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Lighted Wall Sconces

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Lighted Wall Sconces

I have just realized how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything.  I’ve always thought my crafting is reliant upon my mood, and 2017 was really hard for me to be motivated to do much at all, crafting included. I’d been in a funk because my lovely cat passed away, and it has taken forever for me to get used to him not being with me anymore.  Now, for the “it’s just a cat” people out there, 18 years is a long time to have a warm being greet you at the door, and demand to spend time with you. Eighteen years is a long time to take care of, provide for, and love a furry friend each day. A lot can happen in 18 years; the good, the bad, and just normal day to day life. For us animal people, we know what is coming, and yet we still sign up for the next baby, which we did when we adopted a kitten on New Year’s Eve.

That being said, 2018 is shaping up to hopefully be better. I’m a little late with this post obviously since these were Christmas gifts, but my sister and I always try to do something crafty to give out.  This time, my aunt was the one that dropped a hint about hanging lighted wall sconces that are all over Pinterest, which seemed like it wouldn’t take much to do. I just had to find some wood, and jars.

Instead, I was walking through Hobby Lobby, and came across these already made.  I texted my sister because they were pretty much half done.  What could be easier?

I grabbed the rest of the supplies, which included some floral foam and battery operated LED lights. I actually got the lights from Joann’s, because most of the lights I found had large battery packs that I wasn’t sure I could hide easily. I also wasn’t really liking any of the flower options, until I came across single stem large flowers.  There were several options that I really liked, so I picked out colors that complemented the design on the wood.

My sister, and even my brother, helped put everything together.  We all started by hacking the ends off the floral foam and trimming the excess away to fit snuggly inside the lip of the jar. These were only about an 1/2″ thick, so it didn’t go below the metal band holding the jar.

I then hot glued the battery case to the back of the wood. I figured that would make it pretty easy to remove if the lights ever stopped working. My brother then threaded the light strand through the hole that was in the wood, and down into the jar.

My sister then placed the floral foam in the jar opening, making sure they would not slide down into the jars themselves.

I had been cutting the stems off the flower heads, and I hot glued each large flower to the floral foam. 

And there we have it. You can still see part of the light cord where the flower didn’t cover the hole, so I do wish we could have drilled a hole farther down so the flower would hide it.  Other than that, I really like how it turned out, and I also like that they were able to sit…

Or hang on the wall. Easy peasy, and they are so cute.

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Found Object Art

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Found Object Art

Wow!  It’s been a long time since I have posted anything! We’ve had an incredibly busy summer, and it just now kind of feels like I can sit back and relax a bit.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing some crafty things, but mostly I’ve just been puttering around with ideas.

I did work on this over the summer though. I’ve had a old piece of wood that’s been hanging around the house.  It was part of the vintage typewriter stand that we used for the bathroom sink, when we only used the iron legs.Wood from Typewriter Stand

I also had a pair of keys, and a pair of old hinges that we picked up somewhere. I never really thought of all of them going together, until I was going through Pinterest, and I happened upon some pieces put together with found objects.  I’m actually kind of in love with this idea.

I gathered all of my pieces, and pulled out my scrapbooking materials. I started by laying out how I thought the pieces of paper would best frame the old pair of keys. I found an old cardboard frame in my supply, and used that, along with the old dictionary page.  I added some black ribbon to hang the keys with, and placed that behind the cardboard frame.Paper glued together with Keys

I combined all of those with Mod Podge, and used that to add a layer over the finished frame. mod podge and trim nails

I also had found an old graphic online that had a lock on it.  I thought that would go with the keys, and I added a saying to it. I used some old trim nails that I’ve had laying around forever to attached both items to the wood. Twine bow with keys

The final touch was to add the hinges.  I loved how heavy these hinges were, and I just attached them so that they would be part of how the piece was able to be hung. Vintage hinges on Found Object art

And this is how it turned out.  It was super easy, and I used a lot of items that I picked up here and there, but wasn’t sure how they would end up being used. I’m going to see what else is just hanging around, waiting to be a part of something!Found Object Art hung on wall

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Turning Metal Storage Baskets into Display Shelves

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Turning Metal Storage Baskets into Display Shelves

We are getting ready to redo the main bathroom, which has a definite beachy feel going on in it. Because the design will be more modern, we had to relocate all of my shells to somewhere else in the house. The half bath that is in our bedroom had a wall that was mostly blank, so that’s where we decided to put them.  The problem?  Well, the shells were all in one display cabinet in the main bath, and it sat on the floor.  I didn’t have any room for the cabinet, so I had to come up with other display options.

This is the wall that we started with. Pretty much a blank space. The predominate color in the 1/2 bath is brown, with a bit of purple and green in the curtains. I wanted something that would stand out from the white wall, and kind of make a pop. I researched a ton of shelving options, and I wasn’t finding anything that really stood out to me.Blank wall

I went to Michaels to get something else, but they happened to have their baskets half off that weekend. That is what you call luck. On top of the discount, I also had a 20% off coupon my total purchase.  I stood in the middle of the basket aisle, and had a crazy thought that maybe I could use baskets as shelves.  I saw that people were using wood crates, so I thought they wouldn’t be much different.  There were a lot of pretty options, but I had to have something that could withstand some weight, and that didn’t have sides that slanted. The other problem is that the wall they were going on is rather tiny, but I had to have enough space to hold all my shells. I ended up buying six wire mesh baskets in gold, two each of three different sizes, for $42.00.  I figured if they didn’t work, I could just return them. Wire metal baskets in three sizes

I started by tracing the bottoms of the baskets onto tissue paper, which I cut.  Then I played around with the layout that best suited the wall space that was available.  I would have like to not have them grouped so close together, but we had to work with what I had.tissue paper layout possibilities

Once I decided on the layout, Double D started hanging the baskets.  This was another problem, since we had to find wall studs.  There would be a lot of weight on these baskets. finding wall studs for metal baskets

We finally got all six up, using washers to go between the screw head and the basket. Metal baskets finally hung

Also, the two middle ones only had one screw in a wall stud, so we attached all the baskets with a nut and bolt through the sides of the baskets.  It might have been overkill, but I didn’t want them to come crashing to the ground.Baskets held together with nuts and bolts

And here they are with all of our shells.  Some of them are my grandmothers, collected from her trips to Florida and California. Most of them are mine, from Florida, South Carolina, Aruba, and the Philippines. I even have the one from my fish tank, after my snail didn’t make it. I’m not so happy about the black screw head showing, but I do have gold paint that I’m considering using to cover them up. Other than that, I love how they look up on the wall, and the baskets seem to be holding fine!finished baskets with shells

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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