Aug 6, 2016

NEW BATCH OF DIY NIGHTLIGHTS with SILICONE DIPPED BULBS


It's time for me to gear up and do another batch of the little night lights with silicone dipped bulbs! 

I'm trying to catch up on these little cuties to stock up the two new booths at the co-op in a neighboring town.  
Here's a link to some I made in a different, grungy, primitive style a while back.

And so here is how I'm doing this new batch.

First, start off by gathering your supplies. 
I get it all at the Dollar Mart except for the 100% silicone which is found at the Dollar General.
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-Night lights without the dimmer detection. Just the basic ones.
-Extra packs of bulbs to make replacement bulbs.
-A short cup, not too deep that you can't reach down to the bottom easily.
-Ground Cinnamon
-String and clothespins to hang bulbs to dry.
-100% tube of Silicone (I strongly recommend only getting the 100%!) & a caulking gun which squirts out the silicone.
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Okay, after all supplies are gathered, start by putting up your string and clothespins to have them ready. Thankfully I have a  year round clothesline just outside my kitchen. And I use that.

Then mix up your silicone mixture.  I use these little plastic disposable cups that come in large packs for a $1.  They are short enough and small enough to hold a good grip on.
 Squirt out about 3/4 of the cup full of the 100% silicone and stir in the other 1/4 with the ground cinnamon.

Then immediately stick in one bulb, straight down into the mixture, give it a twist as you are bringing it out and up and bam, that's it!

Don't worry if you can't get a cute tip on it, it does take a few good tries to get it down.

Then go hang them to dry.  Thankfully the silicone dries fast.  But I usually leave them hanging for about 4 or 5 hours to make sure it's cured, in the sun.




And later on that night I start painting the bases of the night lights in different colors. I usually prefer black, white or soft colors like buttercup yellow.  

I just think those are more of a prim color theme.

After painting them, I tie on a bit of homespun fabric 


and sometimes glue on accent pieces like metal stars.
I use E-6000 glue from Walmart. It's a strong, forever hold.

And that's it.  Stick the hand dipped silicone bulb in to finish them off and here we go.
A cute little primitive nightlight with hand dipped silicone bulbs.



And here is a night shot of it all lit up.
The cinnamon gives it a warm, soft glow.
$3.00 each

I'm not going to put these in baggies to sell.  I'm just going to tie a cute tag to them and sit them in a bowl, probably.

I'm still pricing these for $3.00 each and the packs of replacement bulbs are priced for  2 for $3.00.

These make for great craft fair and booth items to sell since they are so cute and affordable.  I hope ya'll give them a try!

Happy Crafting,
until next time!
~Lisa






Always make sure you use the correct wattage bulb for each of your night lights and candles when changing out bulbs! 
These nightlight bulbs are 4 WATS.

Aug 5, 2016

DIY BAG TOPPERS for CRAFTS

This is just a simple, quick post for today.  I just wanted to show how I package up some of my metal, rusty stars, magnets and such for sale using Bag Toppers.

As you see I use those little zip top baggies and place 5 in each.  And I also insert a piece of construction paper inside, behind the stars. This makes them pop just a bit.  

For the topper, I go to Avery print online and design it for free. I love that site because they actually have a bag topper section so it's pretty easy to deal with. 
 And after that, all that is left to do is just print them off, trim up , and staple them to my bags.
(HINT: Don't print in color if you can help it, to save ink, just print black on whatever color paper you want. I go with the light brown most of the time)

Here's what they look like before I staple them on:
(They have a crease at the top for bending down the back.)

 It really does make a difference, I think, in having little cute bag toppers on about any little item.





Again, here's the front:
 And here is a pic of how I type out the back.  Which Avery easily lets you do because there's no real guess work when using their layout.
 You can customize it with anything you wish. I used my ebay link for the back and my website name for here.

I just usually stick with the same topper design for a lot of items so that they all kind of coordinate for a while.  And then  a few months later I will mix it up a bit. 



And that's about all there is to it.  It does take a little bit extra time, but it really is worth it in the end.  I love how it makes something seem much more like a cute little gift already, without the gift wrap. 

Happy crafting ya'll,
~Lisa

-PS. I am in the process of setting up with a new co-op in a neighboring town.  I've rented 2 more booths and so I cannot wait to get the set up and snap some pics!  Coming soon!

Jul 28, 2016

This blog may be Moooooving


I am having horrible trouble updating my payment info to renew my registration subscription to Google Apps for this blog, www.booth555.com  which I currently own and purchased via Blogger.   
I am having horrible experiences trying to follow the help process in which you can now not use Google Wallet to pay for this as we use to. 

In case I don't figure it out, I am thinking of redirecting this blog to wordpress (if i can figure that out!) Or I may have to end up just having to type in:
www.booth555.wordpress.com
to find new posts.

I am at my wits end when Wordpress tells me to map my DNS from Blogger to them with this:
ns1.wordpress.com
ns2.wordpress.com
ns3.wordpress.com

because I can find nowhere at all on blogger to input these changes.

If you have also had any dealings with this, please let me know how you did it.

So just giving a heads up in case my subscription ends and I have not figured out how to simply update a "RENEW A SUBSCRIPTION" with Blogger. I have however, found the Update your payment options and have done that. But an email from Blogger says I must checkmark the auto renew also, which is hidden somewhere to me, lol.

Thanks, Lisa

Jul 1, 2016

LITTLE FARM SIGN


Here is a cute little farm sign that I recently made.


I just made it for fun to hang up around the chickens and the cows.




I saw a similar one on Pinterest and I just kind of went with it.

I first painted the wood cutting board red and then I freehanded the words in pencil.
that way I could erase and try again if something was way off.

But overall I like how it turned out.

Happy crafting ya'll,
-Lisa

Jun 3, 2016

FIVE ON FRIDAY from the lil' FARM

Linking up today with FIVE on FRIDAY to share a few random pics of my lil' ole' farm life.
Here's to the farm life ya'll.

I welcome 6 new baby Bantam (we call Baneys) chicks on May 30, 2016!  



I watched ole' Large (I named 3 of them Small, Medium and Large) play "kick the can" with a plastic bucket for about 15 minutes or so before tiring of it.


I was elated when a roll of hay that got away from me ended up FINALLY stopping on a section of barbed wire fencing.  Otherwise it would've went all the way down in the creek. Shew~

I watched as a single deer checked on the progress of the grapevines as I done the morning dishes.

And most off all, throughout the week, I stayed happy despite having to put up with a lot of.....

I hope you enjoyed my week all wrapped up in pics! And thanks much to Amy over at FIVE on FRIDAY for hosting the linkup!

See ya'll next time,
~Lisa

May 18, 2016

MASON JAR BIRDFEEDER


I love Mason jars old and new.  And therefore I'm always looking for new everyday uses for them. And by looking on Pinterest I ran across this idea. A chick feeder, old jar and lid as a bird feeder!

For this easy bird feeder craft, all you need is:

-chick feeder base, approximately $3 at feed or animal stores
-A mason jar, new or old
-a metal or enamel lid
-E-6000 glue

Super simple. Just steady your lid upside down ((I sat mine in the feeder)) and squirt e-6000 glue on the bottom of you Mason jar.

Then sit the mason jar bottom onto the upside down lid to dry.


Drying takes about 24 hours to cure completely as this is strong glue.

Then after completely dry just flip it over and screw the jar into the chick feed base.

Now you can start to see that when we unscrew the base , we flip the jar and lid  top upside down to fill with birdseed.

The lid acts as a topper to keep the exposed birdseed dry and the handle on the lids makes for an easy way to hang.
Here it is hanging out on a shepherds hook.
And here it is over beside my little chicken coop. The bits and pieces of corn and seed that falls are soon found. (Look in the bottom right of the corner of next pic down.)
When I take it down to refill it, I have plenty of help from the Gerty, Myrtle and the girls.
My little chickens are so curious about anything I am doing.
I loved how simple and beautiful this craft turned out to be that I am also going to go ahead and use a chick feed waterer base to make a hummingbird feeder this same way.  Remember, in case you don't know, you can't use a chicken feeder base like this to hold hummingbird liquid. I tried! It all runs out! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by ya'll! See ya' next time.
~Lisa at www.booth555.com

May 16, 2016

RUSTY HORSESHOE CRAFTS and BARBWIRE WREATH


Hey ya'll. I've been super busy the last month and a half with new calves on my lil' farm. This is all new for me and wow at the things you learn.  But anyways this is leading up to my new craft post today using old rusty things on the farm.

I have tons of ole rusty horseshoes around not because I've had horses but because I love rusty farm stuff.

So when putting up a new wooden door for the calves I thought about making a sign that said COWS but by using the horseshoes as letters. Here's how I started.

I just laid them out and moved them around until they started looking like the letters I needed. I just loved tge big fat one I had for a c.

I used medium sized wood screws and screwed them into the door.


And then came the "s."  I got it but it doesn't look as good as the other letters.
But I got it the best I could.
The s is just the best I could get it but I'm sure the cows wont mind.
And then I needed to make something to fill the space around it.  So I wanted a rusty wreath made of barbwire. So for me I just went over in an old field and cut some. But if you don't have any, maybe you can ask around or buy a new roll of wire, and spray paint it rusty brown.

Here I just made a few circles with it and then screwed it straight to the door.



And for one last sign for the side of the lil ole barn, here's what I made.
I did finally wash off the MOO sign later. I screwed it to a piece of 2x6 then to the wall. But fir the word COWS I just screwed each letter to the wall individually.