Shabby Chic Con Amore.: Shabby Chic on Friday

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Cozy Home Scenes: Chicken Salad Pockets

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Storybook dresser.

Storybook dresser.:
When I was little, my grandmother started a Beatrix Potter music box collection for me. I loved them, and I used to read the books too. How did that little girl grow up into someone who loves Fast and the Furious? There's still a dainty little part of me though - a part that loves Benjamin Bunny and soft pastels. That part of me loves this dresser, and I really love the base color that Briana chose. The Beatrix Potter panels coordinate nicely. You definitely need to see the before, because Briana did an amazing job with this makeover.

Storybook land at I Do All My Own Stunts

Make Vases and Votive Candles from Recycled Jars

The Paper Variety...Vellum Votive's Tutorial

The Paper Variety...Vellum Votive's Tutorial: I'm posting a tutorial today for The Paper Variety  on how to decorate votive candles with vellum.

I came up with  a few candle designs  that could be used as decorations for a wedding's, baby showers, garden parties or as home decor.

Here's the supplies I used:

Various clear votive candle holders
Score Board
Colored Vellum
Double Sided Tape
Decorative Stamps and ink
Border punch
Liquid Pearls
Ribbon & Jute Twine
Embossing folder

To decorate the large candle, I stamped two pieces of 4 x 11 inch vellum with decorative stamps.

I then scored the vellum at 1/2 inches and adhered the two pieces together like you would to make a rosette. Use double sided tape to adhere the vellum around the candle.

Another way to decorate a votive is to use a border punch along a strip of vellum.

You can embellish your votive's anyway your like. I added some liquid pearls and a ribbon bow around one and then added some white vellum flowers cut from Flower Shoppe to another.

Another way to decorate a votive is to use embossed vellum.

I embossed 4- 2 1/2 inch squares of vellum and then adhered them to the sides of the votive.

I hope this vellum candle idea inspires you to brighten up your day or nights !

Thanks for looking!

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My wisteria is blooming and growing like crazy.
Since the carport was removed over a year has really gone wild.
But there is not a place for it to go.
It already covers the fence and support beam.
It's tendrils reach out searching for new heights to climb.
I do wish I had the perfect pergola for it to grow upon.
As it is, I have to trim it way back every summer to keep it under control.

Now, I know why my Grandmother used to get so upset at her neighbor's.
They had wisteria growing on their fence next to my Grandma's house and they never trimmed it.
Every so often my Grandma would go out and cut it to keep it from growing over on 
to the roof of her house.
She absolutely hated it. 
She said it was a menace. 
She said it would pull her house down if she let it.
I thought it beautiful till I lived in that house a little while and experienced how it 
did indeed try to come over and take over the house.  
It's long tendrils reaching out to grab on to the roof.

I have to say...I'd never plant it near my house.
This is closer than I like.
It's near the garage, planted by a previous owner.
As it takes over my gate so that sometimes I have a hard time getting in and out.
Right now it is swarming with bumble bees.
Which I don't mind. Bumble bees are so big, fat, fuzzy and cute.

My wisteria is very pretty in bloom but rather plain when not blooming.
I wish mine looked like these examples below.
It can be quite amazing.

I wonder if these people realize that one day that wisteria is going to pull their house down.

Do you love wisteria or are you scared off by it's invasive nature?

So Fab.. Gardening Ideas

Monday Inspiration:
It's gardening season! Here are a handful of unique container gardening ideas for inspiring your green thumb to get planting.

Vintage dog food tin planter, via Potted

Tea pot terrarium, via Etsy shop Moss Terrariums
Tacke box garden, via More Design Please

Wooden soda crafter planter, via Miss Modish

Antique sewing box planter, via Paint Ideas

Rooftop gardening in drawers and boxes, via Urban Garden Casual

Recycled aluminum can planters, via The MoZone

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