My newest obsession: Vintage Ornament Wreaths

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The secret is out:  For the past two weeks, I've been obsessed with making wreaths from vintage ornaments.   I think I knew it would happen. That's probably why I waited so many years to make the first wreath...   Some of you love the old orbs, too—and you love them in wreath form. I know. You told me right here at My Place, at Hometalk, and via email when I told you my secret for creating this beauty.     You see, after I worked my magic on the chippy-paint "useless" ornaments, I still had waaaay too many just the right amount of vintage pretties to turn into wreaths. Isn't that a creative way to declutter my stash?  :-)   I started by separating them into color families and possible ... Keep Reading...

How to make a MERCURY GLASS WREATH from old ornaments

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It was last January when I took a bunch of "someday I'd like to make a wreath" vintage ornaments... and actually completed the project. I didn't particularly want a wreath in these colors, but I was downsizing and wanted to play with the great old ornaments I'd been hauling around for years—so play I did!   A few weeks ago the wreath was a silent auction item at our church's mission yard sale. Time for someone else to enjoy its vintage vibe!   Ever since making the wreath, though, there's been another one I've been wanting to make—to keep... year-round.   Last week, after months of dreaming, I finally set aside some time to play in the ornaments again...   If you like the look of old mercury ... Keep Reading...

Holidays don’t require starting from scratch!

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Last week brought an expected treat. I was contacted by a gentleman from the Dallas Morning News. His email read:   I work for The Dallas Morning News' HomeCenter section. Our writer has written a story about adapting decorations for more than one holiday. Our designer found your website and would like to use a couple of the photos from the site that show using decorations for more than one holiday. May we have your permission to use a few photos?   Well, yes, you may! (Which photos? I probably have a higher resolution.)   Seriously?  Li'l ol' me amateur photographer/Texas transplant with a photo in THE Dallas Morning News?  What a hoot!   Since none of my Texas family has easy access to the Dallas ... Keep Reading...