Gunny Sack Window Art

8-DSCF4754Gunny Sack Window Art

1-DSCF4681I have the best customers!

I recently sold the cupboard I had restyled a few weeks ago and the customer who bought it gifted me with these two windows. She had already sold several windows, but nobody seemed to want these because a few of the panes had come out. Score!!!

2-DSCF4699My vision didn’t involve the panes at all so I just removed them. After cleaning up the frames I decided I liked the chippy finish and did not paint them.

I added a layer of chicken wire to the back…

1-DSCF4685…and then dug out my vintage gunny sacks. I only had a couple with printing on them left in my stash, but as always I worked with what I had. One sack has several hole issues so I decided to start with the one that was in better shape. I still think the one with holes will work, it just needs a little extra attention.

I opened up the bottom of the sack and then cut a slit up the center so the printing would be centered when the bag was opened and laying flat.

3-DSCF4701After ironing out all the wrinkles, I placed the frame over the sack. The excess on the edges was folded around the frame and taped to hold it in place. I flipped it over and stapled it to the frame. The excess around the edges was then trimmed off.

5-DSCF4708I loved it, but it still looked like it needed a little something-something.

6-DSCF4715Out came my collection of die cuts. I picked a couple of flowers to use as a pattern. Burlap is a horrible frayer. Hmm, is frayer a word? Well, if it isn’t, I say it is for today. 😉 Anyhow, I ironed heavy duty fusible web to the back of burlap scraps before I traced and cut out the flowers. The web prevented the flowers from fraying, as well as gave them a sturdy base.

Paint was lightly added around the edges of each flower to make them pop.

7-DSCF4721The flowers were sewn to the screen and gunny sack with jute.

8-DSCF4754I love it!

Enjoy!

Stenciled Fall Collage

8-DSCF2020Stenciled Fall Collage

Whew!! Three craft show weekends in a row! I’m finally able to take a breath and enjoy a little blogging, designing and crafting new things. I am sooo ready.

As promised, here is the process I used for my stenciled fall collage.

2-DSCF2007I used windows that already had broken glass for my initial collages, but since they were such good sellers at my shows, I ended up removing perfectly good glass from additional windows to make more.

1-DSCF2002I got out my stash of fall word stencils and placed them inside the frame of a window until I had a pleasing arrangement. I then took a picture of the arrangement so that I would remember when I was ready to actually stencil.

The frames were cleaned and dry brushed with orange paint. I added a lighter dry brushing of brown paint to tone down the brightness of the orange.

3-DSCF2011I turned the frame with the back side facing up and measured from one outside edge to the opposite one. After subtracting a couple of inches, I cut scrap wood to fill the window space.

4-DSCF2012Before attaching the boards, I dry brushed the fronts and backs using off white paint. The side edges were not painted. Each board was then glued and stapled to the window frame to secure.

6-DSCF2015Finally it was time to stencil. I repositioned my stencils. Determined the colors I would use for each one. Then I painted them. With most stencil projects, you really don’t know what you have until you remove your stencils. This one was no different, but I was very pleased with the results.

7-DSCF2019I added hangers to the back and it was done.

Enjoy!

Windows, Paint and a Cricut…Oh My!

I’ve been working on these windows for longer than I want to admit.

They both had decaying issues on one edge.

Most people probably would have tossed them, but I have had them since they were removed from an old barn/garage.

That was about 20 years ago. The garage was torn down and replaced with a newer garage, but I couldn’t throw out these windows.

In their rustic glory, they were hung in a grouping on a wall in my bedroom. There are actually three, but the third one is missing a pane or two. I’m sure I will do something with it eventually.

Just winging it, I covered the decaying parts of the frames with thick glue. After it soaked in and dried, I repeated the process a couple more times. It felt pretty solid! I painted each window with three layers of a base coat, a layer of crackle medium and one top coat. These windows are definitely not going to fall apart now.

I positioned the windows so the funky edges were at the bottom. I wanted the hanger wire on an edge that was solid. That’s where I stalled out for several weeks. I’ve painted and decorated windows before, but these windows had six panes that made creating a design somewhat challenging.

I finally settled on a simple sign quote thanks to Kammy’s Korner. While perusing her stenciled projects, I fell in love with the hymn title “It Is Well With My Soul”. Perfect! One word for each pane!

I didn’t stencil it…I “Cricutted” (I’m sure that’s a word) it. I used my Cricut to cut the letters from wallpaper scraps and simply decoupaged them on. I finished the windows with a rusty metal heart glued on a corner.

I love how they turned out!

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A Stranger Gave Me A House!

Wow! The random kindness of a stranger has truly humbled me. Let me tell you about Mary. I’m embarrassed to say I barely remember our first casual encounter. My husband and I were at the garden store where I display and sell my crafts. We were loading our trailer for a craft show and Mary was there as a customer of the store. I think we spoke briefly about the craft show we were going to, but I’m not sure. That was last fall.

Mary contacted us a few days ago and offered us a house to salvage for our crafts.

A HOUSE!

The house was built in 1890 on property the family has farmed on for several generations. The only thing asked in return…my husband needs to repair/rebuild an old garden bench.

Due to the age and abandonment issues of the house, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. As a junk crafter I am thrilled! Other people who can’t see the potential in old wood and other things might not be.

It is a cross between Dorothy’s house and Casper’s house.

The siding is wood strips that are nailed on wide thick planks. Cha-ching! That is like gold to a wood crafter.

Mary (and family) are also offering us things that are still in the house. They want to keep the wood stoves. That’s okay, I’m really not sure what I would do with them. They are cool though.

The walls and floor are sinking, so opening doors was a little challenging.

There were several doors, windows and the sides of a chicken coop on the front porch.

This door awning had fallen off, but they saved it.

The floor of one whole room was piled with old (very old) canning jars. Clear and colored, glass tops and zinc tops. A lot of the jars still have food in them. Mmm…Yummy! We couldn’t walk through this room without stepping on the jars. Quite the balancing act. I can’t wait to get my hands on those jars!

There were also a few chairs, enamelware basins, flower pots and galvanized buckets.

There was a tall skinny desk that I am hoping is salvageable once it is dug out. Mary is also giving us several wooden doors from another old house.

This watercolor is of the house when it was built in 1890. The two-story section is gone. The part we are salvaging is the section on the right. The older building to the right was the original house even before this one. It isn’t there anymore.

This framed picture (not sure of the medium used) is a different angle of the old house.

More stuff.

More stuff.

More stuff. They’re keeping the crocks, but they are amazing!

I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this junking journey. After all, we still have to tear it down and transport it home. By the way…if any local friends would like to help, I’m sure we could find an extra hammer. Just saying…;)

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