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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Winter Mantle...Baby It's Cold Outside

 The Cranky Queen wanted to show all of her royal blog friends the castle's winter mantle...Even in the South, temperatures have been in the "teens" and this Southern Gal is freezin' her royal buns off!
 The white owl was a gift from Cranky Em (the Queen's Mother)
 The Great Room was transformed into a "Nature's Christmas" theme...can you see the turtle shell, pine cones, deer antler & feathers?
 These houses are made from bits and pieces of the outdoors
 
The snowman painted gourd is new to my collection
 
 This pottery ornament was created by a nurse friend of mine who is very creative.  The leaf imprint is a kudzu leaf.  For those that are not familiar with Kudzu, google it.  Very interesting vine!
 A side view of the winter mantle








 Cold weather in Alabama can get a little "prickly"!!!!
 Cranky Queen & King preparing the Royal Traditional Christmas Breakfast while Prince Logan shows off his newest gift...this Southern Boy knows how to keep his feet warm while hunting!
 The Royal Pooches try & keep warm during this bizarre winter weather, but Dixie Belle's sweater appears to be a little "tight"...too many Christmas calories makes the belly a little bigger!

So for all of you who experience COLD & FRIGID temps all winter long, I salute you...And for us Southerners who are "out of our element" with the COLD SPELL that has taken us by surprise, bundle up & ride it out...cause if you don't like the weather today in Alabama & surrounding states, blink and it will be totally different tomorrow!

STAY CALM & DO A LITTLE WINTER DECORATING!
Tiffany


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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Gals Gone Glitzy!


The Cranky Queen and gal pal, Duchess Melanie, have coveted these vintage ornament wreaths since they saw them 4 years ago at The Country Living FairThe Queen created one last Christmas for a dear friend, and she absolutely loved it; hence, she decided (along with Mel), that they would have a craft night and create their own.
I started with a corn husk wreath purchased for less than $2.
Collections of vintage ornaments & dollar store tinsel
The wreath after wrapped & hot glued with silver tinsel
I"m not so Cranky...Having Fun at Melanie's Home...
Melanie wrapped her styrofoam wreath with ribbon & then wrapped with tinsel

The Cranky Queen's Glitzy Wreath!
See the details of the ornaments & vintage bells
 
 

 
 
These were some of the inspiration wreaths seen at Country Living Fair
 

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STAY CALM & MAKE A WREATH!
Tiffany




Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gettin' My Crafty Christmas On...


 
 Now, the Cranky Queen loves Christmas...but, she typically puts off decorating until after Thanksgiving. She really is saddened by the fact that Thanksgiving is completely skipped by many...her turkeys still fill the royal castle with many gobbles, but she has started creating Christmas crafts. Her 1st DIY craft, pillows made from a vintage dish towel.
Easy as pumpkin pie~ Just cut, sew, stuff & add a little ric-rac & buttons.
 Check out this "Trash-Turn-Terrific" Window.  Yep, the Queen saved this cabinet door from a drive~by~ dump. Add garland (snagged at a yard sale), snow flakes & ribbon for $1 each & you've got a Ready To Hang Holiday Window that would make Scrooge tickled!
 
 This is my " Pinterest Twist " on a silverplate holiday wreath
 Started with a silver plate casserole dish stand, then added greenery, an adorable teapot & finished it off with crocheted ribbon, lace & pinecones.

Side View...If this little darlin' does not sale in The Cranky Queen's Booth, it will be hanging next to the castle doors this Christmas!
 I found this woodsy tray at a yard sale for $1 last week...the grapevine wreath was a freeby & pine cones, berries & burlap ribbon were already in the Queen's craft stash. Ready for the Lodge!
 CABIN FEVER stenciled on a shutter rung
 
 This star is made from old shutters that "have seen better days."  Hot glue & jute and wa~la, a Star is Born




Tiffany

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

To Junk Or Not To Junk...That Is NO Question

 This is Part II of the Cranky Queen's trip to The Country Living Fair near Atlanta, GA. (See my previous post for Part I).  We saw lots of baskets on wheel similar to the one above.  I think they are adorable, but not functional (for me) in large crowds. But these wheeled contraptions are fashionable & do take the load off yours hands...& present so many ideas!
 These old trucks have become so popular. Love this one filled with pumpkins. The other with mini trees.
Crazy about these caps with funky flowers made from all sorts of lace, fringed fabric, buttons, etc.


I love pillows. These to the left were fantastic! Tea stained with added doilies and lace, finished off with old brooches.

Easy craft perfect for any kitchen

 What a fun stool made out of a broken chair. Adorable time out chair.
 
 
 
      I really liked this bag. Look at all the textures and patterns...
Check out the funky lampshades & upholstered chair by Christy Stone
A vendor's daughter was nice enough to let me take a snapshot of her skirt..we have decided this is going to be the next "gal pal" craft night creation!
Lighting made from an assortment of buckets & industrial items
Ain't this true!
 
 Tons of fun Christmas ideas using vintage decorations.

 
Suitcases are still very popular

This guy (with the nice hair) had the booth with all the military wear.
And this my blog friends is Patrick owner of South Porch Antiques. I stalk him (no visit him) each year.  He is referred to as "THE COWBOY".
This chandelier is definitely Castle~Worthy...
 


I had a great time with these 2 gal pals, Tammy & Melanie!   Keep Junkin'! Tiff