Dollar Store Patriotic / 4th of July Decor

Monday, July 1, 2019

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Patriotic decor is one of my favorites! I mean the Red the White the Blue, the love for my country! What's not to love? One such decoration is this simple and affordable table piece.

I was able to pick up all of these items at my local Dollar Tree.

Super easy, cut ribbon to size of vase rim and hot glue. Place pinwheel in the vase and drop the stars around it. That's it! Ta-done!!! I told you that was easy! 

The pinwheel will actually spin inside the vase so how fun would these be as table centerpieces at your outdoor Fourth of July or other patriotic celebrations? As the breeze comes along it just might spin the pinwheel!
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Soldered Spoon Ring Process

Monday, June 17, 2019

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If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram then you've probably seen some of the stuff I've been making out of vintage silverware. There sure are some pretty silverware patterns y'all!!!

I wanted to share photos of a backend look at one of the soldered rings I made from a silverware handle and some of the steps along the way.

This spoon had a long handle and I thought the long skinny area would make a great band.

I bent the entire handle into a spiral and cut the end off and put aside to make another ring later. 

I then cut the loop off with my jewelers saw, cutting two layers at once.

Tada! Now to file/sand and align the two ends.

All lined up and ready to solder! 

 I took my torch to it and soldered the join together.

Next, it was on to cleaning up my solder join. This takes a bit of time as you want it to match the rest of the ring. As you can see some solder filled the line in the middle that ran around the whole ring. I had to go in with my jewelers saw to add that back in.

From that one spoon handle, I was able to make these two rings. The very tip of the spoon handle wasn't too pretty so that's why I'm showing you the back side of the one on the left.

Anyhow just a look into a day in my shop! Hope you guys are having a great day!
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Magazine Feature!!!

Monday, June 3, 2019

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When Country Sampler magazine contacted me to be included in their Gardens special issue you can imagine how ecstatic I was! UM YES PLEASE!!!

They wanted to include the wheelbarrow fountain that my sweet husband built in their water features article.

 And there it is in all its glory! Super exciting and super fun being included in such a wonderful article. On newsstands now so go get yours. Hurry hurry hurry! Thank you Country Sampler Magazine for including our fountain! 

So what garden or summer projects do y'all have going on?

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Coming Soon In Country Sampler Special Issue

Monday, April 15, 2019

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Just a little bit excited!!!! Can't wait to share this news with you!

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Wine Cork Shadow Box

Monday, April 8, 2019

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You see the wine cork shadow box on the left? This beautiful piece was created from a thrift store picture frame. It was a gift for my sis in law. She sent me this picture to use so you can see how it's sitting pretty in her lovely home!

Below is the picture I picked up at the thrift store. You can use many sizes of frames for this project just pick the size you like or what fits your needs.

You need some basic wood cutting and nailing skills or at least be able to figure that out. Basically, all you do is build a box the size of your frame with 1x2 boards. 

Glue burlap or whatever backing you like to a flat backer board. And sandwich them all together. I nailed them all together so there's no getting it apart and no getting the corks out.

The trickiest part is getting the glass to stay in place. I'm sure you can glue it or caulk it and that might be easier and actually look better. In fact, if I make another I might try that. On this one, I glued very thin trim pieces to hold the glass. You can kind of see one in the photo below.  

Before putting all together and before painting, drill a hole large enough to fit a cork, in the center of the board that will be on top.

Corks drop right through the hole and land where they will! I dropped just a few to make sure it worked.

For the glass decoration, you can do a pretty vinyl piece and that's it. I know tons of you have handy vinyl cutters! I had my friend make the circle and the M (last name initial) on her Cricut and I used the negative space from it (you know that parts that you usually weed out and toss) to etch the glass with a product from the craft store called Armour Etch.

This project turned out great and I was very happy with the outcome.

You really can make these to hold any small objects. Legos or small toys would look neat inside! Or seashells would be pretty! What would you put inside?

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Spoon Pendants {New Items}

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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New in the shop are these fantastic and absolutely beautiful pendants made out of vintage stainless spoon handles! These pendants are VERY limited edition or even one of a kind as we truly are limited to what spoons we are able to find in the wild. Get yours today or it might be gone!

Each one has been hand cut, filed, soldered, polished and tumbled to create the lovely pendants that they are. They are hung on a sterling silver ball chain with a single freshwater pearl drop. All other components used are sterling silver.

Use code BLOG for free shipping on your entire order through Friday 3/22/19 midnight Pacific time!

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Four Leaf Clover Necklace {New Item}

Monday, March 4, 2019

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New in the shop is this tiny lucky four-leaf clover necklace! It is hand stamped onto a sterling silver disc. Get yours now in time for St. Patrick's Day or wear it all year long! It hangs on a sterling silver box chain. Charm measures 3/8" and the chain is available in many sizes.
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Giant Sand Dollar (DIY)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I first saw this over at Thrifty and Chic many years ago and knew I wanted to make one and I had just the piece! We've been holding on to this table top for a long time, my husband actually made it in high school woodshop! Whoa, that's old lol!!!

I thought I would be able to do this with just a small hand sander but decided to use our scroll saw to make some cuts to the edges and get our overall shape and remove some of the bulk. The photo below is after my husband had done plenty of sanding for me.

Sorry I don't have any painting photos but here's what it looked like right before painting.

I simply painted it white and let dry. I then lightly free handed in pencil first and then used a tan color for the sand dollar details.

I also gave it a quick sanding to make it look a bit rustic and worn. These last two photos are my new sand dollar in my bathroom. The lighting isn't the greatest as that room has no windows but I love how my giant sand dollar came out!

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How I used the Free Printable Valentine Cards

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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I wanted to share how I used our free printable Valentine cards. I made these darling enameled heart charms for some of the lovely ladies at my kiddo's school and attached them to the center of the cards.  The cards are great on their own or you can attach a small gift to make them extra special! Some things you can attach for classmates are individually wrapped heart chocolates, erasers, or cute dollar store rings.

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Printable Valentine Cards Freebie

Monday, January 28, 2019

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Pretty and adorable Valentine Cards to go with our free Valentine printable. Simply download, print and cut! You can use them as Valentine cards to pass out to everyone you know. They also make a great hang tag for your Valentine gifts. You can attach a little heart candy in the center if you like to make them extra special!

Click on the image below to download your free Valentine's Cards. Enjoy!

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Free Valentine Printable 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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1 John 4:8 says, Whoever does not love does not know God, because God IS love.

Love is so far and wide beyond romantic love. Love can move mountains if we allow it to and do things unimaginable. For this Valentine print, I wanted it to be a reminder that there is so much more to love than just romance. Romance is nice but the real everyday love shown to us and from us is what gets us through life.

Please print and enjoy this image I made for you and remember you are loved.
Click HERE to download.
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