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!

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!

Faux French Grain Sack Pillows

10-DSCF1367Faux French Grain Sack Pillows

I have drooled over other blogs with beautiful grain sack pillows, but I have never been lucky enough to find a good deal on the sacks. I have never found them at auctions or yard sales, so I regularly check Ebay for affordable listings. No such luck. Ebay has plenty of listings, just not at a price that I’m willing to pay.

03-DSCF1338While visiting my husband’s brother and his wife in Nebraska last fall, I went junking in a few little shops that surround the town square. I found ag grass seed sacks for $1 in one of the shops and grabbed a few. At that time I really didn’t have a plan for them, but I figured for $1 a piece I could use the fabric for something. With packing and moving shortly after that, I kinda forgot I even had them01-DSCF1328.Since I had no real attachment to the throw pillows on my couch (they just weren’t anything special) I had been looking for an idea to inspire me to change them. My outdated couch has kept me from making this a priority. I figured why change them before getting a new couch. Well, I just haven’t found the right couch yet…so, time for new pillows.

02-DSCF1334These pillows actually came with our love seat. The solid tan side matches the seat, but the weird animal print side…meh, not so much. Don’t judge me.

04-DSCF1342I restuffed the pillows, then covered them with white fabric to cover the color and designs of the fabric.

I was able to cut three pillows from each sack.

09-DSCF1364Some red paint and a little bit of time transformed the fabric into French striped grain sacks.

08-DSCF1361AND I have convinced myself that they make my outdated couch look better! ;) Well, sorta.

Enjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!!!

Embracing Change

Places I’m Partying This Week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Country Quilt Flag Pillows

8-country quilt flag pillow

Country Quilt Flag Pillows

I’ve been playing with my cutter quilt stash again. This time I decided to combine a variety of quilt scraps with white chenille bedspread scraps to make flag pillows.

1-country quilt flag pillowThese pillows can be used anytime of year and with most any color scheme as the quilts used were not necessarily red, white and blue.

2-country quilt flag pillowI used two different quilts for each pillow. The “blue” field is one quilt, while the pillow shape is another. The stripes and stars are made from the chenille bedspread scraps.

5-country quilt flag pillowIn keeping with my scrappy style, I left the seams exposed and the edges of the appliques raggedy.

7-country quilt flag pillowAs usual, I couldn’t make just one. They will be heading to my local store for sale.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Knick of Time Tuesday

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent