7 December 2016

Home for the Holidays with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Here we are, December has arrived, and we're all now hurtling rapidly towards the festive season. Does the clock speed up at this time of year or is it just me? Anyway, the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge, hosted by the amazing Kathy Clement, is called 'Home for the Holidays!' "Let's get ready to Deck the Halls by creating some home decor for the holiday season. You can make centrepieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes... basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don't celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme."

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


Having been inspired by Tracy Evans' styling for her decorations this year (elegant, mercury glass ornaments, vintage inspired) I decided to feature my festive Idea-Ology stash in two altered jars with something of this look. The clean jars needed altering and ageing first up so I began by pouncing a mix of Mushroom Alcohol Ink and Gold Mixative around, removing some where I got over-enthusiastic! Next up the base and top were heat embossed with silver powder - have patience when heat embossing thick glass as it takes an age to warm up/melt/cool down! Finally I imperfectly (deliberately!) stamped the snowflakes from the Tim Holtz 'Scribble Woodland' stamp set in Brushed Pewter Distress Paint.



The inside 'snow scene' was created by layering Texture Paste and Distress Glitter (Linda still has a pot of my favourite Pumice Stone version left in stock - yay!) into which I sat Decorative Deer and Small Woodland Trees (sprayed in Iced Spruce Distress Stain Spray and covered in the same glitter). Around the top of the jar I tied a combo of Tinsel Twine, Christmas Jute String and burlap rope (Linda stocks some fabulous natural trims) before adding Christmas Word Keys, Typed Tokens and those fabulous Pinecones. You can also find multi-sized jump ring sets in stock at The Funkie Junkie Boutique which are fabulous value for money and leave you free to make up chains to any lengths you want.




I'm pleased to report the recipients of these vintage style jars liked them, even if they were so 'hot off the press' they required further drying time!!! At least the snow scenes inside will need no dusting and should be easy enough to pack away at the end of the festivities.

They are being entered into the following challenges;
Emerald Creek Dares - Winter Wishes Part 1
Country View Challenges - Christmas

That's my contribution to the Design Team's inspiration for our 'Home for the Holidays!' challenge. Make sure you hop on over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the other fabulous makes from my super talented teamies and find out what they've made to decorate their holiday homes, I'm sure you'll find plenty of inspiration so you'll be ready to join in the fun with us and of course be in with a chance to win!
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


21 comments:

  1. Beautiful Jenny! The mercury effect is gorgeous and Tracy is brilliant. Gorgeous snowy scene and I bet the recipients loved them!

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  2. Oh My Jenny! These are beautiful! Love how you aged them for a true vintage look! Still on catch up as far as blogs are concerned so apologies of not making many visits! Hugs, Chrisx

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  3. Do you know how thrilled I was when I saw you were inspired by little ole me OMG. Thank you Jenny and I can say I will cherish mine. The ageing is absolutely superb and I adore the details. Thank you so so much for gifting one of these precious pieces to me. Hugs. Tracy x

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  4. WOW!!!! These are absolutely stunning! Love the effect on the glass.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  5. Fabulous! Lovely scenes through the glass: magic!

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  6. I do not think I can truly express in words how very much I LOVE my gorgeous altered jar - I adore it and will treasure it. Thank you SO much Jenny! You aged the jars so beautifully and the little scene you created inside is magical and beautiful. Love, love, love mine, you clever lady!! Anne xx

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  7. Your jars are so beautiful - fantastic idea and you have made Christmas treasures that can be used every year!
    Sandy xx

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  8. I love these so much! I also loved Tracy's wonderful vintage mercury glass decor and you captured that simple, elegant vintage vibe perfectly here. The jars really look old! The woodland scene inside exudes peace and serenity. It's Christmas in a jar!

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  9. These are fantastic! Maybe you would like to enter them over on the Emerald Creek Dares Blog. ;) ;)

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  10. Woo Hoo!! Thanks for entering the Emerald Creek Dares. Your entry brought a smile to my face. It's such a perfect holiday treasure.

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  11. Utterly gorgeous Jenny, love mercury glass and these fit the bill perfectly xxx

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  12. What a fabulous idea Jenny xx love the details inside and out....a beautiful gift to treasure for sure

    Hugs Annie xx

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  13. Jenny, your mercury glass jars are amazing, inside and out! I adore mercury glass, and have quite a bit of it displayed at Christmas and some even year round! These would definitely have to sit out at least for the winter in my home! Beautiful makes and I'm so glad you shared them with us at Emerald Creek Dares for our Winter Wishes challenge! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

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  14. Really gorgeous! I love the finish on your "mercury" jars and those snowflakes look great in the metallic paint. What delightful Christmas ornaments these will make on a festive table or mantlepiece.
    Alison x

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  15. Wow, love your jars, Jenny! This is really a wonderful gift!
    Thank you for joining in our challenge at Country View Challenges this month.
    Have a wonderful christmas time!
    xx Evelyn

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  16. Wow... Original, and gorgeous! What a great gift too.

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  17. Wow wow wow! the mercury effects is fantastic! love love love this work! barbara

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  18. These are fabulous Jenny, the pop of red makes them look so happy! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy Christmas. Sue xx

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  19. Just wanted to stop by to wish you and yours a peaceful 2017. I hope it brings light and joy and creativity - at least on a personal level, even if the world keeps heading into chaos!
    Alison x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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