Record Album Snowman Signs

2-DSCF2220Record Album Snowman Signs

I’m set up at a craft show today, but my husband is watching the booth while I make chicken noodle soup. Yum! I’ll be heading back in a few, but I wanted to share my latest project for the show.

I saw something similar to these on Pinterest, but I couldn’t locate a tutorial. No worries. I winged it.

They are made from old record albums.

1-DSCF2218I didn’t write a tutorial either, but they were not difficult. I have to say, I’m a little in love with painting on an album surface. The texture is kinda interesting.

If you are in Arkansas City, Kansas today, come say hello.

Here are the particulars.

Beta Sigma Phi’s 38th annual Sorority Craft Fair — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15, Agri-Business Building, 712 W. Washington Ave., Arkansas City.

Hurry, there isn’t much time left! ;)

Enjoy!

Scrap Wood Christmas Trees-COMPLETE Tutorial

3-DSCN7278Scrap Wood Christmas Trees-COMPLETE Tutorial

I first made these trees and the tutorial last year, but just realized I had never posted the complete tutorial on my blog. Yes, there are snippets and pics here and there, but not the full tute. I’m fixing that oversight today.

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5-DSCN6755Do you have a scrap wood pile full of an assortment of boards left over from previous projects? Don’t let the difference in widths and lengths stop you from being creative. Use them together on one project to make a scrap wood Christmas tree to decorate your porch or yard.

Things You Will Need:

Scrap boards
Measuring tape
Chop saw
Hunter green acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Brown acrylic paint
Wood glue
12 wood screws
Drill, screwdriver bit and 3/32-inch bit
Star pattern
Pencil
Metal flashing scrap
Tin snips
Yellow-gold acrylic paint
Carpet tack
Rusty baling wire
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers

1-DSCN7025Cut branches for the tree using scrap boards and a chop saw. You will need a 9-inch, a 14-inch, an 18-inch, a 24-inch, a 29-inch and a 32-inch-long board. Cut a 45-inch-long board for the tree trunk. The width of each board can be any size from 2 to 4 1/2 inches.

2-DSCN7028Dry brush one side of each branch using hunter green acrylic paint. Dry brush one side of the trunk using brown acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Lay the trunk on your work surface with the painted side facing up. Turn the trunk so that it is pointing away from you vertically. With the painted side of the branches facing up, horizontally place each one across the trunk starting with the shortest branch at the top and ending with the longest at the bottom.

Shift the top branch 5 inches down from the top and the bottom branch 9 inches up from the bottom of the trunk. Adjust and equally space the remaining branches between the top and bottom branches. Center each branch on the trunk.

Apply wood glue between each branch and the trunk. Allow the glue to dry.

Turn the tree over with the back side facing up. Run two wood screws per branch through the trunk and into the branches. Note: Make sure your screws are long enough to go through the trunk and into the branches, but not too long where they will poke through the front of the branches. If cracking wood is a concern, drill pilot holes for the screws before attaching.

3-DSCN7033Trace a star approximately 6 inches in diameter onto a scrap of metal flashing. Use tin snips to cut out the star. Paint one side of the star using yellow-gold acrylic paint.

Lay the tree with the front side facing up. Place the star on the trunk at the top of the tree. Attach the star to the trunk using a carpet tack through the center of the star.

4-DSCN7035Attach a wire hanger. Using a 3/32-inch drill bit, drill a hole on each end of the top branch 1 inch down from the top of the branch and 1 inch in from the ends. Cut a 24-inch length of rusty baling wire using wire cutters. Insert one end through each hole from the front of the branch to the back. Pull the wire ends through approximately 2 inches. Bend the loop of the hanger up. Twist the wire ends around the wire on the front of the branch using needle nose pliers.

5-DSCN7037Enjoy!

Tumbleweeds Last Run Car/Craft Show 2014

1-DSCF2024Last Run Car/Craft Show

8-DSCF2037Yes, I meant to have this posted BEFORE the show but…life happened. These are pics from the Tumbleweeds Last Run Car/Craft Show in Arkansas City, Kansas. The craft show was last Saturday.

2-DSCF2025Since that show I have been working on replacing items that were sold because we have another one this weekend. It’s Fall Into the Holidaze at the fairgrounds in Winfield, Kansas.

5-DSCF2029And because I have so much free time on my hands, we decided to add a new one for the weekend after that. That one is the Fall Festival in Rose Hill, Kansas.

3-DSCF2026The fall collage is my newest design. I’ll be posting pictures of my process in the next day or so. No…really…I mean it…I will…;)

6-DSCF2030The fall stuff is selling really well, but I am itching to get going on more Christmasy things.

9-DSCF2038Fall is my favorite time of year, but I am getting tired of pumpkins and the color orange.

7-DSCF2035I already have quite a Christmas inventory, but I always like to add new things, plus I had a few really great sellers last year that I need to replace.

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!

 

The 4th in Seward, Nebraska

27-4th shirt emblemWow! Where did the week go? I think I’m still recovering and catching up after our family’s weekend trip to Seward, Nebraska for the 4th of July festivities.

01-DSCF1608My husband’s brother and his wife invited us to enjoy the town’s Independence Day celebration. We had no idea how fabulous it would be!

02-DSCF1609It is only a five hour drive for us, so we left the morning of the 4th and got there in time to enjoy the huge craft show in the town square before the parade. My BIL dropped us off near the square as there was no way we were going to find parking. We had an hour before the parade.

04-DSCF1611We were invited to watch the parade from a friend’s house that was right on the parade route. This is one view from the porch.05-DSCF1613The crowds of people lined the streets and lawns in all directions.

06-DSCF1614Fast fact from the town’s web page: “The City of Seward, with a population of over 6,000, is located in the very heart of the county of Seward.”

07-DSCF1616Another fun and amazing fact: “Seward, recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City”, hosts the state of Nebraska in an old-fashioned family celebration each July 4.  The observance is unique in that the major leadership is provided by high school youth.  The event adds new attractions each year and draws upward to 40,000 people.”

15-DSCF1630The parade had a little bit of everything and lasted for over an hour.

11-DSCF1622Look closely at the center of this photo. A streaker (well, he was wearing a red, white and blue speedo) came running out of the crowd and down the middle of the parade as he used a flag as a cape. It happened so quick that this was as focused a shot as I could get. Hmm, I bet his momma is proud. LOL!

10-DSCF1620I loved this! The name of the business is called “Cake to Die For…”. I wonder…what do you think came first, the name or the company car?

09-DSCF1619A bit of irony…for guests from Kansas. The theme of Seward, Nebraska’s 2014 4th of July parade was “there’s no place like home”.

22-DSCF1644My beautiful SIL enjoying the parade with us from the porch.

Unfortunately I completely forgot to grab my camera for the fireworks! (face/palm)

You will just have to take my word for it that they were amazing, huge, numerous and could be seen in every direction we turned.

24-DSCF1648The next day we went to a local winery for a bit of tasting. :) Yum! ;) The winery is Junto Wines. Click the link to find out more about this beautiful place. I highly recommend visiting Junto wines if you ever find yourself in the area.

25-DSCF1650We took our final glass outside and walked around. They have a lot of lovely areas for outdoor weddings and receptions.

26-DSCF1651Back at the house a relaxing game of washers ensued.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Kevin and Becky, thank you for a great time!