Thorndale Christmas Home Tour

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Good afternoon, everyone! As many of you know, a couple of weeks ago, my mother and I participated in the Thorndale Christmas Home Tour. This is our second year being a part of this wonderful event. This event is put on to raise money for the public school in Thorndale, which is a small community that is close to our store. We are so honored to be a part of this fabulous event and we had just as much fun this year as we did the last. I didn’t have the blog last year, so this time, I took the opportunity to get a ton of pictures so that I could share them with you all!

On the tour were 5 homes and one local business that were decorated by local business that donate their time and resources. My mother and I were chosen because of the small boutique that we have in Thamesford, Gracie’s Place. This year, we filled the home with a healthy mix of decor items from the store and DIYs. I will be rolling out tutorials for the DIYs so that you can do them, too!

Let’s get into the good stuff โ€” the pics! A big thank you to Donna Davis Kasubeck for taking the photographs.

This is the home we were chosen to decorate.ย _DSC5075.JPGCan I just say… I never wanted to leave this gorgeous home. Total house goals.

Let’s start with the front porch and we will work our way in ๐Ÿ™‚_dsc5039_DSC5041.JPGThis box is my absolute favorite! I had them constructed by a local carpenter, who also happens to be a friend and I cut the “Merry Christmas” out of vinyl with my Cricut cutting machine. We simply tossed in some greens and some birch logs. Perfectly rustic!ย _DSC5045a1.JPGA rustic grapevine deer from the store. Love this guy!

My mom had these fun snowmen heads that we put in the urns.ย _dsc5052aHere are the urns.ย _dsc5055aOh, those giant candy canes, you ask? Those are dollar store plastic candy canes spruced up with a bit of burlap and ribbon. Easy peasy, and totally makes them look less dollar store.ย 15631305_10154872320344851_1050456073_o_DSC5060a.JPG_DSC5068.JPGI fell in love with the porch!ย _DSC5073aa.JPGRather than go with a tradition wreath, we hung up this little guy._DSC5079aa.JPGWindow boxes designed by my mother.ย _DSC5086.JPG_DSC5092.JPG_DSC5120.JPG_DSC5129.JPG

Alright, let’s head inside!ย _DSC5200.JPG_DSC5211.JPG_dsc5222a_DSC5240a.JPGI made a bunch of these little snowglobe jars and will be doing up a tutorial real soon! These are so fun to make and easy, too!

Here are some others

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The homeowner had a gorgeous coffee table, but it was huge… no, not huge โ€”enormous!_dsc5294_dsc5296I want one, though. Love it!

I know I have said a lot of things were my favorite, but the tree actually was my ABSOLUTE favorite!_DSC5297a.JPGP1010966.JPGOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA_DSC5267a.JPG_DSC5270a.JPGOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA rustic sign that I made._dsc5275a

I am going to end the post here, but I have more pics to come!

Stay tuned!

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Table Makeover with Country Chic Paint

header1.pngWell guys, I have been working very hard on this post! This DIY is a couple of months in the making and I hope that it is worth the wait.

Before we get into the project, I would like to take a minute to tell you all about the paint that I used for this project โ€” Country Chic Paint. This paint is amazing! Their colors are so crisp and bright. The paint is easy to work with and the finish is phenomenal!

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So this table that I made over belonged to my Auntie Grace, who was my great-great aunt. My Auntie Grace was the center of our family and we all loved her very dearly. We just couldn’t toss away her table, so we hung on to it, but is was pretty beat up. My mother and I decided that it was time to refinish it. Since, I already have a table that I am pretty fond of, I thought I would do this one up for my grandma’s basement. There is a little apartment down there and I am going to renovate it… so there will be lots of great projects and pictures to come!

Since I am starting with a blank slate and no one lives down there I took this opportunity to have some fun and do something totally different โ€” something out of my comfort zone.

I picked colors from Country Chic that I would normally not ever even pick up. Take a look and see what I did!

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Time to sand! I love sanding… I find it so relaxing.

Very important to remember: after you are done sanding, make sure you ALWAYS wipe your furniture down really well before you bring out your paint.ย 15052102_10154760902739851_122263854_o

Now the fun part! Time to get out the paint!!

For the table top and the tops of the chairs I used “Dark Roast”15034225_10154760898884851_1419860693_o-copyI don’t know if it is the lighting in the basement, but this paint looked like it had a navy tinge to it after I painted it on. It could also be an effect from the furniture that I was painting, too. It is weird because in the can it is a chestnut, dark brown.

I allowed this to dry for two days before applying a coat of “Tough Coat”, which is also from Country Chic15065034_10154760905409851_1354965997_o-copyThis top coat is amazing and really protects the wood and your furniture.

Time for the legs!15034244_10154760898079851_1937447855_o-copyFirst, I painted all the legs in “Simplicity”. A most perfect shade of white.ย 15060328_10154760903819851_1215205312_oAfter all the legs were painted white, I let them dry fully.

Now this is where I broke out of my comfort zone…

Enter the most perfect shade of pink you have ever seen.ย 15044857_10154760901034851_979256170_oIt almost kind of looks likeย pink Pepto- stomach stuff. LOL But I fell in love with it. And normally I don’t throw a shade of pink like this in my decor because it seems like it is more for a kid’s room or something. But again, I wanted to break out of my comfort zone.ย 15034207_10154760897559851_413596025_o-copy

I did a dry brush technique over top of the white legs.ย 15102234_10154760897424851_407769607_o15053365_10154760903779851_1608613403_o15065044_10154760897759851_1134401190_oHere is a quick video of me brushing on the pink

After the legs had dried for 24 hours, I applied some Pearl wax, which gave the legs a beautiful “pearl” like finish.ย 15102101_10154760897409851_1410147317_o

All that was left was to put the look together! Since we are getting close to Christmas, I thought I would do up a nice Christmas table.ย 15053198_10154760901594851_612378507_o

I hung up this piece on the wall…. that I love and just had to share a close up!ย 15126048_10154760900479851_1349073732_o-1I picked this up off the side of the road… I didn’t do anything to it other than add the poinsettias and snowy greens. Isn’t it wonderful?

And then my two favorites… these deer.ย 15060450_10154760905084851_819566004_oMy mom picked up these deer for the Thorndale Christmas Home Tour we are doing in December, but there is nothing saying they can’t hang out here until then! ๐Ÿ˜€ย 15065156_10154760901609851_2143662356_oCute, right?

Let me know what you think of this makeover!!

And be sure to pick up some Country Chic Paint for your next project โ€” you will LOVE it!

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DIY Christmas Gnomes

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Hi everybody! I know We aren’t even passed Halloween, but I whipped these fun little guys up last weekend and I just couldn’t wait to share! I am busy getting ready for the Thorndale Christmas Open House, so that means from now until December 4th, I am in full on Christmas mode!!!

Take a look at how I made these cute little Christmas gnomes!

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  • Styrofoam Cones (mine are 7″)
  • Fabric
  • Faux Fur
  • Wooden beads
  • E6000 Spray glue
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Flannel
  • Black beads
  • Hot glue gun

The first step is to cover your Styrofoam cone with your fabric.ย 14894632_10154695912319851_262858051_oThis where I have to be brutally honest with you guys… I am not a measurements type of gal. I was at my grandmothers doing this project and my grandma wanted to watch. She was sitting beside me while I was doing this, and I swear that I almost gave her a nervous breakdown. My grandma is a very regimented, organized lady and the fact that I wasn’t really measuring any thing was really doing a number on her.

I laid my cone down on my fabric and pretty much just cut around it. If it doesn’t completelyย cover the top of the cone, that is ok! The hat is going to go there anyways.

This is my grandma’s kitty…14859351_10154695912019851_412704555_oPuss likes to be completely under foot… or should I say under fabric… at all times LOL

To glue on the fabric to my Styrofoam cone, I used this spray E6000. So a couple things about this stuff. First, let me say that I LOVE E6000 โ€” the squeezable kind. This spray stuff? Not really a fan. For starters, it was expensive and I didn’t find the hold all that great. I don’t know, ย maybe it is just not the greatest with Styrofoam.ย 14895418_10154695912119851_1201159923_o

So once I had my fabric glued onto the Styrofoam cone, I cut a piece of wire for the hat. The wire I used is just wire that I picked up at the dollar store. It is a little bit flimsy, so I think that the next time I make these, I will go with a heavier wire.ย 14881336_10154695912249851_2031434845_oIf you decide to make these, the length of the wire is completely up to you. Cut the wire to suit how tall you want your gnome to be. Make sure you secure the wire in the top of the cone with a bead of hot glue.

Next, I cut out the beard from the faux fur. When you are cutting fur it is very important to just go through the back layer of the fabric so you don’t cut the fur. Once you have cut through the back layer, you just gently pull the hairs apart. An exacto knife or razor blade is a better tool than scissors for cutting fur.ย 14813046_10154695911824851_1409159701_oI wanted the beard to be really fluffy so I also cut out a mustache. I didn’t have a template or anything I just cut shapes that resembled a beard and mustache. I wanted my gnomes to look really rough and rustic, not perfect. I also wanted each one to look a little different, so I definitely did not want to use a template.

BTW – the other hand is my grandma’s. I have ALWAYS been jealous of her nails. I got DIY man hands ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next, I attached the beard and mustache to what would be the front of my cone. I used the spray, but again it wasn’t sticking too well, so I peeled if off and used hot glue.

14795900_10154695914019851_1080553365_oYou know, it is really hard to make beards when Puss insists on using your crafting materials as a bed!!!

Now, time to make the hats!!

My mother and I found this really nice grey fleece material, and soon as we both saw it we knew it you be perfect for the hats.

We cut a triangle like shape and then all we did was attach it to the cone, just covering the top portion of the beard a little bit.

We like that the fleece had a natural roll to the edge. This made a cute little brim on the hat. You need to make sure that when you are gluing the hat on you roll it nice and tight so that you have a skinny hat.

I attached the wood beads that I got from Micheal’s with a bead of hot glue. The black beads for the eyes are from a bracelet that I picked up at the dollar store. The eyes are secured with hot glue as well.ย 14875815_10154695912099851_1479748842_oI always have little Christmas picks kickin’ around so attached some to their hats for a little extra pzazz.ย 14859539_10154695913879851_596605573_oI just love these lil’ gnomes and I can’t wait to get them on display at the Christmas Home Tour! (Don’t worry, I will be posting picture from the home tour!)

14813275_10154695914054851_2042620743_oThese may just be my favorite decor pieces this for Christmas! I still have a lot more to make, though. So we shall see!

Let me know what you think of these little guys!!

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DIY Rustic Pumpkin Art

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Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Yay pumpkins!! Can you tell I love pumpkins!? They are probably my favorite part about Fall… actually, that is a lie. I love Fall so much that I can’t pick just one favorite thing! I am in complete Fall go mode and I would like to share this DIY Rustic pumpkin art that me and my mother made. I would take all the credit, it was her idea! ๐Ÿ˜€ Now you know where I get my creative genius from lol!

Let’s dive right in!

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  • Wood pallet boards (I used four)
  • Twine
  • Contact Cement
  • Sticks
  • Some sort of orange filler ( I used orange wood chips that we had kicking around the store.)

I already had my pallet boards together, so I don’t have any pictures for this step. If you would like to do this all that you have to do is secure the boards together from the backside by screwing in two pieces of wood running the opposite directions from the pallet boards.

Take some twine and tie three pieces together. Make sure that you cut the pieces of twine long enough so that you can make a pumpkin shape. The length of rope will vary depending on the size of your woof and how large you want your pumpkin to be. After you have tied your knot, twist the three piece of twine together.ย 14340037_10154557208224851_1479516077_oWeย did this so that we could get the effect of a rope, without having to pay for expensive twine rope. This twine is from the dollar store.

We used the contact cement to glue the “twine rope” to the wood pallet sign. We get the contact cement in the tube because it is easier to make the pumpkin shape.ย 14285658_10154557208194851_738628409_o

Once we had the pumpkin outline with the twine rope, we filled the inside with the orange wood chips.ย 14315928_10154557208404851_1443786408_oRather than gluing the chips one by one, we placed them all on the inside of the pumpkin outline and then my mom came up with this crazy idea to lather the white craft glue over top. Crazy thing is, it worked amazingly!

My mom covered the entire thing of wood chips with the white glue and over the drying time it sunk down through the cracks and dried clear.

To make the stem, we collect sticks from the yard (okay, we made have had my kids do that part lol) We cut the sticks to the size we wanted and then glued them down with the contact cement.ย 14340031_10154557208329851_1741821009_o14359715_10154557208179851_1590896177_o

We added some gold leaves from the dollar store and as well added some copper wire. The copper wire technique can be seen in our Fall Wreath tutorial.

All done! What do you think?

14329191_10154557208104851_1630531633_oWe decided to leave a bit of space at the top so that we can add a word or phrase at the top. I will be sure to share a pic when we do that!

Share this project with your friends who love pumpkins just as much as we do!!

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DIY Rustic Barn-Style Shutter And Wreath

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Good evening everybody! Today we had just a hint of cooler weather, and when I say hint I mean there was a little bit of a breeze and the air was perfect. This got me thinking of fall… I LOVE FALL! It is my favorite season. I love the weather, the smells, the fairs and apple picking. Fall will be here before we know it, so I thought I would make a rustic piece for my front porch today. This project is so easy and the best part is I used an old pallet to make this barn style shutter. I have been looking high and low for an old style shutter to use as decor on my front porch, and I thought I would end my search and just make one myself.

I found this pallet sitting by the side of the road โ€” one of my favorite places to “shop”.

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It is not a full pallet, so it fit quite nicely in my trunk ๐Ÿ™‚

I took out my reciprocating saw, and got to work cutting apart the boards from the middle support.

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I love using the recip saw!

After I had all the boards apart, I arrange the three long ones parallel to each other, and then I cut the two shorted support piece to fit the width of the three long boards.

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I found a long piece of wood from my scrap pile to use for the diagonal board (the Z pattern)

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I measured and cut the board to fit.

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Now all that was left to do was to attach it all. I used my air compressor and nail gun to do this.

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Ta-da! A rustic barn-style shutter

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I love my “new” shutter, however, I did think that it needed a punch of color for the upcoming fall season. A simple yellow wreath made from colored burlap.

This wreath is easy to make. I cut the burlap into strips, and then all I did was slid it up from the underside of the wire wreath frame and then twist it and tie with a piece of wire.

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Sometimes these things are easier to see in a video. Here you can see the wreath being made.

Don’t mind the noise coming from my kids in the background lol

I put a hook onto to my shutter so that I could hang my wreath on it.

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Viola!

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What do you think? Not bad for a pallet picked up from the side of the road, eh?

Keep on makin' stuff!

Old Chair, New Paint

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Hey guys! I am rolling out another tutorial from my office reno! In the spotlight today is my desk chair.

I found this desk chair…. you guessed it! In the back of the store. Where else, right? For those of you that are new to the blog, I find a lot of my materials in the back of the turn of the century home that our store is in. When my uncle bought this home the previous owners left behind a MOUNTAIN of old furniture and “junk”. I use the term junk very loosely, because I have found so much cool stuff back there! Like this chair for example…14074569_10154472690679851_240981820_o

This chair is a great sturdy little chair, but it needed a fresh new look. So I got out some paint, well not just any paint โ€” Country Chic paint. I love this stuff! You may have heard of it before. They were featured on Dragon’s Den.ย 14074313_10154472690544851_811399561_oFor this chair, I chose Vanilla Frosting… or as I like to call it the perfect shade or white, and antiquingย wax. Antiquing wax is amazing stuff! Wait till you see it on this chair!

First thing I had to do was take the seat of the chair. This was super easy! Just need to unscrew the screws from the bottom.ย 14037765_10154472690419851_2129798257_o

And then I got to painting.ย 14045500_10154472690314851_1739886809_oI did two coats of the Country Chic paint. I probably could have gotten away with one if I used a primer, but I didn’t have any primer on hand.

In between coats, I prepared the seat. I found this fabric at a fabric store that was going out of business. I got 5 yards of this stuff for 3 bucks!!!14060150_10154472690604851_732346572_o

The first time I reupholstered, I was nervous to say the least, but seat pads are probably the easiest thing to reupholster.

Place your fabric right side down, and then place your seat pad on top with the bottom facing up.

I always start with the corners first. I don’t know if this is right or wrong, but it works for me! Make sure you pull the fabric tight to avoid bubbling fabric. I use just a regular staple gun for this.

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And I must apologize, I am a terrible DIY blogger. I don’t know where my head was at this day, but I didn’t take any pictures of me applying the antiquing wax, but you know what that means. I will just have to do another project and use it!! I will take any excuse to use that stuff. It is so easy to work with. You just use a dry, clean cloth to rub it on the areas where you want a little definition and then give it a wipe. It’s that easy!

14075044_10154472690634851_1514036554_o14075060_10154472690934851_1865835086_oI love my new chair! What do you think? Let me know!

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