“The Stockings Were Hung” Signs

So…my basement is an absolute disaster getting ready for my craft show next weekend! Every where you turn, it kinda looks like this…Christmas CHAOS!

And it continues to be a homespun candy cane sweat shop…

Anyway, this year I attempted some signs that were at the request of my friend Christine. I think they a are great idea for those of us who don’t have mantles to hang our stockings on! They came out very cute, but it was a total experiment. There are some things I’ll probably do different if I make them again next year.

So I started by purchasing these pieces of wood at Lowes. You could use any scrap wood you have lying around too. I spray painted them red and brown, but in the future I’d like to do a hunter green or a light green I think. I lightly sanded the surface and the edges. I used foam stamps for the letters. I find it’s easier and way faster to stamp them in bulk. Stamp the first letter on all your boards, then the second letter on all the boards, and so on.

After the stamping was done, I (Greg) trimmed the excess edge off. He drilled some holes for me, slightly larger than the width of the knob screws I was going to use.

Before doing the knobs, I wanted to do a few things while the board was still flat! I used a gel stain (Deco Art) to give it a bit of an aged look. It’s a subtle difference in the picture but is more noticeable in person.

Next I used these “push in” picture hangers (Lowes) because they’re easy to work with.

I used this metal punch to make sure the edges were all the down way in. Line it up with the edges and hammer them flat!

My favorite part…the KNOBS! I LOVE these knobs from Hobby Lobby! I always wait til they are 50% off (which is often) and buy them in bulk for projects. I had fun picking out the color combos for these signs! Anyway, I lined them up with the width of the board to see where to trim them, so that the sign will lay flush against the wall. I used a white paint pen to mark where they needed to be cut.

I had to buy a bolt cutter for this project ($14 at Lowes) but it’s a GREAT tool and I know that I’ll use it again. Totally worth investing in it.

It cut the knob screws with virtually NO effort! SO AWESOME! ๐Ÿ™‚ Forget hours of sawing with a hack saw!!!

I covered the knob screws with E-6000 (super-duper strong glue) and pushed them down into the pre-drilled holes.

And then waited oh so impatiently while they dried…

I am wondering if I should put a “…” after the work hung, like I have seen on some other similar signs online? Either way, I love them!!!

Some things I’d do differently are add more knobs and space the knobs farther apart. I’d also not do the brown, but maybe a light olive green or a dark hunter green. I was originally thinking that I wanted to do something neutral incase red didn’t fit someones color scheme, but I guess it doesn’t really matter around Christmas…cause everything is red and green! Maybe a blue & white one? Oh the decisions!!!

I am SOOOOOO excited for my craft show, mainly because I get to spend a weekend with my best friend. It’s always so much fun! Have a great weekend all you crafty super stars! ๐Ÿ™‚

Giant Snowman Clothespins and Sparkly Bulbs

For those of you who don’t use Pinterest…you should! It’s a very cool online pin board to “pin” your favorite pictures and store your ideas. I have found so many cool crafting ideas and actually worked on a few over the weekend!

First I made the snowman clothespin photo holders. I started out with a pile of giant clothespins from AC Moore’s, for $1 a piece!

Spray painted them “heirloom white” (Rustoleum American Accents brand)

Once dried I sanded the edges a bit to smooth ’em down, and then free-handed the noses. As you can see, there were lots of snowman crafts going on this weekend!

I sealed them with one coat of sparkle mod podge, tied on a scarf, and hot glued a lil rusty star. I thought about using buttons, but the star was cuter. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can use them for pictures, recipes, to-do lists…or whatever!

The other project inspired by photos seen on Pinterest are turning old Christmas bulbs into fun sparkly decorations or jar/bowl fillers. I got a huge box of these old bulbs at a garage sale, to use “as is” jar fillers, but I like the idea of sparkly ones better. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have to buy them, replacement bulbs are available at Walmart or Target. If you’re lucky, you can find them at the $ store.

The key is using super fine glitter. I used Martha Stewart fine glitter. LOVE the variety of colors!

Paint the bulbs with a thin coat of white glue or mod podge and, while holding the bulbs above a paper plate, gently pour the glitter on the bulb as you turn it. I tried rolling the bulbs in a pile of glitter and all it did was make a mess and glob up. I found dumping the glitter on them made for an even coat all the way around. The paper plate is nice because you can easily pour your excess glitter back in its container.

Lay them on a paper plate to dry (or hang them to avoid this next step). Once dry, I took them off the paper plate and touched up the areas that stuck to the plate. Oops. Next time I’ll probably hang them to dry.

I suppose you could hang them individually as ornaments…but I like the color combinations together so I went with clear jars!

They were a bit time-consuming but I love the results. In other news, Paco is officially ready for Christmas!

With this long weekend, the crafting has been out of control, but very productive. I made more cinnamon gingerbread men, more snowman trinket boxes, all of the the above, and am half way through some “the stockings were hung” signs. Whew! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Be back soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cinnamon Applesauce “Bowl Fillers”

My craft show is sneaking up on me, and I am in super-mega-crafting-mode! Over the weekend I finished a giant batch of cinnamon applesauce ornaments, which are always a hit at the craft show. Instead of hanging them up as actual ornaments, I just package them up as “bowl fillers” that can be sprinkled in with potpourri, fixins, or wherever! I decided to scrap the stars and go with all gingerbread men this year! They almost look good enough to eat!!!

These are an easy, CHEAP craft and would be great to do with kids, as party favors, stocking stuffers, or just for fun. They are made of pure cinnamon so the scent is strong and long-lasting. Google “cinnamon applesauce ornaments” for the basic recipe, and I’ll tell you how I tweaked mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

The recipe calls for a bit of white glue, which I was out of, so I used some mod podge. The cinnamon was 2 for $1 at Walmart (or at the $ Tree). It also calls for equal parts applesauce to cinnamon, which I find makes the dough too wet. I use about 2/3 cup applesauce to every cup of cinnamon, and just go from there until it feels right.

A normal person would roll out the dough with a rolling pin, but since I am a redneck and apparently do have the most basic of baking tools, I used this empty beer bottle sitting on the counter. It worked great! Git-r-done!

I keep one bottle of cinnamon to dust the wax paper with, so the dough doesn’t stick. Use it like you would flour when baking. Sprinkling it on top of the dough also keeps the beer bottle, or rolling pin, from sticking! ๐Ÿ™‚

I did all gingerbread men, but stars or hearts could be made all year ’round!

They are taking over! Gingerbread men everywhere!!!

I made them about a 1/4 inch thick. Too thin and they’ll snap easily.

They take a good 2-3 days to dry all the way through. The thicker they are, the longer they take to dry. You can toss them in a little bowl…

…or sprinkle them in with your country fixins to add some holiday flair!!!

For packaging, I am using these little clear “treat bags” that you can get at any craft store in the baking section – these bags come is all sizes & quantities!

And now that they are all packaged up, I wanna make more! Maybe this weekend! Sorry Greg. Hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful Turkey Day!!! Enjoy the long weekend, the great food, and time with family and friends!!!

 

P.S. I updated the previous “Homespun Candy Cane” tutorial with some new pics of exactly how to wrap/glue them. It’s super easy but I thought a few additional photos might come in handy. Happy crafting! ๐Ÿ™‚

A New Twist on the Homespun Candy Cane!

You may remember the homespun candy cane tutorial I did last year…they were such a hit! I’ve spent the last week making MASSES of them since I sold out so quickly last year at my craft show. This year I did some a little different! ๐Ÿ™‚

I was at the Dollar Tree getting more of my usual candy canes when I spotted some MINI candy canes! Yay for miniature stuff!!! I knew they’d be easy to pop off their cheesy garland. Another dollar store SCORE!!! There are two Dollar Trees near me…one had them and one didn’t. Moral of the story: be sure to check all your local $ stores, so you don’t miss anything!

So after easily popping them off the plastic garland, I wrapped them up the same way as the bigger ones…how freakin adorable are these??

I thought they were a bit tiny to sell individually (although you could…) so I wrapped them in bundles of 5 and tied them with a piece of twine. I also added a little rusty bell.

Meanwhile, I have piles and piles of the regular sized ones ready to go!

Here’s a little refresher on the how-to. All I did was tear strips of fabric and used a hot glue gun to attach the fabric to one end, and start WRAPPIN’!

Keep it pulled tight as you wrap. At the end, seal off with a little more hot glue.

Trim off the excess fabric at the end…

…and using a dab of hot glue, fold down the end fabric. Be careful! I usually burn my fingers doing this part! DONE! ๐Ÿ™‚

I figured since I’m doing small and medium candy canes…why not do a few LARGE ones too! How about EXTRA LARGE! $6 at the Amvet for 12 ginormous candy canes…

I also did these a little differently this year. I didn’t bother with wrapping with white muslin to create “stripes”…I liked them as is! Added a sprig of faux pines and two little rusty bells. I only have these 3 done so far, but I think I’ll do a variety of just green and red homespun fabrics.

Some other weekend projects consisted of cleaning this old mailbox and getting ready to bring it over to the co-op. It took a lot of scrubbing…but now she is a primitive BEAUTY! I kinda want to keep it but it’s a little TOO prim for Greg…

Love that old wood showing through! Wish I had the time and patience to strip this thing…

…And had to fit in some spray painting while the weather is still nice!!!

I finally got around to painting some of these thrift store wooden bowls. I have so many fun “bowl fillers” to sell…why not some bowls too?!

I sanded the edges but that’s about it. I can never get it to look quite right when trying to sand a curved surface…they just end up looking messy.

Well I guess that’s about it. It was a beautiful weekend and I was glad I could get outside and putter around before the snow flies. Have a great week and Happy Crafting! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stamped Tea-Stained Tags

This was my first attempt at these tags and I am SO happy with the results! I have been looking for metal rimmed tags for the longest time, and believe it or not, they are REALLY hard to find! I found some at a 5 & dime store back home and cleaned them out! How awesome would these be as small gift tags, around a wine bottle neck, or for use when scrapbooking?! Here’s the “how-to” should you want to try them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here they are before their tea bath…

I made a very strong tea mixture of at least 10 tea bags to this small bowl of water. I have been leaning towards tea staining more and more because using coffee can leave a strong, sorta unpleasant smell on the paper. Using tea, there is no weird smell.

I let them soak briefly (too long will make the paper separate from the metal rim) and then put in the oven to bake & dryย  for about 10-15 mins at 200 degrees.

They weren’t getting dark enough for my liking, so I decided to put on the broiler to really brown them. It worked great, except I left them in a little too long…

Seriously, be careful and watch them VERY CLOSELY if you are going to use the broiler! I woke Greg up out of a sound sleep with the smell of smoke…he came whipping down the stairs to see if the house was on fire! Whoops! Most of them came out great though, and were perfectly “grubby!” ๐Ÿ™‚

I found this set of 4 small vintage lady stamps at AC Moore. I brought a tag with me to make sure they would fit inside the metal rim. I was so happy to find these! I adore their little hats and accessories!

I also found these fun little holiday stamps that were also the perfect size! Great for small Christmas gift tags!

Love how these look!!!

I tied on thin black or brown jute for the ties, found at Walmart in the jewelry-making section.

Bagged them up for my craft show…but I want to make some kind of label for the little baggies. Haven’t gotten that far yet!

Hmm…what else could you do with these? Use around wine stems as drink identifiers? Use for crafty accents? Decorate a small Christmas tree? What else???

Guess that’s it for today. I want to take some updated pix of my booth at The Carriage Place to show you all the fun holiday stuff I put out. Soon, I promise! I also have some very cool thrift store finds from the last few weeks. AHH! So much to do, so little time!!! Hope everyone has a great afternoon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let the Christmas Crafts Begin! Quick & Easy Snowman Trinket Boxes

Wow…Christmas stuff is lining the shelves already! Some people HATE it this early…others LOVE it… like me!!! Christmas is my favorite time for crafting. I thought I would share this quick craft project I recently finished that came out SO stinkin’ cute. These little, white AC Moore brand “bitty boxes” came 6 to a package and I immediately saw another opportunity for snowman faces!!!

I use this red oxide paint for all my snowman noses, because it’s actually more of a burnt orange. I’ve had this paint since highschool and probably painted 1000 snowman noses with it!!!

And a sharpie paint pen for the eyes and mouth…

A small stencil brush works great for the little rosy cheeks. I wipe off as much paint as I can and just “dry brush” the cheeks.

Then to seal, I turned to my trusty sparkly Mod Podge. A quick coat, and DONE!

Wouldn’t they make cool little stocking stuffers or trinket boxes? Fill them with candy, or a small gifts or ornament? I am going to put a basket of these out for sale tonight at the co-op and see how they do!

I have so many other projects in the works but no pictures yet. I’ll be sure to get them up soon. My tin mitten pins, homespun candy canes both large and small, tea-stained Christmas gift tags…the list goes on! So much to do before the BIG show in Dec!!!

Have a great day and enjoy this crisp, fresh, Fall air while it lasts!!! Happy hump day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Super Duper EASY Thrift Store Make Overs, and Some Pretty Jingle Bell Ornaments!

So my booth is stocked with some items found at thrift stores that ended up being really EASY make overs. Make overs that required very little time or effort. Sometimes it doesn’t take a massive over-haul with tons of meticulous painting or whatever…it’s can simply be a matter of cleaning them up and adding a small decoration to make them super CUTE!

Here’s a couple of grapevine wreaths I got at the Salvo…

I added a few rusty stars and some berries found at AC Moore (on clearance after last Fall)…BAM! Fall CUTENESS!

Remember this jar with the wooden top?

There it is, filled with mini pumpkins, after a quick coat of black spray paint on the lid. I sanded the edges…it took literally 30 seconds. The other small jar is from the dollar store, which I can’t find anymore. I’m sad, because I loved using them to fill with stuff. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Found this picture frame at the Amvet. I printed out this cute Halloween poem from my favorite FREE graphics website The Graphics Fairyย and it looks so adorable displayed with some other Halloween stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

I ย found this crock lamp at the Amvet also. It was a mess. Dusty and really grimy. I cleaned it up and it looks brand new! Added this basic shade and VOILA!

This gothic looking window frame was originally REALLY tacky, covered in fake pink and green flowers. I mean COVERED…you couldn’t even see the metal bars inside the window frame. I took them off, scraped off the gobs of hot glue, and here it sits waiting for someone to scoop up and plant some herbs or small flowers in those little pots.

Lastly, these were not a thrift store find per say, but a clearance find at AC Moore’s last January. I like the snowflake cut outs on the bells, but I don’t care for the bright reflective surface.

I decided to tone them down a bit with this metallic spray paint. It’s pretty expensive, but at any give time you can find a 50% coupon on the craft store websites. I never go craft store shopping without checking for a coupon first.

Finished with a piece of twine as the hanger and homespun fabric as a little decorative tie. Wouldn’t these look neat all over your Christmas tree, or in a giant wooden bowl on the table??

You could do this same technique on smaller bells, like these below, found at the Dollar Tree! I’ve also used barn red, forest green, and a navy blue spray paint (in a satin finish, not metallic) to paint these kinds of bell ornaments. Any of these are cute for the holidays.

I’d love to try to do a post about other people’s thrift store finds and/or make overs. What’s the BEST thing you ever found at a thrift store? Send me a pic!

So anyway, I plan on trying to photograph the beautiful foliage around here and I’ll be sure to post them next time. Have I mentioned I LOVE FALL?!?! hehehe. Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Craft Show Display Ideas

Wow, what a busy weekend! We had our Cruise In and Flea Market on Saturday at the co-op and it was a PERFECT day…blue skies, tons of people, and lots of sales! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I wanted to do a post about “Craft Show Displays” because I notice that’s a popular search for a lot of crafters, including myself. I am not claiming to be an expert by any means, as I have only done a few shows, but I wanted to share a few of my display ideas. I think a display can make or break your sales. I truly believe a good or interesting display can draw people in and create an atmosphere that makes customers more likely to buy!

Window Frames & Chicken Wire

One of my favorite displays of all time is this old pair of window frames that I hinged together and covered the backs with chicken wire. I set it up on my table to create height and also have tons of space to hang stuff. I used little paper clips that were unfolded, to hang ornaments, pins, wreaths, and other decorations! This could also work with regular frames and old screens.

Make a “Tree” Using Twigs and Branches

This is my latest display in my craft booth, that I just ADORE…these giant twigs to create a “tree” for hanging ornaments! It creates height and depth in my space. I plan on weaving some white christmas lights in there. This could be done on a small OR large scale. A small twig tree sticking out of a mason jar could be cute for some small ornies.

Hanging Items from Old Shutters

You can see in both the pic above and below, I used this old shutter to hang up some of my hand poured tarts. Again, I used unfolded paperclips over the edges of the wooden shutter slats. I recently made a pair of hinged shutters to set up on a table (same idea as the window frames) and that would make a great display for jewelry or other small items!

An Old Rake as a Shelf/Hanger

I found this old rake head at a yard sale and cost me hardly anything, but it makes the cutest hanging display ever. Love the country feel it creates. I suppose you could take one with the handle still attached and stand it up at a show to hang things from. Be creative!

Wooden Ironing Boards As Peg Boards and Tables

I love wooden ironing boards for many reasons – they are portable, easy to set up, don’t take up a lot of room while traveling, and create an interesting display especially for a “country” themed space. The one in the picture below was missing the legs and was just the board…but I still loved the look of it. Very primitive!

I propped up up in a little wooden stand that I rigged up – basically just nailing two 1″ x 1″ pieces of wood parallel to eachother onto a large flat piece (the base) and then slid the end of the board in-between the two 1″ pieces, to prop it upright. See ghetto diagram:

Here is an example of using an ironing board as a table display. It’s a nice way to wrap around your display and create more space for yourself, without making your space too crowded (because it’s long and narrow)!

I made this next display by spray painting the board brown and propping it up the same way as shown in the diagram above. I layed down fabric first before sliding the display into place, to cover up the base and the giant wad of cords that happen to be laying there!

Also note the giant tin star as a display for magnets! I discovered they stick to enamelware pans too!

Faux Christmas Tree to Hang Ornaments

This is a no brainer, and a very cute display for the holiday season. You could put your ornaments/other hanging items in a bowl, but this is much more interesting!

Wooden Boxes, Crocks, and Enamelware Pots & Pans As Containers

If you are going to display things in bowls or containers, at least make them interesting. Wooden crates, cheese boxes, crocks, mason jars, enamelware, baskets…you name it!

Cover Up A Crappy Plastic Tote With Fabric

This container full of grapevine wreaths is actually a giant plastic tote that I draped with homespun fabric. I didn’t have a container large enough to fit them, and did this as a last minute fix. It actually looked kinda cute and slid right under one of my ironing board tables.

Creating Shelves By Stacking Crates and/or Wooden Boxes

It’s just my personal opinion, but nothing looks tackier than plastic shelves at a craft show or in an antique co-op…it takes away from the atmosphere of country/antique/vintage/primitive/whatever that you’re trying to create. This is a better alternative, and creates a neat backdrop for your items. You don’t have to sell only “country” stuff to use a display like this. I think it would look great stocked with soaps, candles, books, bottles of sauces or jars of jam….anything, really!

Using Lights to Accentuate Your Product

This works especially great for glassware, like in this picture below of one of my fellow vendors at the co-op. A simple strand of white lights makes the glassware POP and shows off some of the colored glass really nicely.

I put a strand of lights in the back of this cubby too, since it is deep and kinda dark back there. I don’t want people to miss anything!

Tucking in Smaller Pieces Under Large Pieces

Such as putting a small table under a larger table. Stacking smaller stools/boxes under larger ones. This is a good way to utilize limited space, when you have a lot of pieces.

Use Whatever You Have Handy When You’re In A Jam!

So…I have a problem selling my displays; i.e. the ironing boards. Right Teeny? LOL. I wasn’t prepared last year and sold two of my ironing boards and then…D’OH! Nothing to put my stuff on! So, we used Christine’s little folding tray tables, lined them up, and covered them with fabric. It worked for the second day of the show. Lesson learned…don’t sell your displays, unless the buyer can wait til the END to pick them up! ๐Ÿ™‚

When You’re Out and About…Look for Pieces That Might Make a Neat Display

…And be sure to think outside the box. I found this piece at an estate sale in someones basement. It was full of tools, nails, and junk. All those little cubbies screamed “display stuff in me!!” It works great and can fit a lot!

For some more great ideas, I stumbled across this link:

http://mariezvezda.blogspot.com/p/craft-fair-display-ideas.html

Using old luggage as display pieces

Well that’s all for now. Hope everyone had as great a weekend as I did. Today is a somber day…9/11…a day we’ll all never forget. We all know exactly what we were doing on this day, ten years ago. Don’t forget to take a moment to really remember all those fallen.

Til next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thrift Store/Garage Sale Make-Overs

I have been perusing lots of great sales lately and picking up some goodies to start stocking my newly expanded booth starting Sept. 1st. A few of these goodies were kind of BLAH and needed a little make over, including this sturdy, but plain, $4 wooden shelf. I have so many small items that I need to get a few more “display” pieces.

I spray painted it black, sanded it down, and gave it coat of this Walnut Restore-A-Finish; a Howard product from the new line we are carrying at the co-op. I love the results. It really brings out the wood grain that shows through the sanded paint.

I kinda went over board with the sanding and from far away it looks a little “patchy” but up close it looks okay. I don’t really care because I’m not going to try to sell this piece, I just need space to display all my other stuff! It was a good trial for the Restore-A-Finish.

This cute mini desk was picked up at the thrift store ages ago, and of course I forgot a “before” picture. It was plain wood…kinda boring, but very good quality, sturdy wood. I spray painted, sanded, and used the Restore-A-Finish on it. I love it now!ย 

I picked up these shutters at a garage sale for mad cheap, and I knew right away that I wanted to make some kind of hinged, folding display with them.

I was originally inspired by this picture fromย http://tootsweetboutique.blogspot.com/. I’ve also seen shutters as great jewelry displays, so why not ornaments or my pins? I am thinking I can use unfolded paper clips to put over the edges of the slots and hang stuff from them.

I’ve had these old hinges lying around forever and knew they’d be perfect!

Here she is after I screwed on the hinges!

Another shutter idea that inspired me was this pic fromย http://kindallscreations.blogspot.com/

So I painted mine black, sanded it a bit, and added some cool black & white knobs from the Hobby Lobby. I also added a wire hanger.

Not sure what to hang from those knobs, but I’ll find something!!!

And lastly, this one is kind of random. I got this plain metal horn at the Salvo and thought it would be really cute for Christmas. So I added the wire hanger, and tied on some pip berries and raffia to make it a little more country. I think it would be cute hanging on a door at holiday time!

Well that’s all for now. I can’t wait to get everything set up in the new booth and play around with the shutter displays. Oooh…the pumpkin pins would look great against the black! Just thought of that…sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day! I’ll be back soon!

P.S. Send me pix of your thrift store/garage sale make-overs! I wanna see ’em!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Craft Show Best Sellers: Snowman Pins & Magnets…and a New Item: Snowman Wine Corks!

My dining room table has been overflowing with snowmen of one kind or another for the last week and a half, as I have been whipping out snowman-faced pins, magnets and wine corks! The pins and magnets were some of my best sellers at last year’s craft show, and the wine corks will be new this year. It is the craft, food and WINE show, so I figured they were appropriate! ๐Ÿ™‚

I started out by spraying all the small wooden discs (not the corks) with my favorite off-white spray paint: Rustoleum’s American Accents Ivory Silk. I like the off-white better than bright white!

For the magnets, I use “Dazzle Tac” which is a strong jewelry glue. Those magnets will not budge! I tried hot glue in the past, but the magnets pop right off. Go with the Dazzle Tac or something of similar strength if you want the magnets to last.

I will likely display them on a big enamel pan. I made tons of them; big and small. Sold out last year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sparkle Mod Podge gives them a subtle sparkle, and also seals them.

For the pins – same thing. Dazzle Tac to adhere the backs and sparkle Mod Podge to seal. I grubbied up some more tags, stamped them, and pinned them to the tag. This way they can even be hung up on a tree or on a hook for display.

For the wine corks, I ordered these in bulk from Widget Co. They amounted to 55 cents a piece, which is cheaper than the ones I was buying at Wally World (and way nicer too!).

These I hand painted with my off-white acrylic paint (color: unbleached titanium)

Aren’t they cute?

Because of the finish on the wood part of the corks, the acrylic paint scratches off easily. There was no way I was sanding them all down before I painted them…there’s too many and I can’t be bothered. So I decided to give them a couple of coats of polyurethane to harden/seal them up. I didn’t want to get it all over the cork part, so I came up with this solution: poking holes in a thicker stock paper, and pushing the corks down through so that just the wooden part is exposed.

This is wrapping paper that is a little on the stiffer side…perfect for holding the corks in place. I gave them a good 3 coats.

I tried doing some “peppermint candy” corks also, but I didn’t like the way they came out. I am a perfectionist and I just didn’t like that it didn’t look smooth – free handing the black lines didn’t work so well. Maybe a little stencil or something could make it easier?

Overall I have happy with the way the snowmen came out. I am thinking about doing some pumpkin face corks/pins/magnets for Fall. I got a few other little projects done over the weekend as well, including lots of spray painting and making-over some thrift store finds. I’ll share soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope everyone had a great weekend…now it’s back to the ol’ grind…ugh! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Quick Poll: Which Snowman Face Do You Like Better?

Happy Monday…I mean…Tuesday! Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

I need your opinion! I am working on painting these snowman wine corks for my show in December. I am getting a head start because I wanna make lots of ’em since the snowman stuff is quite popular….and it is a craft, food, and WINE show after all!!! I am experimenting with faces…which ones do you like better? I’d love it if you would cast your vote!

ย #1

~*~*~ or ~*~*~

#2

๐Ÿ™‚ THANKS! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I am gonna share a more detailed post on this project a little later! I am also playing around with gingerbread men faces and peppermint candies…we’ll see how those turn out!

Snowman Face Wine Corks

So…I got this idea while randomly walking through Walmart and seeing these wooden topped corks in the kitchen section. They were $5 for the pack, but there are 6 corks; 4 of which have wooden tops. The other two are plain corks.

I thought hmmmmm…you can paint anything on these…how about snowmen faces?! I loooove painting snowmen faces! They are easy and so stinkin’ cute!

I use Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint for most of my projects that involve painting. It paints well on any surface and is thick enough to not really need more than 1 coat.

I painted them an off-white and let em dry. Then used black sharpie paint marker for the eyes and eyebrows, andย orange acrylic paint forย the nose! Once dry, I painted over with sparkle mod-podge to give it a good seal and also lots of sparkle! These are just like the magnets I made for the craft show last year, but with a cork attached!

You can’t see the sparkle too well in the pic. I promise it’s way cuter in person! I think I am gonna make a bunch for the craft show this year…they would make a cute stocking stuffer.

For a few of the woodenย topped corks Iย glued on these mini snowmen figurines that I have had laying around that I found at the Goodwill last year. They fit perfect!ย I thought for the plain corks I could glue on virtually anything, so I went with these woodenย mini candle holders. Picture it in a bottle of wine with a little candle going…cute!

You could paint or glue on anything really. I might try some withย flowers, hearts or stars. Maybe even stamp on little letters, for initals? So many ideas flowing now! You gotta try these, and if you do, I wanna see pix!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week ya’ll!

Folding Ruler Stars

Welp…I got my first check and summary of sales since I have opened my booth. I made more than double my rent in a little less than 3 weeks…I couldn’t be more excited!!! I think I definitely made the right choice of where to set up my space, and I have gotten to know a lot of the vendors and the owner quite well. I can’t wait to see what the future at the co-op brings…I hope the rest of the summer goes as well as my first few weeks! So lately I have been doing less crafting and a lot more stock piling items from thrift stores and estate sales, trying to make sure I am able to fill my booth as needed. I’ve been in a bit of a crafting “rut” lately. I keep wanting to go outside to do some spray painting but the weather won’t let me. Anyway…I found a bunch of these folding rulers at a garage sale yesterday and remembered an idea I saw somewhere online ages ago, where it was shaped as a star. I decided to give it a try!

Pretty stinkin cute, huh? I love how they turned out. So easy…just bend em! I tied a little piece of homespun to hold it together. The hinges are pretty stiff and there’s not really an issue with the star losing it’s shape, so no need to glue it or anything…it pretty much stays in the shape you fold them!

Here are some other recent thrift store/household sale finds!

Ok, does anyone know what these scissor things are?? I have looked around online and no one knows. I keep thinking something along the lines of candle snuffer, fire tongs, etc. Anyone???

I am always on the look out for things like this little wooden sleigh, for displays at craft shows or in my booth. For .50 cents, I will use this to hold some of my Christmas trinkets at the craft show for sure!

And one of my favorite finds…this “Courting Candle” which I decided to do a little more research on:

In the 1600s to 1800s, fathers, parents or guardians of a marriageable young lady would allow suitors to visit her in her home. The couple were allowed to visit in a sitting room, parlor or on the front porch. The father would prepare a candleholder called a courting candle or suitors candle and set it up in the area where the couple sat. The father would observe the suitor and decide an amount of time that he felt comfortable with for the man to visit and socialize. The candle height would be adjusted to measure out the time. The candle was raised or lowered with a peg or thumb lever. When the candle burned to the metal at the top of the candleholder it was the firm yet polite signal that it was time for the suitor to bid the young woman good evening and leave. (Found this info here).

And lastly, in honor of Easter, I thought I would share a picture of the evil wood bunny that stares at me every time I go up and down the stairs to my craft area. He kinda scares me. Happy Easter everyone!

Stamped Tags Embellished with Skeleton Keys

I recently acquired some really great new rubber stamps that I picked out especially for stamping my grubby hang tags. The first is a lovely little bird cage…these seem like they’d be great for Valentine’s Day!

I realllllly love these ones….skeleton keys, of course! They are my new obsession lately…not sure why!

I love the flower with the script behind it. It’s so….romantic.

And lastly is my favorite, a Victorian style woman writing at her desk…

I plan on grouping them together and selling them for crafts, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, or whatever your primitive little heart desires! I recently saw unstamped grubby hang tags in a catalog selling 5 for $5….gimme a break! I am thinking more like 5 for $1!

I attached a (reproduction) skeleton key to the tag for interest.

It was inspired by the pic below from Confessions of a Plate Addict. I am certain they are the same keys from Hobby Lobby!

I could make these all day! Not sure what to do with them though…they’re just so PRETTY. Hang up or use as bowl fillers perhaps? Do you like the homespun (below) or the ribbon (above) better? I usually prefer homespun for all projects, but I might be leaning towards the ribbon for these.

And the left overs became funky hanging ornaments!

The other project I worked on over the weekend was replenishing my stock of country tea lights. The little plastic flames are wrapped with masking tape to avoid getting the texture paste on them.

I textured a few of these little rusty stars to make small star ornaments. I love them as plain ol’ rusty stars, but couldn’t help experimenting here. Cute and simple stars never fail!

Well, I got my crafting fix…for now! The possibility of a real booth has motivated me. I am overwhelmed with ideas and to-do lists!!!

Have a great week everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Country Themed Dollar Store Crafts

While the selection is better, large craft stores prices can be a little rough on the wallet. There are tons of supplies for general crafting at the dollar store; i.e. tacky foam shapes, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, etc. Those can be great for kids, but it gets a little tougher when looking to do primitive/country crafts.

Here are a few projects that I have done that involve dollar store supplies. A lot of these have been featured in previous posts, so the pictures may look familiar! All of the photos with a white background were found at dollartree.com.

Salt Dough Ornies & Cinnamon Applesauce Ornies

Salt, flour, cinnamon, and applesauce, wax paper – all of your main ingredients for both salt dough and cinnamon applesauce ornaments – can be found at the dollar store. The recipes can be found all over the web, I don’t feel like typing it out…hehe. I make cinnamon applesauce ornies in bulk – usually stars, hearts, and gingerbread men for the holidays.

A wonderful salt dough tutorial can be found at

http://andbabymakesfive-colleen.blogspot.com

This “snowman pop” I picked up at a craft show looks like salt dough. I definitely want to try this. A cute stocking stuffer perhaps?

Primitive Electric Tea Lights and Jar Candles

My best seller and favorite dollar store craft: electric tea lights! I recently found the tea lights on the right at a local Dollar Tree…. 3 for $1! I have found that they are as good the ones at the craft store, and last just as long!

These particular ones have been coated with gold and brown texture fierro, a textured paste made by DecoArt (found at the craft store for about $6 a jar). I have however used plain cinnamon which I get at the dollar store. First I put a piece of tape around the base of the little silicone flame, so my cinnamon doesn’t get on it. Then, paint them with regular glue or modge podge, roll in cinnamon, and let dry. Once dry, re-paint with glue/modge podge to seal! The cinnamon technique works great, but I prefer the look of the texture fierro.

This candle was grubbied up using the cinnamon/glue technique.

These candles were found at the Dollar Tree. I used the same technique as the electric tea lights. This can be done to any glass item or jar candle. Same thing goes for these – dollar store cinnamon works great for a more rusty look!

Wooden Spoon Kitchen Decoration

You can get packages of wooden kitchen spoons at the dollar store (usually 4 per pkg) that can easily be painted and made into very cute country kitchen decorations. I spray painted them black, sanded the edges,ย  and finished off with a homespun tie and dollar store faux berries!


Silicone Dipped Bulbs – Christmas Lights and Country Night Lights

Hand dipping silicone bulbs looks like a daunting task, but is actually quite easy. I do this with night lights found at the dollar store and also with strands of Christmas lights. I scooped up a huge supply of plain white Christmas lights at the dollar store during the holidays to use all year round! The silicone must be bought elsewhere, but I found it real cheap at Walmart. To see how to dip silicone bulbs, view my previous tutorial here.

Turn these…

into THESE! ๐Ÿ™‚


Christmas lights for Everyday Country Decor

As I said, I stock up on these after the holidays to use for a variety of projects. One simple idea (not a “craft” per say, but cute nonetheless) is to look for old bottles at yard sales or thrift stores, and put a strand of lights down inside to illuminate the colored glass. I got this blue house shaped bottle at a yard sale for 10 cents, added a string of white Christmas lights, and it looks so darn cute! This picture doesn’t do it justice, but I swear it looks awesome up on a shelf!

Another idea is to take small strips of homespun and knot them on the strand of lights in between each bulb. I have seen it/done it before but can’t seem to find a picture! Cute idea and super-duper easy!

Brown Craft Paper

The Dollar Tree has a surprising selection of brown crafting/wrapping paper that can be used for numerous craft purposes. The one on the far right has little gold stars, and is super cute – one of my favorites.

They also sell plain (without patterns) brown craft paper by the roll. I use this to make labels for my products like the one seen below. I use a paper cutter to cut 8.5 x 11 sheets that can be run through the copier. The Dollar Tree also sells a really great red gingham craft paper – the one that the snowmen are clipped to!

I use it to cover my craft table too, so I can make a mess and then replace it as necessary!

Brown craft paper gift bags are great for stamping.

Homespun Wrapped Candy Cane Ornaments

You get 6 plastic candy cane forms for $1…you can’t beat it! Simply wrap in homespun. I used hot glue to dab on the ends. Another one of my FAVORITE crafts of all time. This could be done with the large candy canes also found at the dollar store!

I haven’t tried these LARGE Dollar Tree candy canes, but I bet they’d look great!

Jingle Bells – As Bowl Fillers and Accents for Other Crafts

Dollar Tree sells all kinds of little jingle bells at Christmas time. I typically spray paint them barn red, navy blue, and forest green, tie a bit of homespun on the top for a little country flair.ย  I use them as bowl/jar fillers and tree ornaments.

This cute holiday candle decorated with these same (spray painted) jingle bells was found at re-purposed.blogspot.com.

Scatter around candles or mix in with your potpourri. Heck, plop a big wooden bowl on your table and fill it up with these suckers for a nice holiday center piece! A nice silver candle and bell display is shown here, by http://creativehomeexpressions.blogspot.com

A list of other craft supplies I have found at the dollar store:

  • Small round magnets & clear gems/marbles (marble magnets)
  • Styrofoam cone forms and balls (rag ball ornaments)
  • Basic floral supplies (wire, moss)
  • Baskets
  • Mini terra cotta pots & spanish moss (country witch head)
  • Jute
  • Large Christmas bulbs (the old-fashioned looking ones)
  • Small glass jars (use to hold potpourri, putka pods, cinnamon sticks, buttons, etc!)
  • Buttons
  • Glitter
  • Wooden frames (to paint and distress)
  • Wooden shapes for all kinds of crafting
  • Super glue/basic craft glue

Visit The Dollar Diva for more great dollar store craft ideas!

Hope you found this post helpful in saving a few bucks while working on your country/prim crafting endeavors. I don’t think I could survive without my local Dollar Tree. If you have any great dollar store ideas and/or crafts, I’d love to hear! Have a great week ya’ll! ๐Ÿ™‚

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