Dec 3, 2019

Snowmen Light bulb Ornaments

I don't think I've previously written about these adorable snowmen Ornaments.
If I have sorry, but they are just so dang cute they need to be posted again! lol

I have taken both new and vintage Christmas tree glass bulbs and painted them up as snowmen.
Their sizes are approximately:
Height: 3 Inches; Width: 1.5 Inches; Depth: 1 Inches

I have hand painted each Christmas bulbs with various Snowmen faces and expressions and then attached craft wire for easy hanging.

These are best displayed as a set. So I tend to make a lot of them to sale.
A tree full of these would look awesome.

I do hand paint new ones each week, so no two are ever exactly alike. And that is a bonus
to making hand made gifts. Each and every one is unique.

Great to decorate with or to give as gifts separately. 
And adorable as cute tie on gifts to top wrapped gifts with.

If you have any old bulbs on a strand that don't burn anymore give this a try.
You can also buy brand new bulbs, this size in packages of 5 at Walmart and Lowes.

Happy Crafting!

Dec 1, 2019

Personalized Ornaments and Keychains

The first day of December here brings new projects for Christmas. 
And I woke early to get a head start on them.

Since time is short, I will just include a few photos of what is keeping me busy today and for the next few weeks.

I hope it may give you some ideas on personalized ornaments you could make.
Not only by just engraving them but by painting.

And I just have to include these little babies feet badge ID clips I've been making.

And these were a few engraved wooden spoons from Halloween I didn't get around to posting.

Sep 5, 2019

DIY Concrete Pumpkins


Hey Ya'll!

Ready to make some concrete pumpkins for Halloween?
I sure am even though it is September 5th.  I've been ready for a few weeks now.
I made these two pumpkins for just about $4.00 each.
And they weigh approximately 25 pounds each!

This is a very simple and inexpensive process, so don't worry much about messing up.

Here's what you will need:
- A 50 pound bag of Quickrete $5.00 (I got from Lowes) Makes 2 pumpkins
-Pam cooking spray or Generic brand like I used "Chef's Own $1.00
-2 Plastic Pumpkins $1.00 each
-Mixing bucket
-Sharp utility knife
I didn't have any plastic pumpkins on hand from last Halloween so I first looked around at the local Goodwill.  There I found three of them for only .99cents each.   Sad only because new at Walmart they were 1.00 each. lol. So even though super cheap, I just figured they'd be cheaper for some reason.

Here is a photo of most of my supplies.  Notice there are three pumpkins I had ready.
Well, I found out quick that a 50 pound bag of Quickrete concrete mix only makes 2 pumpkins!
Yes that's right.  So each pumpkin after done will be approximately 25 pounds right?

I used an old Lowes plastic 5 gallon utility bucket for mixing the concrete in.

Here's my trick. Since the bag is so heavy and awkward to handle, I sit it on the back of my truck's tailgate.  Then I slit a whole into the bottom, corner of the bag and let it freely pour directly into my bucket.

This is so much easier than handling the bag so many times, adding a touch more and so.

Don't mix it too runny!  Read your bag for best instructions.

Here is a very important part!
Right before you begin to pour your concrete mix into your pumpkins, 
with a coat of the PAM or Generic cooking spray.

This will coat the insides and allow the concrete to release easier later on after drying.

I used a plastic, kids shovel I had on hand for dipping the concrete out and into the pumpkin.

I tried to keep it from coming out.
But it was hard because after you fill up your pumpkin, 
you must keep lifting it up and tapping it down on the ground 
to release any air bubbles trapped inside.
Do this over and over a few times.

You can always take your hand or cloth and wipe away the excess right at the rim.

Now comes the hard part.....
You must let them sit for about 24 hours before you start to cut the plastic buckets.

This is how I made my cuts.
I did four slices, top to bottom very carefully.
Try to avoid cutting so deep that it marks the concrete.
The concrete of mine, was still not completely set up even after 24 hours.

And then you slowly peel them back.

And then the concrete pumpkin will finally begin to emerge completely out of the plastic.

And this is it.
This is my very first try at making a Concrete Pumpkin.

I did let them sit another 24 hours after getting them out of the plastic before handling them too much.

You can see the holes in the concrete where air was apparently still trapped.

But for my purposes they are just fine.
I've read about a countertop mix available at Lowes that allows for a super smooth finish.
But for me just wanting them to sit outside as decoration, I don't want to add anything to the mix to make it very expensive.

Here are the plastic buckets after I got the concrete out.

And here it is after it was all complete.
I like the concrete look but on the next one I may do a white, crackle paint finish.

Jul 26, 2019

DIY Camping Sign EAT Sleep CAMP Repeat

Eat Sleep Camp Repeat Sign from

I saw an idea for this cute type of sign on Pinterest. Although, it was a cute, smaller hanging sign.
I loved the lettering and design but
I wanted something large that you could sit out and people would see it immediately. 
Kinda like a focus to get you in the outdoorsy mood.

So I went looking around in our garage and sheds until I found this old, solid board.

It was a large wood shelf from a wardrobe that I eventually used for a quilting cabinet.
It was large, like huge, had more shelves than I needed. I needed the room to stack quilts! So I had removed this shelf and saved it in case I ever wanted to put it back.
The years in the old dusty shed have really gotten to it. But thankfully it was easily washed away and ready to paint white.

This was a first coat.
First coat
I loved it kinda streaky, but want it completely covered so it would last for years.
I used an exterior enamel by Rustoleum.
I didn't bother with much of a neat thing. It's going to stay outside.
I just used rocks laying around to keep it off the ground while I painted, lol.
The board is way heavier than you think.
It was from a very old cabinet. It was solid.

After drying for a day, I used a black marker to write out the words.
I just looked at the Pinterest, smaller sign and kinda freehanded what I saw.
Arrows and all.
Eat Sleep Camp Repeat Sign from

And here it is standing up.
Lots of error here and there but I don't want it to be perfect, it's just for an outdoor camping and fire pit area outback.
Eat Sleep Camp Repeat Sign from

I ended up sealing it with some spray on clear coat. I hope that is enough to protect the marker lettering.  If I see it running or so, I will follow up with a brush on polyurethane stain.
As for now, it's still fine.

Eat Sleep Camp Repeat Sign from

As for now it's just a leaning sign. I think I will make a hinged leg for the back to lean it up on it's own soon.

And that's it. It's going to hopefully be used for many summers to come.
I am going to store it away each fall.

See ya'll next time!

Jul 25, 2019

Hand Stained Mason Jars in Various Colors

Assorted Half Pint Mason Jars stained by

Hey ya'll!
I have been in a kinda craft slump lately. It's just been so dang hot here in Kentucky. 
Even hitting "real feel" heat conditions of 105* out. 
So when I do run out it's mainly to just get where I'm going and such. Not much crafting, cutting, sorting or painting outdoors lately.

I am still staining new and old mason jars in all sorts of colors. 
Have been going on about 8 years or so now. 
And using the baking process to cure them. So thought I'd share a few pics of that for today.
Squatty half pint mason jars stained various colors by

So thought I'd share a few pics of that for today since I haven't shared much anything in a while.

This is the color AQUA that is the main seller. A certain view of the camera gives this belly shape look I love to these half pint, squatty style, mason Ball jars.

Half pint Squatty jar in Aqua by

Here they are upside down, drying, getting ready to be baked in the oven.
Aqua mason jars ready to be placed in the oven
In the oven is where they acquire their deep aqua color. Although in the pic below they don't appear to be much to look at yet.

Here is a close up of an aqua jar that has runs after the firing process.
Half pint Squatty jar in Aqua by

Look closely and you can see the imperfections.
I usually just end up keeping these for myself. So I don't mind the runs every now and then. lol.
The heat during firing  makes the excess stain I use run. So I can always see where I have used too much. It's hard to hold back when applying though. I love the deep colors a thick layer makes.

Before I bore you too much with my favorite jar colors I like to create, let me show you what I call antifreeze green. I just adore this color!
Half pint Squatty jar in Antifreeze Green by
When the light hits them a certain way, they really pop!
Half pint Squatty jar in Antifreeze Green by
And another favorite of mine is the soft, rosey pink.
Half pint Squatty jar in a Soft, rosey pink by

Half pint Squatty jar in a Soft, rosey pink by

Half pint Squatty jar in a Soft, rosey pink by

I have tons of more colors I use but don't want to bore you with each. I've also experimented doing two and three tones on some jars getting a fade effect. I didn't love those so much. But I do enjoy the colors above.
Whether you stick them on a shelf for display, use them as business card holders, battery operated candle holders or just junk jars, they add a little bit of color here or there.

Hope ya'll enjoyed seeing a few of the jars that's been keeping me busy lately.
See ya'll next time!

Assorted Half Pint Mason Jars stained by