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!

Painted Fabric Prim Pumpkins

Fabric Painted Pumpkin 6Painted Fabric Prim Pumpkins

These frugal pumpkins showed up in my projects for fall craft shows so I thought I would post about how frugal they really were to make.

Fabric Painted Pumpkin 1I was looking for “fall-ish” type fabric to create some new pumpkins designs. Fall color or especially fabric with orange in it was my wish. Unfortunately I had nothing. I did, however, have an old fabric that had been on the shelf for quite some time. It just sat there. I was not a fan.

Light bulb moment! I decided to paint it. You will never look at ugly fabric the same way.

Fabric Painted Pumpkin 7A few years ago I bought a gallon of flat orange paint. I use it for everything…fall-ish. It is now within an inch of the bottom, so a new can will probably need to be purchased by next year.

I placed an old recycled vinyl tablecloth (the cheap ones for holidays) on the floor for my drop cloth.

The fabric went on top of the tablecloth and I painted two coats over the surface.

Tip: If you do this, allow the paint to dry well between coats.

Fabric Painted Pumpkin 3Once the paint was dry I was able to use the painted fabric just like regular fabric.

Check out my full tutorial on FaveCrafts.

Pumpkin Stand Photography Prop

2-DSCN7079Pumpkin Stand

1-DSCN7077The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. ;) Casey’s latest project. Yes, I’m allowed to be a proud momma!

Pumpkin Stand 1A friend of ours is a photographer and she’s getting ready for fall minis.

Pumpkin Stand 2It’s A-Z Photography. Check out Alyssa’s adorable pics. She also took Colby’s senior pics and they were fantastic.

3-DSCN7086She was getting ready to advertise the new fall setting, so she needed pics. Since they set it up in the pasture I tagged along to get my own pics of the finished masterpiece.

4-DSCN7093Alyssa has three young brothers that were her models. I am not a people photographer, but I just had to get a few shots of actual people posing in the display. Boy, kids move a lot!

6-pumpkin standI love the display, but hmm…I think I was showing my age when I said it reminded me of Peanuts. I got blank stares and a “huh?”…:0…

Enjoy!