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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Show n Tell Friday

Hello & welcome to another Show n Tell Friday...hosted by the ever talented Cindy @ My Romantic Home. Remember the little cardboard house, you saw in the swap package I sent my Joli Paquet partner? (you can see it in this post) I found them @ Goodwill for 3 for $3 so I bought several packages. It's amazing what you can find @ GW, huh?

Anyway, for today's show n tell, I wanted to share what I transformed one into.... a haunted house diorama on a glittered cake pedestal! First I started w/ a melanine plate, glued it to a glass candlestick, sprayed it w/ spray adhesive & glittered it generously w/ MS's glitter (I used white gold), then sprayed it w/ polyurethane to keep it from shedding glitter. LOVE this pedestal! I'll use it for all seasons but never for food, of course. I also bleached, then dyed black, some bottle brush trees using Rit fabric dye.

Then on to the house make-over..... I gave it a shot of black paint & papered it's roof w/ toile paper scraps...adding a sparkly "wreath" over the front door (it's actually a vintage rhinestone button) & some black pompom trim.

Then I made a ghost out of playdoh & tissue paper...glittering it up just a bit w/ opalescent glitter.

Hung a rising moon.

And made tissue paper pumpkins. I just balled up tissue paper, wrapped it w/ orange tissue, twisting & glueing the top to form a "stem", trimmed for neatness. I daubed on distressing ink to add some dimension (using a Qtip for control), & painted the stems brown.

I LOVE it! It may be my favorite Halloween creation yet! It falls right in w/ the spooky-chic theme I've got going this year. And I bought several packages of the houses, so I'll be doing them up for Christmas & Easter too...maybe I'll even make a little "love nest" for Valentine's. ;o)

I also completed a project I've been planning on for 2 years (I told y'all I've completed all the projects on my "wish to do" list & then some, I've been on a roll!) ...... a tassel made out of a tiny, glass jack 'o lantern ornament. Sorry for the bad lighting...it's been raining here again. :o( I'm so glad I had the foresight to snap shots of my diorama when the light was good.

I'm really happy w/ my choice of ribbons but I wish that I had looped the ones underneath. I didn't even think of it until after I was finished (it's my first tassel). Guess I'll have to make another one. ;o) But it'll have to wait til next year cause STICK A FORK IN ME, I'M DONE w/ this year's projects.

Oh yeah, I glued a wine cork, on to the bottom of the ornament, to provide a base to glue the ribbons on to.

Stop by Cindy's to see the beautiful teacup she is sharing today & to get all the links for the other participants. Have a frightfully good weekend everybody!


Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

This amazing! So creative and pretty! Love the tiered dish you created and glittered! Great idea! ~Rhonda :)

Laurie Anne said...

Love your spooky-chic diorama! so creative and dramatic!
Lucky to find those house kits! can't wait to see how you dress them up for each holiday :) xx

Kim said...

I love the house! And the tassle--I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing about the cork...I never could figure out how people did it!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How cute - thanks for sharing the how to. You are very creative.

Leanne said...

I love the pumpkin head tassel and your ribbon choices. It looks great. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

Oh my! That display is amazing! Love every little thing you did...so creative and unique :o) Thanks for sharing your how-tos as well.

Household 6 said...

Ok, woman! I am totally stealing your glittered pedestal idea! I think I need to run to the thrift store today to pick up a random plate and candle holder!!! Wanna come with me? Hehe

Knittings Nice! said...

Oh thats so clever and well crafted....love it.

Zuzu said...

Wonderfully creative! Love anything (everything!) with glitter on it. :)

Have a great weekend!

Nina's Recipes said...

Happy Halloween! Very cute!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Well gosh darn- I didn't see any of those sweet houses at GW!! I am always missing the good stuff!!

Love you little spooky scene!

Designs on 47th Street said...

YOU are definitely amazing! Love all of this!!!!


Collected Treasures said...

Love the tassel........xojana

Dogwood said...

What fun. Your Halloween decor is so beautiful. I love all you have done. Enjoy.

Frivolitea said...

Your halloween decor is fabulous! I am particularly impressed by the glitter pedestal plate that you invented!

Katy ~ said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE how creative you are. I enlarged the picture to fill up my entire screen so I could gawk at everything you've done. This is so FUN. And of course, I love the cake pedestal idea.

Leann said...

Hey Cami

This is great. Love how you made the tissue pumpkins! Just saw another Leanne commented earlier, but she spells it differently.

Happy Halloween My Friend!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

How adorable is this sweet chic/hauntingly spooky vignette! Love the pedestal base, too. I love MS glitter ~ didn't know you could spray polyurethane to help keep it from shedding?!? Does it still stay real glittery & what brand do you use?!?

Happy Halloween! Happy PS!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Collected Treasures said...

Hope your Halloween was as fun as you made it look!!!!! Thank you for the kind words.......it just encourages me to keep going :) jana

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Oh my gosh that is so adorable!!! I love the tassle too! I'm going to go check out some more of your blog because your home looks so pretty!!!