Monday, November 28, 2011

Travel & Photography Series: Berlin

This is the first in my occasional series on Travel and Photography.  I have been blessed to travel quite a bit in my career.  I'd like to share are some experiences and some of my fav pics from my trips.  My goal for these series is to share travel ideas and share photography that I've collected on my travels. I rarely get souvenirs when I travel. My pictures are my keepsakes. There may also be travel recommendations along the way.

You're welcome to join!  Feel free to jump in the conversation if you been to any these places. I also welcome feed back on the photos.  If you like, please let me know... it makes me happy so I can dance in my living room ;)     If you think the photo could be improved (via camera settings, Photoshop, etc), please speak up! The only way to improve is to learn from those who know!  So please share!

* This post may be updated occasionally to include new stories and newly filtered though photos (....only so much time.)

Berlin 2005

Old church that was hit in the war.
Buildings are still bullet riddled and fallen. I was told they didn't want to fix the buildings because it helped them to never forget.  It was very sobering to see, but their goal is effective.

Taken at the Memorial dedicated to the victims.

This building shows the damage that still exists.

 This building shows the damage that still exists.

And now for some artsy pics....

Berlin 2005
Copyright 2005 Everyday a la Mode

"Strolling Musicians",  Berlin 2005
Copyright 2005 Everyday a la Mode


This is one of my favorite photos.  The distant, sad look on this man's face is intriguing to me. He appears lost in thought. Notice that his accordion is taped up but continues to do what he enjoys.

"In the zone",  Berlin 2005 
Copyright 2005 Everyday a la Mode.

Camera used on this trip: Minolta Dimage Z1 3.2 Mega Pixels.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Wine Cork Wreath

Have a jar of wine corks that are looking for a good use? Mine found a home in a cork wreath!

Everyday a la Mode ~ Wine Cork Wreath (large)

This is a low cost project that uses a recycled wine corks, styrofoam wreath base, dried moss, wire, and hot glue.

And no, before you ask! I did not drink all of that wine! Two pregnancies during the project slowed its pace, but friends and family pitched into the supply. You can of course purchase corks if you don't want to wait to get a massive number of corks together. You can also make a smaller one...

I have made several of these wreaths! I've received so many compliments on them, so I made some for myself (of course) and some were gifts for friends. The time needed to complete the wreath depends on the size of the wreath.

Project Instructions
Use a styroform base to keep the weight down. Wrap wire (medium gauge) around the wreath base to make a hanger. Secure it tightly. 
Hot glue the corks starting in the center hole of the wreath, working in circles and towards the outside.  As I glued the corks to the base, I inserted dried spanish moss around the corks. The moss gives the wreath a more natural look and helps to hide the base. You will want to play with the placement of the corks. Since not all corks are the same size, they will not fit evenly. So you'll want to balance the sizes so it looks good.

I left some of the logo stickers on the some of the corks. I also turned some corks so the red from the wine is showing and some so the that wine opener hole is showing. I think these gives the wreath a more personal look.

Everyday a la Mode ~ Wine Cork Wreath (small)
Want to change it up for the holidays?....A way to add some bling is to wind ribbon in between the corks! In the past, I have added a gold net-like ribbon to my wreaths for the holiday season. I removed it last season, but may put it back in this week.  It adds a great sparkle!

Everyday a la Mode ~ Wine Cork Wreath (large)

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Jute wrapped wine bottles ~ Ballard Designs inspired

I love Ballard Designs! Love, Love, Love! Especially their Covered Demijohn !
But at $54.99 (the sale price as of 2 Dec 2011), this was not meant to be.

While searching my fav blogs, I found a great post from Thrifty Decor Chick, which inspired me even more!

Using wine bottles I already had (because you never know when you will be inspired to do a new wine bottle project!), I created my version....

Jute - About $4
Wine bottles (or any glass bottle) - No cost (recycled)
Hot glue

Project Instructions
Soak the bottles to remove the labels and dry.
Starting at the top, wrap the jute around the bottle, tucking it under itself. Continue wrapping to hide its "tail" and dot with hot glue.

Then, wrap as you are inspired to! I love the green glass of the wine bottle, so I spun the jute down on some of the versions to let the light shine through.  Dot with hot glue to hold the jute in place.

When you get to the bottom, loop the jute under itself to lock it in place.

I also used an empty olive oil bottle and an old honey bottle for other versions. Any glass bottle you find interesting works great!  These bottles have raised letters on them, so it creates a more antique look, I think.

I love the color and texture of the jute!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lovin' Goodwill finds!

I have a thing going on with spray paint, jute, and Goodwill. Awesome combination!

I found this motley crew at my local Goodwill.

The black wooden candlesticks are scratched and have a very poor matte finish.
The brass one is tarnished and scratched.
The lantern is dented and also has a poor finish. (There was really nothing wrong with the glass candlestick. I was just on a roll.)

Here are the after pics....

The lantern needed to be frozen and scrapped to get the wax off. The other pieces were only cleaned and received a light sanding. I did not prime these since I was hoping the sanding would do the job. It worked! I sprayed about 3 coats of paint on each piece.   The finish looks great!

  I wrapped jute around wood candle sticks only in the grooves.
I think it gives them more of a cottage look that is not too country.

What do you think?

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