Thursday, November 29, 2012

Trophy Love Two

When I saw this metal urn at the thrift store it reminded me of 
a huge loving cup trophy. 
When I got it home I began to 
strip off the layers of paint

Unfortunately those layers were hiding rivets and seams and different tones of metal.
 To unify the piece I rubbed on a coat of Rub n'Buff. Then I gave it a little age with a dark glaze. I think it looks great! 
It's almost like a real vintage loving cup trophy 
but for a fraction of the price.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Trophy Love

I have a love for vintage trophies. Unfortunately I cannot afford their 
high price tag. 
I've been lucky to find a few  
small ones at the thrift store, even though 
I've also gathered a couple of newer metal trophies but I wasn't fond of the
 shiny yellow gold.
I tossed around a few ideas for giving them  
a little age. I could spray paint them but I wanted a warm silver not a shiny one so I decided to try removing the shiny finish with 
paint stripper and steel wool. 
It worked perfectly! Although I would still love to find 
a real vintage trophy,
  this small collection of faux vintage trophies makes me happy too.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Blessings

Wishing You and Yours
a Blessed Thanksgiving Day! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nuts About Acorns

As I decorated for fall and 
Thanksgiving this year,
one thing became very evident.
I'm nuts about acorns!
They are in trays,
in bowls,
in vases, 
 and jars.

“Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.” ---E.F. Schumache


Monday, November 19, 2012

Stalking a Trough

One day at the thrift store I noticed an item in another shopper's cart. It was a lovely, perfectly aged, long, skinny trough. I was in love, yet sad that I had missed such a wonderful piece. Because it was love at first sight for me, I had a hard time letting it out of my sight. So I very nonchalantly stalked the pretty little trough. Please tell me that I'm not the only one who stalks other thrift store shoppers hoping that they'll put back a coveted item! Actually I already know that I must not be because one thrifter told me that she had a woman come up to her after she purchased an item and offered her more than 10 times what she had just paid. Fortunately I did not have to go to such extremes for this trough. The other shopper put it back on the shelf and walked away. That's when I swooped in to make that little trough mine and we have lived happily together ever since! It's been such a fun piece for decorating for summer and fall.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Savoring The Season

I love the Thanksgiving season.
I am happy to spend the days appreciating
 and savoring the joys of life.
 Although it has been a most difficult year,
 I still have much to be thankful for. Thank you 
for your love, support and prayer
for me and my family.
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