Sep 29, 2015

SNOWMEN CRAFTS Plus HOW TO DRAW SNOWFLAKES


I am going to post a few thread spindles and jars that I have painted snowmen on.

I just can't help it when it comes to snowmen, I just want to paint them on everything!

These are the plain, ole' wooden thread spindles that you are seeing about now.
 They are cute to just tuck here and there as are, but I thought they may be a bit cuter with a little chubby snowman on them!

I used the FOLKART brand of craft paint from Walmart.

And I just free handed on some matching snowmen.  This way in case someone wants to use them as a matching pair.

And for the snowflakes, they were really easy. Just draw you some straight lines like this below:
And just dab on dots for the tips!

Here's how mine came out, but sorry a bit blurry:
 And here they are again all done:


And that was just about all to them.

And then I had an old bottle and a white little jar sitting around.
I was in such a rush to start painting, I had already done a the other side of the bottle before I remembered the b4 pic.
And the other side of the jar was plain white.

As you see, when I start one type of snowman, I tend to put the same one on a few items. Not sure why, it's just how I do it.  And I'm always thinking maybe someone wants a few items in set, who knows?

Here's another pic of them:

And yesterday I had a request for Santa items.  So I will be making a few of them in the upcoming weeks!
Not sure why, but I just tend to get stuck on Snowmen!! lol
So please check back soon!

See ya'll next time,
~Lisa

Sep 28, 2015

FAITH FAMILY FRIENDS WOOD CUTTING BOARD

This cool, Fall air has me in the mood for some winter crafts.  But right now I have a cute makeover to show ya!
Primitive Cutting Board Makeover

Here it is, a cute, well used, wooden cutting board. Or some say a dough board that I got from the local Good Will for only $.50.

Here it is before:

And here it is after:

Here's what I used to do the makeover with.

I keep a can of black paint on hand that is oil based and available at Walmart and painted an all over base coat. It's found in the outdoor section of the paint.

I got out one of my stencils from eBay with the wordings that I thought fit good.
Then I used some stencil paint made by DELTA in the Heritage color theme for the lettering.
I used the yellowish EGGNOG color.
This is an oil based, stencil paint, so remember it takes a little bit to dry.
And it is best to apply it with a makeup sponge if you ask me. I just can't do good with those stencil brushes.

Here it is side by side:

And that was a quick and easy makeover from a cheap, good bones find!
I bought the board for a whopping 50cents and priced it for $6.99.
SOLD Thank You!

Happy Crafting till next time Ya'll,
~Lisa

Sep 25, 2015

FIVE COUNTRY FOODS for FRIDAY #2


Here at five more country foods I just can't live without:
 (Here's last weeks Five if you missed them!)

1. CORNBREAD & MILK
"A Kentucky Snack"

Fry you up a few pones of cornbread and mix it up with milk.
Just throw in some diced onions and a few dashes of pepper and ummmm good!

2. BATTER BREAD


Made from only self rising flour and water, then fried up in a bit of vegetable oil.
Most people use lard, either is good.
 I usually eat this with a runny egg or brown beans.
Omygosh, if you haven't had this, make some today!

3. DEEP FRIED JALAPENO RINGS

This is a treat each summer from fresh garden jalapenos!
They are great alone or dipped in ranch.

4. BANANA NUT BREAD

I always add a bit of extra walnut flavoring oil and walnuts to the mix.
And I only use speckled, black, ripe bananas!
Umm, makes my mouth water right now!

5. BAKED MACARONI & CHEESE

Okay, so here I cheat a little. I first boil it normally, but then finish it off in the oven with a baked on layer of mixed cheeses!
Umm Ummm good!


~Thank you to Amy from over at~
for the linkup!

Sep 24, 2015

GOOD FENCES #12

Today is Good Fences link up day! 
A courtesy of the  The Run*A*Round Ranch Report

                  Today I am sharing a country fence that surrounds my late Mom's old family farmlands.


Sep 17, 2015

BACKROAD COUNTRY FENCES #11


Here's a few shots from when I followed a cute, little, back country road a bit on a day trip.


 And then it led me to the gate entry almost overgrown.
I love coming up on country places like this.
Wow, this has made the 11th week I've joined the:
Thanks so much for hosting it!

Sep 14, 2015

Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin Magnets



MASON JAR LID PUMPKIN MAGNETS


 I am still gearing up for the holidays just around the bin.  And my craft booth really needs some more goodies to get shoppers in the mood.  So here are some Halloween themed refrigerator magnets that I made using some old, leftover mason jar lids.

(Click here to see the pumpkin and wreath made from the mason jar rings.)
 

Making the Mason Jar lid pumpkin magnets is a pretty simple craft but really kinda fun.

You need just the basics of crafts including:
- Mason Jar Lids (regular size and large mouth is what I used)
-Craft Paint: Black and Orange Cinnamon
-E-6000 Glue
-Round Magnets 


Just take your plain, shiny lids and give them a base coat of black

And then do a second of a orange color. I chose Cinnamon in the Apple Barrel line.
I just used a makeup sponge and kinda dob it on to give it a more worn look like so.
See how the top one looks way cuter? I love it way better than the plain orange one I tried on the bottom. On it, I just went back and dobbed on some black paint with a sponge to make it more cuter too.


Then I started painting on some pumpkin faces. Just some basic ones at first.

And then I got a little different now and then and added a "Boo" and a "Scarecrow" face.


And then it was time to glue on the magnets to the back with the E-6000 glue.

These are the 3/4" Button Magnets from Walmart that cost about $3.00 for a pack of 52.
These two together make a super strong hold!


Let the glue dry for about five or six hours because it is super strong once it gets a good drying.
And it will hold quite a few pieces of paper to your refrigerator too.


And then there you have them, they are all ready to go.



I think I am going to package these up and price them for maybe 2 for $1.00?
Do you think that price is fair enough?
 I know they will look way cuter when they get in the packaging and I try to price stuff so that I won't loose money on the packaging materials either.

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I forgot to mention one thing. I am also going back and adding a touch of straw here and there and homespun in the corners. I will update soon with those pics. I was just in a bit of a hurry to share these and got ahead of myself. lol
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 Hope you liked these little Pumpkin magnets made out of ole' Mason jar lids.
See ya'll next time,
~Lisa 

Sep 12, 2015

MASON JAR LID WREATH DIY Craft Tutorial

MASON JAR LID WREATH

Want a cute way to use up all of those extra Mason Jar lid rings you got laying around? I recently saw a  few posts on Pinterest about these and I couldn't wait to give it a try.
I have quite a few...
  And this is how I did it.

Super easy.  Seriously.  Just take some sort of heavy wire,  or in my case, I used a wire clothes hanger.  I used wire cutters and clipped one end open so I can string the rings on them.
 
Then I just bent it to the shape I needed and started sliding them on.
 
 
The number of lids basically depend on how big you want your wreath to be.  Oh, and these ones I was using are Regular mouth, standard lids. So just play with it.  But I'd recommend at least having 30 to 50 rings on hand. More for a larger one or so on. 
 
You could also experiment with "fillers" in between each ring to save on using so many. But for my first one here, I'm just gonna keep it as simple as I can.

And seriously, that is it.  After you have strung enough, just twist up your wire together and if you can, leave the hook for easy hanging. Otherwise you can tie on some sort of fabric hanger if you have to.

You probably will have to go back, once it is hanging and straighten out the rings. They tend to move and shift while working with the wire a lot.
See how they shift. But it's easy to straighten them up. And after it's done, they stay even with the door opening and closing.

Super easy and cheap craft that definitely screams country any where you place it.



I'm already thinking of making another one.
But for it, I am thinking of experimenting with those foam floater sticks for swimming. I bet they would hold good, as long as they will fit inside the rings. And I bet with those, I'll definitely have to use some sort of filler to hide the foam rings. 

See ya'll next time,
~Lisa

MORE PRIMITIVE SNOWMEN CLOTHESPIN MAGNETS



SNOWMEN CLOTHESPIN MAGNETS

It's headed into that time of year again! I know it is still months ahead for most shoppers, but for us makers of the holiday crafts, we have to start early.

Here is a fresh new batch of my Snowmen Clothespin Magnets.

In case you missed the others:

I started off with these plain, wooden clothespins from the Dollar Tree for $1.00.

First, I spray painted some of them them all Almond in the Rustoleum brand from Walmart, the rest a regular white.

 I found laying them on chicken wire really helped make the spraying go faster. More air could get in and out too to dry better. Waited for that to dry, flipped them over, sprayed the backs.

And then sometimes I just stick them on my clothesline and spray them there too.
 Then I just lay them all out in lines and I start to do about three of them in the same facial designs at once.
That way I don't get too bored repeating the same thing over and over. And it makes for a great way to make the batches a little bit different each time!

Then I start throwing in some random words like Faith, Family, Friends, Joy, Hope or such.
And then more and more. Just whatever really pops into my head at the time.
And when I get tired of the same ole' again, I started trying new faces kinda like some I saw on some spindles on Pinterest.
oh, have to add her a nose....
The main key to making so many of these Snowmen Clothespin Magnets, I think, is to do a few at a time in steps. Like say do three sets with the same eyes, then go on and do three different ones. Then come back and do three sets of noses or so on. And that way it doesn't really feel like tons of the same at once.
And then I had to start thinking about what to use as a scarf. I always keep leftover material on hand. So I have plenty. I like to cut a start of a line, then tear it the rest of the way off to give it a more worn, primitive look.
Just tie it on and it instantly dresses them up quite a bit!



There's some above, in some blue scarves I changed up.

I love these colors the most though. Just that they remind me of Christmas more or something!
And here's some more pics so you can get some ideas of more faces if you need them.
And some Faith, Family and Friends styles again.



And then just use some E-6000 glue and glue on some magnets. I buy the stronger, button round ones from Walmart in the packs of 52 for around $3.00. It's best to never try to use the strips with stick and go for these. Those aren't quite strong enough for anything.


If they don't have the small enough round ones, you can still get the 3/4" and cut them in half with strong scissors and you get double for your money. And they look fine!


And now, if you are still with me after the tons of photos! (sorry I just can't get enough snowmen!)
I was ready to package these up for sale in packs of 10 this year. Because that is how I am selling them in my online store.

So I just grabbed the closest size, clear bag I had, (which was a little too big, but I can make due.)
And some crafting paper in a pretty brown.
And my reindeer scissors which really get me in the mood! lol

Just cut the crafting paper about as tall as the Snowmen Clothespin Magnets and as wide as your bag is. Insert it as the backdrop and then just line up your magnets.  I've learned magnets are usually hard to package because they will tend to flip and stick to each other.  But if you put them in close enough and tight enough to each other, they stand very good and firm for packaging!


I try to keep them in color coordinated packs because on ebay people tend to want them all in one color theme. Or they usually buy two sets, one of each color.

And then I take one of my printed out cards, 
that I made from using AVERY online, print them on cardstock, and sometimes stick them in the end to take up space. Just bend over the sides and it will stand. 

Or sometimes I just roll the sides of the bag back and tape it and stick my bag toppers, that I also make with Avery online, and staple them to the top.

And here's the back of the topper I made in Avery online:


And sorry again about the tons of pics, but I just love them all!

Here's some all packaged up now and ready to go!





They are all packaged up, just waiting for some new Winter Homes!
;-)

Hope ya'll liked these batches of my new Snowmen Clothespin Magnets!
I sure had fun making them. And I will probably make a few more batches if I have time tomorrow.

Happy crafting until I see ya'll next time,
~Lisa
 

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