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!

Shabby Chic Drawer Boxes

16-DSCF0103Shabby Chic Drawer Boxes

I don’t know how it worked out this way, but I accomplished so much more today than I thought I would. Do you write daily lists? I am the list queen. Everything gets listed, but that doesn’t mean it gets done. Actually, half of my daily list rarely gets done. Well, today it happened! Woo Hoo! I crossed everything off my list.

To reward myself, and because I had time left at the end of the day, I finished a project that I had to put away when Christmas got too crazy.

06-DSCN7450Now most normal people would have thrown these little dresser drawers away, but I have never been accused of being normal. Look at them! They were a mess.

I removed the peeling layers and the drawer pulls.

07-DSCN7454Check these out! I had the bright idea of adding these old cupboard drawer handles as feet on the drawers. They were pretty gunky. Yep, another item most normal people probably would tossed.

09-DSCN7458They didn’t look too bad after a long soak and hard scrub.

11-DSCN7469Wow! Paint instantly makes things look better.

13-DSCF0095I went a bit further with the sandpaper. You know me, I just love me some shabby chic.

14-DSCF0101I think they turned out pretty good.

15-DSCF0102The smaller ones are my favorite…,

12-DSCF0092…but I’m most proud of the larger one. Once I started cleaning, scraping and sanding the drawers, this one fell apart. Yep, it wasn’t pretty. I had to completely rebuild it. I hate to admit it, but I actually considered throwing it away. Gasp!

Enjoy!

Blast from the Past: Fall Projects

1-Blast from the PastBlast from the Past: Fall Projects

Wow! Halloween totally flew by!

I’ve had unexpected family emergencies and family obligations the last few weeks that have kept me away from the blog. My efforts have all been put into keeping up with my paying gigs so blogging had to go to the bottom of the list.

Things aren’t completely back to normal yet, but all work and no play makes me cranky.

I’ve been working on new projects for Christmas tutorials and Christmas craft shows. Those things will be popping in here soon, but until they do, I thought I would post a little blast from the past.

These fall project tutorials are some of my favorites from the past.

2-Fabric Tube PumpkinsFabric Tube Pumpkins

1-Chenille Fabric Tube PumpkinsI also used the Fabric Tube Pumpkin Tutorial to make the chenille pumpkins.

3-Pumpkin GourdCrackle Painted Gourd

4-Fall LadderFall Ladder

5-Wool jar ornieCanning Jar Gift Container Decorated with Wool Ornies

6-new-crochet-pumpkin-appliqueCrochet a Pumpkin Applique

7-Fall Table RunnerFall Table Runner

Click on the highlighted titles to take you to the posts.

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.

Porch Sitters for Fall

7-DSCN6859Porch Sitters for Fall

1-DSCN6840It’s that time of year again when anything that can be painted orange is fair game. These junk finds were my latest victims.

2-DSCN6845I had to do a little bit of work on the seat of one of the chairs. Water damage had caused the top layers to loosen and peel. Once I removed all the layers, I was left with a hole in the center. Not a problem…

3-DSCN6846…I cut a few scraps of pallet wood and covered it up.

4-DSCN6848I painted the chairs a little heavier than dry brushing. I guess you could call it rough brushing. I like to use it on projects that I want to look old, primitive and weathered. I kinda scrub the bristles over surfaces and in crevices and tight spots. My brush looks terrible, but I like to think of it as well-seasoned. My husband keeps trying to throw it away, but he just doesn’t realize its potential. Hands off, Honey!

5-DSCN6851My Cricut was used to make the stencil. I use card stock. It’s usually good for quite a few stenciling jobs.

6-DSCN6857Stenciled greeting.

7-DSCN6859Leaf garland completed these festive fall porch sitters.

Enjoy!