Rainy Day Crafting

#1 A remake of last year’s 8 1/2” w x 10” high wood pumpkin wall hanging with Dollar Tree parchment paper transfer

#2 This recycled 12×15” wood photo frame has a new life as a piece of fall decor. The print (61/2” x 10”) has had an artistic flair added along with a textured look. It is printed on card stock and framed with strips of ravelled canvas. The glass is the glare free kind.

The closeup shows the look of the texture on the paper.

Original graphic courtesy of creativediypurpose.

6” wide x 12” high

#3 A cutting board wall decor – Hello Pumpkin

The text was a template from Canva. I used carbon paper and an embossed to transfer it to the board and colored it in with a pen.

Created a rag bow with strips of canvas and added a small painted styrofoam pumpkin.

A Transfer on a Vintage Monkeypod Plate

Yesterday, I found a new kind of rub on transfer at Dollar Tree. It is on parchment paper. You rub off just like the other type. I do think, though, after using it, it is more like transferring ink.

I used the sunflower bouquet and transferred it to this Monkeypod plate I thrifted. It is beautiful and so easy to use.

Note: 😳 Do not try to apply wax to seal it. The wax removed the transfer!! I had transferred a whole sheet. 😳 I removed the whole thing, cleaned it well, then just did the bouquet. Maybe it needed to dry or something first, but now I’m afraid to use wax. I think I will just leave it as for about 24 hours and test a little bit on the underside and spray with lacquer.

Pumpkin Season

Another Teresa Greene (Our Greene Acres) inspired project. I cut a round piece of drop cloth and stamped it all around with a leaf pattern.

I then gathered it up, stuffed it with poly fiber, added a wood stem, and secured it. I fluffed the edges, letting them ravel as I fluffed them.

This pumpkin was inspired by Julie’s Signs & Designs. I made a template kind of in the shape of a tear drop and cut 8 pieces from a vintage chenille bedspread. I hot glued them together so the edges were on the outside.

I added a stem from a stick in my yard. The leaves Are real. I preserved them a couple of years ago using glycerin. They are pliable and have held up well. the curly piece is paper covered wire. Preserve leaves: https://todayshomeowner.com/how-to-preserve-fall-leaves-and-branches-with-glycerin/amp/

I made a smaller one to fit inside two Dollar Tree wire pumpkin forms I put together with zip ties.

A Fall Centerpiece

I thrifted this wood container and did a black distress over it using our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint in Coal Shovel. I added some filler, fall foliage, a pinecone, a couple of pumpkins, a gourd, and this beautiful green silk sunflower to create a unique fall centerpiece that looks finished from front and back.

9 1/2” tall x 9” wide x 3 1/2” deep

Fabric Sunflowers

This sunflower is beautiful, don’t you think?

I follow an awesome lady on YouTube….Teresa Greene from Our Greene Acres. She has excellent tutorials. Most of her ideas are shabby chic/farmhouse. They are not always my style, but the things I make from her tutorials usually sell well around my area of Missouri. This one sold within minutes after posting it in my personal Facebook page.

Basically, all you need to make the sunflowers are some type of fabric (the one above is drop cloth for the petals and burlap for the center). You will also need scissors, a little poly fill for the center, some hot glue, and ….. a canning jar lid and ring. This one was a regular mason jar size.

I’m not going to recreate the wheel here for making the sunflower. I will just share Teresa’s tutorial. This project starts at the 16:48 mark. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8wzvB-seb3I&t=616s I will share how I made the stem of mine below.

I wanted to make a sunflower with a long stem but wouldn’t flop over. I wasn’t sure how I would do this so started looking around. Invention truly is the mother of necessity.

I had some faux tulips from Michaels that had long green flexible hollow stems.

I took one of the tulips off and removed the little plastic thing that went into the stem. After finishing my flower, I hot glued it to the back and then hot glued a strip of fabric over it so it would stay in place. I just needed a stick to go inside so I remembered the whittling my dad used to do (I specifically remember him making whistles). So I just whittled the stick to size. Lol

I pushed the stick through the tulip stem (I used two of the hollow stems and pushed them together. I left a little room at the top so I could fold it over and glue it down to the flower.

That still wasn’t strong enough. Then I remembered these green metal hollow sticks I used around my rose bush. One was broken so I broke it off all the way and I had a sturdy stem. I think I originally got them at Lowe’s. They are stakes made to look like stems of plants so they blend in.

I then dropped the stick covered with the tulip stem down the green tube and hot glued it in place. I then folded over the stem at the top and glued it down. That worked just fine. The drop cloth was strong enough that the sunflower didn’t flop too much.

I had this very strange pitcher/mug thing I thrifted several years ago because it was cool and I loved the color. It was perfect for my one long stemmed sunflower. I filled it with left over burlap and added some greenery and wedged my sunflower in place. I love how it all came together!!

The first sunflower I made from Teresa’s tutorial was a hanging one. I used flour sack cloth (from Walmart Craft department) I dyed with left over coffee for the petals and fabric from an old valance for the center to match a pumpkin I had made earlier (another Teresa tutorial). I love how it turned out and how it looks in a fall centerpiece I put together.

We Created a Potting Bench

We recently thrifted a vintage cabinet. One drawer was missing a box so the front was just nailed to the cabinet. The cabinet had at least 3 layers of paint on some places, others had only one. It was falling apart.

The top was awesome. It was a vintage metal top, a cream color with farmhouse green edges. I don’t think it was the original top as it really didn’t fit.

Danny took it all apart, and rebuilt it from scratch. He created another door from the fronts of all 3 drawers and added a bottom and a shelf on one side. He also added hardware to keep the doors closed. He added a wood box type thing to the top of the cabinet to raise it up to cabinet height once the metal top was added. He also added a pallet board rack.for hanging tools, etc. There is lots of storage for soil, pots, etc.

He sanded the paint that was loose and I painted it with a mix of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk style paints to match the green edges of the metal top.

To create the chippy look all over, I first painted the whole thing a light yellow like most of it has been painted. I let that dry and then rubbed it all over randomly with a candle, focusing on the edges.

I then painted it with the green paint I had mixed. I allowed some of the yellow to show through on places. Once that was dry. I took packing tape (and sometimes used duct tape) and applied it. I used a plastic scraper to adhere it, then quickly ripped it off. It took up some of the paint in small areas and a lot of paint on the areas I had applied wax.

Color is a little off due to lighting.
Color is a little off due to lighting.
Color is a little off due to lighting.

The newly finished potting bench turned out great and sold very quickly as did the basket of fall flowers and leaves and the sunflowers.

Happy 4th of July – 2022

We are visiting family in Jackson, Missouri for the 4th – One son and his family yesterday and today, the other for dinner on the way home. Thankful and blessed. And, if you get up early here, you get the patriotic donut! 😂

We watched fireworks from various neighborhood displays from the deck last night, but seriously with this view no fireworks were even needed! However, we were treated to about an hour of some beautiful fireworks.

This morning we had the honor of a Cardinal visit, perched at the top of a cedar tree. As my sister mentioned when she saw this video clip, “You never know what you’ll see when sitting in the clouds.” 🥰

A Patriotic Holiday Fruit Bowl

Sometimes just a small change can perk up my kitchen. I thrifted this metal bowl made of stars several years ago with the intention of painting the stars red, white, and blue for patriotic holidays.

I did a few stars then got bored and quit. So this morning I decided to finish just around the top. The metal was already distressed from age so my paint job looks a little distressed, too.

🙂 But hey! It makes a great holder for the extra fruit we always seem to have on hand. And it’s just in time for The 4th of July!

Wall Art for Outdoor Living

I have a huge tub of faux flowers and foliage and a piece of driftwood we found on our Florida vacation last year. I was inspired by an image that came up on Facebook.

So….I made this last night and this morning. I just have it hanging on the back of a bench with the jute rope, but it could be hung many different ways. I think it would look great hung on the wall on a patio or deck.