Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge Blog Hop

Hello my friends!! I am so excited you are here today because I have teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers for a Holiday Thrift Store blog hop! Our challenge was to find an item at a thrift store under $25 and repurpose it to decorate for the holidays and hopefully inspire you to do the same!!! A big thanks goes out to my sweet friend Alice from Thoughts from Alice for bringing us all together to share these amazing holiday projects!!

I decided to use two ordinary vintage tennis racket presses that I pass by at thrift stores ALL.THE.TIME for my rustic, woodsy theme I'm going with this year for Christmas.

I see these everywhere and they are always very inexpensive and they have the best wood patina!!

With the larger of the two, I traced the shape of the press on a grain sack I already had, cut it out and used hot glue in each corner on the inside of the press to secure the sack to the frame.

I also glued on turkey feathers to use as "antlers". I reassembled the press and tightened the screws.

With the small press I used faux fur I purchased from Joann's. Like the first one, I traced the fur using the shape of the frame as my guide, cut it out and glued it in place. This press did not come apart like the other one, but I was still able to get some glue on each corner to keep the fur in place.

I used sticks as antlers for this one. Again, I tightened the screws as much as I could to clamp down on the sticks and hold them in place. It took me about 15 minutes each to put together the tennis racket press deer! So easy!

Between the two presses and the fur from Joann's, my total for this project was around $15!!

Now, you must go and visit the rest of these fabulous ladies! I know you will be blown away by all the talent!!

Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies

Thrifty DIY Part One: Faux Fur Throw Rug by Creating Vintage Charm

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters

Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House

DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss

Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling

DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Mantle

Wow! I just realized it's been a couple of weeks since I've blogged! Things have been so busy around here and I haven't really been working on much which means I had nothing exciting to share! But, this weekend was very productive! I got some projects done and some Christmas decorating started!!! Join me over the next week or two for all the updates!!
Today I'll be sharing my Christmas mantle with you!!
I've had a pine cupboard in my garage for over a year that I've been meaning to get to, but you know how it goes.....time just slips away and other things become a priority..... 
The stain was a little too orange for me, so I painted it white and filled it with all sorts of Christmas lovelies!!!

I think it was the best decision! Everything always pops so nicely off white. Don't you think?

 I am in love with these sparkly antlers I found at Michael's!!!!!

 Snowmen are my favorite!


So that's my mantle! The cupboard probably won't be a permanent fixture here, but I really love it! I am so excited about the rest of my d├ęcor I'll be sharing with you later, including the nontraditional route I took with our tree this year!!!! Stay tuned for more fun!!

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:
Persia Lou