Primitive Halloween Witch Wands

Primitive Halloween Witch WandsPrimitive Halloween Witch Wands

10-DSCF1864I collect a lot of junk that I think I will eventually use for new projects, but until I sorted, organized and packed for our move I never really realized how much of any one thing I had hoarded collected. Spindles and dowels are just one of the collections I am referring to.

08-DSCF1858Even though I have made things with them before, I have never gathered enough of them together to make several of anything. Well, knowing just how many of them I have has changed that. Since I don’t want to purge them, creating with them is the next best option. My prim witch wands were born.

04-DSCF1794I used chair spindles of similar size and shape for the wands. I didn’t get a before pic, but they were all gray and weathered. I cleaned them up and gave them a coat of white paint. I was leaning toward a primitive design from the start so dry brushing the white paint was quick and made me happy.

06-DSCF1811Continuing along the same quick and dirty path, I free-handed black and orange stripes around the spindles.

05-DSCF1800A simple cat head topped the wands. I love the way they turned out. I hope you do too.

Enjoy!

Halloween Potion Bottles

Halloween Potion BottlesHalloween Potion Bottles

1-DSCF1770I forgot I even had these bottles until I was packing to move. I think they were a yard sale find from years ago. I wasn’t sure what I would do with them then so they ended up in a bin and were forgotten. Thanks to The Graphics Fairy, I found the perfect project. Halloween potion bottles.

2-DSCF1805I found these great label printables here. They were a bit big for my bottles so I printed them off on half pages. This reduced the size of the labels to fit perfectly on the bottles.

I simply used Mod Podge to attach the labels to the bottles.

6-DSCF1826These bottles originally had plastic screw caps. Not what I wanted at all. Since I have no idea what used to be in the bottles I didn’t want them to be opened. I decided to glue corks into the opening. Perfect.

Old black lace and black gauze fabric put the finishing touches on my spooky potions.

5-DSCF1821I love the way they turned out.

3-DSCF1815I think I will use full size labels on a few wine bottles I have saved.

Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Springs

Pumpkin SpringsWow! It’s been almost three weeks since I made a new post here! I do have a pretty good excuse though. I’ve been cleaning out my storage units to have a yard sale. We had the sale this weekend in 100+ heat. Enough said…

Our leftovers are going to an auction in October and that will officially take us down to one storage unit. Yay!

In my free time (okay, not really free time, but when everyone else is sleeping time) I have been working on a few things in preparation for fall shows.

2-DSCF1779These are my pumpkin springs. They are tried-and-true items that I have made for several years.

3-DSCF1780Miscellaneous buttons from my button stash were used for the eyes. I think it gives each Jack his own personality.

1-DSCF1778I used solid, checked and dotted orange fabric. I’m not sure which is my favorite. They are all so darn cute!

I made quite a few so I might put a few on Etsy.

Enjoy!

Apples and Pears in the Etsy Shop

DSCF1686Back-to-School Apples

DSCF1691Plushy Golden Pears

As usual the summer heat forces me indoors. I don’t care for extreme heat or extreme cold, but with the cold you can layer on more clothes…in the heat you can only take off so many clothes before you’re naked. ;)

DSCF1680Thankfully the cool air conditioning allows me to continue to craft, but in a different way. I do more sewing and small paint projects that can be done inside. Larger outside projects are worked on in small bites, usually in the early morning or late evening.

DSCF1688These fall fruits are a small sneak peak of projects I have been working on for fall craft shows and Etsy. There will be more photos coming soon.

Enjoy!

Record Album Roses

record roses Record Roses

record roses 1Have you ever wondered what you can do with those old vinyl albums? Even if you are a collector, I am sure you have a few scratched or warped ones that will never sound the same as they did when they were new. Then again, thrift stores and yard sales are practically giving them away, so you don’t even have to disturb your own rockin’ stash for a fun crafting experience.

record roses 4Check out one of my newest tutorials on FaveCrafts.

8-DSCF0129You may remember my record album coaster post from a few months ago. You can find it here.

That project only used the inner label portion of the albums, but don’t toss out the rest.

The roses use the playable portion of the album. Waste not, want not. ;) Two projects with one album. Win, win!

record roses 5You can find the record rose tutorial here.

Enjoy!