And the winner of the Merry Milk Paint Giveaway is… Jena.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!
And Happy New Year too. We’ll see you in 2014, friends!
Thanks for all of the support and friendship in 2013.
I want to wish all of my friends, family, loyal blog readers, customers and DIYers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’d love to give everyone a gift but since that is not practical I thought it would be fun to host a giveaway.
You’ve most likely been following my journey long enough to know that I love milk paint, specifically Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, so I’d like to offer one lucky recipient a package of one of the newest colors, Trophy, a milk paint brush plus a small wax and a NEW 2 oz. beeswax hand cream for working hands. Over a $50 value for you, friend!
Whether you have been thinking about trying out milk paint for the first time or if you are a seasoned milk painter who wants to give Trophy a whirl, now is your chance to do so for FREE! My gift to you.
By the way, Trophy is Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint color of the month for January so you’ll be right on trend!
Have you heard about #mmsmilkpaintcolorofthemonth?
Each month a different color is featured around social media sites like Instagram and Facebook using the mentioned hashtag - #mmsmilkpaintcolorofthemonth
The color Trophy was inspired by the beautiful patina of an antique trophy like the one pictured below. I found this awesome one on my recent trip to Adamstown.
The countdown is on until Christmas! Here’s how you can enter to win…
Comment on this post and tell me what is inspiring you this holiday season. Make sure your comment is not anonymous because I will need your email address to alert you if you win. You must be located in the US or Canada. Follow Circa Dee on Facebook or Instagram. You can enter until 8 am EST on Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas and Happy Painting!
Tell me you don’t have a big ol’ pile of wine corks somewhere.
In a drawer. In a vase. In your liquor cabinet.
If you are just a little bit crafty (and like wine), you’ve most likely stashed some corks like I did, right? Just waiting for some trash-to-treasure project inspiration. Well, here it is friends!
Start by gathering these supplies…
For the corks, be sure to use the porous ones – actual corks. The waxy ones just don’t adhere well.
I played around with a few different layouts before I got started. I found that the bulky champagne corks made great “tree trunks”. Plus they tend to be more decorative on top.
- First, drill a hole perpendicular through the center of the cork so you can loop your twine through. I used 6 inch pieces of twine for the ornament hanger.
- This is totally optional but if you’d like to attach a name tag, now is the time. Punch (or cut) a circle out of card stock. Use the hole punch to create a small hole and loop the twine through before knotting it. This step allows you to double the ornament as a name tag on a wrapped gift!
- Now let’s assemble. Glue a horizontal line each cork and attach one at a time. Make sure to use your ornament hanger as the top cork.
These ornaments are fun and easy to make but the best part is acquiring enough corks.
Because you probably already have all of the other necessary materials.
I’ve never thought of myself as a very transient person being that I always lived within minutes from family and close friends. Always in the Philadelphia area. And let’s face it, this last move to Cape May is still pretty much within the Philadelphia metro area…only a mere two hours away. Still practically a Philadelphia suburb if you ask me. People here are Phillies fans. And Eagles fans. It is definitely still like home in that regard.
However, this is the first time in my life I’ve ever moved out of Pennsylvania. I’m faced with learning New Jersey laws and regulations. Most of which are much lighter and easier than Pennsylvania’s.
It has occurred to me that I have lived in five homes in the last 10 years. Five! I must be more transient than I thought with that many addresses under my belt. This is my first official New Jersey home.
With each move, comes decorating and redecorating. Especially around the holidays.
Questions arise like where will the Christmas tree go?
Where will the stockings be hung?
Will Santa know where to find us?
And with each move, comes new traditions.
A new sense of “home”.
Happy holidays, friends!
One of my all time favorite Christmas movies has got to be “It’s a Wonderful Life”. It’s not even specifically a Christmas movie, is it? What a great life lesson George Bailey learns.
We recently watched the movie and a brief documentary about the making of it as well. Would you believe that it wasn’t initially the hit that it is today? I was surprised by that.
At any rate, I was inspired to paint some Wonderful Life signs. With an oak cut out and some milk paint, I came up with this…
The base coat is a wash of lucketts green allowing the oak grain to come through. It looks more green in person. The lettering is painted in typewriter and tricycle. I used furniture wax and a hint of antiquing wax in the top coat.
I am still working on decking the halls here. We’re planning to trim the tree this evening…perhaps we’ll watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” again. It never gets old! What is your favorite holiday classic to watch this time of year?
This sign will be up for grabs at West End Garage this weekend.
As everyone is preparing for Thanksgiving today, I find myself thinking about Christmas. I opened some of the bins over the weekend that house my decorations. Some vintage, some family heirlooms, some handmade. I simply wasn’t inspired by them this year. I want something different. Less fragile. More organic and comfortable. This led me to my favorite shirt. It is a vintage wool plaid shirt that I wear around the house. It is cozy, comfortable and colorful.
That is exactly how I want to decorate this year! Cozy, comfortable and colorful.
I am pulling out every single one of my cozy wool throws.
The plan is to layer on the patterns and bring nature in – pine cones, moss, twigs. I’ve got plenty of extras to go around like these pretty vintage wool scarves.
This theme will be prevalent in my retail spaces as well. Ryan has made timber napkin rings and coasters from fallen trees.
Plus, we’ve crafted wine gift bags from old flannels. By “we”, I mean Ryan since he sews! My idea of course but the execution was all him. Turns out these little upcycled gift bags are the perfect size for milk paint as well.
And I put together a few rag ball ornaments with the scraps. I am loving all things flannel, wool and plaid this season! Can’t wait to see how the rest of our Lumberjack Holiday decor comes together.
How are you decorating this holiday season?
If you’re craving your own cozy vintage wool button down, I’ll have a few for sale in my shop at West End Garage along with the flannel wine bags, some flannel bunting (not pictured), the scarves and timber pieces.
P.S. Did you catch a glimpse of that flag? I recently scored two huge 48 star casket flags circa WWII. I will be selling one as well. American history at its finest.