Sunday, May 30, 2010

Everything's Coming Up Roses!

Shabby White Roses!

Hello, Dear Ones! I know you've all seen the shabby roses in Blogland poked on everything! Well, I wanted to make s0me t00! I'm a copy cat, you know! Well, I went looking for some instructions! I read and studied and read and studied. I tried my most dainty fingers at making these shabby roses to no avail! Shoot!

Well, I'm just stubborn enough not to give up! Then a tiny bulb went off in my tiny head! Our Dear Kathy at Sweet Up North Mornings (if you haven't been to her blog, please go and tell her I sent you ) had given a tutorial on these shabby roses. So I popped over to see her blog to learn. Then I read again and grabbed my supplies. I started trying to make a shabby rose. I couldn't figure out the turning of the strip. I just couldn't. happened! I flipped and turned the right way and I had just made my first shabby rose! Oh, delight! Oh, Woo Hooness! OH, JOYNESS!
Oh, one tiny little note here...Kathy said to use some tacky glue to glue the layers together as you flipped and turned. I had some but it was so old and dead! So what was I to do? I grabbed my most trusty glue gun. Hot glue gun! You know the ending of my story...burned my most dainty creamy fingers about a zillion times! Well, actually just twice, but it felt like a zillion! Went out the next day and bought some tacky glue. Whew!!

Moving on...
Look! I flipped and turned and glued with no burned fingers and made shabby roses and I made shabby roses and I made some more shabby roses! I had an ideal what I was going to do with them! I took an old grapevine wreath and lightly sprayed it white and starting hot gluing on my shabby roses! Didn't burn one tiny dainty finger either. Woo Hooness!

Is my wreath not beautiful?! Oh, I'm just loving the socks off my new shabby rose wreath! If you'd like the instructions for the roses, go HERE to Kathy's blog and she'll show you how! Thank you so much Kathy!! I love you!!

Well, as you can see, I hung my new most gorgeousness of shabby roses wreath in my crystal bar. We live in a 1970s house complete with a wet bar in the den. Mr. Precious and I do not partake in the strong drink so I thought this would be a perfect spot for my crystal to sit and shine!

Some of you had caught a little bitty glimpse of this area in some of my other posts and asked about it, so I will introduce you today to my crystal bar complete with my newness of shabby roses wreath! :) Notice my most tiny head on the left reflected in the mirror ! ;0

Sometimes it's so hard to take a picture of shining things! Yes siree, it is! So forgive the little fuzzyiness of photo here. See the little 1970s sink? It serves me well as I gather water for watering my three living plants in my home! The white box on the right is our door bell chimes :) You can also see the most delightful little night light that my sweet friend Marydon sent me. Thank you, Marydon!

Here's a very special piece to me. Mr. Precious and I were in Prague a few years ago and bought two of these. Isn't it so beautiful? I love my crystal pieces! Can you love crystal pieces? Well, you bet your most heavy lead you can! :)

Here's a most precious little crystal pineapple lidded box ~ the symbol of hospitality.

I made a mosaic of my little glass shelves. As you can see, there are the 1970s mirrors everywhere. I think folks really liked to look at themselves back then. Adjusting their gold chains, pushing down the hip huggers and clipping on their big ole hoop earrings as they fingered through their shag haircuts or hairpieces! :) I lived it and know all about it, Dear Ones! :)

You can see that my little crystal bar is right across from Mr. Precious (see his most perfect tiny little head?) and my chairs next to the builtins.

Just so you'll know, my little bitty crystal bar comes complete with a little fridge. Wanna know what's in there? Pickle relish, pickled jalapenos and jams. I'm kind of a silly, aren't I? It's also a nice little place to store extra cooked dishes when we have a party or on the holidays.

Now should I ever get tired of looking at my little crystal bar or I want to poke something in there to hide, I can just shut the little doors.

I've put little glass knobs on the doors and hung a pretty little tassel to make me happy! But...

for now I'm gonna leave the doors open so I can feast my most tiny gorgeous peepers on my new shabby rose wreath!! :)


One other thing: I'd like to share a bloggy techie tip. Don't we just love big pictures? I know I do. But it upsets me to see only half of a pretty picture on some of the blogs. You know what I mean - the wide ones - half of it gets lost past the blog post page. The tall pictures take the large adjustments just fine but the wide ones don't.

I have a solution for you: when you see this or something similar ~
width: 400 px; height: 300 px
change the width number to 640 px; the height number to 425 px

change the /s400 to /s 640

Your wide picture will certainly be larger and it will all be visible and won't be falling off the side of your post page. I hope you'll do this. I know I don't like to miss a single detail of your pretty pictures!!


I'm joining Our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Our Dear Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Our Dear Cielo at The House In the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Our Dear Traci at Beneath My Heart for Best DIY Projects for May
Our Dear Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Our Dear Paula Grace at Paul Grace Designs for Timeless Tuesday

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~
Everything's Coming Up Roses!

You'll be swell! You'll be great!
Gonna have the whole world on the plate!
Starting here, starting now,
honey, everything's coming up roses!

Clear the decks! Clear the tracks!
You've got nothing to do but relax.
Blow a kiss. Take a bow.
Honey, everything's coming up roses!

Now's your inning. Stand the world on it's ear!
Set it spinning! That'll be just the beginning!
Curtain up! Light the lights!
You got nothing to hit but the heights!
You'll be swell. You'll be great.
I can tell. Just you wait.
That lucky star I talk about is due!
Honey, everything's coming up roses for me and for you!

You can do it, all you need is a hand.
We can do it, Mama is gonna see to it!
Curtain up! Light the lights!
We got nothing to hit but the heights!
I can tell, wait and see.
There's the bell! Follow me!
And nothing's gonna stop us 'til we're through!
Honey, everything's coming up roses and daffodils!
Everything's coming up sunshine and Santa Claus!
Everything's gonna be bright lights and lollipops!
Everything's coming up roses for me and for you!
~ sung by Bette Midler


  1. Hi Shelia!
    I adore your rose's perfect surrounded by all your gorgeous crsytal. I can't imagine a more perfect wreath for that's just the right touch of elegance! I don't think I know about tacky glue...I'll have to check into that. It must be pretty strong and quick drying. Your roses look great...hope your fingers are much better today! I have burned mine on glue guns too often...not fun!

  2. Sheliaaaaaaa, Miss "A" is here and I've just posted some pix of her today, sweetpea. Squeeeeeeal, she is almost as beautiful as your granddaughter, but she is our first great grandchild so she's beyond beautiful, ya know. LOL

    AND I loooove that wreath. I may copy it for somewhere in this house.


  3. Fantastic job on the wreath. I want to make some roses but haven't tried yet...scared say scared!! Yep, but well I have tacky glue and the instructions now so...what's stopping me? hmmmmmmmmm
    Oh and your crystal bar is gorgeous! Love it and your pretties! back to making those shabby roses??????

  4. Ohhh, Shelia ... Prague was such a beautiful & fascinating place to visit ... I went CRAZY over the glass & crystals over there. Such a dismal cement grey city being colorized with the brilliant bold colors the Czech's love so ... walking over the River Vitava gigantic bridges adorned on the sides by the powerful statues ... the 3' x 3' patches of green grass in the courtyards (well, not quite that bad but grass was sure sparse in city)... the narrow streets weaving in & out between the buildings with no formal pattern of traffics ... The saddest part was to see the grey cement colored buildings that still bore the holes from the fighting, tho the people were coming up from the dismal travesties to their country.

    Love your roses, they are beautiful ... & your crystals are to die for, my friend ... & that little shimmer of light shining thru ... Thank you.

    Have a lovely holiday.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  5. Sheila, so sorry you burned your creamy little fingers. Sometimes we have to go through a little pain and wear and tear to finish a project and yours was well worth it. Just beautiful hanging above all that lovely crystal. You sure have a nice collection. Have a wonderful holiday.

  6. Your roses and wreath are very pretty, so is your crystal bar! What a fun way to display favorite pieces!

  7. Aren't you clever making a wreath from your roses. Be careful -- you need to take care of those perfect little fingers and protect them from that glue gun. Enjoy the weekend. Sally

  8. By golly Sheila, you got those roses down really good! I love your pretty new wreath! And how lovely surrounded by all your gorgeous crystal! What a great idea for a 70's style wet bar. It just sparkles!
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. Wow, Sheila! Your wreath is so pretty! You did a fabulous job! I seem to burn my fingers each time I use my glue gun! Your crystal is gorgeous! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  10. Look at you getting all crafty! :-) Your rose wreath is perfect for your crystal bar, and I think your little bar behind the folding doors is a terrific idea. So I guess you are crafty and clever! LOL
    Hope you have a great week ahead. ~ Sarah

  11. Sheila, thanks for stopping by & telling me about your visit to Brooklyn Tab! I loved your description. You can be sure if I get to NYC, I will definitely "have church" with the Brooklyn Tab. That choir, oh that choir, just inspires me & I could listen to them sing all day long.

  12. I love the white rose wreath Shelia! It really looks pretty with the glassware. The tassel and the entire display is gorgeous!

    Yes, I did get a new blog look recently. Thank you for the kind compliment. I hope you try the cake. Oh it is GOOD!

    Happy Memorial Day! ~Melissa :)

  13. I love the mosaics with the pretty crystal sparkling everywhere! Gorgeous, just like the rose wreath!

  14. Thanks for the tip about the wide pictures.
    You probably know that you just have to click the picture to see the whole thing.

    I work on an iMac and I have my computer settings different than that of my computer at work. Everything looks fine at home - but terrible at school.

    I often wondered how to fix it.
    Thanks for the solution - I will have to try that!

  15. Sheila, my goodness ...What fun! Your roses and your beautiful crystal mosaic. Wonderful post!

  16. Hi Sheila
    Love the new shabby roses and I know the feeling of burned fingers from the glue gun - ouch!
    Enjoyed viewing your crystal collection, I like it too but don't have near as much as you.

  17. Good evening Shelia! Love all your sparkle! You really do shine girl!
    Happy Memorial Day to you...

  18. very pretty wreath, and all the crystal, gorgeous! I know burning the fingers with the hot glue very well myself :)

  19. Your shabby rose wreath looks wonderful and shines with all the sparkle from your wonderful crystal collection. Have a wonderful week.

  20. Hi Sheila -- Long time no see !!!

    What a great idea and words of wisdom.

    I think just on step beyond getting all your creamy fingers burned is having to turn right around and have to type your blog post with BURNED fingers ;)


  21. Oh Shelia! I just love those sweet roses! thank you for giving us the link. I see some pretty roses in my near future!

    Love your pretty little crystal bar area! Of course, if it sparkles, I love it!!

    I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  22. I love the combination of white with crystal. It's so understated and elegant. And I'm always impressed by anyone who can complete a project with a glue gun without burning her little fingers. I always manage to burn myself somehow.

  23. Hi Sheila.... Love all that WooHooness. LOL

    Lovely wreath.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  24. Your roses are incredible! It gave me a fantastic idea. I am definitely going to check out the instructions to see if I can do it, too.

    I really enjoyed seeing your crystal! I am a real nut about it, and so was my mother. Your pieces from Prague are to die for. And you also collect Fostoria American! Our house in Texas had a walk behind wet bar with mirror, too -- at least you can close yours off. But with all that pretty crystal, I probably wouldn't want to!

    Anyway, take care of your blisters!


  25. The wreath is gorgeous. And the crystal! Beautiful.

    Laura @ along for the ride

  26. Would you believe this is the first time I have seen and read about shabby roses? Thanks for introducing me! What a cute wreath! I think it looks great next to all your crystal too! I especially enjoyed hearing about what you keep in your fridge since you don't partake! LOL! A jelly and jams fridge sounds wonderful!

  27. Your crystal is beautiful. And a perfect match for your shabby roses - congratulations on mastering the technique!


  28. Your wreath looks great, I really like the white on white - looks like you have been making roses forever. I've never tried one, but when I do, I'll remember tacky glue not hot glue, although I think I've burned off all the nerve endings on my fingers by now.

  29. Your new roses are wonderful. Just full of beautifulness. I love them on the wreath.

    I have used these numbers for enlarging my pictures since we first started using the bigger photos. I tried the 800 thingy but didn't like it. Sometimes, the photos can get TOO large and aren't as pretty.
    Have fun making more roses...:)))
    xo bj

  30. How pretty it looks with your crystal! So summery! I love it and you did a great job. I've gotten so bad that I only buy things...I dug out my paints and they are still sitting right where I left them...ah well. :) Maybe one day. I've lost my creative urge I think...I am for instant gratification anymore.

  31. Hi Sheila
    Your shabby roses are gorgeous. I would love to make some of those myself. I love how you decorated the wreath with them. It looks great.
    Now about your crystal bar hidden behind the secret doors there. I LOVE it - what a fantastic little feature to your home. Your crystal is so beautiful especially the pineapple.

  32. Pretty, pretty, pretty!!

  33. Your crystal bar is just breathtaking!! So many beautiful pieces!!

    I love your shabby roses!! I am going to head over and view the tutorial. I have always wanted to learn how to make them myself. Thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction!!


  34. I going to check out that tutorial - I love your roses.

    Shelia, your crystal is beautiful and just made a perfect mosaic. And it is all so sparkling!


  35. Congratulations on the making of the roses, it looks sweet. I don't think you are a bit silly for using the refrigerator the way you do. You made good use of a space that was meant to be used a different way- so in a way you have repurposed the bar! I love that.
    Thanks for the tip about the pictures. I don't have that problem anymore since I changed to this format, but when I have tried to change the size before it did't make a difference in the way the picture uploaded to the blog. That's why my header picture never fits the space for it!

  36. You did a terrific job! I love the roses...hmmm...guess I need to join that bandwagon. Would love to make some to give to a friend....she would just love it and it would maker her day.
    Love, love, love the crystal. I do a reminiscing of Victoria Magazine-June 1992 had a article on crystal. Timing :)
    God Bless,

  37. Hi Shelia,
    I love your rose wreath. Once you get the hang of making those you will have them all over everything!

    I enjoy your blog so much, you have the best sense of humor and you always make me laugh! LOL

    Your crystal collection is so beautiful and makes a striking display. So beautiful.


  38. What a gorgeous wreath you made. It is stunning. I love your bar area. It is gorgeous and you have the most fabulous collection of crystal. Everything just glistens. I would definitely keep the doors open too. You did such a fabulous job on the roses. I am impressed. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  39. Wow, Shelia, that's pretty, all right! You're now a professional rose maker. They look great. Mmm, lovin all that crystal. I must admit, I was the stylish hippie chick of the day, too. Happy Memorial Day.

  40. I love your shabby rose wreath Shelia! You did a beautiful job.

    Your crystal bar is gorgeous!

  41. Ouch to the hot glue but the roses are pretty. Love the crystal from Prague. Was there two years ago and came home without any crystal and am kicking myself now after seeing your pretty pieces. It's not like I can go out and buy it here in the states!

  42. Hi Sheila,

    Well done on the hand made roses! Your wreath came out splendidly - isn't it fun to master a craft? And what a wonderful collection of crystal - very beuatiful!


  43. Wow, S, you have some great pieces, remind me to come over before my next event... thanks for the sweet note that you left me on Hannah's wedding, she will be reading each and every one.

  44. Your crystal collection is quite extensive and quite gorgeous. I love all of the sparkle. You've found the perfect use for that spot in your home. The new wreath is smiling in just the right place!

  45. Hi Sheilia! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and for the sweet compliments. I am always so touched by all of the love I receive from everyone on here! I had no idea how fun "blog-land" would be :-).

    Your little wreath is adorable! I love the roses. I also LOVE how proud of a grandma you are!! The bathroom diva picture just cracked me up by how cute it was. That sweet baby girl is so blessed to have you. My sweet mama went home to be with the Lord when my son was only 5 months old, and I still miss her very much. I know we will see her again though, AMEN!

    I look forward to following your blog! Thanks again for the love : ) Blessings to you!

    Love, Laura

  46. Gorgeous crystal collection and your rose wreath is beautiful. The wreath look like it is hanging in the perfect spot. Well done!

  47. I think you are going to be quite 'flattered' as everyone in Blogland will try to make themselves a Shabby Rose Wreath ~ I know I will!

  48. I love your rose wreath Sheila! Thank you so much for peeking over at my petit blog and leaving a comment, I appreciate it!
    PS. I love all the crystal!

  49. Oh you made me laugh about people lovin themselves in the 70's and adjusting their hip huggers.

    Nice collection.

  50. This is gorgeous! WOW! You have great taste. The white roses and the wreath is perfect!
    Thank you for your comments on my blog!
    You always give the best ones!

  51. Dear Shelia, you did a great job with your wreath :o) it's lovely.
    Thanks for giving us a peek into your crystal cupboard; love lt. I have a small collection too. I just might have to do a post on them soon, lol.

    Have a fabulous day.

  52. How cute is that rose wreath?

    Almost as cute as the dainty fingers who risked their very lives making it! Ouch! Hot glue gun and poor wee fingers are not a good match.

    I think I'd end up with my fingers wrapped up IN the roses, and be stuck for life to them.

    What a lovely idea...hanging it where you did, and it all just sparkles together!

  53. Sheila!
    You did such a great job on your shabby roses. They look perfect! And I love them on that wreath. :)
    Thank you for linking up to my party, and btw, your grandbaby is gorgeous!
    Hugs and kisses,

  54. You have the prefect place to display your crystal....I am going to check out the roses they are very cute. Trish

  55. Hello Shelia, Your crystal is just beautiful! I love crystal too. It's so elegant. You did a wonderful job on your wreath. It's very pretty. I hope you had a nice weekend.

  56. Hi Shelia,
    you have the best collection of crystal I have ever seen and the wreath you made is so pretty there-good work!


  57. Sheila, your roses are beautiful! I have NEVER used a glue gun without burning my fingers! Your wreath turned out soooo pretty, and how clever of you to turn the wet bar into a crystal bar. With the mirror and the lighting, it is the perfect place to showcase all of that beauty! And what a pretty tassel on the door. laurie

  58. Hi wreath is wonderful....I do not think I would even attempt...I have no patience:) I love big pictures as well, I fell like I am really getting the full view and detail of the post....that is a great tip you gave.

  59. That wreath is gorgeous.
    I love it.


  60. Who-hoo is right Sheila girl!!!!
    You certainly got the hang of those roses!!!
    What a cute idea and I love how your wreath turned out!
    So glad I could help in a small way...
    They are addictive arn't they?
    Make more, Make more!!!!!
    Love you sweetie,
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  61. Hi Shelia!

    Wow, great job on the rose wreath, it's GORGEOUS!

    Oh, I wish I'd known you were in my neck of the woods at my booth! I definitely would have made it a point to come down and say hi. Next time! :-)


  62. Hi Sheila, You have done a fabulous job with your shabby roses! I have been wanting to make those too they are so beautiful! You have a lovely collection of sparkely crystal too!


  63. Shelia, I love your wreath, you did a great job on it.
    I might just have to try one of these. Looks like you picked the perfect spot for it. Beautiful job of diplaying your crystal. Thanks for stopping by, good luck on the giveaway.

  64. Oh I love that wreath! You did such a nice job on those roses. I haven't tried them yet, I wasn't sure I could do it but maybe I'll give them a go!
    Loving that wreath.

  65. Love your wreath. You did a wonderful job. That's right ~ never give up! You may take a break, study some more then go back and finish like you did. It is lovely with the crystal ~ beautoful vignette. Thanks for joining Timeless Tuesday!!
    Paula Grace ~

  66. Beautiful--i wold love a wreath like that all totally full or filled with roses!! Ps. I know I should do big pics , but I usually am in a hurry!!


  68. Just wonderful! Your "shabby white roses" are very elegant indeed! Nice job!

  69. Okay, just in case, because my first comment indicated an error ... I was here. Enjoyed the post. Just in case it shows up I won't repeat! Jenn

  70. Lovely lovely! And it looks perfect against all the glass... Nice job!


  71. Wowzer!! I LOVE your shabby rose wreath! Wonderful job!

    And your crystal bar area is sparkley wonderful!

  72. Do wreaths wear socks? Who knew...:)
    Love your wreath, sorry your dainty fingers were cremated!
    It looks great in the bar area.

  73. Love those white shabby roses!! The wreath looks wonderful with all the pretty crystal! Great job!

    I still have the smaller pics on my blog, I'm afraid to change, I'm very technically challenged! :-(


  74. Your roses are so pretty, Shelia, and I love your crystal collection, so sparkly! Nice wet bar!...Christine

  75. Love your wreath but your crystal is beautiful!!

  76. Ohh Shelia your shabby roses turned out lovely! Good for you for persevering despite your poor burned fingers.

    Your crystal is beautiful. I have some pieces passed on from a great uncle that I treasure.

  77. Your roses are just perfect! So shabby beautiful! Good job on your wreath!


  78. How could you NOT fall in love with those roses? I might have to try to do that one of these days. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my country table. Loved seeing you again! Have a wonderful week! Sandi

  79. Sheila, you did such a great job on your shabby roses! I hope your tainty little fingers are healing and will be back to normal soon!

    Love all your beautiful crystal!

  80. Oh Shelia, that wreath is so beautiful! And your crystal -- WOW! :)


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