Monday, January 18, 2021

Candy Cane Valentine Wall Decor Handmade Repurposed Upcycled


Candy Cane Valentine Wall Decor Handmade Repurposed Upcycled at LilacsNDreams. Welcome to Everyone visiting today!

I’ve been getting things in order that I can easily grab things to sit down, and craft with. Some days I’m slower than others because I have a problem of looking at an item, staring at it, picturing what I want to do, thinking of other things I have that I can use with it, and so on. Needless to say I do that more than I should, and it becomes time consuming because time just slips by when I do that. I’m guilty of that, but I so enjoy doing it too. I know time slips away, but for me it is fun and relaxing to do this too. 

Below you will see a picture of a Valentine craft project I am working on. It is not fully completed. I have not glued pieces together quite yet because I’m not settled with it being completed. I feel I want to do something around the truck, maybe some kind of cloth or doily underneath it, something that I’m not settled on yet. Once I am I will glue it together, and add some kind of hanger to it as this will be a wall hanging I am making. I am using the plastic christmas candy canes that use to be in the Dollar Tree during the holidays. I got the truck from Dollar General. I really enjoy being able to use some holiday items for any project it can fit into making it more of a universal item. 

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my place at LilacsNDreams. Thanks so much, and hope to see you again. Remember, if you have any questions don’t hesitate in contacting me. Saying Hi is always welcome too. Take care everyone, and be safe! Toodles . . . . . .

Monday, January 11, 2021

Repurpose Upcycle Handmade DIY Valentines Decor


Repurpose Upcycle Handmade DIY Valentines Decor at LilacsNDreams.

Welcome Everyone, happy to see you! I don’t know about you, but this time of January, time of the month, time of year just seems to be a little blah don’t you think? With all the rush for the Christmas season, and now things are slowing down a bit to breathe. About this time it usually hits me like this every year. I am looking at different craft projects I could be working on, but my mood isn’t quite there. So, I look at things, see what others are doing and sharing, and make some mental notes of things to do. 

First of all I guess I should finish removing the rest of the Christmas decorations, and putting things away. That’s  something I usually don’t rush. By the end of the month it will be done though. Pretty much same thing every year. 

Before Christmas was over I was seeing things in the stores for Valentines Day. For that I do wait till after Christmas to deal with any crafty projects I want to do. I wanted Christmas to be Christmas. Also. I’m not one who makes a whole lot for this holiday. I bought an item to go with a small project I want to do for this time. Maybe this week I will get to it so I can share with everyone on the next visit. Wish me luck.

So, not a whole lot for me to report, or really discuss this time. Sorry about that everyone. I’ll try to be better prepared for your next visit. Thanks so much for stopping by, and visiting with LilacsNDreams! Be safe, and take care till the next time everyone. Toodles . . . . 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Pointsettia Christmas Tree Elf Candy Cane Ladder Handmade


Pointsettia Christmas Tree and Elf Candy Cane Ladder Handmade with LilacsNDreams! Welcome to all who visit!

Last time I was here I showed a couple of things I was working on for Christmas. I noted I would show you finished projects. See pictures below here for that. With the Elf Candy Cane Ladder I added another elf sitting. So, instead of 2 elves on the ladder I ended up with 3 on it. The Pointsettia Tree was fun to make, and is unique I think. I have it sitting in a little metal christmas pail I had found at Walmart. Next year I think I will redo around the bottom of the tree since it looks a little too busy. Fun part with these projects is that I can always decorate in other ways since I did not glue any of the extra figures, and things I decorated with. 

I used jewelry wire to attach the elves, and the decorative candy canes to the ladder steps. I did this in case I wanted to decorate it a little different the next time it was used. With the tree I just sat everything around the tree in the snow, and pushed in the different decorative pinecones in the front. Now that I look at it its a little overwhelming with that. So, next year I’ll redo some of that too.

These were fun to make, and I enjoyed showing them off in the house during christmas. It added a little character along with any store bought decorations.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and wishing you all a Happy New Year! Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Take care, and be safe. Till the next time everyone . . . Toodles!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Christmas Cane Elf Ladder Pointsettia Tree Handmade


Christmas Cane Elf Ladder Poinsettia Tree Handmade by LilacsNDreams. Welcome to Everyone! Glad you could drop by.

I Love Christmas, and really enjoy repurposing, restyling, upcycling, and handmade items with christmas decor too. I have often thought about making up as many things as I could for christmas decor, and offer it for sale all year long. After doing some minor research it can, and is being done too. Something to think about, and consider. If I would keep enough inventory of christmas supplies on hand I could spend the summer painting, gluing, and making a lot of things to offer. You know Christmas in July, and for the rest of the year. I really like the thoughts for this. We’ll see what I do.

OK, my 2 projects I have been working with are not fully done. I have a good start, but need to complete them with some other items added into the decor. Bows, Christmas items like pinecones, finishing ribbon around the trunk, adding a base, and just some different things to dress them more. 

These 3 pictures show 1 of my projects I’m working on. For this I have used 3 plastic candy canes to make this ladder. The 3rd candy I had cut to make 3 steps for the ladder. I am finally using a glue gun to help with a more quicker way of connecting things. Once things have bonded I then will add a little E6000 in different places to achieve a more sufficient bonding that will hold. As you can see I’ve added 2 little elves to this sitting on the ladder steps. I intend to add a little more christmas embellishments before I consider this completed. Fun!

These 2 pictures show my Christmas Poinsettia Tree I am making. I have added red, and white poinsettias to the top of a plunger making the tree top. This will sit, and bond over night. Tomorrow I will then arrange the poinsettias more making a fuller tree top. I then want to add some small glittered pine cones into the tree top. I’m thinking of using some green glittered ribbon for the tree trunk base, or silver glitter ribbon, or plain green ribbon. I’ll play with it a bit, and decide then. I have a red cardinal that will be added with this tree along with a silver christmas tree bucket for the base. The bucket will be filled with support for the the plunger to stand, and then I’ll cover that with some white snow filler. Of course I will be adding some christmas embellishments around the base, and so on. I will make sure to share with you pictures of the completed projects. 

This week is Christmas! Is everyone ready for this? Any special plans, gatherings, family, places to go, plans of how you will spend the day, and so on? I know this pandemic has put a curve to a lot of things. For us we have our son, and our daughter with her family joining us. Everyone’s health is great, and this is family time we do every year. This is 1 close to normal thing we will be doing together as a family. 

I want to thank you all for visiting with LilacsNDreams! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year too! Take care, be safe, and see you again soon. Toodles . . . 

                                                        MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!

Monday, December 14, 2020

Kitchen Splatter Screen Snowman Repurposed Handcrafted DIY


Kitchen Splatter Screen Snowman Repurposed Handcrafted DIY with LilacsNDreams. 

Welcome Everyone! Holidays, Christmas, meal planning, decorations, planning activities and gatherings, crafting, and so many things to do for the big day. Also, right after that is the end of the year celebrations too! How you doing with all of this? 

This year is different just like the rest of the year has been. We are fully decorated here inside, and out. We are making preparations for the meal to be served. Gonna be kind of big this year with lots of food to serve everyone. One thing that will be different is the gift giving. I do not plan on wrapping any gifts this year. Everyone has been getting things delivered as I put it together what they are to receive. Our biggest thing is being with family, and friends celebrating the day with all kinds of food, sharing laughs, remembering times and those not with us, and so on.

Without flash

With flash

As for crafting I have accumulated things to do to start with. This particular project pictured above was something I have completed...almost. I think I’m going to add a scarf, or maybe some mitten hands. I have to decide that yet. I made this piece from a Dollar Tree splatter guard. I added a white shelf liner to make the face white. I used a pink talis like material making the pink cheeks, and I used black buttons for the eyes and mouth. For the nose I did not remove the handle on the spring protector, but did paint it orange for the snowman nose. I’ve added a child’s black stocking cap to fit. Issue I am dealing with on the hat is I put the eyes to high. They should have been a little lower towards the nose which is making the hat hard to position for a descent look. 

I have sooo many more christmas crafts I intend to complete. I have been stocking with supplies I want to use, and my piles are accumulating too. Probably not all of it will be completed by Christmas time which is fine. I hate rushing things, and prefer to take the time to craft. I hope to be offering pieces for sale after I complete a few of them. I will share pictures as I complete some of these things. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Till the next time have fun, enjoy this time of year, and be safe everyone! Toodles!

Monday, December 7, 2020

Merry Christmas Happy Holidays Holiday Fun Collectibles Crafting Handmade


Hello everyone! Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Holiday Fun!
Sorry I’ve been absent from here. I can say I thought of this place, and everyone visiting often. Some nights I had good intentions of stopping by here, and putting some kind of post here to say Hi, I was still around, etc. Then, I would fall asleep thinking about it. Don’t worry, I got scolded a lot from ME for letting it happen.

Above you will see some pictures from outside the home, and a few inside the home with Christmas decorations that have been done so far. Since most of the big stuff is done I hope to get started with pieces I have collected for some craft projects. Nothing difficult, or fancy, but should be fun.

 I so Love Christmas, and enjoy everything I can do involving this holiday. Got another tube of glue, got a new cordless glue gun, some glue sticks, I need to go pick out some acrylic paint to use, get some sponges, and couple of brushes for me to have some fun. I hope I can do all I intend to do. I have enough things to keep me busy for a while. I’m excited, and hope everything comes out well. Yes, I will share all I can with you too.

I so hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving with everything you did. Different kind of year, and we’re all making the best of things that we can. I hope 2020 will end on a descent note with the Christmas season helping this too.

Thanks for visiting LilacsNDreams! See you all again soon. Be safe, and take care till the next time we can gather to converse. Toodles . . . . 

Monday, November 2, 2020

Fall Thanksgiving Halloween Repurposed Upcycled DIY Tree


Fall Thanksgiving Halloween Repurposed Upcycled DIY Tree at LilacsNDreams.

Welcome everyone, and Happy Monday! So, how did your weekend go? Did everyone survive with all the festivities, trick or treating, etc? We had a blast here! Daughter, and grand daughter came for the night. We grilled early, and were ready for the trick or treating our town had. In the morning the kids were split in half alphabetically, and made their rounds in the downtown area. That night they started door to door trick or treating about 5:30 pm, and went till about 7:30 pm. Our house does not sit on a popular street, and it sits back that the garage blocks it 1 way. So, naturally we had all the lights on we could to show our presence. Watched a lot of kids, adults, parents, and had fun! We had a scarecrow, a spider, and a ghost that were all motion activated. 

Scarecrow sat, held the candy bowl, and when you grabbed candy his head shot up with him moaning. The spider was kind of loud, and when you walked by he jumped out towards you. Quite a few liked the spider, played with him, and 1 person videotaped it being activated. Of course the ghost did his moaning, and groaning, and spoke a little. Most of the kids enjoyed it, and a few of the smaller ones that were intimidated we accompanied them by bringing a candy bowl down the stairs to them. We all sat on the porch talking, laughing, helping the kids out, and watching all the great costumes too!

Ok, this is my plunger tree I made which is quite seasonal to use. This is made from a plunger, bundled fall leaves, few loose leaves, brown burlap wrap for the tree trunk, and the base was filled with styrofoam to hold the tree base in place. Around that is some green moss, pumpkin, owl, mini scarecrow, few loose leaves. I did this for Halloween, am using it for Fall, and Thanksgiving too. Most of the supplies I got from the Dollar Tree, and a couple of items from Walmart. Done very inexpensively. 

I’m excited for Christmas because I will be making about the same using red, and white poinsettias for the top. I have to decide between 3 colored ribbons I chose to wrap the trunk in. 

Close up around the base a little.

With this last picture I turned most lights off to show the little glow it gives...better in person really.

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Enjoy the day, and be safe. Till the next time . . . Toodles!