Monday, December 3, 2012

Cupcake Stands

I made these mini cake stands by bonding an upside-down cup to a small saucer with 100% clear silicone caulk.  Once they are put together with the silicone, leave them untouched for 24 hours!  They are dishwasher safe.   

 How cute would this be on top of a dresser for jewelry?  Or a sink-side dish for soap & sponges?

Watch for these on our Coonskin June Etsy Shop [Coming Soon!]  I'll keep everyone posted on our grand opening!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fireside Elf

I've been trying to get creative with this whole Elf on the Shelf deal because I'm running out of places to "hide" him.  So last night I set up this little fireside scene, using the centerpiece on our kitchen table.   I just added the small "fire pit" by surrounding a tea light candle with tiny stones & gave the elf a toothpick & a mini-marshmallow.  [I found them in the baking aisle... they're called "Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits"] 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hicktown Halloween

I know this is a little late, but I've been meaning to share the Halloween costume Jackson wore this year!  He was the cutest little Jason Aldean in our neck of the woods [& probably the only one].  It was a big hit!  & so simple... Jackson James already has the wardrobe & the lyrics down, he just needed a little facial hair & a guitar [his first, he is so excited to start lessons soon!]  At 4 years old, this kid is a "big"Aldean fan... 

For Christmas he asked us for a mic & a guitar strap!  He means buisness ;) 

& of course, I cannot leave out his sister, June Taylor.  Her costume was thrown together minutes before we walked out the door.  It's really nothing spectacular.  Her cowgirl boots went MIA & we had to improvise.  Her clothes were already filthy from playing in the dirt that afternoon, so we tossed on her camo jacket, her brother's "coonskin" hat, a bow, & some jewels.  Here's our coonskin June - the little hunter/trapper/backwoods beauty queen:

She insisted on wearing those necklaces.  It worked.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Elf Rides In

Santa's little helper made his first appearance in our house [on horseback] this morning & what a difference he has made!  As I have been power-organizing the house for the last couple of weeks [in preparation for the holidays], the kids haven't been on their best behavior... until now, under the close watch of Santa's tiny messenger.  "The Elf on the Shelf" is a magical [& genius] Christmas tradition for ALL to enjoy.

I'm just praying the novelty lasts long enough to get us through my first round of pie crusts this season, the one time during the holidays that I need this little red crutch the most.

Happy trails to all, & to all a good night!   


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cobwebs & Crow Feathers

 My favorite part of decorating for Halloween is dressing up our chandelier.  It's such a simple thing to do & makes such a spooky statement in a room.
I made these potions with $1 glass bottles from a craft store, water, & food coloring.  I love the old silver serving trays I found at a local thrift store. Vases & corks could work instead of the bottles too.

We suspended these plastic bats from the curtain rods in the front window.  Standing outside at night, you can see their silhouettes in the soft lamp light.  We will have strobes on them Halloween night.

 Cobwebs make all the difference.

 A poisoned apple in a jar: a decorative [vase filler] apple with a little glue & glass glitter.

 Crow feathers. [Black feathers purchased at a craft store.]

 I attached a small branch to our "Rodeo" sign using thin wire, then added the crow, leaves, webs, & moss.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Field Fresh Fall Decor

Ryan & I were shooting our bows in the field the other day.  I wound up a little distracted {go figure} & came home with more than a sore arm.  Our Tahoe was filled to the brim with all kinds of nature.

I added field corn {tied with a burlap bow} & various "pretty" weeds to my twig wreath.  I keep these twig wreaths up year-round & change out the decor with the seasons & holidays.

I cut this field corn right out of the field & cinched it up with a little twine from the barn.  Again, I added a few pretty weeds to the mix & finished it off with a burlap bow.

I'm in love with the window shutter flower box Ryan built for me this week.  {Packed with more weeds, twigs, & dry hydrangeas - all from our evening on the farm.}

A swag of grasses, more weeds, field corn & again; a burlap bow {all tied together with twine.}

Thursday, September 13, 2012

June's 1st Birthday

As I started planning June's first birthday party, I initially planned on a cowgirl theme... Until I stumbled upon a flock of pink flamingos.  From there, the idea warped into a Junk Gypsy/yard sale/trailer park-cowgirl/equestrian theme.  June & I love the Junk Gypsy Co.  Those women are inspirational & our kind of classy. 

My budget stood no chance at keeping up with all of the ideas I had for this party... It's really not easy to fence-in wildfire creativity when ideas begin to spark.  But, I had to remind myself that this was a birthday party, not a wedding ;)  I really didn't have to buy much.  I have a little bit of a yard sale addiction... & quite the collection of thrifty finds in my basement.  So, this is my tight-budget version of a Junk Gypsy inspired party.

The party after sunset:

Instead of flowers, I made feather bouquets.  I used the green floral foam to secure the feathers.

I love big, chunky Christmas lights... I used pink on the table.
Giving new life to ordinary glass is simple with colored lights.  Most of these pieces come from old light fixtures.
I made pink "fireflies" in mason jars by wrapping a submersible LED floral light with pink tulle.
My brother's amazing girlfriend, Etta, has a beautiful collection of old jewelry. 
I loved these old brooches.
The lanterns we strung across the yard are the same lanterns we used for our wedding.
We even lit up the corn.
Etta's mom made this globe light, how neat is this??

Vintage Glass Garden Ornaments
My simple Bundt Pan Chandelier.  {The steps to make one will be posted soon.}

 & in the daylight:

I constructed this Tee-pee with long, narrow boards, vintage sheets & thrift store curtains.  A tee-pee was Etta's idea.
Country seating- hay covered in vintage sheets.
More of Etta's beautiful old jewelry collection.
I used my old {horse jump} standards to "frame" this table.

We served fried "fair" food.
I made this little "statue" by attaching a plastic horse to a brass planter {turned over} with silicone.  Then used pink spray paint.  & voila!
Vintage Pyrex dishes to serve up sweets for the kids.
The day of June's party ended up being rainy.  We had a lemonade stand on an old dresser too, but the rain got the best of that display before I was able to photograph it.  When the rain came & washed away all of the glam, it was a great reminder that it isn't all of the fine details that make the party, it's the company of good friends & family.  They were the ones who made June's day so special.  It ended up being a wonderful time, thanks to all of the amazing people we shared it with.

& a special thanks to Etta for taking a day to help me with a few ideas & a little thrift store shopping.  {I'm in love with her style & creativity!}
-Thanks, Etta!!-