i should be mopping the floor: March 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY Easter Egg Topiary


Had the best morning...crafting at the kitchen table with a good friend. We made Easter Egg Topiaries that were pretty easy. They took about two hours, give or take. 


The supply pile. You'll need between 2-3 dozen decorative eggs, depending on the size. I had small eggs, so I grabbed three bags of these speckled eggs at Hobby Lobby. You'll need a rattan cone and green spanish moss (try to get the green...I think the grey just a little dead and not so spring-y).  We split just one large bag of the stuff and had just enough. You could probably get a small bag for just one topiary. You'll also need your trusty glue gun with an ample supply of sticks.


My friend, Erica, purchased eggs that were intended to hang from an Easter tree. We fixed that problem quite easily. Snip, snip. The ends didn't show once we added all the moss in...it was perfect!


Start by gluing your eggs to your cone. I did mine in a more vertical fashion, but there's no rhyme or reason. Do whatever you think looks best for you. Erica did hers in a more random pattern...which looked fabulous in the end!


Keep gluing all the way around. I used all but one of my eggs.


These are what they look like before adding the moss.


Start adding your moss, little by little in between the eggs (make sure it covers wherever the rattan shows). You'll want to add dabs (or lots) of your hot glue under the moss to keep it from coming out. Try to place your glue on the rattan and the sides of the eggs. Trying to put glue on the moss is a nightmare. I don't recommend Elmer's for this one...tried it. Mess.


There they are! Erica's pastel colors on the left are so pretty and Easter-y! 
We both decided we may have to give our topiaries haircuts to tame the mange! They're a bit "hairy". But we were both super happy with the way they turned out. I was so thankful that Erica joined the fun today. 

I propped mine on a crystal cake plate that was my grandma's. You could also put these into urns or terra cotta pots to really dress them up. I can't wait for this to be the centerpiece on my Easter buffet table (I'm hosting my entire family this year...fun!).

Quick Glue Gun Tip:

When you're ready to put a new glue stick in your glue gun, dab a but of hot glue to the new one's end...

And then glue it to the one already in the gun. It keeps the flow going and is easier than pushing that new stick in a hundred times.









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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ORB Paint on a Goodwill Lamp



I have serious lamp issues, y'all. This is the third transformation of this lamp, which I originally found at Goodwill a year ago. I *think* it's finally done. 

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Where she originally started.

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First transformation. Okay...but nothing spectacular. 


Second transformation, still not 100% on what I truly felt about this makeover. It involved foil, Mod Podge & stain. And was messy. In all its finished glory, it just looked dirty. I realized it needed a change when a recent guest exclaimed, "Oh no, what happened to your lamp?" I did. I happened to my lamp.


So I turned to my new BFF, Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) Spray Paint. And it's companion...sealer.

I painted it with nice thin layers. You can still see the texture of the foil. I really like that. Unless of course someone stops by and says, "Oh no, what happened to your lamp?" Yes, I have a nagging need for approval. It's beyond annoying, friends. 

And here she is. New shade and all. (Snagged this shade along with its black counterpart on clearance at Tar-jay). I recently saw another blogger who grabbed the same shade on clearance. And proceeded to cover it since she hated the design. I don't hate it. But, if enough of you tell me you do, I may get a complex. Serious need to people please. It's pathetic.












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