Paperwhites as cut flowers

Last week Debra posted about the paperwhites that we have available for sale.  We love to pot these up in vintage milk glass containers or wooden vessels.  You’ll get at least a month of enjoyment as you watch this bulb sprout up into fragrant white flowers on a tall stem.

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Sometimes the flowers can seem a little too tall and they will begin to flop over if not given some kind of support.  Here, in the top right hand corner of the photo below you can see one of these plants that has reached that stage.

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Sometimes all that is needed is a little twine or raffia tied in a bow midway up the stem.  If the plant still seems too tall, I’ve found that paperwhites make beautiful cut flowers that can extend your enjoyment of this plant for another week.  In the following photo, I simply placed a single stem in individual milk glass containers grouped together.  Couldn’t be simpler!

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Or one single bud vase placed bedside adds simple elegance and subtle fragrance.

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Hope you’re able to pause, even briefly, during this hectic holiday season to enjoy some simple beauty.

Elizabeth

Paperwhites and Boxwood Wreaths for Sale

If you are in the local area of Mt. Bethel,PA, we have several fresh boxwood wreaths for sale, as well as paperwhite bulbs in pretty containers.

Our boxwood wreaths range in price from $20 to $30 depending on size.  Right now, we have 2 14 inch, 2 17 inch and 1 16 inch remaining.

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Our individual paperwhites are planted in vintage milkglass vessels and covered with moss.  Each comes with a chalkboard like gift tag tied with pretty red baker’s twine… ready for gift giving!

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We also have two larger milk glass vases with two bulbs each:

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And we have 3-bulbs in cute chunky wood boxes that are dark stained wood on three sides and  painted on one side with chalkboard paint so you can add your own personal greeting.

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Prices:

Single bulb containers $8

Double bulb containers $10

Three bulb containers $15

If you would like to purchase any of these items, please contact us.  They are available for pickup only.

 

Scenes from the Hope Christmas Market 2014, Boxwood Wreaths and Paperwhites

Elizabeth and I are still catching our breath from a busy weekend at the Hope Christmas Craft Market. I thought we would share a few photos of this year’s booth.  In the coming days we will post some of the furniture pieces that are still available for sale, as well as fresh boxwood wreaths and paperwhite bulbs in vintage containers.

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Hope Christmas Craft Market 2014

We’re so excited for the Hope Christmas Craft Market coming up this weekend! The forecast looks good and Debra and I seem to be putting every spare second into getting this show ready. In addition to our usual items we’ve also been busy creating some new ones and updating vintage finds. Here’s a sneak peek:

Vintage lamps.  These lamps have been rewired and prettied up with burlap cord covers.

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Vintage milk glass goblets – Perfect for makeup brushes, pencils and candy canes.

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Lots of pretty silver pieces including an “S” for Santa monogrammed water pitcher – perfect for eggnog.

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Anthropology inspired snowball wreath and garland.

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Our new collection of upcycled leather pillows.

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Woodland inspired monogrammed antler pillows.

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A new generous shopping bag.

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And a french grain sack inspired apron, just in time for holiday baking.

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Those are just a sampling of our new pieces.  Of course there’ll also be plenty of our banners, word pillows, music wreaths, boxwood wreaths, paper white bulbs, ornaments, table runners, bread and wine wraps for gift giving and plenty of items for unique Christmas centerpieces.   Hope to see you there!

Elizabeth

Magnetic Chalkboards and the Hope Christmas Market

The Hope Christmas Craft Market in Hope, New Jersey is just around the corner on Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th.  This is our 6th year doing this show and we are excited about all the furniture pieces we have this year, along with new pillow designs, new wreath designs, new tote bag designs and lots of vintage home decor items.

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One of the new items I’ve been working on are these framed magnetic chalkboards.

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Each of these started out as an old metal or wood frame that got a face lift with paint.  For the metal frames, I used Krylon spray paint in ivory satin finish and then coated them with poly-acrylic to prevent chipping.

I like how the ivory paint makes the metal edge look like lace.

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For the distressed wood frame, I used several coats of SW creamy, followed by light sanding and then brushed on some dark walnut stain for an aged finish.

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The chalkboard is simply a piece of galvanized roofing flashing, purchased from Home Depot.  We used a utility knife to cut it to size and then coated it with 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

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Whether used for displaying photos, artwork  or a simple wreath, I love the flexibility of these frames with the use of magnets.  Here, I used scrabble letters and hot glued them to small round magnets but really there is no limit to what could be used.

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The inspiration for these framed chalkboards came from a project we completed earlier this month – a tall, wall mounted magnetic chalkboard for my kitchen “command center”.

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The roof flashing was the perfect width as it comes in a 20 inch wide roll by 10 feet in length.  I used the same process as with the smaller frames of painting it with 3 coats of chalkboard paint.  My husband framed it for me and then screwed it to the wall. (we still need to plug the screw holes).

It has really helped me stay organized with my calendar and notes at the top of the chalkboard in plain view.  My son Jack gets the bottom half.

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Scrabble letters were used for the magnets here as well, along with a scrabble game tray for holding chalk, which I hot glued to the frame.  Easy peasy and perfect as a chalk tray!

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And while I am on the subject of chalkboard walls, I did a little more tweaking of our piano alcove:

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In the coming days, we will be sharing more of the items that we will have available for sale at the Hope Show.  Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!  Debra

 

 

Gratitude list

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”

- Sara Ban Breathnach

As I prepare myself for the crazy, busy season approaching, I’m pausing today to reflect on what I’m thankful for.  My to-do list can wait, for now.  Here’s my list of gratitudes (in no particular order):

Quiet moments…

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Quiet conversations…

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Family time…

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Friends…

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Home…

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Watching kids grow…

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Creativity…

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Nature…

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Simple pleasures…

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Faith…

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and Hope…

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The list could keep going, but I’ll stop here.  Hope you consider pausing this Thanksgiving to create your own  gratitude list.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Elizabeth

A Piano Niche and a Chalkboard Wall

We recently got our piano out of storage and I spent some time decorating the piano niche.  This is what it looked like when I started:

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 My husband built the shelf specifically so that the dvd player could sit on it. (You can see the cutout on the left where the wires will connect to the player.  But, from my perspective, the very utilitarian  dvd player  hardly seemed worthy of such a beautiful shelf.   My suggestion to hubby that we find another place for the dvd player was met with silence.

So plan B was to  camouflage it.  Since it’s black,  my thought was to paint out the back wall with chalkboard paint.  Hubby didn’t quite share my vision so I promised to repaint the wall if it looked awful.

Here’s how it looked after the first coat of chalkboard paint, along with just the two required elements, the dvd player and a lamp:

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I admit, I was ready to turn back at this point and repaint.  But I have learned over time that it helps to live with the change for a few days and let it sort of settle in.  I played around with  some accessories, and decided that a second coat of paint was in order to really decide on whether the chalkboard wall was staying or going.

For the accessories, I hung our Ethan Allen  clock that we’ve had in storage for almost two years!  It felt a bit like Christmas when I unpacked it.

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I  really like the natural wood tone against the black wall.

Then for functionality, I pulled out two old wooden boxes – one to corral sheet music and another smaller one (on top of the dvd player) for remote controls.

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 Repeating an element (in this case the natural wood tones) is good for continuity.

From there, I added some old books which  always work well for adding character and texture.

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…and then a few seasonal items with the pumpkin and vase of bittersweet and cattails.

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Then, I brought in  an old piano roll meant for a player piano and  fished it down the back side of the shelf.

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I think it’s a nice tie-in with the piano.  And it also serves to minimize some of the black.

Finally, for balance and a touch of whimsy I stenciled a set of antlers and then hung a simple gold frame over them.

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Before and After

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I’m really glad I stuck it out and didn’t turn back after that first coat of paint. What seemed overwhelmingly black  initially, was greatly toned down once the accessories came in.  And you hardly notice the dvd player … yay!

Debra