Gift Ideas

DIY: Monogrammed Plates

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

I’ve owned a dozen clear glass plates for about 10 years. I was about to donate them to the Goodwill thrift store when I saw a photo in a recent BH&G magazine of a plate painted with a bird stencil. This inspired me to paint my stash of clear plates for the first meeting of my newly founded Martini Book Club. I wanted to make a monogrammed plate with the initials “MBC” for my club.

Here’s a peek at my final plate:

monogrammed final silver

I went to the local craft store and purchased paint made specifically for glass and ceramics.

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DIY Candles: Ba-Dah Bling !

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
I had some leftover nailheads from my last DIY project (headboard with nailhead trim) and I got to thinking, I bet I could bling up some candles. Then I went a little crazy at the craft store, and bought some additional embellishments. I also raided my craft box, filled with ribbon remnants, leftover brads, and other trim. Here goes:

Basic Slate Blue Candle, on sale at Michaels for $10. Here is the candle four ways:

Above, the candle is fashioned country style. I used the twine that came with the candle, and inserted a bit of hydrangea, dried from my fall garden.

Here, I added some velvet ribbon and paired it with some bronze satin ribbon. I attached a brown flower embelishment.

Blue candle wanted a bit more bling, so I draped it with a necklace, and placed it on my vanity. It was happy, until…

I tempted blue slate candle with a super blingy rhinestone applique, and here the candle found it’s new home, on the end of my master bath double vanity. ((Almost) diamonds are a candle’s best friend too.)

Next came the leftover bronze candle from Christmas. What to do?

I added a “belt” made from the bronze ribbon, an earring, and some nailhead trim. Here it sits in my office.

Have you ever considered using your candles as jewelry holders? Here, my bronze candle sits in my master bedroom, wrapped in some simple brown raffia and it holds some of my favorite chandeliers.

Spring is near, so why not dress up a beautiful green candle and set it next to some spring bulbs?

Simple ribbon, a flower embellishment, and two rhinestone brads.

Not so crazy about this one, but I do like the simplicity of just ribbon and flowers here.

Oh, la la, so haute. I bought the above necklace in a vintage store in New Orleans ten years ago, and it is so sexy underneath my Rodin “Kiss” statue (I paid $10 for that statue in Paris years ago. Such a touristy souvenier, but I love it!)

Simple nail heads paired with those earrings I never wear, above now pay tribute on my dining room console.

This sassy little sea blue candle wanted to play with the same velvet ribbon and some aqua beaded trim, and hang around my bathtub.

Next, it had some fun in my sixteen year old stepdaughter’s surfer themed room.

Finally, sea blue candle and her sister were covered with floral ribbon and brads, and will be packaged in cellophane and become gifts for my girlfriends.

I never liked pink until I had a baby girl, and then pink just becomes part of your DNA after that.

Here, pink candle tries on some of mama’s jewelry, and poses in Junior CG’s room.

Pink candle found its home on display next to my daughter’s collectibles, after being embellished with pearls and rhinestones. Another version of this would make a great wedding or baby shower gift.

Oh, the places you can go with a plain vanilla candle.

Above, I attached a floral pin I had sitting around in my accessories stash. Here, vanilla candle poses on my living room mantel.

Some leftover golden decor from Thanksgiving has been trimmed, and glued, to these taller vanilla candles. They reside above my fireplace in my family room.

Master bedrooms need a lot of candles. This one has new neck wear and sits on my husband’s highboy dresser.

This vanilla candle is trying on some bronze ribbon and one of my favorite summer bracelets.

Vanilla candle finds a resting place in my downstairs half bathroom, showing off some of my other favorite summer bracelets, and reminding all who enter of the time.

What are your ideas for making your candles fabulous?

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Chocolate Shoes? I’ve Died and Gone To Heaven

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Heeelllooooo Darling ! What is better for us gals than a mix of two Ab Fab things: chocolate and shoes ! I just had to share. Go to Gayle’s Chocolates for a splurge.

Photo by Eric Smith.

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