Monday, July 15, 2019

To Market We Will Go

We are fortunate to have farmers markets available to us year round here in Fayette County. There’s not much better than fresh produce, locally made cheese, & fresh baked bread.
Rather than have your goodies put in a plastic bag that's just going to end up in the landfill, take along a reusable bag. And, with this DIY market tote, you'll be the most stylish shopper at the market.
Supplies:

Canvas Tote
Vintage Handkerchief
Hem Tape
Iron
Buttons
E6000 Glue
 What makes this project so easy is that you don't have to sew! 

Position a handkerchief onto the tote. Place hem tape under the edges of the handkerchief. If the handkerchief has curved edges, you may need to tear off smaller pieces of the hem tape to arrange them around the sections that aren’t straight.


 Using the cotton setting, use the iron to adhere the handkerchief to the tote. 



You can stop there, but why not make it even prettier by adding some buttons. You can sew them on, but I used E6000 to glue them on. 

 You may want to stock up on totes and hankies because you're going to want to make more!!! 
 They also make great gifts!



Linking To:
Ginger Snap Crafts,  Rae Gun RamblingsChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet HomeHave A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk InteriorsDIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated HouseSugar Bee CraftsFlour Me With Love,  Today's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie  I Gotta Create,   Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeFlutter BusterNap Time CreationsThe Foley Fam Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country Cottage,  Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsOur Hopeful Home, My Thrift Store AddictionThe Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style,  Yesterday On TuesdayConfessions Of A Plate Addict, My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia, Dabbling And Decorating


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Red, White, & Bloom

Memorial Day, 4th Of July, Labor Day...
Summer is filled with patriotic holidays in the US. And, I love decorating with red, white, & blue. I leave my patriotic decor up from May through September, then I go right to my other love...Fall decor!

And, of course, being artsy/crafty, much of my decor is homemade.
This is a fun craft project to do with the kids. It's easy & inexpensive.
I used paint from the Dixie Belle Paint Company in the colors, Bunker Hill Blue, Honky Tonk Red, & Cotton. Acrylic paint will work too.
You'll also need a glass container with flat sides, craft sticks that are taller than the container, star stickers, a rubber band, a string, & E6000 glue.
 Wrap a string around the glass container to measure the circumference. Place craft sticks side by side & use the string the determine how many sticks you need to wrap around the container.

Paint some of the sticks white to represent the white stripes of the flag. Also, paint sticks white that will become the blue section of the flag.
 Place the star stickers on the white sticks that will become blue.

 Use the blue to paint over the sticks with the stars. When dry, peel up the stickers to reveal the white stars.

 Paint the remaining sticks red.
 Place a rubber band around the glass container. Apply E6000 to the back of the craft sticks, then insert them between the glass & the rubber band. 
 Leave the rubber band to hold the craft sticks in place until the glue has dried completely.

 Once the glue has dried, remove the rubber band and your vase is ready to fill with water & your favorite flowers.


Linking To:
Ginger Snap Crafts,  Rae Gun RamblingsChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet HomeHave A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk InteriorsDIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated HouseSugar Bee CraftsFlour Me With Love,  Today's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie  I Gotta Create,   Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeFlutter BusterNap Time CreationsThe Foley Fam Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country Cottage,  Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsOur Hopeful Home, My Thrift Store AddictionThe Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style,  Yesterday On TuesdayConfessions Of A Plate Addict, My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia, Dabbling And Decorating


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Ireland & A Giveaway

My husband and I have visited Ireland 3 times now. If he had his way we would never go anywhere else on vacation.

Ireland is so beautiful! And the people are just as lovely.


 You can't visit Dublin, Ireland without going to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
It was founded in 1191 and is the National Cathedral of the Church Of Ireland.







 We have visited the cathedral all three times we've been in Dublin. And, in 2017, we took our son and daughter.
It was such a blessing to be able to share the experience with them. 


I'm thrilled to have captured a beautiful memory with a canvas from Canvas Factory as a keepsake from our trip. 


I have several canvases from Canvas Factory and have been very pleased with the quality of each one.

Do you have a special photo that you'd love to have  on canvas? Then this may be your lucky day!
You have an opportunity to win a 20" x 16" canvas from Canvas Factory.
There are several ways to be entered...

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The giveaway will end at midnight on July 2.
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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Cobalt Got Hammered

I found this little table recently at a yard sale...
 I had a beautiful gift wrapping paper in a blue & green floral that I've been wanting to decoupage on something. And, since the top of the table was not in the best shape, I decided the paper would be perfect for this project.
 So, I decoupaged the paper onto the top and painted the rest of the wood with the color, Cobalt Blue, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
 Then the cobalt got hammered. Hammered Copper that is!

I used a Q-tip to add Dixie Belle's Gilding Wax in the color, Hammered Copper, along the lip where the paper meets the paint.
 I used my finger to add more gilding wax to the raised areas. I added more gilding wax to the metal base to brighten it up.
 I also added a few little touches of the wax to the paper.
 Once finished, I sealed the table with Dixie Belle's Gator Hide.


Getting hammered was just what this little table needed!

Linking To:
Ginger Snap Crafts,  Rae Gun RamblingsChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet HomeHave A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk InteriorsDIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated HouseSugar Bee CraftsFlour Me With Love,  Today's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie  I Gotta Create,   Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeFlutter BusterNap Time CreationsThe Foley Fam Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country Cottage,  Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsOur Hopeful Home, My Thrift Store AddictionThe Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style,  Yesterday On TuesdayConfessions Of A Plate Addict, My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia, Dabbling And Decorating


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Secret Garden

Got scrap wood? Turn it into art!

There's always a project of some kind going on at my house, so there's also a lot of scrap pieces of wood. It's nice because whenever a project design comes to mind, I usually have what I need to complete it. And, when an idea hits me I get impatient and want to get it done.

For my secret garden art, I started with an 11" x 14" piece of wood and painted it with the color Buttercream from The Dixie Belle Paint Company. 
 I found this pretty wrapping paper at HomeGoods. Do you know how hard it is to find pretty wrapping paper?!!! It was easy to find the wood...not so easy to find wrapping paper!
 I cut the wrapping paper a little larger than the size of the wood.
I used Dixie Belle's Gator Hide as my decoupage medium. I applied a coat of the Gator Hide to the back of the paper and also to the painted wood. You have to work quickly so it doesn't start to dry.
 I placed the paper onto the wood and used a brayer to smooth out any bubbles & wrinkles. 
 For the excess paper along the edges, I tore it off with a downward motion allowing the edge of the wood to help tear the paper. I sanded off any paper that was left behind.
 I painted a metal secret garden plaque with the Buttercream.
 Once the paint dried, I added gilding wax in the color, Anastasia, to the raised areas of the plaque. I screwed the plaque onto the lower part of the wood.
 I painted a wide mouth mason jar with the color Peony, then sanded the raised areas on the jar.
 I screwed on a hose clamp to the wood, put the ring back onto the jar then placed it into the clamp.

 The jar is perfect for holding flowers or a candle. You could even add some pebbles, dirt, & then add plants to the jar. Mine will probably hold paintbrushes at some point.


Do you have a secret garden?


Linking To:
Ginger Snap Crafts,  Rae Gun RamblingsChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet HomeHave A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk InteriorsDIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated HouseSugar Bee CraftsFlour Me With Love,  Today's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie  I Gotta Create,   Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeFlutter BusterNap Time CreationsThe Foley Fam Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country Cottage,  Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsOur Hopeful Home, My Thrift Store AddictionThe Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style,  Yesterday On TuesdayConfessions Of A Plate Addict, My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia, Dabbling And Decorating


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