Q & E Pottery Barn Inspired Bead Strand Vase Filler

You know I love a good Pottery Barn inspired project.  I first saw Pottery Barn Bead Strand vase filler at the outlet a couple of months ago but even at outlet prices, it was a no go for me

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.  On the drive home, it occurred to me that I could make the bead strand very easily.  So I did.

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Here are my inspiration beads.  The bead strand is no longer available from Pottery Barn online.

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Off to Hobby Lobby I went and bought five bags of medium size light color wood beads.

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I planned to string the beads on jute which I had on hand.

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The jute is very stiff so the beads are very easy to string.

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Once satisfied with the strand length I tied the ends of the jute together.

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This bead strand is part of my emerging  neutral fall decor

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that I will share with you over the next couple of weeks.

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Ikea Hack In Three Simple Steps

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Ikea always has small inexpensive faux plants and flowers that are pretty and look real.  Even though I prefer fresh flowers and plants, occasionally I use the ones from Ikea.   A round ivy topiary from Ikea sits on a shelf in my bathroom.  So when I spied one just like it at the thrift store I recognized it as being from Ikea.  I snapped it up for less than a dollar but when I got it home inspiration struck.  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I though how pretty a heart-shaped topiary would look.  

Ikea Ivy Topiary

Looking at the round Ikea ivy topiary I wondered if the round form was wire.  Yep, it is wire.

Finding the middle

Step One

Find the center of the circular wire topiary form.  As you can see the ivy is a bit dusty but I took care of that by spraying it with water and letting it dry in the kitchen sink.

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Step Two

Push down on the wire form bending it into a heart shape.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Step Three

Cover the plain black pot in a container.  For this cover I took a tea towel and wrapped it around the black pot and secured it with a rubber band.  Easy peasy.

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You might want to try other covers for the black pot.  Use whatever suits your fancy.  This little bucket came from Ikea and normally holds my round ivy topiary.

Heart Strainer

Here, I’m trying it out in my vintage fruit strainer.  I also tried it out in a vintage sifter but the black pot showed too much at the top.

The last time I was at Ikea (December) they still had the ivy topiary.

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Featured by Beckie Farrant at Knock Off Decor Today

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Featured by Beckie Farrant at Knock Off Decor

Just quickly stopping by to share some great news.  Are you familiar with Beckie at Knock Off Decor?  She is a prolific blogger with several very successful blogs to her credit.  I heard her speak at a couple of different blogging conferences and she is both informational and funny.

Beckie featured my Pottery Barn Inspired Pizza Board post at Knock Off Decor here.

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Handmade Christmas Gifts To Get Started On Now

These are some Christmas projects that make great handmade gifts that you can start making today for Christmas gift giving.

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I love getting thoughtful gifts, don’t you?   What says thoughtful more than a handmade gift made with your tastes and style in mind.

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Pottery Barn Inspired Dark Stone Coasters

Everyone needs coasters and these are so easy to make.  These coasters have numbers but you could put a monogram or a symbol meaningful to the recipient.

PB Insp Santa Bell Napkin Ring

Pottery Barn Inspired Jingle Bell Napkin Rings

These jingle bell napkin rings are so versatile you could use them with almost any china setting or napkins.  A set of these napkin rings and napkins would make a perfect gift for your favorite hostess.

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Framed Burlap Christmas Sentiment 

Any Christmas sentiment would look adorable printed out on burlap and placed in tiny frames.  Wouldn’t LOVE in a fancy font be pretty printed out in red for Valentine’s day?

Snowman Pin Wreath

Quick and Easy Jello Mold Wreaths

I made several of these for the booth last year and plan to make more this year.  They make charming kitchen wreaths and are great to give your vintage loving friends.

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Pottery Barn Inspired Framed Monogram

What is more personal than a framed monogram?   It can be completely customized to the recipient.

Just a few ideas to get you started on a wonderful handmade Christmas and don’t forget you can link up your vintage inspired posts at Vintage Charm on Thursday at 8:00 AM EST November 5th.

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Wordless Wednesday #65 – The Mummy Returns

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From the post Pottery Barn Inspired Mummy Pillow

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Pottery Barn Inspired Pizza Board

I haven’t done a Pottery Barn inspired project in a long time so it’s definitely time for one.

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This project is going to be quick and easy.

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When I found this wooden paddle board at the Treasure Hunt Antique Mall in TTT Week 51, my first thought was to make it into a French bread board …….

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but then I saw this in the Pottery Barn catalog.

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I couldn’t bring myself to sand all the painting off so I removed the artist’s name and date from the flip side which was quicker and easier.

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Then I gave the paddle a light coat of stain.  As a finishing touch I tied a 14 inch length of rope in the hole in the handle.

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 It can be used as a serving tray, the base of a centerpiece, or you can hang it on the wall.  I love the way it turned out.

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Some Haunting Projects To Do Now For Halloween

My grandkids are already getting excited about Halloween and choosing their costumes.

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 So I decided to revisit some projects from Halloween past.

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My Halloween post Pottery Barn Inspired Spooky Birdcage was part of my Nester’s 30 Day Writing Challenge in 2013.

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In that same series I did a PB Inspired Skeleton Garland.  

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There was also a quick and easy Pottery Barn Scary Chalkboard River Rock project.

 PB Inspired Black Top

I made these Pottery Barn Inspired  Black Glitter Topiary from thrift store topiary and black glittered spray paint.

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Then I pulled several of these projects together for a Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Mantel.

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Last year I did another Q & E project Skull Vase Filler Pottery Barn Style.  It is embarrassingly easy.

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The skull vase filler was a part of my 2014 Quick and Easy Halloween Mantel along with a little different spin on my BOO letters and a new to me vintage trophy. 

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Another project was a Quick and Easy Pottery Barn Inspired Mummy Pillow.

Halloween Jello Wreath

Dollar store embellishments came together to make this Quick and Easy Jello Mold Wreath.

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Pottery Barn Inspired Valentine Art

You all know that I am a Pottery Barn fan.  So I set out to create a version of some of their Valentine art.

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The first Pottery Barn inspired art I wanted to try was on the Dukes and Duchesses blog.  Randi created a typographical love print from a Valentine plate she purchased on clearance at PB years ago.  You can download it by visiting her post here.  First I downloaded the file for Randi’s typographical love print.  Then I printed it out on a sheet of laminated Burlap.  If you haven’t used Creative Essentials Laminated Burlap Sheets, you have to try them.  I picked mine up at Wal-Mart.  I used them back in December for the Framed Burlap Christmas Sentiment project I did.

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 I tacked it to a canvas that I already had in my stash and it turned out beautifully.

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I wanted to create a version of Pottery Barn’s All You Need Is Love Valentine wall art.

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Here is the one I created using Microsoft Word and printed on the laminated burlap.   All You Need Printable

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I framed this burlap sheet in an inexpensive frame from Target that I had on hand.  I think it would look better in a wider frame or tacked to a canvas.

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 You can print out on card stock too.  I liked the card stock version clipped to an ordinary clipboard that I got at the thrift store.  This was a quick and easy project I just had to share it with you.  I’m sure you can think of many other ways to use these printables.

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ps  I ended up taking the All You Need Is Love print out of the frame and tacked it to a canvas.  It looks much better than when it was in the frame.

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Top Ten Recycling and Repurposing Posts for 2014

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It’s that time again when all bloggers review their year and determine their top posts.  I went about it in a slightly different way this year.  After reviewing the last year I picked about twenty recycling and repurposing posts for my first category (there are a couple more categories yet to come).  Then I researched their popularity and the most viewed posts made the top ten.

Here are my favorite recycling and repurposing posts in their order of popularity.

Junk Wreath

A Junk Wreath for Christmas

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TST Upcycled Cabinet Door

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Pottery Barn Inspired Spoon Shadow Box

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TTT Wk. 9 The Globe Bowl

Painted Bucket in use

TST Painted Wooden Bucket

Scoop Decor 2

Ten Minute Rustic Scoop Décor

Toolbox centerpiece

TST A Rustic Tool Box

Jello Mold Wreath at the BWH

Quick and Easy Jello Mold Wreaths

Milk Paint Tray 2

Upcycled Cabinet Door

Basket Beautiful Swan

TST  Basket Love

I loved doing and sharing each of the projects above.

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