Saturday, September 27, 2014


 For my granddaughter's housewarming, I decided a wreath for the front door would make a nice gift.

Grapevine is a versatile base and she can easily change it up for the seasons.

But it's Autumn now and I went with the traditional colors for this time of year.

I hung it on the door to my studio just for this picture.  I rather like it with the charcoal door.

In fact I thought about keeping it for myself and making her another one.

In the end, I stuck with the original plan and gave it to her.  As it turns out it was something she had been thinking about getting for herself.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It Holds What?

This is a little item I picked up at a yard sale for next to nothing.

I knew it would come in handy now and again.  It was probably meant to hold Christmas cards, but we know there are lots of other items that can be arranged behind these clips.  Time went by and no good excuse to use it popped up until...

..someone asked me if I would like some tintypes from the 1800's. Evidently these were quite popular in the 1860's and 1870's.

Of course I said, yes, because I knew right off how I would display them.

And I'm pleased to say they look good tucked into this easel holder.

Now that I placed it here for the photo, I think I might have to find another spot for my globe and old time paper cutter.

It never hurts to rearrange the vignettes to give the room a fresh look.

PS:  As I said, it never hurts to rearrange.  A few weeks after the above post, I did just that.

Autumn colors don't really fit with my décor on the first floor.  So I added these leaves to the same room seen in the first part of this post.

I moved the picture holder to this area too.
This cabinet brings the pictures closer to eye level.
I like this arrangement better, but I will have to rearrange again once the fall colors fade away.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mini Post on Recycling.

Last year I arranged a door decoration with pine cones, a jeweled dragon fly, and the word "Wicked."  I posted about that arrangement here.

 It was fine, but a little hard to attach to the door in a way that kept it from leaning forward.

I ended up moving it inside the porch next to the kitchen door.  Still it was a bit of a pain to get it to hang right.

 This year I decided to use it again a little differently.

I used a grapevine wreath for the base and transferred all the other parts to the wreath.  I added a black bow (looks navy here) to pick up the black outline around the letters.  It does the job although you would never be able to know that by this picture.  I guess the reflection on the glass was just fading everything else out.

Maybe it was just the wrong time of day to snap these pictures.  I think I'll break here and take a few more to see if time of day makes a difference.

Here is a closeup with the door wide open and taken from inside the house. (still some reflection of foliage from the outside)

Details show up a little better this way.

But, not that much of a difference.  Some things just don't photograph well....or is it just lack of skill with the camera.  I really need to drag that manual out and try again to get past the auto setting.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tea Light Holder

I picked this candle holder up at Rocket Century's half off sidewalk sale.  Rocket Century is a great mid-century resale shop about three blocks from my house.

As you can see, the cups were a bit rusty.  I did sand them in preparation for painting.

Black seemed like the most versatile color since I wasn't sure just where I was going to use it.

My first thought was to put it in the foyer but that room seems to have all it can handle.  This was just one more accessory that room didn't need.

Temporarily it will sit on the kitchen window sill until I find just the right spot.

Although I can see pulling it into service on the buffet when needed.

It adds a lot of candle power without taking up much table space and it adds some nice height to a tablescape.

The neon feature in Picasa does a spectacular job of highlighting shapes....just sayin'

So, all in all, I think this holder will be a nice accessory to have on hand.