Ironing Board Snowmen

2-DSCN7305Ironing Board Snowmen

I just love a clean barn. I have been able to find so many treasures I had forgotten I had.

1-DSCN7283These two vintage ironing boards were my latest victims…ahem…, masterpieces. 😉

Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of pics. I found them and started working on them right away. Before and after is pretty much it.

I removed the legs and discarded them. Okay, I’m lying. I haven’t discarded the legs. You know me…,I just might find something to do with them.

This project uses only the tops. One of the tops has a break that the original ironing board owners must have fixed.

3-DSCN7308They did a pretty good job. It’s very sturdy.

I think I like that board the best. It has character and a story. Since I don’t know the story, I’ve come up with my own conclusion as to what happened to the top. I have three grown sons, so it isn’t much of a stretch for me to believe a teenage boy must have parked his butt on it. My boys rumps are constantly resting on counters, tables and dresser tops. What the heck is the problem with using a chair? Sheesh!

2-DSCN7305I dry brushed the fronts using a dark blue paint. I like blue as a background for snowmen. I’m not a confident free-hand artist, so the snowmen were created from a stencil I made using card stock. The paint was applied using a sponge.

Facial details, hatband, buttons and a rusty bow complete these frosty fellows. I think they will look cute on a porch or inside a front door or mud room.

Don’t forget, if you are in Arkansas City, Kansas on November 16th, come shop at the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Craft Fair.


Scrap Wood Snowman

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11-DSCN7069More wood treasures from the barn.

05-DSCN7053The base of this snowman is three pieces of siding placed side by side. They are connected with braces on the back.

06-DSCN7056The hat was created with two pieces of wood. I stacked the pieces and attached them to the head.

The nose was a sliver of wood that I cut using the miter saw.

Everything was dry brushed…AND I only dry brushed the front of the boards.

1-DSCN7273Only one has a hanger in this photo, but I have since added rusty baling wire hangers to all of the snowmen.

They are ready for the craft show.

If you are in Arkansas City, Kansas on November 16th, come shop at the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Craft Fair.


Sliced Log Ornaments and Tags

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More “using what I have” projects.

1-DSCN7285I sliced a log using our miter saw to make this jolly snowman ornament.

4-DSCN7291You know me, I couldn’t stop at making just one…

2-DSCN7288…so I made several for my upcoming craft show.

5-DSCN7293After a bit of experimenting, I decided to also make gift tags.

7-DSCN7302This time I sliced a skinnier log. The slice was made at a 45 degree angle to make a wider surface. I also like the way the sides taper at this angle. I liked them so much…

6-DSCN7294…so I made several for my upcoming craft show.

If you are in Arkansas City, Kansas on November 16th, come shop at the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Craft Fair.


Scrap Wood Christmas Trees

3-DSCN7278Scrap Wood Christmas Trees

As a “junk” crafter I tend to use anything and everything to make that perfect creation, and since I cleaned the barn a few months ago, I have been challenging myself to craft with what I have available.

Mass producing for craft shows and regular sales has really stretched my imagination, but I am loving the new stuff I’m coming up with.

5-DSCN6755Scrap wood pieces that really didn’t seem to have much going for them all by themselves have been given a purpose.

5-DSCN7037This scrap wood tree stands about 4 feet tall.

1-DSCN7025Each branch and the trunk is a wood scrap I had available. Widths and wood types didn’t matter. I bought nothing new.

3-DSCN7033The star was cut from a salvaged piece of flashing and the hanging wire is from my stash of rusty baling wire.

3-DSCN7278I made several for a craft show coming up in a couple of weeks. I didn’t have the baling wire hangers on all the trees for this picture, but I have since fixed that.

If you are in Arkansas City, Kansas on November 16th, come shop at the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Craft Fair.


Necktie Angel-Tutorial


During my thrifty shopping adventures at yard sales, thrift stores and auctions, I often come across bags or boxes of old neckties. Most people aren’t interested in these offerings, which is why the prices are usually dirt cheap. I, on the other hand, am not one of those people who can pass up the sampling of beautiful fabrics, designs and textures. They have to come home with me. My latest score of neckties inspired this necktie angel. It works up very quickly.

Things You Will Need:

Old necktie
Measuring tape
Needle and thread
Hot glue gun
1 1/2-inch wooden ball
Blonde curly craft hair
1-inch-wide gathered crochet lace
6-inch round doily
Spray starch
1/4-inch-wide ribbon
Fishing line


Step 1
Measure up 10 inches from the front tip of the necktie and cut across the width. You will not need the rest of the tie for this project. Turn the necktie end with the back facing up. Hand sew the flaps of the open end to the lining and along the unstitched edges of the center seam. You want to create a pocket with an opening along the top. Do not stitch the front of the tie to the back.


Step 2
Fill the tube of the necktie with stuffing. This will fill out the tie to create the body and gown of the angel. Fold the top, open end 1/4 inch to the inside of the tie. Sew a running stitch around the folded opening. Gather the opening closed. Knot and cut the thread. This end is the neck of the angel.


Step 3
Apply hot glue to the top of the neck. Place a 1 1/2-inch wooden ball over the glue. Hold the ball in place until the glue has cooled.

Step 4
Apply hot glue to the side, top and back of the head. Arrange curly blonde craft hair on the head. Trim and style the hair as desired.

Step 5
Cut a 6-inch length from 1-inch-wide gathered, crocheted lace. Sew a running stitch along the gathered edge of the lace. Wrap the lace around the neck of the angel. Gather the lace and stitch the ends together at the back of the angel.


Step 6
Stiffen a 6-inch round doily using spray starch and an iron. Sew a running stitch across the center of the doily. Pull the thread to gather the center of the doily. This will form wings on each side of the gathered center. Knot and cut the thread.


Step 7
Apply glue to the gathered center on one side of the wings. Place the center of the wings on the back of the neck.

Step 8
Cut a 10-inch length from 1/4-inch-wide ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a bow. Apply hot glue to the back of the knot. Place the bow on the center, front of the angel, just below the head.


Step 9
Cut a 4-inch length from a white and gold pipe cleaner. Form the length into a ring. Twist the ends together. Apply hot glue to the halo and place on top of the head.

Step 10
Cut a 12-inch length of fishing line. Thread one end in a needle. Insert the needle through the neck from one side of the head to the other. Adjust the fishing line so that an equal amount of the line is extending from each side of the head. Bring the ends together. Tie the ends together using an overhand knot. This is your hanger.

Easy Peasy! Now…get your groove on. You still have a week.