30 Days of Gratitude…Day 4…..

Lately, I’ve been missing “home”, my little cottage abode in Sacramento.

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I feel it calling me, with it’s comforting, soft colors, relaxed easy feel, and comfortable furniture.

 

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Dining room

Home is where I have my collection of crystals, needlepoints, and wooden pieces waiting to be decoupaged.

 

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Decoupage table using napkins

 

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miniature fireplace using faux marbling and napkin decoupage

 

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Mixed medium birdhouses

It’s like an old familiar friend calling me.

 

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Old world tapestry over bed

I’m in my second year of living part-time in Hawaii, part-time in Sacramento.

Even though I’m not retired, nor am I employed by any company, I’ve had the opportunity to explore my options, make enough money to survive, and I only have my family to thank for that.

 

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Galley Kitchen

While I’m in Hawaii my family keeps the home fires burning in Sacramento.

Wherever I am, I find ways to generate income by helping others, and selling things I’ve collected.

 

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Radio cabinet found on road and decoupaged

Today the thought occurred to me that I would love to have a home in both places, continue to go back and forth.  Why not?  I’m already doing it.

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View of living room from kitchen

I’ve not been able to make a decision, or choose between the two places, picking one over the other as my destination of choice.

And for now, I’m okay with that.

I feel so much gratitude for the family members who have allowed me to come and go.

 

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Heart ornament on bookcase

I call in blessings to them for their generosity of Spirit, as I have been truly blessed.

 

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Plumeria Offering

Thank you, Thank you Thank you! And So It Is!

Cottage Mavens, maybe you have family or friends that you would like to thank today.  You can offer a blessing to them on a mini-altar, give them a call, or send them a note.

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How to Decoupage a Lamp with napkins

 

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I made a comment the other day that “Every corner of my house warms my soul”.  One of my readers commented on it, and made me realize that I have some corners that DO NOT.

If you have a plain ceramic or wood lamp, and you would like to make it pretty, then read on…

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I started by gathering some pretty napkins ( you could also use fabric) , a wood base lamp, (you could also use ceramic), and modpodge and a small chip brush.

I find the best napkins at Tuesday Morning.  They have tons!

I start by painting the base white or off-white.

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Once I have selected my napkins, I tear back the extra layers, so I have only the top to work with.

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Then I cut the images or shapes that I want to place on my lamp.  In this case, I am choosing to cover the entire lamp with the napkin tissue.  There are no mistakes, so however you choose to place your napkin is up to you.  It’s the creative process.

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next I brush the modpodge all over the lamp base.  You can work in smaller areas if it feels more comfortable to do it that way.

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As I lay the images across the lamp base, I tap it down with a brush filled with more modpodge.

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Oops!  I can fix that!

 

The napkins, when wet, can be delicate, but no worries!  I’ll show you how to patch this.  This is a collage.

 

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I just cut out a little flower to fill in here.

 

You can also cut out borders, or other images to lay across the lamp base.

I don’t mind a few wrinkles.  But if you do, you might prefer to use the same technique using craft paper.  Here are some examples.

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You can do a final coat of modpodge to seal it all in and finish it off.  Have fun!

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Cottage Necessites

 

These Christmas Cottages are for the Birds!

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My best resource for the cocktail napkins has been Tuesday Morning.  The unfinished wood birdhouses can be found at Michael’s and Joann’s for about a dollar.

They’re like little paper mosaics.

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and it gives me a chance to practice combining patterns and colors, a chance to play with out worrying, or stressing that it won’t look right.

I can tell a little story, and be whimsical!

I can mix mediums, like wrapping paper, old sheet music, crystals, buttons, sewing notions, feathers and moss.

If you want to try this, here are a couple of tips before you start.

Paint the entire birdhouse with white paint, to make the colors stand out better.

Here is one that I painted grey instead of white.  It came out darker, and even though I still love this one with it’s Bohemian vibe…..

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I like the cottage look of the white undertones.  But again, you can do whatever you want.

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There is a loop on top of most of them, so you can hang them on your Christmas tree.

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And there are ones without a loop, that can be placed on a little shelf or a bookcase. And you can look at it all year long.

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When you use the napkins, you can tear them in pieces, or use a whole sheet.  Just peel all of the inside layers away, so you only have the layer with the picture on it.

The main thing is to just have fun!

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