April 17, 2014

Stamped Cement Eggs and some Easter Creatures

As promised, I’m back with more Easter decorations today. Some weeks ago I had pinned a tutorial on how to make cement eggs. I didn’t have that special kind of cement she had used, but the regular kind worked as good. I mixed 1 part cement with 2 parts sand and followed the instructions. The drying time of my eggs was longer though. I could peel off the egg shells after 2 days. The tutorial suggested to partially spray paint the eggs, but I stamped my finished eggs instead.

Easter Decoration - Stamped Cement Eggs in Rusty Baking Pan
The eggs are “served” in a vintage rusty cupcake baking pan.

Easter Decoration - Stamped Cement Egg
Easter Decoration - Stamped Cement Egg
Easter Decoration - Stamped Cement Egg
Easter Decoration - Stamped Cement Eggs in Rusty Baking Pan

The cement eggs are certainly farm fresh :).

Cement Lamb made with a vintage chocolate mold
For the cement lamb I used a vintage chocolate mold that I had coated slightly with salad oil as a release agent. I’m glad that it had turned out so well.

Easter Decoration - Cast Iron Bunny with Nest

My cast  iron bunny watches a nest filled with three of my decoupaged plastic eggs from last year. He seems to do a good job. Another nest which had no guard, was raided by one of my sweet furry babies. The lightweight eggs obviously make popular cat toys.

Easter Decoration - Cast Iron Bunny with Nest and Eggs
Spring Decoration - Cast Iron Bird
After some weeks of sunshine and springlike temperatures, it got cold again and it snowed in the  mountains. The weather forecast for the upcoming days is not very promising and so we’ll probably stay at home. I don’t know yet what we will cook. What’s on your menu for the weekend?

Happy Easter, dear friends!
Enjoy the holiday!

My cement eggs will be served at these wonderful parties:

Common Ground
http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com
BFF Open House
Home Sweet Home
 http://www.craftberrybush.com
Sundays at Home Link Party

April 14, 2014

Springs have sprung


I really have a thing for rusty bed springs. They are just wonderful to display all kind of items and make great egg cups for 9” high paper mache Easter eggs :).

Easter Decoration - Decoupaged and Embellished Paper Mache Eggs on Rusty Bed Springs
Easter Decoration - Decoupaged and Embellished Paper Mache Egg on Rusty Bed Spring

Easter Decoration - Decoupaged and Embellished Paper Mache Egg on Rusty Bed Spring
Easter Decoration - Decoupaged and Embellished Paper Mache Egg on Rusty Bed Spring



I had decoupaged and embellished the eggs some years ago but they got a little style update this year. My rusty motor parts that look like flower shapes, came in handy again.

Easter Decoration - Decoupaged and Embellished Paper Mache Eggs on Rusty Bed Springs
Have a great week, everybody! I’ll be back on Thursday with some more Easter decorations.

The springs and eggs will hop over to these great parties:

Coastal Charm Party Button
http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
The Scoop Party Button
Redoux Party Button Common Ground Party Junk Button

April 04, 2014

A Tree of Happiness

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments on Joe. Some of you mentioned that he looks like a pelican and I’m amazed that I didn’t see that since pelicans are among my favorite birds. Thank you for telling me, ladies. I now refer to him as “Pelican  Joe”.

The same day we had found the piece of driftwood that became the head of  “Pelican Joe”, I also had picked up a branch at the beach. It was a bit fragile and when we came home, I searched for a temporary storage place where it wouldn’t get squashed. When I looked around in my studio, my eyes fell onto one of my large vintage thread spools and the little tree’s stem fitted perfectly in the opening. That was the initial of an unintended nature inspired creation, namely “A Tree of Happiness”.

Tree of Happiness - Mixed Media Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

 

Tree of Happiness - Mixed Media Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

Tree of Happiness - Mixed Media Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

The keys represent a small selection of things and creatures that make me happy, like stunning sunsets, pretty butterflies or beach walks on a sunny day. I’ve also added keys for blooming trees, stars and clouds. You might have nodded at the blooming trees and the stars but I can almost see your puzzled look about the clouds. The thing is, I like a cloudless blue sky for a little while but it soon gets boring and then I wish for a few clouds. For me, they’re embellishments of the sky. Besides, I almost always see something when I look at clouds. Mostly faces or animals. Those paintings made by the wind are instable and are gone soon but they make me smile. When it gets dark, I can do without clouds though because they block the view into the awesome starry sky.

Tree of Happiness - Mixed Media Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

I love animals in general but cats have a VERY special place in my heart. I can be bad-tempered, frustrated or sad, but when I see a cat, I instantly smile. Having a purring cat lying on my lap is one of the best things in life. Their fur is so soft and the sound is so relaxing. I also love to watch them play, do cute things like drinking from the tab, sleep in funny positions or unusual places and so much more. They’re amazing and adorable creatures with lots of skills. I can’t imagine anymore to live without a cat and of course the cats got a key to happiness on my tree as well.

Tree of Happiness - Mixed Media Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

Tree of Happiness - Mixed Media Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

Tree of Happiness - Mixed Media Assemblage by Vintage with Laces

Have a great weekend! Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to spend some time outside and enjoy the beauty of nature.

My tree will join these wonderful parties:

Party Junk Button Sundays at Home Link Party amaze me monday blog party button
The Scoop Party Button Knick of Time Tuesday Party Image Common Ground