Monday, October 26, 2015

Thrifty Finds

My favorite church thrift store had its annual fair on Saturday, so I popped in while my boys were busy camping.  This fair never disappoints.  
Check out these beautiful ironstone plates I picked up.  Eight for $7.  I couldn't grab them fast enough.  Here's a close-up.
I also picked up these little angels.
I'm going to jazz them up for my craft fair next month.
I also picked up these peppermint candles.  These will work perfectly for the Xmas theme I'm planning for our porch this year.

Not a bad haul for $10!

Jeanine

Monday, October 19, 2015

I'm Still Here

I'm busy working on projects for an upcoming craft fair.  I don't want to bore anyone with 50,000 posts on Xmas pieces when it isn't even Halloween yet.
Just letting you know, I'm still here.
Creating, dreaming and prepping.

Jeanine

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What I've Been Working On

As I mentioned a few posts back, I'm doing a craft show next month.  I haven't done one in over 5 years.  I'm nervous and excited all at once.  Thankfully, it has really helped to get my creative juices flowing again.  Here are a few things I whipped up over the weekend.
I think these little wood spoons are my favorite.  They are food-safe and measure about 4 inches.  I did some with Noel and some with...
Joy.
I painted these metal reindeer tags white and then added some German glass glitter.  It's hard to see in the photo, but it's there.
I also used German glass glitter for these Joyeux Noel ornaments.

Right now everything is in my Etsy until the craft show.  It's a little weird to be in Christmas mode when it isn't even Halloween yet. But you know how that goes...

Jeanine

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Thrifty Finds

My local church thrift store has been a little hit or miss lately, so I was super excited with my latest haul!
I picked up three Mason jars which I'll be using to create more faux Mercury-glass.  
I was intrigued by this book.  It's from the 1950s/60s and I'm always amazed at what kids did back them.  My boys get a kick out of these books too.  They don't understand a world without an iPad or video games.  Also, can you see the little angel cookie cutter in front of the book.  Super cute!
These old wood clothes pins will come in handy for my upcoming craft fair.
Can't forget this apothecary jar and wood candlesticks.  

All this for $5.  Score!

Jeanine

Friday, October 9, 2015

Faux Mercury Glass

I'm obsessed.  I finally picked up a can of Krylon's Looking Glass Spray Paint at my local Ace Hardware.  All I can say is: I. Am. In. Love!
I found a tutorial on Pinterest detailing how to make your own faux mercury glass-looking Mason jars, apothecary jars, glass bowls, etc. This guy was my first attempt.
I have to say it was super easy to do.  You simply do 2-3 sprays on your jar with the paint.  I let that dry before I moved on to step 2: add 50/50 water and vinegar mixture to a spray bottle.  Spray wherever you desire and then blot the bubbles with a paper towel.  I only blotted for this one, but you can also wipe the vinegar/water mixture to make it more dramatic.  Then do a follow up coat of paint.  Let dry and pretty soon you'll be swooning over your latest masterpiece!

Jeanine

Monday, October 5, 2015

Is it Fall or Winter?

The weather here has left me a bit confused.  Last Tuesday, I had the air on because it was so hot and muggy.  Come Thursday and we wanted to put the heat on - it was that cold!  So it's no wonder my latest projects have been all over the place.
I made some Ouija Board Halloween tags for my Etsy.  That was when it was still warm out.  Once it got cold, I made this:
A reindeer pillow.  I actually made two using TAP paper, a Pottery Barn pillow insert and fabric paint.  I found the reindeer silhouette on Pinterest.

I guess it's a good thing I have Xmas on my mind because I've decided to do a holiday craft fair in November.  I haven't done a fair in over 5 years and I'm feeling a bit rusty.  Still, I've got to get the creative juices flowing and this was a good start.

Jeanine