In collecting vintage wallpapers over the years, I have occasionally come across some beautiful flocked wallpapers.
I just love the velvety texture of them.
They are truly gorgeous, but they are also very expensive and usually available in only very limited quantities. So, when I came across Martha's new flocking supplies, I had an idea...why not make some of my own!
Here's what you'll need to make some, too...
Paper to flock (wallpaper, wrapping, scrapbook, etc...)
Glue pen with a fine point (or tiny paintbrush and white craft glue)
I began by choosing a flat vintage wallpaper that already had a swirly pattern on it.
Next, I began to cover the areas of the design that I wanted to be flocked with a thin layer of glue.
I highly recommend Martha's glue pens - they allow for very precise control of the glue, which is perfect when working on intricate designs.
Next, I liberally shook some of the flocking powder over the areas covered with glue, let it sit for a few seconds, and then tapped off the excess.
Keep in mind when choosing a flocking color that the paper underneath will show through a bit and this may affect the overall resulting color. If there are any areas that look a bit messy, you can use a toothpick to easily clean it up. I was also careful to only work on a small section at a time, so that the glue didn't dry too quickly on me.
The newly flocked vintage wallpaper...
The entire flocking process is super easy and lots of fun. In fact, it's very similar to how one applied glitter to crafts projects as a child - you know, squeezing out the Elmer's glue, dumping on some glitter, and then shaking of the excess. And remember, you could try this method on any type of paper or make your own design - you don't need to use vintage papers. I am very happy with the results and plan to make some hand-flocked wrapping papers for my (smaller!) holiday gifts this year.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now, do I dare attempt the mall today???
I've been busy finalizing the details for my Thanksgiving table. I'm going rather traditional this year and breaking out my brown and white transferware, my gold-rimmed chargers, and my "turkey" plates.
I found these wonderful gold-foil wrapped chocolate pears at a local gift shop and knew instantly that they would be an integral part of my place-settings.
In fact, I was so inspired by them that I decided to make "the pear" a major theme for my Thanksgiving decor this year. I was wondering around Target yesterday and came across these great "pear" vase fillers in the artificial plant aisle.
They come in a box of 15 for about eight dollars. They are just cute little faux pears and they are the perfect size for using as place cards or for a tabletop centerpiece.
I decided to glitter mine for a little touch of glamour - a perfect opportunity to use my Martha Stewart "Florentine Gold" glitter! The process was super simple - I just applied a thin coat of watered-down white glue to each pear and then sprinkled them liberally with glitter, shaking off the excess, After they were completely dry, I added a vintage velvet leaf to each one. I love how they turned out...and they were so easy and inexpensive to make!
I've been collecting these beads for some time now.
They are the kind that you find at the craft store already strung on a short string.
I loved the pretty colors, so I bought them even though I didn't really have a specific plan as to what to do with them - but I knew I'd eventually come up with something. And I did! I decided to make some simple beaded garland.
It was as easy as stringing the beads on some thin jewelry wire and tying a knot! It took some time, but it was a very relaxing project.
Just to give you an idea, here is the garland hung on a sweet little white tinsel tree ($2.50 from Target's dollar spot).
And, when I am finished using it as a tree garland, I am going to re-purpose it and hang it on my younger daughter's bedroom chandelier.
It adds a little color and whimsy.
And kinda reminds me of candy!
Next year, I think I will make some garlands with vintage beads from old necklaces. I better start collecting them now... :-)
As you may know, I am a big fan of Flickr. I often post my blog photos over there and I love to look at all the beautiful photographs. One of my favorite Flickr groups is called Corner of My Home - it features wonderful little snippets of people's houses. I find the photos so inspiring and I love to get a glimpse into how other people decorate their homes. So, in that spirit, I thought I'd share some little bits and pieces of my home with you today...
Here's one of my favorite Italian tole candlesticks.
My older daughter's dresser top.
Her pastel tole chandelier.
Stacks of china plates.
Flowery hooked rug detail.
Some tole cans on top of my bedroom armoire...
My living room mantel at the moment.
Shelves of floral china.
Drawer of vintage linens.
The little one's purse...
A favorite antique plate I keep on my buffet.
A very old oil painting of pink roses.
Mercury glass candlesticks just waiting for the holidays.
I was in Michael's the other day and I noticed that they were clearing out the Martha Stewart section. I immediately got a very bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. I am a big fan of Martha's products (and packaging!) and I was worried that the bad economy might have taken it's toll. But, fear not, my concerns were unwarranted. They were just clearing out to make room for all her cool new products!
In addition to the many new scrapbook papers and tools, Martha has come out with some fabulous new craft items. The first is her incredible new selection of glitter and glitter kits - just in time for the holidays.
You may remember how much I loved my glitter set last year. Well, now Martha's expanded the selection to include Iridescent glitter...
Foil flaked glitter...
How fun is this? It looks like flakes of gold leaf!
And this fabulous tinsel-like glitter!
I am also super excited about the new flocking products. Have you ever tried the technique of "flocking"? I have always wanted to, so now here's my chance. The flocking powder comes in a rainbow of pretty colors.
I am also in love with Martha's new sticker collections.
The colors are beautiful. Here are some of my favorites...
These taffy stickers look good enough to eat!
And I am crazy for these glittery confection stickers...
Finally, these sparkly photo corners are a must have for any scrapbooker!
So, have you seen Martha's new products in a store near you? Which are your favorites?
Hi All! Sorry for my almost week-long absence - we've had a really bad cold going through the family and I had someone home from school with me almost every day last week. :-( We're not completely back on track, but I thought I'd pop in a write a quick post on my recent trip to Magnolia bakery in NYC.
Magnolia is a charming little bakery on Bleeker Street in the West Village (although they now have a total of three locations throughout the city). What I love about Magnolia is it's homey, old-fashioned appeal.
Every day, hundreds (thousands!) of people (mostly tourists!) line up to wait their turn to get inside and select their yummy, pastel-hued cupcakes.
Although Magnolia has become somewhat of a pop icon - having been featured on popular shows like Sex and the City and Saturday Night Live - it still retains it's humble, simple aesthetic.
The cakes remind you of ones your mom used to make...
So, is Magnolia worth waiting in a line that goes around the corner block? Most definitely!
I am thrilled with my latest Target find! It's a beautiful mirrored tray that's totally glamorous!
It's very well made and has a very high-end look to it. What I love about this tray, is that you could use it for so many things - as a serving tray, to hold a pretty perfume bottle collection, or to organize papers on your desk.
With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to turn mine into a holiday mini-bar. I like to have a bar set up when guests come over, but I'm never really sure exactly which bottles of this and that I should include. So, I decided to do some research on bar essentials over at Martha Stewart. Martha has a great list of must-have items and you can find it here. Some of the items I already had, but a few I still have to get. It will come as no surprise to you, that when picking bottles, I tend to go for the prettiest ones in my favorite colors! :-)
After choosing my bottles, I added some crystal glasses and a silver mercury glass filled with pink roses.
All set up...
The great thing about this "min-bar" is that it's compact and portable, so you can place it on top of any table or buffet...or simply carry it from room to room.