Monday, November 30, 2009

A Golden Glow at Heart and Home

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had a great time visiting with family and eating. And eating. And eating. It's time to step away from the turkey now.  I've never been that fond of it to start with. I'm not even going to try to come up with another way to use the leftovers!!

Anyway, for the big dinner celebration I did a "Do it Yourself" project. I'm joining in on the DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land, and Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented.  For less than $15 I created a gold and silver centerpiece for the table using Dollar Tree (kinda trashy!) plastic gourds and pumpkins.

I sprayed them with my favorite quick drying Krylon paint in Satin Silver,

and shiny metallic gold:

Obviously, this was a super easy project. Just perfect for this busy time of year! Even so, I think they added just the right touch to the table, and helped create an easy elegance which was just what I wanted for the holiday.

I collected acorns from our oak trees, and sprayed them, too!

I always try to keep the centerpiece low, so it doesn't interfere with our line of sight. That makes it much easier to have a conversation with everyone. I hate having to peer over, around or through overly elaborate arrangements - although they do look very dramatic!

I don't use tall candlesticks on the dining room table very often anymore, especially when I know I'll be lighting the overhead candelabra.

We enjoyed a wonderful meal, spirited conversation and warm family companionship under the light of the candles, with the golden glow of the gourds and pumpkins scattered across the table!

Thanks for visiting! Come back again soon.  In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing all of your Holiday DIY projects! Thanks for hosting DIY Day and Trash to Treasure Tues. Kimba and Kimm!
Until next time,


Stacey said...

What a great idea Heidi. I have been wondering what to do with my Cinderella pumpkins that I can't stand to part with. They are cute!

I love your candle-abra.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

They turned out pretty. Spray pain to the rescue! I still have my real pumpkin outside - may need to paint it for Christmas.

Miss Obara said...

Neat ideas!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

I used chrome paint in my post today, too. Great minds think alike!

Regina said...

Hello Heidi,
Great idea!!!!
lOveley picture and a nice table.
I wish you a nice week,

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Beautiful! The paint transformed those gourds from trashy to sooo elegant! I love it, thanks for linking up!