Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Candy Colored Christmas

Delicious is the only word I can come up with.  My friend Jennifer hired me to restyle her Christmas decorations and after hours spent shopping, crafting, painting, etc., it has all come together with an explosion of color. 


Jennifer has collected Christopher Radko ornaments for years and I based most of the color scheme from the colors found in his collection…bright and shiny pops of color.  I wanted to make this personal for Jennifer and she adores leopard print and a hot fuscia pink.  So here we go. 

Remember the stockings I stitched up on my post, “An ADHD Morning?”  here are the results. 


Predictable, huh?  Jennifer’s stocking is yummy with pink leopard, glitz and glam.  She went crazy over the tassel fringe we found at Hobby Lobby, so it had to be on hers and it also became the “bell” at the end of the girl’s elf shaped stockings.  The stocking on the right is for her oldest daughter, who also loves color and animal prints.  You can’t see it very well in these pics, but there are sprinkles on copper glitter on Jennifer’s stockings and light pink on her daughter’s.  The chocolate brown stocking below is for her youngest daughter.


Jennifer’s husband, Sean, has to be considered into this sea of pinkness.  He is an avid fly fisherman and that  got me thinking…it kind of, sort of looks like speckled trout…maybe?  Maybe he will appreciate the manly fur!


All lined up in a row…

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The finer details…


Now, onto the rest of the house…


At the top I placed tinsel and glitter ball stems, wove poly deco mesh ribbon in lime green down the tree and used her daughter’s poufy ballerina skirts under the tree as a tree skirt.  We found these wonderful velour covered hot pink wire poinsettias that really added the “zing” to the tree.  It’s definitely a Jennifer tree!

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And here are the leopard spot ornaments we painted and tied up with zebra ribbon…


The Radko inspired tree was made with Mardi Gras beads…and the fuzzy picture below of the bottle brush trees that were bleached and dyed with jewel toned colors and beaded with more Mardi Gras beads.  I painted a base of white paint on a lime green glass paint, added pearlized tinsel as snow and glued the trees on top.


The glass apothecary jars on the mantle are filled with jewel toned bows, miniature silver packages with a strand of hot pink ribbon woven in between, brightly colored candy canes and pink, green and silver shiny and glittered Christmas ornaments.  The small cloche in the center has a hot pink and green ornament. 


A closer look at the tree skirt…

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Always attracted to pink, Jennifer loved these pink bottle brush trees and we hot glued them into clear glass candle sticks.  You could do the same with big, chunky ornaments.


This Santa on the entertainment console once graced the top of their tree…now he guards the house to see who’s naughty or nice!

Now, if you will follow me into the dining room…


I hung silver baby and mint julep cups and baby flatware from hot pink ribbons for a break from all of the ornaments in the room an then fluffed up poly deco mesh in the middle.  A silver bowl is loaded glittery ornaments below.

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The server features Jennifer’s collection of Radko and Neiman Marcus water globes with the Joy plates made with micro fine glass beads.



Simple ornaments hang in front of the mirror


The entry and banister offers more traditional colors to compliment the 6 foot nutcracker by the front door.


Traditional red and green with a touch of whimsy in the zebra and cheetah print ribbon.


The huge mirror in the pool room is adorned with the colorful wreath I made a few weeks ago…the picture below does not do it justice!  A few ornaments scattered on tables bring the wreath’s colors to other parts of the room.

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Jennifer’s kitchen bay window look cozy with the bottle brush wreaths.  Notice the purple tent and chairs outside from the window? 


They hosted a tailgating party that night for the LSU-Arkansas game and the house was a glow in the bright colors from the Christmas decorations, purple and gold from the LSU fans and red, white and black from the Arkansas fans…all in all, a very colorful scene!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Demi Lune Table Makeover

I inherited this resin wall demi lune table (the people who sold us our second house in Texas left the table and mirror on the wall!) and it has seen a few makeovers in the 14 years I have owned it.  It was originally a very shiny gold and I pray painted the table a dark green brown.  I loved on the mirror a bit with different colors of  gold paint.  

I have been mulling around the idea of black and cream on this table for several years but never got around to it.  Last Sunday it screamed at me to get on with it.  Here are the results…

Here it is after the base coats…


and on to the black and cream in stripes.


There’s just a hint of soft gold in detailing to keep it “groovin’” with the gold mirror above it.  (The mirror is seen in the picture below above the pumpkin.) 


Sunday, November 22, 2009

An ADHD Morning…

Proudly wearing my “if they knew what the heck ADHD was back in the 60’s, I’d be a Concerta Kid” pin, I marvel at the mess in my dining room.  It’s Thanksgiving and Christmas all at the same time.  I have a big week ahead of me painting my friend’s kitchen, so I wanted to get as much done this weekend as I could.   Here’s the scene…Aghhhhhhh!  I got up early this morning and started the coffee and while I was waiting for that…


I started on my stocking project and I’ll keep you posted on my progress…first I drew the pattern on the fabric, cut, pinned and stitched it up.

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Oops!  Coffee is ready…now on to breaking out the paints…a base coat and wash of

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color to match my home…that’s as far as I have gotten…time for another cup of  joe.   I’m not kidding about the ADHD thing.  While the paint is drying on the stocking, I heard a noise out front.  The neighbor’s painters arrived at 8:30 on a Sunday morning!  Unheard of!   So, as all wandering minds do, I was looking out the front door window marveling at my leafless yard that I cleaned up yesterday…


and the little wall table by my front door screamed at me to give him a facelift this morning.  So I put my cup of coffee on the floor, got out my screwdriver and…

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put on a few coats of paint.  Not sure what I’m gonna do with these either.  We’ll see where the day takes me.  Where’s my cup of coffee?  Oh yeah, on the floor in the entry-did I take a picture of my Thanksgiving decorations yet?  Let me just do that while this coffee is still cold.

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See that pink reflecting in the mirror?  More of the chaos of the dining room/craft room…

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Into the kitchen…I’m not a trendy person but you will find an abundance of three things in my home decor.  Urns, black and white (especially checkerboard, stripes and damask) and fleur de lis.  Can’t get enough of small iron urns in the kitchen.  Hey!  There’s the coffee maker…time for a refill.


Now into the living room.

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Aengus (our dog) needs to go out…let’s see if any leaves have blown onto my lawn in the back.  Where’s my cup?  It’s perfect outside this morning…about 52, brilliant and leafless!  Think I will sit here for a minute to finish this cup.

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It’s an urn thing…and a perfectly normal ADHD kind of day for me.  Got lot’s accomplished and it’s only 10:30!   It might be time for another cup!