Oh boy you guys. I have been struggling to pull together some kind of blog post for today. I so wish I had a beautiful piece of painted furniture to share. Or even just a simple painting project of some kind.
And actually, I do have a couple of small completed projects that I could share if only I had good pictures of the finished pieces. But these days I go to work before the sun comes up, and I return back home after it sets. I have to either take all of my photos on the weekend, or try to get home on my lunch break to take photos with natural light. I’m playing catch up from my trip at the day job though, so that just hasn’t happened.
I was working on trying to pull together a post without good photos, but I just couldn’t do it. I do have some standards after all 😉
In the meantime, I had gone back through my blog archives looking for something from last year and I was reminded that I did quite a few crafty projects last Christmas. So I thought, hey, why not just recap all of them today and include links back so that you guys can revisit them as well. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for things you want to play around with this weekend. Let’s call it the blog version of a holiday play list.
Let’s start with the Cut & Carry Saws.
I’d picked up a bunch of old hand saws at an estate sale earlier in the year. I transformed them into Christmas decor with some paint and a stencil.
I sold some of them at Reclaiming Beautiful, I gave one to my sister and I kept one for myself. If only I could remember where I put it now! I’ve been looking around for it, but so far it has not appeared. I’m sure I’ll find it this weekend when I get serious about decorating for Christmas.
Updating a more traditional tree wall hanging was a quick and easy project last year.
The original red and green color scheme wasn’t really me.
So I painted the ‘branches’ white and added a Prima Marketing transfer.
Another black and white project involved revamping some vintage sleds.
I had simply stenciled over the original wood slats the year before, and that just didn’t have quite the right impact.
So this time I painted first and then stenciled. I kept one, and sold one at Reclaiming Beautiful.
I also painted and stenciled some faux wooden skis.
It was another simple project that made a big impact.
Adding some Christmas spirit to a vintage wooden sock stretcher with some IOD Decor Stamps was a simple project too.
I was hoping to find more of these stock stretchers at garage sales last summer, but no such luck.
I might re-work this one this year. I like it, but I have another idea for it too. We’ll see if I get around to it.
And then there were the pretty in pink projects that I did using what was then a new color from Fusion called English Rose.
I painted cardboard gift boxes in English Rose and a paler Fusion pink called Little Piggy.
Then I used Fusion’s transfer gel to transfer some 12 Days of Christmas graphics onto the boxes.
Finally, I also painted a pair of ice skates in English Rose.
This was such a fun makeover, I think mainly because the skates started out so grungy …
but they ended up looking so gorgeous.
I hope you enjoyed revisiting some of these holiday projects and that maybe they’ve inspired you to create your own holiday play list this weekend.
I’ll definitely be working on a few things and hopefully I’ll have some new projects to share with you next week!