DIY BROWN SUGAR KEEPER

MAKE YOUR OWN
BROWN SUGAR KEEPERS

I love these cute little simple crafts like this.  I first saw these items in the country store called THE MASON JAR in West Virginia last year.  Every since then I’ve been dying to give them a try on my own.

And here’s how mine turned out.

I started off by ordering me a pound of natural air drying red clay on ebay.  I got the Activia brand, in a one pound package for around $10.00.

This type is self hardening so there’s no need to fire or bake them, super strength and has a low shrinkage rate. So I figured this was all good.
I’m sure this one pound package will make a lot of brown sugar keepers, just no idea how many yet.

The first thing I did was to lay out some wax paper on my counter and get out the rolling pin and some of my stamps. These are regular stamps you use in crafts for ink and paper. They work great here.

I’m not sure why I did not roll it out on the wax paper, DUH, but i did lay them on it to dry!

 I stamped them, then I cut them out with the makeshift tea bag strainer for a cutter.

 Just peel away the rest and reuse it again.

 Take a spatula, scoop up the keepers easily and

 lay them out on  a sheet of wax paper to air dry.

Here they are up close. They measure approximately 2 inches.

I used stamps to decorate them, although this is not necessary, I thought it added a cute touch.  I looked and looked for my mason jar cookie cutter, but sadly I can’t find it. I think that would’ve been super cute!
 (Note, the thicker your keeper, the longer it will retain moisture!) But I’m going with about a half inch thick to start off with and see how it goes.
AND THEN:
After letting them set and air dry for what seemed like eternity, almost two days really, I was ready to package them up.
(That is a good sign though, air drying for so long, I know now that in an air tight container, these will hold moisture good!)

I used AVERY label maker to make some bag toppers and inserts for instructions with those cute graphics you see.

And for a baggie to put them in, I used the large bakery cookie treat bags found in the bakery section at Walmart.

And now they are ready to go.  I think these will be a great grab and go cheap craft for anyone to get or give as a gift. I am going to price them at $2.49 each.

I so cannot wait to find my Mason jar cookie cutter and make them in that shape. I’m sure they will fly off the shelf!

Happy Crafting ya’ll,
see ya next time.
~Lisa
http://www.booth555.com

DIY EASY GENERAL STORE SIGN

Here is a very easy General Store sign you could make for any country kitchen out of about any kind of wood.  I free handed the words Eggs, Butter, Lard and Opinions on it with just chalk! And nope, I didn’t even use the fancy chalk paint to get to do this!

I started off with these extra pieces of wood.  The larger one, would’ve been a little bit too big or I would’ve loved it.

The board to the left is just a piece of pine board left over from our counter top redo.
So really, any type of board will do.

All you really need is to buy some black paint from Walmart like this:

 It is outdoor, flat black.

Paint it on the board,

One coat was all I needed because I like to let some wood show.

Then I put a saw tooth hanger on the back. You can get them in a pack at
the Dollar Tree for $1.00.

And while you’re there, pick up some chalk. That is what I free handed
the words with was chalk!

And best of all is that  since the black paint is outdoor paint, the chalk
wipes right off with a damp rag.  If you ever want to change it up again.

I just thought up words that might be on a sign in an old general store.
But you could easily make this board into a memo board or a menu board for your
country kitchen!

Hope ya’ll will give this cute sign a try!
Happy Crafting!
~Lisa

PS:
I did finally get to do something with the HUGE piece of old cute wood up there on the right.
I just painted it black with the same paint, in case I ever want to write on it too. 
But for now,
here’s how I have it used in my home:

Just sitting on a counter top, holding a wreath hanger at the top.
With a few dish towels draped over it and a piece of my favorite fabric!

MASON JAR LID MAGNETS

MASON JAR LID MAGNETS

These are some cute ideas that I had from having lots of extra Mason Jar lids.
(The rings I am going to also use on an upcoming post, so stay tuned!)
If you don’t have any lids laying around, don’t worry. You can find a box of 24 (both lids-12 and rings-12) at Walmart for around $2.50.
I had some left over from trying my first ever Bread N’ Butter Pickels
First I simply just laid them out on and gave them a base coat of red in Rustoleum spray paint. 
Let it dry and sometimes if it didn’t cover totally, I went back and did a second coat. (I’m not a great spray painter.)
And then I took a can of white spray paint and did the speckle effect.  
I do this by just barely putting any pressure at all on the spray nozzle and just holding it there. 
It will finally start to spit and spray and soon little specks of white paint will fly out like snow.  Just hold the can over what you want to spray and let it spit.  It looks cool!
Some of them, I just sprayed them white and then re-speckled the white again. Leaving out all red.
Just to make some different.
Then I took out my large Mason Jar stamp I got from eBay.
Dabbed it in black ink and while holding the lid in my hand, stamped it on.
I had to keep it in my hand so that I could apply the pressure evenly from the back of the lid.
Laying them on hard surfaces didn’t work too good for me.
Notice not all of the center was stamping great on them. So that’s where I started pressing harder from the back.
And after letting them sit and dry for about a good hour, because of the ink.
I went and attached a round magnet, size 3/4″ (19mm diameter) that I got from Walmart. A package of 52 costed like $3 or so.  They have a really good strong hold. I do not recommend those peel and stick strips for things like this.
The glue I used is called E-6000 and it forms a very strong hold!
I use if for most everything.
 Here are some more pics of them done.

 These were the large mouth lids, if I forgot to mention that. That’s why I used such a large stamp.
I also have a smaller stamp that I am going to make the regular mouth lid magnets with also.
I just have to go find it now. lol.
(I am a stamp collector also!)
(Here is the link to make the bottle labels, if you are interested.)
If you like these but don’t want to try making them, 
I listed a few “buy it now’s” on eBay here  for $9.99 with free shipping.
Hope ya’ll give this cool Mason Jar Lid Magnet craft a try.  I figured they will look cute in about any kitchen!
I’m trying something new and linking up with Made by You Mondays to share in a linky linkup.

See Ya’ll next time!
~Lisa

UPDATE:
Maggie from EyeballsbyDayCraftsbyNight asked me below, if these smear.
With regular handling mine don’t. 
But after she asked, I went back and took my thumb and kept rubbing into it and yes, they started to smooth out on the sharp lines.
So, if you want to take this a step farther, you can finish them off with some type of sealer or spray clear coat even. 
I think I will give mine a coat to be safe.
Thanks Maggie, for thinking of this! 

Primitive RUSTY STAR MAGNETS Tutorial

Easy Primitive Rusty Star Refrigerator Magnets!

 I love primitives in every room.  And here is an easy craft that you can make to spruce up your kitchen a tad bit.
Here they are out of the pack with a bit of bakers twine

 Super strong round magnet on back.

Super easy too!
First, get you some metal, rusty stars like this:
These measure approximately 2 1/4″ each.
If you can’t find them at a craft store, I have a few auctions on ebay with these plain, metal, rusty stars available here for a lot of 5 for only $5.99 with free shipping.
 (I hate to plug in my auctions, but
if you would like a set of 5 already finished with magnets, you can find them here.)
My set of 5 all packaged up and ready to go.
Okay, now on to making these cuties!
Next you will need some good strong magnets because we all know we tend to pile the papers and photos on our refrigerators! I choose these magnetic buttons from Walmart.
They are about 3/4″ in diameter and come in packs of 52 for around $4 or $5.  And best of all, they are very strong! 
Next you will need some super strong glue that will hold these magnets to the metal and can withstand much use.
As always I turn to the good ole E6000 glue, also from Walmart for about $3 or $4 for a large tube.
It is great on just about any surface you could imagine needing to glue.
And next all you need to do is add about a dime size amount of glue to the backs of each star.  
My stars are the 3D type, so the glue needs to be enough that it will reach the entire surface of the magnet for a strong hold.

And after that, just let them sit and dry for about 24 hours to get a good strong hold.  
And they are then ready for use. 

These stars I chose have a tiny hole at the top and I may go back and add a little strip of homespun to a few in a fabric that will match my kitchen. A rusty red.

Very simple and super cute~!

And then I just put them in a slide, seal top plastic baggie.  And add a cute topper to it.

I hope you liked this easy, how to for Primitive Rusty Star Magnets!!!
-Lisa

I THREW IN MY DISH SOAP APRON

I wanted to make some cute dish soap bottle aprons that I saw for sale in the local flea market. And just happens on Saturday I won a Sears brand sewing machine at a local auction for only $9.00! I know right?

I think it is doable for me.
I started out by searching Google for “dish soap apron pattern.” And I was flooded by hundreds of links. I quickly choose one from sewing.about.com that said available in two views, .jpg and .pdf. I just figured this way I had a double chance of getting a page that was useable. lol. And I thought I was right.

Wrong.

After printing it out and cutting the pattern out of my fabric, I noticed something was wrong. It was way too big. Well, it was kind of huge. Take a look at how big it is compared to regular sized pc paper:

Think about it, being held up to your dish soap bottle…. Yea little too large.

Well, I set off anyways to add some ruffles around the edges, which by the way, is only going to make the apron larger…

And boom, all of my thread got tangled together underneath the needle in that little hole. I pulled and pulled and finally it broke. Breaking the thread line all the way to the top and back of the machine…..

Hum. Being as it is was now only 5:00am I threw in my apron. Ha Ha!!! For real!

Then I jumped over to Etsy to search for some premade dish soap aprons and Bam! All over the place and o’so reasonably priced!

I found a wide variety from one Etsy seller named MyApronLady who really must know how to sew! She sells them here for only $3.49 plus $1.25 shipping! So worth not sewing my fingers together. lol.

I’m going to pick up about five of these as Christmas gifts. And use my sewing maching for the simple straight lined things such as cornhole gaming bags.

Have you ever tried making dish soap aprons before?

Things you may need:
Fabric approx. 8″ x 4″
Scissors
Sewing Machine or Sewing Glue
Patience lol
Etsy Account lol

RED and WHITE Speckled COUNTRY EGGS

Today I thought I’d share how I make my Red and White Speckled “Graniteware/ Enamelware” Looking Country Eggs. I do both the white based with red specks and also the red base with white specks. I love them both!

I was thinking that some people may want to make these for display with Easter right around the corner. But as for me, I keep mine out all year long. They look awesome with the red and white speckled “graniteware/enamelware” themed other items I have in the kitchen also.

First, I start off with some basic, crafting plastic eggs. You can find these at Michaels or sometimes you get lucky and run across a bag of them at the Dollar Mart! These are not the type that you can pull apart, they are full eggs, in one piece. They are plastic and hollow inside.

I was lucky enough to find these in huge bags of 40 for only $1.19 at the Dollar Mart last year. My buggy and arms were full! And please note that I did buy them all except for one bag. Which I left in case someone really needed them. lol. Some of mine in the tote are dented due to being stored at the bottom of a huge stack in the garage. lol. But I am still going to use them.

The next step is to simply spray paint them with a base coat. I use the $3.00 red from the Dollar Store and the $1.50 white. The little bit higher red tends to cover better than the dollar kind. Do not try to paint them on something like a plastic bag. They will stick and get lines….I tried.

The best thing I found to paint them in was a cardboard box lid. The gift box type. Once painted they can even roll around and it will not mess up the paint too much. I do a box full of both white and red as the base.

Then let them dry a bit, roll them around and spray the other sides. Then just let it all dry again.

Now comes the toughest part….but don’t worry, it’s still not hard. It’s the time to add the “speckled look.” And getting it just right is not necessary. But here’s a trick. Practice over something like an empty box until you get the hang of it. I just barely…..and I mean BARELY press down on the spray button on the spray paint to just make it kind of “spit” the paint out in little specks. And I hold it over top the eggs. Probably about 2 foot or so above. That way you will get the little dripping effects.

You can see some of the big drips that also fell in the box. It hit a few eggs to, but even they still looked kinda cool in the end.

I forgot to take a pic of the red based ones with white specks, but they are just the same as above, but vice versa colors.

And here’s how I package them up to sell them in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555:

I put them in these clear bags and just add a label and sometimes a string of homespun to make them look super country. I do sets of 2 for only $1.59 or sets of 4 for $2.79. The sets of 2 go faster than the sets of four, I am guessing because of the $1.59 price. And that people may add them to their own groups of eggs they already have.

Here’s a few more pics of them packaged and ready to go:

And here’s how I display some in my own kitchen. They are all nestled inside of a wire chicken frame that I found at a yard sale for only $2.00.

I need to go back and add a touch of that fake nesting grass under the eggs. Ah, I’ll get to it one day.

Well, I hope this gives you some ideas on what to do with those plastic craft eggs you may have laying around. I’m pretty sure this will also work on those left over Easter eggs as well. They’d just have the seam in the middle is all.

MORE IDEAS:
And if you are looking for a more primitive, country theme to do on plastic eggs, check out my recent post here: PRIMITIVE “COUNTRY THEMED” EGGS.

Primitive Country EGGS 

Primitive "Kitchen Themed" Wooden Spoons

You can do a lot with wooden spoons in a country theme. This is kinda a spinoff on my Snowman Spoons and Primitive Wooden Spoons posts. I bought oodles of spoons and so I decided to do a different theme this week. I had toyed around with making hanging ornaments out of them. And here’s how they turned out.

Keep in mind you can keep these hanging up all year round on your prim trees. That’s what I’m going to do in my dining room!

Here’s the before of the plain wooden spoons:

First, I handpainted each with acrylic Apple Barrel brand paint. I used a variety of old country colors such as antique white, black, colonial green, burgundy and gray etc.

Then I scuffed up all the edges with some coarse sandpaper to give each a very worn look. Like so:

as seen in my Primitive Wooden Spoons post.

Then I just took some antique white paint and wrote on each with a tiny paintbrush, the words like:
coffee, tea, collector, flour, sugar, grandmas kitchen.. Words that would typically be heard in a kitchen.

Then I cut some homespun fabric strips and tied them around the ends for hanging them up. I started to drill a tiny hole in each handle to thread the fabric through, but decided against it because I was afraid to crack them out.

You could go a step farther by “grubbying” them up. By maybe adding some browns or black paint streaks around the edges, but I like them how they are now. And here’s how they turned out.

If you notice closely, on a few of the letters, I put the little dots on them to make them more country. I like it better like that.

I priced these for $1.99 each in my Booth#555  (currently available) at the Morehead Peddlers Mall. I will be also offering them in a packaged set of 4 very soon, approximately Friday at my booth and maybe in my Etsy shop.

You may also liked a similar post titled Vintage Styled Rolling Pins where the paint technique is quite similar.

~Happy Crafting~

Primitive Wooden Spoons

A country must in my prim themed kitchen is old time colored prim wooden spoons.

Instead of going out and buying some premade, I thought I’d try to make’em. After all I had plenty of plain wooden spoons laying around after making the Snowmen Wooden Spoons.

Here’s a pic of a few of my finished prim spoons:

If you notice, I try to stay with old timey colors such as reds, greens, grays and blacks. I just like them better. I wanted to throw in a mustard colored one, but have ran out of that color.

If you want to make these, here’s how I did it. I started with some plain wooden spoons from Walmart. I choose the cheap pack of like 6 or 8 for $1.50. Can’t remember exactly, but it was cheap. They looked like this:

First off, I took them outside and lightly spray painted them, both sides, black in the Rustoleum brand.

 I also tried to hand paint a few, to see which ones I liked better, with flat black craft paint:

The color was nice and strong, but it took forever doing so by hand. Keep in mind, I bought about 10 packages of these spoons to make, so that I could also sell some in my Peddlers Mall Booth. So I’m sticking with the spray painting!

Then I brought them inside and grubbied them up an extra bit while adding some color at the same time, like so:

by mixing the preferred color (at this time it was actually another flat black but I had a pic of the burnt umber) I mix them about 50/50 and apply kinda sparse. You don’t wanna fully cover up your first coat of spray paint. You want to let it kinda show through. (I wish I’d snapped a pic of another color spoon below other than black to show what I’m talking about, but I’m sure you get the idea.) You just wanna kinda give it a paint on paint look. Not just one solid color.

Then I take some heavy grit sand paper and scuff up all the sides and inner rims, and down the handle a bit like so:

And then I went back and added a piece of jute string to some of the handles. Just to make a lil more country look.

I’ve been mixing the colors and saleing them as a set of 4 for $4.95 in my Peddlers Mall Booth. They’d be great as a display in an old mason jar in your kitchen. I may be making some Christmas ornaments out of these in an upcoming post. So I better get going and start drilling some hanging holes. Don’t forget to check back soon to see them!

And you can check out current items in my booth by visiting facebook, Booth #555


Happy Crafting!
 

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