What Grandparents are for….

What Grandparents are for….

Today we will drive to St. Genevieve, MO (about 2 hours one way) to give Grandson Ben’s mom some sample bottles of paint. She’s at the bank there today so we don’t have to drive all the way to their house. Because, of course, he needs it by tomorrow. Lol

5th grade Middle School and Ben has an Entrepreneur class. 😳

He was to create a business and will sell items in the school store. Of course he chose to sell paint. 😂 He said his teacher approved of it. We will see. 😬 At least we seal the bottles so hopefully they won’t open them at school. 🙏

He plans to donate 1/2 of his profit to charity and keep the rest. This boy is smart. He knew we would give him the paint so he will have more profit. 😂 The other part of his business is that he will have a donation box where people will drop off broken items and he will try to fix them and sell them. He has learned a lot from his PopPop. Lol

But no problem. We will thrift shop on the way there and back.

Of course, I made him a display for his paint. I had a half of an old globe. It fit perfectly into a Dollar Tree hanging basket. I added a bunch of shredded paper my sister-in-law gave me. Instant display.

Ben also knows once he is in middle school we will pay $5 for any As each grandchild gets per semester. He needed a clarification on that the other day as he got all As this first quarter. He was hoping it was every quarter. Lol He’s a planner. He says he needs a new laptop so…..

Farmhouse Animals w/Rub on Transfers

I had a bit of a brainstorm this morning. I was inspired by a YouTube video where someone decoupaged napkins on animal cut outs.

I had these cool pig and rooster wood cut outs. They stand alone. The rooster is 4 3/4“ tall x 4 1/2” w. The pig is 4” tall x 5 3/4” w.

I also had a sheet of Dollar Tree rub on transfers with farmhouse images.

So….. I gave them a coat of white paint so the transfers would stand out and then applied the transfers as they were on the sheet and filled in where needed. They are protected with Mod Podge matte spray. Sorry, forgot to get a pic of spraying them.

I love how they turned out!

Fall Decor Galore

I have been a bit busy the last few days creating fall decor. Some days are just like that. You can’t stop. We’ve had some beautiful fall days in Missouri this week so I took advantage of the weather. It felt good to be outside working on my projects.

First up…. I was going through my fall decor boxes and ran across a box with a bunch of wood cut outs I hadn’t seen since I stored them. It was a jackpot of pumpkins, ghost, cats, and a few other goodies. One pumpkin had a very unique wood grain on the front and back. I just saw someone posted one very similar. It looked like an ostrich! I could see an ostrich in this one, too! Not only that, I saw an owl on the back!

I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but finally settled on using Howard’s Restore-a-Finish to bring out the grain and then I sealed it with Wise Owl salve. I named the Ostrich in a Pumpkin Woodette and the owl Woodsy. Soooo cute!

Then my friend, Midge, had an idea: flowers, a tiara, or crown for Woodette. I happened to have some small sunflowers and with just a dab of glue, they will come right off. I can change them out for each season! I think I might need to make Woodette a princess for Halloween and find a little crown for her.

In the same box as my Ostrich in a Pumpkin, I ran across this little shelf sitter or hanger. I passed over it at first, thinking….Wow! The 80s!

But then, I got this fall dish drying mat out of the Dollar Tree bag I just purchased. I realized some of the colors went so well with it and the other fall things I have in the corner of my kitchen. So..now, it is out of the box and in the corner of my kitchen counter. 🙂

Oh no! Another gnome …. after I said no gnomes this year! But the Gnome and Backyard lady had this idea I couldn’t resist. She made a quick and easy gnome out of the small plastic ghosts from Dollar Tree. I spray painted one for the hat with a copper color because that’s what I had on hand and added tiny Dollar Tree sunflowers for embellishment. The other I left white and glued it upside down to the hat. I gassed a wooden bead for his nose. I bought two big ghosts, too, to make a larger gnome.

I spray painted a Dollar Tree wire pumpkin form white with a green stem and attached my cute little gnome to it with jute twine and now have a cute fall door hanger for my front door. He hangs from a magnetic hook on my stork door by the stem

Here’s Gnome and Backyard’s tutorial!

https://fb.watch/fNGj7CnIBk/

This awesome creator also had a tutorial for making a pumpkin out of a Dollar Tree soap saver. What? Check it out! https://fb.watch/fOIcejAF2x/

Of course I had to make one, too. This one I left gray and put it inside a Dollar Tree shadow box. It looks so cute with my gray pumpkins I made (the striped fabric came from DT), but I bought a few more to paint! 🙂

I still hadn’t gotten to my other pumpkin cut outs, so onto more decor!

I made this arrangement in three different sizes and used a Dollar Tree napkin decoupage technique. I was going to add embellishments but I love the rustic vintage look of them just as they are. They stand up on their own and are perfect for shelf sitters or tiered trays.

I also decoupaged a little 3 1/4” square natural wood trinket box. I made the little leaf ladder tall last year. It goes perfectly with this arrangement.

This next project is one of the larger pumpkin cut outs and will stand alone. I glued one of the Dollar Tree faux tin panels to it.

For this finish I did a kind of an aged terra-cotta color I’ve been seeing others do. I painted it with a color I mixed and added just a bit of baking soda to it. Then I sprinkled more baking soda on it while still tacky. After the paint dried I blended the baking soda on with a bit more paint then sealed with a matte sealer. I used a bit of the napkin I was using earlier on the stem.

So pretty! I really enjoy creating a more neutral look for fall decor.

And finally, I ended my marathon crafting this morning. Maybe. Lol I started this project last night and finished today. I still had more pumpkin cut outs in 3 different sizes so painted the face of each with the terra-cotta color I mixed. I used a bit of left over napkin for the stems.

I distressed them a bit with sandpaper and then used the new Dollar Tree brown parchment paper rub on transfers on them. I apologize in advance for finding more of these transfers in different designs. They are so hard to find, but I found these in the same store I found the others in Ballwin, MO on Manchester Road. But, oh how I love working with them and hope they make more. I’ve not seen them online yet, either.

That’s not all! I’m now working on a natural wood napkin decoupage riser and it should be finished soon! 🤷🏼‍♀️

Update: The last of this grouping is complete. 🙂

I had this 12” round wooden plate. I had the fall napkins. I had the decoupage medium. I had some little rub on transfers and the wood beads from the foot exerciser I bought a couple of weeks ago at a yard sale to use for feet. I have items to display.

So I made a riser.

Updated a DT painted pumpkin with a Rub On Transfer

I’m a little obsessed with the Dollar Tree parchment paper rub on transfers. They are a bit different than other transfers as they seem to rub on ink rather than vinyl. I’ve used them on several things, including drop cloth!

I painted this DT pumpkin last year to look like galvanized metal with copper to go with my copper kitchen tin backsplash. The copper leaf was from something I had thrifted.

This morning I applied this transfer. What a difference! I love it.

The last pic shows what one looks like on a drop cloth tag I made.

A Rustic Dollar Tree Pumpkin

12” w x 12” high

I transformed a wood cut out Dollar Tree Pumpkin by adding a Dollar Tree faux antique tin to it. I added a picture frame to the back so it would stand up.

I painted it a cream color then distressed it with watered down brown paint and a brown ink stamper.

I added a messy bow made from paint dyed drop cloth strips with a wood leaf added to it.

I painted the metal Harvest wording brown and added cinnnamon while it was still wet to give it a rusty look.

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

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.

Air Dry Clay Bud Holder and A Couple of Birds

I saw an idea for making a bud holder using air dry clay so I just had to try it. I had a bit of clay left over so I made a couple of little birds, too.

Amazing how fast air dry clay dries on a hot, sunny day. 🙂

I made a bud holder to fit the small red glass vase I had, painted the bud holder white, sealed it with Mod Podge spray, then used watered down gray paint to bring out the detail of the stamp. If you look carefully, you might be able to see the image of a bird imprinted into the clay. Then I sprayed it with Mod Podge Pearlized Spray for a bit of glimmer.

I painted my little birds a dark blue and distressed them with white wax.

Then I added some Mimosa blooms from my tree. Beautiful!! And Wow! They smell sooo good!

More DIY Clay Beads

A very early morning project – I can still hear a rooster crowing in the distance and I live in the city limits. Lol

I made these big clay beads for a friend yesterday. They dried quickly in the hot sun. This morning I painted them, dried the paint and added white wax and rubbed it in. I strung them on jute rope. This will still need to fully cure a few more days.

For a full tutorial on how I make this type of beads, click here: https://sharsumpaint.com/2022/04/26/pottery-barn-inspired-knotted-cement-rope/

The clay I use for these beads is from Dollar General.
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Pottery Barn Inspired Knotted Cement Rope

Ever since I saw a YouTube video on how to DIY the Pottery Barn knotted cement rope using air dry clay, I knew I had to do it.

Pottery Barn’s Knotted Cement Rope was priced at $89!

So…. last night while watching TV, I rolled some clay into approximately 1” balls and poked a hole through using a chopstick. This left a big enough hole for some thicker jute rope to go through.

This morning it was dry enough to work with. Theoretically, it would take about 3 days to dry completely, but I have painted air dry clay before it was completely dry in the past so I knew I could. I will still let it air dry now for 3 days before doing anything more with it. I used my aged stone technique to make the clay beads look like they were made of cement. I painted the beads with our Missouri Limestone Painting Company chalk paint in “Gray Goose”. I added some baking soda and kind of pounced it on to give the clay the texture of stone. Once dry, I applied liming wax then wiped excess off.

I knotted mine similar to Pottery Barn but added a tag on one end I had made. I thought it fit perfectly with my cement rope.

I am so pleased with how it turned out!