Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Am I gilding the lily?

No, just frosting the cupboard...
I have these wonderful paper mache drippy icicles at the store and everyone is always asking me what to do with it and how to hang it. There are a few pieces hung in a cupboard at the shop but I thought I would do some at home on my beloved green cupboard in my dining room. I LOVE the way it turned out! I plan on keeping this up well past Christmas too.
The icicles are generously frosted with mica flakes that sparkle and glisten beautifully. I attached my pieces with spots of hot glue on the back. Now this is not something I would recommend to everyone unless you have a chippy, peely piece like mine. After the winter season when I remove them I am sure some paint will come with the glue but that will only add more farmhouse charm to this old girl.
If hot glue is not an option you can use velcro dots or 3M products. I also think you could use poster board fashioned into an 'L' bracket of sorts. Glue the snowy piece onto the poster board, to the bottom of the L if you will...then lay the large part of the L on your cupboard shelf. You would then need to anchor it with a heavy dish or prop.
I always fill the shelves with some of my vintage bulb collections. Last year I was inspired by Kevin Reiner's use of pink in his 2008 Country Living piece and my dining room was dripping with delicious Christmas candy pink from chandelier to table to cupboard. This year I decided pink would not be allowed as she stole the stage last year.
I let the cupboard choose what "dress" she wanted to put on for the party this year. While her main color is a sea foam green she has many layers. Gray, teal and cream all can be seen peeking out here and there so it was decided: silver, faded blues & greens, tarnished glitter and "dirty" ironstone. The petite ironstone teacup in the middle and on the right are sweet treasures I picked up from Linda Marcov at the 2009 Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio, the other from Lisa Marton of urban farmhouse. Each is holding a vintage feather tree glass ball.

I wish you all could stop by for a cup of steaming Christmas Coffee!!









Not a creature is stirring except my carved wooden mouse.

28 comments:

Janet- OPEN MARKET STYLE said...

IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL I SO LOVE YOUR HOUSE !!
WARMLY
JANET

Marian said...

That cupboard takes my breath away!! The way you have it decorated couldn't be better..So glad you took so many pictures to share with us. It is fun to hear you mention Linda Marcov, she is a very sweet lady and a old friend. Love your blog and your store, which I am hoping to visit in person some day soon!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!I have the sister to your cupboard,mine has doors!!! And beams in my kitchen, a bench by my farm table too:) The cupboard is on my blog side bar (and in a post) If I had a bigger kitchen I would love one like yours:)It looks beautiful:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Love the vintage ornies.. the cycles are grand nd the mouse looks a bit too real in the pic.

Beth Rutter said...

Just gorgeous!!

May I make a request? How about a virtual tour of your house?

Polly said...

Wow Lisa! It's absolutely gorgeous! I am dying over all that scrumptious ironstone!! You have the perfect back drop for it with that cupboard! I love that you are sharing snippets of your home now and then!!

Happy Christmas!

Polly

Rita said...

So beautiful. I would keep it all year around. The color of your cupboard is incredible. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

Vicki said...

I love the way those icesicles look especially with the glitter. But, I have to say, the wooden mouse is too cute for words. Thanks for the post.

Mystica said...

It looks a lot of hard work went into this beautiful display!

I have posted my first giveaway on my blog - it is a gift card - so I do hope you would come enter!

Debby said...

I love that blue cabinet and the icy trim. But that mouse looks way too real. I really thought it was.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I love those icicles! They look fantastic on that gorgeous cabinet of yours!~Hugs, Patti

creekside rummager said...

Well the gilding is gorgeous as well as the lily. Beautiful pictures.

The Feathered Nest said...

I LOVE THIS!!! What a gorgeous touch these icicles add to the cupboard ~ and with the vintage ornaments, perfect!!! xxoo, Dawn

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I love it! It looks very vintage.~Cheers Kim

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Your cupboard is simply stunning.

Judy

Carolyn (Cari) Foster Spano said...

Love this cupboard and love the vintage ornaments! Repositional scrapbooking glue dots would do the trick of hanging the icicles without damage to just about anything. Just thought I would share.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

The color of the cabinet is beautiful and everything displayed in it looks great too.

time worn interiors said...

I love the dressing on the cupboard! That's and amazing piece! Merry Christmas!
Theresa
aka:TOT

Urban Farmhouse said...

Thank you EVERYONE! You all are so sweet!! Wish we could turn these blog visits into the real thing! You all would love this Christmas Coffee and I would love having you all over!
Enjoy your day!

kerrie said...

I'm in awe...it is just magical. that minty green cupboard makes tickles me. How you've put ornaments in white bowls and tiny tea cups adores me. Oh, I love it all!!!!

sandy said...

Your dining room looks so "Urban Farmhouse" style! Love love love it! I too have those mica snowdrifts and I'll try the velcro because I've used the candle wax buttons and they only last a couple of days then crash, crack! Thank you for your kindness in sending the Christmas Jeanne de Arc magazine via the Beautiful Life. It's much appreciated and will make my sister's Christmas truly special!

Sandy

Heaven's Walk - said...

OH my gosh!!! I had to take a closer second look at that mouse! I thought for sure it was real!!!!! lol! Those icicles are just amazing, Lisa! I think we all want to see more of your awesome house! :)

xoxo laurie

red.neck chic said...

Hmmm.... I can't decide if I want to stand with my eyes all googly staring at the ice-cycles or if I want to dig around in all the vintage ornaments! Oh my gosh - it's ALL gorgeous!!! And your cupboard? I think I just dropped my duct tape...

;-D robelyn

Angela Cappetta said...

Me=jealous of your little wooden mouse.

Urban Farmhouse said...

My little mousie came from the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Kentucky. He was hand carved by a Kentucky artist...I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him!

Boxwood Cottage said...

Gosh these icicles are the most enchanting winter decoration ever and your cupboard looks to die for! If it wouldn't cost so much to send to Germany I'd order them right away. Love all of your vintage Christmas glass baubles too! I bookmarked your blog and will sure be back, so glad that I found you tonight!
Sending you very Merry Christmas wishes from cold and snowy Germany
Carola

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh my goodness,
Just heavenly beautiful!! I just found your blog and I absolutely adore your style! I am definitely a new follower!!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous and healthy New Year!
Sincerely,
Melinda

Crystelle Boutique said...

This is stunning and I'm just completely speechless.
Wow!

I'm pinning!


hugs x
Crystelle
http://www.crystelleboutique.com