Drink Wine, Then Make This Halloween Lantern

Drink Wine, Then Make This Halloween Lantern

Our neighbors moved in three years ago, and Marsha arrived with a mind-boggling talent for gardening. And, she makes the coolest little Halloween lanterns out of pretty wine bottles and a solar bottle stopper with fairy lights specifically for wine bottles. She gave me a couple last year and I use one on a shepherd’s crook like she does in her back yard. I like using this Halloween one on our deck table. The jute comes in the kit, too.

Let’s make several in five minutes! After you enjoy the wine of course. Marsha got this “Sweet Bloody Red Wine” from Aldi.

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Paint Artsy Glass Dishes – In Reverse!

Paint Artsy Glass Dishes – In Reverse!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint & Muddaritaville stencils.

There’s nothing easier than painting on the back side of clear glass plates. They can be found at dollar stores and Goodwill, and are surprisingly durable. These are from our daughter Mia’s wedding reception in June and I knew exactly how to re-use them.

I am going to do two different patterns, one on the dinner plate, and another on the salad plate, so that they look amazing layered together. I am painting with Fusion Mineral Paint in my favorite coordinating colors, plus two Muddaritaville Studio stencil designs.

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Turn An Old Mantel Into A Laundry Room Clothing Hanger

Turn An Old Mantel Into A Laundry Room Clothing Hanger

IT’S BEEN LIKE MUSICAL MANTELS AROUND HERE!

This little, very rustic shelf in rescue kitty Buggy Buggerson’s room is such a favorite of mine. When I found a very long, old, window header at our local Chartreuse monthly barn sale to convert into a mantel in the living room, I moved the old mantel into Buggy’s room above the bed. That meant I had this cute extra one and no place to hang it. For months it languished in the closet waiting for the light bulb to go off over my head.

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Ethnic Décor Guest Room For An Aging Kitty

Ethnic Décor Guest Room For An Aging Kitty

Buggy Buggerson, our feisty 15-year-old tortoiseshell kitty, has claimed our one guest room for her personal feline space. Since we don’t have many overnight visitors, we love having her live there. However, over the weekend I made some changes to accommodate her occasional upset stomach issues. Previously, I had a lovely but delicate antique kantha throw on the bed, and a pure white fuzzy rug on the floor. They were perfect for the look I like, but did not clean up easily. So, I decided to create an ethnic decor guest room for this aging kitty.

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Use An Old Gilded Picture Frame For African Mudcloth

Use An Old Gilded Picture Frame For African Mudcloth

Some weekends I find it fun to challenge myself to create something from items crammed into my studio closet that I saved “in case I need it some day.” I bet you have a similar stash of favorite stuff too. Last weekend I decided to frame something in this old gilded piece from a yard sale. It’s been sitting on my dresser, empty, forever. I looked in a drawer full of treasured fabric and found this black mudcloth, and then – hooray – a scrap of white mudcloth.

Then, of course, I needed glass to fit and a mat. I robbed the glass from another old frame, and bought the double white/black mat at Michael’s. Perfect!

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