Thursday, November 1, 2012

Christmas Crafting during the Hurrication: Vintage Book Page Decor, Tinsel Wreath, and Glitter and Sparkle Galore!

Before I get into Christmas crafts, I thought I would share one last bit of Halloween.  Goodbye Halloween 2012.  You have been so much fun, and I think our best Halloween ever!
Pre- trick or treating.... Emmy is brimming with excitement!

Count Von Sawyer

Belle got the cold just as I was taking the picture, but I love this one.

Part of the giant crew we trick or treated with.  Isn't my friend Kerr's house awesome?!?!?
And as you can see Sawyer opted not to wear the makeup or use the blood capsules... which left them for me to play with.  I sent this picture to Chris and to my parents and told them Count Von Sawyer had gotten me....
He he.


As most of you know, this nation was hit pretty hard with Hurricane Sandy earlier this week.  My hear goes out to those dealing with the devastation from this storm.  We live in an area that was supposed to be one of the hard hit areas, but we completely lucked out and maintained power, and just have a lot of leaves and pine needles to clean up.  But because of the storm, schools were closed and all the malls were closed, which meant no work for Chris.  Our entire family was home on Monday!  Chris could not do any work, so he and Sawyer played several rounds of Battleship and built a huge puzzle.  Emmy drifted between helping them, and helping me with some Christmas crafts.  She saw glitter come out, and of course she wanted to help me!  Here are several of the things I created while cooped up....

First up, I found this cool wire tree shaped display piece at the flea market last weekend.  I planned on taking it to the barn to display ornaments to sell.  But when I started sifting through supplies Monday, I found some crystal chandelier pieces I had.  I made wire hoops for those that didn't have them, and decorated the "tree".  I will be keeping this as my dining room centerpiece this Christmas season. I didn't quite have enough crystals for the entire tree, but I just love it!  It's a perfect mix of sparkles and rustic!


Next up some deer.... I found the papier mache deer at Goodwill.  He was gold, but I painted him white.  The two little guys are some vintage plastic deer I found at a yard sale.  I didn't paint those as you can see.  For all of them, I used Elmer's Glue (Thanks for the tip from Ali who told me that according to Martha, good old Elmer's is best for glitter!), painting it onto their antlers and then sprinkling with white gold glitter

I love these little guys, even if some kid colored one of them with a little green one time!

I had bought some craft boxes a while back to create some gift boxes for Christmas.  I decided to Mod Podge vintage book pages from a 1949 Golden Book Twas the Night Before Christmas, and also a vintage Santa book.  The One in the upper left corner is a vintage Christmas postcard cut to size.  I painted the bases for a little contrast, and added glitter to the edges of the tops using Elmer's again.  As you can see I also added a glittered "25" to one of them with glue.

I decorated some fun plaques I purchased a while back from Pick Your Plum in the same fashion with book pages and glitter.    These will get holes drilled at the top and twine woven through them so they can hang on door knobs, cabinets, doors, trees, wherever!  I have yet to do that because the drill was out in the garage...

This guy is my favorite!  This one is from the vintage Santa book.

A while back I had picked up a set of 4 small wooden candlesticks and painted them white.  I was feeling pretty uninspired about them, so guess what?  You got it- they got glittered!  I painted them with Elmer's sprinkled them with white gold glitter, and now I love them!  How fun are they?

And finally, I created a tinsel wreath.  I had a straw wreath form on hand, vintage ornaments, and a couple silver tinsel garlands.  I wrapped the wreath and glued the garland in place, and then used hot glue to attach the ornaments.  I chose my favorite retro Christmas color combination of aqua, red, and pink, which I thought suited the silver tinsel.


And if you are observant you may have noticed these photos were taken in my dining room and you may have noticed a change in there..... More to come on that.  Perhaps tomorrow.  Perhaps next week.  Stay tuned. :)

I had so much fun using my hurricane time to be productive!  All of these items, with exception to the tree which I am keeping, will be available at the November and December barn sale!  Hope to see you there!


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31 comments:

Courtney said...

Well you had a very productive hurrication!! I just LOVE the boxes and the deer, such vintagey awesomeness!! Yeah I stole your word ;)

Storywood Designs said...

Pretty Cassie! I love the vintage papered plaques and boxes especially. Glad y'all had a happy Halloween and didn't fare badly in the storm.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

You go, girl!! While I don't wish for a storm, I DO wish for a couple of days to do exactly this -- craft and piddle to get ready for the holidays. :)
xo Heidi
PS -- LOVE Emmy's "shiver" picture!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

So glad you and your family are safe. The kids are adorable. Looks like you got a lot done, and had some nice family time.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Wow - you go Glittery Girl! I didn't even take out the Halloween decorations until YESTERDAY and here you are Christmas crafting? I'm hanging my head in shame. Could you just please come over and glitterize everything here and make it all pretty? Thank you. Love the wee little deer antlers the best!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Cute projects Cassie! You are rocking the combination of glitter and vintage - what could be better! We sure got lucky with Sandy - counting my blessings for sure!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

So when life gives you hurricanes, you made holiday cheer! I'm sure there's a much more clever way to say that ;-) Glad you had a productive time, and that you are all safe!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

I enjoy seeing children dressed up for Hallowe'en on blogs. We don't get any coming to our house and my 3 children are too old now I used to make every one of their costumes. Your children look adorable, and YOU... didn't you have enough blood on you this year already? LOL

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

you were crazy productive! i love love love those boxes and plaques! hmmmm.....i need to get some crafting in!

Bella said...

Great pics of the kids! I bet they had a blast. Love all your xmas goodies especially that tree!! I don't think I'd be able to part with it either...its a keeper.

Jacqueline said...

I just love the vintage deers! I'm working on my Christmas decorations also.

DecorandtheDog said...

My husband would yell at you for starting in on Christmas already. :P

The Far Fifty said...

It's Santa! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!

Dear Emmeline said...

is white gold glitter different than regular silver glitter? I love your jeweled tree! So so pretty!your vintage book page decor is so cute too!

michele said...

loving that crystal tree. just a perfect mix of glam and rustic beauty.

hope you'll stop by...i am now happily sharing photos and info about my paris trip!

smiles to you.

michele

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Looove those Christmas boxes and I think I'll so something like it too! We weren't hit by Sandy, but we've had cold winds, snow and fog. I've been getting my craft on too!

Bliss said...

Your neck wound may have come at a good time... you can stay up late creating, and pull the shades by day as you craft your Christmas wares.

Bliss

Ashley C. said...

I LOVE those vintage book page plaques! The possibilities for where those little guys can hang are endless - I just love them!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Emmy and Sawyer look great!

I love the reindeer with the sparkly antlers. I keep looking for some pretty reindeer to put on my mantle, but I may be like you and have to do them myself.

Halbert Mason said...

Christmas has near to come and people have started to decorate their houses. Some of them purchased new things where as other people have modified their home and interiors.
Decorating ideas

Allison said...

My heart goes out to all those affected my Hurricane Sandy, too. Looks like you had a fun Halloween! Emmy and Sawyer look great. You are the queen of glitter! Love those boxes and plaques. I can't believe it's Nov 1 today. Time for me to get moving with some holiday projects.

Ali Richardson said...

Soooooooooo awesome!!! I seriously love them all. I think my fave is that vintage santa plaque, although I really love everything!
and YOU!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

We have been gone for what feels like ever and I feel enough out of the loop ... but then I see Christmas crafts and I think 'oh goodness, I am waaaaay out of the loop'. But I am a firm believer that glitter makes everything better.

And because I'm cheap like that I water down my elmers when I use it for glitter. Stretch that penny any way I can. :)

pam {simple details} said...

Wow, give that girl some glitter and watch her go! Great projects to ease us into the spirit! :)

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

I am so happy to hear that you came through the storm ok! What a great way to use your hurrication time. You've got me thinking about a retro Christmas this year. I am totally diggin the far out color combo on that tinsel wreath. Those reindeer are pretty sweet too!

~Lynn

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

I'm glad y'all weathered the storm, it's all so sad to watch on the news. As we go on with our day to day life, so many have such a long road ahead of them.
the kids (as always) are adorable!
the Christmas crafts make me nervous, because I am so not ready to do anything yet. lol

have a great weekend Cassie!
gail

Julia Konya said...

Wow, you were busy! Love the gift boxes.
I started on some Xmas stuff already too ;)

Sabrina said...

WOAH!! I'm drooling!! I love anything Vintage Christmas!! I have the same Pick Your Plum plaques and I know what I am going to do with them now!!!!

Upscale Downhome said...

Love, love, love and want, want, want the tree! If you ever decide to sell it let me know. I saw one at a thrift shop the last two Christmases and they used it to display their bulbs and won't sell it to me. Glad you and yours are safe.

Kelly said...

Glad you guys survived the storm and had a great halloween. I need need NEEEEED that crystal chandelier tree. Need.

Good Time Charlie said...

Love the wreath! Those little decoupaged boxes are so sweet too!