Friday, September 30, 2011

Simple hostess gift idea!!

I've been doing this for years and it applies to all seasons....instead of just bringing a bottle of wine to a friends home as a hostess gift, why not wrap it in a tea towel?? can use different towels and embellishments for each season or time of year....a favorite fabric works great too!!
Here are just a few ideas for fall....

I used twine and burlap ribbon for these...

I chose raffia to wrap this bottle of red!!

The winter holidays are a great time to use this many options of what to wrap your bottles with....


xo, Mariaelena

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Mantel

Happy Thursday friends!!

I know everyone is sharing their fall mantels, but I never get tired of looking at them and I still get excited to change my own up each fall....every year I do it a little bit is the 2011 version so far...sometimes I edit or add as the month goes by...we live in apple country, so as we visit the apple farms, I usually get inspired to add more "stuff"!!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

$3 foot stool redo!!

Happy Tuesday friends!!....

I have been looking for a foot stool for as long as I can remember.  Well, I finally found one at a tag sale in the spring.  It was only $3 and in need of some serious LOVE....I just got around to working on it and I was not at all disappointed....It is just perfect....take a look....

so not sooo pretty...right...

in need of some serious LOVE....


3 layers of fabric on that musty smelling cushion....

I added new batting and my new fabric choice is.....DROPCLOTH!

fresh and clean

you know the drill:
spray painted it white (of course) and then used some antiquing glaze....

a close up of the paint/glaze finish


Goes perfectly with my chair!!

Isn't she LOVELY?????

Hope you like it, because I sure do....and did you remember only $3.00????

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Simple, elegant, beautiful on the "cheap"!!

Happy Friday friends!!...We are now back at the "burb" house and while I should be organizing, I decided to work on some projects with items I purchased at tag sales this summer.....I'm loving how this OLD mirror turned out.....what do you think????

Here are the before shots of a mirror I picked up at a tag sale last weekend down the shore for $2.00......I loved the lacy metal frame....

The finish was an old brass....

After taking the glass out, I painted the frame with white spray paint....

Don't you just love the lacy, floral pattern of the metal frame????

I'm using it as a tray....LOVE it....imagine what I can put on here for fall....

Remember these hobnail jars I showed you a few weeks back????....put some tea light candles in and TADA!!!!

This entire project/vignette cost $2.75 + spray paint...that I already had...
Simple beauty!!!

Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to showing you some more of my tag sale projects next week!!! please come back for a visit....:)

xo, Mariaelena

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