Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A prim look at Icicles

Just taking a quick break from my non-prim life. I've had these done for almost a week now and just have to get them on here.  I have to credit my Aunt for these.  On our recent shopping trip, she gave me the idea to make these.  I shaped the icicles from salt dough.  I added ground cloves to the dry ingredients to give it a more off white look.  After they were baked and cooled, I wrapped them in tea stained cheese cloth, then painted on a layer of Modge Podge.  The hangers are cream coloured floral wire.  The tree I have them hanging on is one I bought on our trip.  I also made larger ones to hang from garland.  I know I have a few visitors that are pretty new to blogs, so I just wanted to point out that you can click on a photo to make it bigger.  Then just hit the "back" button to get back to my blog.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I finally "get" instant coffee!

A lot of the prim tutorials out there call for instant coffee.  While I use it for staining muslin, I just wasn't understanding what it would do to candles.  Then I tried it and am impressed with the results!  I bought three battery flicker pillars on sale at the hardware store.  They were only $1.99 each and they actually work!  I didn't have modge podge, so I just coated the candle with white craft glue, then rolled the candle in instant coffee with a little cinnamon mixed in.  Here is my results.  Now I want to 'instant coffee' everything!  The boys would look so prim. LOL

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The look of blackened beeswax

First, I want to say that the shopping trip was so much fun.  We had a great time and did not come home empty handed.  Once I get the pictures uploaded, I'll post more about it. 

I love the way blackened beeswax looks.  On our trip, I bought a battery operated candlestick that looked like blackened beeswax.  So the little gears in my brain started turning, and this is what I came up with.

I bought a box of plain white tapers at the dollar store.

With craft paint, I painted them black.

Once they were dry, I covered them in cinnamon, and rubbed off the exes.  I had some tea made, so I also dipped the wicks so the weren't so bold.

And voila!  Not too bad, for something a fraction of the price.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Prim Road Trip!

I'm off tomorrow for three days of prim shopping with my mom, cousin and aunts!  Seven women!  Oh the fun we will have.  Our destination is Shipshewana, IN.  Here's a link to some of the shops in town.  http://www.shipshewana.com/shopping.php  On the way home, I've mapped out some antique shops and barns too.  If anyone has any "must stop" places they can pass along, that would be great.  Just leave me a comment.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Handmade Peppermint Sticks

These were so simple to make.  Sew up a long skinny rectangle, leave one end open to stuff it.  Then I painted on the lines with craft paint and when that was dry, I stained them with a coffee mixture and added peppermint extract to it.

Here are my dried orange slices gone bad!  Do not get caught up in watching Toy Story 3 while your drying them in the oven.  I've added oranges to my shopping list for this week.

And last but not least, here is an after picture of two of the gourds from an earlier post.  I washed and scrubbed them, then stained them a little darker.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I made a pantry cake!

I am so happy with how it turned out.  I can't wait to find different molds to make more.  I got the recipe for it here.  Bittersweet Prims   As for the box, I am going to seal the inside and leave the outside as is.  I'll post more pictures of that once it's in the perfect place.

Monday, November 1, 2010

So, I've got this bin

And I can't decide how I should finish it.  Distress it?  Leave it alone?  Stain it?  I'm going to peel all of the wallpaper out from the inside.  I think I'm going to use it as a blanket box, and have an old quilt peeking out from under the lid.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I'm not sure how old it is.  There was a piece of newspaper in the bottom dated 1946.

Makin' a Make-do

I've had two wooden spools just sitting on a shelf for a while now.  So I used one to make my first make do.