Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How To Make Mirror Into A Tray, Candles & Gifts


Hi everyone! I've been looking for a mirror that I can use on top of the storage chest that I use in my living room for sometime now and finally found one that fits the top exactly! I've been looking for almost 6 months! I usually keep things in a some sort of tray so that it's easy to remove.



I had my husband pre-drill the holes for the handles. Be sure you choose handles that have the screws that go on from the top. So many handles now screw on from behind. I love how the mirror reflects whatever is on it and I think it works especially well with candles! You could do this with a picture frame also.



Some of you may remember when I found that huge harlequin candle at Goodwill this summer. Well Aniko bought the same candlestick I believe the same week and didn't really have any use for it and then sent it to me! Now I have two! Thank you so much! Look how perfect it looks! You can click to enlarge to get a better look.



I didn't pay full price for any of those candlesticks or candles. The square harlequin candle I got at Hobby Lobby this spring when they were having that crazy clearance sale. $2.30 for that cute candle!



The two smaller harlequin candles I got from another blogger last year, the large black one in the middle I got at Hobby Lobby at half price as well as those two cute votives. Items with harlequins are things I'm always on the lookout for and black is such a basic thing in my home that when I find something on clearance I buy it because I know it will work.


When I think about it, this whole arrangement has been in the making for at least a year! Patience is truly a virtue and helps with the budget!


I also want to thank Matty from Lazy Bee Farm for this cute acorn that she knitted!

She showed them on her blog and I commented that I wish I could knit so that I could make cute things like this and she sent me one! Thank you so much! It's just adorable! I truly do wish I could knit, but for some reason I just can't get the hang of it. Last year I taught myself to crochet and that comes much easier to me!


It's pouring rain in here in Georgia (which we truly do not need)! I hope everyone has a lovely day. I think it's a good day to stay inside and catch up on some reading!



51 comments:

Angie said...

Love all the harlquin stuff together! May have to copy since I have 2 of those large candleholders like yours. Looks so beautiful lit up!

Angie said...

I meant harlequin. I hate spelling mistakes!

Nadine said...

What a beautiful arrangement! So simple, yet elegant!
Have a lovely day!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Julie Harward said...

What a great idea! Looks just beautiful and the harlequin candle sticks are oh so beautiful! Love it..very creative! :D

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thank you for flaunting ~ I mean sharing ~ your harlequin candles! ; ) You know I love all that harlequin decor and can't even find harlequin scrap paper here, so I can make my own stuff {I'm not very happy with my Michael's craft store}.

Melissa Miller said...

Very cute! I have thing for harlequin but can't find it all that often. Darling acorn as well. Blog friends are the best. :)

Nancy said...

I want you to come to my house and help me decorate. Everything you do is beautiful and looks like you spent a million dollars!

Liz said...

I want!! =) I love harlequin patterned items. Your display looks gorgeous...something you would see in a fine boutique shop, love it!

Liz

Lou Cinda said...

This looks so beautiful, just custom! I love the knitted acorn too! The only knitting I can do is just a really loooooooong piece. I can't "make" anything! lol

It is raining here in Alabama too! I grow weary!!

Have a great day!

Lou Cinda :)

Jennifer said...

Great display, Manuela! I like the idea of using a mirror for a tray. It's funny that you see things like that in a book or something, but it really doesn't catch your attention until someone you "know" does it. You have a great patience for planning and pulling a look together.
Audley has been driving through all the rain in Georgia today as he is returning from Augusta. Thankffully, the rain left here mid-morning.
Happy Wednesday!
Jennifer

aniko said...

your arrangement is beautiful! so glad you could use it!

Kathleen Grace said...

The mirror tray looks so beautiful, and you KNOW I love the black and white of the harlequin candles:>) Another gorgeous idea Manuela~!

Leanne said...

So pretty! I love your candlesticks.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your candle vignette turned out so pretty. Love HL sales. Really wish someone would turn off the faucets around here - suppose to start raining again tonight and tomorrow. Gray and dreary right now.

Beth at Aunties said...

Patience truly paid off. It looks exquisite! You always seem to ahve a great eye and then create the perfect plan for everything to come together.
That is why you are the homemaker with the 'most'est and BEST IDEAS!:)
~♥

Shelia said...

There you go again, Manuela, making more pretty! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Manuela said...

Oh my goodness, you have a house full of cute stuff, don't ya? I love the arrangement!
And how about sending some of that rain my way?
Have a nice day!

Camille said...

That is so pretty...what a great idea! I LOVE candles!!!!
Blessings,
Camille

matty said...

How lovely the arrangement is! I adore it! The acorn looks precious -- ready to drop! It was my pleasure! Thanks for the lovely post!

~Kathie~ said...

What a pretty tray and candle arrangement! It looks perfect!!!

Nancy said...

Love the tray! It is so pretty with all the candles on top. It really turned out well!

Nancy

Anonymous said...

Would you mind to tell me where your slipcovered sofa is from? I am wanting one to use in our sunroom. I've been getting opinions from those who have them. How old is yours? Are you happy with how it's held up?

Thanks so much! Love the tray and the candles!

tina
tinam61@yahoo.com

Rhondi said...

Hi Manuela
The candlesticks look so perect on the mirror try. You have so many ideas that are so easy and inexpensive. That's one of the reasons I like to visit you. The nain reason I visit is just because you are so sweet and friendly :)
Hugs, Rhondi

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love this girl...you did an awesome job...never give up the dream ha ha!! May you have a great day on your side of the mountain my friend...we also have rain here in Ca. Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lisa said...

oh you lucky duck! I love when you show your harlquin items!!! I love harlquin stuff... and really really wanted to paint my room with that pattern (well not the black, but a nice gold on gold) maybe in the future. I love when you post!

Terri and Bob said...

That tray is gorgeous! I love the black and white. It is so pretty.

Cathy said...

Love the tray and the arrangement...beautiful!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

You absolutely amaze me with your abilities to make a space look so inviting, cozy and well put together!
Brenda

The Thrifty Countrywoman said...

Your tray is prettier than any that I've found. Love the handles!

Jane

donna said...

I love your candle assortment and the way you show them off on your mirrowed tray! Very cleaver!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

The mirror tray is a fabulous idea. It really makes the candles better.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

What a pretty arrangement! We had pouring rain and wind all day yesterday! It was kind of nice for a change. We need it too! Let's hope it's a wet winter for both of us!

Stacey said...

Manuela, I can't get over the wall off of your harlequin pieces came together from different places. It looks great especially with the toile.

That little acorn is darling! What a sweet gift.

cindy@cottageinstincts said...

Wow...you have such a gift of putting together wonderful vignettes! Just looks so lovely :o)

Bella said...

I love it. It looks really pretty.

tales from an oc cottage said...

LOVE THIS!!!!

m ^..^

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your tray turned out wonderful! Love all the harlequin candles....

Katrina Chambers said...

Oh dear - some people are just too darn clever!

diXymiss said...

This vignette turned out so pretty! Isn't it gratifying when you finally find a lovely treasure you've been searching for?

Our sunny blue skies (from last weekend's kite flying) were short lived. We're back to the usual windy, rainy, fall weather here too.

Carol B said...

looks lovely.
A friend of mine now lives in Georgia (emigrated from SA)

mishebe said...

You know i love anything Harlequin specially black and white. wantthem....lol. mishelle

Gracie said...

It's a really beatiful arrangements of candles (I have a thing with candles, to my husband disappointment)

Storybook Woods said...

Love it, you really are gifted at taking a wonderful find and then really making the most of it !!!! Clarice

Kelly B said...

This is one of my favorite places for inspiration!! There is always something new to inspire me... and that includes creative wise as well. I love the candle sticks. Harlequin is so fun and it always makes me smile. Wonderful post!! ;0)

marmielu said...

Very nice - and thanks for the reminder about patience! (Not my strong suit.)
It's raining in VA, too. It's soup weather!
Have a great day.
Mary Lou

Lee Laurie said...

I love your tray. It is beautiful and I might have to make some of these for Christmas gifts. Thanks!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Laura said...

Oh thank you!! You just provided the idea for a picture frame I've had around for ages that is an odd size! I love the frame but have never found the perfect photo for it. Now I'm going to make it into a tray! You are so inspirational!

A wonderful day to you,
Laura

Paula said...

Dear Manuela,

Your mirror tray is gorgeous! I would love to make one of those. All of your candles are so beautiful and such great prices, too! I know you treasure the ones your dear friends have given you. The little acorn is just darling!!!! That was so sweet of Matty! We have had so much rain for the past few weeks. The bayou behind our home is so full. It is pouring here, too. I hope you enjoy a cozy day in your beautiful home!!!

Love, Paula

Mimi Sue said...

One of the many reasons I love blogging. Sweet new friends who are generous! Love your arrangement. It's so you! Mimi

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

It all looks so lovely! And what a creative way to use a mirror! I love how you arranged your candles on top of the mirror, too! :)

Jen R. said...

It looks great! Love those candlesticks! :)