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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I can't help myself....

I'm out shopping for Christmas gifts, and I pop in Hobby Lobby, just to pick up some beeswax because I've been dying to try it in a collage
(And of course I have a coupon I need to use too!) ~

Well, I find a gorgeous cream tulle remnant, 4 yards for not even three bucks....gotta have it! I have a thing for cream tulle....I used it as garland on my Christmas tree last year. I bought a big roll at Michael's with a coupon (it's about 6" wide by tons of yards long)...I can't find it anywhere!!! What is that? I'm sure it's up in the attic and the boy's aren't finding the right box it's in :)

Anyway, I pass a thrift store while out Christmas shopping....well, let's just see if they have anything interesting.....

several tiny old ornaments ~ with the perfect patina!

A bebe crock pot for my wax, 2 bucks!!! A wonderful old hat case that I just love, only three dollars!! I know they're not Christmas gifts BUT they were really, really inexpensive things ~ an old dictionary for cents, the old aquarium I found at an antique mall last week for a mere 7 dollars, I just forgot to show it to you :)

I love this old jar, .99 ~

I did buy a few Christmas gifts while I was out too!!

I tried making a few pom-poms out of the tulle for our Christmas tree ~ We have a cathedral ceiling and we've placed our 6 ft tree on top of a table to make it seem grand and I hate to get it down to do the garland, drape thing so I thought, how about bunches of tulle tucked into the tree?

I cut the piece of tulle 8" x about 54"
Also cut an 8" piece of thin wire
and starting bunching from one short end ~

Cinched it up in the center of the 8" with the wire ~

Pulled up both sides and cut it with scissors so the edges would be even ~

Tied it with a thin strip of tulle, tie it tight in a knot. (This is where it reminds me of those little ghosts we made when I was a child out of tissues and yarn!)

A simple poof of tulle ~ I need to make more to see what I think of the look :)
I'd better hurry though, Christmas is coming fast!!!

A few wonderful things I'd love to share with you ~

Kathy of Sweet Up-North Mornings made this gorgeous angel in a jar as a tribute to her precious friend she recently lost in a car accident....I had to show you how beautiful it is ~
hugs and love to you dear Kathy.

Tammy from The Other Side of Me made the most precious snowmen from my Sparkly Snowman Tutorial!!! I love them Tammy ~ yours are absolutely wonderful!!!

Twyla and Lindsey of Two Crazy Crafters
are so sweet to share a beautiful tag tutorial HERE!

Viola is have a most beautiful giveaway HERE ~

Marie of Spun by Me is having a wonderful giveaway too!!! Just click HERE to see ~

Whew!!! Big post! I hope you all are doing wonderful.....
Please say a little prayer for baby Clara,
she has croup and is coughing terribly.
When your babies are sick it hurts your heart ~

I hope you have an amazing Wednesday
filled with the Christmas spirit!
hugs and love,


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Dear Dawn, I see you had fun shopping and got some great deals :-)! Your tulle pom-poms look very pretty! Hopefully sweet little Clara will get better soon!

Hugs and love,

La Flotte said...

Hi Dawn, i just found your blog and I love it!
The last hour I spend watching your creative things. I made myself a follower so I don't miss a new post.
I adore your little eggs!

I have a blog too, come take a look...maybe you like it?
I also have a lot creative stuff!

greetings from Holland.


Lori said...

Dawn, i would seriously love to know how you find all the giveaways...surely you aren't reading 10, 389 blogs? hee hee...i had my tree wrapped with tulle last year funny is that...this year, i couldn't get it on there the way i wanted it to look, so i left it off...your little poofs are a cute alternative...i have been wanting to try beeswax for the longest will have to let me know how you like working with it!!!

Dragonlady said...

I love the things that have been made by your tutorials....and want to say, sending a prayer for little Claire.....I know how if feels to have a child sick..

Sheila R said...

I just love all of your treasures! Sending prayers for baby Clara for a speedy recovery.

Grandma Nina said...

Hi Dawn,
I love your blog. I also do the tulle poofs in my Tea Room tree. They're not quite as neatly done as yours, but I like how they look. I have a picture up on one of my posts.
Hope Claire feels better soon. I know what you mean about how terrible you feel when children are sick.

sissie said...

It sure is hard to pass by the thrift shops, I can't get anything done for making my rounds to the thrifts and Habitat.
I love all of your lovely things and the tulle on the tree is so pretty.
I hope your little one feels better soon.

The French Bear said...

Everything you make is wonderful and gorgeous, I may have to come and hang around one day, just to let the good karma flow!!!!
I do love your work, so gorgeous, I knew you would love tulle, I may have some (stacks & rolls) hanging around here too!!!!
Margaret B

madrekarin said...

As always, you found the sweetest treasures. :) I like your poofy tulle on your tree- it has a very vintage look to it.
I will keep Clara in my prayers. Poor baby. :(

Judy said...

You found some nice little treasures that are so useful!I love the tulle in the tree and the way the light comes through.
I hope little baby Clara feels better soon.

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

somehow you always have the best projects, the best photos. It's always delightful to visit your blog for the scrumptious (calorie free) eye candy.
Poor Clara. I will say a prayer.

LemonyRenee' said...

I just can't resist a thrift store, either. Just can't . . . I hear the little treasures calling out to be rescued! Never let it be said I didn't do my part!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I know the situation well ~ I've been trying to keep a list {more like lists} in my pocketbook so if I find I am somewhere that has what I'm looking for, I can cross it off the list. Apparently, that doesn't work for me!

Dixie said...

Dawn... I've got tons of ivory tulle... I decorated my booth with it in Geronimo... and I still have tons... thanks for the great ideas... It's hard to pass up a good thrift bargain no matter what time of the year it is! I picked up some great finds with Candy (Rock Candy) this week and posted about them yesterday. Now, I'm off to pull out that tulle and start making some pompoms!
Christmas Blessings. Dixie

Kimberly said...

This was fun to see all of your treasures. I love em all! I have been seeing those aqariums in antique stores for LOTS of money. I had never even noticed them before and now I see them everywhere. Prayers for Clara...........

Kathy said...

Oh Dawn... I'm praying for your sweet Clara!!! I HATE it when the little ones are sick...and it always seems to happen at the Holidays. So sweet of you to post Lila's remembrance jar...she was a treasure, and always will be in mt heart. We need a shot of your tree when your all done fluffing it...God Bless dear friend, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

The Rustic Victorian said...

Prayers go out for little Clara! the colds are sure going around. thanks for sharing the finds,creations in the works, and giveaways.
Merry Christmas Miz Dawn

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your comments about this and that. I had gotten a new large size crock pot and it came with a small one inside and I didn't really know what I would do with it - NOW I do! Can't wait to see your beeswax project - so much inspiration going at a time when free time is scarce! Merry Christmas!

--Vicki K.

marie said...

How sweet of you to mention my giveaway. But sweetness is definitely you! Thank you so much!!

I love your tulle poofs ~ they look just beautiful! You always come up with such wonderful ideas! And by the way, I know where your spool of tulle's with the Christmas cards I bought last year! I can't find those either!!

I'm praying that little Clara feels better're so right about the "hurting heart" when our babies are ill!

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Dawn,
This morning I got the warm fuzzies to find your sweet comment left on my blog. Thanks so much! Love you tulle puffs and all your little finds. I am sure you will have no trouble filling that sweet little jar! Take care, and have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas willed with love, family and friends,

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fun post! Makes me want to go shopping for more craft items! I love the links, too! Thank you and happy holidays! The colors of your tree are so elegant!

Andylynne said...

What wonderful finds, good for the very thrifty ,vintage soul. It will be fun to see things emerge. Love the tulle on the tree, so pretty with the light shining through.

Hopemore Studio said...

Dawn, I can't wait to see your finished projects with the beeswax. I added it to my Christmas wish list because this year because I haven't been able to spend it on myself (yet). I did get an itty bitty crock pot just like yours at the goodwill shop for a few bucks...too funny.


Gerushia's New World said...

There's nothing better than goodies that someone else didn't want! Especially when they are absolutely perfect for you.

Gerushia's New World said...

Poor Clara, there is nothing worse than listening to your little one with croup. It's heartbreaking. Love the tulle tutorial (wow, say that fast 3 times!) and all of the HL goodies. Lisa

Miss Sandy said...

Super fun finds! I have a tiny crock for my bees wax but I usually just just a small quilting iron, I have more control and I like the long flat extra tip for spreading it on evenly. Both ways work well, also a tiny electric skillet works good too. I can't wait to see how you use your wax in your project.

I hope Clara is better soon. Have a sweet evening.

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

You have the best stores in your area! We are "good stores" poor here. I love tulle and I think your pompoms are wonderful and I bet they make the tree look like something out of fairyland. Merry Christmas dear one!


June said...

Dawn, you sure did find some beautiful things. I'm glad you felt the urge to stop into the thrift store. Those pom poms will be perfect in the place of garland! I want to thank you for sharing how to make these, I think they will be lovely anywhere.
The angel jar is relly beautiful isn't it. I love that you inspire so many of us to create.

Shopgirl said...

You find such good little trasures. I have a lot of tulle so I just might give this a try. thank you for sharing, Merry and Bright!
love, Mary

Charlene said...

You got some good treasures. I ran by Hobby Lobby for just a minute & $53 later. You know how that goes don't you my friend. Even with the coupon it can hurt you. Love the jar that you posted. Doesn't it make you feel good when we buy your tutorials & then actually make them? Thanks for sharing! Hugs! Charlene


Love it! So what are you going to do with the fabric? Ok to share an idea with you....
Take your fabric..maybe puddled under tree for a tree skirt? Lay soft clear lights under it...then puddle tull over the top of it...whalaa...fabulous look. I have a house I decorate every year...I use pink..yes pink...satin...feather boas and looks so sft. Then on a sofa table I use fabic with light over it to display her lladro nativity set...the look is so fabulous that she never wants to take it down! Hey..I've so missed visiting...being a Grammy sure keeps a gal busy...stop by to see our Jalina Rose!

ByLightOfMoon said...

I just found an aquarium also at a thrif for a Terrarium I am making, I am curious to see what you do with yours, Somehow I know it will be whiteish in color? , You snowballs in the tree are awesome. I love those coupons also.

Great finds! Smiles, Cyndi

Anonymous said...

Oh, such pretties, Dawn! And simple ones too! It just goes to show how pretty doesn't have to cost a lot of money.

I do hope baby Clara will be better soon! I remember holding my Holly in my arms all through the night when she was a wee one and had a cold. I rocked and rocked all night just to make sure her head was elevated and she could breathe. No way could I have left her alone in her crib. She celebrated her 40 something birthday yesterday! Such a blessing, these children from God! And I have two.
Blessings to you and your family, always,

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Dawn, all these projects are so great and we are so honored to be included in them. Thank you so much for mentioning Lindsey's tag! We appreciate it! Twyla


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