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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Pretty Little Things (and more creating)

I'm a big fan of charming little details. There's just something about small, pretty things that give an arrangement character, and make it feel complete. 
Yesterday I was working on a table arrangement out on the deck, and I thought I would show you a few of my favorite pretty little things and a couple of projects.
 
A friend gave me this sweet little deer candle a few years ago, and I just haven't been able to bring myself to burn it! 
Seriously! Could you light this little head on fire??
This needle-felted doll is another favorite "pretty little thing". My daughter made it for me years ago, and I take her out every Fall to add some sentimental charm wherever she's placed. You can see more about my daughter's creations at The Clover and the Bee. I love the tiny, glitter-trimmed bird flag! It was from my birthday celebration last month. (I shared about it here. )

This is one of the projects I worked on recently. (I promise I will work on my photography skills!) I have had a stack of these old drawer fronts (from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore) for some time, and there's that old sheet music again! I added some cabinet handle "feet" to create a sort of centerpiece pedestal. It kind of adds an interesting layer to the arrangement, don't you think?
Normally, I'd be tempted to paint a piece like this, but after trying out the sheet music with the natural wood tone, I decided it seemed more "woodsy" and fall-ish as it was. I ended up leaving it on the top of the piano-for now, anyway : ) 
Teeny tiny pumpkin and birds.

My other projects started out looking like this. I picked up two of these wall sconces at a local thrift store for a couple of dollars. I liked the shape and the rustic looking metal. Hmm...possibilities...

 I took one of them apart and used some of the metal parts to make two cute little votive holders.


The other one I decided to reconfigure a little and turn in to a candle sconce.
The dark wood part I painted white and distressed. I added a vintage mold to the top to hold a candle. I had a hard time deciding if I should paint it to match the other metal, but ultimately decided I liked the contrast of the aged silver tone with the dark metal. I attached it to a piece of beadboard, adding a sawtooth hanger on the back.
I'm already imagining some wintery evergreen branches on the beadboard! Oh well, soon enough.....

Thanks for coming by to take a look at what I've been up to!
Wishing you all a wonderful week~
Jeanette 

I'm sharing over at:
Debbie-doo's Newbie Link Party! 
Cowgirl Up!
Knick of Time Tuesday! 
Power of Pinterest Party! Debbiedoo's & Fox Hollow Cottage 
Twirl & Take a Bow!-House on the Way 



 

20 comments:

  1. Your projects are great! I LOVE the one with the sheet music on the old door with the knob feet. Awesome creativity! You had stopped by my blog via Debbiedoos, so returning the favor! Glad I did!
    http://www.the-finishing-touches.net/

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  2. Very cute display. I like the idea of putting the sheet music on the cabinet door. And I love the little deer candle.

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  3. Love the vintage sheet music and that little deer! Your display looks fabulous!

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  4. Hi Jeanette,
    I am new to blogging as well and am visiting from the Newbie Party. You have a terrific blog and I am looking forward to reading more. I would love it if you visited me at Still Woods Farmhouse. I am now following you!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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    1. Hello Still Woods Farmhouse! Thank you for visiting and for the encouraging words. I'm heading over to visit your blog now.

      Blessings~
      Jeanette

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  5. Hmmm... think I recognize some of those little touches! :) Everything looks like the Neels' home that I know and love... create on! Dina

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  6. Oh my sweetness, I love this vignette. Thanks for sharing at my party.

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate you giving us all such a fun place to share and connect.

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  7. Hi there, I'm following back - I'm glad you found me!! I can't believe that cute little deer is a candle. I've not seen such a lush thing before. You've been incredibly creative with those sconces too - lots of successful upcycling!! Well done - very lovely autumnal styling, J9 x

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    1. Thank you for visiting, and following! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement!

      Jeanette

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  8. Lovely decor ! The little simple things give a cosy feeling !
    Have a nice weekend !
    Olympia

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    1. Thank you, Olympia! A nice weekend to you too : )

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  9. What a great idea for the drawer fronts! We have stacks of them--just waiting for inspiration! So, glad you found us at The Country Farm Home. I'm following you now, too!
    Hug from the Farmhouse. . .
    Dru

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      Jeanette

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  10. I wouldn't burned that cute candle either! You have created such beautiful vignette! Tons of creativity!

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