A 4th of July Tiered Tray

This display shows that tiered trays don’t have to be elaborate and how you can use items around your house to create themed tiered trays. The display will be available at our booth at The Gray Wall in Sullivan, Missouri, just in time for the 4th of July. I also will have quite a bit of cobalt blue depression glass from my own collection that will be available. It is so beautiful, but I just don’t have room for it anymore. And how perfect for your July 4th celebrations!

Once I gave this little garden gnome a patriotic outfit with paint pens, I had to go on a hunt around my house to find things to display with him.

The tiered tray was a bronze color until I gave it a hammered black spray paint makeover.

I love this tray as you can change out plates on it. Right now it holds two plates from my colbalt depression glass collection.

The USA and July 4th are just stickers that will come off and you can reuse the little cup and teapot for other holidays. Dollar Tree carries a variety of letter/number stickers.

The colbalt blue vase from my collection on the left is perfect for this theme. It has an eagle design on one side and George Washington on the other. And the goblet with the stars and the colbalt blue insert and red flower inside is perfect!

I’m still working on a red/white/blue bead garland, but it will be ready when this display and my colbalt blue collection goes to the booth this week!

Update: bead garland is finished!

Gnomes on a Clipboard. Why not?

I am a teeny bit obsessed with gnomes. It started last Christmas. I made quite a few of them. They sold really well.

So, of course, I couldn’t help myself. I have gnome fever again this year. I decided to change up the look a little.

Here are a few more gnomes I’ve made …. so far.

Refrigerator magnet
Bean bag type gnome
Paint brush gnome – just had to do this! Lol

My latest project is the reason for this post. I purchased the image of the 3 gnomes from the Silhouette Design Store with a commercial license. I knew I would be using them quite a bit, they are so darn cute.

So last night, I cut a larger stencil from contact paper with my Silhouette machine. I used it, a chalk paste mesh stencil of snowflakes, and my own DIY chalk paste to create this cute design on a clipboard from Dollar Tree I had painted with chalkboard paint.

I could have wiped it off with a damp cloth and used the clipboard again, but it turned out so cute, I sealed it with an acrylic clear coat and made it permanent.

It can now be used as decor or as a clipboard …. or both!