Thursday, September 29, 2011

Playing With Wax for Ornies...

Well, I've been wanting to try to play with wax for a long time. I see all these beautiful wax sheep, pumpkins, and angels on different websites and think I'd LOVE some, but being on a tight budget they are not a necessity. So, after visiting a few of my friend's blogs and my BFF Rose making the wax corn for me I decided to give it a try.

I've sort of tried it before using an old coffee can and the double broiler method and got results I wasn't happy with, so I went with the crock pot method this time. Steve happened to have one that he wasn't using so he gave it to me to use. (He's so awesome!) But it seems like every time I go to the Goodwill I see crock pots pretty cheap. I also bought a 3/4 burnt red pillar candle at Goodwill. I've been picking up all kinds of candles at the Goodwill when I see them for this purpose. I threw the pillar OK I put the pillar in to the crock pot wick and all. I turned it on low and nothing happened so I turned it on high and the candle melted great. I also had a ladle I bought at the flea market for $.50. I figured I better not use my everyday ladle. LOL. OH... I wasn't thrilled with the idea of red wax so awhile back I bought some wax tint from Pat Catan's hoping that one day I would try this. I just cut off a little piece and threw it in when the other wax was completely melted. I also put some candle scent in it, but I don't believe I put enough in because well, you can't smell it. LOL. I also pulled the wick out of the melted wax with some tongs and just threw it away.

I also needed some molds. Since I was just having fun I tried 3 different molds. I had plastic, cast iron, and a tiny aluminum cake pan. I got the cake pan and the plastic mold at Goodwill.

I wanted to try this great eagle mold first. This thing is huge!!! It is about 9 1/2 in wide by 3 1/2 inches tall. I sprayed some cooking spray oil in my mold first. Then I used my ladle to pour the wax in the mold. First problem... the plastic distorted and there were places where the wax didn't reach so I put the ball jar lids under each of the edges to level it out. When the wax thickened a bit I put it in the freezer to cool it off. I only left it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes maybe. Just until it was completely set. Pulled it out, twisted the mold a little and out it popped. Now this part is where I need to experiment a little more. I didn't dust the mold with cinnamon before I poured the wax. After I popped it out of the mold I dusted them with cinnamon and rubbed it on. They look great but I'm not sure if the cinnamon will stay on them. I am also going to try to put holes in them today to hang them.

Close up....

After I worked on them I decided to try the cast iron and aluminum. I sprayed the molds just like above then poured the wax. I do not like how my corn turned out. I think I used to much spray because the cinnamon just turns dark and you can't see the kernels. I then tried the cake pan. I didn't fill it all the way up to the top. I poured just enough to to make it about 1/4 to 1/2 inches thick. These popped right out of the pan very easily. I used a paint brush to brush the cinnamon out the eyes, nose, and mouth of the jack o lantern. I actually made two jack o lanterns, one was in the freezer when I took the picture.

All of this came from one pillar candle found at the Goodwill!!! This was a pretty cheap form of entertainment yesterday :) I would still like to try another round of wax things experimenting with different techniques. Don't worry you'll be along for the ride. I'll post another entry when I do. :) I'd like to find some other molds to. I have some old jello molds, but I think I'd like to try molds of things like I see on prim websites. I just need to figure out where to buy them from.

Anyway, as promised I took some pics of my daughters full size quilt top I made. I'd like to finish it soon, but I need to buy the fabric and batting slowly when I have the money.

I'm off today so I have few more things to work on like putting holes in the ornies and sanding and staining a few things I painted yesterday. Hope you have a great rest of the week and weekend. I probably won't be back until Monday since I work all weekend long.

There was question as to what I meant by candle tint. This is what I used.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Stitchery Finish

I feel like I've been away for ever! I know it has been a few days and not much exciting has been going. I had to call the doctor for another antibiotic to get rid of this infection I've had. He called me in a Z-Pak. Well, whatever it is I don't like it very well. OK it doesn't like me very well. I can't decide what's worse... being sick OR the side effects of it. UGH!!!! Yesterday was my last day of it and I'm feeling a bit better, but I still have a horrible cough.

Sick or not I got some things done. For those of you who aren't friends with me on Facebook, I started a Christmas stitchery on the first day of fall. LOL I know really??? The mood struck so I ran with it. So, basically, this took up most of the weekend trying to get it done so I didn't do much else. The pattern is done for this stitchery with the exception of the cover page. I think I will stain it again to get it a little darker, frame it, and take pictures. I'm hoping to have this pattern out very soon.

I did manage to get all 3 borders on my daughter's quilt too. I just need batting and a backing fabric so that I can finish it. I have already started thinking about my next quilt project. However, I need to concentrate on a few more fall goodies for the booth and then start Christmas stuff. I know I do this to myself all the time. I always get a late start with the upcoming holidays then feel in a rush to get them finished. I hate when I do this to myself. LOL. Anyway, the borders... I couldn't take the quilt outside to take a photo because the grass is all wet. I will try later and post a picture of the entire thing tomorrow.

I know this short and sweet, but I really need to do something today other than hang out in my pajamas drinking coffee today. I will try to be back tomorrow with some interesting things I worked on today.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rag Ball Tutorial

I just came off of a 24 hour shift and am sitting here drinking my coffee and sweating. Seriously, it's not even 70 degrees outside and I'm sweating. Must be hot flashes since I turned the BIG 37 on Tuesday. LOL. I treated myself to some new fall fashions at the Goodwill for a birthday present. Now I promised myself I would clean out my closet. I got to thinking that some of my clothes in there were bought before my 12 year old was born. I'm thinking it's prolly time to get rid of them. lol. I like to think if it still fits why get rid of it. I really think I'm not seeing the entire picture when I wear them because I do not own a full length mirror. Anyway, I just need to remember that just because they make it in my size doesn't mean I look good in it.

Alright, I know many of you already know how these are done and have already made some. For those of you who have not here's a quick and simple tutorial.

You will need some Styrofoam balls and fabric. These can also be made with fabric only and no Styrofoam balls. Anyway, I had already coffee stained my fabric for other projects. This is great way to use up your scraps. I took my fabric and tore 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips from the fabric.

Now take one of your balls and start wrapping one of your fabric pieces around overlapping as you go. Keep adding strips. When you end and start a new strip make sure you wrap over the loose ends so they don't come undone.

WOW! My pictures really stink on this tutorial... It's a good thing because this was my first one and I didn't do a great job. Yes, you all know I am particular, OK anal if you must, for things to come out right the first time I do things or I won't do it again. Yes I am my own worst critic. Hence I have many started projects that haven't been finished. lol

Anyway, in the end I had different size balls and finished them up. Woohoo!!! another UFO finished up. :) I must really stop drinking so much coffee in the morning when I take pics. LOL.

I've gotten two borders on my daughters quilt with one to go. The top is getting quite large and I have no idea how I'm going to finish it since I've never done one this big before. I think I may just tie it, but who knows. Otherwise, I have no idea what I'm going to do today. It's just me until the kids get home from school. Oh I have lots to do, but I don't know what I want to get into yet. I may play in some wax to see what I can make. This is easy because if it doesn't turn out you just throw it back in and remelt it.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall at the Homestead

I finally feel human again. I'm still sick, and may have to call the doctor for more medication, but at least I can now taste and smell. Since I was feeling better I finally edited and took pictures of my home for fall. As of this morning, I haven't added any dining room pictures because I have all my quilting out trying to put the borders on my daughters quilt top. I will hopefully get to the point of taking pictures here in the next few days. BUT don't hold your breath lol.

So please click HERE to look at the Homestead for Fall....

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Items For Sale

I am feeling somewhat better so I thought I'd get busy and list some things. I am still going through and may have more.

Please visit The Gettysburg Mercantile for more items and pricing.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Out of Commission

Well, out of my stubbornness, I kept working even though Sunday I felt a little something going on in my throat. I gave in and went to the doctor today. I have a sinus infection, bronchitis, fluid in my ears, and the cherry on top strep throat. The doctor said I was beyond amoxicillin, which is normally my choice of drugs, and gave me something a little more potent and some cough medicine so that I won't need a lung transplant by the end. That being said I will not be back for a few days. I still have 4 more days of either working or teaching yet to go. Check back at the beginning of the week and I hope to have some goodies up for sale.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

What Have I Been Up To

As I sit here Sunday night typing this blog it doesn't seem like I have gotten much done in my 2 days off. Friday I buckled down and got a few more UFO's completed up. My first project that took the longest was my rag balls. I was ripping and staining up my fabric to use all morning... You all know I have tried a lot of crafts but believe it or not I have never attempted rag balls. Why???? Well, I have OCD tendencies. Rag balls are just that rags of fabric either wrapped around styrofoam balls or other fabric. This is where my OCD kicks in... I want the wrapping to be perfect and I was afraid to try because I was afraid it wouldn't be perfect. Well, I overcame my fear. Though making the first one I had a little anxiety attack because it didn't look good. lol... but as I got going it got a little easier...

LOL the picture is a bit blurry because I couldn't stop shaking after all the coffee I drank. Yeah the yellow one was my first attempt... lol

I'll put up a quick rag ball tutorial later this week. :)

Then of course as you all saw in my last post I finished up my newest pattern. Just an FYI I designed a new pattern Sunday for Christmas. Yeah yeah I know I don't want to think about it either. lol. This one may take me a little while to stitch, but I have some smaller ones planned I just need to chart and stitch them.

I should back up a little on Friday morning I had a few errands to run... you know bloodwork I was told to have back in March, the bank, and then of course one of my favorite shops to see my BFF Rose. I had something to drop off for her as well as I am her prim magazine lending library. LOL. I let her borrow my magazines as they come in the mail after I look at them. Well, this time she had goodies for me. She made these scrumdelicious wax corn. I can smell them everytime I walk into my living room. She did a fabulous job on them!!! She also gave me a wax sheep that I forgot to take a picture of.

I have also been pricing some new merchandise for the booth and for my selling blog. Stay tuned because Sunday I decorated my living room for fall. I found some items I will not be using and will put on here to sell. I can't give you a definite day when I will post them because I am working from today (Monday) through Sunday... hopefully... because yesterday I started to get a sore throat and cough. I have no time to be sick this week. lol.

Lastly, I have to share this picture I took Sunday afternoon 9/11. A double rainbow... the second one is very faint above the main one. Thinking about 9/11 10 years ago about all the brave souls who lost their lives. What a perfect ending to such a somber day.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Another New Pattern!!!!

I am on a roll!!!! I finished up yet another fall sampler. Beautiful red, greens, golds, and oranges are used in my newest sampler.

Fall Squirrel Sampler

This pattern is also available in PDF form for $7.50 or printed copy for $10.00 which includes shipping. You will receive a color picture, chart, and color key with either version. Remember email me to order. I prefer payment by Paypal. PDF version will be sent directly to your email box within 24 hours of payment. Printed versions can take up to a week to receive. If you don't receive your PDF pattern within 24 hours please check your S*P*A*M folder as it may have been sent there.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Newest Pattern

Just a quick note to let you know I have just finished a new pattern. This one was a request from my friend Leslie to start making some smaller samplers. So.... here it is...

Pineapple Sampler

The pattern is $7.50 for PDF format. You pay and within 24 hours it will be in your email inbox. If you'd like a printed copy they are $10.00 which includes shipping. It will take a few days to receive your pattern by US mail. In the pattern you will receive a color picture, pattern, and chart. Please email me to order. I prefer payment by Paypal.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Giveaway Winner

Good Morning everyone! Steve picked the winner for my Giveaway this morning. Remember these are the beautiful items you will receive.

I had 83 entries even though it says I have 84 comments. That's fantastic! The winner of the last Giveaway gracefully gave up her entry for one of you. Thanks Annie!

And the winner is...... Wanda of Olde Crow Mercantile!!! Sorry the pic is blurry my camera didn't want to cooperate with me this morning. Wanda please email me your address.

Thank you to everyone who entered. Next Giveaway will be at 450 Followers!

P.S. I hoping to list some goodies for sale within the next few days so please stop back!
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Monday, September 5, 2011

Some UFO's Finished

I decided I would not post until I got some UFO's finished up after we visited last. I promise to make this post short and sweet. Reminder I will be drawing my winner tomorrow for my Follower Giveaway. If you haven't signed up please do!

Alright, I went to my workshop, OK basement, and grabbed a few things I've had in a tub to redo.

These are those really cheapo wood boxes made from the flimsiest (is that a word?) wood. LOL. They look really awesome now... thrift to fabulous! I just slapped some stain on them and called it good.

Then I also had a cheesebox that I bought from the Goodwill awhile back. I finally decided on a color... grey... the one side of the box part is broken, but when the lid is on you can't tell.



These two babies are thrift store finds as well. I'm keeping the round cutting board (it already has a home on my buttery shelves) but will be selling the candle holder...

Last but not least I painted this sign. The words and leaves are actually cut out. It is awesome! This is for sale $15 plus shipping. I will even prim it up a little if you would like me to if you buy it. :)

Other than that I worked this last entire weekend. However, I have designed some new smaller stitcheries and am working on getting them stitched up. I am waiting on an "AH HA" moment on the one because I can't decide on a border for it. The other one is about half way stitched. I will try to get them stitched up and out on pattern soon.

I just wanted to show you what one of my followers did with my free pattern... It is available by purchase click here to see :) Scroll down the page to see it and other wonderful offerings!

Thanks for visiting and I will see you tomorrow for the announcement of the winner!
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Thursday!

Hello Friends! Thank you for the amazing response to my Giveaway! You still have a few days left to enter. If you haven't yet make sure you do. :)

I worked on my daughter's quilt over the weekend since I had a ton more blocks to make. lol I have finished the main part I just need to decide on borders. I'm not sure what I want to do with those yet. The pattern calls for a 3",4", and 5" border. I know for sure I don't have enough fabric left to do them out of the fabric used for the middle. Even though it's not prim I really like the colors.

The weekend wasn't all sewing. Steve spent Friday afternoon with me. We went to lunch then to the Habitat for Humanity Restore and the thrift store. I bought one thing and forgot to take a picture of it and at the moment I can't find my memory card for my camera. I took it to work yesterday and now it's gone. :( (I was reorganizing my pictures at work yesterday.) Anyway, so until I find it no more pictures. But I did take pics of some of my thrift store goods already.

I don't have a fireplace but I LOVED the punched tin match holder. The latch hook mat is for a little craft something I'm going to try.

Close up of the stitchery ditty bag pattern. Too cute!

I also went to the Goodwill with my sister on Saturday. I swear we both buy a lot when we are with each other. I found this graduated set of Ball jars. For the right price they are for sale. :)

I like the eagles on the fronts of them.

Last but not least. I had a candle holder like this one that got broke. So I was so excited to find this one. I know it's a Home Interior product but this one is actually kind of rusted around the edges and has some wear. Trust me... I know the pic is horrible. LOL. It is perfect! The candle light is from a light I have near it. I haven't put one in the holder yet.

Today is my only day off and I have a few things I need to do. I have some things I'd like to paint and redo. Wish me luck because it always seems I get side tracked and don't get stuff done. I have made a decision. If I don't get some of this stuff redone I'm going to re donate. I have way too much stuff AGAIN. Things at the booth have slowed downed tremendously and I don't want to be stuck with all this stuff. Like I said on Facebook, I get paralyzed with the thought of reorganizing all this stuff so I really think I am a Hoarder. I need to get busy and weed out before it really gets out of control.

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