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Showing posts with label peddlers mall. Show all posts

May 21, 2014

BARN LUMBER DISPLAY RACK


I needed something old and country themed to display my Country Sampler magazines in at my Booth #555 at the Peddlers Mall.
 
I took some short pieces of some aged barn lumber we had, and simply cut and pieced them together. In a type of form that he thought would house magazines.  And, in my opinion it’s ok!

After taking the photo, I sanded it down with some sheets of coarse sand paper and then sealed it with some craft sealer. I didn't want anyone to get splinters while reaching for the magazines.

I wish I'd taken a photo of it finished. If I did, I can't find it yet.....

And by the way, after being in my craft booth as a display item only, I had calls from the store that people wanted to purchase this. So I priced it for only $9.99 and it sold immediately. 

Here is a photo of the second one he made:
I loved the first one better, but with old barn lumber, hardly two are ever the same.

Mar 22, 2014

RED and WHITE Speckled COUNTRY EGGS


Today I thought I'd share how I make my Red and White Speckled "Graniteware/ Enamelware" Looking Country Eggs. I do both the white based with red specks and also the red base with white specks. I love them both!

I was thinking that some people may want to make these for display with Easter right around the corner. But as for me, I keep mine out all year long. They look awesome with the red and white speckled "graniteware/enamelware" themed other items I have in the kitchen also.

First, I start off with some basic, crafting plastic eggs. You can find these at Michaels or sometimes you get lucky and run across a bag of them at the Dollar Mart! These are not the type that you can pull apart, they are full eggs, in one piece. They are plastic and hollow inside.
I was lucky enough to find these in huge bags of 40 for only $1.19 at the Dollar Mart last year. My buggy and arms were full! And please note that I did buy them all except for one bag. Which I left in case someone really needed them. lol. Some of mine in the tote are dented due to being stored at the bottom of a huge stack in the garage. lol. But I am still going to use them.

The next step is to simply spray paint them with a base coat. I use the $3.00 red from the Dollar Store and the $1.50 white. The little bit higher red tends to cover better than the dollar kind. Do not try to paint them on something like a plastic bag. They will stick and get lines....I tried.
The best thing I found to paint them in was a cardboard box lid. The gift box type. Once painted they can even roll around and it will not mess up the paint too much. I do a box full of both white and red as the base.

Then let them dry a bit, roll them around and spray the other sides. Then just let it all dry again.

Now comes the toughest part....but don't worry, it's still not hard. It's the time to add the "speckled look." And getting it just right is not necessary. But here's a trick. Practice over something like an empty box until you get the hang of it. I just barely.....and I mean BARELY press down on the spray button on the spray paint to just make it kind of "spit" the paint out in little specks. And I hold it over top the eggs. Probably about 2 foot or so above. That way you will get the little dripping effects.
You can see some of the big drips that also fell in the box. It hit a few eggs to, but even they still looked kinda cool in the end.

I forgot to take a pic of the red based ones with white specks, but they are just the same as above, but vice versa colors.

And here's how I package them up to sell them in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555:
I put them in these clear bags and just add a label and sometimes a string of homespun to make them look super country. I do sets of 2 for only $1.59 or sets of 4 for $2.79. The sets of 2 go faster than the sets of four, I am guessing because of the $1.59 price. And that people may add them to their own groups of eggs they already have.

Here's a few more pics of them packaged and ready to go:
And here's how I display some in my own kitchen. They are all nestled inside of a wire chicken frame that I found at a yard sale for only $2.00.
I need to go back and add a touch of that fake nesting grass under the eggs. Ah, I'll get to it one day.

Well, I hope this gives you some ideas on what to do with those plastic craft eggs you may have laying around. I'm pretty sure this will also work on those left over Easter eggs as well. They'd just have the seam in the middle is all.


MORE IDEAS:
And if you are looking for a more primitive, country theme to do on plastic eggs, check out my recent post here: PRIMITIVE "COUNTRY THEMED" EGGS.
Primitive Country EGGS 







Feb 12, 2014

CRAFT BOOTH MAKEOVER FAIL

Welcome ya'll! This is my 100th blog post! Awesome! Thanks for sharing this exciting moment with me!

Well, It's official.... I am already hating my new booth theme of the pink/gray I chose last month for my craft booth at the Peddlers Mall.

If you missed that post, here's a snapshot of how it originally was (the way I loved but got tired of):
and here's how I changed it up last month:

And I am already hating it.... The colors are really pretty together, don't get me wrong. I love the gray/pink/white combo but I just miss my primitive theme super bad.

So at the end of this week, I am repainting it and going back to the primitive theme that I love!

I am going to choose a dark red and white theme. And have lots of gingham check patterns, hopefully. I will also add back the grapevine and wood furniture. I am leaving out a fireplace, for a while. At least until the end of summer, for now.

At least I went ahead and gave a major change a try. I just didn't like it. But one good thing came out of this for sure. I am super ready to start making more and more primitive crafts to share here! I have to, to get ready to fill up my booth with them next week.

So watch for primitive posts coming soon!!!!! And a super big thanks to all ya'll that still follow and read my blog here! This post was my 100th blog entry. And the pages before this are filled with primitive crafting ideas. So please be sure to click back through them, if you haven't already and find some inspiration! And if you have a great idea, please send them to me. I love hearing about all the new stuff out there in the primitive themes!

Happy Crafting Ya'll!!!!

Oct 21, 2013

Primitive Tobacco Stick Grapevine Tree


I recently posted about how to make a Tobacco Stick Tree out of old tobacco sticks. Well, today I'm going to share with you the process of how I take this a step further by adding grapevine. And turning those old, unwanted tobacco sticks into a cute Tobacco Stick Grapevine Tree.
A row of old tobacco sticks after I had washed them. I try to pick close sizes when working with them.

Since making this very first tobacco stick grapevine tree, like this, I've made many more with a few different options now. I prefer the skinnier ones like this:


And here it is when I was just toying with some grapevine on it:

And I started to like it. So I added a few more strands to fill it in. And it started to look like this:
Then I had to add even more grapevine to hid the legs, which I was planning on leaving showing, but it looked weird. And I also started to tie in some sprigs of pip berry garland to add more interest, like this:

 The grapevine garland comes in rolls and looks like this when unrolled:

I didn't want to overload it with the grapevine garland so much that it would hide the tobacco sticks. I think they look kinda cute showing through. Here it is all done with everything except the lights.



And my latest one is now a tabletop version for those spots where we just don't have enough room for the full size. Here is the beginning of my very first ever, tabletop tobacco stick tree without any decorations so you can see the basic frame:

And here is the same one, tabletop version with a bit of grapevine garland just strung on. So you start to get the picture:
I'm still working on this one, :-) 
here's an update pic now:

But here's a few below that I have recently finished and sold:

This one with yellow pip berries was a trial and error. I took sprigs of pip berries and put them on one by one instead of stringing the strands of garland.


I didn't want to hide all the tobacco sticks. 


And here's another shorter, tabletop kind with grapevine, star lights and pip berries:

Small, skinny and plain. Love this one.



I made these to sell in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555,

Here's some other things I've been making too, if you are interested.


Primitive Crafts:

Tobacco Stick Chair




Americana Tobacco Stick Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primitive Barnwood Tool Box

 

Happy Crafting Ya'll! 
-Lisa 




Oct 8, 2013

Primitive Bench

Here's the latest addition to my items for sale in my Booth #555 at the Peddlers Mall. It's a piano bench that I redid into the primitive theme.

And here it was before the makeover:



I first I tried to leave it in the off whiteish/light brown base with sage stars and red writing, and then I hated it!


Next, I painted it all over again in the black and loved it. Especially after I took sand paper and scruffed up all the edges to make it a little worn looking.

And here it is again, the second time I tried, lol. And definitely the best of the two.


Don't forget to like my Booth #555 on Facebook for the latest items!

 
 
And here's a few other things that I'm working on and will be putting in my booth this week, if' you'd like to take a look:
 
 

If you'd like to see another one of my piano bench remakes, here's the link:

Old Piano Bench Repurposed


Happy Crafting Ya'll!

Jul 27, 2013

Primitive Button Jars

I buy clear glass salt and pepper jars all throughout the year. And well, any jar about that size with a lid. I even buy some larger jars from time to time to just hold my lose buttons until I need them. Like the large canning, glass jar in the back, right side of the pic below.

Sometime around fall, I start making my button jars to sale in my Booth #555 at the Peddlers Mall. I'm not sure why I wait till then, but it just seems to happen each year. Or maybe because it's right after yard sale season around here, and I've had time to collect a bunch.

And sometimes I even find them super cheap, marked down to fifty cents per set. And I'll grab a  few. But they usually have the bright shiny stainless looking caps. And for that I add some Delta Stencil Paint with a sponge. It sets up good after a few days and doesn't tend to rub off. Looks like this after it's on, (but not dry yet.)

These are not great money makers, but they are steady sellers. And they offer an inexpensive item for your booth that anyone walking by would be able to afford. Most of these, unless they are older more hard to find jars, I try to keep them priced at only a $1.99 each. And when I've rounded up the salt and pepper shakers from yard sales all summer, usually along with tons of buttons from auctions and estate sales, I only have a few pennies and time in each.

Here's some more I had just painted:


And here's one of my favorite old rusty topped ones. The top was originally rusty, so I just had to add a pale yellow star and some homespun, along with the buttons.

As you see, there's nothing hard at all about making these cute empty jars into button holders. They are a great item to just "tuck" into that spot where nothing else seems to look right. And they'd look awesome sitting beside an old sewing machine with items such as bobbins and pin holders and maybe a hand sewn doll!

Happy Crafting Ya'll!

Jul 4, 2013

Americana Primitive Kerosene Heater


I first started with a very old & rusty kerosene heater. It's pretty rough and needed a major makeover before I wanted to display it in my Booth #555 at the Peddlers Mall. Here it is on the day I bought it at a yard sale for only $10.00.
But if I was gonna keep it for myself, a quick clean up and some lights would be all it would need, lol. So to get it ready for sale, here's what I done.


I first tried to make it a more primitive themed by adding some reds,whites and blues. But I got sidetracked and forgot to paint the top part white...... UGH! But I'll get back to that.....


And then, Still not realizing I hadn't painted the white part, I went on to add some stenciled stars......



And it was finally then, when I stood back and looked at it, I realized I had somehow skipped painting the white part..... WEW! That is way too much BLUE! And so I set back off to do so, painting over the blue.... ugh! Sometimes, I think I've smelled too much craft paint. lol.

And so here's a pic after the first coat of off white (FINALLY) to the top. lol. A long time coming...


Okay, I was happy that it's finally starting to come together.... And that I got some white on there. Oh, I really mixed some off white with some brown I had to kind of make an antiquey older white. I just tend to say white when I'm writing. Same goes with the blues and reds. They are really a navy and a colonial red.

And now for the more detailed painting with the smaller brush and stencils. I thought since it's a red white and blue theme with stars, that adding 1776 to it would kind of add a cute touch. So here's what I came up with.
I decided to add a weeping willow tree to the front. And if you look close, you can see some sheep grazing under it. I just free handed these, but if you don't feel comfortable doing so, I'm sure there are plenty of stencils available on eBay.
And here's another shot of it all lit up. Oh, let me tell you how I made it electric... SUPER EASY! I just looked out in my garage for a holiday prop, like the plastic pumpkins or plastic santas, until I found a pumpkin that had the plug in type. It was just a basic light bulb on the end of a cord. And it had little clips on it. It slid right out of the pumpkin with a pinch! And I just inserted it into this heater by opening up the top. That's it. The cord comes out the side like this:
And here it is all lite up:
To get the better looking finish, I applied one coat of all purpose sealer, found in the craft section of paints. One coat was plenty for me. And it gave it the better, medium gloss finish. I like it way better than the flat. And that's it.

Here's the before and after pics one more time:



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