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Rearranging Rooms-Making It Work

Making it Work is the heading I am giving to totally rearranging my home.  As you may have read on “My Mission” page, I needed more space to accommodate my charge who is coming home from a long stay in the hospital.  Feel free to peruse my Gallery showing how I accomplished this.  Also, I have added a link to show how it looked prior to the change.  Previous Decor

Suncatcher Art Gallery

These items are made from recycled, repurposed and clearance acrylic plastic, purchased from a local plastics store.  I like acrylic because it is stays clear, is scratch resistant, and it is easy to cut and sand the edges.  I create designs  and paint each one using glass paint.  They can be hung in a window, placed under a lamp, in front of a mirror, or anyplace light can pass through is best.  Also, I put

inspirational messages on most so that the words can always be prominently displayed.

Primative Chandolier

Okay, I believe that if you are a true crafter, you must craft.  After the burlap project, I immediately looked around for another project to pursue.  I have always wanted to do something with my boring, nondescript ceiling light fixture.  Hmm, I do have some clam shells that have been sitting around forever (I got them at the second hand store, of course).  My ceilings are about 8.5 x 9 feet high.  Something to bring it down a bit would be nice.   With my handy drill, I put holes in the shells, and in a coffee can lid, and strung them together.

After vicariously balancing myself on 3 chairs (I know, ridiculous, please do not try at home, get a ladder!),  I was able to reach the fixture.  With a little gold-ish paint on the fixture, here’s the result.  A chandolier!  A bit primative, but it works.

Chandolier 1
Chandolier 1

 

Chandolier 2
Chandolier 2

New Completed Project-Burlap Flowers on Burlap

I found this wonderful burlap covered canvas to hang in a blank part of my wall.  I am notorious for filling up my walls with artwork, mostly my own.  I found the canvas in the clearance section at Michaels (I also love clearance sections).  The canvas has a 12×12″ inset in the middle, in which you can put anything, i.e., pictures, shadowbox items, etc.  Since I had some scraps of burlap lying around in my fabric stash, and some fabric paint.  I thought, hmm, I could make some burlap flowers and put them in the middle.  Here’s how it came out.

Burlap Flowers on Burlap
Burlap Flowers on Burlap

On Growing Grass

Okay, I know what you’re thinking, but its not that.  I have this urn, which is very deep and the plant I put in it died.  So what to do with this huge urn?  First, I had a glass table topper that I put in a window.  I put that on top of the urn and it became a side table.

When I saw that there was condensation accumulating under the glass, it seemed a good idea to plant something there, sort of like a terrarium.   I have always wanted to plant some grass in the house, like you see on TV and in magazines, which is mostly artificial.  Well, I am always willing to try new things.  What do you think?  Growing your own Grass in the House!   I do have to mow, it grows quickly.

Grass under Glass
Grass under Glass
Grass in the Urn
Grass in the Urn

My Home Decor Style

Every time I look at Home Decor magazines or websites I get excited and start to evaluate my own style.  As I look about my home, I review my choices and weigh them against those I see elsewhere.

I like muted earth tones.  They work well for me because I have a dark house, so I embrace the moodiness of it.  No glaring bright colors here.  Plus I do not have the option of changing features (I would love to tear out a wall) and paint all the dark woodwork white.

On the positive side, I have kept within the same color scheme (blue and burgundy with variations) with a background of browns, black, and off-white.  When I do this, I can move around any item from room to room and it fits in beautifully.  Plus it narrows my search when shopping.

Feel free to take a stroll through my gallery of living room and bedroom decor.