DIY Acorn, Tassel Gnome, a Pumpkin, and Preserved Leaves in a Wooden Bowl

A little Fall inspiration today.

*Saw an idea this morning on YouTube from Liz Fenwick DIY https://youtube.com/channel/UCntvPlLI7oY_xap7_piH5UA for making an acorn. I used a wooden egg, drop cloth, and jute rope from DT. It worked perfectly.

*I just had to make a tassel gnome. I am loving making these. So much fun and each one has a personality. I believe his name might be Woodsy. Here’s the link to the tutorial I used: https://justthatperfectpiece.com/easy-gnome-christmas-ornament-diy/

*Then I painted a little pumpkin so I would have an odd number of items in the bowl.

Loving the neutral look this year…..

Crafting for a Downtown Flea Market

I’ve been busy the last few days working on some crafts for our booth at an outside flea market downtown this weekend.

Here’s the latest!

My version of a one line drawing
Just a few crafts and collected items that will be for sale along with this large 3 tiered tray.
Key holder – napkin behind the glass. Easy to change image to suit your mood or season.
Had to make a beaded gnome tasse.
This little shelf sitter photo frame can be easily changed out. This Thankful napkin decoupaged on a thin wood disk can be removed and a photo or other image can then be added.
This lace covered pumpkin and riser.
Decoupaged a sheet from a round notepad. Love these colors!

Sometimes when we go thrifting we come across some unique items. This textured print in a vintage 16×18” resin frame was one I couldn’t pass up. It doesn’t work in my house but I knew I could make it available at a bargain price for someone else.

Beautiful print in this vintage resin frame.

Two Fall Pumpkin Projects

Today, I made some primitive pumpkins for my booth in our local antique mall. Primitive is a major theme of this mall. So I like to reflect that theme with some of the projects there.

I didn’t know how to go about that, though, so I searched YouTube for ideas. I found just what I was looking for through a tutorial by Country Charm by Tracy. https://youtu.be/lFnNzm1rEKE

I used a burlap coffee bean bag and painted pieces of it for my pumpkins.

Then I had one more project in me. They are both now in my booth at Half-Crocked Antiques in Bourbon, MO.

This shelf sitter I created is a combination of several things I had in my stash. Love the quote on the Dollar Tree shelf sign. I covered the pumpkin cut out on the left with cork and found a net bag I’d saved. Love the texture created when I covered the cork covered pumpkin cutout. Covered another cutout with a doily and filled the opening in the middle pumpkin box I paint stained with foliage. The little styrofoam pumpkins got just a bit of stamp ink. The color was perfect on the ivory pumpkins.

There’s a reason I keep all this stuff after all. 🙂

Fall is in the Air

I’ve been busy creating Fall decor, both for my booth and for me. 

Lady night, while watching TV, I made my first gnome of the season. I saw this idea of creating a tassel gnome on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to make one. I am so going to make some for my booth. They will make such cute ornaments!

But then, I had to create a pumpkin for him to hang on. My Dollar Tree finally got in some of the bead stickers so I added some to a DT orange styrofoam pumpkin and painted it with my new custom color. It is a 50/50 mix of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-style paint “Evening Shade” and our newest color “Soothing Sage.”

I only gave it one coat as I wanted some of the orange poking through. I also dry brushed a tiny bit of “Soothing Sage”. I added a small round doily And look at that stem! Yes, it is a decorative hook.

Here’s the link for the tutorial I used to make the twine gnome ornament.

https://justthatperfectpiece.com/easy-gnome-christmas-ornament-diy/

Here’s a few more of my favorite fall projects I’ve completed this year.

Pumpkin Door Hanger and More

Keep reading to see more of these cut outs I’ve completed.

I made this pumpkin hanger from a Dollar Tree pumpkin wood cut out today. I loved how it turned out so much, I ran back up and bought 5 more before they were all gone. I did leave some there for others. 🙂

First I stained the outline. Then I painted the raised areas with our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint in “Soothing Sage”.

I wrapped the stem area with twine and created a messy bow with a variety of strips of ribbon and raffia, I wired them all together and attached them to the stem with more wire. I had a metallic leaf and super glued it to the stem. I also had some paper covered wire I twisted around a pencil and added it.

I added a twine hanger on the back . The pumpkin can hang on the wall or it can lean up against something else in a vignette.

I can’t wait to make more of these. I love how this one turned out.

I am obsessed with these pumpkin cut outs. 🙂

I think this one might be my favorite – decoupaged scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.
Wait! Maybe this one is my favorite. 🙂
Love the muted orange of this one.
The white with stain really stands out.

Microfiber Stenciled Coasters

While waiting for my visiting grandson to wake up, I strolled around my basement wondering what I could declutter first. Then I happened upon a package of terry cloth coasters called “Thirsty Coasters”.

I bought several packages of these at one point, thinking I could do something with them sometime. Another time I bought several cool little coaster holders. Same. Lol

Forget decluttering for now. I started wondering if I could stencil a design on them. I had a little boho mandala stencil that fit perfectly and I had lots of chalk-style paint from our brand we produce and sell Missouri Limestone Paint Company, so I chose “Gray Goose”.

They stenciled beautifully. Once they have had a good 30 day cure, our paint will be indestructible no matter how many sweaty glasses or hot coffee cups are set on it as the paint becomes part of the fabric.

This will make an awesome Christmas gift – just thinking ahead. 😂

So, I have done a bit of decluttering, too! Lol

I gathered my supplies and my coffee and was ready to begin.

I like using the makeup sponges I get at Dollar Tree for stenciling and small projects. I off load a little of the paint onto the paper plate so that when I stencil, it doesn’t seep under.

The terry cloth took the stenciling beautifully. I love how they turned out!

They fit perfectly in the coaster holder I had.

What a cool boho look!

Decoupage with Fire? Who knew?

I happened upon a video tutorial that shared the technique of decoupaging with fire. Really? So of course I had to try it.

Here’s the original tutorial shared by Studio MD. I suggest you watch it before trying this technique. https://youtu.be/75b6NXJ0FIMhttps://youtu.be/75b6NXJ0FIM

My experiment kind of worked, but I think it would have worked better if I had used a glue stick or a decoupage medium, but I didn’t have a glue stick. I decided to give it a try on this little Dollar Tree photo frame. I painted the front of the flower with our paint brand Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint, color “January” first to help make the print of my napkin stand out. I think the napkin I used was also from Dollar Tree.

DO NOT DO THIS! Instead of the glue stick I, unfortunately, used Dollar Tree spray adhesive. I should have known better. I haven’t found it to work on anything I’ve tried. I think it got the paper too damp and I had to keep relighting it as my fire would go out almost immediately.

The lady in the video showed using this technique on several cut out letters. I think her technique worked great on them.

One more time….decoupage with fire

I salvaged my project, though I needed to sand the edges. I had no idea what to do with the little Dollar Tree photo frame, but then decided to turn it into a pin cushion. It’s kind of cute and functional, too!

Front
Back

A Few Early Morning Projects

I hope you enjoy seeing some of my early morning work. It’s my favorite time of day to create.

I have tutorials on some of these on my blog here. You can do a search to find the post. Others I have explained more about on my Facebook https://Facebook.com/sharsumpaint, Instagram https://instagram.com/sharsumpaint and Pinterest https://Pinterest.com/sharsumpaint pages.

Hanging Canvas Print DIY

I’m on a kick of creating early morning projects lately. Today’s came to me out of the blue, thinking of supplies I had on hand. I love when inspiration strikes and what’s in my mind actually works out!

However, it should actually say “The earth laughs in snow in Missouri in late April.” Missourians all over hurriedly covered budding plants the last few days in preparation for the snow and freezing temperatures. So this image made me feel better at looking at snow in my yard still today.

Step 1: I had a couple of sheets left of this stiff canvas paper I bought several years ago. I knew I wanted to print an 8×10” sign out on it. I did a search for you and found, at this time, you can purchase the canvas and water color combo for a good price on this site on eBay. It isn’t easy to find, but I’m sure you can find it or something similar other places, too. This Printworks brand I used is made for ink jet printers.

Step 2: Next I went in search of an image to print on my canvas paper. I found the perfect free image on this amazing blog “Harbour Breeze Home”. Thank you so much for sharing. It printed out perfectly on my canvas paper. It looks like it is a water color painting on canvas!

Step 3:

I made the wooden slats for the top and bottom by cutting a balsa wood slat from Hobby Lobby to size (with scissors), sanded, and then stained it with the brand of chalk-style paint we produce “Missouri Limestone Paint Company” paint. I added a bit of water to “River Bottom Dirt”, painted it on, then wiped it down with a paper towel. This really helped enhance the grain in the wood.

Step 4:

I then used Gorilla Glue Clear Grip to glue the paper onto the slats and the jute rope for hanging.

And there it is …. hanging on my wall next to another DIY I did, using a Oui Yogurt jar, a macrame hanger and a banana stand. But that’s another project! 🙂

Painting Wooden Beads

I searched and found an easy way to paint wooden beads that worked for me.

I also used our brand of chalk style paint, Missouri Limestone Paint Company which we produce for our small business. In this project I used the colors “Field Corn” and “Coal Shovel”.

I used two of the little throw away plastic containers that come with some of my Home Chef meals. I wash them out and store them away to use as needed. But any little container with a lid would work. I choose to use ones you can throw away after use. Who wants to wash out paint containers?

My first project was to make a small “bee” garland, so I wanted yellow and black beads.

I poured a little yellow paint into one of the containers and added the beads. I put the lid on securely, the shook and rolled the beads around inside.

I then threaded the beads onto a bamboo skewer from Dollar Tree. I took a small artist brush and smoothed the paint out a bit and then, holding them on the skewer, I made sure they were separated.

I held them with one hand and with the other, I used a hair dryer to dry them, turning the skewer as I dried them. This took just a few minutes. I alternated between heat and air drying.

I then sealed them by spraying them with Mod Podge matte sealer, holding the skewer and turning it as I sprayed. I dried them again with the hair dryer.

I did the same with the black beads.

And here is my finished project, shown with another project I made. I have enough beads painted to make another.