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.


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.



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.


The New/Old Guest Bed

The New/Old Guest BedThe New/Old Guest Bed

Well, summer is almost over. This past weekend my husband and I moved our youngest son back to Pitt for his second year of college. He had much more stuff to move than last year as he is renting a house with several other students. Thankfully we had the craft trailer to pack most of the stuff, but the kid’s car and ours were also full.

The weekend was spent packing, unpacking and shopping. My son wasn’t sure what he would need (and he put off asking until we arrived), so we had to hit the yard sales in Pitt on Saturday morning. Yep, I’m sure you know what kind of hardship that was for me. ;) We had a list and tried to find as much as we could, but in the end we did end up going to Dollar Tree and Walmart to finish getting the necessities.

And then we came home…

The kid bought a new mattress and box springs just before moving, so we were left with the old mattress and box spring…and no bed frame.

My frugal radar started going off. We needed to have an extra bed for occasional guests, but I was not willing to spend any money on it. I had made a bed frame for our king bed many years ago. I knew it could be done. The problem was determining whether the mattress and box springs were salvageable. The kid had been telling us for years that it kept sinking and felt like it had no support when he laid on it. hmm…

02-DSCF1741I decided to remove the dust cover on the box springs to investigate what the problem was.

03-DSCF1742Ah ha! I found three breaks in slats and the side frame. Now can I just say how confused I am? Not about the breaks, but the fact that we call the thing a box spring and there was not one spring on the whole thing. As you know, I have used bed springs in a lot of projects and have taken apart my share of vintage bed springs. This just confuses me. Oh well, on with my story.

01-DSCF1739Since I already had the dust cover off I could clearly see how the fabric cover was attached. I removed it so that I could repair the skeleton of the box spring.

04-DSCF1743I patched the breaks and added additional braces across the box spring and more 2×4 braces between the top and bottom of the box.

05-DSCF1745The cardboard overlay on the top side of the box was cracked and sagging. I removed it and replaced it with fresh cardboard. Then it was just a matter of replacing the fabric cover and the dust cover.

Tip: A staple gun is your best friend. ;)

08-DSCF1754I built a frame around the box spring to make sure it would fit. I just used 2x4s from my wood pile. Yes, I brought my wood pile along when I moved.

After the frame was built I added slats across the width and cut more 2x4s for the legs. The whole thing then got a dry brushed coat of paint.

06-DSCF1747I had a vintage metal headboard and foot board in storage that I had thought I would use to make a bench, but this seemed like the perfect option for my guest bed. Vintage beds do not necessary line up with modern mattress sizes, but in this case it really didn’t matter. I had my husband remove the brackets for the rails and drill holes through the legs.

07-DSCF1749I cleaned the headboard and foot board and gave it a couple of coats of poly to shine it up and seal the rust.

09-DSCF1759I bolted the boards through the drilled holes in the legs to the 2×4 legs of the new bed frame.

10-DSCF1765Woot! Woot! That’s it! Nothing left but to make it. Uh…ignore the wimpy pillow. I found this one in my extra bedding. I have no idea why I kept it. It’s awful! I actually want two, so I will be making my only purchase for this bed. Not bad. I think I can spring for a couple of pillows.


The Medallion

The MedallionThe newest addition to my living room walls.

1-DSCF1661My son and I went to a few yard sales last week and I found this fantastic metal medallion. It was only a dollar!

2-DSCF1662I wasn’t crazy about the brassy shine, but that wasn’t anything that spray paint couldn’t fix. I had a can of white primer that worked wonderfully.

4-DSCF1677After it dried I gave it a soft sanding. This distressed the grooves and ridges perfectly. I love it!

5-DSCF1708I dug through one of the storage units to retrieve a shelf…then I added a cool birdhouse and a bucket to finish the arrangement.

I was going to put silk hydrangeas in the bucket, but I couldn’t locate the ones I know I have. Oh well, they will show up eventually.


Places I’m partying this week:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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