Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Old windows

I  have an obsession with old windows.

As I cause a traffic jamb on the side of the road, shoving them in the back of my jeep, I feel giddy with the possibilities.  Even though most of them collect in my shed, much to my husbands dismay, I do eventually use them when I feel inspired.  Here is proof that it's totally worth the honks and evil stares from those cranky drivers.  

Sunflower wallpaper applied with decoupage

My feeble attempt at stained glass

Whimsical wallpaper for laundry room

Freehand attempt of stained glass with lead paint

In the Summer, I did a u-turn for this beauty!  What to do with this one?!?  I have a vision to put it above my fireplace once I get sick of my botanical prints.  Not sure when that will be though.

I'm in love with this HUGE window!

So as this amazing window sits in the shed for the winter, I decided to get my hands on a smaller window that is just too cute for words.  No picture of that because my shed is too embarrassing to show you all, but this is what I hope to create with my next 'trash to treasure'.

Now, mine will be a bit different.  I hope to remove the glass panes and put mesh or screen on the entire back for my ever growing collection of earrings.  I haven't decided if I will do a shelf of not, we will see how ambitious I get.  Look for photos of this project soon, but not too soon :)


Do any of my fantastic readers have other creative ideas for old windows?  
I would love to hear!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Deadline!

Hurry...go tell your MIL, hubby and sister that Magpie Designz holiday deadline is November 22nd.  Sorry husbands, but November 23rd is one day TOO LATE.  I wish I could make exceptions.  Trust me, I get pathetic stories for a good month after my deadline, begging me to make just that one exception. 

Production time is 3-4 weeks during this peak holiday season.  Please, please plan accordingly. Now I am begging.  Also remember that the postal service is busier now too, so packages may take longer to be delivered. 

You've been warned.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh Pottery Barn.....

I have always been fascinated with lamp making. It's a mystery of where this passion came from but I was determined to create my very own jug lamps.  I found these lamps in the Pottery Barn catalog and fell in love.

However, I couldn't justify the $139 EACH price tag. SO I had to figure out a way to create them myself. After searching on Ebay for a bit, I came across some clear wine jugs.   I paid $12 for the pair (yeah, I know, a steal!) and then made a trip to Lowe's to pick up this lamp kit.  

Lamp kit from Lowe's

It was much easier then I thought to wire the lamp. The instructions were super easy to follow. I was SHOCKED when I plugged them in for a test and they worked!  You will be impressed with yourself, I promise.  Now it was time to fill the jugs with all sorts of goodies. My goal was to change them for each season.  I haven't quite mastered that goal, but I have two themes that I use often. 

Fall lamp with acorns and fake leafy branch

Summer lamp with pebbles and fake fern leaf

I am going to try a Christmas themed lamp this year.
Stay posted to see what I come up with.
Oh, the pressure. 


Oh and by the way, my deadline for Holiday orders is November 22nd. I will announce this often and you will be sick of hearing it, but I hope to avoid those emails on Christmas Eve from husbands hoping that I can overnight a necklace to them for Christmas morning. 
Yeah right, I will still get those emails. What am I thinking?  At least I tried.