Friday, September 19, 2014

Seven Things to Do With A Bell Jar


Bell jars were originally laboratory equipment used to contain a vacuum environment. They were used to demonstrate the physics of how things functioned inside a vacuum. 

For example, a ringing alarm clock placed in a bell jar, with the air pumped out, stops ringing. 

In Victorian times, they were used in purely decorative ways without the vacuum feature. Displays in bell jars might include taxidermy, clocks, or fragile items. 



#1 - Wasp Nest
My own bell jars above hold a small vintage photo frame and a wasp nest on a candlestick.

Here are six more bell jar ideas from Pinterest:


Petit cabinet de curiosité
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#2 - Vintage Books
I love this one with the vintage books and jar. 
Simple, yet wonderful.
Notice - this one has no base.

Lots of ideas for bell jars. Home-Styling
via 
#3 - Dried twigs & Feathers
The cloche above has vintage bottles with 
twig clippings, a feather, a vintage photo...lovely.

Fancy - Vintage Skeleton Keys in Cloche
# 4 - Vintage Keys 
Love love love.
Not cheap, and it has a 4-5 month delivery time.
Times like this are when I feel 
happy I'm frugal and creative.

Everything looks good under a bell jar - even other jars. Meta.
#5 - Vintage Bottles
I need to find another bell jar
so I can place my vintage bottles inside it!

#6 - vintage page scrolls.
The ones above are music pages. 
You could use Bible pages or other book pages, photos, etc.
Tie them with cotton twine...even make a fun gift with it! 

Print secret messages or coupons for your family to redeem for favorite meal, a massage, I'll clean your room, one free walk the dog...whatever works as little gifts you can give. 

cloche vignette
#7 -  Family Treasures, photos, etc.
Compose your own vignette!
What a great way to celebrate the 
upcoming holiday seasons!

To see even more ideas, visit my Pinterest page HERE.

Word for the Day:
2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

Possibly Linking With:
Sunday
Sundays at Home
Sunday’s Best
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Monday
Mod Mix Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Amaze Me Monday
Make it Monday
Tuesday
Vintage Inspiration Party
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Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Wednesday
Wow Us Wednesday
What’s it Wednesday
Cottage Style Party
Drop it or Swap it Party
Thursday
Under $100 Link Party
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Frugal Friday
Junkin’ Joe
Thrifty Things Friday
Saturday
Party Junk










Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quick, Easy and Cheap Chair Makeover

(AKA How to Turn an Accident into an Asset!)


If I were a bettin' woman, I'd bet you have a chair something like mine...stuck somewhere. 

Maybe you found it in a thrift store for $5 like I did.


Maybe you inherited it, and it doesn't quite work with your environment, but you would not want to get rid of it...


Maybe it is a great chair, but it has a spot that won't come out, or a hole or two, like my chair did.


Let me back up a bit and help you and your chair out by telling you that before the holes, I had painted this chair in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint...dirty upholstery and everything. 

It kept the fabric soft an pliable, unlike my attempts with watered down latex paints. It covered well. 

I used the paint full strength on the wood, and watered down by more than half for the fabric. 


Then, after a tiring, hot garage sale day (having one, not going to them), I sat in it. I heard a distinct pop and felt an uncomfortable hard place at about the same time. We had pulled a couple of clothing items from the sale and put them in the chair, along with a piece of ornamental iron...I didn't see the iron and didn't consider moving the clothing from the chair before plopping into it. 


If you don't know this about me yet, I procrastinate fiber projects like sewing pillows, curtains, and upholstery. I will occasionally cover a square seat cushion, but this one was a bit more complicated, so I kept putting it off. 

Then I began to see patchwork upholstery things in Pinterest...usually in industrial or bohemian type rooms. 

So when I began my heavy industrial living room revision, I decided to stop putting a pillow over it and try something semi-permanent. I had nothing to lose!

Here is what the finished chair seat looks like:


It was quick and easy, and free, since I had some basic materials on hand already. I bet one more time that you probably have them around as well...if not, you can find them at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. 

Supplies needed for a patchwork chair fix:
  • Fabric - however much you think you need...I used remnants of a drop cloth I had on hand from recovering square chair cushions. If you're not a fan of industrial shabby, you could use upholstery pieces, denim, anything you might find to coordinate with your room. A heavier weight fabric will be better than a light weight.
If you're a seamstress, you could finish the edges. I just ripped my drop cloth into random rectangular shapes and called it good. 

  • Aleene's Tacky Glue (click here for the web site.)
Tacky Glue, 4 oz and 8 oz
This glue is made for fabric, and it is the perfect consistency - not too drippy, not too dry. It dries soft and pliable, not hard and stiff. You can find it at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or order it online through Amazon.

  • Stencil or fabric transfer materials of your choice
If you use drop cloth and want to do a faux lettered piece like I did, you'll need a stencil of your choice. I didn't put a lot of thought into mine, just picked a few letters, I think M, Q and W, for no reason other than they were on the top of the stack.

For those of you who have mastered fabric transfers, they would be fabulous!

  • Sharpie marker 
I used a regular black, but you could use any permanent marker you like - thin, fat, colored, etc.

  • Brown acrylic paint mixed with water 
I used this to age my drop cloth. It looked a bit too "raw" before. 


Note: Don't do this like I did it...I'm giving you the proper order below - which I will use when I do this again! 

I had planned to use raw drop cloth, but did not like the contrast. So I stenciled and painted after gluing...

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Draw your letters on your canvas drop cloth with a sharpie, outlining carefully inside the stencil. Fill in lightly, trying to avoid obvious texture or directional marks.

2. Water down your brown acrylic paint so it is like intensely muddy water. Paint it on your fabric to get a mottled aged effect. (I dipped the tip of a 1 inch flat brush into  a dollop of paint, then swirled it in  water I had dribbled into the lid of a yogurt container.)

3. Go look at Pinterest or put dinner in the crock pot while it dries. If you are impatient like me, use a hair dryer to dry your fabric.


4. Make a tiny cut in the canvas where you want the rip to begin. Then, rip a straight line. Make another tiny cut and rip again. Rip random sized patches to cover your spots, holes, etc. Fray the edges a bit. (I prefer the look of more than one patch. Go for 3 or 5...)

5. Spread a thin layer of glue all over the back side of your patch, covering even the frayed edges. 

6. Position one patch at a time, pressing from the center toward the outside in all directions to ensure it is adhered with no wrinkles. Keep going with your patches until you think it looks good. 

7. Let it dry - I let mine dry overnight to ensure no glue would leak out of the edges or patches would not move around when sat on.

That's it. Simple, and I think, it will be durable, too. 

Word for the Day:
Matthew 9:16
No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.

Possibly Linking With:
Sunday
Sundays at Home
Sunday’s Best
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Monday
Mod Mix Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Amaze Me Monday
Make it Monday
Tuesday
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Wednesday
Wow Us Wednesday
What’s it Wednesday
Cottage Style Party
Drop it or Swap it Party
Thursday
Under $100 Link Party
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Frugal Friday
Junkin’ Joe
Thrifty Things Friday
Saturday
Party Junk