Wednesday, September 17, 2008

OUR Creation

Look at these beauties I found at the thrift store!I bought the only two they had.
If there were four,
I would have used them as legs for a table.
But there were only two,
so now those stair balusters
are huge candle holders!
My hubby added the base and molding.
I could do it, (just not as fast).
But he likes to call this OUR blog,
so he helps me build things.
He thinks you should know that those two candles
used to be one giant crooked candle
that I bought for $1.
I let it sit out in the heat of the sun.
When it was warm and soft,
I rolled it like dough to get it straight.
Then I used the compound miter saw to cut it in two.
Hubby said, "You never cease to amaze me
what you will cut with that saw. A candle??? Wow!"

While I was out of the room, he added those last lines.
I guess it really is OUR blog now.

60 comments:

Susie Harris said...

Oh you didnt!!! You just gave me another idea.. I was looking for some candle sticks large like that but I couldnt spend that much . Thank you Miss Joy!!! Im so going to try this... happy..happy day!

Rambling Girl said...

Gosh just another great idea..I have some of those things left over from building our house. I am going to have to get them out. You know candle sticks that big are just so high...Love the decor as always Joy.

Libby said...

Love the giant candlesticks! I don't know if I could pull something off like that. You always make things look great in your home! Love that you cut the candle too!

Blessings to you and yours,

lelly said...

maybe the only thing keeping my inner creativity trapped is the fact that i don't have a mitre saw?!?

Darlene said...

OMG...another fabulous idea. Those are PERFECT as tall candle sticks. You and your hubby did a GREAT job!!!

rachel said...

Oh Sherm... I love how those comments really capture the Shermness of it all. I miss you guys terribly.

Valarie said...

I was just thinking the other day how I could use some of those. Well now I know! :)

Inspired Kara said...

What a great idea. I LOVE this. I'm keeping my eye out around here where homes are being gutted :)

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Great find! Love them as candle holders!

Adventure girl wanna be said...

How cute, about your husband! And how cool that he can make things for you;)

I love the idea and the look of the table arrangement! Gorgeous!

Lincs and Ali said...

Welcome to the blog world dad!

RoBiN said...

Oh My!!! Why wasn't I with you when you found these!!!

Go to the bottom of MY BLOG, and see if you can do with those posts...besides candleholders! I try to pick these up EVERYWHERE...not easy to find, and I have resolved myself to cutting up Headboards and Footboards of discarded/cheap beds!

Love the WHoLe thing about crooked candles, sunlight, and MAN-TOOLS! My own hubby is amazed at what I can come up with from cans we ate dinner out of! LOL!

Great to see you!

Twice as Nice said...

How fun! We will ALL be looking forward to hearing more from your HUBBY!! Maybe he will post something by himself :o)

BudgetPretty said...

You have some imagination, what a great idea! Your hubby is so sweet, when I ask my hubby for help on my projects he tells me, "whats wrong with the way it looks now?", lol.

Deb said...

Wow, what a great idea. They look amazing. You would have paid a ton for those in the little boutiques here. The best part is that your hubby helped you. My hubby will help, but I have to wait for a while until he has time. Enjoy his willingness to get crafty with you.

Heather said...

I don't have the space for giant candlesticks as far as scale would dictate, but I love the idea! I have warmed and rolled crooked candles often - and used a huge drill bit to scoop out enough to fit a plain glass votive holder or a tea light - this worked really well for decorating for our church when our budget didn't allow for frequent candle replacements! Power tools are our friends, right?

I had a good day at the Goodwill on Monday - but I have yet to transform my fantastic finds! I can't even take the 'before pictures' because we need batteries - we stole them from everywhere during our time without power! We are usually be better prepared - Ike's windy gift caught us off guard!

I long for more time to re-purpose - you have given me so many great ideas, but this is a busy season of life! I don't get much time with homeschooling during the day and it is getting dark too early to spray paint after supper, baths and bedtime - I'll have to try to squeeze it in at lunchtime!

I was wondering if you spray paint the harp when you paint a lamp - I bought two lamps that are the same tall buffet lamps for $2 each but they are different colors and one has a harp and one doesn't. The harp is bright cheap brass and I am planning to paint the lamps chocolate brown and then fleck them with bronze (totally taking your lead!). What do you think?

Kelly said...

They look great!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

THat looks great!! Never would have thought to add moulding,thanks for the idea!! What a good, handy guy you have :)

Blessings,
Stacey

Nikki said...

What a great project! I would love some tall candlesticks like that.

I'm impressed with candle.

Mrs. Trixi said...

A candle and a mitre saw, I believe I have now heard it all. Great job!!! I love big candle holders.

12 weeks at a time said...

Man, and I've been on the lookout for tall chunky candlesticks like that for the mantle! My bookcases on either side of the fireplace are so tall that I really need some heighth on the mantle. Great job, and I love the candle idea, what a money saver! ~Becky~

Kacey Randolph said...

That is FABULOUS! On our trip to Memphis I found big vintage spindles and it was killing me because I had no idea what to do with them. Now I'm REALLY kicking myself for not buying them! They look awesome!! Great thinking!

Weeksie50 said...

I am so sorry that I used your pictures without asking first.. I just seen your copyright statement on your blog. While I did copy your pictures. I posted your site name and a link.

I love your new creation. It is so neat and creative..

Cathy said...

Great idea! Love it! You are one creative lady. Love your blog.

Cathy

nikkicrumpet said...

What a great team the two of you make. Those are some killer candle holders! Hubby did a great job adding the moldings. And I'm totally in awe about you fixing the crooked candle...great info! Have a terrific week.

bec4 said...

Love those ginormous (my teenager's word!) candlesticks!

the undomesticated wife said...

Tell your hubby he did a great job! ;)

Michelle said...

I'm laughing as I comment...My word, Joy...does your creative side ever relax? Love it:)

Spymommy said...

I love this project you created! As I looked at those ballusters, the first thing that came to MY MIND was to use them under a countertop of an island to make it look more custom and cottage like. Maybe I'll have to do that with my island!

Shannon said...

Love this!! Your hubby sounds funny! :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Another great idea from you, Joy! You must sit around & dream these things up every day. I'd love to have a compound miter saw, lucky you.

Ms. Tee said...

Oh how cute! i just love these. :)

Sandy Toes said...

I love those! They are simply wonderful! It can be hard to find long candle sticks and you did it again!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

So great! I love the way your mind works.

Sweet Simplicity said...

What a great idea! I love all of your fall decorations!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Your husband is hilarious. I love it! And I love that you took a miter saw to that candle. Way to go!
Carrie

Lorie said...

I am glad you let your hubby help! Makes them feel important! ;D

I think I am going to take some time tomorrow and go to a few thrift stores and see if I can come up with some fun Fall Decorations!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Joy,
You and hubby did a great job with these!

You never know what you'll find at a thrift store do you?

Christina said...

Very creative use for the posts. They look great.

I also love the different looks of your chandelier. Such seasonal goodness.

How fun that your hubby is involved!

Always love your ideas.

The Graves said...

how great! now if i can just talked hubby into helping me make some... by the way, loved the framed "boo" so much i made one of my own. thanks for all the great inspiration!
~nicole

Manuela said...

Great candle sticks - love that they're a large size! Candle sticks are expensive, so this is a great alternative!

Manuela

Mrs. B said...

I love it Joy! When I first saw those, before I even scrolled down, I thought, "Those would make great candlesticks!" You know, I always tell my hubby that he should be the one with the blog and not me!

Brandi said...

very creative and pretty. you and your husband are cute together!

Sue said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR CANDLE STCKS-----YOUR HUSBAND IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAYBE HE CAN COME OVER TO MY HOUSE I HAVE LOTS OF HONEYDO'S.


SUE

yeahexceptfornot said...

I love the candles sticks! I'm thinking I need to live in a town with a thrift store.. You have great ideas!

Jen r. said...

Great idea as usual!! :)

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Awesome...you sure have a creative touch and I really appreciate you sharing your ideas. They look great. :)
Warmy, Deb

joelandbecca said...

You fascinate me! You see things that I just never would have! I love it!!!! Those are amazing candle sticks. Gynormous and breath taking!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I am running out of room...all these ideas and not enough space. What do you do with your stuff? Do you keep everything out or pack some of it away for awhile? I need help JOY...please....my house is soo cluttered. cherry

Brian and Kirsten said...

Who woulda thunk it - great idea! I love "stalking" your blog and picking up great ideas (although the list of things I want to do is getting longer and longer by the second!). Thanks for sharing all your fab ideas! I truly find "joy" in "visiting" your online "home."

Mimi Sue said...

As usual just fabulous. Are you finding your stuff at DI? I love the one in Centerville. Don't go up there though you'll get all the good stuff...Mimi

Jaime said...

Those are gorgeous! You are so creative!

onlymehere said...

Fantastic idea! Love it.

Angie said...

I have some balusters exactly like these that I got from my husband's grandmother's house. She lives in a very old house and I think they came off the outside railing. My husband made me some lamps out of them and they turned out so good. I am going to copy your candleholders - LOOOOOVE THEM!!!

Bettsi said...

Joy, tell the Mister that I think both of you are adorable! Love the candlesticks- they would also be beautiful on a hearth.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

they look terrific! Love the detail that hubby added! I'm amazed that you set the candle in the sun and let it warm, then rolled it! Terrific idea!

Solei said...

that is so cute that your hubs typed away when you left for a bit.
I'm sorry, but that officially makes it both your blogs!! lol]


2 cute, and I love the project!

btw, did i tell you how much I loved finding your blog???
except now I'm gonna spend way too much time on here!
=0D

Charli and me said...

I love those candle sticks! What a great idea! All of your after pictures look great! I also like all of the before :>)

Me said...

What a neat idea for the candlesticks! Definitely going to tag onto your blog. Looking forward to getting more great ideas!

Mandy said...

Wow, you are kinda amazing!!!

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