Oct 29, 2012

Primitive Wooden Spoons


A country must in my prim themed kitchen is old time colored prim wooden spoons.

Instead of going out and buying some pre-made, I thought I'd try to make'em. After all I had plenty of plain wooden spoons laying around after making the Snowmen Wooden Spoons.

Here's a pic of a few of my finished prim spoons:
If you notice, I try to stay with old timey colors such as reds, greens, grays and blacks. I just like them better. I wanted to throw in a mustard colored one, but have ran out of that color.

If you want to make these, here's how I did it. I started with some plain wooden spoons from Walmart. I choose the cheap pack of like 6 or 8 for $1.50. Can't remember exactly, but it was cheap. They looked like this:


This is my favorite crock. And here is where I store my plain spoons. I just love it!
First off, I took them outside and lightly spray painted them, both sides, black in the Rustoleum brand.
 I also tried to hand paint a few, to see which ones I liked better, with flat black craft paint:
The color was nice and strong, but it took forever doing so by hand. Keep in mind, I bought about 10 packages of these spoons to make, so that I could also sell some in my Peddlers Mall Booth. So I'm sticking with the spray painting!


Then I brought them inside and grubbied them up an extra bit while adding some color at the same time, like so:
by mixing the preferred color (at this time it was actually another flat black but I had a pic of the burnt umber) I mix them about 50/50 and apply kinda sparse. You don't wanna fully cover up your first coat of spray paint. You want to let it kinda show through. (I wish I'd snapped a pic of another color spoon below other than black to show what I'm talking about, but I'm sure you get the idea.) You just wanna kinda give it a paint on paint look. Not just one solid color.

Then I take some heavy grit sand paper and scuff up all the sides and inner rims, and down the handle a bit like so:
And then I went back and added a piece of jute string to some of the handles. Just to make a lil more country look.
I've been mixing the colors and selling them as a 
set of 4 for 
$4.95 in my Peddlers Mall Booth
I'm also planning to add these to my Etsy shop soon.

They'd be great as a display in an old mason jar in your kitchen. I may be making some Christmas ornaments out of these in an upcoming post. So I better get going and start drilling some hanging holes. Don't forget to check back soon to see them!

And you can check out current items in my booth by visiting facebook, Booth #555
Here's some mixed in with my Snowman spoons too.


Happy Crafting!
 

Oct 22, 2012

Old Wood Toolbox (Simplify)


This is an old vintage, wooden toolbox that I've painted in a more prim look. It came to me in a faded whiteish' colored wood, totally covered in grease spots and the inside was terrible. I didn't even think to take a before pic because as soon as I got it home, I started cleaning and painting it.

I painted it with a brush, with a flat black. Then I stenciled on the "Simplify" saying and the star. Next, I roughed it up around all the edges & handle with some medium grade sand paper.

Then I sealed it with a light shade of varnish/stain combo. Let it dry and here it is. It's for sale in my Peddlers Mall booth for $24.99.
Update: Sold


I displayed magazines in this at my booth. It would be great for many other uses as well though.

Oct 19, 2012

Old Window Makeover

Here's what I started with. I found 5 of these old windows at a yard sale for only $2 each.
  I knew I either wanted to make mirrors out of them or display racks like I've seen in a few craft blogs.
Well, I went with the display racks because I need some more display room in my Peddlers Mall booth.
 I very carefully knocked out the glass in two of them by putting the windows down inside of a big ole cardboard box. A very skinny one. The wicker table had came in it and it was perfect. I then hit on the sides of the box with a rubber hammer until all the glass was pretty much broken out. This way the glass didn't fly around and I didn't have a mess to clean up afterwards either.
 Next, I put some chicken wire on the backside of them both. I stapled it on with a big ole staple gun from Lowes. Then I stenciled on the "Primitive" saying at the top. On one of them I cut some fabric and added a little curtain to make it more country. The other I left plain. And that's the one I like best.
And here it is. I use those metal "S" hooks to hang items on these in my booth. They save me alot of space and look so cute for displaying about anything!


Second Set of Snowmen CLOTHESPIN Magnets


I made another batch of snowmen clothespins today. To view my first go at this, click here. This time I made a few small changes to give them a more prim appearance. Such as replacing some of the buttons, stars and hearts with words such as faith, family, friends, hope ect. The words are basically endless that you could write. I like to do a little country effect by putting the dots on the points of the letters.

I started by buying some plain, wooden clothespins at the DollarMart. A package of 50 for only $1.00. Then I spray painted half of them an almond color, the other half just white. I only buy the Rustoleum brand of spray paint at Walmart. One coat and you're ready to go.

Then I painted on all the faces step by step. All eyes of one style such as happy eyes, ect. And then all noses, all mouths and so on. Then the wording down the bottom on some, others I chose hearts, stars or x's. Just mix them up.




Next, I gathered the stuff I'd need such as magnets and glue.


If you notice in the next picture, I had to cut these magnets in half to fit perfectly on my clothespins because they were out of the smaller size at Walmart. But they cut easily and it did allow me to get double for my money. Hint: Never buy the rolls of magnets for these type of projects. They do not have a good strong hold.


Then I was ready to let them sit and dry. While doing so, I started cutting some fabric for the scarfs. So that kept me busy as I am a figity person. I sooo hate waiting. lol.
And here they are after I added their little scarfs!




After posting these, I also went back and added a little red to their cheeks. It just was the finishing touch for me. lol. And then packaged them individually this time around, in case some will be given as gifts.

These are now ready for sale in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555.


Snowmen Magnets






Oct 9, 2012

Halloween Labels


It's that time again! Time to add a lil creepy to our homes. And this year I did something new. I ordered some sticky Halloween themed labels from ebay, (because I didn't feel like going out and buying the sticker paper & buying images on Etsy at the moment.) So it was just because I wanted the easy way out, or I'd have taken the time to do so. lol.

I made a lil box of things with labels to go in my Peddlers Mall booth as well. Here they are after I used what I needed, I packaged the left over labels up for sale in my booth also. So people can put them on what they want, if they don't like my pre-made items.
As you see, they are just basically pre-made stickers with cute Halloween themes. That's it. Ready to stick. Just find an object to put them on. Here's some more pics of how I used them below on an old medicine bottle, can of beans and a can of tuna. I just took off the original labels and stuck them right on.

 

And here's a little display I made on the front porch. Note the cute little barn wood cabinet that my wonderful hubby Greg made! Gotta love a crafty man! :-)

I love these labels. So simple but they add a unique look for my decorations. I need to go snap some pics of the yard and area my husband decorates. I may add some later on, if I can remember.

Happy Crafting!


Oct 4, 2012

Small HOMESPUN CANDY CANES


These are great for the small primitive trees. And you can make these super fast with very little material. Always a plus!

I got the idea for these from the blog eyeballs by day, crafts by night. And immediately bookmarked it because I knew it was a cute Christmasy craft to do. And best of all, they will even look cute on your little prim trees all year, if you wish.

Here's how I made them:


I started with the tiny little wire ones, that had some type of bakers' twine wrapped around them on Etsy. I couldn't find the more plastic common ones this time of year. But you can bet that at the after Christmas sales, this year, I will hoard them all. lol.

See how small they are compared to a normal sized pen. Super cute!

All I did was put some hot glue at the small curved end, and began wrapping a strip of cute fabric around in a circle. About mid way down the side, I put another dab of hot glue to make sure the fabric held tight.
Then I just finished wrapping and added some hot glue at the end, cut it, and pinched the ends together to kinda seal it. Notice I left the little strings of fabric sticking out. I like that look for the old country themed trees.

Here's another pic to show the size.

These have already been a hit last week in my booth, and I'm gonna try to make some more over the weekend.

TIP: If you don't have these little candy canes, you could always just use some of those rolls of wire either from a craft or hardware store.

Just bend them in the shape, snap with wire cutters and cover! I did this when I ran out and it's gonna be a way cheaper process!



I might get enough of these made to throw a few in my Etsy shop.
Not sure yet because my local craft booth is running low.

Happy Crafting until next time ya'll,

PRIMITIVE Peg Board with Stars

  This cute peg board with railroad nails is done in flat black and Eggnog Yellow Stars.
PRIMITIVE PEG BOARD WITH STARS

Here's a cute board I'm making to use as a wall hanger. I'm gonna call it a peg board, for lack of a better term. It wont actually have pegs, but old, rough, flat nails in the middle of the stars to use as hangers. It'd be cute in a hallway with cute ornies on it.

Okay, so here's the plain, pine board I started with below. I bought it at Lowe's in about a 6' piece.


Then I painted the first one a first coat of burgundy in the Folk Art brand paint. I used a "rag method," which is so much easier and faster for base coats. The second one I used flat black. Just take an old cloth and rub it in the wood. This works great for me, on the plain pine wood because it soaks up the first coat so fast. And with the rag, it really helps get the pain on thick.


Then I let the burgundy dry and added a top coat of flat black Folk Art paint. 
(the second one, I just did one coat of flat black though)

Then I used a star stencil and some Delta stencil paint (pic below of type I use) 

and stenciled on the cute primitive stars. This is where I will place my old nails. Right in the middle of the stars to make hangers.

And then I gave a fast, edging sand job to all the sides and a light sand to the front. Just to age it's look a bit. I like to sand just hard enough that it allows a bit of the burgundy to show. It looks great with the flat black. Great primitive colors if you ask me together.

Oh, i added two saw tooth hangers on the back, one at each end. Two because I want it strong, as I'll be hanging stuff on it in my booth until it sales.

Here is the one finished I did in flat black and Eggnog Yellow Stars:



Sold this in my Peddlers Mall Booth
$9.99 Thank you!

I also have smaller ones in my ebay shop from time to time.

Happy Crafting ya'll,
~Lisa
 

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