More Painted Jewelry Boxes

All I know is we just turned the clocks back, and here it is almost Thanksgiving! For the first time in many years, we are hosting Turkey Dinner for the family. However, how am I going to find the time to cook and plan for guests while preparing jewelry boxes and crafting kits for the upcoming local holiday boutique–just two days after Thanksgiving? And then, how can I make the time to blog about my new altered fleas?  Continue reading “More Painted Jewelry Boxes”

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My Newest Obsession: JB Makeovers

Excuses, excuses…but hear me out. I have a good excuse for not keeping my blog current: we moved! After living in Southern California for 35 years, we retired, and moved back to Northern California, where it all began. That’s the short story.

And now onto my new obsession: Jewelry Box Makeovers. Here is my first “JB” transformation. Continue reading “My Newest Obsession: JB Makeovers”

Passover Table Decor & Placecards

Next week brings many families and friends together. My family celebrates Passover, where we retell the Exodus story with blessings songs and specially-prepared food. When we were kids, my parents invited many friends and relatives to join us for the seder. My chief responsibility was creating placecards – which I took very seriously.

This year, I decided to rekindle my very important job, and make place “cards” using small terra cotta pots.
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I painted the three pots in different blue & white combinations, and added pictures and text which I had printed out on clear sticker paper.  After coating each pot with decoupage, I wrapped blue and white baker’s twine around the pots.

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I printed names on white card stock, and glued the cards onto wooden plant markers painted blue.

A green herb (such as parsley or cilantro) is used on the Passover table to symbolize spring.  So I planted herbs in each pot. I’m going to use the largest pot as a centerpiece, so I made a label that reads “Kosher for Passover”.

Everyone gets their own pot with spring greens.

I decided the smallest pot was just too tiny to hold a plant, so I used the medium sized pots for the place markers.  These festive pots and plant markers will add a nice touch our seder table.  [Reprinted from Altered Artworks Blog]

Vintage Humidor Makeover

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I bought this vintage humidor cabinet a few months ago. I like all the detail on the legs and cabinet door. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the door and found the copper interior. It’s a humidor cabinet, used for storing cigars.

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School’s in Session

How is it that our kids grow up so quickly? One day, it’s their first day of elementary school, and the next, you’re moving them into their college dorm. Yes, it happens that fast–or so it seems.

Were you surprised to find out how small the dorms room are? There isn’t much space for extra furniture or much-needed storage. However, you’ll probably be able to squeeze a narrow nightstand in, which happens to be painted in their school colors!

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Starting with this old nightstand, I sketched out my idea for this makeover.

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Repurposed Tray & City Map

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This old tray was perfect for serving up my inspiration for its new look. Although the picture is quite pretty, it wasn’t part of my plan.  Continue reading “Repurposed Tray & City Map”