Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Primitive Candy Corn and Instructions by Denise Bailey

With Summer coming to a close it's time to start working on some Fall craft items. I chose for my first new season project, prim fabric candy corn. I didn't have a pattern for this, but made one myself simply by drawing it out on a peice of 9 x 11 paper.

Instructions:

1. Draw a triangle, but instead of pointed corners, make them rounded. Make as large or as small as you'd like, keeping in mind, that the finished item will be smaller than the pattern you created by approximately 1/2 inch. My drawing is 6 1/2" long by 4" wide at the bottom. My finished candy corn is 6" by 3 1/2".

2. Trace your pattern on to piece of muslin fabric larger than the drawing of your pattern. I like to use an electric 'box' that has a lightbulb under it. I purchased mine at Joanne Fabrics. Plug it in, place your pattern on top, then your fabric. The light shines through the pattern allowing for much easier tracing. Trace the pattern onto the fabric using a Mark B Gone marking pen. You can purchase these also at Joanne Fabrics & Walmart.

3. The tracing line is your sewing line, sew all around, but leave an opening at the bottom of your fabric for stuffing. About one inch is good.

4. With your scissors, cut within a 1/4 inch of the sewing line, being careful not to cut into the sewing line itself. When you come to the opening that was left for stuffing - don't cut straight across - cut down about 1/4", then over the length of the opening, then back up to within a 1/4" making a 'tab'. I like to do this with all my 'openings' I think it makes for a cleaner finish.

5. Turn fabric right side out, tuck in the tab and stuff firmly with fiberfill. Slip stitch opening closed.

6. Now you're ready to paint with some acrylic paints! Paint the lower 1/3 of the candy corn with antique white. Paint the middle section with either gold ochre or raw sienna. Paint the top 1/3 section with terra cotta. Use a dry brush and blend the lines from the top color into the bottom color to blend so you won't have a harsh line.

7. Let air dry overnight or oven dry on the lowest temperature, watching carefully so it doesn't burn, turning over every few minutes.

8. When dry, lightly sand with fine sandpaper. With 2 strands of embroidery floss, sew X's across each 'line' as shown in photo.

9. Final step is to stain with a mixture of instant coffee & vanilla. I mix approximately 1 cup of hot water with 3-4 T. of instant coffee and add 2-3 T. of vanilla. Mix well. I brush the liquid on both sides & then air dry. Again, you can oven dry, but be careful your candy corn doesn't burn!!

If you'd like your candy corn to look really prim - while still damp with the coffee mixture, generously rub in ground cinnamon and let dry.


Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Denise Bailey (aka NeeNee) who is a 54 year old mom & grandma who has been crafting for over 34 years for myself and family but only in the last 2 years have been actively crafting for profit via craft shows, eBay and an EZshoppe. My 'specialties' are primitives, country and folkart creations.I also love to create graphics. I was interested in drawing since I was very young, taking art classes all through high school. I always thought I'd go to an art school after graduation, but instead I got married and started a family. Six years ago, I purchased my first computer, and found PSP. I've been hooked since and have taught myself to make my own graphics using PSP's vector & nodes tool. My website is: KKL Primitives - http://kklprimitives.blogspot.com/.  My Blogs are: The Krazy Kraft Lady - http://thekrazykraftlady.blogspot.com/ and Menopausal Monster - http://menopausalmonster.blogspot.com/.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Pumpkin Pincushion Free Tutorial From Lynda of A Prim On A Whim Blog

I just love pincushions.  The more the merrier.  Well, you'll be happy to know that  Lynda of A Prim On A Whim blog and Marcella-Mia blog posted the following tutorial for pumpkin pincushions that I just LOVE and I think you will, too.


Pumpkin Pincushion.


Want to know how I made my mini pumpkin pincushions using a bottle top:- well read on.

What you need.

A bottle top
Wool fabric or other suitable
Hot glue gun
Glue stick
Stuffing (polyfil)
Strong thread & Needle
Small button.

Cut a circle three times larger in diameter than bottle top. You will also need another small bit for circle at bottom of pincushion.

My top is 3cm and circle 9cm.

Grab a piece of stuffing large enough to make a ball so that it overflows when placed inside the top. Roll stuffing up into a ball, holding loose ends together.

Glue inside of top and push stuffing in with loose ends first. Pack stuffing in as much as you can.

Get your fabric circle, place top upside down in centre of circle.

To fold fabric over top imagine you would divide fabric circle into four equal parts.

Holding top down firmly, glue a little bit on top of bottle top. Pull first ¼ of fabric up and glue down. Now work on the opposite side and glue down 2nd quarter. Then repeat for 3rd and fourth. You should now have fabric attached to top with four corners left. Now work on your corners. Take each corner one at a time, flatten and glue, making sure fabric is pulled as much as possible.

Next step is to neaten by covering all joins with a small circle of fabric.

Thread you needle, make a good knot and starting in centre of pumpkin make eight segments. To make a segment, go in through centre and out with your needle as far down side of pincushion as possible. Then take a teeny tiny stitch and come right out near bottom of pincushion. Now bring thread up and back to centre and start again dividing pumpkin into eight segments. End thread in centre with double stitch.

Glue small button to centre and add a few pins and your pumpkin pincushion is completed.
Variation./ideas.

Add green leaves, vine.

Make a garland of pumpkins.

Make a whole bunch and fill a bowl to display.

Make a pumpkin for each of your friends who visit though the autumn season.


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Lynda of A Prim On A Whim blog at http://whimsicalprims.blogspot.com and Marcella-Mia blog at http://marcella-mia.blogspot.com . Lynda is the owner of Marcella-Mia a store front gift shop specializing in fine traditions.

Pumpkin Soap Project by Tina Columbus


We have a fun Fall project that can be done with the kids - little pumpkin soaps.

These cute little soaps are made using the hand-milled method. This method requires bars of pure, white, unscented soap. You can buy them at your local drug store. Make sure they are unscented. Usually hand-milled soap recipes require the additives such as herbs, cocoa butter, shea butter, etc., But since this is a project for kids, we'll keep it simple and fun. For this project you will need:

2 bars of unscented, white soap

1/2 cup water

A kitchen grater

A bowl

Pumpkin scented soap fragrance

A wooden spoon

A double boiler

Non-toxic acrylic soap paints in orange, green, and black

Artist paint brushes

In a bowl, shred the bars of white soap with your grater until you get 2 cups of shredded soap.

Add the water to the shredded soap. Place the soap/water into a double boiler and place on the stovetop range with medium heat. The soap will slowly begin to absorb the water. You may stir gently with a wooden spoon but remember not to mix too quickly because bubbles may form. The mixture will begin to thicken. As the water becomes absorbed, the mixture will start to become stringy. This is normal.

When it reaches this stringy stage, remove it from the heat and add 15 to 20 drops of pumpkin fragrance oil and stir until it is equally distributed and absorbed. Make sure that the fragrance oil you are using is safe for the skin. The soap mixture will be thick and clumpy and when the mixture cools enough to touch, take parts and form them with your hands into little balls. While the mixture is still soft and pliable, take little pieces and roll and shape them with your thumb and index finger into little tubular shapes and attach them on top of the balls to form stems. After you have used up the whole mixture and shaped all of the pumpkins, place them on a rack and let them dry for a few days. When they are dry, take your acrylic soap paints (you can use regular non-toxic acrylic paint but the problem is that it won't adhere as well to the surface of the soap, so you're better off using soap paint.) and paint the pumpkins orange and the stems green and if you want to you can even paint little faces on them. When they are dry, you will have adorable and fragrant little pumpkin soaps.


Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Tina Columbus of TC Fragrance Crafts. Tina is a professional crafter who owns and operates her own shop selling handcrafted fragrant products such as candles, soap, potpourri, and more.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Butterfly Candle Holders by Rachel Paxton

by Rachel Paxton - rachel@creativehomemaking.com


Butterfly candle holders are easy to make and a great gift idea. The materials are very inexpensive, and you can use your imagination for a variety of designs. To get started, you will need:

Materials:

Small glass candle holders
Butterfly wrapping paper
Yellow tissue paper
Decoupage
Cuticle scissors
Small paintbrush
Damp paper towel

You can buy whatever glass candle holders you like (or use some you already have laying around). I bought mine at Walmart for about $0.59. You could also find them at thrift stores or yard sales.

I chose butterflies for my design, but you could choose whatever design you'd like--maybe keeping in mind the tastes of the person you're making them for. You can cut out pictures from anywhere, including calendars, greeting cards, magazines. Thin paper decoupages best.

After you have some pictures in mind, use cuticle scissors (the kind you cut your fingernails with) to cut out the pictures. These scissors work best on small pictures and cut rounder corners than regular scissors. If you're not going to use the pictures right away, store them in ziploc bags.

You can buy decoupage at any craft store. It is normally found with the glue. It allows you to permanently affix a picture to another object, giving the object an overall glossy effect. Make sure the glass you're working with is clean. Tear a piece of tissue paper into small (approx. 1 inch) pieces. Using the paint brush, brush some decoupage on to the back of one of the pieces of tissue paper. Position the tissue paper on the glass and then brush some more decoupage on top of it. Continue gluing on pieces of tissue paper, overlapping at the edges, until the entire candle holder is covered (including the bottom--set the candle holder on its top to dry). Brush one last coat of decoupage over the entire candle holder. Use damp paper towel to wipe off any excess decoupage.

After the decoupage has dried for about an hour (or more), position the butterflies (or other pictures) on top of the tissue paper. First brush some decoupage on the backs of the pictures and place them on the glass. Brush another coat of decoupage over the entire glass and set the candle holder on its top to dry again. After the decoupage has dried, add 2 or 3 more coats of decoupage after each coat has dried.

That's it! These candle holders are only limited by your imagination. Use different colors of tissue paper and a variety of pictures for different themes. You could make these with holiday themes, like for Christmas or Easter. They also make great birthday presents, hostess gifts, or party favors. They are very easy to make and you can make several of them at one time.


Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For scrapbooking, card making, gift-giving ideas, and more family memory-making activities, visit http://www.creativehomemaking.com/.

Easy Pumpkin Centerpiece by Rachel Paxton

Need an easy, inexpensive centerpiece for your autumn table? All you need is a pumpkin and a handful of fall flowers. You can complete this project in less than an hour!

Supplies:

Pumpkin
Fall flowers
Sharp knife
Large spoon

Prepare your work area by spreading out some old newspapers. Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the top of the pumpkin. Use the large spoon to scoop all of the pulp and seeds out of the pumpkin.

If you need this done in a hurry for a dinner party, go ahead and arrange your flowers inside the pumpkin. If you have the extra time, let the pumpkin dry out for at least a couple of hours before you arrange your flowers.
I used artificial flowers in my pumpkin centerpiece, but you could also use fresh flowers. If your pumpkin is wide and deep enough, you could place an entire flower pot in it.

Use your pumpkin to decorate your fall or Thanksgiving table, or place it anywhere in your home to give your home the feel of autumn.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com/

Friday, August 01, 2014

Gotta Love Candleweeds Here's Larry's Free E-Pattern


If ever there was unusual cluster of wood-crafts it would have to be the Candleweeds Family. There's Will, Larry, Bill, Harry, Barry, and Phil.

They were born several years ago and were made from upside down unpainted candle cup holders I saw at a local craft store.  I was looking for a quick and easy craft project that I could make with my mother.  Something that could be created in a couple of hours. Something we could do on one of the crafting days we liked to have.

Unfortunately, I never got a chance to make these with my Mom so I decided to make them myself and then create free e-patterns to share.

After creating the free e-patterns I decided to create free coloring and printable pages so you could color your favorite Candleweed or cut out their printable.  They're a fun group of individuals who just want you to have fun with them.


Larry is the class clown of the Candleweeds Family.  He loves to laugh and loves to play practical jokes on the rest of his siblings - something the rest of his siblings are not always happy with.

He's made from a 3" upside down wood candle cup holder with a painted head and part drawn, part painted face.  He has a fringed scarf wrapped around his neck and a full head of spiked red hair.

His free e-pattern is here.

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Adorable Free E-Patterns For The Stick'em & Collect'em Dolls by Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals


My Mother and I did a lot of shopping together and thought that, instead of shopping, it would be nice every once in awhile to get together for a few hours a day to complete a quick and easy craft project.   So, I put together a few ideas that I thought might be fun to do together.

One of the quick and easy craft projects I thought we could do was to make a collection of little doll ornaments made out of Popsicle sticks.  Unfortunately my Mom and I never got to put them together for one of our crafting days so I decided put them together and create free e-patterns to share.

So, please meet the Stick'Em and Collect'Em Series of doll ornaments.

If ever there was a "wild and crazy" bunch of dolls it would have to be the "Stick'em and Collect'em Series" of wood stick doll ornaments.

They love to be collected and can will fit in with any primitive, country, Victorian, shabby/chic, or vintage home decor.

They just love to hang out with each other.

Stick'em and collect'em. They'll fit right in.

All the Stick'em & Collect'em free e-patterns are here.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2018 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

Patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, graphics, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products are for personal use only. You may not modify, photocopy, download, upload, post, transmit, display, perform, publish, license, reprint, create derivative works from, mass duplicate, re-sell, digitize, and reproduce in any other form (print, digital or electric) or commercially apply, embed, share, Email, or redistribution in any other means. Use of any of the above is prohibited without the written permission of Linda Walsh.

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Items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns are by permission only.

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How To Make A Mini Fabric Wreath Tutorial by Lynda of A Prim On A Whim Blog

Lynda of A Prim On A Whim blog and Marcella-Mia has an adorable tutorial for braiding a mini fabric wreath that I think you'll love.


How To Make A Mini Fabric Wreath
 

You know when you are sewing, there is always a bin of scraps you throw away. Well don't thow those away anymore. Now you can make the cutest mini fabric wreath with next to nothing scraps of fabric and my Scrap Happy ideas.

Make a mini autumn wreath out of fabric scraps.

Another Scrap Happy project from Whimsical Prims.

Gather your fabric scraps and sort into colours you want for your wreath.

Now trim your scraps into strips, doesn’t matter what length or widths if they vary a little.

If your strips are short, join together with a little hot glue.

You need three strips per wreath.

To start your wreath, hot glue the ends of three strips.

Start plaiting until your plait is as long as you want.

Form a circle and hot glue the ends to seal plait and trim off excess fabric.

The larger your circle, the wider you should make your strips.

Sew or hot glue embellishments onto wreath. Attach a string to hang.

Its sooo easy with a Scrap Happy projects


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Lynda of A Prim On A Whim blog at http://whimsicalprims.blogspot.com and Marcella-Mia blog at http://marcella-mia.blogspot.com . Lynda is the owner of Marcella-Mia a store front gift shop specializing in fine traditions.

How To Make Potpourri Free Tutorial Part 1 -3 by Lynda of A Prim On A Whim Blog

Lynda of A Prim On A Whim blog and Marcella-Mia has an adorable tutorial for making a mini fabric wreath that I think you'll love.

How To Make Potpourri- Part 1

There are probably many ways to make Potpourri, but thought I would share with you how I make mine.

The first thing you need are dried flowers, petals and even the leaves,stems (lavender) are suitable.I like to do my dries during our winter as we hardly get a drop of rain and air is very drying.

If you are going to dry your flowers yourself, the best time to pick them is in the morning when the flowers are dry. If you don't have flowers in your garden but would like to dry your own, buy a bunch or two from the flower market. As soon as you get them home, tie into a bunch with some raffia or string and hang upside down in a cool, dry, airy spot. If you have flowers without stems, break the petals up,or leave buds whole (I like to add rose buds), place on a sieve of some sort, preferably a large flat one, spread your petals out and leave to dry in a suitable spot. Toss them around occasionally to make sure the petals dry out all over.

The most suitable flowers for potpourri are roses and lavender, but you can experiment with all types of flowers. Just a tip here is keep the different flowers apart while drying. Once you can see which ones will dry suitable for potpourri, then you can mix them up. I like to keep my different flowers apart until I make my potpourri, that way I can mix the colours together for whatever potpourri I am making.

Here is a picture of of my autumn potpourri I made last year, where I used petals and berries of autumn shades.


Your flowers will be ready to make into potpourri when the petals are crisp to the touch.

Part 2- mixing the potpourri oils to follow soon.

How To Make Potpourri -Part 2

Mixing your oils for Potpourri.

Your flowers/leaves are now ready. You can break the flowers/leaves up if you have not already done so, leave some buds whole as they add to the look. Lavender stems should be broken up small, again leave some small lavender sprays to add to the look.

Place your flowers/leaves into a large bowl, I love to use my large old enamel bowls for this. You will also need a wooden spoon to mix, but hands do best.

Choose your oils depending on the scents you want. Remember if you have essential oils, it is concentrated so you will need about 2 drops per cup of dried flowers.

If you use fragrance oils, it is not as concentrated so you will need more drops of oils per cup, about double. When choosing your oil, try and match the flowers natural scents as far as possible. The oils will enhance the flowers natural scents.

You need a fixative, that is something you can use to add the oils to so that it disperses better amongst the flowers. Orris root is probably the best fixative, but if I make a spicy potpourri, I have used ground citrus peels.

Mix your chosen oil into the orris root.

Gradually add the oil mix to your flowers/leaves, mixing well in between each addition. You can add drops of oil straight onto flowers/leaves but this needs to be mixed very well between each drop.

Once your flowers/leaves/oils have been well blended, place all inside an airtight container and leave to "mature" for a about six weeks. I like to open my container every few days and toss mixture around so its all well blended.

Mature potpourri displayed in an open bowl or bowl with some opening, gives a room a wonderful natural scent.

How/where to use your Potpourri.- part 3 to follow soon.

Some of last years dries.



A useful way to use your flowers for potpourri. Today I picked some spring/summer flowers from the garden. I placed these in a vase without water and there they will remain until the flowers and leaves are dry to make a new batch of potpourri. Some flowers will dry beautifully this way, without tying in a bunch and hanging upside down. I now have an arrangement of fresh flowers for quite a while and at the same time adding to my dries for potpourri.

In this batch I picked bougainvillea, green foliage which has a tiny flower and sprigs of rosemary to add a lovely scent.

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Lynda of A Prim On A Whim blog at http://whimsicalprims.blogspot.com and Marcella-Mia blog at http://marcella-mia.blogspot.com . Lynda is the owner of Marcella-Mia a store front gift shop specializing in fine traditions.