Temporary Decoupage anyone?

Should you happen to have some old windows around, like the ones in my pictures, great. If not, you can still do this on any window (or mirror)  in the house also! We are -temporary decoupaging-!

This is what you’ll need:

  • Some fancy paper napkins of your choice
  • scissors
  • small brush for water (makes ripping the napkin easier)
  •  larger brush (like your baking brush for the “decoupage”-part)
  • egg white (straight from the egg, not whipped)

Steps:

Cut out your flowers, bunnies  or whatever floats your boat. Or like me, I like it a bit more rustic, follow along  with a small brush and some water where you want to rip the napkin. This way you can just ‘pull’ away with some pointy scissors on a flat surface (hope that makes sense)? It’s just this way you can control easier where you rip the napkin.

Next you toss the 2 back layers of the napkin as you will just use the top layer only.

Now you place the top layer on the backside of your decorative window (or front, doesn’t matter as long as it does not get wet from rain etc.) and “glue” with the egg-white-soaked brush. Start in the middle and gently work your way out. You now can place your project on its spot. It will dry nicely and odorless! If you are tired of it and want to use a different napkin for Thanksgiving or Christmas for example; soak it with a sponge for a minute or two and wash your windows and start over. If you have questions just ask.

Paper Bunnies

Today I have a little project for you since Easter will be here soon! I was sorting through a pile of old books I knew nobody here would want because they were written in German. I made myself a little template out of cardboard and traced the bunnies onto some pages (usually I cut through 3 pages at once). Since I don’t like to watch TV “empty handed” this was a nice little project to do on the side. Once you have a few ready,

 

dust off your sewing machine and tread it with some colored or white tread. Set the stitch to -4- (you want a larger stitch) and sew them together, always stop after each paper bunny, lift the foot and pull a few inches before you add the next paper bunny (see picture).

 

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After you reached the desired length, leave an extra few inches and tie a large pearl, a small piece of driftwood or even a large button at the very bottom for some weight. This way the bunnies hang down pretty straight and if there is a bit of a draft in the house they don’t fly all over the place.

If you don’t have a sewing machine and want the kids involved, you can also -sandwich- two bunnies at the time between a piece of twine. That was fun and even  a bit “sturdier”.

 

Like my little bunnies…

 

 

 

 

 

Stop and smell the roses…before & after

I don’t have a green thumb like my Mom used to have or my sister has. My little Siss grows the most beautiful Orchids while I can’t even keep a cactus alive! My husband gave me a beautiful bouquet of roses the other day for our (25th) Wedding Anniversary! Knowing that he knows (hehe), that I can’t keep plants and cut flowers alive for very long,  it was still nice to shower me with a bunch of roses! Like, who does not like roses right? Sure enough the next morning already this is what they looked like. 😦Rose10I know, it is sad! All my resurrection attempts were unsuccessful so I used the following method to still being able to enjoy the flowers for a long time to come!

I snipped the roses’ heads off about 1″ underneath the flower and discarded the stems. I have this large, rather long, vase that I filled with dry Spanish Moss (Dollar store). On top, as you will see in the pictures further down, I used some excelsior but you could also use some nice green moos that would look very nice too (I just did not have enough for this big container). Next I took some of those roses  and just stuck them right into the excelsior. They now will nicely dry this way and not much else can go wrong from now on! I won’t have to worry about watering them either! If you have some small decorative pearls from the dollar store you could add those also. What you could also do is take a nice ribbon, color of your choice, and tie that all around the vase! Empty

 

 

Rose9Don’t you think this looks pretty? Recycled roses :-).

Still have a few roses left so I used one of my cement candleholders and filled it with a small amount of green moss that I had left from another project. To add some interest I incorporated a chicken feather (also from the Dollar store, I love the Dollar store 😉 and another small pearl plus I tied some twine  around it; voila!

You could use all sorts of containers that you might have around for something like this. How about a teacup with saucer? Even an empty tin can will look lovely dressed up like this. The rest of the rose buds I will take apart and let them dry and use for a future project! Mission accomplished and nothing wasted, except for the stems…

Cement anyone?

 

I had concrete (get it -concrete-) 😉  plans almost a year ago when this whole thing started and turned into an addiction; sort of! Since then I created numerous items and I just can’t quit as more ideas pop up! Guess what my friends get for Christmas, their Birthdays etc….?   Here are just a few images. The first one can be used as a cake stand or to showcase just about anything. The tray can be used in all sorts of ways also.  I like it near the entrance where it keeps all the “small stuff” on it like keys, change etc.. Since I love candle light I had to make some candle holders and I prettied (is that even a word? Well it is now!) it up with a little bird sitting on a tree branch. Some of my favorite items are the bookends/or door stoppers/or just….. with the Smurfs. Aren’t they adorable?  Oh and by the way, I did not paint those tulips or that bird (me paint? Freehand? = Nope!) I used  the -napkin technique- to decoupage paper napkins onto some of my creations! Neat eh? Step by step to follow …