PAINTED PUMPKIN TUTORIAL

Painted PumpkinsI love decorating for Fall and the holiday’s with colors that are similar to the colors in my home. I had this in mind for my mother’s home which is where I currently reside.

bluepaintedpumpkins1These painted pumpkins painted in Americana Decor, Chalky Finish Serene, pick up on all the blues in the sofa and chairs.

Painted pumpkinsThese painted pumpkins are real easy to do, a little messy but oh so fun! They are a unique color but have a WOW factor with all their glitter. I love the fact it’s less than ($10) for the large one and about ($5) for the small ones. I hope you’ll give it a try!

Painted Pumpkins

Artificial Wreath Expressions Painted Pumpkin Tutorial

Any size artificial pumpkin

Acrylic Paint

Drawer Pulls

Glitter

Sponge brush

Acrylic spray

Strong glue (E6000)

painted pumkinsSpread out newspaper over your work area. On the small pumpkins I carefully pulled out the stems to replace with drawer pulls. If you want to do something similar for the larger pumpkins I would use old door knobs. I gave each pumpkin two coats of paint. You can do more coats if needed.

When they were fully dried spray the clear acrylic in small areas and lightly sprinkled glitter in the areas you want it. It dries quickly. When you have finished with the glitter spray the whole thing with the acrylic sealer. When that is dry take your drawer pull and remove the washer and nut screw. Push it into the pumpkin to make the whole. Remove and add the glue down the stem and right under the pull itself. Insert and let dry.

Arrange however you like, on a table or the fireplace mantel. You get lots of compliments!

Painted Pumpkins

Remember to…..

Painted Pumpkin

Enjoy!

DIY Depression Glass

DIY depression glass

Depression glass was very popular and quite affordable if not free during the Great Depression….

It still remains popular today!

The more sought after colors are pink, purple, and calbolt blue.

I love the transparency of the glass! And some of the older clear glass pieces… So I thought why not create my own unique cake plate!

I started with two separate pieces; a clear glass plate and a clear drinking glass with some pretty beveling on it.

I completely forgot to take a “before” picture!

DIY Depression glass

I first started by using a sponge brush and  this crystal gloss enamels transparent paint. Note: I didn’t apply any of the paint on the top of the plate because it will be used for serving food.

I painted several coats on each piece to get a nice rich color….

Now this stuff needs to “air dry” for four days!

Seriously 4 day drying time!..lol

On the fourth day follow the baking instructions on the paint bottle. It’s baked at a low heat for like 20 -25 minutes and then it let cool.

I then took the Epoxy and glued the drinking glass and and plate together and let thoroughly dry and set.

DIY depression glass

I love how it turned out! All I had was Valentine cookies but imagine a beautiful buttercream frosted cake or small potted greenery for Spring!

If you enjoyed this tutorial please comment below and share with your friends, Thank You!

InJoy!

How To Use Marsala – Pantone’s 2015 Color

Pantone color for 2015 marsala is complex and

full bodied like a glass of red wine!

Pantone color 2015What exactly is Pantone and how do they determine the color for the year you ask? Pantone Inc is a company located in New Jersey and is well known for it’s color matching system that was first created back in 1963 which consisted of a large number of small cardboard sheets, printed on one side with a series of related color swatches and then bound into a small “fan deck”.

They have since regulated colors so different manufactures from all around the world can access and reference a Pantone color. They have a solid color palette of 1114 colors as well as four other palettes but these should not be confused with the original solid palette.

It was back in 2000 when Pantone put a team together to search the world for future design and color direction in broad sectors. Selecting a color of the year is meant as a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the popular fashion color of the season, but a color bridging all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the buyer.Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_Story_One_Image3

So how do you incorporate Marsala into your everyday. In small bits. It’s a pretty bold color but adds a nice, warm earthy feeling.

1.) Beauty: You can already find this color in many beauty products. The hue is stunning in a lip stick, nail color, blush or even a few streaks of hair color. Just remember less is more.

2.) Accessories: add a splash of the color to your main fashion pieces with  scarves, ties for men, shoes, purses, phone case, hair band or earrings. Marsala can be worn with black and gray during cold months and moving into Spring and Summer wear it with beige and white.

3.) Home Decor: You can add touches of marsala to your homes decor without breaking the bank or over powering a room by using throw pillows, accent rugs, table runners, serving dishes and in floral arrangements and of course wreaths. The video will provide some more great ideas

Marsala pairs beautifully with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range. For more color pairing visit Pantone

Play with this color and have fun with it! If you enjoyed this article please leave a comment below or share with your friends.

InJoy!

 

 

How to Make Your Evergreen Christmas Wreaths Look Like The Professionals

You all know what a mess an evergreen wreath base is when you first get them, Right! To get it to look it’s best you must FLUFF it!  I always like to add extra greenery to mine to give it a nice full look.

Here is an example of a wreath that is half fluffed. You can see on the left side it has already been fluff and the right side has not!

Evergreen wreath fluffing

What I find easiest to do is to lay your wreath down on your work table. Then with both hands reach into the wreath and start separating each and every branch. You want to straighten all of them out and make sure they’re not bent.

When you have separated the branches you want to position them is different direction. You can do this as you go along or just wait until you’re done separating and then go back. Have some pointing towards the center, some pointing towards the outside of the wreath and of course some straight up. This gives it a natural look.

Once you have the fluffing  all done you can either leave it as is or add other greenery to it for extra texture and interest. Here is a teardrop swag I have already fluffed.

evergreen fluffing

I bought a plain evergreen garland and other Christmas greenery picks and cut them up into smaller pieces as seen in the picture below. Using a hot glue gun I start adding greenery where it looks bare to me. Sometimes you don’t need much and other times you may want a real full look and professional look!

evergreen christmas wreath

Below is the teardrop swag after I had added more greenery. Most of it was evergreen from the garland but you can see where I have a red arrow pointing to the other added greenery.

christmas evergreen wreath

I hope you enjoyed learning how to fluff you Christmas wreath and if you have any comments feel free to leave them below.

InJoy

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Best Way To Hang A Wreath On A Glass Storm Door

Does your Wreath Keep Sliding Down Your Glass Door?

wreath on glass storm door

 

I never realized just how many people have glass storm doors until I moved to the Mid West. Where I lived before security doors were the common thing. They’re not the prettiest looking door and hard to hang wreaths on too! So, I always hung my wreath to the side of the door and that worked for me.

Storm doors sure do take away from a beautiful front door. I always thought if you invested in a good door why put on a storm door? Oh well, so how do you hang a wreath on one?

Most of you like to hang a wreath during the holidays if not year round and they usually won’t fit between the front door and storm door, unless it’s rather flat, but hanging them on a glass door is tricky depending on the weight of the wreath.

Large Suction Cup, these cups for lighter weight wreaths. Make sure the glass is clean when you stick the cup on.suction cup

•  Metal Wreath Hangers have been used but it may get bent trying to close the door on it or possibly damage your door or trim. You don’t want that to happen

Clear Heavy Fishing Line or ribbon can be used. String it through the wreath and tie it to the door mechanism on the other side.

magnetic wreath hookWreaths Magnets are popular but there are a couple things you need to know. You have to use them with a lighter weight wreath or the wreath will slide down the door. They also won’t work if it’s a double pane glass. The magnet isn’t strong enough.

Command Outdoor Hooks, now you have to make sure they say “outdoors”. They’re designed specifically for that purpose and can be used Command outdoor hookson glass doors, windows, etc…

Be sure the glass is smooth, clean and dry. This must be done in temperatures above 15° F, -9° C. They can endure temperatures down to – 20°F, – 29° C. It can stand hot climates up to 125°F, 51°C. If your wreath is heavy and you want to hang it on a glass door I would purchase a large outdoor command hook for best results.

 If hanging your wreath on your glass door is not an option then I would consider hanging the wreath alongside the front door or somewhere on the porch where it’s visible from the street.

 If you’ve successfully hung a wreath from a glass door and would like to share how you did it, please post your comments below. I would love to hear them

 

InJoy!