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Old Book Lamp

Do you have some old books collecting dust and you just don’t know what to do with them?  Why not make a lamp? I make several different ones and this one doesn’t require drilling a hole in the books.

Supplies needed:

  • Old books
  • Candle lamp
  • Doily
  • Glue gun
  • Mod podge or white glue
  • Twigs or vine
  • Old eye glasses

Pick out books that you would like to create the base of your lamp, you can choose as many as you like.  I like to glue the sides of the books with Mod Podge so when I pick up the lamp the books won’t open.  I let the books dry overnight, and when they are dry, I glue the books together, using a hot glue gun.  I glue the doily to the books and then the candle lamp, also using a glue gun.  I like to put some twigs or vines around the base of the lamp and add a pair of old eye glasses, gluing in place.  To add more country charm, add a silicone bulb.  If you would like t make your own silicone bulbs, here is my tutorial.

 

Have you made a book lamp?  I would love to see what you have created, please share your link.

 

 

 

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Nothing could be simpler !

I have used the same centerpiece for Thanksgiving  for 2 years and decided I wanted a change this year.  Anyone that knows me, knows it’s all about the table.  I love setting the table at holidays, the linens, the napkin rings, the centerpiece,  even the salt and pepper shakers.  This year I decided to use items that will be part of the dinner.  I dug out a few mason jars, put some Rosemary twigs in the bottom and added some cranberries, I love that they float, and a tea light candle….done !  Oh, and don’t forget the water.

 

Nothing could be simpler !

 

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Distressed Look Painting Technique

I love Shabby Country !  The rustic elegance, the markings on the wood to show its design and the muted hues with a pop of color.

I usually use repurposed frames, but I fell in love with these frames at the dollar store.  They had a definite pattern that I knew would look great distressed.

Distressed looking furniture that seems to be the product of years of neglect can really add a lot of charm and character to certain decorating styles, such as Old World, country, cottage, French provincial or shabby chic. Distressed painting is fairly easy to do,and can be very authentic looking. One technique that is inexpensive and simple, and requires nothing more than basic painting supplies and a candle.

 

 

 

Supplies needed:

  • picture frame
  • candle
  • 2 colors of paint
  • 2 brushes

 

Apply the base coat.  I usually paint 2 to 3 coats, but I wanted the silver to come through, so I only painted it with one coat of white.  Let the paint dry thoroughly.
I then rubbed the wax in random areas where I thought it would wear naturally.  Remember to rub firmly, leaving wax behind.
Apply your second coat of paint, I used a light green paint and applied 2 coats.  Allow paint to thoroughly dry.  The waxy areas should be evident.
When the paint is dry, sand the waxed areas off with a fine grade paper, exposing the layer underneath.  Variations to this technique are endless, adding multiple layers of color, making it appear that the piece has been painted several times, or painting it a dark color, showing the technique even more.  I prefer muted hues, but that is just my shabby taste.
Wipe your project with a damp cloth and you are done, easy as that !
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diy crackle finish

Have you looked at the price of crackle finish lately?  At your local craft store, the prices is about 8 dollars for 8 ounces, too expensive for me !  I use white glue, and it works as well as any crackle medium I have used.

Supplies needed:

  • item you want to paint
  • 3 sponge brushes
  • white glue, I usually use elmers
  • 2 colors of paint

Paint your item, I painted a wood plaque I bought at the dollar store.  This is your base coat, which is also the color that you will see in the crackle.

When the paint is dried completely, apply a thick layer of glue.  You will only get the crackle effect on surfaces that have glue on them.  This is where you can be creative !  I painted mine in a straight pattern because I wanted the look of old wood, but you can swirl or ripple your glue pattern.

While the glue is still wet, apply your second coat.  This step is very important, if the glue dries before applying the paint, it will not crackle.  Use long steady strokes, do not go back and forth or paint over an area twice.

 

Now the fun begins, it is fun to watch paint dry !!

 

See how quickly you can see the results….. Let it dry overnight

I decided to make a candle holder out of a silver-plate ladle I had, but am not sure what candle I like best, tea light or votive?  decisions….  decisions…..

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re-purpose your old candles

I always have candles from Yankee Candle and Bath and Body that have burned down to about 1/4 of a candle left.  It seemed like such a waste to throw them away, and the containers are always so nice.  Why waste them?

I have a few old pots that I use for candle making, and I fill one with water and bring to a low boil.  Put your glass container in the pot and let it melt down.  While it is melting, prepare an empty jar with a pre-tabbed wick, available at your local craft store for about $3.00.  I usually put a dot of melted wax under the tab, to secure it, and secure the wick in the center of the top with a clip, so it stays in the center.

When your candle is melted, pour the melted wax into your prepared candle, and repeat until you have a new candle.  Be careful that your scents and colors complement one another 🙂

Enjoy your new candle, and remember, it was almost free !