DIY Distressed Pillar Candle Holders


DIY Distressed Pillar Candle Holders for $6.99!

Today I’m really excited to share my new thrifty pillar candle holders with you! I found these guys for $6.99 at our local Value Village. They are actually solid wood, and are hand carved… So my dream-style!

So they started out looking a little purple in color when I first found them… Not one hundred percent perfect for me, but I’m sure they were perfect for somebody else at one point in time! Continue reading

Last Minute Thanksgiving Vignette!

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Even though our Canadian Thanksgiving has already come and gone, the American Thanksgiving is just around the corner… That’s why I thought that I would take the time to put together a very simple Thanksgiving Vignette to share with my American friends and family!

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My mom recently gave me this really neat candle holder that is made to sit within a wine bottle. I decided that I wanted to try to build my vignette around this… And instead of using a wine bottle, I would use one of my antique bottles from my collection! (I love my bottles, and I get really excited when I get to use them!)

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Next I decided that I would use this new serving tray that I just picked up last week. I found this beauty in the old train station in the little town of Stirling where I grew up. The trains and tracks are now long gone, but the old train station is still standing and over the last few years has been filled with beautiful antiques and collectibles, and is now one of my favorite little spots to hit up and see what I can add to The Project Pile!

This tray could be very old, or it could be vintage… I still have to do my research, but can’t wait to find out! I also still have to see if I can find a way to buff out the scratches, but we’ll save that for another day. Any suggestions?!

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The next thing that I added to my tray were the cobs of corn. I snatched these little guys off of the stalks that I have out on the front porch, and haven’t had the heart to take down yet.

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I also had some left-over mini pumpkins and gourds, so I added those to my vignette as well.

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I then played around with the placement of my antique bottles and the candle, until I came up with something that I liked.

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I didn’t want to cover the entire tray, because I just love how pretty the patina is, but I still had a lot of bare space on the tray… that’s when I remembered my little supply of bittersweet that I had stocked up on earlier this fall. I just added a few sprigs here and there… and – voila! All finished!

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It really took only about 10 minutes to throw together this Thanksgiving vignette, and I really, really like it! I hope you have enjoyed this post and feel inspired to create one of your own!

Mason Jar Pumpkin Candle Holders

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Yah Halloween! One of my favorite times of the year! Halloween is such a big event in my life, that in my “younger” days, I used to stay up till like 3am in the morning working on my costume during the weeks before Halloween!

Now, x-amount of years later, with two little ones, I have to divvy up my time a little differently…

Being a new blogger, I recently realized that I don’t have any Halloween posts… a HUGE fail! So last week I managed to find a little time to do a little Halloween crafting.

My good friend Lindsey, made the cutest little wine glass Halloween candle holders a couple of weeks ago, and they were SO cute, that I decided to try and create my own version to blog about!17

Crafty has two meanings in my books… 1. Being super creative in an artsy way, and 2. Being super creative in a money-saving way! Therefore, I decided to head out to one of my favorite stores to gather my supplies – The Dollar Store!

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After checking out the wine glass section of the dollar store, I decided that these gorgeous mason jar wine glasses would make really cute pumpkins! I actually liked them so much, I almost chickened out of painting them… but then remembered that they came from the dollar store, and at that price, I can always buy some more!

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I already had some acrylic orange paint at home so I decided to use it, but if you don’t have any, the dollar store also sells this too!

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For some reason, I have this really weird obsession, where I have to mix my own paint colors for everything… even my dining room and office wall colors! Once I made the color that I was happy with, I started applying a base coat to all of my mason jar glasses.

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I actually ended up applying a total of four coats to my glasses… (Tip: use a soft bristle brush to apply additional coats of paint, and wait until each coat is fully dry before applying another when painting on glass.)

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After my mason jar pumpkin glasses were all dry, I pulled out my magical Sharpie! Ok, well not really magical, but pretty darn close! And guess what – you can also get Sharpies from the dollar store!

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I then started turning my pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns! I colored on eyes, noses and mouths! I made all of my pumpkin faces a little different, but you can totally make them all of the same if you want!

 

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See my new little helper, here?! Miss Soffia Rose, just ten days old! Such a sweetie, and what a great little helper!

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Although my candle holders were looking pretty cute at this point, I decided that I wanted to add just a little more detail…

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On the weekend my dad found some bittersweet for me out behind my aunt and uncle’s house… (Hi Aunt Maribeth! Did you wonder what I was doing lurking in the bushes behind your house?! LOL)

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Anyways, I have been dying to do something with this beautiful bittersweet, so I thought why not add it to my mason jar lids and shape it into little, cutesy pumpkin stems!

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I then added a pretty little, gold bow! (Ribbon is also available at the dollar store!)

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And well, here they are!

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The nice thing about these is that you can leave the lid off if you want to use real candles or tea-lights…

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Or, if you want to leave the pretty lid on, you can buy flameless candles from the dollar store!

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