Crocheted Pumpkins

I have been obsessed crocheting pumpkins this fall. Best of all, I have had some success selling them and getting custom orders. I also have given some as gifts. My eight year old granddaughter texted me on her family text app and ordered (using the word please) one for her teacher and her brother’s. Lol. That means I will need to make one for their cousin’s teacher, too. 😏

My yarn of choice is chenille blanket yarn. It is so soft and produces a beautiful pumpkin. I have also used Bernat brand and recently made a large one with Mainstays chunky (love that and the color!) using a Q hook. I also have used standard size yarn and doubled it.

I have used a variety of items to create stems: drawer knobs, twigs, and sisal rope. I then use fall decor here and there to finish them.

But, the secret to these pumpkins is the pattern I purchased from an Etsy Shop – Simply Made by Erin This pattern was well written. I soon had it memorized. Thank you so much Erin, for such a great pattern!

Here are some photos of the pumpkins I’ve made.

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A Vintage Cast Iron Lion’s Head Bench – Made Better Than New

Danny has had an obsession with refurbishing garden benches. I think he has restored 6 and has 2 others (so far) in his queue.

This is the state the latest one was in before he added his restorative touch.

As you can see the boards on this one were in pretty rough shape, so he bought new 2 3/4″ thick treated pine boards. He wanted thick boards to make a very sturdy bench. The sides were in great shape and had the lion head detail he really likes.

He took the bench completely apart then used the boards as a pattern to cut new ones, sanding all the edges smooth.

This bench had a metal brace down the center of the back and under the seat. He used it as a pattern to make 2 more for the next two benches he will make as they were only the cast iron sides.

He then attached the new boards to the sides with new carriage bolts.

It was time to torch it. 😳 He actually saw this burnt wood technique done on a Flea Market Flip episode. He used a propane torch, held it close to the wood and “watched it toast like a marshmallow,” as he described the process. Lol. This technique gives the piece a beautiful rustic look and really brings out the grain in the wood.

Here’s a video I found on YouTube showing the burnt wood technique:

https://youtu.be/ENOTocaMwxw

He could now prep then spray paint the sides and the brace black (covering the boards to protect them from overspray) and reattach the brace.

To really bring out the detail of the lion heads, he painted them a metallic silver.

This beautiful bench is very heavy and sturdy. It took both of us to lift it up into the wheelbarrow to move it. It is too heavy to carry far.

This vintage bench is better than new now and should provide some person lucky enough to buy it another lifetime of memories.

Yes, this beauty is for sale – $150.00! Correction. This beauty sold the day after he finished it.

Photos of some of the other benches he has refurbished:

This is the first bench he refurbished and sold.

This 2nd one was almost exactly like the first.

He painted this for one son’s birthday. Created a solid back on this one.

This one just needed painting. Staged with cutie patootie grandson. Bench belongs to his mom and dad.

This one needs more stenciling. His Alma Mater.

A “Press for Champagne” Plaque. Why not?

A “Press for Champagne” silent buzzer plaque idea was in a book I have, so I made this small 5×8 inch one that will soon be available in my French Country booth at Spirals Art Gallery and Studio in Cuba, MO for $12.99. It can either hang or sit on a stand.

The fun idea is that when you press it, it will “silently” ring on your end but will summon a waiter that will immediately bring you a glass of bubbly.

After I made it, I put it to the test. I think there may be a slight malfunction. I ended up having to get my own glass of wine due to the fact there was no champagne in the house. Imagine that. However, Danny made the dinner that went with it, so there is that. As a disclaimer then, there is no guarantee you will have a waiter appear for you, but one can always hope.

I can custom make these. They would all look different due to the buzzer I can come up with. Think…Press for Wine, Ring for Rose’, Press for Cabana Boy…lol. Just think outside the box.

Of course I had to research how this idea came about, so here’s what I found for your reading pleasure.

http://thinklikeabosslady.com/press-for-champagne-button

Creating a DIY French Country Look on a Metal Container

I am in the process of restyling our booth for selling our painted furniture and other items so I’ve been busy curating all kinds of goodies to go with the new style: French Country/Farmhouse/Cottage and anything that will blend well with that look.

I have been learning a lot about this type of style, and the more I learn, the more I love it.

For instance:

I found this metal container. It shouted out, “I know I’m dated, but buy me and transform me into the look you want.” So I did.

I knew the look I wanted but didn’t know how to go about achieving it. So, I googled it. I came across an interesting book that was recently published that explains 70 DIY French Country Decor projects. It was on Amazon, so I bought it.

Title: French Vintage Decor

Author: Jamie Lundstrom

Thanks to a YouTube video I watched, Christina, from DIY Mommy.com, shows a project from the book, creating a DIYFrench Country basket! https://youtu.be/078L3KpZK54

I loved it and will try it on a basket, but today I wanted to try it on the metal container. I love the final result!

As a bonus, Christina shares a video of a friend that created a concrete bowl-another tutorial in the book. You see why I bought the book?

Read the text on Christina’s video and you’ll find a link to the book on Amazon if you are interested in purchasing the book and a link to the concrete bowl DIY video.

So now, here are the steps I took to transform an outdated metal container into a cool French Country one I will be selling in my newly restyled booth.

I used Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint, so I know it works great. You can probably use other types of paint, too. Let each coat dry before moving on to the next.

Step 1:

Prep is important. I cleaned the container thoroughly with a vinegar/water 50/50 mix.

Step 2:

I painted the whole container with one coat of “French Roast”, a dark brown. It’s ok that it doesn’t cover completely. That just adds to the old world charm.

Step 3:

I then did a wash with “Zinc”, which is a gray/beige color. To do the wash, I painted it on, then took a rag and wiped it down. It was drying fast, so I also used a very slightly damp baby wipe.

Step 4:

I then drybrushed the whole piece with “January”, a true white.

Step 5:

This step involves using white wax. You can buy it or make your own by adding some white paint to wax. I had a can of Briwax Liming Wax, so I used that. I covered the whole piece. Then, after letting it sit a few minutes, I buffed it by hand.

And that’s it! Here’s my finished container, staged with a flower arrangement.

I can’t wait to get my book in the mail to see what else I can make. I know I want to make a concrete bowl for sure, but there is a video of that to watch!

Edison Bulb Wire Pendant Light 💡

We are custom making Pendant Lights.

We have 3 copper painted wire baskets. We can make two different styles. One has a 15’5″ cord with a wall plug in. The other style is created with a conversion kit that allows you to screw in your new pendant light into an existing ceiling can that a bulb usually screws into.

This is one we made for our kitchen. We already had this type of pendant light so we used those parts, but it is similar to the kit we would use for the others.

This is the kit we will be using. It comes in black or white and has ample cord that winds or unwinds to fit the length you prefer.

We also can make these with a cord that has a wall plug. It has a very long cord. This would work great hanging in the center of an umbrella or canopy on a deck and then running the cord to an outside outlet.

we can paint these baskets to fit your color scheme and the cords can be black or white.

If you are interested in learning more or wish to purchase, please contact us with the link below. Thanks!

https://sharsumpaint.com/contact-us/

And check this out!!!! Remember how I mentioned the cord with the wall plug would make a great pendant lamp for an umbrella or canopy on a deck? Well, we just had to find something around the house to use to make a shade. We found a beat up metal waste can. Danny put a hole in the bottom just big enough for the socket to go through. Then I used a fleur de lis stencil and put dots around the outside edge in spots around the wastebasket. Danny then drilled holes where all the spots were. No Edison bulb as we didn’t have another one. But, oh so cool! Can’t wait to see it lit up tonight!

Sunflower: A Vintage Jewel

I created a story about a beautiful bedroom set I was able to purchase as I was working on it. I love finding the history of the pieces I paint and/or restore and this one surely had a history.

I have recently learned more about this furniture and I have painted the first two pieces of the set, the dresser and one mirror. I call the dresser SOL Sunflower, the patriarch of the Sun God Series. SOL and his mirror are finished and for sale.

I hope you will read what I have learned about SOL and his family. He is a very unique piece.

Sunflower: A Vintage Jewel Part 1

Sunflower: A Vintage Jewel Part 2

If you would like more details on SOL, have information to share, or would like to purchase this unique dresser and mirror, please send me an email at sharsumpaint@gmail.com

Aging a Terra Cotta Pot with Soap and Chalk-style Paint

I ran across the idea of using soap as a distressing medium so thought I’d try it, creating a tutorial as I worked. It would either turn out fine or I’d just have to get another pot and try again. I found this pot under our deck area so I was good to go.

I think it worked pretty well! It was fun and quick to do.

I think the paint brand we sell and use has the perfect colors for this project: Missouri Limestone Paint Company English Ivy and Grannies Lace. Any chalk-style paint should work, though. I just happened to have a new bar of Safeguard soap, but any soap should also work.

Along with the pot, soap and paint, you will need brushes, and a fine sanding sponge. I like to pour my paint into containers. These were once a silicone muffin pan I cut apart.

Note: The video is in two parts due to the length of over 6 minutes in each video.

Part 1 of 2: Aging a Terra Cotta Pot

Part 2 of 2: Aging a Terra Cotta Pot

I am happy with the final result. What do you think? If you try it, be sure to send me your pics in the comments.