Happy Tuesday! Augh, is it only Tuesday???? Things have been busy around here in a million different ways. Projects, of course, are always on going but I have also taken on a job decorating Macy’s for Christmas. I have done it a few times before but it is always a fun way to kick off the Christmas season. Yup, Christmas starts now not only for bloggers but for retailers too. It seems to get earlier every year.
I know many people find Christmas trees before Halloween annoying but not everyone hates the early welcoming of the holiday season. I wanted to hug some random woman the other day at Hobby Lobby because she was buying Christmas ornaments and embellishments….in October. It warmed my heart. Really.
Now let me get down to why I’m here. If you have been reading my posts for a while, you have seen the previous, AMAZING, Swap It Like It’s Hot posts. Basically, my BFF Charlotte from Ciburbanity, came up with the idea to have a bunch of wacky bloggers go thrift store shopping (a la Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) and send their amazing finds to other bloggers to work their magic. (PSSST….be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to find the links to all the other blogs participating in this swap.)
Let me show you what I got from Shanna from Restoration Redoux.
The first thing that caught my eye was the fleur-de-lis. I am going to tell you now, I did not make it over. I thought about spray painting it and adding it to a gallery wall but it just wasn’t working out. I have tucked it away to use as a stencil someday.
Onto the birds! I have a thing for birds. My grandmother loved birds and, over the years, I find myself adding them more and more into my decor. Funny how things like that happen.
I had a spot in my dining room that was calling out for some quirky wall decor and the birds were just what it needed.
All that I had left to create with were the two embroidery hoops. I am a sucker for these things! I use them as wall hangings in many spots around my home. They can add color and pattern just about anywhere.
When I do these thrift swaps I try to think of things I need that I can make from what I was sent by my blogging buddy. One thing I needed was a good way to store my necklaces.
I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but I like those items I do have to stay neat and organized. To create this storage idea, all I needed besides my extra large embroidery hoop was some foam core, fabric and a hot glue gun.
I traced the hoop onto the foam core and cut it out using a straight edge. Watch those fingers!
Then I fit it into the hoop and hot glued it in place, flush with the front of the inside ring of the hoop.
Place the fabric over the inside ring and press the outside ring over it.
I used T pins inserted into the foam core to hang my necklaces from.
Now they are nice and neat!
The T pins can be found in the sewing section of your craft or fabric store.
Ready for the last makeover? Break out your spray paint, glitter and evergreens cause it’s a CHRISTMAS craft!!!!!! (Said in my best Oprah voice)
I found some cool wooden cut out decorations at Hobby Lobby and they were the perfect size to dangle inside the remaining hoop.
I tied the cut out at the center of the hoop and spray painted the entire thing silver all the while singing “Silver and Gold” in my head, or out loud. Yes, it was out loud.
I snipped a tiny branch from a pine tree in my yard and added some fake berries with red and white butcher’s twine. That was all it took to create a lovely, understated door hanging.
Ok, are you curious what finds I sent along to my pal Maggie at Maggie Overby Studios?
Here you go! Let’s head over to see what she crafted. I’m so excited!
This is not a one day deal! Click through to see all the awesomely creative things these ladies did with their thrift store finds.