Saturday, October 11, 2008

BUCKET LIST...No, I'm not dying : )

The day after I made this little pixie fairy you see below, two of my friends came by to pick me up for lunch. They flipped out (just the reaction I was goin' for girls). Hee-hee. Anyway, I told them that I had been dying to make one of these little pixie fairies, made with an antique photo, for FOREVER! I told them it was on my "Bucket List". So............check mark!! The photo cost me $2.50 at the Antique Store close to my home.
Isn't that the coolest candle holder EVER ???
I just plopped that little crown (from a necklace) on top.

Okay...a bit of history behind this old sewing machine table. I've had it for about 18 years now and the display items for almost as long. This is a photo taken from our last home (PLEASE don't notice the peach walls). I promise...it wasn't lame (as Sara would say) at the time. But then by saying that, it tells you just how antique I am. Oh well, no winning...I am lame! : )
All of my children have been very interested in photography, which thrills me. I'm pretty sure my Emily took this when she was a teenager.

Much better wall color. See...I'm still "Hip & Happenin". : ) Sara...stop rolling your eyes!! Keep in mind, since I am an antique now...I've been collecting Halloween stuff for decades now. What can I say...We're "one of those families". At least one of those families that goes gaa-gaa over Halloween.

NEW TOPIC: The hands. I've said before that I took a lot of inspiration from Sadie Olive's Halloween Vignette this year. I went crazy over her using lots of hands in her arrangement. She was kind enough to tell me that she got the poseable one from Border's Bookstore. However, in my state, Border's does not carry them.
But, I did find these used jewelry hands. Except.... they HAD to be all white just like Sarah's (Sadie Olive). So I did what any blogger on the planet would have done. Spray paint to the rescue!

Before I made my pixie, I tried out the large one in my tall candle holder. Great effect too I think. LAST TOPIC: The banner. I saw a banner much like this one on two sites this season and went gaa-gaa AGAIN! I told my friends...."Saw it, loved it, had to have it, threw a fit, made it, got it."

This project is more time-intensive than I expected.
Thus, the one-third-done creation.
Happy Fall to all. : )


54 comments:

Jenny S said...

Ohh I am working on a banner too! I have seen them all over bloggdom and want to make one too! Also I love the little fairy! Too fun! You have a great blog, thank you for sharing.

~LisaLou~ said...

What a small world it is. I just came over to your site from "A Soft Place to Land" to look at your cute Halloween Decorations and what a surprise...I know your grandkids and Emilie! I just went camping with Master S. and family this weekend and I love little C and G! They are all so cute! I love it when that happens!
You have an awesome family and your Halloween decorations are cute too!
Thanks for sharing, Lisa

Rae said...

You are truly amazing! That pixie fairy is to die for! I love that banner I might have to put it on my list!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

LOVE your vignette. It's perfect. Your pixie is absolutely adorable too. Those hands are really cool. I'm going to have to keep my eyes peeled for a couple of those.
I have been loving banners for a very long time, but I haven't attempted one. Yours is looking amazing.

Esther said...

Hi, just stopped by your site today and I like it very much.
Just as much as your banner. I made a pastel one out of plastic tableclothes for outside above my sunlounge, but I think I'd like a nice classy one like yours for inside.

nikkicrumpet said...

First thanks for laughing at my song. I've had it stuck in my head all day. My hubby is about ready to KILL ME...but it made me giggle. Ya gotta love Burl Ives! Second...I'm so glad you came to visit. Because I followed you home and I'm SO glad I did. I actually GASPED when I saw the fairy...then I saw it inside that gorgeous candle holder and I drooled all over my keyboard. (I'm sending you the repair bill!) That is beyond amazing, gorgeous, magical etc etc! I gotta have me a fairy too! But the candle holder really takes it over the top FABULOUS! The hand Idea is totally cool to. Dang in one post you just made me all crazy !!!! I'm not sure I even dare check out the rest of your blog!

Holly said...

Your Pixie is absolutely priceless. She turned out perfect. All of your decor is so eye-candy-licous!!! I am just feasting.

The Idaho Olsens said...

I came upon your site via another "decorating" blog and think it is great. You have wonderful ideas, that I will "borrow". I love your "Wednesday's with your mother". I was surprised to see Emily...I knew her when she lived in Kansas, she was in our ward. How fun it was to see her, what a small world.

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Love all the decorations! Really love your banner...it turned out perfect! My sister has been wanting to make one to match mine and you did it perfectly. I love it!! The little fairy is to die for. So cute! This is so fun to share. Thanks for stopping by at our party.

Karin

Ms. Tee said...

Oh my goodness, your fairy pixie is so cute! I'm going to have to find a vintage photo now...:)

Debbie said...

You are quite clever! I love the way you "SEE" things and then run off and do it yourself. And not only that but you truly have the gift to arrange things so beautifully, everything is so pretty! And your friend better not be rolling her eyes. LOL

Lisa said...

The hands look awesome!

THE TATTERED NEST said...

love the banner...you are so creative...you inspire me.

sadieolive said...

Everything looks awesome. Great job on the hands, the fairies and the banner!

ThriftyDecorChick said...

Love your site, can't remember how I found it though! ;) I love your fabric pumpkins!!

Carrie said...

OH I love the hands everything looks so good. The pixie is adorable.

Tausha said...

the hands are darling! WHat a fantastic idea! I must put these on my list to look for at thrift stores! Very spooky and useful! It's always makes one feel better when the docor item is "USED" in the display! At least that is what I tell my husband! :)

Glitter and Bliss said...

Oh my goodness...you have been super busy. I absolutely love your fairy! I want to attempt one of these myself...however..you have set the bar super high. I also love your banner. WOW!!!
Leslie

Sandy Toes said...

So cute...I loved that little decor with the black and white picture...love it. I love your new header with the pumpkins! So sweet!
-Sandy Toes

Joy said...

I love your little Halloween fairy and the adorable banner. Ahh gee, I love all of your fun decorations. You clever and creative lady!

Manuela said...

Love your little fairy and what you've done with those hands! GReat idea to paint them!

Manuela

Wendy said...

BE.AU.TI.FUL!!! I absolutely love your Halloween fairy...the butterfly wings really made it!!! I also love your banner. So cute!

Sue said...

Just found your blog. Love your "Wednesdays with Mom"...wonderful idea. I just posted a picture of me and my mother the day I was brought home from the hospital 58 years ago. In honor of my daughter being born on my 25th. birthday.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

GGGrrrreeeeeatttt idea to spray paint those hands. What did we all do before spray paint?

Blessings,

Sher

Darlene said...

Ooooooooo I LOVE all of your displays!!! TOO CUTE!! Your little fairy turned out so well!!! The banner is fabulous and I love the use of the hands...too cool!!!!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

What great whimsical, and creative fall decor! Love the whole vingette, especially the pixie fairy in the candleholder and hands! ~Rhonda :)

Shannon said...

Wow!! It all looks so great! I LOVE your pixie and need to try this. It is so cute!

Meg said...

I've been wanting to make a banner just like that. Love the peach walls! haha! Your little pixie is so cute. I want to make one now!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love where the banner is heading! It is so cute! Now I want to copy you! :)
Carrie

My home - My life said...

All of your decorations look so lovely! You have a great eye and have created some really beautiful things here.

the undomesticated wife said...

Such cute decorations! Love the vintage look. I've done a similar fairy jar thing. They are so fun, and I love how you made yours Halloween-ish!

Christina said...

Your pixie fairie is just lovely. As are all of your decorations.

I so want one of those hands. I'll have to be on the lookout for a jewelry hand and use some good 'ole spray paint.

I really enjoyed looking at all of you things and the post about your mom touched me.

Ramona said...

Mary Lou ~ Your blog is wonderful...loving it lots and lots. Thanks for stopping by today to say howdy...to answer your questions...the "doll" is a Santos figure which is usually a wooden carved figure of a saint from Mexico or Southwestern U.S....I found mine at Ballard Designs about a year ago for around $130 and she stands 27 inches tall. She is totally cool and one of my favorite finds. Good luck to you...you'll find one and will love it bunches and bunches.

I'll be back to visit soon...love your banner!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Tamara Jansen said...

Oh, I love this vignette.....feels a bit strange to be looking at this all the way out here in Brazil but just LOOVVE it. I took a picture of Brazilian pumkins today....very cool and spooky looking. Too bad my connections not good enough to share it with you :)

Victoria said...

Oh my, I love the hands! I never thought about getting those & spray painting them.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Okay...so how does one make those cute little fairies??? Yours is darling and I think I NEED ONE..
There should be a caution sign before one starts a blog that reads: Caution, blogging causes you to try, do and WANT new things!!! :)
Deb

Mimi Sue said...

OK, you have got to have the best Halloween house in the universe. Love it all. Did you make the BOO letters? So cute! Putting the ghosts under the dome really updated them. Peach walls. I remember when they were waaaay in...What were we thinking?? Mimi

Mimi Sue said...

PS also that fairy...why don't you make some and sell one to me? So cute!! Mimi

Cheryl said...

That is the coolest Candle holder EVER!! I loved strolling through your blog...your halloween decor is awesome! You are now in my Blogline faves!!! Happy Halloween!

Heather said...

LOVE your pixie! (and the whole display for that matter) Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. It was scary to lay it all out there like that :)

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Wow...You have really been super busy but everything looks so worth it! You are so much like me...I set my mind to something and have to find a way to do it! Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful goodies!
Robin~♥

Liz said...

Oh my gosh!!! Your decorations are fantastic! I'm so impressed.

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Sweet Simplicity said...

I love the hand inside the candle holder jar. You have some great halloween decor!

Nicole said...

Wow you have been busy. I love everything. But the cute little pixie is my favorite, and the sewing maching table. What a perfect place to display fun stuff. I really like your halloween banner also.

LisaJanelle said...

You have been awarded the Fall Decor Award on my blog....:)

LisaJanelle
http://warmheartcozyhome.typepad.com/warm_heart_cozy_home/

Kelli said...

What a sweet fairy and I *love* your halloween banner!
~Kelli

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Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I love what you did....all of it!!

The pixel fairy is so cool....and that table looks fantastic....what a great antique!

The hands are the perfect touch...no pun intended!!!

Lisa

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

You are soooo talented and I love all your Halloween decor! Stunning to say the least! Awesome blog!!!

Hugs,
Maryjane

TMI said...

I LOVE all your ideas! I rely on other creative people to keep my home decorated properly. I especially love that your Halloween decor is somewhat creepy. I'm way more into 'creepy Halloween' than 'cutesy Halloween' if ya know what I mean!

thanks for stopping by my blog recently!

~Tara

Amy from Texas said...

Love the banner. Such cute decorations!

Missy said...

Love, love, love the Halloween decor!! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting!! I agree--we must be kindred spirits! I enjoyed reading about your time with your Mom too-- I am far away from my own Mother and really miss our times together!

Mind Your Manors said...

I am in awe of your creativity!! I absolutley LOVE your Halloween display. Thanks for sharing.

Amy