A Bunny Tin Filled with Flowers and Greenery

I’m at my son Trevor’s helping out with the kids while Lydia is at a conference, but I brought along enough supplies to keep me busy while they are at school. 🙂

I was going to paint a duck today, but instead decided on painting this little 4 1/2” tall by 3 1/2” round embossed galvanized tin. I brought the perfect bunny framed with greenery Prima transfer I bought at The Gray Wall to go on it.

I’m so glad I did! It’s a little overcast today but the lighting seemed perfect when I used their beautiful view as a background for photos.

I usually spray a clear coat on metal or glass first but this tin was not shiny and the Mod Podge sprays I used uusially create a nice hard finish.

I painted the tin with 3 coats of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company “January” and let it dry. Then I gave it a coat of Mod Podge clear matte spray, followed by Mod Podge Pearlized Glaze spray.

I then applied the transfer. I sealed the transfer with another coat of the clear matte spray and a very light coat of the pearlized spray. I didn’t want to use too much as I really wanted the details in the transfer to show up. I just wanted a little shimmer. It’s hard to see on the photos, but it is there.

I love how it turned out and love how the photos show it off!

DIY Fabric Carrots

I made a couple of carrots for Easter. They turned out pretty cute and made a great back drop for the little stand up bunny!

They were easy to do. I saw the carrot treat bags at Dollar Tree and bought a package of two, thinking I would do something with them.

The first thing I did was cut off the green polka dot tops.

Next, I used a pencil eraser and white paint to make random polka dots on the front and back of the orange fabric.

I had some green Dollar Tree wired ribbon. I cut thin strips of various lengths, using both the wired pieces and the plain ones.

Next, I glued the strips randomly across the inside, both sides.

I pulled the drawstrings together very tight and hot glued around to keep it tight. I fluffed all the greenery and bent the wired pieces in place.

Then, I stuffed my carrots.

I glued the greenery to the inside on one side of the carrot, and then glued the other side to it.

I then glued the edges to it and anything sticking out I gathered and glued that, too.

As a final touch, I glued some jute twine to the front, leaving about a 3” length, then wrapped it around the top several times, ending back at the front, tyed a bow and glued it in place.

The final project, displayed with other items I have crafted, just in time for Easter.

Forget Making Moulds – I Had An Idea and it Worked!

Yesterday was a snow day (in public school terms) so as a retired teacher I respected the tradition of doing nothing but play. I discovered a new painting technique in the process.

Earlier I painted plastic eggs to make some egg bunnies, but that’s another tutorial. Basically, I glued them shut, scuffed them up, gave them a coat of chalk paint, dabbed more paint along with picking up at the same time with my brush some Howard’s Chalk-tique

After I made ears for them I decided they needed to be in their own egg cups.

So I painted some peat pots and tried out an idea I’ve had since I bought some plastic puffy stickers at Dollar Tree. My thought was I could glue the rose stickers on, paint over them, then distress them. They had a metallic finish on them and so I was hoping the metallic finish would come through, and Oh….yes it did!!! I found these at Dollar Tree. I also found keys and butterflies and now can’t wait to use them, too..

I used a fast drying glue called Quick Hold. It is made by E6000 but sets up much quicker. It sets in about 45 de ones and cures within 4-6 hours. It has been working great on almost everything I’ve used it on. It was holding well on these attaching to the peat pot but they were a little stiff and the ends kept popping up. I wasn’t concerned as I thought I’d reglue them after I painted over them.

I then painted over them and used a mini heat gun to dry them. An amazing thing happened. The heat must have softened the plastic and did something to the glue (possibly reactivating it) because I was able to easily push down and press them for a few seconds and they stayed put! Not sure why or how, but they lay down now. Just fine!

Then I took a damp towel and rubbed away the paint on the raised part of the roses…..and there was the metallic finish coming to life right before my eyes. To really enhance it I rubbed a bit of clear wax over it and Wow! As you can see in the photo above, my idea worked! I’m so happy!

I could do snow days every day (for awhile anyway. Lol)

And here’s the final project. 🥰

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…..

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. 🙂

Birch Tree Risers and Logs

We’ve been making birch tree risers. Leonard Butts, Robin Holmes Butts, and Kathy Strothcamp thanks for the contribution from your fallen trees and limbs. Leonard, your big branch we saved from your tree became the risers, and Kathy, your branches and Leonard and Robin’s smaller branches became the birch log bundle.

Danny cut them into the sizes I wanted and made me hold the saw down while he got the right measurements. Personally, I think he could have done that himself, but the couple that works together, stays together, right? 😂 Plus, I could make sure he was doing it correctly if I helped. 🤪

The resulting projects are all natural and beautiful just as they are. Some have peeling bark, some have bark that peeled off. Some bark may still peel, but that’s what birch trees do.

We made several sets of (1/2”, 1” and 1 1/2”) risers and several sets of (1”, 1/2”, and 2”) risers.

We also made a bundle of 10 birch logs. They fit perfectly on the MCM magazine rack we turned into a log holder.

I researched how bundles of logs are tied for carrying so gave Danny that task after I told him how they did it.

The look on Danny’s face in the first pic says, “Hurry up and take the picture, Pierre. These are freaking heavy.” 😂😂 The second one was a little better after I let him rest his arm. 🤪

The name Pierre is brought up every time there is a photo being taken around here. Ed Pierre was our local photographer for many, many years. He was meticulous with his photography and posing positions and it took forever it seemed until he was satisfied it was the perfect shot. And they always were.

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!

An Ear of Harvest Corn Made With Wooden Beads

Today’s early morning project: I created an “Ear of Harvest Corn with Wooden Beads”

I only had enough beads for one ear. I had wire here, but if I do any more I would get copper jewelry wire. I believe the beads came from Dollar General and the raffia is from the hula skirt from Dollar Tree.

This was a fun and quick project and would look great mixed in with your other fall decor. I love the Fall natural look.

There was no need for me to make a tutorial on this, because the tutorial I used from Hammons Nest was excellent and easy to follow.

If you’d like to try this, here’s the Hammons Nest tutorial: https://fb.watch/8thInCI9jQ/