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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Our Old Box-Fan Gets Autumnized! (my new word)

I had a small 14" old metal box fan that looked like it was ready for the trash bin. It was yellowed and so rusty, and no amount of cleaning changed that. But the thing still worked! As a "fan" of all things autumn, I love rusty colors and textures so I decided to just enhance it a little, by painting a few fall leaves and acorns on it.

Take a look.

This little guy is very powerful too!

Now, I can't get rid of this... summer is coming, and who doesn't need a little fan?

Well, what do you think?

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Antique Tape-Measure Cross Plaque

It's the perfect gift for anyone, and for any occasion!

Do you ever just need a little something to give as a gift? Make my Antique Tape-Measure Cross Plaque. It is super simple, and if you have what you need around the house it may not even cost you anything but a little time!

I hand cut 9 crosses out of 1 antique folding tape-measure.  
I had scraps of dowel and barn wood. 
I drilled a hole about 3/4 the way through the board at the bottom, the size of my dowel. 
I used E6000, and glued the cross on the front of the board. Let dry. That's it! 

Pair this with a personal note or card and give it away, for ANY reason!

Make a batch of these and keep them on hand for your gift giving moments.


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Saturday, March 12, 2016



I have been asked several times to re-post my Mason-Jar-Lid Pincushion Project.  They are a great gift for the person that has everything, and are a quick and easy to make!  Get as creative as you like and design your own custom pincushion.

Mason Jar Lid Pincushion Tutorial

Please read through all of the instructions first before gathering supplies.
There are some tips that may help you decide what you need.
Step 1
Because this goes pretty quickly you need to gather all of your supplies.

For each pincushion you will need: 
                1 Mason or canning jar lid with the screw on ring (pint or quart size)
                1/2 of a Styrofoam ball (pint size = 2 1/2 inch ball or quart size = 3" ball)
                Small scrap of fabric enough to cover your Styrofoam and tuck underneath
                Package of about 50 - 1 inch straight pins 
                4 - 1 1/2 inch straight pins or decorator pins with pearls on head of pin
                Approximately 50 pearl beads or just pins with pearl heads optional
                Matching gimp or trim to cover ring
                Hot glue
                1 jar to rest ball on while gluing
                Something to cut your Styrofoam ball with
                Ice pick or nail and hammer to punch small holes into the lid
                Optional additional embellishments
Step 2
Depending on the size of your jar lid, cut the appropriate size Styrofoam ball in half. I use a fine blade hack saw because the blade and teeth of the saw are small and they cause the least amount of damage to the ball. This allows you to use the second half, for another pincushion.

Step 3
Cover your Styrofoam with your fabric scrap and glue in place. (Glue on the round side of the ball around the very edge of your cut, not on the flat side. This makes a kind of ledge that keeps your ball from falling through the lid.) Make sure to pull fabric tight to eliminate any puckering of the fabric above where the ring will cover the ball. I glue and pin to help keep the fabric from pulling  away from where I've already glued. Then take the pins out after the glue cools. 
Step 4
Place the ring on the ball and position it so that the rounded part of the ball is protruding through the top of the ring and before you glue it in place, make sure that you have room to glue your fabric down later and still end up with room for more glue and the lid. You want your lid to end up even with the bottom of the ring. If it doesn't go up into the ring far enough it won't look right and if it goes up too far your legs will not show.  Once you've made the room you need glue it in place. but don't glue the underside of your ball yet.
Step 5
Take the lid and mark the largest triangle on the under side of the lid that you have space for. The three points on the triangle are where your wholes need to be punched for the feet of the pincushion. I use an ice pick and hammer. Just a tap or two and you'll have a small hole that your pin can push up into to support your legs. If you don't have an ice pick, use a small nail. Just watch out for your fingers.
Step 6 
On the underside of your ball, trim the fabric to about 1/2 inch all the way around, and glue and pin it down. Allow it to cool and remove the pins.
Step 7
Next take the lid with the three holes punched and glue it in place to cover the fabric edges. Making sure that the writing on the lid is where it will show on the bottom of the pincushion. I use a jar to rest the ring upside down on so that gluing is easier and the glue doesn't pool to one side, making a level place for the flat lid to rest. This is where I use the most glue. You want your lid to end up even with the bottom of the ring. If it doesn't go up into the ring far enough it will stick out and won't look just right, and if it goes up too far your decorative legs will not show. Allow it to cool.

Step 8
Decorate your pincushion. Use the straight pins to pin pearls or beads around the base of the ball. Make the legs by using the longer straight pins with multiple beads of varying sizes allowing for some pin length to glue up into the Styrofoam ball. Glue gimp or trims of your choice around the ring, and add any embellishments you want to make you treasure perfect.  

This photo shows the triangle for the leg placement. 

This photo shows that the lid ends up flush with the bottom of the ring with the writing side down. 

This photo shows the leg height and gimp on ring. 

This photo shows the pins and pearls around the ball.

  These next two photos show different embellishments.

I hope you enjoy making your pincushions as much as I did.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Rustic Frame Made From Scrap Wood For Under $1.00

When I build projects, I save any left-over bits and pieces that I think I can use later, whether I have something in mind at the time or not!

This project is totally from my bits and pieces bins.

Want to make one? 

 How-To make your own Rustic Scrap Wood Frame for under $1.00

What you'll need:

  • Any piece of wood larger than your picture
  •  I used six or eight cut-off/broken nail heads (another option is upholstery tacks)
  • A 4-inch piece of 3/8-inch wide dowel
  • One piece of Plexiglas or glass the size of your picture (mine is 4" x 6")
  • Any Paint, stain and decorations that you like
  • Hand drill and a 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue stick
I used a piece of scrap pallet wood, that came out of my bin measuring, 4 3/4" wide and 9 3/4" long, I left it that way so that I had plenty of space to add some decoration to it. Use what you have. You may have a scrap of pine or plywood, it doesn't matter as long as it is larger than your picture. Sand it and clean it up.
On the back side of the board,  I used my hand drill and a 3/8 inch drill bit, and in the middle of the board about 1/4 inch from what will be the bottom, I drilled the hole for the dowel. Make sure that you do NOT drill all the way through the board! Check it to make sure that your dowel fits and that it's deep enough to stay in.

Make sure that your drill bit is the same size as your dowel.

Make sure that you do NOT drill all the way through the board!

Cut your piece of dowel 4-inches long. (I use a scroll saw, but use whatever you have)

A snug fit will ensure the support of your frame.

Paint it now if you want to. I just dry brushed on a little bit of white chalk paint for this one.

Now, position your Plexiglas on the front side of the board where you want it to be. I marked where I wanted to put my nail heads that would hold the glass in place.

TIP - When I take apart a pallet, I use a reciprocating saw with a blade that cuts through metal. After I have finished cutting up the pallet, I use an awl and tap it in the nail holes on the back side of the board and the cut portion of the nail falls out the front. I have saved hundreds of these rusty nail heads and I reuse them in lots of projects.

Once you've marked your spots, set the glass aside and hammer in the nail heads that will be at the bottom of your picture. Make sure that you only hammer them in just far enough for your glass to rest on the nail shaft, so that the actual nail head will hold the glass in place. Then put your picture and your glass back in place on the board. Cover the glass with a wash rag or thick cloth so that you don't scratch it when you put the last nail heads in. Go ahead and carefully tap in the last nail heads that will hold your photo and glass in place.

Now all that's left, is to decorate it!  I used left-over parts of a Christmas pick for this one, but the sky is the limit here, get creative!

Saving your bits and pieces saves you lots of money.

Finished and displayed

Here is another quick idea, I used the same basic construction just different decorations.

You can see that they are really quick to make, and with fun and personal photos, they make great gifts!

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