Monday, January 16, 2017

Beading Frenzy

I've been on a purging and organizing kick for months now (almost finished) and I came across 2 boxes of colorful wooden beads.

I don't even remember why I bought them, but I decided to use them for a garland for the guest room bed.

As you can see, they didn't end up on the headboard - metal stars won out!

After the garland, I still had lots of beads left so I went a little crazy stringing more - I see them on IG and they seem to be labeled as "jewelry for your home".

This is all I have left after stringing up 6 pieces of "jewelry" and the garland.

2 have been mailed off to friends, 1 is claimed and I have no idea what I'm going to do with the rest.

I was having such fun stringing beads while we watched movies at night (I have to do something with my hands or I fall asleep) so I ordered large wooden beads to go along with small beads I already had.

This is the end result.

Now I was really on a roll using up any beads I could find in my craft space - who knew I had so many!

No, they are not all on display in the house at the same time,

but I had fun taking pictures and now I have things to grab when I want to add just a little touch to vignettes.

These beads were all from a French General Notions Kit my sister bought me years ago (they have been in several different locations since then) and this garland has been mailed off to a friend.

This string of beads will probably be draped over various items from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Beads like these were my original inspiration and I had everything on hand to create them.

I love these blue and white beads and need to find more to make a longer strand.

These are my favorite - you saw "Little Man" in my last post, but now the vignette is finished off with fun wooden and clay beads.

I didn't make the beaded heart on wire, but I might have to create my own.

I haven't strung beads for at least 20 years when I found these fun block beads and spelled out my teaching nickname (you can find me on Words With Friends as Mscookie16), but it's relaxing, easy and doesn't bother my hands.

I guess the "beading frenzy" will continue - when I looked up the name of the French General kit, I came across this fun outing and I'm signing up for it - anyone want to join me?

If you read this post earlier, I told people to let me know if they were interested in the colorful beaded "jewelry", but I had to delete that sentence because they were quickly snapped up and will be headed soon to new homes.

Just to show you that I haven't gone completely nuts with beads,

these are my last 3 posts on Instagram and there isn't a bead in sight!

So, what has you in a frenzy these days?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Animal House

In my last post, I talked about using flowers and greenery in my vignettes.

When I brought home this little rocking bird from an after Christmas sale, I noticed that I frequently use animals too.

After I put the rocking bird on the mantel, 

I went looking to see if I could find any more birds - the aqua bird was hanging outside on a vintage window

and the birdbath was tucked into the garden.

As I stood back and looked at the mantel, I wondered what other animals I would find in my vignettes.

A whale watches over the living room 

and a horse stands guard in the guest room.

Pigs greet visitors in the entry

as does a felted "Little Lulu" my sister gave me for Christmas.

I was surprised to find that the most common animal to be seen in the house was a bird -

on a candleholder in the living room,

on a shelf in the kitchen

 holding twine in the guest room

and watching over linens in the hallway.

And then there is the most important animal in the house.

Lulu is a little sad because her curly locks were cut off last week.

It might seem silly to others, but I enjoy our little "animal house".

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Saturday, January 7, 2017


I do believe Thoreau had it right, "simplify, simplify", but I disagree with him a bit on details. 

This was the first version of my winter mantel - pleasant, yet something was missing.

You can see by the finished mantel that a little detail (greenery in this case) finishes off the look.

I spent the past week freshening up the guest room.

It all started when I found this scarf in the attic as I was "simplifying".

The wool scarf was joined by a wooden box and a knitted scarf found in the attic (saved from the donation pile)

 to add some interest to the guest room.

And you'll notice that just like the mantel, greenery adds a little interest.

The old door in the guest room got an update

and staying on theme, a little greenery dresses up the chalkboard.

A bag full of flowers

hangs on a cabinet door.

And an urn full of rosemary

is just what "Little Man" needed.

As I wrote this post, I decided (I hope Thoreau might agree) that flowers aren't details, they are essentials.

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I wanted to give a shout out to Ramsign for the cute Guest Room sign I won on a giveaway Linda of A La Carte hosted.