Saturday, February 6, 2016

Faux Cherry Blossoms Out Of Tissue Paper

I would force some branches if I had some to force.

When I was a little girl, I had a cherry tree right outside my bedroom window. 

I loved looking out the window at the cherry blossoms in the spring. 
When they fluttered to the ground it felt like pink snow was falling. 

I know that I'm not alone in my love for this precious flower.

Bare branches have been part of my decor the last few winters. 
 This year my branches got some faux cherry blossoms to herald in an early spring. 

It does feel like spring here in North Texas and the trees will be budding out in a few short weeks. 
I'm sure that I saw this trick somewhere but little tissue paper circles formed the blossoms for my branches.

We just did something like this in my class a few weeks ago.
We love having the children pinch small pieces of tissue into balls. 
It helps build their fine motor. 
Anything that they can do to strengthen and develop those muscles helps them to write in the next year or so.
 It they can do it so can you. 

I hot glued the the pinched circles onto the branches. 
There was a wee bit of design to it but not much.

If something real is available that is my preference but
I don't mind decorating with faux as long as it is in season.
These are a few weeks early but they won't stay around long after the season is over.

   The black urn is a favorite from Hobby Lobby. 
I have had it for a few years and I love it. 
They still carry it in the floral department.

The votive holder is also from Hobby Lobby. 
A half dozen of these came home with me in various colors. 
They are on the wedding aisle for $1.99 each. 
The bling got switched out with some lace for a different look.

The darling bird is an antique store find.

I've had the little painting for years. 
It was only $1.00.

 You can read about the lamps turned into candelabras in this post from my very early days of blogging. 
The chairs recently got a makeover.

You can probably tell that I'm still crushing on pink accents. 

What do you think?
Do you like to craft?
Have a blissful and blessed Saturday.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dining Chair Makeover

Two years ago, I flip flopped my dining table with the kitchen table.
 It dawned on me one day that the black and brown table in the kitchen could pull apart for leaves.
Did I just hear angels singing?

It had been screwed shut by a previous owner to cover up the fact that the leaves were missing.
It wasn't living up to its seating potential. 
It can seat eight now that we have made three new leaves for it. 

 Let's play I Spy the kitty cat. 

 Unfortunately, the curvy paisley chairs no longer fit at the head and the foot of the table. 
They were a little too wide at the seat (a problem I can totally relate to.)
I didn't love them once the walls got a coat of a light gray paint so I took them out of the room.

One was in a closet and one was at a bathroom vanity much to Bill's dismay.
He could forget all about the chairs until it was time for company. 
Then wrangling them out of a too narrow door frame renewed his irritation at my tendency to continually move furniture.
It annoyed him to pull our "new" chairs out of hiding.
I decided to leave them in the dining room for the holidays.

One less annoyance in Bill's life.
They have been bugging me and I was itching to give them a makeover. 
The brown chenille upholstery felt a little too formal or a little too cowboy - I'm not sure which.
I really want to love formal furnishings but they aren't me. 
An opulent style of decorating is gorgeous but most of our stuff is country or cottage.
I did a Pinterest search for French chair makeovers to get confirmation that I'd actually like what was swirling around in my head regarding these chairs.

I'd like to tell you that I went and got French linen or antique grainsacks but I'd be lying. 

I used plain old drop cloths from the tablecloth drawer. 
 They are cheap and simple and they look like well washed linen to me.

 Please know, (Bill, if you are reading), I didn't take off the old fabric.
It's under there waiting for my deconstructed, French chair makeover faze to pass.
I did remove the nail head trim but it can go back on as well.

I almost didn't cover the leather (pleather?) seats but in the end decided to because they were horribly scratched.
New chairs + old cat + new puppy = scratches in leather seats.
It also equals an unhappy pet mommy! 

These almost went to consignment during their banishment. 
In the end, I thought the scratched seats would depreciate their value. 

I love the contrast of light and dark in here. 

Thanks for stopping in. 
I hope this inspires you to makeover a chair that isn't quite you.
Have a blessed day.


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