The 36th Annual Hope Christmas Craft Market is only one week away and Debra and I are busy preparing all kinds of homemade items for this special weekend. We love the way this town does Christmas! Besides over 200 local artisans, there’s also food, carolers, antique shops and much more. Plenty to keep the whole family busy for the day! For more information, go to hopetownship.com. Here’s a sneak peek at just some of the items that we’ve been working on:
Hope to see you there!
Instead of carving up pumpkins this year consider making this book page pumpkin out of an old book and bring it back year after year. I like using vintage Reader’s Digest books because I know that they’re readily available at almost any thrift shop. I’ve amassed a huge collection over the years for crafting purposes. With the beautiful covers, I also enjoy using them to bring in seasonal colors for decorating.
vintage books ( I like to use books where the pages have started to fade and yellow with age)
glue gun and glue
ribbon or twine
orange spray paint
1.) Using your craft knife, remove the cover from the rest of the book . Save the cover for future projects (like this great sewing box).
2.) Make a template in the shape of a half pumpkin (basically the shape of the upper case “D”).
3.) Place the “D” template with the straight line up to the binding of the book. Trace and cut out five pages at a time. Each time, cut slightly inside your tracing mark. Hopefully, this will keep your pages more uniform.
4.) Cut off any leftover binding and save for your “stem”.
5.) Open up your pumpkin and glue the front page to the back page by running hot glue in a straight line closest to the binding.
6.) Lightly spray paint the pumpkin orange.
7.) For the stem, I simply rolled up the leftover inside binding and glued it to the top of the pumpkin using my glue gun. Tie the stem with the ribbon or twine of your choice. I like to use left over burlap strings.
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I purchased a cute red rag rug (say that three times fast!) at a yard sale a few years ago, thinking I would use it in my son’s room. Unfortunately, when I washed it, it bled like a stuck pig, turning the fringe from white to pink. Recently I felt the creative urge to do something with the rug. I spotted a nice size ottoman at our local Habitat for Humanity Store and decided to try covering it with the rag rug. Here’s how I did it:
1. First, I cut a strip of rug longways, cutting it the same width as the height of the ottoman. The finished edge of the rug would become the bottom edge of the ottoman. Because it wasn’t long enough to wrap all the way around my ottoman, I had to cut a second piece from the other side of the rug (so it would have a finished edge, too.
2. I joined the two pieces together using jute twine from Walmart. (yarn would probably work fine, also.) I used a simple overcast stitch to bind them together. 3. Then, I cut a square piece of rug the same dimension as the top of my ottoman. 4. Note that with a rag rug each strip of “rag” is sewed to the next strip so when you cut the rug, the strips will begin to fall apart. To keep the rug from unraveling, I simply removed enough strips to reveal about 1 inch length strings that held the rug together. I then individually tied them. Yeah I know, this is a project that requires more time than money! 5. Then I sewed the top piece to the four sides. I used the same overcast stitch with the jute twine. I went over it twice just to be sure the raw edges were secure. That’s it! A cool little makeover for an ottoman destined for the landfill! I like the texture that the rag rug adds. Apparently, Sweetie likes it, too!
I love the look of open shelves in the kitchen. They break up the monotony of wall cabinets and provide an opportunity for adding visual interest, not to mention the practical aspect of everyone knowing where things are. Open shelves can also make a kitchen feel larger.
The 1970′s kitchen of a Jersey shore house we are working on has a sea of dark upper and lower cabinets.
Eventually, we will be painting out the cupboards and updating the appliances but in the meantime we needed a quick redo to kick this kitchen up a notch.
It took all of 5 minutes to remove 3 upper cabinet doors. I didn’t remove all of the doors because we still need a place to hide the not so pretty kitchen stuff.
Last summer I picked up two rolls of this wallpaper at a yard sale, thinking we might use it to line the drawers of some of our furniture makeovers. Since I had it on hand I decided to try it as a backdrop for the shelves.
All it took was some careful measuring, my rotary cutter and some two-sided tape. I like the blue and white nautical pattern as it seems a good fit for this seaside house.
Styling the shelves was fun, too. All of the dishes, bowls and stemware were found at local thrift shops and yard sales. We kept to a largely all-white palette with a few wood bowls placed here and there to add texture.
This mini makeover was fun to do and provided the instant gratification we needed until we can tackle a full kitchen makeover.
I have a hard time parting with my magazines and love to keep and look at them for years. The hard part is knowing how to store all of them. Here’s an idea that we came upon by accident. We had been given about 300 back copys of the magazine life:beautiful a couple of years ago to give away at a women’s retreat that we were working at. Rather that simply stack them on tables, we discovered that they fit perfectly in a couple of antique drawers that we use for styling. We simply turned the drawer on its side and stacked the magazines vertically.
I liked the idea so much that I’m borrowing the drawer from Home Spun and using it as a side table in my living room. It’s very sturdy and the top is just big enough to hold a drink .
We love finding new uses for old things!
School’s out here and it’s been a rainy June so my crafty girls are looking for things to do. Flower Pens are an easy, cheap project that can be completed in a short time.
Flower pot and saucer
coffee beans (to anchor the pens)
1.) Using your wire cutters, cut flower stem to desired length to fit pen
2.) Secure flower stem to pen by wrapping floral tape tightly around both stem and flower. Floral tape sticks to itself. It will be slightly sticky to the touch but that will go away after a while.
3.) Tape bottom of flower pot so beans don’t escape. Fill pot 3/4 full of coffee beans. If you like the smell of coffee, this will make your pens smell wonderful.
4.) Insert flower pens into beans
Since having these flower pens on my kitchen island, I’ve never had to look for a pen. It helps keep my busy household a little more organized!
Hope you give these a try!