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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday - Stain and Glue

A very special thanks again to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this fun meme. Be sure to check out all the wonderful participants.

I love this wonderful small mirror that my friend Luanne gave me, however the finish was just a little too bright for my decor. So I gave it a good wiping down with a piece of very fine steel wool and then made sure it was really clean.

Next I put on a liberal coat of dark walnut stain and let it sit for a while and then lightly rubbed some of it off. It is now perfect and I love the way the stain really emphasises the beautiful detail on the frame. I am redoing my bookcases on the side of the entertainment center, and it is going in there as part of one of the vignettes I am doing on one of the shelves. I will show you on one of the Table Top Tuesday posts when it is all done.

I don't know about you, but I always need either a Hostess, I love you, or Just Because gift. I try to keep things on hand so I can have something for any occassion without having to run to the store. These little Dollar Tree glass dishes and candlesticks glued together make a perfect base for a gift.

There are always several different styles of these little dishes and so I buy some of each.

This is a picture of one that I did as an Easter gift for a friend. Just a DT nest and a few DT eggs. I wrap them in celephane like a fruit basket and tie with a pretty bow and it makes a lovely presentation. I have also filled them with shells, candy, nuts and homemade cookies. I did one for a friend that just got home with a new baby full of all kinds of baby lotion, baby shampoo, bath sponge and oil. One of them I did with a bath sponge, bath oil and body scrub for a teenage girl. The possibilities are endless.

Just another idea. DT candle and shells with a little twine. Cute and a great small gift.

This is really the same thing. Just a small DT vase glued to a candlestick, a few rocks and a small candle. I love having something on hand that I can adapt to any situation and occassion, plus they have a little dish to use any way they choose.

A couple of you asked, so here is the glue that I always use on glass. It dries perfectly clear, so it never shows. You do have to let it sit for 24 hrs. to cure, then it is there for sure.

I'm also linking to:
Cottage Instincts - Make It Monday
A Soft Place To Land - DIY Day

Be sure to link into Table Top Tuesdays. I will have Mr Linky up by 5:00 PM on Monday evening.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.


  1. Love your ideas. The mirror is great, what a good job you did on that piece.

  2. Love the pedestal gifts! You didn't say what type of glue you use to secure the two pieces. Can't beat the $1 store!

  3. Marty, your mirror looks awesome! Great job! What a neat idea for gifts, you are so clever!


  4. Great ideas, Marty! I love your ideas!

    Jane (artfully graced)

  5. I, too, would like to know what glue you used that doesn't show! These are beautiful little treasure holders, Marty & so very thoughtful a gift. You've "elevated" them to a new level. ~~pun intended~~ LOL

    I ♥ what you did to that frame, too!!!!! I have so many things that are bright gold in my house. Time to tone 'em down a bit & get in style with the times. Thanks for showing us how. It really brought out the magnificent details.

  6. Thanks for the picture of the glue, Marty. I've never seen nor heard of it before so I'm making notes! :D

  7. Hi Marty,

    Wow that mirror turned out beautifully...and I love those bowls with the new pretty looks like you bought them that way...I'm off to get some of that glue...hmmm wonder what I can make! LOL Have a great week..I'll be linking tomorrow nite! See you then!

    Miss Bloomers

  8. Great idea on the glass dishes! I have a large mirror with a frame that is too gold. I need to do something with it, but was unsure what. Your frame project came out beautifully. Thanks for sharing!


  9. The mirror looks great! I love the way the stain covered and it looks like a different mirror. The glass pieces are a great idea and I love that you put them to use as gifts.

    How funny, Marty, because I was actually going to ask in my comment which glue you use! : ) I have found that the pieces I put together with Gorilla Glue are now coming apart. I was going to re-stick them together with E6000 but I may just look into yours first {or something specifically for glass to glass adhesion}.

  10. Marty, what an improvement on that mirror - love it. And your Dollar Tree makeovers are absolutely adorable! Very lovely and creative! Linda

  11. super post Marty. I love it when there'd be no clue anything came from DT.

  12. What beautiful gift ideas and loveeeeeeeeeeee what u did with the mirror! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  13. The mirror ist nice, wiped down as much as in the end with the walnut dark depenings. Looks antique. And what you did with the glasses is amazing. They look so nice now. Thanks for sharing this good ideas.

    Greetings, Johanna

  14. Hi Marty,
    I cannot believe how much better the frame looks with the stain. It really brought out the detailing and made it look rich and warm!
    I wouldn't mind receiving one of your hostess gifts. Such wonderful ideas from the D Store.


  15. Marty, the mirror is gorgeous, but your little gifts are just outstanding- beautiful job
    xoxo Pattie

  16. The mirror turned out great! And don't ya just love being able to do something with candle sticks and dollar tree bowls and they come out so pretty! I just love it! Be blessed. Cindy

  17. Thanks for the idea of using stain on the mirror...I thought of doing that on my mirror too...I am glad to know it turns out great! Love you little bowl displays as well!

  18. Hi Marty; Wow I love your project... so many wonderful ways to use them... and they all look so pretty.... hmmmm I need to make a trip to the D T store.... have a great week.


  19. Love how you transformed that frame. And your little vignettes for the glass compotes are adorable.

  20. The frame is fabulous. Can't wait to try that myself!


  21. What a smart and creative person you are Marty. I love those gift ideas, they're wonderful!

    I was also please I actually managed to get on to your blog today and post a comment. I don't know why I always have so much trouble.

    Thanks for stopping by to visit me irregardless. Please know I always read your blog and will always will continue to do so, even if I do have trouble posting comments.

    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Bearly Sane

  22. I love the little compote dishes you made out of Dollar Tree items. It's so fun to visit there and figure out what you can do with their neat, affordable stuff.

  23. Marty I just love how clever and crafty you are! You are an inspiration to all of us. You keep busy, give back, create and well, I could go on and on but I don't want to embarrass you. I love dear friend, Kathysue

  24. Marty, Amazing transformation on the frame! I can not believe it is just the stain - looks completly different - love it!

    The candy dish idea is perfect! I need to head there, make some and keep them on hand! Thanks for posting - I really think they are adorable and would make perfect gifts! Great idea!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Hope to 'see' you tomorrow!

  25. Great job on that mirror!!

    Susan and Bentley

  26. Great job Marty - I love them all !~

  27. Hello Marty ~I've truly missed my visits, but little by little I'm catching up.
    Although last month was difficult with our loses, a new month has brought new hope.
    I poured myself a cup of tea and read a spell...The frame is gorgeous with all the detailing.
    I like picking up dishes and turning them into pedestals plates. They're so versatile, for vignette or desserts.
    I'm so excited to see spring blooms popping up. I look forward to applying the inspirational palette of colors into a few cooking and decorating projects.
    Don't you love the aroma that fills the air during this season?
    It's definitely invigorating.
    Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

    Sweet wishes,

  28. I love what you did to the frame, Marty. And what a good idea on those glasses. You are so talented and crafty!...Christine

  29. You did a great job of updating your frame. I love your gift ideas. Who wouldn't want to receive one of those?

  30. The frame came out beautifully Marty, great tip. And those hostess gifts are adorable, I love the candle and shell idea. Thanks for the tip on the adhesive too, I've not seen that but I'll look for it. Hugs, Kat

  31. You sure gave us some sweet creative ideas and yips here Marty. Thank you and for the info on the glue too.

    hugs and happy thoughts

  32. Tons of creativity and great ideas for gift-giving Marty! I especially love the birds nest one :)

    Glad you could Mi4M,

  33. Love the bird themed gift!

    I am peeking out of my turtle shell to thank you for all of your kindness and support. Be blessed dear one. Make sure you read today's post as there is an invitation waiting for you. There will be 70's karoke and I think I will be singing "Stayin" Alive". :)

  34. Oh , I so love the one with the shells! What great ideas. Thanks for sharing the glue...I was going to ask you when presto the image appeared!

  35. I love the frame,and the little bowls are wonderful. I did this using candle dishes for my cupcake plates and over turned another candle dish for a dome on to cover them. Have you seen the sugar bowls at Dollar Tree? I thought they would be great too. I love the birds nest and shells, such a great idea!

  36. Clever girl! And yes, the mirror frame does look superb!


  37. Boy! You are just full of great ideas. Love the shell vase and candlestick, I'm going to try that one! Thanks again!

  38. Hi Marty!

    Oh that frame came out just beautiful! It was a lovely frame to start out with and now it just looks so rich and warm!

    And the candy dishes area wonderful idea. I have been seeing all the cake plate stands using the candle holders and have made a couple myself but, never thought about smaller dishes! (yes, that ws a thunk to my forehead that you heard..Duh! LOL)

  39. Love, love the glass dishes that you're using for gifts. Some really great ideas! The mirror is wonderful too.

    Thanks for sharing!


  40. Great ideas full of thoughtfulness, Marty. Each one is lovely. I know your friends appreciate these sweet gifts.

  41. Your frame is beautiful, Marty. Just the right touch added!! I love it.

    I also love your Dollar Tree inspired pieces. What a thoughtful idea for gift giving and SO creative!! Nicely done!

    Happy Met Monday!