The Friday How-2….Music wrapped candle replay

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Hi sweet people….

Just a quick note to refresh some previous candle-themed posts and to highlight this new addition to my Etsy shop.

Click here for the original DIY…

I can’t tell you how easy these music wrapped candles have become.  

There are so many variations:

*Pictured above is obviously uber spring–couldn’t wait …..

*Rip out the page of an old dictionary on the pages “love”, “Valentine”, “sweet” or any other V-Day related word.  Circle the word with a red Sharpie, embellish, and you have a cute Valentine’s Day Candle.

* Embellish the front of the candle with a chip board initial

*  The possibilities are endless….have one?  Do tell!!

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Have an incredible weekend!  dcb


Sweet baby Georgia…

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A gift for a sweet baby of a friend of mine.   A darling bird hook attached to a decorated piece of wood.  Great for a baby’s room to hang keepsakes on or as a functional hook for towels and the like.   This is a variation of a couple of DIYs I have blogged in the past.  Very simple way to take a plain piece of wood and turn it in to something functional and cute!


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for this tutorial click here….


and for this one click here….

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No Friday How-2 tomorrow…..We are going to Disney World!!



The Friday How-2: Shredded Music Thanksgiving Placecard

Happy Countdown to Turkey day……

Yet another way to use that shredded music to make your Thanksgiving table top unique and the topic of dinner conversation.

Very simple:  

*Reuse your old baby food jars, jelly jars or other small jar.

*Fill with long strips of old music (dictionary, book or other pages work well too).

*Tie with twine or other ribbon and attach a tag with a name, saying, or word to fit your Thanksgiving theme.

*Top with a Fall vase filler such as mini pumpkins (shown), acorns, a candy treat or whatever else your heart desires.

The possibilities are endless!


as your reward for reading all the way through this sweet little blog….


Winner will receive a 16 oz. bag of shredded vintage sheet music to use for holiday decorating!

Just like this blog and/or leave a comment here to enter!

Winner will be announced on Monday, November 19.   Good Luck!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend.    dcb

The Friday How-to: Music Wrapped Initial

It is a cold and snowy Friday here in Colorado…..

Get out your modge podge…..time for another decoupage project….!


Wood or chip board initial.  You can make yourself or conveniently buy at your local craft shop.

Old/unusable sheet music, book page, dictionary page or page from a children’s book.

Decoupage glue

scissors/pencil for tracing

embellishments of choice


First:  Trace letter on to paper sheet.  Use two sheets as you will be cutting to cover both sides of letter.


Cut out your image (remember to cut two).  Make sure you are relatively exact on this part….


Apply a thin layer of decoupage to your letter first and then a coat to the back side of your cut image.  Place paper on letter and match up all sides.  If you happen to be a bit off, you can add paper and/or trim later.  Lastly, add a thin coat of decoupage to the entire top of letter.  You will do this to both sides.

Let letter dry completely and I promise any “bumps”  with your paper will go away.

Embellish or leave plain and there you go….

These are awesome for a wedding gift as you can embellish the date of their wedding right on to the letter.  Also great for a baby gift with their date of birth.  For a Christmas mantle….just embellish with a Christmas theme.  The possibilities are endless!

Have a wonderful weekend….no matter what your weather might be!  dcb

The Friday How-to–fabric meets music

did you make it through the week?

fabric meets music today…a nice combo and easy diy.

get out your modge podge and let’s get started!

you will need:

1.  a Styrofoam ball or found object of your choice.  i picked up the finial at the Lobby for cheap!

2.  decoupage such as Modge Podge.  Glossy works best.

3.  your music.  you are going to tear in to strips.

4.  your fabric.  you are also going to tear this in to strips.

first:  tear or cut your music in to approx. 1/2″ to 1″ wide strips depending on the size of your ball or object.

second:  using tape or a tape runner attach your strips around the ball turning the ball as you go.  taping the paper down first helps hold it in place before you apply the decoupage.

 third:  after you have taped down your paper strips, apply a coat of decoupage all around the ball.  don’t be afraid to fold down parts of your paper that are sticking up….the end result will be a smooth covered ball/object.

fourth:  allow your decoupaged object to dry completely.

fifth:  tear your fabric into 1/2″-1″ strips.

sixth:  using straight pins to hold in place, wrap a few strips around your ball/object.  after you have the look you desire, you can hot glue the ends of the fabric to your object.  you may also want to put a coat of decoupage on the fabric as well.  i did so on the finial and it turned out way cool.

and you are done!

i found a stick in the backyard and poked it through the bottom of this one….

embellish as you find fulfilling and you can use more fabric than music or the other way around!

enjoy the weekend…and a wonderful father’s day to all you great dads!


today’s note–tax day blues

it doesn’t seem fitting to greet you all with “happy tax day”…not one of my favorite days for certain.  so patriotic yesterday….perhaps not so much today when i have to turn over a bit of hard earned cash……

but perhaps this will brighten your day….

take a look at this page from the ETUDE magazine April 15, 1949…..

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isn’t this fantastic!!  what is so wonderful about it is that us shabby chic furniture “re-workers” would kill to get a hold of the orignial “ugly buffet”!  Too funny!

even sixty years ago there was an outlet for folks to re -do, re- organize and re-use. 

oh, and it was to store re-cords to boot!

hopefully, today’s note from a tax day 63 years ago helped to put perspective on the fact that despite a higher rate of tax, not much has changed for most of us. 

or at least it just gave you a chuckle…..