Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holly Felt Ornament

Here is a simple and quick ornament idea.
There was a lull during my sale, and I thought I would make some Holly felt ornaments.
I cut the leaves out first, adjusting the size of the leaves with the size of the black felt circle.
I then cut out some berries and placed everything where I wanted it to go.
First I sewed the leaves on the black circle one by one using the blanket stitch.
Then I sewed the berries on one at a time overlapping them to look natural.
I added another black circle to the back for a finished look
 and blanket stitched around the edge.
To hang the ornament I used some black craft wire.

Here is another felt penny rug idea.
A snowflake
I hope you enjoyed this simple craft idea.
It is simple as long as you are not making 5 at a time :)
Happy crafting!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Primitive Stocking Made Out of Fencing

Before I get started on this post, I would like to say that if you think I have any creativity at all I know it comes from The Lord --the greatest Creator ever.
I know He gives me the ideas that pop into my head.
He deserves the credit, and I give it all to the Lord.

I was asking myself,
"What can you do with some old fencing?"
My son found this fencing outside in our neighbor's trash.
I thought okay, I can make some of those cross country ski porch decorations.
I wasn't too keen on the idea, because I know it was an old idea.
Plus, I really didn't have the stuff to make it look Primitive enough for me.
Then suddenly it popped into my head.
Christmas Stockings!!!
I cut the boards on a 15 degree angle.
 I painted four of them with Annie Sloans' Coco
and one I painted with a mixture of Engine Red and Black Folk Art Paint.
I wanted a saying on them.
I used the Tempus Sans ITC font in Word and printed off the lettering on plain paper.
 I transferred the lettering onto the wood by coloring on the back of the paper with white chalk,
and then on the front I traced over the letters with a pencil.
I used my white paint Sharpie marker to color in the letters.
I marked where I was going to drill the holes,
so that I could attach the top part of the stocking to the bottom part.

Using craft wire I attached the pieces together like this.
I added some tea dyed cheesecloth, a rusty bell, and star for decoration.
We'll see how or if they sell :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Felt Appliqued Snowmen

It feels so relaxing to take a break from hurting myself with tools while working on wood projects
 to sew again.
I decided to make some felt appliqued snowmen for my sale.
I don't use a pattern; I just make one up as I cut.
After positioning the pieces the way I want them, I start sewing the bottom piece first--
using the blanket stitch.
The scarves are layered too.
After all the pieces are appliqued onto the background,
I add the details with floss.
It's so amazing how it all comes together.
I love that blanket stitch!

Since I don't use a pattern, they are not exactly the same.
There ya go.
Hand-stitched in America :)
I'll show you the finished products in a future post.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Perfect Frames

The fall weather is here or is it winter weather?
46 degrees.....
Anyway, as we were driving home last Sunday night from church, I saw a cheap chipboard dresser out for garbage.  I was not interested in the dresser.  I was just interested in these drawer faces and their hardware.
I knew they would make perfect frames for signs.
My mom tore apart the the dresser drawers for me.
I washed off the wood drawer faces, and I filled the holes in with some wood filler.
I have not perfected this step yet.
I think I need some new wood filler :)
I painted one with Annie Sloan's Cocoa and the other in Annie's Arles.
I love the Cocoa.
I think it is definitely going to be on my kitchen cabinets.
I painted the words 'Amazing Grace' on them using my white paint marker.
I then highlighted the words using my black paint marker.
Next I wanted to distress the sign,
so I sanded the edges and the face of the sign too.
I did not use wax over the chalk paint.
I only used Min-wax's dark walnut stain over it--a first for me.
I was really hoping the stain would have darkened the sanded areas more, but I guess I didn't sand it enough.
Here they are ready to be sold for my craft sale.
So what did I do today?
I started the tedious part of the craft sale--pricing and tagging things for my sale.
This was just my mother in law's things;
I am dreading getting out all of things I worked on over the year and tagging them.

Pricing things is the hardest thing to figure out.
When you sit at a craft sale you realize how many DIY's there are out there.
There are a lot of ladies that come and say, "Oh, I can make that".
Sometimes it is really hard to just smile and not say a word.
"...he that refraineth his lips is wise" Proverbs 10:19b

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Building a Salt Box from Pallet Wood

Today I had a little
DIY Shop Class 101
with my youngest son.
There is no real measurements in my class.
We just line things up, draw lines, and cut.
Now I know I promised some of you that I wouldn't use an electric saw, but the temptation is too great for me to stay away. =)
No one was hurt in the making of this project.

Project:  A Salt Box made from pallet wood.
After cutting one side at the correct size, we use it as a template.
He practiced using the Skil saw by cutting a straight line on a scrap piece of wood.
We nailed all the pieces together.
I roughed up the edges a little bit with a file.
I added some lettering with the Charcoal Pencil Method and my Sharpie Paint marker.
I wanted the box to look old so I dry brushed some dark Walnut Minwax Stain.
I love using an old belt for leather straps.
Adds such character to the wood box.
I think I'll make a couple more for my Craft sale.

Linking Up With:

A Diamond in the Stuff

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sons of Liberty Cheese Box

I am in my Primitive mode when it comes to these cheese box makeovers.
I found another cheese box.  This one I found at a yard sale.
I loved the size of it.  It is a shorter box than the other two that I have.
I thought this one would be perfect for barnyard red.
I used Folk Art craft paint's Barnyard Red.
I chose once again not to paint the entire box so that the stain would show through and give it an aged look.
I also had painted this little sign Eggs sign, but it was not proportioned correctly.
I knew I needed to paint over it.
So that is what I did.
Here they are ready to receive some lettering.
I wanted to show you how you might have to line up the lettering if you make it bigger than your paper.
Sometimes this can be so tricky.
I was measuring between letters to see how close I should put the "r" and the "t".
I measured at the spot where the letters stuck out the most--not from the bottom of the letters.
I used the chalk method to transfer my lettering.
Going with my 1776 theme, I chose "Sons of Liberty" and the word "Liberty".
I like using two different fonts in one saying.
Now for some Dark Walnut stain.
I am not sure why some places didn't soak up the stain.
I stained the inside of the box as well.
The edging got some stars.

They go great with the Midnight Blue America box!

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