Monday, December 7, 2009

More projects...









Is it Monday already?! Boy did the weekend fly by!! I woke up this morning to a beautiful dusting of snow on the ground...our first real snow fall of the season...check back with me in February and I will be cursing the snow, but for now, I love it, and I always hope for a white Christmas.



The highlight of my busy weekend was attending my friend Kasey's An Inspired Evening event. I met so many truly lovely women, and just want to give a shout out and a big hello to any of them who might be reading this...and say...I had such a wonderful and amazing time with all of you...I do hope we get the chance to do it again!!!






This weekend I worked on projects using some of the vintage prayer cards that I own and cherish. I made copies of them onto photo paper and then turned them into gift tags for my Christmas presents (which I'll show you in a later post) as well as created this project using old bottles...



You may have seen various versions of this project before, it's not original to me, I just put my own spin on it using prayer cards. I found it too difficult to get the pictures positioned just right by putting them on the inside of the bottle, so I used a little Mod Podge instead and, in most cases, just attached the pictures to the back of the bottles...so you would see the them through the bottle...




I took most of these photos later in the day so that you could see the effect of placing a candle behind the bottle...I just love the warmth and glow of candlelight in the wintertime, and especially at Christmas! You can even add a little fake snow inside a few of the bottles and then finish things off with some greenery...













I set my bottles up on the tall desk that is by my front door....so that everyone who comes in could see them...and so that they would be high enough to keep sticky fingers (aka my 2 yr old) from being able to reach them...









What projects have you been working on???







Tracey





67 comments:

traci said...

so bummed that i missed you all on saturday night. know that i was thinking about you all. beautiful tracey. i think my favorite is the bottle on the far right. gorgeous!

Simply Me Art said...

Beautiful Idea Tracey, Love it. So glad you had such a lovely weekend. Have a great week, Jamie

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Tracey, I love the bottles.... Beautiful....

Dreaming In Pink With Roses said...

These are Beautiful Tracey! Sounds like you girls had a great time! Love the gift tag idea too!

Waiting for Hubby to get back from WI ( he & older son are there to watch their beloved Ravens play) so he can help decorate the outside of the house.. Don't like to climb ladders...

Stay warm & cozy! Blessings ~
~ Teresa

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Oooh...super clever! They totally look like they are inside the bottles. I thought you must moonlight as a magician or something.

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

i love those bottles, Tracey! you never cease to inspire!

Sandi said...

These are just gorgeous Tracey! What a simple but beautiful idea! We have a tiny bit of snow too! YAY!
I like a little dusting, but that is about it.
Hugs~

april in iowa said...

What a great idea! They turned out fabulous and I love those little houses you made below, too. We make one every year. You ARE crafty. :)

paige said...

just beautiful tracey!
always inspired...

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Tracey...
Sweetie thanks for sharing this morning. My husband has tons of prayer cards. I am going through them tonight, and making some copies to use in glass jars or bottles. How beautiful these are. I just cannot tell you how beautiful they really are.

They would even be beautiful with pics of my grandkids.

You have inspired me to creat my precious friend. Thank you so much.

Please stop by and say hi. I so love it when you do.

Country hugs...Sherry

Auntie Cake said...

Love that idea! It looks so warm and cozy at your house!
Kate
PS- my "craft project" for this weekend was laying a hardwood floor in my bedroom. I would highly recommend waiting until after Christmas to try that one!!!

the wild raspberry said...

those are purely magical.
chas

Jackie said...

Those are absolutely beautiful - I love how warm and magical they look with the candle. I need to find more holy cards - I love them and this is such a great use for them...so glad you had fun at Kasey's - looks like it was a great evening!! Have a great week!!

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

TRACEY, YOU'RE BOTTLES ARE JUST GORGEOUS! I LOVE THE WAY THE LIGHT SHINES THRU THEM AND GIVES THEM A MAGICAL LOOK.

AGAIN THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THE MAGAZINE TO KANE FOR ME. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! GASPING AT EVERY PAGE! WHAT A TREASURE.

CHEERS, JUDY

alee said...

Wow Tracey!
The bottles are lovely!
I am glad Kacey's little eve. went well - sounded fun!
Blessings!

Six in One Hand said...

Your bottles are simply divine!!
(No pun intended.)
How beautiful and serene.
They are beyond words.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Those are so cute...hmmm...I sense a new project on the horizon.

Leah C said...

Oh those bottles are so very lovely! And the glow from the candles adds the perfect touch:)

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

These are quite fabulous, Tracey.

How I would have LOVED to have met you on Saturday! I can't wait to hear how it was...I'm sure nothing short of fabulous!

I love that you're using them as your Christmas tags, too!

Happy Wintery Monday to you....its raining here and barely 50 degrees....It is perfect for SoCal!

xoxo

Chrissy said...

Simply stunning....what more can one say you are a very gifted gal!!! So,I can not put my mag, down!!!! Every page is so beautiful,think I may become a reg...don;t you just love that barn?Anyway,gotta go to work...have a great week!Chrissy

Marie said...

Your projects are all beautiful...they are so perfect this season...looking at them gives me a sense of peace and tranquility. Great job Tracey!
-marie

The Flying Bee said...

These are beautiful Tracey! Your pictures are gorgeous! I picked up a large St. Catherine card while in Portland. I just love it! I am hoping to show it soon.

Have a great Monday!

xo,
Adrienne

Sammy Girl said...

Hi, Tracey!
The candles add just the right GLOW! Perfect!
Hugs and here's to a great week!
Betty :)

mimi charmante said...

It was lovely to have met you - what a wonderful evening it was!
Have a fabulous week,
xx

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

LOVELY idea....just lovely...and so meaningful I'm sure...to those of you who are of the Catholic faith.
They look great where you are displaying them...is that a series of real or electric candles behind them ?

MERRY CHRISTMAS,

Rose ~

http://delightfulclutter.blogspot.com/

Vintage Junky said...

Beautiful... I have a few vintage prayer cards... now I know what I am going to do with them!

Smiles~ Michelle

a little bit vintage said...

These are lovely Tracey! They look SO pretty with the candle light! :)

Smiles,
rachel

belle-blanc said...

Tracey,
the bottles are fantastic! What a warm and innocent light they spread. I love the old prayer cards what more do we need for a perfect christmas decoration. My project was to sew some Christmas stockings, I think they become pretty good. Wish you a perfect pre-Christmas time, hugs Mira!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

What a precious idea! I've never seen it, so this project is new to me too!

Gosh, I've been working on a little surprise that I'm giving away later this week!! And I can't tell ya... yet! :)

Kasey said...

great little projects girlie..
xo

Jeni said...

What beautiful glowing bottles. So pretty. Can't wait to see your gifts tags now. Happy holidays!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Tracey... so beautiful... I keep most of my religious things out all year long...isn't it amazing how some things that have always been a part of our lives suddenly become the "latest thing" to own... My great~grandmother's house would be right in style today... Your vintage prayer cards are wonderful... I so love the true meanings of them all... Bisous... Julie Marie

LuLu said...

So beautiful! Your snow sounds pretty... i'm much like you excited for the first few snow falls and come Feb i want flip flops! but at Christmas bring on the snow!
xo,
LuLu

paperhill said...

those are so beautiful, i love the look with the candles behind them. i just went to an estate sale with lots of bottles, i wish i'd bought some! have a great week!

Martha said...

Tracey!!! How beautiful that looks!...you have some great projects...and you said you weren't crafty...hmmm...I think you are absolutely! I love it!

I really enjoyed seeing you and talking with you ~ you're just so wonderful!

Farmgirl Paints said...

That is really really beautiful. I love it Tracey. You are so clever girl. I have just been working on my little girls. I'm about crafted out as of late. Do you ever feel that way? Have a great evening.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracey,

Yep,..that Kasey sure knows how to host an Inspired Evening! It was nice to meet you and all the other great girls. I had an amazing time and luv luv luv my lucky # 3 pick.

Cheers,...NC

Rebecca said...

Hi Tracey
The bottles are lovely, love the images with the candle light. Missed you this weekend at my Open House but it sounds like you had a full weekend. Hope you can stop by sometime this Christmas season
Blessings
Rebecca

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Do you have any idea how often I come here to your blog and instantly go "Ohhhhhh", gasping quietly at the beauty before me?
Well, it's pretty often!
Today takes the cake, this is the most beautiful thing I've seen in ages. I'm going to try my hand at it later tonight, got lots of old bottles to play with!
Hugs,
Anne

Jacqueline said...

I think that it's wonderful, all the time and effort you put into everything. It all looks magical and very festive. Your bottle project is a triumph. XXXX

Susan said...

I am so completely inspired! I'm now on the lookout for vintage prayer cards! So stunning and beautiful and peaceful and I'm thinking nativity cards would be equally inspirational in that sweet glow of candlelight.
Thank you for sharing your gifts!
Blessings!

koralee said...

Wow...what an inspiring project. I love it! A million thanks for sharing..I would love to make some of those. You my friend are endless when it comes to inspiring me...in you home and life! Have a week full of many blessings..xoxoxo

erin said...

absa-toot-ly lovely and inspiring!!

BellaRosa said...

Tracey I think your bottles came out just gorgeous! Care to share or sell some images :) They would be wonderful for so many projects, I think I might have a few, but I believe mine are all in color, even the older ones, although I do have some beautiful vintage rose postcards that I will try to scan to share with you on my blog :) maybe if you know how you can change them to black & white or ooh even sephia :) I also wanted to thank you for your help today...You were dead on re. Maynardgardenhouse! Thank you soo much! Besos, Rose

FILIGREE MOON said...

What a beautiful idea. These have such a wonderful quality, especially with the addition of the lights. ~ Angela

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

What a precious idea ~ I love your bottles and the light from the candles give it a heavenly glow.
Thank you for sharing and I hope that you have a lovely week.
How beautiful to have a dusting of snow.
I have been making some more dough decorations.

Hugs
Carolyn

Jeanneoli said...

Look at you all crafty all of the time!!! These are gorgeous. You should sell them!!! They look right out of a magazine!!!

BELDECOR by Bine said...

Oh, Tracy!
Didn' you say you are not creative???? Of course you are! This bottles are sooo amazing and wonderful. Have a great week!
Hugs Bine

Barbara said...

Your bottles are simple lovely, Tracey! The light behind them makes them other-worldly. Love your projects!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Love your bottles, Tracey. So simple, yet so beautiful!

Firefly Hill said...

Tracey,
Thank you so very much!!
The giveaway you sent me arrived yesterday...it felt like Christmas as I opened each beautifully wrapped ornament! They are just gorgeous. The magazine is decadent for me...each and every page filled with wonderful things. I just love it! You are so sweet and generous...thank you.

xoxo,
annie

p.s. I love the bottles...you are amazing.

Dreamer Jean said...

These are so beautiful! Nice to meet you.

Marie Antionette said...

Your bottles are amazing and your display gorgeous.Love this post.
I want to wish you the merriest of Christmases and all the joy this season has to bring,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Queen Bee said...

Oh Tracey....how lovely these little bottles are...they make my heart sigh...so divine...and with the candlelight behind them it is like a little bit of heaven. I think I will make the banner I have been procrastinating about...Thanks for the inspiration! Smiles to you!

red.neck chic said...

Oh my goodness - those are just gorgeous!!!!! Thank You for sharing those!!!

;-) Robelyn

Jill Elaine said...

Cute! Very, Very cute. I have a bunch of old glass bottles to give my sister for Christmas. I may have to 'detail' some of them!!!
Great idea,
Jill

Dorothy said...

Beautiful! I love this idea...

June said...

Tracey these bottles are beautiful! I love the vignette you have created with them. What a sight they must be all lit up. Wonderful idea for the prayer card images. Pure inspiration!
Hugs~

stacy di said...

the bottles look so pretty with the light coming from behind!

It was great meeting you at Kasey's event! What a fun evening :)

Having a look around your blog and shop too...they are really nice! Hope to see you again soon...

Les Cotrions said...

Your bottles are enchanting Tracey! You made a great job! The images you chose are very beautiful and you made a so nice arrangement with the light behind!
Happy Wednesday!
Vale

Cheryl ~ Casual Cottage Chic said...

Love, love, love the vintage bottle and jars in your display. Very creative!
Have a great week,
Cheryl

Kerry said...

You are very creative these bottles are truly beautiful!
I have an award for you over on my blog. No worries if you are award free or choose not to participate - just wanted to say I think you have a beautiful blog!

xx Kerry

BellaColle' said...

Wow!! Those are amazing!! I loove 'em... thanks so much for sharing that wonderful idea.
..yeah..snow..about that..just got 14"inches myself..but hey, it's almost Christmas..kinda helps to get one in the mood.
Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas!
XO
~Christine.

Jenns Three Graces said...

My son's wedding was the 5th and is you have the time to look up my blog you'll see some photos and finally see me! My hubby's birthday was the 7th and I made a big meal for him as a treat. Now I have a big card order for a shop in our area called The Pink Poet...Hugs, Jenn ...The bottles are so restful and blessed

1 Funky Woman said...

I just love your prayer card bottles. I have collected prayer cards for years, maybe its the Catholic in me. I have some beautiful ones from my mom's funeral that would be great to use especially this time of year!
Thanks for your beautiful blog!
Megan

littlebyrd said...

My projects are nothing as good as this! LOVE these!!!

Dreams and Decor said...

Hi! I LOVE this idea! Your prayer card bottles are so beautiful! Just found your blog and look forward to enjoying more of your posts! Have a very Merry Christmas! Patti