Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Deck the halls

I wanted to do something other than a wreath for my front door. I was up in my attic getting out my Christmas ornaments.  I found a french horn that I had used years ago. It was in need of a polish and some new decorations. I pulled off all of the old decorations and polished it up (thank you brasso).

I added greenery, berries and pine cones. I made a gold bow and tied a gold cord to hang it. I have discovered that I need a more high powered glue gun. I was going through glue sticks like crazy. It is going to be very hard for me to get the greenery off next time. I may have used a whole package of glue sticks. Do you know how hard it is to get things to stick to metal?

We decided that we were going to put wreaths on our front windows, that is one of the reasons that I wanted something different on my front door. It would have been overkill to hang yet another wreath.

I had to make small bows and one big bow for the bigger window. I found some beautiful ribbon.

After we had hung all of the wreaths, I decided I needed to switch out the gold ribbon to the same ribbon that I used on the wreaths. Hanging on my front door, the french horn just looked washed out amidst all of the red bows.

As much as I liked the gold bow, I think the red looks better anyway.

I am happy with the outcome and how festive it looks. Now we just need a little snow (did I just say that?)

I want to take a moment while I am talking about craft projects to give an overdue shout out to these two lovely ladies, Carrie and Danni. I won a paint challenge with the wineglass that I made for my friend. I was in New York, already having the best week ever when I found out that I had won.

Carrie at http://myfavefinds.com/ hosted the contest and I will be drinking Starbucks for quite some time thanks to Danni at http://silohillfarm.blogspot.com/. I want to thank these ladies again. I was quite surprised and honored to have won. They both have great blogs that you should check out!

I will be working on making Christmas presents today. I really need to finish up. Stay tuned for more painted glass.

Have a great Tuesday!


  1. First, you have a gorgeous house. Perfect for Christmas! Then, your french horn wreath is beautiful! Then you made all of the other wreaths too? I hear ya on the glue gun and glue stick issue! Of course, I waste more on my fingers then on my project LOL! Have a wonderful week friend! Thanks for sharing this at the party this week! I love it :-) (P.s. I already knew you were a winner ;-)

  2. Oh my! Everything looks so lovely! I think the red bow looks better too! Thank you for the shout out and enjoy! Your project was well deserving of the prize!!

  3. oh my gosh, i decorated with those horns for many years until i changed about two years ago and went with peacock.
    still have them encase i want to go back to more traditional

  4. I can't decide if I love the French Horn or the wreaths more??? Love! So goreous! Happy Holidays (now please fly to Canada and help me with my house K) Ha

  5. Congrats on winning! You did a wonderful job with the wreaths and front door adornment :)

  6. Wow!! Your home looks so festive!! So creative and beautiful!

    Thank you so much for participating in our Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I am following you, of course!! Wishing you and yours a lovely week!!


    Jean {What Jean Likes}

  7. Very cool! And what a cool house to be able to decorate!

    Mindy @ New Equus

  8. That brasso really brought out the shine, huh? I like the red bow and your house... woman, I wanna move in!! HAHHA :)

    New follower from the blog hop.


  9. I just love this french horn display!!! And wow does it ever look beautiful on your house. Thanks so much for sharing on my blog hop.

  10. I love what you did with the french horn! What a neat idea! Congratulations on winning the challenge. Enjoy your coffees!

  11. How crafty! What an awesome, practical transformation for the horn, and love how the bow matches the wreaths!

  12. Your french horn turned out lovely...and the red bow certainly coordinates with the wreaths in your windows. Your home looks beautiful! A new follower from the meet and greet blog hop.

    Anne Marie

  13. Gorgeous House,
    I love what you did with the wreaths!

    I am a new follower from the hop!

    So nice to "meet" you and look forward to following. Stay well and happy holidays,

    Zoe Lee
    madforfashion at aol.com

  14. Love the wine glass - wish I was so talented!! Have a Merry Christmas!

  15. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly
    Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  16. To un-glue things put on with a hot glue gun, use a hair dryer to blow hot air on the glue for 10 seconds or so. The item should come right off. Watch the fingers! The glue gets hot.