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1  The Wall decor ideas needed in Winter Holidays by steiconi on: November 22, 2014 07:28:23 PM
I have this Wall that sticks out into my living room.  That makes it very visible, and I'd like to have a big, bold something on it for the holidays.  My colors are airy white, silver, blue, turquoise.

I don't want to do a traditional motif like tree, wreath, santa, angel.  Spirals would be nice, but I can't figure out what to make them from or how to hang them.  I can put nails or push pins in The Wall.  I don't think I want to paint The Wall.

Here's a picture of The Wall decorated for Halloween.  It would be nice to have something to hold attention away from the weird shape that doesn't go all the way to the ceiling.  The Wall is about 3" wide and 8' tall.  There's a niche on top that's about 30" wide from this side, and about 5' deep.  Be nice to make it look like it has a purpose.  Only thing on The Wall now is a clock with ornate turquoise frame.  Shelf unit could stay or go.  Help?!?!?!

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2  Re: Elegant Halloween Decor Ideas? in Halloween Decor and Parties by steiconi on: October 28, 2014 07:50:51 PM
I like the idea of eyeballs in the flowers.  I used skulls and skellies in mine.  I was thinking of doing creepy silhouettes of me and my husband, but have run out of wall space.

Here are two more pieces I've finished:



I made this from a lamp base and the shade of a ceiling fixture.  And of course, more auction flowers painted black and red. 


I repainted the skull and the thrift store tiara

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3  Re: Elegant Halloween Decor Ideas? in Halloween Decor and Parties by steiconi on: October 23, 2014 04:05:15 PM

Almost black rose topiary.  I went to an auction a couple months ago and bought three lots of baskets that came with a whole bunch of ugly silk flower arrangements from the '80s.  Couple cans of black spray paint took care of the roses.


crow with candle glass on silver platter.
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4  Re: Elegant Halloween Decor Ideas? in Halloween Decor and Parties by steiconi on: October 23, 2014 02:34:58 PM
Well, parts of it are looking more cute than elegant, but I like it!

thrift store cocktail glasses as candleholders.  The black votives look better in plain glasses; tealights look better in the bead-fringed ones.


I made the bobeches on the left from plastic packing material and all the prisms I had on hand; didn't have enough of one color, so I mixed black, clear, and red.  The bobeches on the right were amber, but I used stained glass paint to make them bloody.  Think I'll add more red to the home made ones. 


Just finished this fairytale witch's dollhouse, so had to include it in my decorations.


I planned to cut bats and rats out of black paper, but then found them already cut and really cheap at a big box store.  This clock has fallen down the stairs three times but keeps running, so I used tin snips to remove what was left of the plastic frame, and construction paper to make a new moon face.
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5  Re: pastry tips for icing--size comparisons? in Dessert by steiconi on: October 22, 2014 09:55:12 PM
cool, thanks for the site!  I think I'll try to get a little better before I post pix!

Edit:  oh, what the heck, here's the best shot:


some of the cupcakes did look a lot better, but of course I didn't get pix of those!
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6  pastry tips for icing--size comparisons? in Dessert by steiconi on: September 27, 2014 10:33:26 AM
I just got hooked on decorating cupcakes (did 130 yesterday for a fundraiser), and want to keep playing!

I have about 5 tips I like, but want MORE. A search on Amazon shows at least 4 different manufacturers, each with multiple sizes of different numbers and no indication of actual size.  AUUUGGGHHHH!

Are there any comparisons of different manufacturers, or even charts of how big tips are for any single mfg?

And maybe you can suggest the right tip to use for hydrangeas.   I know it's a closed-tip star, but mine's a little too small.
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7  Elegant Halloween Decor Ideas? in Halloween Decor and Parties by steiconi on: September 23, 2014 02:35:06 AM
I'm thinking mostly black and white for Halloween this year.  Elegant, adult (as in mature, not x-rated), just a little creepy.

So far, I've ordered 40 yards of silver (gray) tulle to shred and drape on windows, tables, whatever stands still.  Also 13 black crows, and one purple glitter one.

We're hosting a costume dinner party; I get to use my wedding china for the first time in a decade or so!--it's got a gray marble pattern border--plus all the silver and crystal I can dig up.

Any elegant decor ideas for me?

Please, no pumpkins!  They cost a fortune here!
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8  suitcase/toolbox makeover in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by steiconi on: September 11, 2008 10:34:34 PM
it's not a purse, bag, or wallet, but does carry stuff!

I got a pretty cardboard suitcase at Ross a while ago and have been using it as a toolbox to cart stuff to my dollhouse miniatures meetings.  I suspect it was actually intended as cute storage rather than carting stuff around, because it got very faded and was threatening to come apart at the joins. 

So I gathered up some Hawaiian print fabric bits a friend gave me and covered and reinforced the case so it's stylishly up to the task once more.



and the inside


I didn't do a lot of pre-planning on this, so had to re-plan quite a bit.  If I were starting over, I would paint the whole thing white so the original pattern wouldn't show through the fabric (see the spotty stripes in the front?), and cover the outside of the bottom in a single piece of fabric instead of doing the edges first and patching on the bottom.

I coated it inside and out with Mod Podge, so it won't stain too much, but the glossy coating really shows up the bumps and bubbles!

and here's a before picture.  Actually a smaller suitcase of the same design.

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