Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Thrifting: Tiered Tray Vignette


I got out of the habit of hitting thrift shops during COVID and then just hadn't picked it back up until last week when I stopped at a Dollar Tree and there was the cutest shop next door. I wasn't in there 30 seconds before I spotted something I've wanted for a while, a very cool tiered tray. 

The price tag said $5.49. SOLD! Then I got to the register and the cashier said "Oh it's on sale!". $4.12 with tax. Then I got home and was curious, Googled it, and found the EXACT one on Mercri selling for $58! Happy dance commenced. It had a little tarnish and a water spot but for the idea I had in mind, it didn't matter. I grabbed some Barkeeper's Friend and cleaned it up!

Good enough for me and $4. I'd found some mercury glass trees at Target that I bought just because and glad I did because they went FAST. I had some other things on had that worked perfectly for this idea.

Mr. Chocolate found these lovely Nutcracker Ornaments when he visited his dad earlier this year. They're handmade by women in Kenya as part of a collective empowering women. 

I found these little wood trees at Michaels.

And these shiny silver Merry Christmas ornaments at a Japanese Dollar Store (OK $1.75 store). I placed the bigger items, filled in with the smaller ones including some mini bottlebrush trees and ornaments, then added some epsom salt for snow. 

I didn't want to cover the tray base completely. I like how it shows off all the components as well asit's own beauty! I was so excited, I forgot to look for a couple other things.Oh well, guess I'll have to do some more thrifting!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Chocolate and Silver Napkin Rings

Maple Leaf Napkin Ring

I’m swapping out some of my Thanksgiving table d├ęcor this year and going with a Silver and Chocolate theme. I was looking around in my jewelry making stash and had an idea for some new napkin rings.

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

For this project you will need:
  • Stretchy Beading Cord ( I used Stretch Magic 1MM)
  • Focal Bead ( I used large chocolate colored glass pearls, available at craft and bead stores)
  • Bead Caps
  • Spacer Beads
  • Faceted Crystal Beads ( I used Jablonex)
  • Charms
  • Jump Rings
You really don’t need any jewelry making skills to make these. If you can thread beads on a string, you can make these. I didn’t even take pictures of the process…decide on the order you want them, string, tie off your stretchy cord ( I always add a drop of super glue to the knot). I added my charms using jump rings ( OK you need to be able to open and close a jump ring which is super easy and here’s a tutorial how from Jewelry Making Journal

They go fast and are easy to do while watching TV etc.

Chocolate and Silver Napkin Rings

Now I'm thinking I really need to get some metallic brown and silver chargers hmmm...