Valentine Display

I took down my winter display this morning (I’m so over winter here in Missouri) and put up a Valentine one. I don’t decorate a lot for Valentine’s Day and since this is across from my recliner, I get to enjoy it quite a bit. 😁

I don’t remember where I got those faux tulips, but I love the color and the quality. I’ve had the cut glass vase forever. I made the wired rope heart earlier this week and love it so much I’m keeping it. Lol

The fireplace garland I made last year. I leave the greenery and the yarn hearts and pom pom garland up all year and just add to it each season.

I found the Valentine screensaver on YouTube. So many cool TV art screensavers on YouTube. Just do a search for TV art and you will find all kinds. Since my mantle is so close to my TV, I found the screensavers do a good job of decorating my mantle area.

Simple, but inviting. This screensaver plays relaxing music and several different images. So relaxing! But not for long. We are headed to a couple of our booths for some makeovers in a few minutes.

Just a Couple of Purple Gnomes

A friend saw the picture I posted of a gnome I made a couple of years ago and wanted one, do I crocheted a hat, body covering, and boots for it in her favorite color – purple. A Dollar Tree mop head became his beard.

I hot glued the body covering over a large water glass with lid from Dollar Tree. I made wood forms for his feet and stuck them in the crocheted boots I made and glued them to the lid of the glass, using hot glue and super glue. Then added more hot glue all around the wood.

I cut the strands off the mop head and applied two layers of them all around the edge of the glass bottom. Then hot glued the hat on and added a wood nose. He stands about 12” high.

Gnomes are still popular. Anytime I make one, it sells quickly. So the other day, a friend sent me a link for making one around a wooden ring with the hat being created with yarn around a piece of toilet paper holder. So, of course I had to make one. My ring was a little bigger so I improvised and added purple yarn around it and glued the hat to the ring. I added a little pink heart. I also glued the whole thing to a Dollar Tree stand up frame to display him.

My purple loving friend bought him, too. 🙂

Here’s the link to the original pattern. https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/easy-macrame-gnomes.html

O’Cedar Tree, O’Cedar Tree …

One more little craft, then taking a short break for our 50th anniversary coming up on the 28th! Hoping to see some beautiful fall foliage and an eagle 🦅 or two.

We found a bunch of these cedar rounds thrifting.

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I’ve already made a snowman’s hat, a stand for my teeny tiny snowmen, and now I’ve used one for a small 5” high cedar tree.

I had these faux cedar pieces I bought after Christmas last year. They were attached to a table runner. 🙂 And… since these are cedar rounds, I thought why not make it an air freshener, too? I just happen to have Young Living’s Cedarwood essential oil to use on it. 🙂

I love the smell of this Cedarwood. P.S. It freshens up furniture drawers, too! I think I will put a couple of the rounds with a drop of Cedarwood in the dresser I just finished!

Mini Jute Rope Christmas Tree

I had such fun making my 8” tall jute tree https://sharsumpaint.com/2022/10/17/spiral-jute-rope-christmas-tree/, I had to make a smaller one this morning.

I changed it up a little. This one is 5” tall. I used a small 2 1/4” wood slice for the base and cut down the size of the skewer some. It still has a point on it for piercing each strand of jute. I just cut it off at the end.

The jute pieces I used:

12 – 4”
12 – 3”
12 – 2”
2 – 1”
And a half inch piece. For this one I used more glue and pressed and molded it to round off the top.

I cut off the skewer and left enough to glue the greenery and the star to the skewer and glued some jute to the back of it to cover.

This one got caught in a snow storm so has a bit of snow (paint) on the branches.

Spiral Jute Rope Christmas Tree

I found another way to use some of the roll of jute rope I thrifted. I created a spiral tree with it. 🙂

I used a long stem piece of green floral wire and using craft glue to secure, twisted the jute around the wire.

I then shaped it into a spiral form. The center of the spiral I thumbtacked into this chunk of birch tree I had. I used craft glue to glue the rest of the bottom edge to the base. I added sprigs of faux cedar and daubed on white paint to represent snow. I also daubed a bit of paint on the jute.

I added little balls of a muted green, red and cream color from a garland I had. They had wire attached so I just wired them on.

I cut a star from a piece of aluminum foil I spray painted copper and daubed white paint on it. I used a small piece of Velcro to attach the star to the top.

I sat the tree on a little round base then sprinkled some of the fallen copper dried hydreanga blooms I had left from another project around the base for the photo.

I’m having so much fun finding ways to use my big roll of jute rope I thrifted. 🙂

Shabby Jute Rope Christmas Tree

I found one thing this morning to make with the big roll of jute I found at an estate sale… a shabby jute Christmas tree. It took me about 1 1/2 hours to make.

My little tree stands about 7 1/2” h x 7 1/2” w.

I was inspired by a tutorial I saw come up on Pinterest. My jute was a little thinner than the tutorial so I adapted it some.

https://countrydesignstyle.com/rope-christmas-tree/

I used a 10” skewer from Dollar Tree but ended up cutting several inches off when finished. I also used 5 – 3” pieces 3 -2” pieces and 3 – 1” pieces of jute instead of what they did. I also used Dollar Tree Super GluecWood Glue on the wood round stand and on each stand of jute as I built it.

Then I just kept building.

Here it is pictured next to this cool sign I also thrifted. Sure wish I had could have created that, but sadly, no.

Decoupaged Soap using Rub on Transfers

I tried decoupaging a napkin on Dollar Tree Dial soap and it worked perfectly. The soap suds from the bottom, leaving the sealed napkin side intact.

I then decided I was going to make several of them and sell them at a Christmas Open House at the Antique Mall where we have a booth. The owner is very kind and is allowing me to have a small space to sell my smaller crafts that day. We’ve not worked out the details yet, but now I need to get busy with stocking stuffers and small gifts and Christmas decor.

I went in search of more bars of the small hypoallergenic Dial Soap carriers but wasn’t finding it. I looked online and they weren’t selling it online either. As I read more it sounds like Dial quit making it. Darn. I was able to find the last 8 bars at my local store so I happily got them.

Any soap that has at least one flat side will work. I just liked the size of these. And they fit perfectly into the little bags Dollar Tree sells in the wedding section. If you are a hoarder of the little soap bars from hotel stays, they might possubly be an option, too.

But then, I wondered if the rub on transfers would work. After a trial and error of trying to apply the transfer to just the soap and the transfer wouldn’t rub off, I decided it might work if I applied a layer of decoupage medium first. I used a water-based sealer (in this case the Wise Owl clear one hour enamel, but any water-based top coat would work). That did it! The rub on transfers worked perfectly then. I used a variety of rub ons I had. Some were just left over from other projects. I’m sure left over pieces of the high end rub ons would work also.

I sealed each bar with two coats of sealer and they fit perfectly in the little bags. I also noticed Dollar General sells the bags, too, but they are an off white. I like the white color of the Dollar Trees ones better. I plan on selling them for $4 each.

A Gnome on a Dollar Tree Sign

Sometimes Dollar Tree finds are just too cool to change unless you make a gnome to sit on top of the perfect little sign which stands on its own or can be hung on a wall.

Someone reminded me of these little gnomes. I made some last year. Looks like I might make more this year. They are too cute! The hat is made from lengths of yarn wrapped around a slice from a toilet paper tube, then turned inside out, tied together, and trimmed. The beard is that stringy, fluffy type yarn I made into a pompon.

I had to play with something waiting for my grandson to wake up this morning. (Yes, I brought supplies to babysit.) It’s nice when my charge is 10 years old. Lol

His nose is wadded up piece of brown coffee filter. I forgot to bring small beads for noses. 😁

And then …. I had to make a Christmas one. 😁

When you Decide to Keep the Fall Crafts You Make

Early this morning, since I hadn’t put away the beads from the beaded pumpkin I made the other day, 🙄 I decided to make another smaller one.

This one is only about 4” tall so I didn’t double the paper wrapped wire. I also only used 7 strands instead of 8.

Taking photos of it, I decided I loved it so much in the letter tray hanger with the acorn I made the other day, I was going to have to keep them. It is hard to tell in the picture, but it looks so neat on my rust color accent wall at the bottom of the stairs. The early morning light is coming in through the window panel on my front door.

SOLD! 😂😂

Dollar Tree Napkin Two Ways

Played with the super pretty Dollar Tree napkins today. I made a riser from a pumpkin cut out. For this I painted the board white with slight distressing on the edges. It creates a completely different look than when applying it to raw wood. The other items were on the raw wood, with some distressing done using antique wax.

Love the colors. And they have a dish towel to match! Not to mention glasses, paper plates, and a dish drying pad.