sea shell tassel

Plant accents:

One I really like is a simple placement of a few on the side of your house plants.

Lantern fillers:

Fill a floor lantern with larger shells, center a large flameless candle and use tiny stones instead of sand.

    

Table lantern vignette:

This lantern was a steal from Goodwill for $3.99 the bottom sticker was still on from Ross at $17.99.

After cleaning I painted the top and hardware silver metallic but left the white distressed. I was tickled how it came out.

I will be putting this lantern to good use.  The flameless candle and small shells turn out cute

but I’m thinking of using a film on the glass in a tropical scene and use this lantern it to hide the back yard bug spray. 🙂 I really, really dislike seeing bug spray sitting out. I’m always putting it under tables and chairs. Now I can give it a place where it’s quick and easy to find. 🙂 It would be similar to this:

Now that the sea shell DIYs are finished…it’s time to relax and enjoy a dream view.    Bye-Bye Sea Shore Until next Summer….

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your Summer.

Hand Lotion Buffet

 

Creating a soft touch….for your hands.

  What takes the moisture out of your hands leaving them rough and dry?  My hands are always in water and forever handling fabric which saps the moisture out  leaving them dry, rough and hang nails are horrible.  Needless to say I hoard hand creams and lotions.  Bottles and brands of different sizes are all over the house misplaced,  half full some dried out and empty.  It’s really ridiculous.   Soooo its high time for me to step up my game and get this lotion organized.

First the clean up:  I combined half bottles of the same lotion and discarded old and empty bottles.

Second: I decided a mirrored tray table would be perfect to display them.

To create the tray table I wanted to used a mirrored tray I already had.  It’s featured in Giving Thanks. (The art used in the tray is now properly framed) The tray was the perfect size but I needed a stand.   AtHome Store had the perfect side table and a smaller mirrored tray to create the table. Painted the table silver to coordinate with the bathroom fixtures. 

Then secured the large mirror tray onto the metal frame of the table.  

Lotion dispensers:   Lowest cost. Light weight. Small 10 oz. size or less.  The Dollar Tree Store had the perfect ceramic dispensers. Small apothecary jars, glass candy jars and candles.  For a $1.00 each I could not go wrong.  I was pleasantly surprised they carried all the items I needed.  

And here she is:  The Hand Lotion Buffet. Properly named because it smells sweetly delicious.   The question: How many lotions does a gal need.  Some women like lipstick…I like lotions, what can I say.

The small mirror tray from AtHome I hung on the wall only to give the tray more dept.

The dispensers hold hand lotions. The glass jars holds shea butter and creams.  The back top shelf holds hand scrubs. 

Think out the box for containers.  A Pilsner glass with a candle topper for the lid was the perfect size for the hand scrub and using a bling spoon makes it easy to scoop out. A small decanter to hold almond oil used to mix with lotions. In case I forget the ingredients or brands I tape labels to the bottom of each. For the softer moisturizer creams I used oil bottles purchased from Goodwill for .69 cents.  Then made dipping wands out of clear plastic paint brush handles attached to champagne cork stoppers.  Dip the wand then wipe and spread the moisture cream. You don’t need much so the wand pulls out just what you need. 

The candles have a nice scent.  Also from the Dollar Tree Store.  I think what I liked most was the diamond cute glass container. Perfect small size for the tray. Another product I recently discovered is NeWOC Bath and Spa Essentials. Organic handmade soaps and spa essentials.  The Orange/Lemon/Grapefruit collection is Delicious!  The sugar scrub left my hands so soft I didn’t want to touch anything for the rest of the day. (contact information: NewocBathandSpa@gmail.com) 

Scrubs containing organic oils and natural ingredients are the best for removing dead skin and rejuvenating softer smoother skin.  If you want to create your own it’s as simple as pouring cream in your coffee. Most ingredients are right in your pantry.  Here is my recipe for a simple and effective scrub:

  • 1/2 cup of White Sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon

You may adjust the consistency and add oils, sea salts, honey…The recipes are simple and many are available by searching Hand Scrub Recipes on Google.

Another recipe by Jamala of VivaLaVintage for your home is the Gardenia-Lime Sugar Scrub.     scrub1

Her recipe is great and the Gardenia aroma is divine. Click on the picture for the full post and recipe.

After your hand scrub remember to follow-up with a good cream or lotion while your hands are still damp to lock in moisture.

That’s it y’all… A Hand Lotion, Cream, Sugar Scrub Buffet…  🙂

Simple and easy.  No more searching to find my lotions. A designated place keeps my mind clear.  🙂  Plus, guest are able to enjoy a nice hand spa if they desire.

Thanks for stopping by the buffet.  Walking into bath room smells simply delicious and my hands could not be happier.

See ya soon.  Thanks for stopping by

 

 

 

Give up Silk Flowers?…NEVER! A Tropical Trio

Happy Mid-June…Can you believe Summer is here!

Time for a quick and easy DIY  Tropical Summer Floral Arrangement.

Silk flowers are never “Faux Pas” to me.  For natural realistic looking silks my best advice is to buy as an investment.   Spending a few dollars more on quality silk stems is well worth the extra cost.

My DIY inspiration for a small tropical arrangement came from Petals.com    

Protea & Torch Ginger Accent
Artificial Flower Arrangement

Price: $79.00  This small tropical arrangement is perfect for my small sofa back table.

I gathered the tropical stems I already had: Most stems I purchase from Petals.com, Hobby Lobby,  Michaels and JoAnn’s.

To keep them looking new when not in use I wrap them in cotton pillow cases then store them in plastic to keep out moisture and dust.  Once in an arrangement I dust them weekly with a feather duster.  Wipe, if needed with baby wipes. 🙂  Silk floral spray cleaner is also good to use for a quick fresh clean.

I had to improvise with what I had:

To mimic the black river rocks in the inspiration arrangement I used a small blue glass jar (once a candle) to sit inside a larger glass bowl. 🙂

I wrapped a foam cube with tropical leaves (I did not want any white foam showing).   Then with a drop of hot glue on the bottom of the jar I inserted the wrapped foam into the blue glass jar.

I inserted each stem into the foam with hot glue.  Finished it with a little moss between the stems.  Then placed the arrangement in the glass bowl.  A super fast and simple DIY.   


A Tropical Trio  

 $79.00 vs. $0.00

Minor change: I switched sides of the Red Ginger and Heliconia (aka: Lobster claw).  I also did not want to cut the stem of the Red Ginger any shorter. (ya never know, I may need to use it again for another seasonal refresh) Who would guess these flowers are more than 10 years old.  In my opinion, silk florals are not faux pas, they are forever lasting beauty.

Great things I love about quality silk florals:

  • Silk flowers actually have a polyester blend which helps keep their shape and helps them from fraying
  • Real touch silks are made of a liquid polymer soft coating. The look and feel is 100% realistic, high quality and more expensive
  • Fill a floral tube with your favorite fragrance and insert it among the leaves
  • Mix them with natural/real flowers for an added boost
  • They won’t wilt when used for hot weather outdoor events
  • No worry for allergies
  • Reusable
  • No matter what season, they are always in bloom

My other arrangements are still a delight from last year. (for the full post click on the title or picture)

Tropical Leaves and Flowers and A Beautiful Orchid

  

Create a beautiful arrangement for your home that will last all Summer long.

Thanks for stopping by    Enjoy your Summer

Create, and enjoy loving your home