Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Decoration 2014 - DIY Tissue Paper Lantern

This year, I went with a bold red statement. It's an easy, low-cost project that creates a big impact. Rather time-consuming and repetitive, I did it in stages to relieve the boredom. 

I used one of my paper lantern for a base and covered it with red tissue paper using a homemade mixture of white glue and water. I cut many tissue disks and made simple little flowers, gathering and twisting the centre to create a stem.

I made a whole bunch of flowers while watching TV at night and then glued them the next morning.
I repeated this process over several days to cover my two lanterns.
I first used a glue stick, but switched to spray glue soon after. A shop stick to press the flower down into the glue was useful.

I ended up with a ball measuring 60" in circumference.

It now hangs from my entrance medallion.

My daughter contributed to decorative details, such as a fairy, dragonfly, leaves and branches to suspend the ball…

and she made a lovely paper garland using pages of an old and damaged hymn book. 

Hanging from the bottom, a glass ball that Astrid painted when she was a tiny fairy.

The dining room chandelier was also given the bold red treatment with a smaller tissue ball measuring 41" in circumference.

The little acrobat fairies are back, but this year I've added paper-cut snowflakes and garland.

I also made paper snowflakes to hang in the library, made from the pages of the old hymn book. I waxed the snowflakes so they would stay flat and firm. To wax them I used two used dryer sheets for each snowflake. The snowflake is sandwiched between the two dryer sheets, I then iron them on a low setting. There's just enough wax left on those sheets and the snowflakes smell good as well. Use an old iron or protect your good one by placing a thin cloth or paper over your work.

Come back to see this year's Christmas cedar dress.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Planter Box Furniture - Last DIY Project of the Season

I recently came across a nice little piece of furniture at my local vintage/thrift store Pass It On. A dainty planter box with shelf, to place near my front doors under the address plaque.

Of course, I could not leave it alone and wanted to refresh it -
as if I did not have enough of my veranda to paint.
So I put my trusty and lovely assistant Astrid on it. Actually, it's not really a DIY, but a ADI -
'Astrid Did It'.

 After sanding and priming it…

She painted it in the colours used on the house.

We filled the box with deep red daisy mums to match the red accents.

Done! She did a great job.
It now stands near the front door and will give ample opportunity to do pretty seasonal displays.

Getting ready for Autumn and wishing you a lovely one.

Friday, September 5, 2014

'Fretworking' - Part V and Putting Away the House Paint for this Season.

The Dusty Victorian's corner corbels
Moving on to the side porch, good progress was made, uninterrupted by rain.
I'm working on a portion that is as wide as my scaffold.

When we moved in, the old eavestrough was leaking badly, affecting the painted surface, but I'm always amazed how the woodwork is in remarkable shape under that peeling paint. Wood can withstand a lot a abuse. I had to strip a good portion of the old paint off.

Primed and...

painted. The back end corner is completed.

Moving my scaffold to the next post to work on the remaining portion and finish this section.

Primed and…


Voila, the first side section is completed.
The side veranda has three sections measuring on average twelve feet each.

 This will end my fretwork for the season. If it hadn't been for the rain, I think I would have been able to finish the veranda, but what can one do.

Anyway, I will resume work next Spring and finish the four remaining sections
(two in the side and two in front). So Summer 2015 is already planned.

The leaves will soon be turning, yellow, orange, red and every shade in between.