Monday, January 19, 2015

Tiffany Blue & Red Putz Glitter House

 Once again, I've created a Putz glitter house
with Valentine's Day in mind. And once again, my
"Ooh great idea. I'll whip one up right now" vision
was anything but quick.
Like I always say with my chalk-painted jewelry chests....
"just because it's small doesn't mean it's easier".

I have an ardent love for aqua and red, so I was compelled to create this little gem. I've had this red-striped paper for over a year now, knowing I had to make something with it.

 As always, I have designed, hand-cut, and assembled this piece from scratch.


In a departure from my Winter Putz houses, I gave this piece a striped red & white base instead of snow, and continued the stripes with a charming awning over the door, reminiscent of a little flower shop.


I must say, it requires even more attention to detail, 
since snow covers a multitude of imperfections.

The tiny windows are fuzzy with white flocking, and below each is an aqua-tinted millinery flower in a window box. These “boxes” and roof are made of thin-fluted corrugated wrap. Flowers are lightly dusted in fine crytally glitter.


The roof and door are both painted in Tiffany blue. I hand-painted details on the door, with an added thin strip of
German Dresden across it for texture. 
The door windows are coated in clear German glass glitter.


The entire house is encrusted with red German glass glitter. I've sealed the glitter with varnish for added adhesion, which will also prevent it from darkening.

I'm now working on a champagne pink house now.
The fun never stops!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Valentine-Inspired Putz House: Dresden, Millinery, & German Glass Glitter

My first Putz house creation of 2015.....and just in time for Valentine's Day!


I have designed, hand-cut, and assembled this entire piece from scratch.



This chalet styled glitter house creation is bedecked in all sorts of red and white goodness. 


Red German glass glitter over red paint, and trimmed with elegant red metallic Dresden trim.


Clear German glass glitter and mica flakes over white paint, and finished with layered white snow paint. 


Crowning the door are red millinery berries with a vintage metal button nestled in tiny silver tinsel.


White millinery berries have been wrapped together to mimic flowering woody shrubs, complete with hand-painted brown trunk.

To give this piece the ultimate twinkle, I've coated the snow and shrubs with very fine crystally clear glitter. 

In my Etsy shop now! 
I'm going to create some smaller houses next,
keeping with the Valentine-themed colors!

In other news, I'm now on Instagram!
Follow me @ MagiaMiaEtsy!


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Friday, January 2, 2015

My Favorite Creations of 2014: Chalk Paint, Chicken Wire, & Putz Houses

The trend this week in the Blogosphere is mostly
top posts of 2014,
but since my top post of 2014 was the same
as the top post of 2013
(my glue gun potion bottles still reign with most views),
I thought I'd highlight
the creations I was most pleased with.
No big surprise that chalk paint & chicken wire had a part in it.

Old World Gypsy Tarot Chest
Chalk Painted Jewelry Box w/ Italian Tarot Paper Lined Drawers

Mercantile Inspired Seed Tray
Chalk Paint, Ebonized Wood, & Hand-Painted Lettering

Chicken Wire Nest on Antique Sugar Bowl
Chalk Paint Speckled Styrofoam Eggs & Ebonized Excelsior


Tiffany Blue Chalk Painted Dresser Tilt Mirror
The most hearts and views of any of my Etsy creations.


Mercantile Inspired Spice Rack
Chalk Paint, Chicken Wire, & Hand-Painted Lettering


Silver Leaf Putz House
Corrugated Roof & German Glass Glitter
My latest passion, and look for more
Putz Houses in 2015!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Believe.....



My Christmas Wish is the same every year...

That you have an awakening
 of the pure innocence
You felt as a child,
and a belief in something 
Greater than yourself.

Merry Christmas Everyone, 
and thank you for enriching my World.... 
Maria

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Popular Tiny Tart Tin Tree of Christmas Past

It's the last Saturday before Christmas, so for me that means last-minute crafting. In the event that I run out of time to finish my current ideas, I thought it would be nice to revisit my Tiny Tart Tree from 2 Christmases ago. It was so easy to create, yet had a really maximum impact. It was a very popular post, and was featured on Funky Junk Donna's I Love That Junk.

As expected, I've been Christmas crafting all week, because I love it, and because I can.....I know little tart tins have been transformed into ornaments in every configuration possible, but I decided to keep it simple......this time. :)

I've collected stacks and stacks of all sizes of these pretty little tins, some beautifully worn, and others bright and shiny. I've been wanting to create with them for years, but I kept getting distracted. This time, I did something about



I recently picked up a small tinsel tree at GW, knowing very well that I had a plethora of ornaments to come up with a themed tabletop tree. So what did I decide on?.........


A kitchen tree, and more specifically, a baking tree.....Loads of little tart tins, each with their own sparkly charm.



Some have vintage rhinestone buttons, and others have little pinecones with silver German glass glitter. I attached the buttons with a glue gun, and the pinecones with removable putty, specifically cord weatherstrip,available at the hardware store.



I really wanted to keep an all-silver color scheme with the ornaments, so I added a garland that is actually large ball chain, which I believe is, appropriately, the same size used for pie weight chain. I'm sure I could've easily used a beaded garland, but this chain has an incredible weight to it making it drape so beautifully. And with a nickle finish, it brilliantly shines like a mirror.


The tree sits in a star-shaped antique baking tin, which I lined with Spanish moss, then laid fresh green moss over it, to balance out the green of the tree, and also to add contrast to the tin.

I played around with different ways to hang the ornaments, because I didn't want anything that would permanently alter them, so I could use them again for future design ideas.


The empty tart tins are hanging from smaller ball chain, and the only things connecting them to the chain are Rare Earth magnets. (This is not an appropriate method if small children or pets try to play with the tree.) I wanted a clean and simple look to the hanging hardware, so this worked perfectly. Depending on the strength of these magnets, you may need to use a couple as I did, since they are so thin.


The tins with buttons or pinecones are facing out, to show off their sparkle, so I used a glue gun to attach silver pipe cleaners to their backs. Using a pipe cleaner keeps the tart in a facing-out position, so it doesn't dangle or turn. Using a glue gun allows for easy removal from the tins, or you can glue the pipe cleaner to a magnet, allowing you to re-use it to hang a different ornament.


The treetop's tin is a diamond-shaped one with small round tin inserted with a magnet between them, and a button glued inside the round tin. I used a metal lanyard clip with a magnet to fasten the diamond tin to the tree top.


This tree has a trunk wrapped with brown florist tape, and shows all the bumps created from attaching the branches, so I covered it with Spanish moss. I wanted something neutral, but not green, and wanted the silver on the tree to be the focal point.

I love so many styles that you just can't box me into one. Designing a variety of small, tabletop trees is the perfect answer to fulfill all of my decorating tastes, and for minimal cost, since you don't have nearly as much space to fill on a tiny tree. Since I had most of the components already, save for the tree and ballchain, this was quick and very inexpensive. Now that's my kind of decorating.......:)


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Mini Christmas Trees, Lichen, & White Glass

In my last post, I showed you a rusty industrial-style mini artificial tree, using an old cobbler's iron shoe form. As promised, I have two more minis in completely different styles.

First, a nature-inspired tree, an homage to the Yule tree and Winter Solstice.


Doesn't she need a little birdy perched on a branch?

We had a decent wind storm last week, and it broke off lots of tree branches. The best part of that was all the gorgeous lichen attached to them, and I was thrilled to say the least. A treasure-hunter like me doesn't limit my finds to the thrift store, but to nature as well. I plucked an entire grocery bag of this beautiful silvery sage gift from Mother Nature. 


So tucked into the fake Spruce branches it went. Tiny Tamarack cones were hot-glued onto tiny twigs, then poked into the branches. Finally, I took many delicate branch tips and bundled them around the top to create a natural tree topper.


Once again, I removed the wooden tree base, and this time, secured it into a brass chamberstick candle holder. This is the kind of holder that is meant to house a box of matches, but instead, I added mini logs, which in this case is a tiny pile of twigs covered in mossy goodness.

My next mini tree is very simplistic, but sometimes simple is best, if your decorative accessories make enough of a statement on their own.


A creamy white mini starfish....


A white glass-beaded necklace, with a couple of links separated to make one long garland. Secured to branches in just a few spots, with very fine wire.


And finally, a fabulous white, chippy metal lamp part, which perfectly mimics a tree skirt. I always bring home pieces like this when treasure-hunting, to play with later, and this one just screamed tree skirt. I put a very short candle holder under it, then secured the tree base through the part's hole and right in the candle holder. Easy peasy......

I hope these tiny trees have shown you that even they can pack a decorating punch, with great personality, like their large counterparts. Good things do come in small packages, right?

TTFN, Maria

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Rusty Industrial Mini Christmas Tree

I recently picked up 6 mini artificial trees at Goodwill. They are 9” tall and what I loved about them is their coloring. They have a wonderful Spruce blue shade, which is my favorite for a real tree too. I feel at peace in the middle of the forest, so being surrounded by these petite trees is a good substitute.

I always like to decorate each tree differently, and with the small ones the sky's the limit, because you can use objects that would be too small for a regular-sized tree. And for me, that usually involves junky stray metal objects. I have a thing for metal. Always have. 

So metal object No.1.......


Cast iron shoe form.


When I bought this piece, I knew immediately it would house a mini tree. All I added was some insulation putty into the hole, removed the tree's wooden base, then just stuck it into the form.

The gorgeous rusty metal pretty much dictated what I did to this tree. I didn't want to overdo it, or it would take away from the iron form. I had this brass ball chain that I darkened with bleach, and it gels perfectly with iron. 


Just for fun, I tucked in the lichen to the top of the iron form, and it sort of reminds me of a frilly sock cuff. It's a whimsical juxtaposition. My favorite kind.....


Finally, I made a star out of thin-fluted corrugated wrap. Since my recent endeavor creating Putz houses, I look at materials with new eyes. The flutes can mimic corrugated metal sheeting, and I thought that would be the right touch for this tree. So I painted it black and rust to finish off the industrial look.

I love the look of this tree, and wouldn't add another thing. Beware, if you have kitties....they're liable to see this tree as a really great Christmas toy, and will dismantle it in a fast minute......:)

Next post, trees No. 2 & 3.......

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