These Are a Few of my Favorite Things….

I have been cranking out a few crafts for our booths. It’s been so nice crafting in my clean craft area.

These are just a few things of my favorite things…..

My Organized Craft Area and Decluttered Basement

We started this process the end of September. We have finally, for all intents and purposes, finished. There is still more to do and it’s a never ending process, but we are very happy with the results. Follow this link to see the beginning of this huge transformation.

And now, for more pics of my new and improved basement. We can now also enjoy the living space there once again.

A Well Dressed Cheese Box

I found this cheese box (15” round x 5 1/2” tall) when thrifting this summer while on vacation. I knew the glued on flowers had to go, but hadn’t decided how I was going to upcycle it….until today.

It’s getting cold out and that cheese box needed a sweater. I just happened to have a new red sweater that came in an Ugly Sweater kit I thrifted last year.

The first thing I did was sand off those flowers as much as I could and then I cut the sweater in half about 4” below the armpits. Then I covered the outside of the box and down the inside. The lid still fits fine around the sweater.

I glued the seams first, inside, outside, and underneath. Then I glued all around, securing the sweater to the box.

I was left with a lot of fuzz, which was hard to remove on that rough wood. I didn’t want to get out a vacuum, so I used rolled up masking tape to pick it up. It worked like a charm.

Next, I finished the rough edges by gluing sisal rope around the sides and bottom.

And then came the image I downloaded and adapted to cover up the old flowers I had mostly sanded away. This is a technique I’ve used several times now. I found this image, free on The Graphics Fairy Site. I had to do several things to get it the way I wanted, though. First, I had to make the image transparent and I cut it into a round shape using the free app Pro Knockout. But I wanted it to have a more vintage look so I uploaded it to the free website Lunapic and saved it as a pen drawing.

All of this is free, so I’m sharing my image I created here. Please credit The Graphics Fairy and this blog post if you do use it. Thanks.

Pen drawing created in Lunapic.com from a free image found on The Graphics Fairy.

I then inserted the image into a Google Document, enlarged it to fit the paper, and saved it as a pdf file. Next, I used a product called Pixi Spray to temporary adhere a piece of drop cloth to a sheet of printer paper. I trimmed the drop cloth to the size of the paper, then printed it on my personal black and white laser printer.

I am always blown away how cool this look is on drop cloth. I cut around the circle and adhered the image to the box using Elmer’s Craft Bond.

I cut the neck off and used what I learned from the wise words of all mothers, “Don’t pull on the neck of your sweater, you will stretch it out!” They are right! I pulled and pulled and stretched it enough so that it would fit around my image and then hot glued it in place. It is on there forever. 🙂 And while I was at it, I used a red paint pen and colored in the berries on his hat for just a bit of color.

This finished my cheese box. I posted it for sale on my Facebook page and it sold almost immediately!

Now, what to do with the sweater arms?? I’m thinking my early morning project will be dressing a few Oui yogurt jars. 🙂

A Decoupaged Wood Slice Tucked into a Fall Arrangement

I was making a couple of coasters with some left over tissue from another project, so I decided to make this to tuck into a fall arrangement I put together. The colors are so rich and vibrant on this tissue paper and I love how it looks in the arrangement!

This is how I did it:

1. I gathered my supplies – off white chalk-style paint, decoupage medium from Dollar Tree, left over tissue paper I made on my ink jet printer, Saran Wrap, a wood slice from Amazon, fine sandpaper, and a hair dryer. Sorry, I forgot to take pics of drying it, just don’t get the hair dryer too close, and I will dry on hot for a bit, then switch to cool a couple of times until dry.

2. I painted the wood slice with one coat of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk- style paint in “Grannie’s Lace”. The purpose of this is to have a light background showing g through the tissue paper and will make the detail of the image stand out. I used a hair dryer to help speed the drying process.

3. I then gave the wood slice a nice even coat of the decoupage medium from Dollar Tree, making sure it was all covered, all the way to the edge.

4. I carefully placed the tissue paper over the wood slice where I wanted it and then pressed it down and smoothed it out all over with a piece of wadded up Saran Wrap. This allows the tissue paper to adhere smoothly with no wrinkles. Again I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

5. I used a piece of fine sandpaper and went in a downward motion all around the edge to remove excess paper. This keeps the tissue paper from tearing. Do not go back and forth.

6. I then gave it an even coat of of the decoupage medium and used the hair dryer to help speed the drying process. Once dry, I gave it a 2nd coat.

7. The Dollar Tree decoupage medium is glossy and I wanted to tone down the glossiness a bit so once the 2nd coat was thoroughly dry, I sprayed a coat of satin Mod Podge sealer over it.

Note: As an FYI, I have heard that glossy decoupage is much more water resistant than matte or satin, so often people will use the glossy for the first coat and after will tone it down with Matt or satin as I did here.

I now have a beautiful embellishment to tuck into my Fall display.

Storing Faux Flowers – Problem Solved! A baby gate!

Do you struggle with faux flower storage in your craft area? I do!

I’ve tried several things, but nothing was working well. I’ve searched Hoogke and Pinterest. I’ve watched organizational videos and even tried some of them, but nothing worked for me.

Until today. As we were decluttering the basement we came across several baby gates. Since the grands are no longer babies, Danny wanted to know if I wanted to sell them. I’ve really had the flower problem on my mind and all of a sudden, I saw not a baby gate, but a rack with holes that could hang on a wall or door and I could stuff stems through the holes!

We had an over the door hanging rack. I had to leave then so Danny tried it out and it works perfectly with room to spare for more. I can see at a glance what I have (I may reorganize by color 🤪) and it is space saving, too! I even have room for more on this one, plus I have two more gates if I need more room. 🤪

And it looks pretty, too!

A Print from a Shower Curtain Becomes a Christmas Decoration

Today’s project: I just had to do this. I found this awesome Christmas shower curtain at my sister-in-law’s yard sale yesterday.

I knew I wanted to use the images for decoupage. It is 100% polyester, so I wasn’t sure what would be the best way to do it. I posed the question to a decoupage fb group I belong to. A couple people suggested making printed copies of the images! Brilliant! I hadn’t even thought about doing that… and now I can use the shower curtain, too! Just look at all the different images on it!

I copied the image I wanted on my ink jet printer by laying the shower curtain on the tray in the area that showed that image. Then, the question of how to cut it out.

That brought to mind an old German cutting technique called Scherenschnitte, which means “scissor cuts” in German, and is the art of paper cutting design. I had done some of this many years ago. At one time I even had special scissors. I do have a pair of very sharp, small pointed scissors, so I cut around the edges my design with a kind of modified Scherenscnitte technique. It worked fine. These are the scissors I used.

I remembered to spray both sides of my printed image with Mod Podge spray to keep it from bleeding. When it was dry, I used Elmer’s Bonding spray on the back and bonded it to a piece of painters drop cloth the size of the back of the 8×10 frame I found in my stash to use. I made sure I pressed down carefully on all the cut edges to make sure they bonded well.

I then used a spray adhesive called Pixie spray on the back of the drop cloth and pressed it to the backing of the frame so it would lay flat.

I opted not to use the glass as I really wanted the texture of the drop cloth to show….and the texture of the paper. You really can’t even tell the image is a piece of printer paper.

I tried to take a couple of pics to show the texture. I am thrilled with how this project turned out and it took less than two hours to complete.

The frame is just perfect for this vintage looking image, don’t you think? It looks like it has been around hundreds of years.

Then a friend challenged me to make something from one of the trucks. So, I used this one and added a couple more embellishments.

Here are a few more ways I’ve used the printouts:

Skeleton Trio – See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil

These little guys were so much fun to make!

Pinterest inspired. They used bigger skeletons, but I had a package of these little 6” ones and a wooden block for a bench …. so ……

I just needed scissors, a block of wood for them to sit on and a lot of hot glue. I dry brushed and wiped off a bit of black paint on them afterwards to make them look even dirtier and to disguise any hot glue that showed.

I am making the claim that no skeletons were harmed in the creation of this project because well, you know why… but seeing as skeleton bones are rather brittle lol, I did have to remove their upper arms and not use them and cut off their legs and reset them so I could get them into position. 😂😂

The other items on the tray and the tray I had already made.

I had one more little skeleton left. I think I figured out how to turn him into “The Thinker”.

Number Tags

Today’s early morning project: Number Tags

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.

More Daily Projects

I’ve been doing some more creating…..

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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The original sign:

A DIY Fall Vignette

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!