Tagged: up-cycle

What’s On My Desk ATC

Every once in a while I get the urge to make a project just using the junk that is cluttering up on my desk. I decided to make an ATC sized magnet so I could reuse the magnet strip off  list pad I had just finished up. I always have varying sizes of cardboard on my desk so that was a no-brainer for the substrate. 

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I opened a new bottle of gesso and an obscene amount poured out onto my little ATC. I was actually able to gesso 2 – 8 x 10 canvas boards, 2 – 5 x 5 stretched canvases, 1 – 6 x 8 canvas board and my ATC with that huge puddle!

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Next, I painted on some cream and brown acrylic paints to give it a vintage feel.

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This very blurry picture shows some eggs I cut from some scrapbook paper. I inked the edges with distress ink before decoupaging them onto the card.

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Here is the “finished ATC”. It’s really simple, but it gives me that old field guide feeling.

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I painted the back of the card the same color blue I spattered on the eggs and attached the magnet strip from the used up note pad.

I like how the ATC magnet came out, but I just needed to add one more touch to make me love it.

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Yep, you guessed it. I added glitter to the butterfly’s wings. NOW it’s done and I do love it! I hope you like it too and that it inspires you to make your own little work of art with things that are already on your desk!

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What’s Up?

I’ve been missing in action on my blog lately because I’ve been busy getting ready for two upcoming vintage shows. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what I’ve been doing.

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Five Cooking Themed Junk Journals. The Charms I Found Are Absolutely Adorable!

I have made several themed junk journals. There will be cooking, travel, garden and general themed junk journals.

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Lots of Wood Pieces Getting A White Wash!

Both furniture and decorative items are getting gussied up with white paint. Funnily enough, some of the smaller pieces where then painted aqua instead!

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The Beginnings Of My Show “Pile” Being Stored In The Sun Room.

This photo was taken a couple weeks ago. This pile has grown considerably since then!

The next two weeks are going to be my crunch time so I’ll be even busier. I’ll try to remember to pick up my camera and take some pictures along the way to show you.

Information about the Vintage Home Market and Foxwood Barn Sale can be found on my “Up Coming Events” page.

 

 

Altered Target Dollar Spot Tags

A few weeks ago I wrote about the craft items available at Target’s Dollar Spot. The gist of the post was that some of the items crafters are buying there, they could easily make themselves. I purchased three different packs of Valentine’s Day tags and then duplicated them myself. 

I would never use the three packages of very uninspired tags left the way they were. I decided they needed some altering to take them up a level. 

Printed Card Stock Tags With Baker's Twine.

Target’s Printed Card Stock Tags With Baker’s Twine.

Altered Target Tags

Altered Card Stock Tags With Baker’s Twine

Target's Two Layer Burlap And Cardstock Tags

Target’s Two Layer Burlap And Card Stock Tags

Altered Two Layer Burlap And Card Stock Tags

Altered Two Layer Burlap And Card Stock Tags. I had to get rid of the awful plastic strings first!

Target's layer tags with baker's twine.

Target’s layer tags with baker’s twine.

Altered Layer Tags With  Baker's Twine

Altered Layer Tags With Baker’s Twine

Altering these tags took only minutes and cost me nothing. I think they are much more fun and worthy of giving than the way they originally started. 

If you like to craft and have purchased items that are a little less unique than you like, take a few minutes to “make them your own”. Break out your die-cuts, stamps, stickers and washi tape and get “crafty”!

DIY Valentine’s Day Pillow Boxes

This week I worked on a little Valentine’s Day project. These little treat boxes will be filled with goodies and given to some of my friends. 

Plain white pillow boxes.

Plain white pillow boxes.

I started out with these plain white pillow boxes I had in my stash forever.

Random script stamping.

Random script stamping.

I stamped them randomly with an old style script stamp and black ink.

Big bag of Valentine's Day goodness.

Big bag of Valentine’s Day goodness.

I broke out my really big bag of Valentine’s Day craft supplies.

Tidbits ready for making embellishments.

Tidbits ready for making embellishments.

I die cut some shapes and pulled out some other elements to make embellishments for the treat boxes.

Finished embellishments.

Finished embellishments.

After putting the paper parts of the embellishments together I added  some bling.

Random washi tape.

Random washi tape.

Next I added some random strips of washi tape to the boxes.

Two sided tags.

Two sided tags.

I stamped these little tags with “how sweet” on one side and the lips on the other side.

Finished treat box.

Finished treat box.

Here is a sample of one of the finished treat boxes. I did not put them all together as I don’t have the treats to put in them yet. When they are all filled I will try to remember to take a picture and post it.

This was a simple and fun project to do. You can do the same thing with plain white bags or other small containers if you don’t have pillow boxes. 

I hope the recipients will enjoy them!

 

 

Cute Christmas Graphics

A lot of people ask me where I find such cute Christmas graphics for my December Dailies. I tell them, “Anywhere I can”. I don’t say that to be evasive or cryptic, I say it because it’s the truth. When you work on December Dailies and junk journals, you learn to look at the things that pass through your hands carefully. You want great graphics for your journals, however, most people don’t really even look at the papers that pass through their hands.

Here are a few cute Christmas graphics that may make it into my December Daily this year and the place where I found them. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for collecting great graphics for whatever project you are working on.

From and old Rudolph The Red Nosed  Reindeer book from a Salvation Army thrift shop.

From and old Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer book from a Salvation Army thrift shop.

I got a whole box of these cards for $1.00 at a church thrift shop.

I got a whole box of these cards for $1.00 at a church thrift shop.

Snowmen plushy patterns from the Goodwill Outlet (by the pound store).

Snowmen plushie patterns from the Goodwill Outlet (by the pound store).

Cut from a children's Christmas book from the library's free book cart.

Cut from a children’s Christmas book from the library’s free book cart.

Vintage greetings cards purchased at a flea market.

Vintage greetings cards purchased at a flea market.

Vintage sticker that was stuffed into a bag with old Christmas ornaments from a thrift shop.

Vintage sticker that was stuffed into a bag with old Christmas ornaments from a thrift shop.

These are just a few examples of what types of graphics are good to use for journals and where you can find them. But don’t forget to look at napkins, coasters, food bags, labels, newspapers, magazines, flyers, food boxes and shopping bags. Great graphics are all around, you just have to slow down and look for them.

I hope you take your time this Christmas to see all the wonderful images marketing professionals put out there for us to enjoy!

More Makings

As my last post showed, I have been very busy making items for two upcoming shows. Here is just a quick little post showing some more things I have made. Enjoy!

Up-Cycled Child's Skates

Up-Cycled Child’s Skates

Up-cycled men's skates. The blades had marks on them so I covered them with snowtex to hide the flaw.

Up-cycled men’s skates. The blades had marks on them so I covered them with snowtex to hide the flaw.

 

Snowmen "Merry Christmas" plaques from some blank wood plaques that were languishing in our garage.

Snowmen “Merry Christmas” plaques from some blank wood plaques that were languishing in our garage.

A wreath made from a metal ringy thing I found while out junking one day.

A wreath made from a metal ringy thing I found while out junking one day.

As you can see, at least 90% of everything Moss Cottage Vintage makes is made with recycled elements. It is good for the environment and let’s me create one-of-a-kind items my customers can cherish!

So Busy, But Having Fun In A Manic Kind Of Way!

This time of year always makes me somewhat frantic. I have two big Christmas shows, The Vintage Home Market and the Holiday Craft Fair at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. At the Vintage Home Market I can bring vintage Christmas items as well as handmade items with a vintage flair. I don’t feel so stressed about stocking my booth there because I always have a lot of vintage Christmas items I bought throughout the year and squirreled away. The Holiday Craft Fair is another story. Everything in my 10 x 10 booth for this THREE day show has to be handmade! That is quite intimidating. I helped a friend do this show last year and she practically sold out on the first day!

So this is the reason I have not been able to blog as frequently as usual. Every waking hour I seem to be making stuff, thinking of stuff to make, pricing stuff I made, packing stuff I made and generally freaking out in the mess my house has become. 

Here are some pictures of the chaos which has become my life.

Large tote filled with handmade books of all kinds.

Large tote filled with handmade books of all kinds.

This tote is absolutely stuffed with handmade December Dailies, Gratitude journals, altered mini compo books, junk journals and up-cycled denim and cashmere flower pins.

Some of the finished arrangements.

Some of the finished arrangements.

This is just a sampling of the arrangements I will be selling. As you can see, they are mostly finished. 

Empty arrangement containers.

Empty arrangement containers.

These containers are patiently waiting for me to make their arrangements.

Empty containers.

Empty containers.

These are waiting too.

More empty containers.

More empty containers.

Yep, these are too.

My magic workshop, aka our dining room table.

My magic workshop, aka our dining room table.

This is where I will be spending the good part of the next two weeks. I hope to have all the container arrangements done and the totes that are full of supplies emptied, or mostly emptied. 

So now you can see the glitz and glamour that is the life of a crafter! If you would like information about either of these shows, please see my upcoming events page.