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

Fall Outdoor Setting and African Quilt

2017 Fall.

A comfy outdoor setting perfect to cozy up with a good cup of coffee and book.

A soft cotton African print quilt for chilly weather

Fall embroidered beaded pillows made from a table runner and beautiful fabric napkins 

Center the table with a basket and create a Fall Harvest basket with faux fruit and veggies

A cozy Fall setting

 

Time for a cup of mocha java

Create your outdoor setting with Autumn prints, textures and colors for Fall

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week-end

Check out the Video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIYSYfYEGE_PshrFi6JqKrg

 

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.

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

Favorite Outdoor Vignettes

Buddha statues,  pottery and garden whimsy,  these are a few of my favorite things …….pertaining to outdoor vignettes.

My favorite outdoor vignettes, regardless of the size or type of space you have to enjoy outdoor living,  does not involve any type of furniture or placement of furnishings.  It’s the items that surrounds the furniture.  Interesting items small or large, it’s what you love to surround yourself with.

Buddha statues are my absolute favorite outdoor decorative item and oddly enough I no longer have one! Go Figure! This one I had a Guan Yin Buddha

 was given to charity during my 2016 Clean Up, Clean Out, Purge.  Maybe I was really making room for a larger one. (my method to madness).

   Honestly,  my garden has not quite called for one just yet. I want it to be the perfect setting.  In time it will…all in time.

They capture the essence of serene relaxation, a calm environment and good luck.  Even if you don’t involve yourself with the practices of Buddhism it’s a welcome item in many  gardens and outdoor spaces. This particular vignette is featured at the home of Jennifer Harrison-Ciacchi,  her site is Flea-Market Fab.Style   Having a home as cozy as hers is heaven to me.  It’s kick off your heels relaxation and leave your inhibitions at the gate. To read more about her bohemian style click here.

Here is a video I hope you find interesting and inspiring.

Pottery and baskets are another type of vignette that is beautiful when featured in a group with the same color and style.  These particular vignettes shows how beautiful a grouping can be.

 

I tried to create two vignettes with this concept.

First I started with the flowers I wanted to use for both vignettes.

  A palm plant, wisteria stems in different colors, a small wreath, and bamboo plant.

  Went house and garden shopping and selected white pottery in different sizes and textures. And three decorative metal trays.

 Played with the arrangement, then added animal whimsy. 

Cute. Looks pretty lush and tropical. Using any  3 of these items would make a nice vignette as well.    Love this monkey 🙂 It’s actually a candle holder.

Birds peeking out

Frog relaxing under the palm. Too cute.

Displaying garden animal statues and figurines in outdoor vignettes is just plain fun! Anything animal whimsy that makes me smile, laugh or giggle I love.  Some are just too cute and funny.  I have to restrain myself from buying too many because my garden would look like a hot mess.   Another, featuring Talavera Pottery.  🙂  Look at the chick!

Ok, let’s get serious…Here’s another featuring nesting baskets, using the same flowers, palm plant and decorative metal trays as in the white pottery.

Nesting baskets are also good for storing outdoor items.

Having a Balinese feeling…

Adding whimsy…The decorative metal tray gives a mirror effect behind the Dick Hsiao parrot candlesticks.

Little Toucan making his debut.

Well those are a few of my favorite outdoor things……

To see more please visit my boards on Pinterest Outdoor Living Spaces   and Vignettes where I’m always pining more ideas.

Hope you enjoyed the vignettes and my Buddha Statue video inspired by Jennifer Harrison style at Flea Market Fab.

Enjoy your start of Spring! Thanks for stopping by