Easy French Graphic Tray Makeover

Another day,another tray makeover...

Every Christmas I get another cheapo rough wood tray filled with nuts and dried fruit as a gift basket.  And every year I make over that tray to look pretty.

I use a super simple way to transfer the image onto my piece.  Very simple but a bit time consuming...  Here's how I do it using just the image, a pencil and markers.

The last two trays I did turned out like this:

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2015 In Review - My Favourite Projects

As usual, this year whipped by!  I do have a lot to show for it - could be why the year went so fast!!  Here are a few of my faves from 2015:

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The free chandelier I found at the dump:

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season. May your new year be filled with every happiness!

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With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!! 

Cookie Cutter Garland & Mercury Glass

I am in love with mercury glass...  and Christmas cookie cutters, too!

I found loads of ideas for decorating with cookie cutters and settled on a garland for over my kitchen sink.   All it took was a $5 box of Christmas cookie cutters (I got mine at Real Canadian Superstore) and a ball of $1.50 twine from the Dollar Store.  Oh and I also used a tiny bit of holly twine that I also bought at Superstore.

Burgundy and Lime Green Christmas Wreath

I love burgundy - especially when used in Christmas decorating.  To me, burgundy Christmas decorations always seem like they're from another century.  I don't know why... feels to me like a colour from bygone days somehow.

I've been searching for a Christmas wreath that I liked but I didn't like any of the prices, so I decided to make my own.  I had these grapevine wreaths and a box of glittered fruit in my stash of Christmas decorations and I bought a roll of canvas ribbon with sequins along the edges.