Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pottery Barn Inspired Lantern

I found these lanterns sitting in my parents barn.  I love going to snoop through the barn.  There's always something interesting out there. 

I've been seeing black lanterns all over the place in stores lately...Ikea...William Sonoma Home...and POTTERY BARN!  These looked a little rough but it wasn't anything a good cleaning and some black spraypaint wouldn't fix.  I actually painted these over the summer and I hadn't really found anything to do with them yet...until...Mom was showing me the newest Pottery Barn catalogue.  I saw this....

Malta Lantern, Small, Bronze finish

The smallest one has acorns in it.  The smallest one is also $29.00 (the largest is $99.00).  Today, my friend and coworker went to a local orchard store after work so I could buy persimmon pulp.  While I was there, I happened to notice the HUGE bin of mixed nuts in their shells.  They were perfect.  $7.00 worth of mixed nuts later I was out the door. 

I came home and sat up shop on my usual workbench...our chest freeer in the garage.  I couldn't use my husband's workbench right now even if he would let me.  It's covered with trellis pieces (yes, I'm still waiting on that).  Years of barn filth isn't easy to clean up, and this was round 2 of the cleaning process.  I cleaned the inside with my Dyson handheld and cleaned the glass.

The pillar candle I had is kind of nasty.  I'll be buying a new one ASAP...as well as one to go in the other matching lantern.  After it was cleaned, I put the candle in and added some mixed nuts around the base.  Luckily, there's enough for lantern #2.

And now it's in it's new home in our living room.  I just hope the little turd we call our dog leaves it alone. 

I'm posting to the following parties:
Lucky Linky Tuesday @ Lucky Star Lane
Toot Your Own Horn Tuesday @ Silly Little Sparrow
Make It Yours Day @ My Backyard Eden
Show Off Your Stuff @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
A Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday on Tuesday
Get Your Craft On Thursday @ Life As Lori
Passion for Paint @ Mural Maker & More
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple
Make It 4 Monday @ Cottage Instincts
All About You Monday @ Texas Monkey

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fall Wreath

A few weeks ago at Walmart I took a pass through the seasonal aisle and found some things that I thought would be pretty in a wreath.  Of course I have never made a wreath but I figured it couldn't be too difficult.  I cleared off my dining room table, plugged in the old hot glue gun, and spread out the stuff. 

I started randomly cutting off flowers from the clumps, and berries, and leaves and glueing them to the wreath in a cluster.

One I finished, I wired a loop to the back, and hung it on my front door!  It was actually A LOT easier than I thought it would be, and I have quite a bit left over for some other project.

Please excuse the chipped paint on the door.  Repainting the front door, shutters, and garage door is on my list of things to do over Fall Break in a couple of weeks.