Posts tagged ‘holidays’

December 13, 2011

Wordless Week – Day 2: Letters to Santa

by Cait

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December 12, 2011

Wordless Week – Day 1: Vintage Christmas

by Cait

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December 13, 2010

Decking the Halls, a Little at a Time

by Cait

Does anyone else decorate in waves?  While we don’t usually do a holiday decor-a-thon anyway, but this year we are slow to get out holiday mojo going, so we decorated a little at a time.

We started with the wreath on the front door, and after a little while of coming home to see that cheery sight we moved on the the mantle, which is really just an expanded version of what I did for fall (and failed to take a picture of) with more mercury glass.

We bought some outside lights on sale and put those up next, and then we moved on to a small project my parents and I have been doing for years.

We used to use Gold Seal Glass Wax, but since it was discontinued and you can only get that on Vermont Country Store’s website now, we used Gel-Gloss from a local hardware store and our own set of stencils my mom got from Amazon.

What about you guys?  Anyone slow to deck the halls this year?  And did anyone else use glass wax for holiday stencils?

December 3, 2010

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like … Mercury Glass?

by Cait

Hi, my name is Cait and I am a mercury-glass-aholic.  I think it started when I was looking at Pottery Barn decorations back in September.

From Pottery Barn, no longer available

Thankfully my mom remembered that I wanted large ornaments for our porch and my paternal grandmother (who is probably part of the reason I have a love of all things crafty and DIY) was cleaning out her closest, so I now have some similarly sized ornaments of my own, one of which is already silvery and two others that can be painted to look like mercury glass.  I’m glad I didn’t cave and buy some of these while they were still available, especially because our petite porch may have been overwhelmed by the slightly larger PB ones.  Also, I recently I saw some similar but not quite as large ornaments at HomeGoods for $3.99 and I’m equally smitten with them (and their lower price!), so I may snatch some up for other areas of the house.

On left from Pottery Barn, right from West Elm

Shortly after I saw PB’s oversized ornaments I saw these mercury glass votive holders (on left), which I LOVE.  They’re a bit pricier than the West Elm version (bottom right of right-hand picture), but I have visions of one of the smaller PB ones with two of the West Elm ones.  Sadly I can’t find the WE ones on the website anymore, so hopefully I can run to West Elm and snag some before they’re gone, because $5 each is about what I’m willing to pay for them and they’re super cute.

As for what I currently own?  I bought a mecury glass hurricane from HomeGoods in the fall, and yesterday I stopped in to look at Christmas decorations and left with a mercury glass Christmas tree.  I’m telling you, it’s a sickness!

Has anyone else been bitten by the mercury glass bug?  What else are you currently loving decor-wise?