Friday, December 28, 2012

How to repair MacKenzie-Childs enamelware

This is what happens when MacKenzie-Childs enamelware is dropped or dragged:

This is a large, expensive pitcher, from the retired MacKenzie-Childs "Buttercup" pattern.  When these things happen I am usually bound and determined to find a way to repair.

I went to the autobody shop to hunt for some enamel paint.  It was a challenge to match the exact color  and every time I thought I had the perfect color, another color seemed to match it better.

I chose this GM paint, sanded the rim of the pitcher and painted on 4 layers, letting it dry in between each layer:

And I am very pleased with the results:

This also worked well on a little chip I had on a Courtly Check flower pot!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

We'll be having a white Christmas....

It is cold and the wind is blowing.... I am sure this will stick until Christmas...

...especially with the weather report warning us of more snow overnight....

Wishing all of you a "Merry and White Christmas"!
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Easy Treat for your cookie tray

Here is a quick and easy sweet to add to your dessert tray for the holiday:

Take 25 mint cookies and crush them in a zip bag.  Mix them with 1 lb melted white chocolate buttons and spread it on waxed paper.

Melt 40 peppermint Hershey Kisses and spread on top of the mixture.

Spread it around, or swirl it in to marble and chill until firm.

Break it up into bite size pieces and enjoy!!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Great minds think alike....

Deb, from Mountain Breaths, sent me a photo from MacKenzie-Childs.  It was of a piece of holly, some of the leaves covered in Courtly Checks.  I suggested we go to the Dollar Store and duplicate this with Checked Duct Tape.  She was one step ahead of me and had already bought some holly!

Here's how mine turned out:

I also covered the leaves of a pick...

...and trimmed the edges with glitter glue:

I added a bow and it was the perfect gift box decoration!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bunco Gifts

Awhile ago I was given a box of beads from my dear friend Andrea (Needle Notes) and decided to use some to make bracelets for each of my 11 bunco girlfriends.  

We just had out annual Bunco Christmas Party and I brought each bracelet wrapped in these cute bags I bought at Hobby Lobby:

I found matching ribbon and just pulled it through two punched holes:

I decorated a cute polka dotted box to carry them to the party:

They loved this cute little holiday surprise!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Dinner Place Setting

This year I took toilet paper tubes and glued them together at one end and then I covered them with burlap ribbon:

I took some magnolia leaves and a gold Krylon Pen...

...and wrote everyone's names on them:

I took long strips of green pine and cut them in half.  I wrapped each piece around the tube and glued on a bell and a magnolia leaf.

This is how they turned out:

This is the place setting I am considering.  I admire those of you who can set the table ahead of time and take photos ~ this is as far as I can get!

The star plates are from Pier 1 Imports and the starry dinner plates were purchased at Target many years ago:

This is how I am imagining each place setting so far:

Now to plan the meal :-)

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Some ornament treasures from around the world



San Francisco:

Cape Cod, MA:

Disney World:




Cruising the Caribbean:

San Francisco:

Puerto Rico:

and this it to remind me of my dream of cruising around the world!: