Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crafting Day...

This morning was very windy and cold. It rained all night long and I could hear the wind hitting the homestead. I just snuggled down in bed and smiled because I knew I didn't have to go into work today. LOL. Don't get me wrong I worked today, but on stuff I really wanted to do. I told you yesterday Stacie was coming over today to craft with me. We had decided to dry some oranges and make sweet potato garland. Everything I did I got from KM Primitives. She does a great job explaining and in a way even I can't mess up. LOL. I started out with my oranges because they do take awhile to dry. I cut them into thin slices patted them with paper towels to get the extra juice off. I put them on my cookie rack with a cookie sheet underneath and popped them in my 200 degree oven.

A few hours later I had these.... I'm going to put hangers on the and put them on one of my Christmas trees this year when I get them out.

While those were in the oven Stacie and I put together some sweet potato garland. Okay it is a yam garland. LOL. They were on sale at the grocery store. Note to self get smaller ones next time. They were so big I had a hard time cutting through them. I did two garlands with only two yams!!!! I tell you what they smell awesome!!!! I used cinnamon, ginger, cloves on one. Then cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg on the other. So you just cut up the taters, throw them in coffee mixture, then coat in your cinnamon mix, string, and hang to dry.

I was on a roll so I strung some of these little cherry looking things from a tree. LOL. A girl at work cut them off her tree and brought them in for me. Along with some more dead sunflowers. Anyway, I LOVE the colors. I'm going to wait to see how they dry to see if I will through them away after Thanksgiving or keep them.

I have some more oranges in the oven. They probably won't be ready to later this evening. I think I might try some apples this weekend.

While Stacie and I were crafting my sister is pic messaging me from a local Goodwill store. She was asking me if I liked or wanted stuff. She knows my taste so she always has an eye out for me. Plus she saves me money because I am not actually there myself buying even more stuff. LOL So she stopped by after she picked up her son from preschool and brought in all her treasures. I should've taken pictures, but I didn't. I'm sure she'll let me come over and take them when she is done redoing them. She has more of a traditional taste, but she got some awesome stuff today. Btw Becky (my sister) you could put your topiaries in those two bucket urn thingys or tall skinny evergreens. Sorry I digress. LOL Anyway, she got these for me...

$8.00 for this jug!!!!! Woohoo!!!!! My sister pointed out there was a chip in it. ummmm it is only from use. It is prim awesomeness.

Then this great candle holder for $2.50. This will be perfect for Christmas with my pewter wares already.

I even got my stitchery done. I coffee stained it a little and need to press it, but I can't wait to put it in a frame.

I had some awesome new ideas for Christmas ornaments that I want to try. I don't want to show or tell you until they are done. Just think Olde Fashioned Christmas. I need Steve's help for some of it though. Well, I just thought I'd stop in and show you how things came out. Thanks for asking Renee.

I owe a bunch of you apologies... Your comments went to my spam box in my email. I just now found them. I will try to answer your questions those of you who asked them. Oh and before I forget Carmen and Primcatshouse I have tried replying to your comments and they keep getting bounced back. I am not sure if you have received them or not or if this is an error. I do try to get with those who leave messages, but I am not able to get your email addresses from some of your comments. So I apologize for that. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Wow you are just so creative! Just simple stuff into beauty!
I so want to find the time to make the yam garland!
thanks for sharing!
enjoy the day,

oldepearprimitives said...

I love making those orange ornaments! I usually put mine in a dehydrator. They get completely dried out and plus I have a nasty habit of burning things in the oven. LOL. But I am gonna have to try my hand at the tator garland.
Thanks for sharing!


Carmen at Primcatshouse said...

Your oranges look great! I'm inspired! Must make new oranges. Mine got all yucky when my basement flooded. And what great goodies you got from your sis's GW trip! YAY!

Hmmmmmm.... I don't know what's wrong with my email link. :( I changed something yesterday because someone said I had it set wrong.
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Can you try from my blog sidebar link or from my profile and see if it's working. I hope I didn't mess it up! O.O

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renee said...

Oh, well YOU had fun today! LOL! I love those garlands, and have been dying to try some myself. I will have to pick up some of these items when I go to the store. I'll bet the homestead is smelling wonderful!
Great finds from your sister! Love the jug.
Have a good evening!

Primsue said...

Great GW finds - love the pewter candle holder. You sure got a lot of crafting done. I'm sure your home smells wonderful.

Karen said...

The garlands and oranges are great! If I get some time, I'd like to do this! Maybe with the kids or a girls nite! Karen

Cindy B said...

when we did shows i would dry my oranges in a forced air dehydrator...worked great and would be able to do several trays at once. apples too. I got it at a rummage sale for 2.00 I have enjoyed your blog and seing what you are making! I am going to have to try one of those garlands.... great finds with the candle holder and jug!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Renee! Cindy of The Gathering Room

Angie Berry said...

Ah, don't you just LOVE crafting days?? I do, especially since they don't come around here... more like crafting hours, lol!

The oranges look wonderful and I love that sweet potato garland! Darn, I just pulled up my sweet potato vines a couple weeks ago. I should have saved the huge potatoes that came up with them and did this... looks great! Those little berries look so cute strung up like that. We have some red berries along the road, I need to grab some and string them like this. Wouldn't hurt to try anyway.

8 bucks for that crock?! Awesomeness!! I would love to find one at that price! I have never seen one in the single digit price range. Beautiful stitchery!