Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Frozen Lamp to Light the Night!

Hello, crafty friends! I hope you are well and looking forward to a happy holiday season. It's been a bit of a stressful week as our mountain home is in the path of the wildfires in Gatlinburg. It was reported via national news that our home (and the entire resort of Black Bear Falls) burned to the ground. Receiving that phone call was a very surreal moment. Thankfully for us the reports named the wrong resort. Our home has minimal damage, for which I am much relieved, but deeply saddened for the homeowners in Gatlinburg Falls where there was not one home left standing. The good folks in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains National Park area definitely need prayers and positive thoughts. Many have lost homes and businesses. They're in a severe drought situation and the wildfires continue to burn. What makes it even worse is that the original fire that was started in the National Park and quickly spread to Gatlinburg is believed to have been arson. I can't understand who would do such a thing.  

On a lighter note, I'm back today with a fun project for the latest challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Blog

My sweet friend, Kathy, is our hostess and her guidelines are as follows: Let's get ready to Deck the Halls by creating some home decor for the holiday season. You can make centerpieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes  ...basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don't celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Frilly and Funkie Blog . Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! For entry specifics and inspiration from my fabulous teammates just click on the blog link above.

My snow and ice encrusted oil lamp is my 2016 nod to one of my favorite Disney movies, Frozen! I found this little lamp while antiquing, with this particular challenge in mind.

It begins it's transformation with a coat of gesso followed by two coats of Tim Holtz paint in Antique Linen. The next step adds Tim Holtz Spray Stains, Prima Color Bloom Spray, and Prima Art Powder - I'll leave a list of the colors I used at the bottom of this post.

Prima flowers, Prima Art Stones, cheesecloth and white seam binding are colored in coordinating stains. Tim Holtz mini snowflakes that are die cut from chipboard also receive a coat of paint and stains. The cheesecloth is soaked in Prima Sculpture Medium and molded to a shape of my liking.   
A few iced twigs from my stash are tucked in here and there. Of course there is a bow, this time from seam binding. In the end my lamp is embellished and dusted with gesso to a frosty finish. I feel it will fit in quite well in Queen Elsa's ice castle-lol.  

Thank you for joining me today! I'm beyond blessed to have such amazing, artistic friends. Y'all always inspire me with your work. I can't wait to see what you'll create for this new challenge!



  1. Stunning project

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. The colors in this are so beautiful Nancy. You transformed this dusty little treasure entirely! I'm so glad your mountain home is still standing! Thanks for embracing this challenge and creating such a gorgeous bit of home decor!

  3. My hubby and I were just discussing the wildfires last night as we traveled through that area on holiday and remembered how beautiful it is. I am glad to hear your other home is okay and feel for everyone else who has lost so much with the fires. Your lamp is stunning. The way you entwined all the icy beauty is gorgeous!

  4. wow fabulous colors n textures

  5. What a fabulous mixed media transformation of your find. Love the frosty colour palette and all the wonderful elements you added that stay true to your signature style, including the flowers and ribbon.

  6. Fabulous project, Nancy! I am so glad your home is ok.

  7. Wow, what a gorgeous project Nancy. I just love the colours, has a patina feel to it. The elements you used are wonderful, flowers and snowflakes and cheesecloth, what a combo!! I especially love all the ice! hugs :)

  8. Stunning colours and shimmer on your altered lamp, Nancy, I just love what you've done here. It's a real wow of a project and it will make the perfect wintry festive ornament on a Christmas mantlepiece.
    Alison x

  9. So relieved that your cabin is ok Nancy but as you say, it's heartbreaking to know how much has been lost. Turning to your lamp it is wonderful! I love the whole icy patina and fabric look with the scattering of snowflakes and flowers to top it all. Love it! xx

  10. This is a truly amazing handmade treasure, Nancy! Every element is perfection - the colors, the textures, shapes, just everything. I hope it was as fun to make as it is to view and appreciate. Love this fantastic piece of art. I too am relieved that your cabin sustained minimal damage. Thank God you were not there at the time!