Mar 31, 2015

OLD PRIMITIVE TRUNK


Here is a cute $5.00 trunk that I won at an auction.
It was a rusty brown color with bits of black here and there before.
I did remember to snap a before pic this time!
But only after I finished spray painting it entirely black!

Here's a pic of it, but from the back.

 Well, I knew I could do something cute with it.
So I decided to just make it a little primish.

I had a large "SIMPLIFY" stencil that I got off from eBay that I had been dieing to use.
So I got that out along with some star stencils.

And this is what it ended up like:




And here is another one that started out just like the first one.
It's just a little bit bigger.
But I forgot the before pics, or either I can't find them one.

I took a can of wine colored spray paint and kind of sprayed here and there around the edges to give it a little more interesting color.




And off to my Peddlers Mall Booth #555 it went:
I priced it for $29.99



PRICE: $29.99
Sold in my Booth#555
THANK YOU!

See ya'll next time,
~Lisa


Mar 30, 2015

Barn Wood Shelves and Cabinets


I love the look of old timey shelves and cabinets in my craft booth and in my home.

 
The little one above is a very versatile piece. It is small enough you can move it easily and tuck it here and there without needing much room.

Here's another photo to show you more of about what size it really is, since I don't have the measurements laying around. 



It's over in the left hand corner.


It is just the perfect size for little things in my craft booth.
And best of all, it was free!

Yep, free! That is after my husband made it for me based on a drawing that I free handed.
This old barn lumber came from a man that traded some to my husband if he would make him a kitchen cabinet out of it.  (I have a photo of it somewhere.) So he did. And in turn, we got a free load of old barn lumber.
Awesome right?

My husband also made a few more larger ones for me to use as display shelves. 

Here is a few more pics of them at various angles.



and here you can kinda see a few of them at once:

If you look close at the photo below, you can see the easy upside down  "V" cut that is super easy and looks so prim!

 They are deep enough that they can hold a lot of craft items and goodies!

And oh yea, I had better not forget to include a photo of the faux fireplace frame also made out of this old barn wood.


It's nothing fancy at all but it helps tie in all the wood around my craft booth.
I helped my husband just piece together a few of the old 4x4 barn lumber pieces as legs. He used a  a flat wall board as the backing between the two legs. 
And just picked a wider, thicker piece for the top.
It's cute as ever!

Do you see the black board on the front of it?


I made that out of a plain 1x2 piece of pine. Painted it and added some nails as hooks
so that I could hang stockings and such.

I just love decorating it in my booth at Christmas time!



This is the last one we have tried so far. I love the style. It is a 2 piece.


Do you have any barn wood cabinets in your home or craft booths?

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

Mar 11, 2015

DIY: Vintage Hymnal Easter Eggs



Here is a super fun and easy way to make some primitive themed Easter eggs out of old, vintage hymn papers.

I like to fill up my old crocks sitting around with these, year round, but especially as Easter approaches.

All you need is:
-Plastic eggs (easy to find those Easter eggs in many stores right now by the bags)
-Elmers Glue
-Hymn Papers (Original or find some online free to print!)
 -Paintbrush (to mix the glue and water up)
-bowl of water

That's it! Now here comes the fun and the mess.

My plastic eggs before:

My plastic eggs after:

1. All you need to basically do is to take your Elmers glue  and mix it with water. Kind of making your own Mod Podge so to say. Not too thick and not too thin. I guess I do about half and half. 

2. Then tear up your hymn papers into small section strips. You could cut them like I first did for the pic, but I think the torn edges look best. And that's what I ended up doing afterwards.

3. Then drop them into the bowl of water/Elmers glue mixture and let them sit a minute or so. To get easier to work with.

4. Then just apply the strips, one by one to the egg. 
Pic below still shows my cut strips, but I love the torn look best!

It will take a few eggs to get the real hang of it, but once you do it goes by much faster.
I end up cupping my hand and squeezing out the watery/glue mix to make the edges lay flatter.
Cover it entirely.
Just kind of stick them right on, all over the egg.

Don't worry about the little crevasses and raised wrinkles. 
It just adds to the Prim look.

HINT: I prop mine up in pop lids, the metal ones to hold while they dry.
They work great!

Then just sit it over on the wax paper to dry. 
And wa~la. You are done.


I hope you find it fun to give this a try.  It really is a cool way to transform those unwanted, leftover Easter eggs everyone usually has sitting around also.  And a great way to display them year round!

Adding these to a wreath would also be a great Easter craft idea as well!

Happy Crafting!



You may also be interested in my other similar crafts:

Vintage Hymnal Paper Cone Cross Wreath WITH STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

 Vintage Hymnal Wreath

 

RED and WHITE Speckled COUNTRY EGGS

 

Primitive Easter Eggs

 

 

PRIMITIVE "COUNTRY THEMED" EGGS.

Primitive Country EGGS

Mar 7, 2015

MASON JAR Stamped Hang Tags (Gift Tags & Price Tags)


I'm loving all these Mason Jar ideas I've seen lately. So thought I'd share a really popular one I like to do.
 (If you want them without making them, they are available in my Etsy shop, hint hint :-)

Yesterday I made up a bunch of new tags for my craft Booth #555.  I made both some plain ones and some primitive & grubby ones also. And of course, a lot of the Mason jar styles! These are really simple and require very little supplies.

Here is what you will need:
-I use Avery manilla, blank labels with re-enforced eyelet

but you can easily pick up a package of 100 white, Avery blank labels from Walmart for around $2.00
-1 bottle of brown craft paint from Walmart.  They run about .88 cents a bottle.
-1 paint brush
-A Stamp of your choice: Mason JAR (I bought mine on eBay around $11.00)
-blank ink stamp pad ($1.00 from Dollar Tree)
-String if you don't have any or don't want to use the white that comes with the Walmart ones, you can purchase bakers twine on eBay or from me on etsy :-)

OPTIONAL: 
First thing I did was to turn the plain, out of the box tags into the grubby, primitive type that we are seeing everywhere.  I DID DO THIS TO THE MIDDLE PHOTO AT THE TOP, but I like them both GRUBBY AND PLAIN!
 I used the most simple way I could think of to do this.  Not involving the coffee, tea or other mixtures that I've read about out there. 
I did this process in an earlier blog post, so I won't bore you again here. But if you need the details, here's the link:

Grungy Tags Recipe Without Tea or Coffee

Then I just got out my mason jar stamp and black in pad and hand stamped each one of them. 

Then all that was left to do was to attach some baker's twine to each one.  This was the hardest part. lol. I hate tedious things like this, but it must be done! lol

And BAM! They are done.

Wouldn't these be awesome attached to a cute, country gift. Maybe packaged in that plain ole' brown paper wrapping?  Or use them as gift tags on mason jar goodies in summer?  And best of all, wouldn't they be a cute little accessory in a country themed wedding?  As for me, I use them as price tags in my craft booth. 

I mean the uses could be endless.


Mar 2, 2015

EASY CRAFTS TO MAKE AND SELL

I'm going to share a post today about some of the crafts that I most frequently make to sell.  After making them, I sell them in my craft booth, Booth #555 at the Morehead Peddlers Mall.

And here is just a few that are super easy and fun!

Snowman Clothespin Magnets:
These adorable snowmen magnets are a super fun craft.  They cost only a few dollars to make a package of 50.  And as you see I price these for $1.00 each in my booth.  You can also use them as bag clips for potato chips and such.

Click Here for the full instruction list to make these.






Snowman & Pumpkin Wooden Spoons:

These are super fun and easy to make also.  And on the cheap side but you can sell them for around $2.00 and still make a profit locally.  If selling online I know you have to raise it to cover various costs.  But local sales and craft booths these can be huge money makers.  Just keep enough in stock and ready to go.

CLICK HERE for full instructions.






GRUNGY & GRUBBY TEA LIGHTS:

These are a messy craft but fun! Who doesn't love having primitive looking candles sitting around? I think they look so country, I just love them!
You can grab the plain, white candles at your local Big Lots store for cheap!

CLICK HERE for detailed instructions.





AND BATTERY OPERATED ONES AS WELL!:





banner And finally, one of my all time favorite crafts,
PRIMITIVE "KITCHEN THEMED" WOODEN SPOONS:

These are super fun and look adorable in any country kitchen. I have crocks and jars full of these in my home. And I'm adding to them every time I make a batch!

CLICK HERE for detailed instructions.







 

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