Both of my suitcase tutorials have now been published.
You can find the tutorial here.
You can find the tutorial here.
And away we go! This week I’ve been working on things for my first craft show of the season. It’s at The Last Run Car Show in Arkansas City, Kansas this weekend.
In previous posts I mentioned last weekend I had a yard sale. It was a great sale, but don’t let nobody tell you that having a yard sale is easy money. It’s a lot of work! I have muscles that ache where I didn’t even know I had muscles. Needless to say, I would much rather shop a yard sale than have one. Since we didn’t get through everything, and we have stuff left over, hubby says we definitely need to have another one before the snow flies. We’ll see.
In preparation for this craft show coming up, I have been stitching, painting and gluing just about everything I can get my hands on.
Door Greeter Suitcases for Halloween (Thank you, Opher, for the great name suggestion!)
Snowman Snow Shovels
…and more pumpkins.
Even Gourd Pumpkins…
…and Shovel Pumpkins.
Cup of Cocoa Tree Ornaments
Fall Hubcap Wreaths (Hey, it’s a car show!)
I also made License Plate Ornaments.
Measuring Spoon Ornaments
There is lots and lots more. We packed the trailer at the store last night. If you are in my area this weekend, stop in and check it out.
UPDATE: The show was fantastic!
Seems like when the kids go back to school, the craft show season isn’t too far off. My first craft show of the season is at the Last Run Car Show in Arkansas City, Kansas at the end of this month. It has always been a good show for fall, Halloween and Christmas decor, as well as all my home decor junk projects.
Amazing what an ugly plastic candy cane can be transformed into. I bought the canes on clearance after Christmas last year.
Ripped fabric and glue created a decoration that was more my style.
A little pine, pip berries and raffia completed the canes.
My pile of finished canes.
This picture gives a better idea of their size.
I found these little aluminum stakes while cleaning out the garage. Since we had no idea why we had them, I decided to make mini wrapped candy canes for tree ornaments.
They bent really nice, so I was able to reshape them easily.
Wrapped them with fabric…
…and tied a bit of pine with raffia around the cane.
So, it’s a few days before Christmas and I’m cleaning the house, wrapping the last of the gifts and baking, but…I still had one more project that I wanted to try. It wasn’t a must, so if it didn’t turn out it wouldn’t be the end of the world. That fact was good to keep in mind, because (like most things) I was totally winging it.
I made personalized ornaments using ordinary glass ball Christmas ornaments, some alphabet stamps and a little paint. I think they turned out pretty good. I plan to use them as place markers for Christmas dinner.
Earlier in the year I had found a minature set of alphabet stamps at Walmart. They were super cheap, so I just couldn’t pass them up.
To fill in the rest of the ornament, I used the blunt end of the skewer and painted white dots randomly around the ball.
After I had paint on the ball I was stuck with a problem. I couldn’t set it down to dry. Problem solved. I attached a wire ornament hanger to the ball and hung it on our Christmas tree to dry.
Not including drying time, each ornament took about five minutes to complete.