Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bromeliad Wall Sconce

Happy Summer Everyone, we are six months deep into 2014, and Summer is finally here! My to do list seemingly never shrinks, and there is always something going on around these parts. As I mentioned in the last post, I hosted a Luau and it turned out pretty okay. (no post for the luau yet) But I do want to share an oh so simple, easy breezy summer idea. To make a long story short, I wanted to hang wall sconces/lanterns for the Luau. I searched high and low, but to know avail the sconces were too pricey. I thought about hanging mason jars and adding tea lights for some ambiance, but I decided not too. Reason being, I wanted to do something different.  Since Bromeliads are plentiful  in my front yard, I decided I could do something with them. But what?  So I put my thinking cap on and came up with an idea for a sconce, a Bromeliad Sconce that is! KEEP READING......


This is how the Bromeliads look when they aren't in bloom. I had the Hubs to pull several of the plants from their bed and afterward, he rinsed the plants off and placed them in a shady spot to dry. Didn't want any uninvited guests at the party.

 

 After the Bromeliads dried, (6 total) I simply stapled them to the post/wall. Unfortunately, there was only one flower that had a bloom, so I did the next best thing. I filled the flower with artificial stems. Drum Roll Please.......

 VOILA!  
Enjoy the pics!
 







So what do you think? I absolutely love the sconces. They were a big hit with the guests as well.

 Happy Summer Y'all!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Fab Foyer Rug Revamped

Hi all, can you believe it's almost summer? This year is passing by in record speed. Any who, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, I sure did. Saturday night we hosted a Luau and it was great. I will  do a post on it later on. As I mentioned earlier summer is almost here, and I have been doing a few home improvement projects like painting, organizing, and rearranging before it gets too hot. The rug in my fab foyer was on my summer to do list as well. And while my daughter is here visiting she agreed to repaint the rug for me. I feel so special.


This is how the rug looked before it was repainted. It had lost it's luster but.....


My daughter breathed new life into this rug with......
 
we used the 2oz and 8oz sizes.
 several bottles of apple barrel craft paint, time and patience.
 
my daughter hard at work. 
It took about 8 hours to complete this work of art and.....
 
 me and my daughter.
   I was able to get in on the action at the very end. I was responsible for painting the border. tahehehe! 
 
 
See, that's me painting on the border.
 

After all of the hard work, the rug was signed by the artist ( my daughter) and left to dry overnight. The next day it received a few coats of Scotchgard and then it was put back into place.


Here's the finished product. What do you think? I absolutely love it and I couldn't be more pleased. A great big "Thank You" to my daughter for taking the time to revamp this rug.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lory