Fruit Picks and Window Treatment

Fruit picks — you know, those you pick up at craft or discount stores for fifty cents or less when they go on sale during the holiday season?! They are used to decorate a wreath or anything you want to do some perking up. I had used these picks to…

… perk up my patriot swag. I had bought these years ago thinking that I would used them for decorating wrapped gifts. I think I did use some of them, but I still have some left. So, I tied them to my swag instead of using tassels:

Well, in case you are wondering why there are no picks in the center two panels… it’s because I only have 5 picks for the 6 panels I have to perk up. The store from which I bought these picks doesn’t carry them anymore. So, to maintain the sense of symmetry, I did the rest except for the center two. I suppose I could just go to the craft store and pick up any picks and spray paint them gold, but first, I have to overcome my stickler for all things having to be uniform… ;) Meanwhile, I keep hoping I would find that lonely and forgotten pick somewhere in the house. Pathetic, you say – and you are absolutely RIGHT! :)

Moral of the post – women can be the most innovative creatures – we often find uses for things other than they are intended in the home, don’t you think?! :) I would love to hear from you if you have used these fruit picks for innovative and interesting purposes.

Thank you for visiting – I hope you have a safe and wonderful day, till next time!

p.s. From experience, do allow way more time than stated on the pattern package to make the swag. I think the pattern said it would take two hours to make the swag. I think just the cutting took me almost two hours. It’s no fun having to deal with a length of seven yards when one doesn’t have that long of a cutting surface. It took me more like seven hours to complete the project from start to finish. But it only cost me around $35 for the material (Waverly at that!) as opposed to the range of $150-$300 to have it made.

Decorative Details: Part 1

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I thought you might like to see my neatly folded Peacock Quilt draped over my other wing back chair.  Looks like it belongs with the chair, doesn’t it?

While we are on the subject of home decor… they said details tell a lot.  Here are some common decorative details that I have used to add some flavor to my own home-decorating:

1.  Wine buckets – I don’t use them as they are intended.  I use them as display pieces by themselves (as in the first picture) or for floral arrangments.  I especially like the first wine bucket – it is an antique Sheffield Silverplate piece that actually bears an “S” monogram:

2.  Throw Pillows – one can NEVER go wrong with throw pillows.  These are what I have in my living room, but I am thinking it’s time to do some updating:

3.  Easels – These are from Italy made of pewter.  I have not quite decided exactly what to do with them.  I used to display my Spode Italian dishes.  But I am wanting to do something different with them – still thinking! :)

That’s all for now about decorative details – stay tuned for part 2 in the coming weeks.