Monday, October 30, 2023

Sharing Some Repurposed Vintage Planters

Hello there!

It's fun to challenge yourself to use

 something in an unusual way.

I love to go thrifting and

 sometimes you can find things

that can be repurposed. 

I found this planter while thrifting-

I put a small piece of foam padding

in the base and now I can find

at least one pair of glasses!

A bowl of shiny- bright glass ornaments

would look nice.

I had some Christmas odds and ends

close by for now-


a place for the T.V. remotes

At Christmas time planters always look great

with some greenery .

My GRANDMA gave me this bear years ago.

For a long time it was filled with paint brushes

now a tree and some roses.

Here just a branch and a pinecone.

My Tin Christmas coasters fit nicely-

A great place to tuck some THANK YOU cards!

This pink car is always part of my

Spring decorating -

This baby buggy is decorated for 

'Baby's First Christmas'

I turned this planter in a Pin Cushion.

I had these small planters. 

I used some packing foam to fill the planters.

 I thought this couple would look great with a little tree

in their planter.

I unscrew the wood bases 

on the trees and the wire

 can be poked into the foam base.

I keep my beads

 in old apothecary jars with glass lids.

I used hot glue to attach

 some tinsel to the foam base

( In case I want to remove the decoration later )

I use this hole punch tool to hold the beads in place

so I don't get burned.

Push the beads deep into the tree.

These planters had a square base

 and when pushed together-

Now they make the sweetest little bookends !

They are staying at my house for now.

Have a great day!

Thanks for hanging out with me-

xo Lisa S

These tiny toothpick holders went to the 

Craft Show this past week.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Pumpkin Pancakes and Syrup Label

Hello my friends!


and this recipe is our family favorite.

We eat Pumpkin Pancakes year round.


Pumpkin Pancakes

In a large bowl whisk together the following-

2 1/2 cups milk
2/3 cup pumpkin puree (approx. 1/2 of a 15 oz. can )
4 Tablespoons oil
2 eggs- beaten
4 Tablespoons sugar 

Mix in dry ingredients-

2 1/2 cups Flour
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon each-

Heat griddle to medium heat. 
Pour batter on to griddle.

When they bubble and are no longer glossy-

Flip with a spatula!

Ready to serve.

Light and fluffy

Perfect with Maple syrup

Makes about 24 medium size pancakes


xo Lisa S

Just for fun !
I recycled an old brown bottle with this label.

This time I have a maple syrup label to go with your pancakes!

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Oyster Shell Christmas Ornaments

Hello my friend,

We had a wonderful vacation at the beach 

a couple weeks ago.

While eating at one of of favorite seafood restaurants, 

I wondered what  they did with all those shells at the oyster bar.

I mentioned to my Dad, I'd like a few to paint.

He went to ask and came back with a bunch!

They just throw the shells away-

The restaurant put them in a 'to-go' container.

We left them sealed up tight in the back

 of our truck until we came home.

After we were home, we washed and soaked the shells in

a bleach and water mixture.

Then left out in the sun for a day.

They were so pretty and iridescent-

I noticed their similarities.

To me, each one had a spot that resembled

a nativity manger.

Do you see it ?

I used gold paint along the edges.

Painted legs on the manger.

Drilled a small hole at top of shell

 to hang as an ornament.

I used some gold twine.

I painted a small star shape in gold.

A small circle on top of manger became

the head of baby Jesus.

I painted a halo when the face was dry.

Each one was a little different.

The small shells were slightly flat and

surprisingly lightweight.

                                                 All the other beautiful colors you see are natural!

I painted a thin coat of Mod Podge 

over the painted areas.

The back side is pretty too!

I love how each one is different.

Each has it's own unique color and shape.

I live in an area fairly close to the ocean

 and people love beach theme

Christmas ornaments.

Have a wonderful day!

xo Lisa S

P.S. Two of the shells were too big 

to make into an ornament.

They were a perfect dish shape.

So I decided to decoupage them-

First paint the front side white.

After the paint is dry. Brush some Mod Podge

over the area and cover with

 a single ply napkin or tissue paper.

Press down the tissue and push out any bubbles.

Let dry thoroughly.

Edges are painted gold.

A couple of trinket dishes

A beautiful gift for a friend-

 Thanks for visiting XO !

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