Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A's and AAHHH'S

I am so proud of you! Many of you were able to answer the questions about what the objects were in their former life. I give you all A's! For those of you that weren't correct, you still get an A for trying. And Msfears, you get an A for making me laugh at this answer:The crown was definitely a torture device in the dark ages.
Jackie from Empty Nest Full Life was correct! Her answer was: I think the crown might have been a candle holder that held a pillar candle in glass and the glass was missing, and you added the middle piece, I also go for a chandelier globe or one of those home interior candle sconces with a wooden bead painted and glued onto the top.
Silly me, I forgot to take "before" pictures. But can you see the crown, turned right side up, is meant to hold a glass insert that you could place a candle in. The glass likely broke, so the owners donated the metal part. I used a two part welding epoxy to attach a metal finial on what is now the top and then I spray painted the entire piece.











Most of you guessed this one. See how a candle fits perfectly inside the glass and then the neck of the glass could fit perfectly inside a metal base. I drilled a hole into a big wooden ball---okay, I started to drill the hole, but holding a small hard wood object while trying to drill a huge hole isn't as easy as it sounds. So, my husband drilled most of the hole in the ball (he will be so happy that I gave him the credit). Then I painted it and used a heavy duty glue to attach it. The cute ribbon covers the rest of the neck of the glass.
I hope that you all have learned the important lesson to look at things as they could be.


I know that many of you are still working on your five minute projects. Remember to let me know when you're ready to show them. *edited to add: We'll be showing three tomorrow. Come join in!

Now, I thought it might be a fun change of pace to show you some "snippets" of my house---the things that make me say "Aahhh".

31 comments:

Darlene said...

Yea...at least I passed the test. You are so talented to see the possiblities in everything. Your "snippets" are just beautiful.

Tausha said...

i am with you on looking at things for a different purpose.
I look at stuff at the di-turn it on its side and such, people look at me weird, but i am the one with the cool stuff!
I love the apothecary jars with the lemons. So happy!

Chris said...

I just can't get enough of this blog. Every single picture is wonderful. You and I share the same tastes--apparently, we like urns and apothecary jars! I was stumped on the crown, but I was quite close on the others. I love how you use cloches, too!

Bristol said...

Fun stuff, glad I stumbled across your blog
Bristol

PK said...

Hi-Can you come to my home and help me???? I sure could use a such a great eye for details-and it's always about the details!! Seriously-hire you?? I don't even know where to start:( Your blog gives me great inspiration every day!
Paula

Jennifer said...

Joy, I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I love it. I don't have a creative bone in me, but I tried the 5 under 5. Here is a link to it:
http://thebackporchinnc.blogspot.com/2008/08/painting.html

I made it for my secret sis at church. I only knew that she like the colors black, white, and purple. So there you have it.

nikkicrumpet said...

Thanks for the ongoing inspiration!!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I was standing in the thrift store when I said to myself, Joy is posting the answers for yesterdays post and I forgot to check. Oh, and there you go again showing all of those white dishes. Love them! Great inspiration once again.

Annie said...

I love the cloche idea. I find that actual cloches are too pricey for my taste. So I am definitely gonna steal this idea! (if you don't mind). All of your displays are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

Susie Harris said...

Oh yeah! I was too chicken to give an answer... Do I still get an A...smile. Looking good as always. I love you Miss Joy!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Very clever imagining indeed! Way to go on these makeovers! :) I also love your vignettes around your home--just beautiful!

blessings,
Stacey

Rae said...

I'm aahhing right along with you!!

Christy said...

Your house is lovely!

You can also check out my 5 minute project on my blog. It was so fun and easy. Thanks again for showing us how to do this project!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I found absolutely nothing today. The rain must have slowed things down. They actually looked as if they were cleaning things out. I was actually looking for something to make a cloche out of , or a piece of wood to make the 5 minute project. The only piece of wood that would work at our WM was almost 5.00 and my husband would shoot me if I paid that for what he would consider scrap wood. I will have to check here at the house more closely. I will be checking out the yard sales for that too. Have a great day! Jackie

Angie said...

Those pictures make me say Aaahhh too! You do such a good job at creating vignettes! I have been changing some things on pieces in my house to make them more "pleasing to the eye". I use your blog as inspiration. Thanks!

Antoinette said...

Beautiful! I see I was way off in my guesses. LOL!

I didn't link you to my post. I guess I should've. Here it is:

http://antoinettesjournal.blogspot.com/2008/08/little-sneak-peak.html

Antoinette :)

Cameo said...

You have a great creative eye. These items turned out beautiful. Blogging has turned me on to white dishes. They are lovely.

Deb said...

What an eye you have. What an awesome transformation, and the best part is that those are one of a kind items. Great job. I need to find me some more cloches and i love how you used the clock face as the base. Genius!!

Valarie said...

Love the snippets, it gives me more ideas :)

Eve said...

Okay, I need that peach lustre dish. I don't have that one. : )

Blissful Nikki said...

Girl, you are too many things!!! These are great! Hey, want to come make some crowns out of my candle holders?! hehe

mishebe said...

You are very creative. i specially like the crown.. mishelle

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Gorgeous displays! Love the cab with the white ware inside. We really have similiar tastes. I love everything you display. cherry

Camilla at home said...

Thanks for comment at my blog! Your blog is great, I really enjoy all of the do-it-yourself ideas you`ve got, with all of the beautiful images as well!

Mom Of Three said...

I love all your stone birds and black accents. I have gold initials in my laundry room but I may copy your "five minute" wood project and spruce the letters up! I would love your opinion on my laundry room and any ideas you may have. I have pictures posted on my blog this morning:)!
Deb at www.shellinyourpocket.blogspot.com

Janet said...

Love those snippets!

Janet

Mrs. Trixi said...

You are so amazingly talented and teaching me how to see things differently everyday.
Thanks for sharing.

Our Complete Family said...

Love, Love, Love, Love your blog! I am so glad I stumbled across it and I'm so excited to bookmark you and peek back in! Happy almost the weekend to you! Leslie

Linda said...

I believe I spy Canonsburg American Traditional or Washington Colonial under that cloche! I love ironstone, but those are the only two I collect. It's always so much fun to spot somewhere. (I'd love to know if that's not what maker it is. I know that my pattern was at one time or another made by different companies) Thanks!

judicreations said...

I love the black you've painted. They look so amazing. Your china is beautiful too. Thank you for sharing.
I have a silver candlelabra that has lost its silver..well it was a recent thrift fine. I would like to paint it. Do you supposed I could paint it a black or white with the type of spray paint you use?
I've enjoyed your blog and added you to my list so I can find you again.
Have a great day.

mx2mommy said...

You are so clever!! I have been on the hunt for crowns that won't break the bank (I did manage to find 1 cute plater type) but to turn a "nothing" into on - WOW!! I have several finials tha could complete something I'm sure I have. Thanks for sharing..I have found a TON of good ideas on here today!!
Janae

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