Saturday, October 14, 2017

Stars that measure up!

 I challenged myself to stock my very small 8 x 5 booth with holiday decor that is more than 50% recycled.  In other words no money to little money will go in to materials.
This is Idea 4:

I am drawn to vintage tools and have a stash....
I came across this idea in a magazine

A star made from a vintage folding carpenters Ruler.

I have a few of those!
gathered my supplies....

 I glued each joint with e6000 when I acheived the shape I wanted....

I let each star dry overnight before trying to drill or hang...

Drilled a hole in each end to attach a hanger....

Love It!

Can find them at Vintage Collections down town Camden!

Happy crafting!

I was a Dukes Girl!

I was a Dukes Mayo girl until....I made homemade Mayo.........

You are correct this is not an original Idea...Many people make their own mayo.  I was encouraged by a Dear friend to give it a try that she was hooked!
The biggest fear is of course it is worth the time and extra effort.  
Well Yes it is!

You will need an egg and mine was cold out of the fridge.....
I pictured two here because I had to fix an error in ingredients....

Good light flavored to non flavored oil...
I used olive oil..1 cup per egg

Start light on the salt..especially if you add Dijon mustard (1 tsp per egg) or an already prepared ingredient....
2 Tsp of rice vinegar I substituted for white vinegar.
An alternative to the Dijon is 1 tsp of dried ground mustard seed.  
A measuring cup with pour spout
Immersion Blender 
Bowl to mix in
were my tools to pull this together.

Here is what I learned:  add your oil slowly at first and once it starts to get creamy you can speed it up.  Also use a bowl that you think is a little to big for the project these ingredients expand as air is whipped in.  I added sea salt and dijon to my first batch and it was two I made a second batch with half tsp of dijon , 1 tsp of vinegar , one egg and 3/4 cup of oil...You may have to adjust the oil it just depends on how thick you want it.  I mixed the two batches and perfect....
The beauty of this is that you can control your fat content in your well as your ingredients.

taste test...I have to admit the Dukes, after tasting the homemade, seemed greasy.  

Will I make this again...Of course.!

Happy Cooking!

Decorative book stacks

Decor challenge option 3
The challenge is: to come up with home decor with very little to no investment.

I have a lot of books...old books and well books that a binder would trash.

I saw in one of my favorite magazines a book stack with the spines being used to relay a lovely message...

How Cool is that...

so I gathered up my supplies and made a plan....

The only purchases I had to make was a super bond tape runner and these over head projector sheets that can be used in a printer.  Hint:  printable projector sheets have a matte finish one side and a slick finish on the other.  Print the matte finish side if you want the ink to dry and stay.

Found these at Goodwill  

Gathered my supplies....

I had some vintage flocked wall paper , vintage sewing trims and blanket binding in my stash.

I simply printed close to the center of each projector sheet a portion of my saying and wrapped it around the spine of each covered book...Stacked them staggering in sizes and glued them together...and wrapped them with a notion from my stash.  How easy is that?

I thinking brown paper to wrap the books and well ..."not even a creature was stirring not even a mouse"   ....Hmmmm Christmas is just around the corner!

 These can be found at Vintage Collections  down town Camden.  
Hope you are inspired to create!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Chalk painted chest of Drawers.

If you love to upcycle or decorate or just refinish furniture , chalk paint is a fun way to update or just hide wear on lovely old furniture.    I recently updated our bed with a recycled headboard and a few upcycled night stands.  You can read the head board post here.
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The goal was to economically replace 1920 Edwardian furniture ...although beautiful it was lacking in functionality and it has seen better days.

Veneer is missing on it..and the drawers all need to be reworked and it will be done...and I think some chalk paint may be in store...have not completely decided yet......but this look is really in right now and I like it!

Both examples found in pinterest search.....
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Any how I am getting ahead of myself.

...The chest  of drawers I finally found at Habitat and paid 65.00 for.

You are right it is a pretty and heavy Piece ..However it has some damage on the top which made it a little easier to paint... 

Some great details on this oriental inspired chest....

The hardware is to die for...and No I choose not to paint it or restore it....

With some cleaning...and a couple coats of custom mixed chalk paint....She turned out really well....

I do normally put dark hardware on this color paint ...

However I just could not do worn and original they are!

She was lightly distressed ....and a few coats of wax later I am pleased...and what a deal !

Yes I noticed that this cheap flooring really needs replacing...but..the bank account is not agreeing!

She blends well with the headboard!

I hope this motivates you to look for that Jewel in the Rough...
Happy Hunting!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Burlap and velvet Farm Christmas Charm ornaments

 I challenged myself to stock my very small 8 x 5 booth with holiday decor that is more than 50% recycled.  In other words no money to little money will go in to materials.  This is the first Christmas challenge.  I seem to always gravitate towards vintage sewing notions and fabrics and vintage jewelry.  This project is indicative of the fore mentioned loves. 

When I went through my stash I found burlap, vintage velvet trim, vintage large buttons , grommets, some light weight wire, vintage brooches and old jeweled picks.  The purchase item here is greenery.  The greenery was purchased at Hobby Lobby most of it 40% to 50% off.  total cost roughly 8 bucks .  Tools used glue gun with glue sticks, grommet setter, wire cutters ,scissors and vintage sewing machine (non electronic machine)  Tip for burlap and a sewing  machine:  Burlap is dust and lint heavy..I always clean my feed dogs and bobbin case after using burlap.  I am blessed in owning a vintage machine that does a great job and is easy to clean.

Singer 1949 15-91
This is my favorite TOY.

I set my stitch count to almost 25 per inch a small stitch to sew the side seams of the bags.  This will help insure that the burlap will not unravel.  Now yes you can run  burlap through a serger but I do not recommend it.  Burlap fibers are tough on blades I actually use my best pair of paper utility scissors to cut burlap...never my fabric scissors. Once my bags were made I turned down my top edge, placed my velvet and glued it on with a seam in the back then added grommets to the front..Glued in each individually arranged and taped together greenery element.The rest was easy peasy...just twist the wire to make your hanger and run in through your grommets.  Last finishing touches are Glued on pins, and  finishing the back velvet seam off with a old button .

These would be great on a large rustic tree, as a package ornament or on a door knob..They will be available at Vintage Collections down town Camden...Here is the link to there facebook page.
I hope this post inspires you to look at your stash a little more festively!
Happy Crafting !

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fence Post to folksy Pumpkins

The old saying  "waste not want not" is definitely my mantra this year.  I challenged myself to stock my very small 8 x 5 booth with holiday decor that is more than 50% recycled.  In other words no money to little money will go in to materials.  I had seen the idea of using 4x4s to make pumpkins on Pinterest so I cannot take any creative credit for the initial Idea.  
We had some old 4x4s laying around they had one time been fence post...

I asked Mr. RTI to cut them in lengths of 4,5 and 6 inches then I applied orange paint to them..only one coat.  I used valspar interior flat base with a tint added to it.  I choose flat paint because I wanted to sand then top coat.  I also had some decorative dowels that were from some items I inherited from my Dads Shop.  I choose to use these as stems.  So far the only money spent was 12.00 on paint and there will be a good bit left over.

I had some old stain that was not that great for any other project but this one....I put all the pegs and dowels in a glass jar dumped the old stain in and shook.  This covered them perfectly for this project.  I just removed them when I thought they were dark enough and laid them out to dry. 
 I also drilled a hole in the top of each block to add the "stem". 

I used one of my favorite craft room tools a Silhouette Cameo to cut the faces for the blocks and stenciled each size with a different face.  I did remember to make sure that the top of the block had the predrilled hole in it...No faces were put on Upside down in this step.  

They were left to dry.  I used chalk paint for the faces so it only took about an hour.  Each block had to be distressed and sanded and doing all this by hand was not the plan.  Mr. RTI suggested mounting my belt sander in the vise on my work bench.  The belt sander had a setting that would allow it to run with out holding the trigger so It could be used as a grider...Boy did this save time and I was able to get the last bit of use out of a belt that had been left on it.

I wrapped the grip with a rag as not to scuff it so the next I used it by hand it would not be rough.  

This was very quick work.  
And that belt is done....

The next step was to put a clear coat on them since they were painted with flat paint and chalk paint.  
I choose some American Paint company top coat for the job.  You simply rub it on and let it dry, no buffing!

This did a wonderful job and was also quick work.  I already had the top coat so no money was spent.

I dipped the "stems" in to wood glue and hammered them into the predrilled holes on the top.

And I did not like them.....the large ones were a little too tall!

The Jig Saw took care of that 

The stems of course had to be decorated! 
I did not have any paper wrapped wire nor was I going to make it.  I did not have any raffia and was not going to make it.  I did have however a burlap coffee bag and some gold wire.  
I pulled the burlap threads from the bag a little tedious however easy and the bag was free.  
I had the wire already, probably was in some  craft supplies I bought at the thrift store.  
So no money spent.!

And they are reversible!

A lot of this project was therapeutic and me being in the shop for a day is a privilege !
I managed to make 6 sets and they will be available at Vintage Collections down town Camden tomorrow.  
HAppy Fall!