"EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT"......Ps.127:1a
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Prim Grubby Jars

I am enjoying this grubby thing, and I will be having more projects to share with you in the near future.  Here are some mason jars I recently did.  
Now I used Elmer's Glue, but it was not the washable kind.
This is what it looks like with the first coat of grubby mix 
(coffee grounds and cinnamon)
After the mix is completely dry (I waited at least 8 hours) before I brushed on more glue and mix for a second coat.
This is the final glue process after applying two coats of grub.  You just paint the glue all over the dried grubby mix. Don't worry the glue dries clear.  The pic on the right shows what it looks like as the glue is drying.
Here are some finished Prim-grubbed Jars.
I wanted color on some of them, so I painted half of them.
I still like the Primitive look so I also stained them.  
I made some grubby tags and wrapped homespun and cheesecloth around them. 
Here are the painted jars.  
I added some faux greenery to half for a Prim Christmas look.
I love the way they turned out!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014

 I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
We traveled this year and celebrated with family and friends in NC.
It was so relaxing and memorable.
When we came home, we had our 'Christmas' the next morning.
Hubby read the Christmas story and prayed and thanked the Lord for His many blessings He has given us this year.  Life was not meant to live without the Lord, and I am so thankful God fulfilled scripture and sent His son to die for all.  All that we need to do is receive His free gift--Jesus. 
We did, and without Christ I don't know what our family would do.
It was time for the kiddos to unwrap presents.  
I used leftover Advertisement newspaper that had such need primitive graphics all over it.  This is also the third year that I have used my Homemade tags.
I also like the Phoenix paint box as a base for my tree :)
Looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do with us in 2015!
Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Our Bustling Christmas

I have not had a chance to share any photos from my home while it was decorated for Christmas.  This Christmas we traveled to NC to visit family.  I was so excited to see my new niece.  We left our home early on the 23rd of December.  We chose not to open presents with the kiddos until after we got back from our trip.  Truth was, I had not bought anything for them before our trip.  This had to be the worse year for me being ready for Christmas.
On Christmas Eve we visited Biltmore House.  It was such a beautiful sunny day, but it was freezing.  When we left PA it was in the 60's and 70's.  For some reason I was not thinking it would be colder down south, but it was!  When we finished our tour of the house, we walked out into a wonderful flurry of snowflakes!  It was so festive.  I love how the Lord knows what can make these moments so memorable.  It really felt like Christmas.
Our stay was short in NC.  After many wonderful meals, lots of laughter, and special moments with my new niece we had to say good-bye.  We headed back to PA early on the 27th.  The next day I was geared up to do some crazy, quick Christmas shopping.  I really found some great deals.  This might not be a bad idea to do every year!  I shopped till I dropped and was able to buy everything I needed in 4 hours.  I came home and wrapped the gifts in brown paper and newspaper.  I re-used the CHRISTMAS TAGS I had made last year, and I was ready for the kiddos.  They came home from spending a day with dad; we read the Christmas story together, prayed, and then in 10 minutes all that hard work was undone and there were some happy kiddos.
It was a very special Christmas season for our family.
God is so Good!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Handmade Christmas Tags

 I love a Country Christmas with brown bag wrappings, homespun cloth, and handmade tags.  I made these tags out of brown paper, pieces of leather, drop cloth, tea bags, and some greenery and rusty bells.  Hint:  try and find greenery and bells at second hand shops or yard sales.  Sometimes you can get them off of someone's old craft :)  
For the drop cloth tags, I cut out the shape of a tag from the drop cloth and mod-podged the whole tag.  It feels a little rubbery when dry. 
I just love the way they look on a brown paper wrapped gift :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ornaments Using Webbing Scraps

Blogging has been at a complete halt as I am frantically trying to prepare for my craft sale, keep up with school and everyday life.  My house looks like a tornado came through, but I know I will be ready to welcome customers this Wednesday.
I thought I'd share with you a cute and easy ornament idea.
I started with webbing, greens, tags, candy canes made from pipe cleaners, and a paper tag I cut myself out of card stock.  I did pre-stain my metal tags so that I would just be ready to use them whenever.  You don't have to stain them.
 Next I printed some sayings off of the computer and tea-dyed them.  When they were dried I Mod-Podged them onto the tags.
 Here are the ornaments all assembled together with some twine.
Okay, so maybe it is not the fastest ornament to do, but it is a great way to use some webbing scraps.  I also realized I got rid of the paper tag and just used the webbing for a background.  I will share with you some tags I made from the card stock soon :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

There's Something in the Air

At this time of year, Christmas decor and Christmas music creep its way into our home.  My craft sale has my mind thinking of the Christmas holiday, and who can make Christmas decorations without Christmas music?!?  This year I really wanted to have some functional primitive stockings to sell.  I used left over drop cloth for fabric.  I made up the pattern for my stocking last year when I made the kiddos their newer stockings.  I think they have had at least 4 different stockings throughout their lives because my decorating taste has changed over the years.  I then made up a mixture of coffee, tea and vanilla to dye my stockings.  I know my kids just love it when the kitchen looks like a laundry room.  (it's that time of year for us :)
Now came the fun part of decorating.  I want them simple and rusty.  I used a bag that I think I bought at a yardsale for cheap.  I cut it up to use the leather.  I didn't like how it didn't zip or close tightly at the top.  I thought by cutting it up I would use it more :)
 I hand sewed it onto the stocking with a little "x" design.
 I stained some tags.  
Using old music sheets, I Mod Podged some music paper to the one side of the tag.  With no set pattern, I brushed the ripped paper onto the tag leaving some edges bare to show the stain.  
 With a rusty star, rusty bell, some dyed cheese cloth and drop cloth, and a tag I made a simple primitive stocking.
 The inside is not lined.
Totally Prim!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Homemade Tags to Reuse

This year I decided to make some special tags for the kiddos that I could reuse next year.
I wanted to use the same fonts they chose for their stockings.
I copied the names onto white paper.
Tea-dyed them and hung them to dry.
I cut them to fit on some tags I made from craft paper.
I bought this "Kissing Ball" 
(that was the name on the receipt--I thought it funny that they didn't call it Mistletoe) 
at half off from Micheal's to use for accents on the tags.
I certainly don't need a kissing ball for an excuse to kiss my honey :)
I glued the tea-dyed paper to the craft tag
and tied a sprig from the kissing ball to the tag.
I am wrapping the kiddos gifts in brown paper bags and newspaper this year.
I took an old white sheet and ripped it up for ribbon.
I am tying it loosely so they can just slide everything off easily.
I hope....:)
I just love how it looks!
I really like the fonts the kiddos picked out.
3 more days till Christmas!
How about you?
Anything special going on in the gift wrapping department at your house?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Homespun Garland

Don't know what to do with some homespun balls?
Make a Garland!
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I just got my crafts back from the craft sale,
 and I decided to use some around the house.
I used the waxed ornaments to accent some greens.
I still had these homespun balls leftover.
I had wrapped some homespun fabric around a Styrofoam ball.
I then painted Elmer's glue all over it to stiffen the fabric.
I decided I wanted to make a garland.
I lined the balls up in the order that I was going to string them.
I took some twine string
made a loop at one end
and literally sewed the balls on the twine.

For the middle, I sewed on a metal star.
I tied some ripped muslin fabric between some of the balls.
This really needs to be hung on a mantel.
A mantel that I don't have :(
Maybe someday!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sharing Some Homespun Christmas

It finally looks more like Christmas around here.
Some faux greens mixed here and there always brings a cozy, Christmas feel.

I'd like to start upstairs in our one and only restroom.
This is about the extent of my decorating in this room.
I took a child's chair and use it as a prop for our white Nativity.
A little linen tied around some greens.
In the Kitchen, the corner cupboard has been decked out for Christmas
with some faux greens and waxed ornaments.
I used some of my leftover craft items to decorate.
Here are some wax-covered fabric candy canes.
I also hung some wax-covered fabric ornaments on the garland.
Our Living Room showcases the main Christmas decor.
Here is my Homespun Christmas tree.
Below is a favorite of the kids, a little village and train.
Some vintage houses I got for Christmas last year.
The Nativity I received as a gift from the kiddos last year is nestled 
against a primitive tree with some faux greens.
White lights are a favorite of mine.
I have a little patriotic corner in our office area.
I made those little flags on the little tree for a craft sale way back in 2002.
They are fabric stiffened by brushing on some Elmer's glue.
I kept three of my patriotic cheese boxes that didn't sell.
They are holding fabric scraps.


I hope you enjoyed my little bit of a Homespun Christmas.
May we remember in the hustle and bustle of the season
the true meaning of Christmas.
" And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: 
for he shall save his people from their sins."
Matthew 1:21

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