December 13, 2013

A Few Small Projects

Oh my gosh...Christmas is only days away and I just did my decorating last night!  I know everyone is showing their gorgeous holiday decorations, but I have decorated my house pretty much the same for the last 3 years....Am I the only one that doesn't switch it up every year?  Here's my Christmas post from 2010 lol!.....Yep, it looks pretty much the same. 

So, I'm interrupting holiday decor posts to show you a few small projects I did for my booth.

  Having "Smalls" is the bread and butter for those of us with booths and my shelves were getting pretty bare. 

The graphics were all done with water slide decals

Metal boxes of any kind are so hot right now, customers are buying them as soon as I bring them into my booth.  They love them just as they are or, with any finish and if you add graphics.... all the better!

 This was just a plain grown file box 

A little paint, some distressing and a water slide decal and it sold immediately

You are now free to return to the regularly scheduled programing of blogs filled with gorgeous holiday decor and projects

Have a great weekend.  I know yours, like mine, will be filled with fun holiday parties!

Happy Creating!


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Have a lovely weekend!
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A usual I'm a fan ! Can we always buying new things for christmas ? Not sure ! I'm happy every year when I open my boxes and when I discover that things doesn't change ! Along the year I buy new bits on the flea markets and I paint them pink or white, and I try to put things in a different way to please my look.

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Connie said...

Hi Carol, My house looks much the same as last year too, only I put up about half the decorations. I just decided that I didn't really want to do that much anymore. A wreath on the door, a tree and the mantel, that's it for me. I boxed up a bunch of decorations and it wasn't more than an hour before I heard of a need for them. Funny, sometimes how God works :)
Well, your transformations always amaze me. You take things that others throw out and transform them into things that the same people would repurchase :) That's what I call talent!
I do hope that you are enjoying the season and that your booth is doing well. I'm so proud of all that you have accomplished this year. I love that you are published and that you are doing so well with your dress-forms. I see your name everywhere:) Bravo!
God bless,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...


I have -0- Christmas decorations out again this year. We're going to Guam for Christmas, so why get it out? Music and the scent of cookies baking is all we need. :o)

Your recent projects turned out so delightfully, Carol. I've been having fun, too. STILL trying to make myself a button. FAIL x 18. *sigh*

Happy weekend,

Ros Crawford said...

Love your altered file box!! Your shop must be such a delight to visit!

Sopa Azul said...

Amazing!!!!! I love your work. :D

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Carol,
Love the metal box. I just passed one up the other day while out junking. Better go back now and see if I can get it!

Yep, smalls are necessary especially this time of year.


Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Wow- what a little paint and a decal can do!

I'm doing a lot of decorating this year but no cards or parties and probably no baking and the only presents are stockings stuffed for the grands.

I generally pick one thing to really go with and this year it was Christmas crafting and decorating!

Let's just all do what makes us happy! ♥

Perfectly Printed said...

I am always impressed with how you "fix up" different "plain old" things and make them into treasures!

FredaB said...

Carol you are a wonder with how you mamanage to make beauty out of a beast.

I just ordered a pack of the decal paper and will look forward to trying it.


entirely apropos said...

You are so funny, Carol!
I love the metal box with the decal. Very swoony!
I love metal boxes, wood boxes ...any boxes! They are so fun to decorate with.
I think I'm going to have to try the decal thing next year. Again, you have inspired me! Thanks for sharing.
Now, back to my regularly scheduled work. LOL
Enjoy your Christmas!

Celestina Marie said...

Love your new smalls just gotta have those filling the shelves. Your Christmas decor is gorgeous.
Have a great weekend.

Laurel Stephens said...

Congratulations on finishing your holiday decorating! (I haven't started yet, yikes!) I'm never surprised your beautiful projects fly out of your shop. Lucky shoppers! Enjoy all your parties, and A Happy Holiday to you, Carol!


LOL, hubby and I were just talking about all my "smalls"...yes, they do sell and don't take up too much room!
Metal boxes, who knew!
I went back and saw your very pretty Christmas decor and LOVE IT!
Merry Christmas!

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

I always look forward to your projects Carol. I love your waterside ones.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

I do mostly the same thing every year too! I am sure your house looks lovely so why change it! Like your boxes you made for your booth! Nancy

Linda said...

Hi Carol,
I love your projects! Beautiful!
Happy Christmas! Linda

Shelly said...

I can't even believe how cute you made that file box!

farmhouse-story said...

your xmas is pretty in pink,carol--no nedd to change that:) your projects are so sweet--the big file box turned out awesome!

Kathy said...

I tend to put the same decor out year after year, too, and I think that is why I don't get very excited to decorate. Same old stuff. I did switch some things up this year and put out less and planning to get rid of even more so I can focus on adding some new.
I looked at your tutorial and thank you for sharing. So the Krylon really makes the ink jet waterproof??

Createology said...

My holiday decor really never changes and we usually don't decorate at all. Mr. C has childhood holiday issues and I respect his feelings. I am fine with no tree and all the mess. I love your post and how cleverly you interrupted yourself. Fabulous smalls for your booth. December Delights Dear...

chateau chic said...

Love your metal boxes too. Anything metal or rusty flies out of our shop as well. And I know what you mean about smalls being our bread and butter in the business. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog for a visit.
Mary Alice

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Thanks for the break Carol, lol. No surprise that your fabulous box sold right away, such a clever idea. I've noticed that metal and even wood boxes that have been prettied up sell right away.

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

I love the candle. I just used some of your waterslide decals on a Christmas sign I made.... I love them.

Merry Christmas,
Amy Jo

Donna said...

Don't feel bad, Carol, we finally got our tree up the other day! I love your latest projects. That metal box is such a great idea! I see those all the time, and have always (until now!) passed them up as they look so plain! Now I know what to do when I find one! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Nancy said...

Ha, Ha, Ha, Ho, Ho, Ho Not my House. You don't bring a Pink Tree to the PNW! It's a 10' Green Tree, smells like pine and totally decked out in Gold, Silver, and White Glass, all Glass. Just like in the Magazines, with 18 strands of clear lights.

Hope you are having a jolly fabulous week end!

Huggs, Nancy

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

I love your smalls, especially the file box. Cute stuff.

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Carol, You've done a great job on the metal box! No wonder that it sold right away. The other items are beautiful too after you did your magic. Wishing you great Christmas sales.
I'm still not finished with my Christmas decoration but it's coming along.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Iprefervintage said...

I tend to decorate the same areas, but change it up a bit by arranging things differently or using decorations I haven't used in a couple of years.

This year I pulled out my animated Santa. poor guy hasn't seen day light in many moons. I think he is happy to be with us this Christmas

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Hello Carol, yeah me too...I had a large covered deck built off my kitchen, well, that year I put my 1st outside tree up...and it's been the same for the last 13 years!!!
Love all the smalls you did up...that Paris font on the candle is delicious!

Bente said...

Hi Carol. I just love the boxes. My favorite is the first one.
I`m not finised decorating for christmas, but I don`t decorate much and i`s almost the same every year.

Have a great sunday

Hugs from here

Unknown said...

Happy Holidays Carol!
Now I'm going to have to start scooping up metal boxes! LOVE them painted white!!!
I haven't joined any holiday decorating parties yet either. I want to, but I can't take good photos. I will give it a try today. And yes, I pretty much decorate the same every year, like you ;)

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Another lovely project! Really admire your skills :) Happy Holidays!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Lovely projects as usual, Carol. I love the metal box!

Sisters Treasures said...

Carol, at least your decorations are done, I'm thinking I may just stick with the few I have up and be done with it! ha!
As for smalls being the bread and butter I say a big AMEN to that! I don't know how many times that we've done a show or checked our monthly totals in our mall space and have seen the dollars add up with smalls.
Have a Merry Christmas.

Marilyn said...

Not much decorating here yet as my daughter and SIL have moved in to be with me. We are still sorting and finding places for everything. Lots of trips to the GW, but none of the "good" stuff. Trying to teach the non-crafty SIL what is important! He is sure having a hard time learning!! Merry Christmas.♥♫