Nov 13, 2012

Primitive "Kitchen Themed" Wooden Spoons


You can do a lot with wooden spoons in a country theme. This is kinda a spinoff on my Snowman Spoons and Primitive Wooden Spoons posts. I bought oodles of spoons and so I decided to do a different theme this week. I had toyed around with making hanging ornaments out of them. And here's how they turned out.

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Keep in mind you can keep these hanging up all year round on your prim trees. That's what I'm going to do in my dining room!



Here's the before of the plain wooden spoons:


First, I handpainted each with acrylic Apple Barrel brand paint. I used a variety of old country colors such as antique white, black, colonial green, burgundy and gray etc.

Then I scuffed up all the edges with some coarse sandpaper to give each a very worn look. Like so:

as seen in my Primitive Wooden Spoons post.

Then I just took some antique white paint and wrote on each with a tiny paintbrush, the words like:
coffee, tea, collector, flour, sugar, grandmas kitchen.. Words that would typically be heard in a kitchen.



Then I cut some homespun fabric strips and tied them around the ends for hanging them up. I started to drill a tiny hole in each handle to thread the fabric through, but decided against it because I was afraid to crack them out.

You could go a step farther by "grubbying" them up. By maybe adding some browns or black paint streaks around the edges, but I like them how they are now. And here's how they turned out.




If you notice closely, on a few of the letters, I put the little dots on them to make them more country. I like it better like that.

I priced these for $1.99 each in my Booth#555  (currently available) at the Morehead Peddlers Mall. I will be also offering them in a packaged set of 4 very soon, approximately Friday at my booth and maybe in my Etsy shop.


You may also liked a similar post titled Vintage Styled Rolling Pins where the paint technique is quite similar.



~Happy Crafting~
See ya'll next time,
~Lisa

Nov 3, 2012

Cinnamon Salt Dough Stars



I make these around Christmas time for my Booth#555 at the Peddlers Mall. They are a steady seller. Especially at Christmas time because they are adorned with the yummy smell of cinnamon!

Here's how I make them. I start out by making up a batch of salt dough.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • ½ cup water (sometimes you add a bit more)
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil (this makes it a little more flexible, and is optional)


I mix it all up in a bowl, adding a bit more of water, if needed. It should be firm but still good and flexible.
Knead it for a bit and get it all mixed good. If you want colored dough, you could easily add food coloring or something natural like coffee or tea. I prefer it plain for most uses.

I then knead it out into a big ole baking sheet. Then use my star cookie cutter to make the shapes. And then here's where I add a little extra. I take a small star stencil and press it into the center of the star. It just adds a lil extra touch and makes it cuter. And it's totally optional!

And this is what a few of them looks like, notice the star stencil at the top:


and here's a closer pic of the star, after I pressed down on the stencil, just a tad bit. And repeated it on every other one, if you want.


Next, it's time to do the dusting of cinnamon to make them totally smell yummy! I just spread them all out on the old baking sheet and sprinkle with some cinnamon sugar. I press the granules down into the salt dough very easily to make it adhere, but not hard enough to misshape the star.

Then I stick them in the preheated oven at 300* for about 45 minutes. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It mostly depends on the thickness of the salt dough. The just take them out and let them cool, then package as desired.


UPDATE: Sometimes, but not always, I take it a step farther. After allowing them to dry from baking, I dip them down into some scented, melted wax with an old fork, one by one. In the pic below, I had scented my wax with apple cinnamon. Then set aside to dry on wax paper. And here's what it looks like:

The wax just makes them appear way smoother, kinda like a wax tart. I love it! Yet, if you opt out of dipping them in wax, you get a more grungy, prim look! Oh, I just can't decide which way I like best. lol.

Here's another look at them UNDIPPED of wax, just with the cinnamon sugar finish:


And here's a closeup of a few of them dipped in the wax:


Ah, I think my favorite is the dipped in wax finish!

When they are all finished, I package 5 of them in a cellophane treat bag, from Walmart. And add a string of homespun fabric as a tie. Sometimes I will also add a stick or two of cinnamon to the bag. It makes for an almost instant bowl filler. I then price them for $3.95 and put them in my Booth#555 at the Peddlers Mall

Have you ever made anything from salt dough before?

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Salt Dough Buttons

Nov 1, 2012

CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT DISPLAY | Great for Craft Fairs or Displaying Favorite Ornaments



EASY CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT DISPLAY

I thought I'd share with ya'll a cute wooden Christmas tree that I use to display my Christmas tree ornaments in my craft booth.
It would also be a cute way to display some of your favorites in your home too!


I didn't make this exact one, however it'd be super easy to construct. 
I won this at an auction in Northern, KY for only $1.00!!! LOVE IT! 



It didn't have the nails to hold things or the strand of lights, but the body of it was great.
I am thinking about making another one so I can sit one on each side of my booth. So here's how it's constructed.



So simple. (sorry, it was a lil blurry, i took these first 2 with my iphone & no flash.)


You can see it's basically a cut out of a smooth type plywood, in the shape of a sad Christmas tree. I say sad because the lil limbs all hand downward. lol. And it's painted a forest green.



Here's a closer up look at it, very easy to construct: front: (these below i took with a real camera lol.)

The base is super simple. The front had a piece knocked off when I got it, but I think it just adds a piece of character. 
It's just a flat piece of wood, kinda think, maybe an inch and has a lil weight to it.


Side:
It's braced with only a simple piece of wood, cut in a rectangle, that holds the tree frame to the base.


Back: again, very simple construction


And there are nails from the bottom of it, up into the pieces of wood. It's never fallen over and I've had it loaded over the past few  years with ornaments.

To make for some hanging spots, I took some headless nails and tacked them all up and down the tree to give me some hanging spots like so:


And oh yea, i took a dry brush and streaked it with some black because I wanted it to look a lil older to fit the theme of my booth. I also wish I'd had old rusty looking nails at the time, but I didn't.

And here it is again, all loaded down and lit up:


Here's a better photo to show the ornaments hanging.



And I also have a bunch of the hand painted ornaments finally listed on my Etsy now.
Here's a sneak peek at some of them.


I'm still working on these, but they are almost ready!



I do believe these blue Frosty the Snowmen are my favorite. I just freehanded in a pipe at last second and love it. lol


And anyways, back to the tree display. Here's a side view.





 I hope seeing the way it's put together will help ya'll make one easier.
Well, I'm off to try my hand at one now.



 

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