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DIY Glass Charger Makeover  

One of my most popular posts has been my knock off a Pottery Barn spring tablescape here.  I do love that one!






When I did it, I set for four people.  With my daughter marrying in October, I now need more place settings.  Two more, one for him and one for when the other daughter marries.

One of the fun things about that tablescape was my Pottery Barn knock off clear glass chargers.  I found them for $4 each in the clearance isle at Hobby Lobby.  They were gorgeous and charger size!  There was a small hole in the centers from where they had been parts of two tiered stands.  As chargers, it would never be seen. 

Well, now I need two more and of course, an exact match isn't happening.  I found two absolutely gorgeous clear blue plates (no holes!) the right size at Home Goods very affordably.  But, they are blue!  Given that I wasn't finding affordable options at all, I bought them.  I adore the scalloped edges!

So here was my thinking, I know that sometimes the "color" on glass items is not all the way through, but applied to the backs.  Today I gave it a try.  Half a bottle of maximum strength nail polish remover ($.97 at Walmart), a fingernail brush and a towel later, I have sparkling clear glass chargers!
I am so pleased!  I took a chance and now I have the extra two chargers I needed for almost nothing!  And so cute! 

Tip:  If you try this, I found that doing it in the porcelain sink made a HUGE mess that actually took more nail polish remover to clean off!  Laying it on the towel (white so I could see when all the blue was off), and holding a rag over my brush so it caught all the harsh splatters worked brilliantly! 

Also, note that I said "maximum strength nail polish remover".  I believe that if you use the non-acetone product it would not work nearly so well.

The nail brush was a blessing to quickly and easily get into all the 3D pattern on the back.

A last thought is to warn you that the blue did not come out of my towel.

I love when you can remake things to fit your needs and for so little!  Satisfaction indeed! 

Hope you are enjoying the new year and God bless you and yours!

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Snow Globe Cake  

I fell in love with the idea of a snow globe cake when I first saw one on line.  I've been waiting for an opportunity to make one ever since and Christmas was it! 


Gorgeous and magical and so easy!  People are so creative!  Merry Christmas!

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Larry The Cucumber Dressed Up As Carmen Miranda Came For Christmas!  

This was so much fun!

We celebrated Christmas yesterday as that's when my daughters and new son-in-law were able to be here.  Bridey suggested it might be fun to have a project for them all to do together, so, when I saw this gorgeous fruit Christmas tree at Ginger & Garlic, I knew that was our project!  I have been dreamily picturing this beauty being a stunning centerpiece and everyone eating it at Christmas dinner.  Sigh!

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I bought all the supplies, substituting Baby Bell cheese for the ripe cantaloupe that I couldn't find.  Cheese and fruit are classic together and we could cut shapes out of cheese like she did with the cantaloupe.  I showed them this picture and told them it was theirs to make as they wished, (so they wouldn't "feel pressure" to make it exactly like the picture).  Mmmmm...

Apparently there was no "pressure" to feel as they dove right in without missing a beat!  I never dreamed my creative and awesome daughters and new son-in-law would do what they did!  It was so fun watching Larry the Cucumber (from Vegetales) come to life!  There's a bit of Beaker (from the Muppets) in him too! 
I loved him when he was just a face wearing a star, but they kept going until he was all dressed up as Carmen Miranda coming to join us for Christmas dinner!  Gotta love it!
My oldest daughter made with these amazing appetizers using the Baby Bells.  They became the bottom row on Carmen's skirt.  She used tiny cookie cutters on the cheese and fruit, then "inlaid" the fruit!  Stunning!  It is like stained glass when held up to light!  I've never seen anything like it!  Genius!
Here "he" is on the table before the rest of the food.  Who can look at this table and not smile?? 
Never thought I'd have Larry the Cucumber at my Christmas dinner!  I can just hear one of my favorite Vegetale songs ...  join me???


As to the rest of the table, my husband has been loving his wooden truck as the centerpiece this year.  I got it on a day after Christmas sale at Walmart years ago for nearly nothing.  It had food in it as a seasonal gift.  It's really beautiful.  The wheels even work!  I added the bristle brush tree for the table this year.  Yeah!  It's always a plus when your husband is excited about the table!  It went with the "feel" of the tree this year - Bridy's dried baby's breath from the wedding, sticks from the yard turned into casual stars, white paper snowflakes and such.  It's a very homey, comfortable and warm tree this year and the truck is perfect for it! 
For the rest of the table, I used our much loved chalkboard chargers (made from $1.99 chargers), which we each customized with chalk at dinner.  The red napkins (12 @ $14.99) and placemats (4 @ $9.99), sparkly woven place mats (4 @ $5), white serving bowls (@ $3.99) and Christmas bowls (@ $3.99) on the napkins are all from Home Goods, a very happy place indeed!  The gorgeous red goblets (@ $2.99) and other red dishes were from Walmart years ago - best find there EVER!  The flatware is Oneida's Michelangelo (@$12 per 5 pc. setting at outlet long ago).  I'd have rather had a plain off white tablecloth, but this one is very old and paid for!
So, that's the story of Carmen Miranda aka Larry The Cucumber joining us for Christmas dinner!  Hope you enjoyed it!  Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a fantastic Christmas too! 

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Mini-Cherry Pies and Boo's Merry Christmas!  

We celebrate tomorrow as both my daughters and my new son-in-law will be here.  I'm SO blessed!  I think I might be done making goodies now.  This morning I made mini-cherry pies, with a twist.  I made them in a mini-muffin pan and used my Lindzer cutter to make gorgeous tops to the pies!  Aren't they awesome?

Last night I noticed Boo just sitting on the back of the sofa (on Daddy's shoulder), staring intently at the Christmas tree.  So precious!  So this is my Merry Christmas to you from Boo, Daddy & I.  I am so grateful that you spend some time here with me.  Thank you so much!  

May God bless you and your loved ones in the most important ways and may you honor Him this holiday as well as every day, because He deserves it!  Thank you Lord Jesus for being willing to come to earth, put on flesh as the creation, live a sinless life and teach us that the only way to heaven is through You.  Thank You for giving Your life in place of ours to redeem us from an eternity in hell.  Thank You so much for conquering death by rising from the dead, giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us and for preparing a place for us to spend eternity with You!  Thank You Lord Jesus that you are coming again soon to take us home to be with you forever!  All honor, power and glory be to You Father God!  Thy will be done!  Come Lord Jesus, come!
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Santa Photo Booth & Kindling  

This will be such fun!

My daughter and her fiance wanted a photo booth at their wedding mid-October.  I made a lot of props for it.  My guidelines weren't very clear and this Santa set I made didn't end up being used.

I was just cleaning and ran across it and a light-bulb went off!  She and her new husband like photo booth things...this will be our first Christmas together...I have a great Santa hat that was my dear Mother's that would complete this...  I think we'll all do Christmas pictures with this and it looks like fun to me!  Ho, ho, ho!

I'm pretty happy with what you see to the left of the Santa set too.  I don't have time to make any more twiggy Christmas goodies and I needed to clean it all up.  I didn't really want to just toss them out.  Then it hit me!  Kindling!  Isn't that funny?  I look at them and see home furnishings and it's thinking out of the box for me to see kindling!  Most people just see kindling!

I gathered them all up, broken to proper size to use as kindling and wrapped paper bags around the bundles with a strip of black duck tape around the center to hold them and make handles.   I know at least one daughter will love this!  Waste not want not!   "Oh the fire is so delightful..."

Thanks for dropping by! Merry Christmas!

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