Cleaning the Barn and Finding Pumpkins!

10-DSCN6631Scrap Wood Pumpkins

18-DSCN6651Bedposts and Spindle Prim Pumpkins

23-DSCN6657Okay, here’s the deal. For months (read years) I have been intending to clean the open, pole section of the barn where I store my crafts. The enclosed part is fairly organized, but the pole section is not. It really is kinda embarrassing since this open area can be seen by every visitor to our home. I even had a friend assume parts of the barn were falling down because of the jumble of wood piles and junk. Don’t judge me. These piles have inspired many cool projects. Ahem! Take my word for it.

21-DSCN6655Yes, sometimes junk (even to a junk lover) is just that…junk.

24-DSCN6658I march out to the barn almost daily with a resolve to gitter done…and then I falter. Snake skins, rat, mouse and coon poop are proof that I am not alone. I get a little nervous. I start pulling things off the top one at a time like a game of pick-up-sticks.

22-DSCN6656And then I get distracted by the treasures I am pulling out.

01-DSCN6611I see a pumpkin. Really! Can’t you see it?

05-DSCN6622A few cuts.

06-DSCN6623A little reshaping.

08-DSCN6629Of course I had to add paint to really say “pumpkin”.

11-DSCN6632Last minute personality additions and it’s ready for fall decorating.

02-DSCN6612Then I found these bedposts and spindles.

13-DSCN6639Since I had pumpkins on the brain, I just went for it.

14-DSCN6642Check out the stems. They are rusty square shaped nails salvaged from a previous project. I saved them even though they were bent because I just knew they would find a greater purpose.

19-DSCN6652I think these prim little pumpkins are cute…my guys aren’t too sure about them though…

18-DSCN6651What do you think? This is the time of year when I start coming up with new things for fall craft shows. Should I make more for craft shows or not? I am uncovering tons more spindles and bedposts.

Now don’t start thinking I haven’t accomplished any clean up in the barn. I actually have. Problem is, you can’t tell with a picture at the moment. Sigh…I’ll keep going…and continue to get distracted…until I gitter done…

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft GuildDaisy Cottage Designs
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Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic Superherohttp://www.seven-alive.com/Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31

All Things Pretty

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative


Sunday

DIY Show Off

Weekend

Lovely Crafty Home

Recycled Jars and My Xyron Sticker Machine

12-DSCN6587Candle Holders From Recycled Jars

I had a few jars that I had been saving to transform into candle holders, and it seemed like the perfect time to use my new Xyron Sticker Machine.

04-DSCN6567I could have used decoupage medium for the book page strips, but I knew the strips would wrinkle and bubble.

07-DSCN6575

I was also pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to keep it off of the glass parts I didn’t want it on.

03-DSCN6566The machine wasn’t difficult to figure out. Actually, it was quite an easy process. The biggest draw back for my cheap frugal mind was the amount of adhesive wasted each time things were sent through the machine. That’s just crazy! There is no way to adjust that either. With 18 foot rolls, that cost roughly $10 a roll, that’s just wrong!

11-DSCN6584For that reason, I only used the sticker machine for the book page strips and the die cut on the front.

09-DSCN6581The lace was attached with craft glue.

02-DSCN6518Salsa and taco sauce jars were used for these candle holders. Regardless of the adhesive waste, I kinda like the way they turned out.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft GuildDaisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

 

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic Superherohttp://www.seven-alive.com/Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31

All Things Pretty

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative


Sunday

DIY Show Off

Weekend

Lovely Crafty Home

New Cell Phone Case

4-DSCN6605New Cellphone Case

2-DSCN6599I’m a little embarrassed to show you my old cell phone case. Gasp!! Kinda like showing you my underwear with a hole in them. I’ve used this case for years and it’s gone through several phones. Many times I have thought about getting a new one, but I haven’t found one I liked like this one. It hooked onto a belt and the phone slipped in and out easily. That’s the good.

The bad is that the strap that goes over the belt is hanging on by a thread. Seriously, if I hadn’t decided to do something about it I am sure I would have lost my phone. The case was also too big for my current phone. Lastly, the mystery vinyl it was made of was cracked and peeling. Ugh!

5-DSCN6609Keeping in mind the things I liked about my old case, I decided to trace and alter a pattern from the shape of case.

1-DSCN6594I had an old leather skirt that was on its way to the Goodwill, but I grabbed it before it made it out the door. It was perfect for a new cell phone case.

3-DSCN6601I traced the pattern onto the skirt using tailor’s chalk and cut it out.

It was either my sewing machine, the needle or the leather, but I just could not get a zigzag stitch on the edge. The stitches kept skipping even after I changed the needle. After re-cutting new shapes from the skirt a couple of times because I kept ruining them (grrr!!), I decided to just sew a straight stitch on the edge.

Once I gave up on the stupid zigzag stitch, the case went together very quickly.

4-DSCN6605I added a snap and it was done. Yay! I love it!

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft GuildDaisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

 

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic Superherohttp://www.seven-alive.com/Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31

All Things Pretty

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative


Sunday

DIY Show Off

Weekend

Lovely Crafty Home

Restyled Picnic Basket

20-DSCN6563Restyled Picnic Basket

Another restyled quickie.

09-DSCN6449I found this picnic basket at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. I’m a sucker for a basket with a lid. I usually repurpose them into stackable storage.

10-DSCN6451Check out this cute little tray inside.

12-DSCN6455Unfortunately it had problems on one of the handles.

I decided the problems were not big enough issues to turn down this gem. It was only a dollar!

13-DSCN6543I cleaned up the basket and dry-brushed all the surfaces with white acrylic paint.

14-DSCN6546Even the tray got some attention. I could have stopped there, but…

18-DSCN6557…I found a cute apple print fabric that I ripped into strips and wrapped around the problems on the handle. I love it! Perfect fix!

19-DSCN6559The same fabric was used to add a bow on one of the handles.

Enjoy!

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Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft GuildDaisy Cottage Designs

Strippy Fabric Posy

15-DSCN6527Strippy Fabric Posies

13-DSCN6523When the summer days get too hot to do anything outside, or if we’re lucky enough to have rain, I like to craft small, quick projects in the house. This week I’ve been working on fabric posies.They’re great craft show fillers. They can be used to decorate gift packaging, home decor items, clothing, or glue a pin on the back to create a brooch.

07-DSCN6290I use tea-stained sheets and cotton tablecloths, but you could also purchase and tea stain muslin. My staining process for this batch of flowers was done with instant tea. I boiled a soup pot of tea, added my fabric and then let it steep until it cooled. I squeeze out the excess tea and hang it to dry. You can rinse it if you like, but I find that too much tea rinses out for my liking.

Rip a strip of fabric with a width the size desired for your posy diameter by a yard long. For instance, the posy shown is 4 inches in diameter. I ripped a strip 4 inches wide by 36 inches long.

08-DSCN6291Fold the strip in half with the long edges together. Use your favorite gathering stitch technique along the raw edge.

09-DSCN6295Cut 1/2-inch-wide strips from the fold to the gathering stitch. These are your petals. Adjust the width if you prefer wider or narrower petals.

10-DSCN6297Gather the edge until the strip measures approximately 1 1/2 feet long.

12-DSCN6302Cut a circle of white canvas for the back of the flower. The circle serves as your base for building the posy.

11-DSCN6299Starting on the outer edge of the circle, hot glue the gathered edge of the strip in a spiral until you reach the center. Trim off excess if necessary.

15-DSCN6527Decorate the center with bits and bobs of your choice.

Enjoy!

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Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft GuildDaisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

 

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic Superherohttp://www.seven-alive.com/Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31

All Things Pretty

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative


Sunday

DIY Show Off

Weekend

Lovely Crafty Home