Hi Everyone! Have I told you how much I love free stuff? Well, I absolutely love it when friends, family, friends of family give me things for free with the idea that I can make something with it. And boy does my aunt Barb help me out by giving me free stuff. In fact, the things she gives me is usually really cool free stuff. She sent these and several other bags of goodies that I haven't gone through yet to me via my parents. She had an ancient cupboard in the basement of one of their rental properties that she wanted me to have, but it was much to difficult to get it out of the basement, so she took it apart. And I got these doors. Love them! Can't wait to make something with them. I'm thinking signs.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend! I'm busy getting ready for another craft fair. I wanted to share with you the trees that I made and decorated for the last two craft fairs. My uncle Bill gave me a stack of spindles that the local lumber yard had thrown out because they had gotten wet and their customer wouldn't accept them but worked just great for this project. When my nephew was here this summer he helped me cut the spindles in half and make a base for them. And then we drilled a hole in the top for the tree. My mom helped me by painting the bases of them.
And here they are with their lights and decorations. I left some of them plain. And decorated the rest.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a great day! I wanted to share with you some of the ornaments we've been making. And by we, I mean my mother and I. Mom has been a lot of help in this department. I took decorated trees and ornaments to the craft fair in September (I know it's early but believe it or not they sold very well) and then to this last fair a couple of weeks ago. So I thought I'd start out by sharing the ornaments. I'll show you the trees tomorrow. I know the pictures a little hard to see since I neglected to take pictures of the ornaments before the fair.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Hi Everyone! Do you remember when I showed you this headboard and said I was going to make my first ever armless bench? Well, I made one and took it to the Clarinda Craft Carnival.
I took apart another headboard that I wasn't crazy about the posts on it and used the back of it to make that Welcome sign with the pegs and I used the bottom of the posts as the front legs of this bench.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Hi Everyone! Do you remember this headboard? It has the classic lines that has been so popular in the headboard benches that I've made. It's not the beefiest one I've made which is Big Bertha that I made for the waiting area of Gary's Garage, but it's her little sister Betty. Yes I give names to most of the benches. It's easier to refer to them that way.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Wednesday! So what do you do with a bunch of scrap wood pieces? Well, I turn them into block signs. I made this bunch from left over pieces of 2x4's that I cut down into blocks. My mother helped me out by painting them and then I handpainted them with winter words and snowflakes.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Hi Everyone! And no, we don't have snow here or anything, but I've been dealing with Christmas and winter themes since August in preparation for the craft fair season. I wanted to share with you one of the things I made and took to the Clarinda Craft Carnival. Meet Hank the Snowman Post. I started making these last year for my mom and my bosses' wives. Hank is made from an old post that my Grandfather had saved from the farm. He has a hat with a bell hanging on the end and a snowflake to finish it off. He also has his scarf and gloves in case it's just too cold out.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Hi Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was sure busy. I wanted to show you the sign display filled with signs that I took to the Clarinda Craft Carnival. I did mostly my usual signs that everyone seems to like but there were so many that they are stacked on top of each other on the shelves and some we put on the seat of a bench.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great weekend. I am still trying to get caught up on things and get started on the bulk of items I'm taking to the Red Cross Craft Fair on November 12th. It is my last fair of the season. It's been a good season so far. Do you remember this bench? I took it to the fair in Red Oak, but it didn't sell. And I said I would repaint it if it didn't sell at the Clarinda Craft Carnival....
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Saturday! There's been a bit of Christmas around my house since August. I began working on Christmas decorations to take to the last two craft fairs that I've attended. I started with ornaments and thanks to my mother for all of her help! I'll show you those soon. I wanted to show you what I did with a couple of these windows. I got these curbside this winter when I went to my parents house. I think I have 10 windows of varying sizes. They came out of a Victorian home that got all new windows. So no money spent, just the way I like it!
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, until I decided to turn them into window art.
And then of course I had to paint Santa Claus. This isn't the best picture because of course you can't read the words. It says, "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night." I think he looks pretty good. I've never ever even attempted to draw Santa Claus so I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I only put the glass paint sealer on the painted parts since I didn't want the glass to be frosted on this one. I love the way the snowflakes turned out on both windows. Santa sold last weekend which made me really happy! I have a few non Christmas ideas for a few of the windows, but I think I'll have to make another one for the next Craft Fair which is November 12th and will be here before I know it! So I've got to get busy! Well, thanks for stopping by!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you have all had a great week. I've been trying to get caught up on things since my big craft fair last Saturday. It was a great day and I'll share pictures and details of the day in the next couple of days. Meanwhile, I want to show you one of the things that I made for the Clarinda Craft Carnival. Here are the before pictures.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday! Since I'm working out in the shop today finishing up on the three headboard benches that I've been working on, I thought I'd show you how one turned out that I shared with you about two months ago. I finally completed it. Do you remember how it looked? It has storage in it. Well, I finally got around to painting it.
Don't mind the cattle in the background. I forgot to take a picture of it before I took it to my last craft fair.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Saturday! Sorry it's been a week since I posted anything but know that I've been hard at work getting ready for another craft fair. I have to admit that I haven't been that good this past week of taking pics of the things I've been working on, so I will definitely have to get some great after shots to make up for it. My next craft fair is next weekend. It is the big one for me. This year is the 52nd year of the Clarinda Craft Carnival. It has gotten so big that it is held in five different locations around town. I am located in the Pavilion which is a block off of the main town square. People come from all over to participate and to shop. So I've been spending every spare moment trying to get ready.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Hi Everyone! Happy Saturday! I wanted to share with you a few things that I got recently. I was on the hunt for a few frames and these are what I found. I'm still looking for one in between the large one and the next to large one, but I haven't found it yet. But look at that large one.