Deck the Halls… {Our 2011 Christmas Decor}

Adorning our entryway mirror is now this fabulous twig style wreath, strung with a strip of torn drop cloth, and embellished with silver pine cones and leaves. Simple, but stylish.
Sitting upon our entry table is now this 60cm red and white Christmas tree (in a cute metal red bucket).  The candle holders and Santa statue are also festive additions. As well as the little star ornament on the drawer handle.
Our Christmas tree sporting a new star on top!
This gorgeous red metal star was half price at Lincraft and is a perfect addition to the top of our tree.
My two turtle doves, glittering from the handles of our repurposed side table.
They look so beautiful.
This entertainment storage cupboard (that is on my long project list of things to redo) sits next to our TV and is now topped with lots of Christmas goodies, including our snowman, pine cones, light up twig thingy (cost only $2 but looks amazing lit up at night) and this year’s framed Santa photo.
And this year I found somewhere to hang our glittery Joy sign – on our beautiful white lantern.

Another project on my list are these used shutters. I intend to paint them grey and shabby them up.  In the meantime, I’ve hung them in the lounge room and used some more strips of canvas drop cloth to attach cane wreaths.  Again, simple, but they fill the the blankness of the wall and fit in with the vintage/shabby Christmas style of our house.  
And sitting upon my craft storage bookshelf is my bargain star I picked up on the weekend for $1.  
So happy with the way it sits next to the basket and old books.

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Here are the Christmas lolly gift bags I made from my daughters 3 best preschool friends.  
They contain a strawberry flavoured candy cane (my kids hate the peppermint, just like me) and some baby jellybeans.  
I enclosed them in cellophane lolly bags and tied them up with green ribbon and a cute little tinkly bell. 
 I also printed out these divine gift tags courtesy of Sass & Peril on photo paper and attached them on the ribbon.  On the back I wrote out a Christmas message to each of her little friends.
 I love the way they turned out so much I just had to share. 🙂
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I’m delighted to reveal my writing desk redo.
Here is the before. This antique writing desk has been stained a light brown and was in very good condition.  But it just didn’t fit in with my other furniture.

All I had to do was give it 2 coats of white chalk paint, sanding in-between and then distress and polish.
All the handles and hardware were removed prior to painting.  I decided not to paint the inside of the bottom cupboard because I liked the darker wood contrast. 
I also added some of my favourite aqua polkadot contact to the back of the shelves.
And, the drawer.
Then added some pretty trinkets.

I also decided to stencil this gorgeous quote to the inside of the lid.
 I know it will make me smile every time I open the lid. 
And now I have a gorgeous vintage writing desk!
Just a reminder of the before and after. 
And, it goes perfectly with my Vintage Desk Redo which can be seen here
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Saturday’s Thrifty Shopping

Yesterday I had to look extremely hard.  But I did manage to uncover some cool little treasures that I had been keeping an eye out for.  I’m always lucky that way. 🙂
1. Some old brass and silver candlestick holders. $6
2. Set of tin Christmas trees. Love! $3
3. Very old aqua clock made in Scotland. Love, love! $3
4. Very old school bell, unique little brass goblet dish, and an old lock and key. $4
(Left to Right)
1. Very old aqua coloured milk crate with 4 immaculate original milk bottles.  Great find!  Love, love, love! $5 – Bargain of the day!
2. Christmas Star $1
3. House shaped shelf. $2
That’s thrifty shopping Saturday’s finds!
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Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree …

I found this amazing blog on how to capture the best picture of your Christmas tree.  
Thank you so much Ucreate.
So now here is a picture of our Christmas Tree this evening.
I’ll post some more pics of our Christmasy decor house tomorrow.  
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My finished french script inspired bookcase!
Again, in my excitement, I forgot to take a “before” pic.  
I picked up this solid wood bookcase for $35 on ebay.  
I wanted something to put the kids books in because they have so many!
Here is an “in the middle of” pic.  
If you can imagine, the whole bookshelf was painted a dark greenish grey colour. Yucko.
So I decided to make it look “pretty”.

Firstly I painted the outer sides with white chalk paint. Love my chalk paint.  
Goes on so thick you only need one coat!  
When the paint was dry I sanded off all the little gritty bits that chalk paint seems to leave.
Then I printed off some french script wording to fit on the sides. 
 I taped the words on and then traced them with a pen, leaving the imprint on the wood underneath.
Then I mixed up some grey chalk paint and filled in the words by hand with a paintbrush.
Finally I used the rest of the grey chalk paint to paint the inside shelves of the bookcase.
After waiting for the paint to fully dry I gave it a light sand.
Then I fully distressed the entire piece, paying attention to the areas that would have taken most the wear.
Finally I applied a coat of furniture wax to seal and protect the paint.
I love the way the wax brings out the distressing details.
Just a reminder …
Looks too pretty for the kids now.  Might have to keep for myself. 🙂
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Teacher Appreciation Gift – Subway Art Picture

This was a really simple but thoughtful little project I did for my daughter’s preschool teacher this year.
In Pages I created subway art words for her teacher’s name and then asked my daughter all the things she liked about her teacher.  She came up with caring, pretty, funny, etc.  I added all these words in different fonts, colours, directions and sizes.  Then I placed a black and white image of my daughter in the background.  I printed this to A4 size on photo paper and then framed it in a white frame.  I distressed the frame and then added a coat of clear wax to protect it.  I’m also enclosing a bon bon of chocolates and a very cute little homemade card.  I’ll show you how I made the card in separate post. 
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