chalk paint · farmhouse · handmade · kitchen

D.I.Y. Farmhouse Wooden Spoons

Hello Everyone!

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. We’ve had a fairly mild summer here, and I’ve been busy with all sorts of projects. The latest is my kitchen remodel.  I’ve painted the walls a pretty soft buttercup, and now I’m ready to decorate the kitchen with some farmhouse style decor.kitchen wall july2017

I’ve purchased some items that are ready-made, but I’m inspired by some of the DIY projects I’ve seen online. The project I’m sharing today is not actually up on the wall yet, but I couldn’t wait to post what I’ve done so far. Here are some before and after pics of my spoons and grater.

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 I purchased a cheap cheese grater and a wooden spoon set, some paint and antique wax. I wanted to tone down the shiny silver of the grater and make the wooden spoons colorful, but aged.

 

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How I made it: I added the white paint to the grater and after it dried I sprayed it with vinegar a few times and let it dry. It rusted in a few spots and dulled the shine of the silver finish. Next, I added some dark brown wax and wiped it off to create an antique look.

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How I made it: I added paint to the wooden spoons, and let them dry. I sanded them and added the white paint and sanded again. Then I used the dark brown wax and wiped it off.

I’ll hang the grater upside down and hang a piece of linen from the handle. I may stand the  spoons up inside from the top, but I’ll need to add a barrier inside the grater to keep them from falling out. Then again, I might just add the spoons to another project I have in mind.

So, this it all for now, but I’ll be back to share more of my finished farmhouse projects. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you.

Happy DIY-ing!

“C”

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handmade · Knitting · Sewing

Gifts ideas for baby.

My niece is going to have her first baby!

She’s going to have a boy and she has decided on navy and gray instead of the traditional pastel blues or greens.

So I found these flannel prints at Jo-Ann fabrics, and I ‘ll make baby a cozy blanket. I’m also going to knit the hat and boots pictured in Erika Knight’s Natural Nursery Knits book. I’m using Wool-ease yarn.

I’ll post more photos when I finish them.

So how about you? What are you currently working on? I would love know!

Happy crafting !!

handmade · Uncategorized

43rd Annual Apple Harvest Festival

Hey Everyone! I just wanted to share some pictures I took yesterday at the Apple Harvest Festival located in our little town of Burlington WV. It’s the first weekend in October and it’s a fundraiser for the Children’s home.  There are crafts, flea-market vendors, music,  entertainment and lots of good food. They have amazing Apple Butter and Apple Dumplings. In fact, you can watch them make the Apple butter in huge copper kettles.

 

 

What I’m really excited to show you is the Artisan Village. This was something new this year. Artists of many talents  were able to demonstrate their skills.

Blacksmith.

Unique handmade instruments.

 

Basket Weaver

 

Potter

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Not sure what to call this…a Carver? He uses a chainsaw to make these beautiful pieces.

This is his work area. A little loud, but very cool to watch.

 

Handmade goat milk soaps, lotions etc.

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Fine Artist and Bead Weaver

 

I couldn’t resist these adorable handmade earrings.

I also fell in love with this gorgeous hand knit beret.

 

http://www.hampshirearts.org/studiotour.html

I’m already looking forward to next year! What kind of events or festivals are in your area? Thanks again for stopping by. Wishing you a happy Fall y’all!

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Apron · handmade · Sewing

Apron for my Sis

I finished my sister’s birthday gift. I made an apron for her. She loves to cook and when I saw this fabric and apron pattern I thought she would like it.

It all went smooth with one exception…the bias tape. The pattern calls for 2 packs. Wrong!! I had to run out and get another pack to finish it. Whether it was a shortage in the pack or miscalculation in the pattern, I’m not sure.

Anyway…it’s done and lesson learned. Buy extra no matter what!

 

Also, my daughter-in-law loved her gifts. She sent a picture of her recipe book displayed on her kitchen counter. I’m so glad she liked it.

I sure hope this post inspired you to get creative whether you sew, knit, quilt or draw.

I enjoy reading your comments, so let me know what your working on today. 

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