Saturday, December 29, 2012

One Frame.. Two Ways To Use It

On my first trip to Old Green Shutters Antiques in Crown Point, Indiana, I had

purchased a really unique piece!  Not seen on any of my many travels to flea

markets or antique malls.  It was an unpainted window frame that Carey

had used in her shop.  She had configured it to rest on top of a metal stand.

Attached to the sides were two wonky rusted wires on which she had hung cards

and other light treasures.  Such a great display piece!  And I knew I had to be

the next owner of this gem!

I had spruced it up a bit by spray painting the base semi-gloss black paint.

Had taken off the wonky rusty wire and used it, tucked in this display, for 

added texture.  

I made a simple swag of greens with a burlap bow for the top of the frame and

then proceeded to add mini "vintage" ornaments hanging from twine.  

Spaced unevenly as odd numbered groupings add so much more interest.

Next use for this darling display?  How about as a means of holding Christmas

sweets?  Typical for me, this was a last minute project (as in Christmas eve..

yes, you read that right!!) Earlier in the day I bought a slew of different

old-fashioned candies that I wanted to tuck inside glassine bags.  Uh-ohhhh!

No glassine bags left in my studio.  What to do?  Chinese restaurants use them

to hold their fried appetizers for take-out orders.  Genius!! I sent darling

husband out to the nearest restaurant to buy some.  He did alright, great

guy that he is.  But upon handing them over, my eyes lit upon not plain ones

but these!

Hey!  At least these Asian ladies are printed in Christmas red!!  Ok... Ok....

let's think this one out.  Make my own Christmas labels to cover them up!

A friend had just sent me some beautiful ones in the mail.  I could make

copies on label paper, cut them out and adhere them to the bags!  I was

doing the happy dance all the way to my studio... so tickled, was I!!

No worries about the bit of red showing from the original printed label as

it faded into the background.  Tuck the candies inside, fold over the top,

punch two holes in it, thread some ribbon through it and tie a pretty bow!

Christmas ornament hooks are what I used to hang them on the twine.

Two rows filled with holiday glassine candy bags!

 Sixteen bags hung in rows... sixteen bags filled with sugary surprises!

 A different use for the same frame, creating a different vignette!

 And by the end of Christmas day?  Well, I think you can see that this idea 

is one that will be worth repeating next year!!


  1. What a cute idea! You could use this for Valentines day,handing herbs or flowers from too!Oh my husband would have done that same thing LOL! But you did good! Great idea to use those labels can't even tell!Best wishes to you and your family in the coming year!

    1. Thanks, Anne! I know... this is just the tip of the iceberg with what you could do with this! I 'm just so glad I spied this gem! Happy New Year and let's make this one a good one!! Hope to get together again soon!

  2. I love your window frame. I see it decorated for so many different occasions. One more thing to add to my list of things to find. I have passed up free old windows so many times, but now I know I will jump on any offeres.

    Happy New Year

    1. I know what you mean about seeing something, passing it by, only to realize at a later date that you really want it! I've done that too many times to count!! What really appealed to me about this particular frame was that it rested on a metal stand. Carey had drilled a hole in the center of the width of the frame (the same diameter as the metal rod). Yes, it swings back and forth when accidentally knocked but it won't fall off. Good luck in your search.... I'm sure it won't take long to get one!


  4. Love both ideas! Looks so pretty with the bags....and I also drawn to sweets! So happy to be a follower!!

    1. Oh!! so excited that you are my newest follower! Thanks so much! Wishing you a fabulous New Year and can't wait to see what fun things you are up to as well!

  5. So cute! I hope you had a great Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year! Thanks for letting me tag along with you this past year and I look forward to reading your posts in the new year!

    1. No, thank YOU for being one of my followers!! I feel so privileged to have someone such as yourself taking the time out of your busy day to read what's up in my world! Means a lot! Wishing you a fantastic New Year!

  6. Kadee, what a sweet idea! The frame and baggies look just adorable! I never seen a frame on a metal stand like this, definitely something different!!!
    Have a Happy and Creative New Year!

    1. Happy New Year, Diana! And thanks for dropping by! Yes, the minute I saw this in the shop, I knew I had to have this piece as it is soooo unique. I will have to start thinking of how I want this to look for Valentine's Day!

  7. What a great idea, Kadee. You really do have a supportive husband! It makes such a pretty display and serves a great purpose as well.... candy! By the way I love the chair. Valentine Design should know that I think your blog is very attractive! I think the background and buttons are my favorite that I have seen in my short time blogging. I like your style! Melinda

    1. Aren't you sweet??! I really appreciate your dropping by as it's so much fun making blogging friends! I will pass on your comment to Karen who designed my blog.. it will make her day. As well as you have made mine!

  8. I am absolutely in love with this idea of hanging ornaments on a wire in a frame! It looks soo charming! Wish I had seen this earlier! I would have made one for us! Just soooo cute! Thanks for the great idea!!

    1. Thanks, Becky! I do feel lucky to have spied this! I have an idea for Valentine's Day so come back again... and thanks so much for dropping by!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ele! As I just mentioned to Becky in the previous comment, I have an idea for Valentine's Day. Just hope the holiday doesn't go by without my following through! You know how that goes!!

  10. These are so stinkin' cute! GREAT idea! LOVE LOVE LOVE....want that frame by the way! Super cute....I love SIMPLE! xoxoxoxo Rae

    1. Rae! So good to hear from you! And thanks.... I really find ease in the simple things. However, I love the detailed, layered look, too and am working on learning how to accomplish that. And I do mean "work" as it doesn't come easy for me! Take care, girl!