Wow, I don't know about the rest of you, but for the past two days, PA has been under a cloud - literally! It has been so drizzly, cold, and foggy - fog that hangs out ALL day! What is really just a bit irritating, is that the weather forecasters said the past two days would be sunny and unseasonably warm - high of 65! Please don't get my hopes up like that! I had grand plans to work on some painting projects outside, clean my sun porch, and get some good interior shots with all that bright sunshine we were supposed to get!
So, to brighten up my dreary weekend, I decided do a little crafting and decorating. I found a great bargain last week at the Pottery Barn Outlet that I've been anxious use. It's this Park Hill Lantern in the medium size. It is normally $79.99 and I got it for $34.99! Yay!
Then for the crafting part, I made my own knock-off Pottery Barn Birch Candle. There are several great tutorials to make these candles on Pinterest and it's really simple. Here's how I did it - I purchased a pretty large pillar candle on the clearance shelf at TJ Maxx that was a Christmas leftover for $7.00. The outside of the candle had a kind of mercury glass look with both gold and some silver metallic mottling. It worked perfectly since the Pottery Barn original is a gold candle. To get the birch look, I painted randomly over the candle with white acrylic craft paint leaving crooked lines here and there for that gold metallic to peak through. On the first coat of paint, I concentrated on the lines and placement to make it look as close to the original as possible, but then a globbed on a second coat to give it more texture.
Once it was completely dry, I used a sponge brush to apply some Modge Podge and then sprinkled on the Clear Micro Glitter Beads.
So, here's the finished product - a knock-off Pottery Barn birch candle in a bargain-priced Pottery Barn lantern! Just what I needed to brighten up a dreary day!
Hoping for sunny days ahead !