LITTLE FARM SIGN

Here is a cute little farm sign that I recently made.

I just made it for fun to hang up around the chickens and the cows.

I saw a similar one on Pinterest and I just kind of went with it.

I first painted the wood cutting board red and then I freehanded the words in pencil.
that way I could erase and try again if something was way off.

But overall I like how it turned out.

Happy crafting ya’ll,
-Lisa

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FIVE ON FRIDAY from the lil’ FARM

Linking up today with FIVE on FRIDAY to share a few random pics of my lil’ ole’ farm life.
Here’s to the farm life ya’ll.
I welcome 6 new baby Bantam (we call Baneys) chicks on May 30, 2016!  

I watched ole’ Large (I named 3 of them Small, Medium and Large) play “kick the can” with a plastic bucket for about 15 minutes or so before tiring of it.

I was elated when a roll of hay that got away from me ended up FINALLY stopping on a section of barbed wire fencing.  Otherwise it would’ve went all the way down in the creek. Shew~

I watched as a single deer checked on the progress of the grapevines as I done the morning dishes.

And most off all, throughout the week, I stayed happy despite having to put up with a lot of…..

I hope you enjoyed my week all wrapped up in pics! And thanks much to Amy over at FIVE on FRIDAY for hosting the linkup!
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

RUSTY HORSESHOE CRAFTS and BARBWIRE WREATH

Hey ya’ll. I’ve been super busy the last month and a half with new calves on my lil’ farm. This is all new for me and wow at the things you learn.  But anyways this is leading up to my new craft post today using old rusty things on the farm.

I have tons of ole rusty horseshoes around not because I’ve had horses but because I love rusty farm stuff.

So when putting up a new wooden door for the calves I thought about making a sign that said COWS but by using the horseshoes as letters. Here’s how I started.

I just laid them out and moved them around until they started looking like the letters I needed. I just loved tge big fat one I had for a c.

I used medium sized wood screws and screwed them into the door.

And then came the “s.”  I got it but it doesn’t look as good as the other letters.

But I got it the best I could.

The s is just the best I could get it but I’m sure the cows wont mind.

And then I needed to make something to fill the space around it.  So I wanted a rusty wreath made of barbwire. So for me I just went over in an old field and cut some. But if you don’t have any, maybe you can ask around or buy a new roll of wire, and spray paint it rusty brown.

Here I just made a few circles with it and then screwed it straight to the door.

And for one last sign for the side of the lil ole barn, here’s what I made.

I did finally wash off the MOO sign later. I screwed it to a piece of 2×6 then to the wall. But fir the word COWS I just screwed each letter to the wall individually.

GOOD FENCES #12

Today is Good Fences link up day! 
A courtesy of the  The Run*A*Round Ranch Report

                  Today I am sharing a country fence that surrounds my late Mom’s old family farmlands.

Country Home Decorating Ideas

COUNTRY MAKES MY HOUSE A HOME
 (Taking a break from crafting posts today to share some pics.)
I have been re-arranging and already getting my house ready for fall.
Enough summer heat and bugs for me already. 
So while digging out my found treasures from auctions and flea markets, I thought I’d share a few pics of stuff that I love to collect.
All these items are what makes my house a Country Home.
Yes, I love canning jars.  
I am in the process of putting these in a cabinet. Photos later.
And no, not just the blue ones either.
But the aqua blue ones really are my absolute favorite.
 (Sorry about the darker pics, this Samsung Tablet doesn’t have a flash)
But there is just something about having  a bunch of the clear ones sitting around that makes me feel at home. That good ole’ country home feeling.
And since I can stain them, like I shared in a previous post, HOW TO STAIN MASON JARS, I love having plenty on hand to work with.
And then we have the wooden spoons and rolling pins that I absolutely love.
Here are a few shots from around my dinning room and kitchen.
Oh, and the crocks. I love them, but doesn’t everyone?
And old pitchers for the patterns and because they can hold wooden spoons lol.
Even the old cracked and broken ones can find a place in my home.
What I love about country living and decorating is that there are no rules.
If I like it, I use it. If it fits, it stays there.
Oh, and I love the red and white enamelware! I am really just starting to collect the plates and such too.
Hum, I’m beginning to wander if I have enough pitchers full of wooden spoons? Now that I am snapping pics, I am realizing I have quite a few. Na, not enough yet!

 Here’s an old coffee pot I also love.

And here’s some more random shots. I just really cannot get enough wooden spoons tucked here and there!

And rolling pins. What country home doesn’t have a few rolling pins here or there?
And here are some tiny, wooden rolling pins my aunt Marlene gave me:
Ain’t they just cute? 
And I think that is pretty much enough indoor stuff for now.
I don’t want to overload you with my love of the country decorating.
So before I go, here’s one last thing. It’s my favorite outside garden thing.

This use to be the entrance to my strawberry garden.
 Sadly they didn’t grow great here, so I moved as many as I could that were left.
When taking down the fenced in area, (lots of lattice) I had my husband to leave the entrance like so, with the gate.

And I love it.
Right now it has tons of morning glories trailing up it.
And one more last thing, lol.
Here’s my country, barn wood fences out front.

And here is the backs. I’ve put some rose bushes behind them now so I can see them from my front porch.

Here is a link to how I made these barn wood fences, if you are interested.
Hope ya’ll liked these pics of my country decorating ideas.
See ya’ll next time!
~Lisa

Country Fences in KY #4

Love this beautiful tree.
 Today is Good Fences Day courtesy of  
And here is a cute old stretch of country fence that I snapped while driving down through lower KY.
 

Thanks again to Good Fences for the linkup!

Country Fences in Manchester, KY #2

 Happy Thursday Ya’ll!
Thursday is all about fences.
And this is my 2nd fence post share-Click here for my 1st.
  So today I’d like to share
some back roads, country fences from a day trip I took through lower Kentucky yesterday.
4-29-2015
Image from Wikipedia
I drove for about 3 and a half hours and ended up in the lower end of Manchester, Clay County. First time I ever really drove through that county that I can remember.  It is said to be the Land of Swinging Bridges.
Well, I didn’t run upon any swinging bridges, maybe next time! But a notable mention is that there really isn’t tons of fences to get pics of.
There are tons of barns and old buildings, plenty of steep mountain sides and curvy roads but not a lot of fences.
These are a few that are close to the Happy Chandler Rd, named after KY politician, Albert BenjaminHappyChandler, Sr.

 And then we started headed back up, into town again:
 And finally back on my way home sweet home.
I’m linking up today with:

Red Handled Rolling Pins & Momma Groundhog

The pin on the left is from the Dollar Mart for $1.00. The pin on the right is a flea market find for $3.00 that was previously yellow handled. I painted both. The older one looks more glossy because of the previous coat it had.
 Today I’ll share a super easy craft that really makes a difference.
 All it takes is 3 basic things:
A plain $1.00 wooden rolling pin from the Dollar Mart:
$1.00 at the Dollar Mart
 Some Barn Red glossy paint that I found at Big Lots.
Paint was $2.00 at Big Lots
 And a paintbrush.
Super easy as you see. Just paint on the red, glossy handles and let it dry.
I forgot to mention sandpaper above.
Ater this photo, when it all dried, I did go back with a little strip of medium sandpaper and rough up the handles a bit to give it a more worn look. 
And that was it!
What a difference a little red paint can make on a dollar rolling pin!
 I am a big collector of rolling pins. Mainly plain ones and red ones. It’s hard not to keep all of these!

I price these Red Handled Rolling Pins in my
Booth#555 for $3.99

~*~
Oh, and before I go, I thought I’d share a few more pics from my yard.
Since my photo of my Momma Groundhog got a few comments in my Friday Five Random Things,
I thought I’d share a few more of her today.
Here, Momma Groundhog was posing for the camera.
And here she is on the far right, sitting with three little ones.
Yes, there’s 3. Look close, the difficult one turned its head just as I snapped this. Kids!
 And then here she is taking it easy away from her kids.
I’m guessing this is Momma’s relaxation time while the kids were sleeping or off playing.
 And up close a bit. She loves this spot. And seems to have no worries.
We can’t bushhog or weed eat behind the trellis because that is where one of her little dens is they all come out of all the time.

BARN LUMBER CORNER FENCE

A barn wood corner fence:
I had previously shared this on a website called Bubblews and since then I have taken them down.  
I’m going to share these again here because I’ve noticed that there are broken links to the old post on Pinterest that take people to no where. So here you go.
So here is a cute idea to make if you have some old barn lumber, or any old lumber for that matter, laying around.
We live out in the country and driveway vears off from a secondary street to a patchy half gravel and half concrete strip.  And down at the end of that there was really no eye catching anything to get attention, just big old space.
 So I had the idea to take some of our old barn lumber and sketch out a make do corner fence at each side of the drive.  
And thankfully my husband figured out what I’d drew, made them and put them up.
2011, I think.
Here it was the first year after planting some pretties.  
They were barely growing in, but you can see some coming up.
2012, I think
Here it is the 2nd year:
2013, I think
And here it was the 3rd year, (early spring) after building them:
The hanging basket lent color until the big perennials grew in.

My husband putting up the hanging basket for me

That is my doggie, Princess, trying to get cool by the new soil I had just put down.
 And here is the fence on the other side of the driveway:

May 11, 2014

This was the back of it, view from my porch a few years ago
 They were simple pink morning glories that took of beautifully and kept going way into fall.

See, I get to walk through these everyday down on my way to check the mailbox.

I had to wait a bit on the right side one to be finished because we were short a wide enough board for the last corner. But we finally found one!

And I had to add this photo from February 2015. Look how beautiful!
One thing is for sure, it gives you a cute focal point in places that are bare.
And they are very easy to decorate in all occasions.
Summer time is my favorite though.
Just let all the flowers take over.

Primitive Wooden Spoon Magnets

I recently posted about how to make primitive, wooden spoons here: PRIMITIVE WOODEN SPOONS with step by step detail. It was a great project! And got lots of interest from many of you.

I have since revisited this idea and turned the crafting up just a notch by making them more interesting.

Here’s how I did it:

I started off with plain, simple wood spoons found at Walmart in packs of 4 for around a dollar in the kitchen supply section.

I use a few of the same photos from previous posts when it is plain wood spoons so I don’t have to take them for each craft post. lol. Just in case you are tired of seeing this same pic I use in my spoon posts.

Very cheap!

I bout about 10 packs of these. And then I paint them in a variety of colors. Here’s a group of mine being painted in ivory white. I used spray paint this time because it was faster.

Just mix and match sizes and paint them in groups. Let dry for a few hours. Don’t forget to paint the backs!

Sometimes though, for certain colors, you will need to hand paint on some craft paint for the base coats. This takes more time, but you have many great colors to choose from. I tend to stick to basic black, navy blue, wine red, okra yellow and sage green as base colors.

And then after you have a ton of all these colors ready, you’re set for the next step.

You will need to paint over them with a second coat in another totally different color. Yes, I know sounds like a lot of work, but trust me, IT IS WORTH IT. It makes them look so much better.

And after that second coat, you will be ready to start some light to medium sanding. I use a light sand paper, nothing real heavy.

LOOK CLOSE at the REDish color one in the middle. Do you see how the black is the second coat? See when I took sandpaper and brushed off some of the second coat, it allowed the red underneath to show. And it makes it look older. I love it!

When I ran out of black spray paint, I brushed on some of that in the can too. I was worried it wouldn’t sand off easy, but it did.

And after the sanding, I was ready to start hand painting some detail. I just looked around in magazines and online clipart for ideas in the primitive them and free handed them below.

Some I did a willow tree on, and old crow that I tried to paint, sitting on a crock. A simple bowl with a star and a window scene with shutters. And oh, a cute plate sitting on a shelf with a star in it. These took some time, about an hour to just do this part and lots of patience.

And then I was ready to add the magnet. I got the round ones from Walmart craft section cause they are stronger to hold notes and papers.

Just simply hot glue them on. The hold is super strong! And it dries fast!

And here’s some that I have all finished and in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555:

I priced these for $2.49 each. I’m not sure if that is good or bad because I have none to compare them to. So far, I’m the only one that has made them in my area for sale. With such a strong magnet, I think it is worth it.

What do you think?

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Note: In case you don’t want to do magnets on these: For the previous Primitive Style Wooden Spoons that I made and didn’t turn into magnets, I grouped them in groups of 3 for sale, like this:


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