Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Paris In Fall and London Fog Faux Candle Decor How-to

Re-use re-purposed paper towel roll candles made from scrap-booking paper. The color of these make me long for fall cooler air and autumn colors.

These can be made with any scrap-booking paper, wrapping paper, fabric anything your imagination can come up with. Pick your paper then cut your paper towel rolls to size and do the same to the paper. Then glue the paper to the rolls with a glue stick. With your hot glue gun drip glue around the top letting some slide down the sides. Paint the drips with coordinating craft paint. In this case I used gold metallic paint. Then add the tea lights. You can paint the tea lights to match. Just have fun!

Now you have a beautiful and safe candle display that can be displayed anywhere safely.

This cat was given to me when I was a little girl I have always kept it close. I believe at one time it was cover in silver though it has all worn off now. I love it this way. I don't know anything about it, history or origin. It's old I know that and it is perfect to sit upon my candle cage.

I cut a square from my scrap-booking paper and painted a dollar store silver desert tray white then applied the paper to the tray with my glue stick and now I have a coordinating tray to hold little treasures, a favorite picture or it can be a picture in and of itself by setting it in an easel next to your candles as shown in picture two of this post.

London Fog

I found this lovely graphic on Very Merry Vintage Style blog. Thank you Mary for sharing this London printable with us.

The candle holder is a salvation army purchase that I cleaned up then painted black. I once again cut my paper towel rolls and the London graphic to the desired sizes. I applied the paper to the paper towel rolls with a glue stick. I took my hot glue gun and went around the top of the candles letting some drips fall down the sides being careful not to cover up the words and then to the bottom of the candles to secure them to the holder. Once the glue dried I painted the drips black. I also painted the tea lights black.

The fluer di les I made from handmade hand pressed paper which I painted black, dried brushed with silver metallic paint and then lacquer it.

If you would like to see some of my more advanced candle art you can do so here, HouseofDewberry
but be warned they are creepy. I love Halloween!

Here are parties I am linking up to!



Friday, July 6, 2012

DIY Vintage French Graphics Paper Towel Roll Candles

I have been busy creating creepy paper towel roll candles on my Halloween site and thought it would be fun to make unrelated to Halloween ones as well. So I visited the Graphics Fairy's blog and picked out some pretty French graphics, thanks Karen! The candles came out beautifully and can be displayed safely. Here is the link to my How-to which is located on my Dark side blog. It is almost the same process except instead of using the plain cardboard roll just glue your print out onto the roll, making sure to cover it completely. Then add the hot glue drips around the top letting them drip down the sides a little as to not cover up the graphics, then at the bottom for balance.

The graphic I used can be found here on the Graphics Fairy site. Here are links to the specific images that I used. Pretty French Label Pairs Letter with postmark I cannot find the link to this one sorry! Not to worry though there are so many gorgeous graphic there you can pick your own favorites to use.
I have much more to share but I will have to do that later. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.
Linking to Graphicsfairy


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Keeping My Hydrangeas

Happy 4th of July! It's officially our first real heat of the summer here in California. I personally think it has been very comfortable so far. It hasn't been hot enough to make cookies in my car! That is too hot!

This post is about my Hydrangeas which are in full bloom and putting on a glorious show. The heads are large and the colors range from white, pale green, pale pink, dark pink, light and dark blue to lavender and purple.

Unfortunately for them they are planted in full sun. Those of you who are familiar with this flower know they need to be in the shade and kept cool or they will wilt and turn brown. Mine are hanging in there, but struggling. This last week in anticipation of the up coming heat, I took pictures of them while they were still pretty . They are just so beautiful and here for such a short time. They are just too lovely to keep to myself, so I thought I would share with those who are in love with this flower as much I am.

I came upon this chair
here in the picture's on my way home one evening. I stopped and picked it up with the thought in my head, that I would take it home and paint it. Then take it back and leave it there. Then the next time the person came out to throw their trash away, they would fine it much different than when they placed it there.

Upon finishing it, it look so perfect sitting by my Hydrangeas that I kept it!
Like you didn't see that coming, well, maybe next time.

I hope everyone is having a happy and safe Holiday!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hello again!

It's been a while since I last updated this blog I have been busy with The House of Dewberry "the dark side" my new blog. Now that it is up, I am able to give some much needed attention to CollettesTreasures "The light side" The House of Dewberry will still get most of my attention due to it, " Halloween" fast approaching as it is my main focus for now. There I will be sharing my paper mache props, how to's and anything else Halloween related. I encourage and welcome interactions, discussion, sharing, questions, comments, paranormal activity..... well you never know it is kind of dark over there! So for those who like to venture on the Darkside feel free to wander on over and let me know what you think.

Monday, July 20, 2009

It is soooo hot!!!! I made Dashboard Cookies

It is so hot here in the San Fernando Valley CA and this is the silly thing I did to prove it! This morning I was running around and caught the tail end of a news segment about how someone had put chocolate chip cookie dough in their car to see how long it would take to cook. I turned to my friend and said how funny it that? and then remembered I had cookie dough in the frig, I must have looked funny or she just knows me well enough to know this is something I would do because she said you aren’t thinking of...and I said, yes, I am. I ran to the frig, took two round balls of cookie dough, put it on some foil and headed for my car! My sister told me that it was two weather men from Northern California, Channel 11 Fox news that came up with the idea, I looked it up and here is a link to the original news cast for those of you who are interested.
Channel 11 Fox news

Recently I have been on a S'more cookie kick in which I found a wonderful recipe for them here… Cookiemadness

I just though it would be fun to see if I could get the S'more cookies to cook in the car. Here are the pictures of what I did.
Through out the process the girls kept calling out from the pool are the cookies done yet!

Here they are starting to melt, in my car, on my dashboard. I am not sure how hot it actually is in my car however, I know it is 105 outside so it is very hot.

Because these are S'more cookies I normally take them out of the oven after about 5 mins and add the chocolate chunks and marshmallows therefore, I now have to take the chocolate chunks and the marshmallows out to my car.

I took the chocolate chunks right from the frig so they would not melt before getting them into the cookies, but it was so hot they started melting on the way there which was only to the end of the driveway! I got in the car and had to shut the door as to not let the heat out! It really was like crawling in the oven with the cookies! Here is what they look like with the goodies on them.

Here they are all done! They actually cooked and look great!!! The girls ate them and told me the they were good and that the marshmallow was chewy just like from the oven, This is how hot it is, I can actually say it is hot enough to cook toasted marshmallow S'mores cookies in my car!!!