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Sep 29, 2011

...my fairytale olive tree ~ a tutorial

...hello sweets!!

i have been in the mind-set of "re-locating" this week
~ i am at the beginning stages of it

lots-o'-reflecting time
and although i am not usually one to panic,

i believe someone has hit that button!

it has kinda been like looking up the side of mount Kilimanjaro
and thinking to yourself,
"i'm supposed to climb up THAT????
surely you jest!"



maybe it's not that bad...
but there are a LOT of details that need to fall into place,  
and a peace of mind sure sounds good to me right about now!!

and you know what?
it is true what they say ~
be careful for what you ask for!!
'cause you just might get it!!

(stay with me, this post gets better!!)

this is what i have been creating in the studio this week

~ my fairytale olive tree ~

i have been thinking ahead for the holiday's
as we are set to move around the end of the year
(didn't ask for that, just how it's shaping up to be!)

so in trying to prepare for the festivities NOW,
i made a list of things i'd like to create.
on the top of my list was

(suspense sound!)

an olive tree!

as i am constantly dreaming upon the pages of Jeanne d'Arc Living magazines,
i couldn't help but notice
that photo after photo,
 there is always an olive tree or a rosemary plant!

and as i have alllll the "rosemary" i need
it was an olive tree that i desired for my very own 

but alas,
there were none to be found...
so i looked online...

yah ~ no!
not going to spend upwards of $80 - $ 150 for a plant
and a silk plant to boot!!

so you know me,
i simply made one instead!

and you can too!

sooooooo easy i tell ya'!

you may want to make a few:)
perhaps for holiday gifts?!?!

so without further ado

here is my "fairytale olive tree" tutorial

* supplies needed *

~ lovely urn to suit your fancy
~ an urn decorative adornment
~ liquid nails to glue on urn adornment
 ~ 3 olive branches from Michael's Craft Store
(see below)
~ 1/8th yard of lace yardage
~ silver glass glitter
(if you're going for the fairytale look!)
~ 1 graceful Mary paper doll
~ a roll of florist tape
~ paint for your olive trunk and olives
(2 complimentive colors)
~ paint brush
~ mod podge OR elmer's "no run" school glue
~ toothpicks

i started with my urn adornment
i found a few of these fabulous rusty metal decorations at "Tuesday Morning's"
they were in the Christmas ornaments section
and two were sandwiched together on one ornament
i wanted the back part flay to go against my urn, so i pulled them apart

which made it much easier to shape and bend
against the contours of my urn

then i glued it onto my urn with liquid nails glue
 which, by the way,
would you believe that
i found my urn at the thrift store!!
 from the moment i spied it with my little eyes
i was taken with it's awesome texture
and knew that someday, i would find the perfect place for it in the land of odds!


here is the info on the olive branches from Michael's
they are in the "Mediterranean" collection
and the day i purchased them
they were on sale for 1/2 off
(Michael's was the only place i could find ANY olive stems what-so-ever
but you may be able to find them elsewhere in your area))

this is what the olives look like

but being that orange doesn't go with anything in my home,
i painted the orange ones with
folkart's "mushroom" color

once they were dry,
i took off the painted olives
so i could cover them in lace!
hence the "fairytale" olive begins
as i have never seen a lacy olive

have you??

i poured a little mod podge (or glue) over the lace that i had cut into squares

i then enveloped each olive into a square of lace
and then tied each one at the top with gossamer, silver thread strands
~ as, i am part crow and like some sparkle!

this was a little messy because your fingers get covered in the glue,
so keep a wet rag handy to occasionally wash off your fingers.

are they not lovely lacy olives??!

next, i removed the darker green olives from my stems
leaving only the black ones left for contrast
and placed them on the ends of a toothpicks
so that i could paint on the mod podge (or glue)

and dust them with more fairytale magic ~
silver glass glitter!!!

i.  love.  this.  stuff.

it makes anything you put it on ~ instant glam!

notice how i said "dusted"
i still wanted parts of the olive's color to peek out from beneath the glitter.
to accomplish this ~
simple hold your olive that has glue on it
over a bowl and sprinkle on the glitter,
twirling the toothpick around as you sprinkle.
(as opposed to dipping the olive into the glitter
which would give your olive a heavier coat of glitter) 

let these sparkly olives dry on wax paper
while you assemble your olive trunk.

to assemble your trunk,
grasp all three olive stems tightly
and begin twisting the florist tape around and around
working your way down the stems
all the way to the bottom.

i wrapped my stems up and down a total of 5 times for two reasons
one ~ to secure the three stems together
and two ~ to give my olive trunk some thickness

when my trunk was completely wrapped
i painted it with the "mushroom" color i used on the olives

when that coat was dry,
i brushed the Martha Stewart paint color "lake fog" over the first coat in random places
using your paint very lightly to give some variance in colors as a tree trunk would be

let dry.

then i used one of my hand dyed, sea silk ribbons
to wrap my olive trunk in a ballerina slipper fashion
to add romance and whimsy in an unexpected place

and since this fairytale olive tree was Jeanne d'Arc inspired,
i attached one of my Graceful Mary paper dolls at the bow

to place your new olive tree into your urn
use a piece of florist oasis foam 
fit it snuggly into the bottom of your urn and then
slip your olive trunk into the foam.
i then covered mine with tiny gravel
for a realistic effect and to help support the trunk and to keep it in place

i adore how my fairytale olive tree turned out!

and am charmed by the meaning behind the olive tree!

did you know that
olive trees originally grew by the sea
(well, that explains my draw towards it!!)
and over the years, the olive has been the symbol of peace,
wisdom, glory, fertility, power and pureness.
the olive tree and olives are mentioned over 30 times in the Bible?!
it is one of the first plants mentioned in the Bible,
and one of the most significant.
 it was an olive leaf that a dove
 brought back to Noah to demonstrate that the flood was over!

so my dears,
the only thing left to say is:

peace be with you!

sharing this tutorial with:
My Shabby Streamside Studio's: Holiday Decor Showcase
French Country Cottage's: Feathered Nest Friday
Freckled Laundry's: Air Your Laundry Friday
Romantic Home's: Show and Tell Friday

i hope you have enjoyed this fairytale olive tree tutorial
and are inspired to make one for your very own!

here's to fairytale whimsies!

Sep 22, 2011

...autumn's entrance

...happy autumn dear readers!

it has now officially arrived
and i have been decorating my front entrance
in the shades that have been inspiring me as of late

can you guess what those colors might be...

i wonder!!

it. is. true.
and there is no escaping it ~

i have fairytale sea pumpkins on my mind!

when i was designing my autumn entrance
my inspiration started with this hand painted sign
from our creatively inspired Dore of Burlap Luxe!

you may remember this shelter sign from this post

since then,
i have completely and utterly fallen in love with Dore's soulful world of soft washed blue-greys!

my design style is also influenced by that of

so much so,
i have ordered some Annie Sloan chalk paint to wash my interior world in
that is for another post!

to this shelter sign,
i have added a few of my own adornments
to make it my own:

lace, rhinestones, a bejeweled cross, sea silk ribbon and a feather
(they are so magical, wouldn't you agree?)

now for the entry table top
(this is the very first piece i shall transform with the AS paint!!)

i wanted a fairytale romance feel...

so i gathered a few pretties
and started to play!

there is a fairytale sea pumpkin 

...or two

a romantic rose mirror
to reflect the sun
 or moon light :)

and silkened, ballerina wrapped candle sticks
which have adorned frills on top!

they are comprised of sea silk ribbons,
lace and vintage montee rhinestones

i will never have to light these
as they already sparkle!!

magical ~ no??!

for the bottom of my table ~
a crochet doily, chicken wire dome and silver stand
and an enchanting mercury glass pumpkin
were all that was needed

my cement swan was filled with variegated hydrangea's

i adore how she is dressed for the cooler autumn days!

a complete view

at the top of my shelter sign
i have placed some long lavender stems.
my sea pumpkins also have lavender added to them
as soon as you walk through the front door
it smells lovely!

i am delighted with my autumn fairytale entrance
and hope you were inspired to display a little
fairytale magic in your home!

sharing this post with:
French Country Cottage's: Feathered Nest Friday
Freckled Laundry's: Air Your Laundry Friday
Romantic Home's: Show and Tell Friday


here's to a magical autumn entrance!

Sep 15, 2011

...sea lavender pumpkins

...every fall
i'm enchanted with cinderella pumpkins

i adore their shape
and their color

the heirloom blue jarrahdale pumpkin squash
is grayish-blue in skin color

they were my inspiration for a small collection of velvet pumpkins
and the sea...

this is the "fairytale tag" i will use to attach to each special pumpkin

i hand dyed silk velvet in shades of the sea
along with silk ribbons and lace...

then i created a delightful collection of pumpkins...

some have pumpkin stems...

and some
i've used driftwood stems
i thought it appropriate for sea pumpkins:)

each one smells of lavender
as i have added dried lavender buds to each and every one of them

and i adore their unique shapes
no two are the same...

i will be listing them in my etsy shop

for those that would like a pumpkin fairytale
inspired by the sea

i would describe them as "mermaid couture decor"



fairytale pumpkins...

 dreamy thoughts
of what a carriage might look like
if the fairy god-mother waved her magic wand at one of these...

sharing this post with:
French Country Cottage's: Feathered Nest Friday
Freckled Laundry's: Air Your Laundry Friday
Romantic Home's: Show and Tell Friday
The Vintage Farmhouse's: Creative Things Thursday

here's to inspired pumpkins!


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