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6.14.2021

sunny yard art

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welcome to part two of my 3-post sunny garden art series!

today i'm sharing the fun sunshine 'sculptures' that i created outta' old metal...
things.
i honestly don't know what they are. i found them at a junk shop.
they were galvie, so i bought 'em and brought 'em home.
then i never used them. 
until i imagined them alongside the sunshine 'wreath' from my last post! 

continue reading to see the start to finish details...
not to mention a COMPLETE RE-DO of these with a Disney theme!!!
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6.07.2021

sunshine door decor

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talk about sun salutations!
i was staring at some junk that was sitting in the garage the other day,
decided it looked a bit like something from a place i love,
and came up with another way to make a sunny project
that's perfect on your front door, wall, or even garden fence!

this is an easy one to make,
using only a few pieces of metal junk, paint, a wreath hanger, and some zip ties...

*** as a matter of fact, it's SO EASY that i just RE-DID this project
with a *bit* more of the original inspiration included! ***
continue reading for details on the original project AND the changes i just made...

6.01.2021

hello, sunshine!

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summertime is here!
now that it's time to focus on sun, sand, and shenanigans,
let's bring some sunny summer vibes to your home decor!

i came up with a way to decorate a front door (or back door, or interior door!)
in just minutes with this 'fast, cheap, and easy' paint project...

continue reading to see several ways to have fun in the sun with this one!

5.28.2021

farmhouse may-keover: bedroom

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i've spent all month sharing the farmhouse makeover with you,
with a tour from the front porch to the powder rooms
to share ideas for a quick decor touch up.

last but not least, let's visit the main bedroom...
and guess what? since my friend is smarter than me,
there are BEFORE pics!

continue reading to see how we added artful style to her new 'nest'...

5.24.2021

farmhouse may-keover: guest baths

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we don't generally think of decorating a bathroom.
(a gut job, remodel, demolition - sure)
sometimes, though, a 'cosmetic' makeover 
completed with some simple decorative accessories is enough...

as part of the process of giving my friend's house a budget-friendly new look,
i spiffed up her two powder rooms with a few basic styling tricks.

continue reading to see a refreshing change...

5.21.2021

farmhouse may-keover: dining room & kitchen

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go ahead, you can sit and stare at that beautiful view...
i sure did while i was there! 

the view from my friends' front porch is stunning, 
and that's what you see when you look out the bay window in her dining room - 
also visible from the living room. 

today's post shares the things we did to start refreshing her dining room,
and moves into the very simple ways we gave her kitchen a fresh look... 


continue reading for some 'fast, cheap, & easy' decorating ideas!

5.17.2021

farmhouse may-keover: diy 'artful' chair

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you may have noticed that i glossed over something special in my last post...
something sitting in the living room, next to the fireplace mantel.
it's a chair. it's furniture.... but it's also SO much more!
it's art. it's personalized. it's whimsy.

i'm a strong proponent of including a touch of whimsy in every room.
but what IS whimsy?

it's personality. charm. a unique 'something' that no one else has.
it could be a thing, a color, a pattern, an architectural oddity in the room
that just catches your eye the moment you walk in - and makes you smile.

when my friend mentioned an idea that she had to me,
i KNEW it would be a showstopping addition to her home.
i knew it would be the whimsy she craved and a perfect finishing touch
in her newly refreshed living room.

so we wasted no time in getting started!

continue reading to see the before, during, after (and afterafter!) of our re-styled revived chair!

5.10.2021

farmhouse may-keover: living room

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i'm structuring this 'MAY-keover' series of posts
as if you are walking into and through my friend K's farmhouse...
first, you saw her grand front porch and welcoming entry hall
(link at end of this post)

today, we'll focus on her living room
and all of the simple changes made that completely transformed it...

continue reading to learn some easy tips for re-styling a room on a budget!

5.03.2021

farmhouse may-keover: front porch & entry

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spring is here, it's MAY - 
and that means it's time for another budget-friendly DIY MAY-keover series!

this time, i helped a friend redecorate the farmhouse she inherited from her parents.
her Dad built it, her Mom loved it, and now it's hers...
and i wanted to help her express her own style, to make it her HOME.

she's given me permission to share the changes we made with you,
and i know you'll find inspiring and usable ideas!

continue reading to see some of the simple, affordable ways we added style
to this beautiful farmhouse...

5.01.2021

may series: a farmhouse makeover

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are you ready to give your home a new look for spring and summer?

starting monday, may 3,
i'll be sharing a series of posts to give you
ideas, inspiration, information, and my top tips
for a quick, budget-friendly home decor makeover...
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you'll learn
 
what items guided the color palette and style

updating rooms that had been the same for decades

easy no-cost changes done in minutes!

'use what you have' decor makeover tips

incorporating a color palette through your home

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rooms sparkle with a fresh white, blue, and yellow color scheme
that is perfect for spring & summer!

join me here on the blog every week in may.

you won't want to miss a single room... here's a peek:
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i'm adding in a resource for you that JUST hit the web:

Christopher Lowell, decorator extraordinaire, posted on his blog on May 11
about the subject of looking at the homes we live in, making NEW decisions,
and taking action to refresh them so they really work for US...
he gives excellent advice and examples for doing this,
and i think you'll love his viewpoint!


read Christopher's blog post here

while you're waiting, view my previous MAY-keover posts:

(  4-part 'free', 4-part 'thrifty', and 'garden house' )

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4.26.2021

send a message with stamped dishes!

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sometimes an idea comes outta' nowhere.
sometimes, nature is the inspiration.
and sometimes, another creative person does something new
that makes me realize a possibility that intrigues me...

that's the case with this 'just for fun' diy project.
i saw something on social media and laughed.
then i thought 'i have a few china dishes that i could do something like that with....'
and so, i tried it just to see how it would look.

my approach is temporary art, as most of my decor projects are.
(actually, i came up with TWO ways to do this project that are temporary)
when i tire of this look, i'll be able to 'erase' it
and return the dishes to their original condition.

and when it was all done, another approach occurred to me!
...continue reading to see where my mind took me...

4.22.2021

diy placemat bookmarks

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it's time for a BONUS post!
( i returned to a once-weekly posting schedule in April )

in true 'trash to treasure' fashion,
i completed the tray project shared in my last post
and then looked at the scraps of vinyl placemat on the table and thought
'isn't there something i can use those for??'

the answer was YES!

those thin strips of patterned vinyl were perfect for this 'bonus' project:
indestructible vinyl bookmarks! it's so easy, i just had to share it with you.

if you're in the habit of giving books as gifts,
adding a bookmark is a nice touch -
and this is an easy, inexpensive way to make them!

continue reading for the EASY how-to...

4.19.2021

upgrade a serving tray with a dollar store placemat!

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spring is arriving, summer is on the horizon...
and hopefully this year, those seasons will bring opportunities to entertain again.
you can never have enough serving trays, that's for sure!

this idea makes use of a simple, cheap material to give any tray a refreshed look.

continue reading to see how easy this is!

4.12.2021

when life gives you lemons...

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for the first time in the five years we've lived in this house,
our lemon tree yielded fruit!

i'm not sure if it was just that the tree is finally mature enough to bear fruit,
or if it was the strange regimen of digging coffee grounds and eggshells into the soil all year
along with the citrus tree fertilizer and Miracle Grow a few times...
but something stimulated the growth, and we got 16 lemons this winter!

you know what they say: 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade'?
well, *i* say, 'when life gives you lemons, DECORATE with them!'

and i did!

continue reading for some easy tips...
(even if life didn't give you a lemon tree or lemons!)

4.05.2021

'paint chip' inspired painted dresser

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i always say that paint is a magical ingredient in decorating....
it can change things faster and easier than any other element!
i recently envisioned a new paint treatment for an item i've had for years
(actually, it's been in my family for THREE generations!)
and am so happy with the results.

continue reading for the reveal!

4.02.2021

easy no-mess Easter basket grass

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while i have always loved creating holiday decor,
i do have my limits... Easter grass is one of them.

(my theory is it was created by the same people who invented Legos.
to drive parents - specifically the parent who does the cleaning - batty.)

since i hate the mess  of plastic grass strands wrapped around the vacuum bar!!,
i've found other materials to use in Easter baskets that reduce the mess and fuss.
yes, paper shred works - but it's still a mess.

i've found a way to get the same effect as grass
without the resulting mess and cleanup...
and you might be really surprised at how cheap and easy this solution is!

continue reading for my sly little trick (that has an added benefit!)...

3.29.2021

be a good (repurposed) egg

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last spring, i created several decor elements inspired by paint chips. 
okay, okay... i basically spent most of 2020 finding creative ways to use paint chips! LOL

this year, i've pulled those out of storage and found fresh new ways to use them...
because the yellow just serendipitously fits my current color obsession perfectly
AND
because it's not necessary to have/buy/make ALL NEW things EVERY year.
(i felt a great disturbance in the force as retailers across the globe shuddered at that...)

it's fun finding new ways to use what you have!
continue reading to see the new ideas that i came up with...

3.26.2021

re-purpose glass light globes as candleholders

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i've used glass globes from light fixtures in many ways over the years,
from turning them into pumpkins in fall, making snowmen out of them in winter,
and using them as flower vases in spring.

my favorite globes are the old ones, with ridges and details that catch the light
no matter how you use them... but those are getting really hard to find.

miraculously, i found one on a recent trip to a nearby thrift shop...
and the moment i saw its shape, i knew what i wanted to try with it.
i paired it with another globe and a few more elements,
and they worked just as i had hoped - in TWO different ways! 

continue reading to see how easy this spring/summer decor accent is to create...

3.22.2021

the daffodil queen

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it's my birthday week ;) 

and if there's ever a day that a girl deserves to wear a crown,
it's on her birthday / week / month. no matter her age!


a tiny wire crown (that i made over a decade ago)
has been embellished with tiny faux daffodils... my favorite flower...
and though i am not nor have ever been a bona fide 'daffodil queen',
i think maybe for today, i shall proclaim myself one!

continue reading for the simple transformation...

3.19.2021

pop art paper posies!

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a recent creative challenge i am part of called for participants to share
how we've invoked the spirit of spring in our art.
well, my 'art' is craft - using re-purposed, upcycled, re-imagined materials.
and my first response was to think of my paper paint chip daffodils,
so i submitted a photo of those.

then i thought of another idea, and wanted to play with it...
since i love making somethin' outta' nuthin', i chose to use plain cardstock paper!

the result of my afternoon 'playtime with paper, paste and scissors' is something
that reminds me for all the world of pop art, like Andy Warhol's famous pixilated works.
it also makes me think of the art of Sina Trixx, an inventive design firm
(view their astounding pop art architectural creations on Instagram)

can black + white evoke springtime? yes! 
continue reading to see how...

3.15.2021

flower embellished lampshade

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spring is trying to arrive. mother nature is just a bit fickle right now...
until she makes up her mind, i find ways to 'force' spring by adding flowers to my decor.
and i don't just mean in vases and pots...

a 'bouquet' of faux flowers was used to embellish this plain lampshade,
adding spring-fresh style with little effort.

continue reading to see how!

3.12.2021

miniature wire nest charm

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a search through some boxes unearthed a relic from my past
that's been in hiding for years...
when i saw it, i was inspired to make a larger nest using wire,
and i love how that turned out.

these miniature wire nest charms were an item i previously made and sold at vintage shows,
and this one is the original!
you can make one of your own, or as the perfect springtime gift!


continue reading for an easy tutorial...

3.08.2021

spring forward with a wire nest

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let's spring forward! (pun intended - sorry, i couldn't resist!)
 
recently, i played with a new material to see if it would work as well as i thought it would
to create a new kind of bird nest for spring decorating.
(the fact that it literally LOOKS like a spring evaded me until i was typing this post!)
i have to say, i LOVE the result! 

 can't you just see this nest as a decor accent in rustic, farmhouse, and boho style rooms?!
it's an easy project that i think you'll want to try...

continue reading for my easy tutorial!

3.05.2021

yes, you can make a bird nest!

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bird nests seem to me to be a sign of springtime...

over the years, i've been lucky enough to have found a few real ones, 
incorporating them into my home decor in spring. and fall. and on my Christmas trees!

i've also made quite a few - 
from elaborate to simple, from small seasonal versions sold via an enchanting online boutique
to an enormous one made for a client to hold a precious gold-embellished ostrich egg,

making them always connects me to nature.

this year i've made one with the slightest hits of gray and yellow elements
unearthed in my bins and boxes of saved materials,
and i thought i'd share the easy process of making them with you.

if you're sitting there thinking 'whaaaaa? MAKE a bird nest?!', continue reading!

3.01.2021

dollar tree vase makeover

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even the smallest details matter...
when i saw these two funny little bud vases at Dollar Tree,
the sunshine yellow caught my eye.
the bottom half of them were not at all my style, however.

i bought them anyway!
 it's so easy to give store-bought items a quick makeover...

a few artful dabs of paint quickly remedied the problem,
and these vases now fit my palette and style perfectly.

continue reading for the before and after...

2.26.2021

she pegged it!

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the peg rack in our entry hallway seen in my previous post
was hiding something...

behind the gray hat and yellow scarf was a really different kind of 'hook'.
it's not a hook at all, actually. it's a vintage item that i re-purposed as a hook.

it's one of my favorite projects ever, first created over a decade ago.
i've never seen anyone else do this (at least, they haven't posted it online)
and i think it's about time that i share it!

continue reading for details...

2.22.2021

a warm welcome

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i've been busy creating a fresh look in our entryway -
it's a small area and so easy to change!

addressing the change of seasons was an easy task:
color offers warmth and a happy welcome this utilitarian area.
by incorporating a few soft touches, some interesting textures and elements,
and ways to tackle the detritus that often gathers here in this 'drop zone',
it's gone from a pass-thru area to one we notice and enjoy a bit more.

as usual, i didn't spend a cent to restyle this area - 
i shopped the house and pulled a new look together for nuthin'!

continue reading for some simple decorating tips...

2.19.2021

painting the globe...

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today i'm sharing a project that uses the OTHER 'color of the year',
Ultimate Gray.
(since most of my recent projects have been all contained Illuminating Yellow,
i thought it was time to give the second color some attention!)

i finally came up with a way to restyle an item that i've had tucked away for years...
it was a banged-up, scratched, faded (but not in a good way) paper world globe,
and using gray and white paint to transform it was the perfect solution to update the look.
note: this is a globe from the 1990's. not vintage or antique. not valuable.

now it fits into my decor, and is a sweet reminder of special people each time i look at it.
isn't that better than keeping something stashed in a closet
because although it means something to you, you don't know where to PUT it?

continue reading to see the before, during, after... and AFTER!

2.15.2021

snowbuddies!

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do ya' wanna' build a snowman?!
(given the current weather conditions across the continent, maybe not!)

nothing around here is safe from my current obsession with Illuminating Yellow...
not even projects & products that i made yeeeeeears ago.

i grabbed a few of my Original Sweet Sweater Snowmen TM  
and used some craft supplies to create a brand new winter wardrobe for them.
now they can be in display in my office for the rest of this wintery month!
(even though it's cold here, it never snows. so this is all the 'winter' i get)

i love how adding a few new details can update decor - on a budget, naturally. 

continue reading to see the before & after...

2.12.2021

more embellished hearts!

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the last two 'embellished' hearts i have to show you are quite simply
 'junk makeovers' of an old glass heart-shaped dish and another heart-shaped tin.
and one of those includes an easy-peasy way to add glitter to ANYTHING!

a tiered tray (made by stacking white dishes from the kitchen!)
holds a pretty yellow and white assortment of hearts - with a touch of gray -
and i love how cheerful it is in my studio 'photo spot' by the faux fireplace.

enjoy my last Valentine decor post!

continue reading to see a few 'before' and 'afters'...

2.08.2021

bee mine scrap wood sign

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my unusual yellow palette for Valentine's Day combines with a honey of a theme
in this third of three related projects...

a small piece of scrap wood found in my garage became this cute sign,
which could hang on a wall or sit on a tiered tray or mantel.
the addition of dimensional elements makes it special - and still so easy to create!

paired with my last two projects, it forms a sweet vignette on my mantel.

you can do this! continue reading for the easy how-to...

2.05.2021

diy decorative honey pot

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my last post shared the darling buzzing bees shown above, along with the honeycomb heart.
those were created as part of an entire 'story' for my mantel...

in this post i'm sharing the second element, a honey pot -
and the easy, clever way i made that honey look SO realistic!


continue reading and join me in creating a BUZZ this Valentine's Day!

2.01.2021

create a valentine's day buzz!

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you've seen my unusual yellow heart decor in previous posts.
now that it's February, i'm taking the Valentine's theme a BIT further... 

BEE my Valentine, won't you?!
i'm having fun with this and can't wait for you to see what i made...

continue reading to see what inspired this happy theme, and how to make those buzzin' bees! 

1.29.2021

'house of love' salvaged sign

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every time i look at this project, i hear the song 'House of Love' in my head...

[if you're not old like me, you may not remember that song from the 90's,
recorded by friends (who later married) Amy Grant and Vince Gill.
it's an earworm, so if you want to hear it, there's a link after the post!]

this project is a re-use of something i first created last January - 
i've just changed it a bit and added to it. i love re-making old projects!


continue reading to see the before/after...

1.25.2021

diy paper hearts wall art + garland

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the wreath in my last post isn't the only way i am using paper hearts!
the freebie hearts cut from magazine pages and other scrap paper in my studio
have also become wall art and a mantel garland.

this is a really easy way to add a fun seasonal touch to your home
using what you have on hand already
(that's really been my Modus Operandi through this whole pandemic)


continue reading to see how easy it is to make home decor from scrap paper...

1.22.2021

scrap paper heart wreath

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my penchant for paper often pays off... which is good, because i keep EVERYTHING. 
  old magazines. brochures. cards. shopping bags. even business cards if they're cute!
this past year, i've been a bit better about tearing pages out of mags instead of keeping them.
(i almost broke a drawer in my studio because it was overloaded with heavy magazines.) 

so when my brain comes up with an idea for using said scrap paper
(usually at 3 in the morning)
i have a stash on hand that i can dig into, and it costs me nuthin'.
and you all know how i love making art & decor with everyday stuff!

in December, i shared a wreath like this made from old Christmas cards cut into circles.
this time, i cut paper into heart shapes - you could certainly make a heart-shaped wreath, too!
i even brought out a piece of paper that is one of the most valuable i have:

vintage. Disney. and i CUT IT UP. yeah, call me crazy.
but it's my fave part of this wreath!

continue reading to see how scrap paper becomes art...

1.18.2021

diy floral painted hearts

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there's no LAW that says Valentine's decor has to be pink and red, right?

in keeping with my current infatuation with the Pantone Colors of the Year 2021,
i've decided to adapt them to fit this sweet holiday!
eternally optimistic Illuminating Yellow and soothing, cozy Ultimate Gray
pair up with white in this painted diy project,
while the floral designs impart a romantic, country-fresh, sort of boho vibe.

the inspiration for this technique was inspired by two projects from last fall...
and by something of my Mom's that has always been in my life.

continue reading to see what inspired the patterns AND the before shot!

1.15.2021

winter tablescape + diy candle wrap

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since my focus for this new year is 'create . decorate . celebrate',
i'm making a concerted effort to do little things for myself more often
in 'celebration' of life and home.
case in point: making an effort to make mealtime more intentional,
 and setting a pretty spot to enjoy it!


cultivating this one habit is an opportunity to step away from the computer
and enjoy some nutritional food, nice music or the sounds of birds outdoors,
and moments of gratitude a few times each day.
it's important to me to make space for that,
and i think often we need a reminder that we don't have to save the nice china for visitors...
we should make the effort even if it's 'just' for ourselves. we're worth it!

continue reading for simple ways to set a pretty table... plus an easy DIY candle wrap!

1.11.2021

optimistic outlook in my office

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color really can change the way a room feels... and works!
at the beginning of a new year, color can energize us and our work spaces.

when i decided to 'try on' the current trend of a yellow and gray palette, 
i chose my studio/office as a test subject.
previously, i shared the new arrangement around my faux fireplace - 
this color palette also comes into play on my desk and nearby bookshelf
to help organize and cheer up my work space.

by curating not just the color palette but the amount of items in each area,
my office functions better. i have what i need every day at hand.
items i use less are stored in easily accessible areas, and don't overwhelm the space.

and honestly? this happy sunny yellow color affects my mood. (most days).
so if simply bringing in a new color to my space can do all that, i'm all for it!

continue reading to see how impactful a color change can be...

1.08.2021

diy silver tray snowman

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as i was placing three silver trays on my mantel (see my last post),
an idea for using them in a different way crossed my mind...

i love using unusual materials to create seasonal decor accents,
and then using & reusing them again in many ways.
this unplanned project certainly fits that M.O.! 

continue reading to see how easily i turned those trays into a snowman...