DIY Spring Treat Baskets
I decided to make some Spring treat baskets from peat pots after noticing that the ones I made several years ago got re-pinned on Pinterest more than anything else I have made. Here is a picture of the original ones.
The new ones are slightly different and I didn’t have the same style peat pot and I ran out of the wire.
This whole sleeve of pots only cost 50 cents at a thrift shop. You can buy them inexpensively at dollar stores also. As you can see, these are smaller than the original ones I used and they don’t have the rim around the opening.
Watch here to see how I made them:
I love how they turned out and they were so easy to make. I challenge you to pick up some peat pots and create something for Spring yourself!
Ode To Spring ATCs
As I have seen the first signs of Spring here in Virginia I was moved to make some art that reflects my joy that Winter is waning. I wanted to make some ATC (Artist Trading Card) magnets that are inspired by this one I made some time ago.
I wrote a blog post about the process for making this ATC and you can find it at this link:
I followed the process pretty much the same as the one linked above, however, I didn’t use gesso and I added some ephemera before adding the focal points.
If you’d like to watch the YouTube video process for these magnets, here’s the link:
Here are the three ATC magnets I made.
I like the way they turned out and love the vintage look. I hope you try making some Spring inspired ATC magnets for your fridge or ATCs to gift to a friend!
Ready For The Vintage Home Market
Here’s a quickie post because I am busy with The Vintage Home Market this weekend. I just wanted to show you how great the booth turned out. A great big thank you goes out to my sweet hubby Martin for helping me get it all there and arranged. So just sit back and enjoy the photos.
If you are in the Central Virginia area, please come to the show and see us. The show information is at the bottom of this post. There are lots of dealers with really cute vintage items to see and buy!
I really hope I get to see some of my dear readers at the Market!
Easter Peeks Not Peeps
Even though the weather has been just dreadful here in Virginia this past week, I have been thinking about Spring. Easter to be exact. I have been busy creating goodies to sell at my Mossy Cottage mortar and bricks store in Fredericksburg. I thought I would give you a little sneak peek in the hope that it will get your spirits up and ready for warmer weather (without clouds and rain)!
Here are some peat pot baskets.
And here are some cute scrabble tile ornaments I made. I wish I could say I was clever enough to come up with this idea myself, alas, I am not. 100% of the credit for this idea goes here: www.pinterest.com/pin/500462577313389189/ by Stampin D’Amour. I did come up with my own designs, however, because I used supplies I already had on hand.
I am happy to say that a couple of these goodies are already on their way to a customer I have in New York. Anyway, the glitter is still flying in my studio because I am working on a couple other Easter items. I will post them as soon as they are finished. In the meantime, chins up, Spring IS on its way!!!
Waiting for Spring Journal Page
The Lazy Decorator Part 2
As each holiday season passes, I promise myself I will be more prepared for the next one. As I do several craft shows and have two shops to decorate at Christmas time, I just manage to throw up (that doesn’t sound right) some decorations around the house. And it usually doesn’t look that bad because we’ve got nice Christmas decorations.
Well, here we are facing Spring head on and guess what? I’M NOT READY!!!! I wish I had all kinds of great excuses why I’m not ready, but I don’t. So I had to call out the lazy decorator in me to fix up this boring mantle. (You’ve seen it before in The Lazy Decorator)
I have some cute “Springy” stuff, I just had to gather it together and throw it on the dining table, like this….
Let’s take a closer look at some of these goodies.
These are old store stock egg boxes that were never used. I got them at the Big Flea in Fredericksburg for $1.00 a piece. Look closely at the cute chicken graphics!
Yeah, I know he’s a goat not a lamb, but just look at that sweet face!
Here is a vintage flocked lamb next to two vintage hard plastic bunnies. Look at the little red nose on the yellow bunny.
Well I futzed for all of 10 minutes, because that’s basically my attention span, and I came up with this…
I know you can’t see it very well, so I’ll give you some panoramic pictures.
I love the vintage Easter card and all the little peeps.
Look at my vintage bunny wearing a small doily on her head. And more peeps.
Look who’s reading “The Velveteen Rabbit”, more peeps.
And last but not least on top of the mantle, it’s goatee! (and more peeps)
Here is an Easter banner I made. Unfortunately, Miss Golightly is a little too interested in this! We’ll have to see how long this lasts. Here is a close up in case you don’ t have Superman vision.
Well, that’s my 10 minute, low budget (more like NO budget) Spring decorating. The moral of this story is you can decorate with anything and make it look great as long as you are surrounded by your peeps!!!!!
Every once in a while I mention her in my blog posts.
What I have never mentioned before is her preferred dining choice, which is this.
Miss Golightly only eats 1/3 of a can of wet food a day, but we still seem to put a lot of her cans in the recycling bin. So of course I’m thinking, “What can I do with these empty cans? This is the first idea I came up with. After washing the can out really well (ewwww!) I lined the inside and out with interesting papers.
As you can see from this picture the papers don’t match, which was intentional and not just an error because I wasn’t wearing my glasses.
Then I stamped some text on old ledger paper and glued it to the bottom of the can with an additional piece of ledger paper “just because”. Please excuse the darkness of these pictures. I seems my photographer, poor dear, is still being challenged by her new camera. Maybe one day she’ll catch up to 21st century technology, however, I don’t have my fingers crossed.
Graphics were also randomly added to the outside of the can. I made this one look like a tag from a nature journal, at least that was my intention.
A piece of twine and a button were inserted through a hole I punched in the edge of the can to make a hanging loop. Some sticks left over from my post “Cardboard, Twine, Stick” were glued to the back and some lace and sticks were glued to the bottom edge. You can see what’s coming next, can’t you?
A fancy little bird wearing a rhinestone necklace and some flowers to complete the Can “Do”.
Now, I understand that not everyone is going to like this particular look, but the possibilities are endless for decorating your cans. So the next time you are about to throw away or recycle a cat food or tuna can (isn’t it the same stuff?) dust the cobwebs out and think of a way to create your own can “do”!!!
A little post script – next week I will reveal the studio/office makeover!!!