And then….my neighbors came bearing a gift of about a dozen or so hot sauce bottles they saved. They really like this hot sauce. I knew right away those would make awesome potion bottles. So, of course, I had to make one. Just one…to see how it would look.
I loved how it turned out so much, I knew I had to make a few more. So, I did. I also used one of the other bottles they had given me. I think it might have been an olive Oil jar.
Here’s my first set of Harry Potter-Style Potions. I used various colors of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint to get the look of dirty glass. I filled them with colored water, weak tea, Cream of Wheat, and Baking Soda. 🙂 One stopper was already green. The others I stained darker.
This set is available for porch pickup now or will be in one of my booths closer to Halloween.
I don’t know why I’m seeing these so much. I see them on everything from numbering wedding tables to using on home decor “just because”.
So here are 4 “just because” number tags I made this morning. They do look pretty neat on these wooden crates. 🙂 Dollar Tree Jenga blocks – hole drilled for string, antique wax, painted, sanded, and number stickers applied. Sealed with clear wax.
Does anyone know why the number tags are so popular and have you made any? Please share pics if you have.
*wired jute for rings – Dollar Tree *jenga blocks paint stained with holes drilled – Dollar Tree *beads cut off and saved from a beaded basketball net – thrifting 🤷🏼♀️ 🙂 *raffia – Dollar Tree *vinyl words cut on Silhouette. *small clusters of berries – Dollar Tree *folded napkins – searched google for a tutorial on folding napkins a like a leaf
I threaded twelve beads onto a length of wired jute and left enough on the ends to tie a knot and have about 3 inches left over. Then I stripped the jute off one end of the wire and threaded it through the jenga block and twisted both ends tightly to hold it in place.
I cut the thankful words on my Silhouette and added to the jenga blocks.
I made small raffia bows and tied them on with some of the wire that was still left on from the jenga block.
Then I ran a piece of raffia through the block and around the bow to hide the wire. I added a little cluster of berries with hot glue.
You could use these through the fall season and through Thanksgiving.
Many parents are using a “calm-down corner” or another area of their home to help toddlers/preschoolers calm their emotions. The following article is a good explanation for creating a calming area for your children in your home.
With that in mind, I created a rustic/farmhouse style comfort chair for them to use as they explore the items stored in their calm-down area.
It is available for porch pickup or will be in one of my booths soon.
First up: This morning’s project was just combining some things I had to create a beautiful Fall display. This will be for sale right now as a porch pickup. $45.00
I had a vintage picnic basket. The trim on the lid was unraveling so I removed the lid. The rest of the basket is very sturdy, in excellent condition, and is perfect for storage and a Fall display.
I saw an idea for knitting or crocheting just a small blanket section for decorating a basket. What a great idea! I love the bulky blankets but a full size one would be way too bulky. I just happened to have a blanket I started crocheting but tired of working on it. It’s not functional but looks so pretty in a basket display.
I also had this beautiful pillow cover and a pillow that fits in it.
The display needed one more little thing, so I added a section of neutral garland.
I wish I had a bigger living room. It looks so pretty in front of my fireplace.
Next: Yesterday, I took a tin bucket from a thrift shop and wrapped jute twine around it, securing here and there with a bit of hot glue.
I cut apart some images from a package of Dollar Tree rub on transfer and applied them randomly to the front. I sealed them with wax. I love the rub ons from Dollar Tree.
I then added a hydraenga my sister had dried for me along with some greenery and this project was complete.
A Hot Glue Gun Stand:
I was tired of fighting hot glue guns and never having a glue stick handy so I started looking around for stands for them. You can buy fancy ones but DIY is so much cheaper. All you need is a plank (I think this was a blank sign from Walmart), a little box from Dollar Tree and a small tray from Dollar Tree.
Then you have Danny knock one end of the tray off without breaking it. I tried and couldn’t do it. I wonder what kind of glue Dollar Tree uses? It was on there tight.
Then you reattach the end about 2/3 of the way in with some hot glue. Glue the box and tray to the plank with (I used tacky glue as it was handy and hot glue) and now I have a stand for my glue gun.
If you look closely, I laid down some pieces of vinyl shelf liner to catch glue drips. I can just throw it away when it gets yucky and lay down another. A friend also suggested using pieces of aluminum foil. That would work great, too.
Last, but not Least: A Dollar Tree Hanging Sign Makeover
“I’ve been framed,” said the hanging pumpkin with the beautiful blue/green scrapbook paper.
I just attached the pumpkin by it’s jute hanger to the recessed area on the back of the empty frame, so it hangs free.
I don’t think it needs any embellishment.
I’m keeping this one and displaying it all year in my bedroom. Those are the colors in my bedroom. It makes me happy.
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*Then I painted a little pumpkin so I would have an odd number of items in the bowl.
Loving the neutral look this year…..
My cousin loved the drop cloth acorn so much he had me make 36 for his Thanksgiving table! About halfway through, I painted one instead of wrapping it and he loved the painted ones, too. So, I made 18 drop cloth and painted and lawyered 18 in this beautiful fall colors! That was a lot of acorns!
Today’s early morning project: I went shopping in my basement, then started creating.
You won’t believe it but this sweet little ceramic vase with the silicone base started out in life as some kind of egg cooker. (I still have the lid to save for another project sometime.) 😳 You never know what you will find thrifting. 😁 I filled it with some fall flowers and a fall pick. So pretty now.
Then I found a little riser I had made but hadn’t used yet. I stained it and I couldn’t believe how perfectly the vase fit the top of the riser.
I also searched the stash of vintage blocks I had and glued these together for a fall decor.
And the final project I actually did last night. This was a little Dollar Tree ceramic blank place card stand. I added these sweet little Dollar Tree woodland transfers. The colors and the woodland animals work well for fall.
Update: A couple more projects I finished today.
All will be in our outside booth tomorrow at the 3rd Saturday Downtown Flea Market somewhere in the area around The Gray Wall. Be sure to stop by!
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!
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.
Today’s early morning project: I upcycled a 12” wood cut out pumpkin (the one that is orange and says thankful and blessed). I scraped off the glitter and temoved all the embellishments and used the other side.
First I stained it and let it dry. Then I had a silicone sink mat from Dollar Tree and used it as a stencil and sprayed over it with white spray paint. I chose to spray lightly in some areas to give it a distressed look. Love how it turned out.
I made a little tag from some balsa wood and stained it. I saw an idea on a YouTube video to use a piece of burlap, fray the edges and create letters from raffia. That worked great! Then I glued the burlap to the tag. I used the same raffia to hang it from the stem, gluing the down to keep it place, then created a raffia bow.
The cut out already had holes for hanging, so I braided some jute twine, ran it through the holes and tied with knots in the back.
Another neutral hanging pumpkin completed.
This could easily be a door hanger. I am showing it just simply wired on and sitting in the middle of a 20” grapevine wreath. This would need to be on a covered porch, though, away from the elements.
Loving it on my orange wall in my hallway. I think I might have to keep this one. Lol