Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vintage Decorating - Give Thanks

My old hutch. She's chippy and cracked, but she's beautiful to me, especially this time of year! I love decorating my hutch for the Fall.  You see, she has the perfect colors for Fall decorating.
My honey gave this hutch to me when we first started dating.  A strange gift for your girlfriend?  Not to me, it was a perfect gift!  I think he was trying to win my heart over and he did a fine job of it for sure!
The rest of the goodies I use to decorate with, I've collected over the years.  For some reason around Thanksgiving time, I choose to decorate with kitchen or food related items.  It seems to go so well.
You can never have enough jello molds and this isn't even half of what I actually have! I can't resist them when I see them.  And you know what? I don't even like jello!  I think I have a problem!
I always set out my little Thanksgiving crew to watch over everything.  I've had these guys since my kiddos where little, now they are becoming vintage.
My Mama started this collection.  I saw the small platter at a swap meet and had to have it.  Why?  Because I remembered my Mama had a piece or two and its perfect coloring for my kitchen area.  The big platter there, that's Mama's, she shared with me!  She also gave me the coffee pot last year for Christmas, a find on Etsy.  I'm still looking for more pieces.
If you're a collector like me and you want to decorate vintage, all you have to do is shop your stash and you can change the decor up differently for every occasion.  Every holiday at our house has some vintage pizzaz thrown in the decor!  Best of all, its FREE to shop your home for decorations!
Another thing that's fun and easy is changing my chalkboard art.  I saw this beautiful pin on Pinterest and then tried my best to duplicate the writing.  Thank you for the inspiration Kate, your work is beautiful!

I love decorating for every holiday using my vintage collection, its so much fun and oh so frugal!  Do you decorate with your vintage collection?  If so, leave a comment because I'd love to see your collection too!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Framed Pumpkin Art

I saw this idea HERE and wanted to make one for myself, so I did! There's no link to the person who created the one I saw on Pinterest, but thank you to whoever you are for the inspiration!
I already had everything I needed to create my framed art so this was a FREE project! Woohoo! Those are the best kind!
I used my oval Nesties with my Cuttle bug, a Kim Hughes stamp set, some leather cord, some leaf ribbon, Kraft card stock, a cheap 8 X 10 frame and some orange recycled paper (its a frozen dinner box).  You can see how I originally made these pumpkins HERE.
You will need 18 small ovals and 3 large ovals all cut out of the paper you choose to have your pumpkins from.
Using Kraft card stock and the larger oval cut one for stamping your sentiment and then one scalloped oval for backing the sentiment oval.
Now to make the pumpkins:  I used Aleene's quick dry tacky glue for this project.  It dries quickly, but also gives you enough time to adjust your pieces before they dry completely.
Place a small amount of glue on the inside edge of one oval piece like you see above.
Use one more oval piece to spread it around a bit and adjust it like you see above.
Take your third oval piece and add a line of glue right down the center like you see above.
Place it right on top center of the other two and adjust to your liking.
Lastly add your stem and leaves.  I used leather cord for the stem and the leaf ribbon for the leaves.  Two leaves for the large pumpkin and only one for the smaller ones.
I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain for my sentiment.  Just center it best you can on the large oval.
Now adhere it to the large scalloped oval.
I used a 5 X 7 piece of Kraft card stock to adhere all the pumpkins and sentiment to.  Space them evenly like so.  Glue each one in place.
You can add more to this art if you'd like, but I chose to keep mine plain and simple.
I love these little oval Nestability pumpkins made from recycled card board.  So cute!
Who knew frozen dinner boxes could be cute little pumpkins?
I used a chocolate brown piece of card stock as a mat for my creation and then added it to a frame I already had in my stash.
This would be an awesome gift for the person who is hosting your Thanksgiving dinner this year.  They will think you're the most awesome crafter ever!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cleaning Your Oven - An Experiment and a Lesson Learned

My oven was really dirty and I wanted to clean it. Naturally I went to Pinterest to find a recipe using household items because I don't like the harsh fumes of the store bought cleaners.  I found several ideas that were basically the same.  I thought I'd give it a whirl.
This is the picture of the oven AFTER I cleaned and scrubbed and waited 3 more hours.  More on that in a moment.
This is a picture of my nasty dirty oven BEFORE I got to scrubbing and waiting.
Um, eeeew!  I use my oven a lot and yes it gets dirty when you use it!
The filth spares no space, its not partial to just one area, its everywhere!
Yuck-oh!  This stuff is baked on good.  It's going to take some elbow grease to get this awful mess off!
The glass on the door is the reason I decided to clean my oven.  So much yuckiness that you cant even see through it to see what's happening inside the oven! Gosh!
Have you had enough of my dirty oven yet? Yeah, me too!  Let me tell you about my experiment now.
I used 8 tbsp dawn, 8 tbsp baking soda and 6 tbsp vinegar.
I mixed it in a large bowl and just to warn you, it will foam.....a lot!
I used my green and yellow scrub sponge and dipped it in the mixture and generously applied to the filth and scrubbed and scrubbed.  Wait 20 minutes and according to what I read on Pinterest it should wipe clean, just like that! Um No, no it didn't!  I scrubbed more and more and more and more!
What about the dirty oven racks you ask?  Well, there is a homemade remedy for that too!
Bounce and Dawn or Dawn and Bounce....either combination works...kind of!
Fill your bath tub with HOT water just enough to cover the racks.  Add 3/4 cup Dawn while water is filling.  Let stand for 8 hours.
Please be very careful when handling your oven racks, because they will cut you! Ouch!
This did work well to get most of the bits that were stuck on off.  Drain the water and use your Bounce sheet to remove any remaining grease.  Yes, this worked pretty well, not perfect back to new, but pretty well.
This is the AFTER picture for after I scrubbed and scrubbed!  Much better, but NOT clean!
This is how it looked after I used the self cleaning featuring on the oven and waited the 3 hours it took to clean it!
OMGoodness! So much better.  It's like new!  Why didn't I just do this first?  I don't know, but next time I will do this first.  I think the mixture above would have worked on an oven that wasn't very dirty.  But, if your oven is really dirty like mine, it DOES NOT work!
The moral of the story and the experiment is:  Use your self cleaning featuring if your oven has one OR clean your oven using the above mixture more often than not!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Candle Holder

This is another one of those easy crafts that literally takes minutes to put together.  I thought it was such a cute idea for the kitchen.  I got my idea HERE.  Hers are beautiful!
This big vase is another one of my yard sale finds. $1 is all I paid and just look what fun I had making it pretty. 
I layered black beans first, then split peas, then red beans and lastly popping corn.  All you do it cut open the bag and pour them in.  Easy as pie!
I already had the candle holder that I saved and cleaned  HERE and the little vanilla candle in my stash.   I tied a few strands of raffia around the neck of the vase and I was done!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

DIY Skeleton Vase

I have one last Halloween project before its too late!  So I had this giant vase that I found at a yard sale for $1! Woohoo!  I also had two strings of skeleton garland that I found at the dollar store.  I put them together and created a fun vase for Halloween.
The skeletons already came "hung" on the jute twine.  My honey thought I was mean for "hanging them"!  LOL!
This was the simplest craft of all time.  All I did was remove the skeletons from the cardboard they came on and wrap them around the vase and tie them on.  That's it!  I told you it was simple!
In the end I decided to use it as a candy holder, but really the possibilities are endless.  Just look what I did next.
 You could use it as a vase like I did here.  Pretty and spooky all at the same time huh?
To hide the ugly plastic stems of the fake flower bunches I grabbed a piece of corrugated card board, cut to size and popped it in the vase.
I'm really liking how this looks so it will probably be used as our centerpiece on our dining room table for next year's decorations.  Cute!
Well I'm off to create a few Fall-ish things to decorate for Thanksgiving.  What do you have planned for the rest of your Fall decor?  BTW, I found THIS vase on Pinterest after I had already made mine.  Hers is even cuter!  Love it!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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