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Gnome Display Tree


I needed a way to display an assortment of gnomes and this snowy tree display was very easy to make. The materials were simply

  • One 15″ styrofoam cone
  • 29 (approx.) 2″ x 3″ wood ovals
  • One 2″ wood circle
  • Joint compound or similar
  • White acrylic paint with gel thickener
  • Mica
  • Hot glue

For tools you will need

  • A long serrated knife
  • A ruler
  • A hot glue gun
  • A paintbrush


I cut the cone into 5 even pieces about 3″  tall each. Be sure to do straight horizontal cuts. (My gnomes were about 2 1/2″ to 4″ tall and I knew some would have to have their hats between the shelves above them.)IMG_0640I made a mark of about 3/4″ on each oval which would show me roughly where to hot glue them to the cone.


I then glued the ovals to the bottom of each foam piece. (They can be scored with an blade and snapped if you want to cut them, but I just put whatever fit easily on each layer without being overly exact.) Going from the bottom of the cone up it was 9, 7 , 6, 4 and 3 ovals. IMG_8101

I then hot glued the cone tree back together. Start from the bottom up. I recommend doing it on a kitchen counter so you can easily see if each layer is level. I put a little cardboard in some areas to make mine straight. Glue the circle on top last. This gluing part does not have to be perfect as the paint, texture, and mica hide a lot.


I rubbed a little joint compound on foam to help fill the holes in the foam and give it some “snowy” texture.


I then painted the display with a warm grey-white acrylic paint that had some gel thickener in it for more texture. I started at the bottom and sprinkled it with mica as I finished each section.IMG_8120

That was it!

I was pleased with this project. I think it could be used for other figurines or items as well. Next time, I might try painting it green and covering it in greenery for a woodland effect. Wrapping the cone in tinsel could be great as well.


  • I bought the ovals and circle at
  • I originally foolishly thought I could just push the ovals into the foam. That did not work.
  • My 3 oval shelf was very tight to glue 3/4″ onto the cone. I probably should have trimmed off 1/4″ from each oval tip.
  • I think I might glue pebbles in the foam underneath to weight it a little more at base.


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Halloween 2017

Christmas was the only holiday I really decorated the whole house for, but this year Halloween started to creep from the couple of shelves it normally lived. We had vintage noisemakers in the foyer, paper mache pumpkins on the sideboard, embossed die cuts decorating doors, and little devils and pumpkin people haunting assorted nooks and crannies. Here is a little snippet of what was….pumpkin men crepe papergerman mache maskpaper mache pumpkinsvintage jack o lanternnoisemakers halloweenantique halloween candy container devil jolwitch halloweenBlack Cat Owl Germany

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Easter and Spring Decorating Recap

I wanted to post a little entry on some of the vintage decorations I had out this Spring. Most of the large groups were shown on Instagram already, but I have included some new additions mixed in here.

I am always adjusting the collections, but this is how they shaped up this year. I have started taking things done, but the colorful kitsch will stay a little longer to compensate for those Rainy Spring days!


Cute little chalkware figures


Jar O’Plastic….


A pink bunny in the jar.


Vintage Japanese honeycomb bunnies. They look grumpy….


White Rabbits


Kitsch plastic decor for Spring


These rabbits escaped from the toy cabinet this year…


This new addition is a vintage Fanny Farmer wax container.


Flecks egg dyes



They have definite attitude.


An unusually painted clown rabbit container from the 20s in front of a Metlox plate.

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Christmas Recap

Here is a long overdue recap of Christmas 2016 decorating…..


This vintage, papier mache elf is new this year!


Our traditional “Frosted” tree was very similar to last year.



I decided to try to display the vintage tinsel and snow for the first time.



The vintage fiberglass tree had a few more 1960s ornaments added to it.



We set up the red and green aluminum tree again!


A vintage Czech tree with Danish modern cat and mouse.


The bedroom tree with all the forest denizens (including football players and monkeys!)


The ever-changing snowman family…..


One of our Christmas mobiles in the Study.


Pinky the Deer in her pink forest. 


1960s Shiny Brites on a window valance



This little vignette of Japanese Deer and old bottle brush ornaments in a 50s bowl was well loved on Instagram.

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Halloween Costumes with Tzip

A few nights ago, our dear friend, Tziporah Salamon, modeled this antique clown costume from the vintage shop as well as some pieces from my collection. She looked fabulous! You might recognize her from the documentary “Advanced Style” or from the pages of the New York Times as she was a favorite of Bill Cunningham. She has a one woman show called “The Fabric of My Life” and is now doing her “Art of Dressing” Seminar at various venues. Her Rizzoli book will be out next Spring!

Thank you TZIP!





Not impressed with party….


Take that, Kitty!





1920s glamour


Betty Boop style


Taking a break from the party….


Vintage sass!


Pensive Felines



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Summer Thoughts



Crafting some winter white…

I know the blog has been quite neglected for awhile, but there are changes coming with the Autumn winds….
The beginning of the year was quite tough with the passing of friends and family members. I took time and reevaluated much of my life. One thing that became clear was that I had to change elements of my work. I gave several months notice at my main job and will be focusing more on freelance and my stores come October. I promise more frequent posts!


Making new (surrealistic) friends….

I have cut down on some of my “making stuff” the last few months to focus on building the vintage store, setting my studio/office up, and wrapping up the current job.  I hope to be back on track soon with some larger creative projects. I am posting pictures of some of the smaller “wintery” and “surreal” craft projects I have been able to work on. A couple figures are on Etsy in “The Haunted Lamp” along with some patriotic items, bottle brush trees, and a few traditional ornaments.


Fall preview presented by Edward and Mr. Duck.

I am happy with the progress and with the support my vintage store, Haunted Lamp Vintage, is finding. I only sell things I love, collect, and use myself. It is reassuring to know there are others out there with my quirky tastes and eclectic interests. This Fall there are many new items that will be added to the store including more vintage millinery, buttons, and findings. I have collected (hoarded) many of these things for years and I think I now have enough to share. Expect to see some vintage home items as well because my closets and garage are overflowing…..