Remember this post about upcycling these old candle jars:
Click HERE to go over to my Trash2Treasure blog to see the next batch of similar jars; as shown below:
So NOW I have some candle jars with the GLASS lids. blech! Not much I can do to disguise the fact that these used to contain candles. Still, it’s a pretty cute and simple idea:
You could even do this with jars that you don’t have a lid for, and tie a piece of muslin, burlap or cheesecloth over the top; which might actually look BETTER than using the original glass lid.
These ceramic cherubs are from DT a few years ago. They usually have ‘some kind’ of white ceramic cherubs every year, and I almost always buy a few. Just don’t always get around to using them right away!
I glued some tea stained crepe paper rosettes to little tea stained paper doilies; then to the top of each box. Then the cherubs. I really don’t like to use hot glue unless I absolutely HAVE to. For these I used my good ole tacky glue, and wrapped a couple of rubber bands around the tops of the boxes and the angel wings to hold them firmly down while my glue set.
On display and for sale in by booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon
So now that I have a few of each in my booth, I can ‘test’ and see which sells better; the white boxes or the tea stained boxes.
For as much time as I spend thinking about new craft ideas and techniques, every once in a while, one practically hits me over the head! That is how this idea came to be:
Hadn’t really bought them specifically to use together, but the idea hit me as I unpacked my purchases at home and saw the two together. Pretty cute and VERY simple idea. And not necessarily JUST as a Christmas ornament.
And when I finally got around to sorting through the catch-all box, and as I was packing away all my Christmas craft supplies; these gold candle bases (removed from battery operated taped candles) just happened to be right nest to the gold bird-cage ornaments. And the proverbial ‘lightbulb’ went off in my head!
Pop over to my Trash 2 Treasure blog to see what I did with these old heart shaped bottles. I collected the bottles from thrift stores and rummage sales throughout the year. Never pay more than a dollar for one!
Here’s one little sneak peek!
Are YOU working on any Valentine crafts of decorations yet?
Not buying much these days (focusing on using up what I have!) but still try to breeze through at least once a week and see what’s new. Gotta ‘watch like a hawk’ for this years new shipment of birds for spring! I have already sold though almost ALL 125+ of the birds I bought last year! Gotta keep a few sets set aside for custom etsy orders.
These little satin trinket boxes were in the $1.00 at Michael’s craft store some time ago. I’m still working away at using up all the craft supplies I have stashed away. Figured I could get away with adding some PINK to my product mix since Valentine’s day is coming. I started with the box, a small tea stained doily, a crepe paper rosette, ribbon and glue.
I trimmed the crepe paper rosette to just a tad smaller than the doily and glued them to the bottom. Then another rosette to the lid. Ribbon around the rim of the box. A tiny nest (purchased wholesale last year; these are MUCH smaller than the more recent ones from DT) And one of the pink glitter bird picks (with pick part removed!) that I got on clearance last week at Michael s.
Gosh, I’ve had these little spiral journals for YEARS! Bought them back when we had our shop and was offering to personalize them with monogram letters. Never did sell very well, and they got packed away when we closed our store. In my recently renewed quest to ‘use up what I have’, I can across the box of them and decided to fix them up and sell them on etsy.
There were some in the original batch that I bought that the covers were ALL kraft color. It’s these with the strip of color on the edge that I had a hard time with because I had to coordinate that side color with what I put on the front. There were also some with pink on the sides.
They are actually quite nice little journals. I’ve not seen these same ones at DT since ‘back then’, BUT it doesn’t HAVE to be a ‘blank cover’ journal for you to alter. Just be use that it is a color and pattern that you can easily work . OR, if you can’t find a journal, grab a good ole composition book! Altering those is quite popular these days!
The purple and green ones were much harder to find the right papers for. I just don’t have much in those colors; and I was NOT about to go out and BUY any more. Just as I was about to resign myself to the fact that maybe these were just ‘meant to be’ tossed in the Goodwill donation bag . . .I found paper that worked!
And with the few plain kraft cover ones I was able to add more papers to the front; three layers here: old dictionary page, scrapbook paper then old sheet music. The embossed kraft color embellishments were the perfect finishing touch!
These will soon be listed for sale in my etsy shop.
I didn’t go out much this year. Need to USE UP all the supplies I’ve gathered over the past ten years; so I’ve just not been going out shopping much AT ALL. Because if I GO, I’ll BUY! Have to FORCE myself to use up what I have! Seriously, I could open up my own craft supply store with all the stuff I have!!!
BUT, I got a Michael’s gift card for Christmas AND they had a coupon for $5.00 off every $25.00 spent. And I DID need some tacky glue, so off I went. Practically EVERYTHING at Michael’s was marked down! Got some pink glitters for Valentine crafting, Aleen’s tacky glue (always need that!) and a packet of ephemera.
You know all the ‘impulse buy’ stuff they have that you walk by on your way to the register? The stuff that USED to always be $1.00 each, and went up to $1.50 a few years ago? It was all 50 CENTS!!! I got these 2 little notebooks to alter.
And quite a few of their individually wrapped skeleton keys. That was it at Michael’s. Next to WalMart. I almost NEVER go to WM! We’ve only had one close enough TO go to for a couple of years now, but I’m kinds set in my ‘shopping ways’. Do like to check out their Christmas ornaments after Halloween though. And again after Christmas, on sale.
I did not NEED a new one of these, but I simply could not resist those colors!!! I got a few of the round red cookie tins (like I used for my cupcake ornaments) and picked up the case of nests and owls that they were holding for me.
I got a couple more VANILLA scented bottles of hand sanitizer. MUCH more pleasant the the alcohol smelling kind! I keep one in my car and use it before and after each venture.
And that was IT for my after Christmas shopping! I don’t DARE ever shop for GIFTS this far in advance. I’d surely forget not only what I got and where I hid it, but whom it was for as well!!!
Happy New Year to all my Dollar Devotees!!