CUTE MASON JAR MINI PLANTERS

Super simple idea here ya’ll. If you like little mason jars as much as I do, you may like this.
I started off with these clear, plain and simple little cute Mason Jars.
I just took some little new growths of  “Hen & Chicks,” (I think, no idea really about names, but someone told me they were) separated them,
 added some more good ground dirt to the jar 
 and stuck them in their very own mason jar.
That was pretty much all there was to it.
Now I know this doesn’t give the little plantings much room, but I don’t mind transplanting them on down the road into something larger.  
But as for now, I am loving having the little brown, grubby jar sitting on my desk.

I even stuck one in this cute little dish I found at a flea market.
I love it!
Happy Crafting Ya’ll,
~Lisa
 If you want to see I tinted the clear mason jars blue and various other colors, click here.
 Or how I made the jars n’ things grubby, click here, for the previous post.

DIY Stamped Gift Tags

I have been on a kick recently about making stamped gift tags.  
I have all sorts of stamps I have collected over the years and they are now being put to use. 
And if you don’t have the right stamp for the right occasion, 
they are super easy and cheap over on ebay.

Here’s what you need:
-Plain Manilla Tags or Make Your Own 
out of stock paper and a tag punch (which I do a lot!)
I got my punch on ebay.
-Stamp of choice
 
-String 
( I love bakers twine and it comes in all sorts of various colors)

Then simply just get to stamping up your favorite designs! 
String it and you are done!
So super easy and the designs are only limited to your imagination really!
Here’s some of my recent sets.  I tend to make them in sets of 25. 
That amount fits great in my little baggies.

Oh yea, some of them I like to “Grungy” up. 
I think it makes them a bit more primitive looking.
But you must do this before stamping, or so I’ve learned so that the stamped
design doesn’t run.
CLICK HERE FOR MY GRUNGY TAG RECIPE POST
To do so, I just mix a bit of brown craft paint into a small amount of water.
I then dip the tags down into the mix, 
lay them on a baking sheet and back for about 10 minutes in a 400* oven.
Take out, set aside and cool. And then I go back and brush on a bit of Vanilla Extract.
It takes a bit of time, but it is o’so worth it!
Here’s a close up of some of my “grungy” tags:

Whether you choose to make your tags grungy or not, I’m sure they will be super cute.
CLICK HERE FOR MY GRUNGY TAG RECIPE POST 
These are awesome to tie onto gifts or to just decorate your primitives with.
I also even just add them as a “Made by” tag for some of my handmade crafts now and then.
Till next time,
Happy Crafting Ya’ll,
~Lisa

FAITH FAMILY FRIENDS WOOD CUTTING BOARD

This cool, Fall air has me in the mood for some winter crafts.  But right now I have a cute makeover to show ya!
Primitive Cutting Board Makeover
Here it is, a cute, well used, wooden cutting board. Or some say a dough board that I got from the local Good Will for only $.50.
Here it is before:
And here it is after:
Here’s what I used to do the makeover with.
I keep a can of black paint on hand that is oil based and available at Walmart and painted an all over base coat. It’s found in the outdoor section of the paint.
I got out one of my stencils from eBay with the wordings that I thought fit good.
Then I used some stencil paint made by DELTA in the Heritage color theme for the lettering.
I used the yellowish EGGNOG color.
This is an oil based, stencil paint, so remember it takes a little bit to dry.
And it is best to apply it with a makeup sponge if you ask me. I just can’t do good with those stencil brushes.
Here it is side by side:
And that was a quick and easy makeover from a cheap, good bones find!
I bought the board for a whopping 50cents and priced it for $6.99.
SOLD Thank You!
Happy Crafting till next time Ya’ll,
~Lisa

BURLAP PUMPKIN BAGS with LIGHTS

Here is my latest Fall creation. A burlap “Punkin” bag with lights and Punkin’ Spoons.
I started out with some plain, burlap bags approximately 12″x8″ like this:
 
Then I got out my PUMPKIN stencil I bought from eBay and some cinnamonish orange paint and burnt umber (not shown) and black. I also used a makeup sponge, not shown, to dab the paint into the stencils.

Make sure to get the excess paint off your sponge before you start dabbing.

The burlap really takes the paint great!
Way better than I first thought it would.
Notice I lifted my stencil and rearranged the letters to get the “N” instead of going on with the “M.”
That is because I wanted to spell out “PUNKINS” instead of “PUMPKINS.”  It’s just what we call’em round’ here.  
If you do this too, just try to realign your stencil best you can to finish off the word.
Next, I also stenciled on a star in the right hand top.
And then the lower left hand corner I free handed a punkin’.

I also wrote 5cents inside the punkin’. Sorry it’s hard to see with that twig of grapevine in my way.
And now to I started to think what I could put inside it to hold it good upright. I know chicken wire would do great, but I don’t have any left.  So I thought about sitting a large Mason Jar inside it. And it’d also act like a vase.
Yep, working.
Now I just need to add some more cuteness to it.
I had some plastic gourds and such from last years decorating.
And then I thought I’d throw in some of my 
Pumpkin Wooden Spoons too. 
 They stick up great thanks to the jar inside!
Okay, so now I think they are ready to get some lights.
 And here is a shot of it with the flash off. Sorry, it doesn’t show up too good.
 But here you can see it pretty good, even with the flash on.
I just love it.
I also stuck a fall themed sprig of pip berry in it.
*NOTE: I had to remove my jar because my strand of lights was too big.
But if you don’t plan on using lights, you can still use the Mason Jar as a good holder inside.
~*~
Still in the burlap bag mode, I went ahead and did another one below:
 ~*~ 
With this next cute burlap bag, I must say I cheated a little. 
I ordered a few pre-stamped bags, with the HOLBERTS HOG and some others, (previous post) size 12″x8″, to see how they were going to turn out as bags. They already had the designs on the front but the ones above, in PUNKIN theme, I did myself.
Here  are the pre-stamped, HOLBERTS HOG burlap bags flat when I got them:
They were open ended on one end. All I had to do was 
-stuff them. Hum, but with what this time? Last time I used papers.  But this time I wanted to use lights to make them more interesting! 
 Just stuff a strand in. I used a white strand left over from Christmas decorating.
Just kinda push it in so that it’ll look like a bag of something sitting there.
 Here it is again,
And here is my all time favorite view of it with the flash off on the camera.
See, I just threw the lights in, kinda in a wad, and let them fall where they will.
And I left the plug in hanging out the top back. You can see it over to the right of this pic, where I have a plug in strip behind it.

Okay, so that’s all I better post today, as I don’t want to bore you with my burlap love too much!

I have about 10 different designs listed in my eBay shop. If you are interested, stop in and look around.
 

See ya’ll next time!
~Lisa

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! 

CUTE IDEA FOR WOOD IRIONING BOARDS

Do you have a cute, vintage, wooden ironing board sitting around like this?

Want to spruce it up a bit with a touch of country?
Well, if so, take a look at this idea I had.
Well, to be honest, my Aunt Marlene told me one day about an idea she had had and I kinda took it from there. And here’s how it went.
I had bought a saying on jute twine for hanging that said “SIMPLIFY.”  And I had it hanging behind my wood and coal, cast iron stove. I loved it there.  
Well, last visit from my aunt, she said that it would look real cute if I put that on my plain, wooden ironing board sitting beside it.
And that’s what I did.
I started cutting the letters off the jute twine

and placing them on the ironing board with tape for temporary spacing. 

Then after I was happy with the positioning, I used some E-6000 glue and glued on tiny drops to hold them in place. Just a tad bit of that stuff goes a long way. And by using a little bit, it will be easier to remove if I ever decide to change it up a bit.

And don’t worry, if you don’t have any of these type of letters or words around, you can easily make some.
Here’s how I do it.
I take those foam trays that you get from the deli with sliced cheese or sandwich meats on, and save them.

And just cut you out some lettering from that.

 If you can’t draw them, print you some out from Microsoft Word and trace them out.

And then just cover it in whatever type of left over fabric, with glue, you have sitting around.  I save all my scraps for little projects like this.
To glue the fabric on, I just use a bit of hot glue.  It’s quick and easy and you won’t have to wait for it to dry like the E-6000.
But I went ahead and used the ones I already had, here’s a close up of them.

And continued to glue them on my board.

And I made sure to leave it laying on it’s back, to dry, for about 24 hours or so.
I’m sure it would dry quicker, but this is strong glue and takes a while to dry.

And here it is so much cuter!

A really simple and cheap fix to spruce up those plain, wooden ironing boards!

See ya’ll next time!
~Lisa

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispeners with FRIDAY LINKUP

I made some of these Mason Jar Soap Dispensers a few years ago, but in a different style, for my craft booth.

These I made in 2013 with cute homespun and wooden stars & rusty bells.

 And still today, they are great sellers.

I guess mainly because of the cool, Mason jars. They are just so country and cute, everyone seems to love them. I know I sure do.
Here is the basics of how I made these and what you may need.
-Ball Jars
-Soap Pump Dispenser 
(I bought the pre-made plastic ones with hand soap already in them, just toss the plastic container.) 
-Screwdriver and Hammer
-E-6000 Glue

This is the $1.00 Silk brand soap bottle I bought so I could get the foaming pump for one of them.
In the pic below, I’d already punched a whole and put the pump in the mason lid though.

Here is where I needed a screwdriver to start the hole.
I made sure to lay it outside right on top of a crack between the boards,
so that when it went through, it would hit the crack.

 A drill would have worked, but I didn’t have one handy and my husband was at work.
But the screwdriver, hammer and pliers did the job.

 After the first couple punches.

 And then I started using the pliers to pinch it away and make the hole bigger.

 It really only took about 4 or 5 minutes. The lid metal peals back pretty easily.

And then after I got the hole the right size, (remember, this one above is for a foaming pump which is a lot bigger than the regular ones,) I needed to glue it in place.

 Place the glue on the plastic and let it get all over the metal lid too.

I needed to use a very strong holding glue, so I went with the E-6000 from Walmart. The only
thing with that glue is that it needs to sit and cure for around 24 hours. So glue it and get on to other crafts for a bit.

And here it is from the front.

OH, POINT OF INTEREST!
Notice my lids and rims are almost black. That is because I bought some Rustoleum spray paint and previously sprayed them a Rubbed Bronze color.

I just didn’t like the shiny gold, regular rims for these jars.

 They are a deeper, metallic, rubbed color in person. Way prettier than this pic looks.

Then just fill up the jar, after letting that dry for 24 hours,

 and stick the metal ring on to hold it in place.
And you are done.

 And here that one is:

I finished it off with jut twine and a grungy tag I previously made.

And then for the red one, I used one of those pre-made lids especially made for Ball jars.
Here is how it looks.

Here is the lid out of the pack. I got it at a Burkes Outlet store for a little over $2.00, but it wouldn’t be cost worthy to buy lots of these for that price. So I will stick to making my own like above.

I just had to pick a cute color for the soap, my kitchen is red, so  I found some $1.00 Apple Crisp shampoo and used that.

Just fill and stick it together.

 And that is all for that one!

Notice this soap looks watery. It’s because it is the foam dispenser pump.

A very cute Mason Jar craft to do!
I am keeping one of the red ones for my kitchen!

See ya’ll next time!
~Lisa

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DOLLAR STORE PRIMITIVE CANDLE Makeover

I picked up these cute, Fall themed candles today at the Dollar General.
These are 3 oz Jars for only $1.00 each
And this is how they turned out:
Their scents are Creamy Pumpkin Pie and Candied Maple Sugar!
Ummmm right?
I knew I could throw a touch of prim on these to spruce them up somehow.
Especially with such yummy scents.
And so here is how I did them.
For the more brown colored candles, the Candied Maple Sugar, I used some closely colored construction paper in a similar brown. I cut a strip wide enough to cover up the existing label.
Like so, and just wrap it around the candle and overlap just enough to cover it.
Cut off the excess. 
Then I decided to get out my black ink and stamps
and my letter stamps.  
 Don’t worry, if you don’t have stamps and such, you could always use a black permanent marker and free hand some on. Or maybe print out cute words onto the brown paper beforehand! Here’s one lable I free handed with an inkpen.
Two pics up, you will see I also used the letter stampers to stamp the candle name onto a Grungy Hang Tag that I made with this recipe.
Here, I stamped the paper strips with the willow tree stamp (that I bought on eBay.)
 To attach the brown stamped paper to the jars,I used E-6000 glue instead of hot glue.
 The reason I used E-6000 glue was if the candle is used, when the wax gets hot, if you use a glue gun, chances are the hot glue dobs will come off. And with the E-6000 it kinda holds forever.
Then for one of them I had a bit of cute fabric. I cut it the size to cover the label and also e-6000 glued it on.
Once I had it on, I thought about stamping the name of the candle onto a smaller piece of brown paper and then ripping it to fit.  

To give the label a worn and torn look like so.
 I REALLY like how that torn label turned out.
Then I just used a bit more e-6000 glue to stick it right onto the fabric.
And then I finished it off with a little rusty brown star that I tied to the top with some brown and white bakers twine. Jute brown string would work or just about anything.
And then here is another that I was working on with the willow tree stamp.
I ended up putting the hand written label on as a hang tag.

So if I used something you don’t have on these Dollar Store candles, just improvise and use something you do have on hand.
When it comes to making things primitive style, you really can’t go wrong!
I have to say, I really like the plain, brown, stamped labels!
Which ones do you like the best?

Easy SUITCASE Display for Homes or Craft Shows

 Do you love old suitcases but don’t know what to do with them?
Here is a cute and easy idea for a craft show display. Or for even just decorating in and around you country home.
  • Find (at flea markets or such) or dig out an old suitcase you  may have.
  • Cut a piece of fabric that will fit the inside liner. (It doesn’t have to be perfect, look close at my photo, I almost ran out on the bottom, but it still works.
  • Then just take some glue, (I used Martha Steward NO SEW fabric glue) but you could easily use a hot glue gun also, and glue the fabric directly to the liner.
  • Let it dry and decorate!
That’s it. So simple yet so cute.
An old stack of books with old reading glasses laying inside would look awesome in a living room as a cute set up.
This fabric lined suitcase is for sale in my
Booth#555
$9.99
SOLD
Thank You!

Primitive Old Wood SIMPLIFY BOX

As a quick share for today, I’m gonna show you some pics of an old wooden box.

When I got it, it was all plain and dirty and with years of leaves and crud inside.
It didn’t matter to me though, I knew I could do something with it.
 
I took a water hose to it at first with a good scrubbing consisting of about 4 brillo pads.
And then after it all dried good, I got out my stencils.
Looking for a big one, I choose the one as you see saying, “Simplify.”
And the large star.
I get all of my stencils off from eBay by just searching for “primitive stencils.”
Anyways, after using some Delta stencil paint, (also found on eBay,)
 
I let it dry for about 24 hours.  
If you’ve ever worked with the Delta stencil paints before, you know this is a must because they take a long time to dry because it is oil based.  But the good thing is that they cover great and last long.
After that I just took some craft sealer, found in the craft paint section
 and put on a coating of that in matte.
  
In this pic below you can still see it a bit wet looking before it had dried completely:
But don’t worry, it dries completely clear:
And here it is all finished and ready to sell:
It is for sell in my craft Booth#555
$19.99
Sold
THANK YOU!

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