It's Sunday night.
Time to write the Motivated Monday Post
There were a record number of submissions this week - seventy four.
There was one from Maiden D'Shade that featured some of her great scores via the Goodwill and it made me smile because it had a nativity that was very similar to the one I have.
She paid roughly six dollars for hers. I bought mine nearly thirty years ago and I think I paid about thirty dollars for it. A lot of what I bought back then is long gone but this is one of those timeless purchases.
Actually I only bought the figurines thirty years ago. The gold arch element was something I added maybe twenty years later. I liked the backdrop concept but this year I have moved this vignette to the library which has a whole black and white theme going on.
So, I don't want to be inappropriate here but would it be so wrong to make Jesus' place look a bit edgier by painting that back drop thing black?
While I think about that let me share some of the noteworthy ideas that were linked up here to Motivated Monday last week.
There were these great canvas transfers via
I thought they would make a wonderful gift. She offers us a great tutorial on how she made these artful transfers so you really will want to visit her blog and see how she did this.
I was also impressed by this idea from
She took a plain woven bag and created this look by embellishing it with ribbon.
On the more practical side, I am totally intrigued by this simple solution to a dirty glass oven window submitted by DIY Home Sweet Home.
I have a self cleaning oven but sometimes the window still looks grimy after a cleaning cycle.
Her mixture of baking soda and water seems to be all it takes to bring that glass window back to looking like this.
Does it sound strange to hear that I can't wait to clean my oven?
I also am anxious to try this Modge Podge concoction from The Crafty Scientist.
It is apparently a great way to create colored glass!
On the decor side there was this on trend tween room update via
She had me with that Peace symbol but really I loved everything about it; the colors, the bedding, the chandelier, the table lamps, the contrasting walls.... everything.
And speaking of daughter's rooms and chandeliers this is one that is definitely not to be missed.
redid this chandelier that had been moved around several times in her home and took it from this
to this with some bridal petals she found at Michaels.
There are no words. Love it.
It was obvious from your posts that we are all beginning to look ahead towards the holidays.
These two door candy wreaths were, I thought, especially timely as we are getting ready to decorate our homes.
I really like the simplicity of the all white look, especially against a contrasting door like this one from
Isn't that a great look?
Then again, here is another fun take on the traditional wreath. This one from
is made of peppermints and it only cost her $1.00.
I'm a conflicted woman because although I love that all white look, I also think this is just fun, happy, and says welcome with a smile. I need two front doors.
There was also this great appetizer post from
21 Rosemary Lane and who isn't looking for a great appetizer recipe this time of year?
This one reminds me of something I have made before but hers ranks way higher on the presentation scale.