I knew we "needed" a chandelier for the pergola my dear sweet husband got me for Mother's Day but where could I find what I wanted.... it had to be made of old materials and crystals. A quick trip through the garage reminded me that we had a stack of old tomato cages which had not been put to use as of yet. In fact my original purpose for them was to set them in our old cement planters upside down and drape them in tiny Christmas lights for the winter. Well here it was early summer
and they still sat.... old, slightly bent from years of use and just the perfect patina!
The ends were cut down with bolt cutter and bent over to form the top. A spool of old wire was woven in and out around the body to form a cage of sorts. More wire was added to the top for reinforcement. Old crystals and yard sale beads were wired on. The hanging fixture (available at Lowe's) was screwed in place, spray painted to blend in and then the fixture was hung under the protective covering of our pergola. An Edison bulb was added to further enhance the aged appearance. The cord was plugged in, the switch was "thrown"... instant ambiance!
This is one of my favorite projects that I've ever done because it proves a simple fact: Pretty decor doesn't have to be expensive (and in fact, it can be pretty cheap). I made this
chrysanthemum mirror using the cheapest plastic spoons I could find at my local grocery store. I glued them to inexpensive MDF wreath forms and then painted them with craft paint. Minimal cost with big impact. My kind of decorating! :-D
It's time for a little Friday Link Love! Vertical gardening has been explosively popular in the last couple of years–and this is not just a fad that will go away. More and more people have less and less space, so
Do you ever wish you could keep the beautiful flowers you received forever and ever? Here's a great way to do it! I can't take credit for this, as a very dear friend of mine taught me how
to do this last year as I made some of these for Christmas gifts for my family out of the flowers from my brother's funeral. (that was a sad occasion I know, but very appreciated by my family and something we will all cherish forever). These are flowers that my mother sent to me at work in June, so I dried them, and put them in a jar to keep.
Basically, the steps are:
1) hang the flowers upside to dry, (I like to hang them in front of a window, I think they dry a little faster that way) depending on the type of flowers, some may take longer than others, and I put a box underneath to catch any petals that may drop as they dry.
2)Pick out the type of container/jar you want to use to display your flowers in. A jar that seals tightly is good, preferably with the liner type seal like you see in canisters. (this helps keep moisture from getting inside the jar.)
3)Separate the flowers, greenery from the actually flowers
3.a) ***If you have a card that came with the flowers and want to put it in with the flowers you can, I like to keep my cards. You can put it in anyway you want. You can see in the pictures how I did mine***
4)Start layering your flowers and greenery into the jar. You will want to put the greenery more in the middle of the jar and the colored flowers around the edges of the jar that will show through the sides. Keep filling in the jar in layers.
5)When you get to the top and are ready to put the lid on, you will want to fill it as far to the top as you can, as the flower are going to settle a bit over time. Almost to the point that you are squishing them down when you put the lid on.
6)This step is NOT necessary, but I like to do this as an added step to keep moisture out AND in the event that I move my jar so that the lid doesnt accidentally fall off and my flower spill out. I put super glue around the seal before putting the lid on for the final closing seal.
7)Take the ribbon that came on the vase of the flowers and tie it around the container as a bow for added decoration and voilà! You have a keepsake for you flowers to keep them forever in! I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
This is a quick and easy way to keep your shower clean in just two minutes a day.Just get a dish washing wand and fill the dispenser half with vinegar and half with liquid dish soap. Keep
it in the shower. That way everything is ready to go. When you get in, wet the sponge, and scrub away. Next, well, take a shower. That's it. I do a little section of the shower each day and work my way around the whole area about twice a week.
If the mixture gets thick, just add a little water. Also, I would caution that it is important to rinse well, and keep out of eyes as you would any cleanser.