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
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.
Stockings hung by the chimney with care. Peace on Earth and good will towards men. One for each family member and one for Jesus (a special visitor). Remembering Jesus is the reason for the season!
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.
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.
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.
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.