Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pictures to share, a tutorial and some ramblin of course....

Hi y'all I hope this post finds y'all in GREAT Spirits ! Can't believe how fast the days are going ! Seems like just last week I did a post and I look and it's been wayyyyy longer than that ! I thought I'd share a tutorial I did for Prim Pals forum on how to grunge items using paint, modge podge and cinnamon or whatever spices you'd like.... So here is the tut.....

 Save those glass jars n things ! Don't throw 'em out. Just follow this lil ol' tut and grunge 'em up cause I finally got time today to do a grunging tutorial with pictures ! Yippppeee.....So sit back grab a drink and read on hehehehe.....

First for this tuorial you will need the following.....

1.Modge Podge matte-mat

2.Paints...I use folk art acrylic paints in Coffee Bean, Burnt Umber and Lamp (ebony) Black. You can use what ever colors you'd like.

3.Spices such as apple pie spice, cinnamon, ground cloves, coffee grounds, tea bag grounds, any pie spice would work too. These are just a few ideas I'm sure there's lots more ya' could use.

4.Foam paint brushes and throw away gloves. You can usually catch the foam brushes on sale 20 for a buck.

5.Wax or Freezer paper or something to cover your work area and to also set your projects on while they are drying.

6.Paper plate to mix your grunging mixture on.

7.Tin cans, glass jars, candles or whatever you want to grunge up

Once you have all your supplies gathered, tear a piece of freezer/wax paper to protect your work table and a place to set your projects as they dry. Most people brush on the Modge Podge and then roll their project in cinnamon or some other spice, I mix mine all up straight into the Modge Podge. Anyway take your paper plate and pour some Modge Podge on it and add just a bit of water. I can't tell you an exact amount as I don't know how much Modge Podge your using. You don't want it too runny nor too thick. If it gets too thick you can just add more water as you go too. You'll then add a squirt of your paint(s) and shake your spices on top of your modge podge and paint mix.

I put everything on the side to show y'all but normally as I said above I put it all on top of the modge podge. Mix well with your foam brush and it should look like chocolate pudding. (see pic below)

I do add a lil smidge of black to darken my brown up a lil more. I also sometimes add a lil more spice(s) to mine too.

It's all up to your preference on how you want yours....

After your done mixing it up to your liking, take your brush and start brushing it on your can/candle or glass item your grunging. Also keep in mind it will dry darker than it looks.

Here I have a candle drying after brushing it on....

Now while that's drying I'm going to start on my can.

While it's wet you can sprinkle even more spices/coffee to your Modge Podge mixture if you want. After your first layer dries add another layer. Sometimes I add a few layers to mine. You don't have to but I like mine to have a thick coating. I also always let it dry or become a lil tacky before adding another layer to it....

Now you can add a prim label to it if you want or you could just leave it like it is. There are a few people who sell the labels on Ebay,Blogger (Blue Cupboard Primitives) and Etsy. I am working on making my own but for this project I am using one a blogger pal Natalie of Blue Cupboard Primitives sent me over the weekend. To adhere it just brush on some Modge Podge to the back and adhere it to your project. I also put a lil of the grunging mix around the edges of the label.

Here's the finished project.....

I decided to add some homespun tied with jute string to the top...

Notice how dark it dried.I hope this gets yer crafty mojo movin' lol........and if you have any ?'s feel free to ask away !

Here's another item I grungied up.

 This was a small reed diffuser bottle I bought at the dollar tree. It now has a feather and sits atop my slanted lap desk as an old looking ink bottle.

Hope you found this tut helpful =0)
Have fun tryin' this out ! I'd love to see your projects using this tutorial so I hope you'll share. I also forgot to mention above that I use the cans that have lids you pull off. They dont have rough edges like a can opener leaves. If you use ones that you open with can openers maybe sand them ? Just be careful of the rough edges !

There are lotsa' other helpful tutorials on the forum and more to be added so hop on over and check us out ! We have been havin' the most fun on Wed. night live chat ! I've not laughed as hard as I do there in forever ! We loose track of time and end up with tummy aches from all the gigglin'. And the monthly Prim Pal sign ups for June are still open if you'd like to join in !

I have a few new things to share with y'all too....

Hubbs got me this awesome Herb dryin' rack for one of my
Mother's Day gifts....I just love it !
Here's a close up pic of the wood.

He also got me this awesome old barn door....

My hopes were to use it as our bathroom door. The measurements
are a little off so we're hopin' to figure out a way to make it work..
I want to make the bathroom look like an outhouse lol.... I found this old bowl at the flea market in Martinsville for 5 bucks ! It has a small hairline crack but other than that it's in great shape. Couldn't believe it was that cheap !

I've tweaked my hutch and moved the begining of my crock collection in there.....

Darn ! I've ran outta time lol....Gotta' head to work bummer !
Hopefully I will get another post up to share some more stuff sooner than the last time ! Hope y'all have a wonderful day !
Till next time my Prim Friends....
Prim Huggs n Blessins

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Absense makes the heart grow fonder...A GREAT Giveaway & Ramblins

And it really does grow fonder ! Wow I can't believe it's been such a long absense from bloggin' again ! I have sure missed readin' y'alls blogs and keepin' up with how everyone is and whatcha' been up to ! I'm makin' a promise to myself to at least post once a week and catch up on how y'all are doin' ! I sure hope this post finds y'all in GREAT Spirits and that your enjoyin' your weekend ! We sure had some major storms come thru our area last night. Woke to lotsa' limbs and branches on the roof and thankfully no damage that we have seen so far. Here is pic of one of the numerous limbs Hubbs had to clean off the roof this mornin'.......

A few years ago we had some what we believe were straight line winds come thru and knock a tree down on our home ( I'll hafta see if I can find pics to share) and it did some major damage. Myself, the kids and my cousin Kevin were just sittin' in the dining room watchin' the lightnin' show and amazed by how the trees were bendin' with the wind, when all of a sudden there was this loud boom and the walls were shakin' and things were fallin' from the walls and breakin' all over the floor. My first instinct was for us to head to the bathroom as I wasn't sure if it was a tornado or what was happenin' ! Fred ( my Hubbs ) was just drivin' up the road and called and said uhhhh Honey you realize there is a huge tree on the house ? We had cracks runnin' down a few of the walls. It destroyed part of the roof and smashed our gas grill. We're really lucky it didn't break the patio doors or the bay window. It took several weeks of work to get everything fixed and back to normal. So now everytime we have severe weather rollin' in, I tend to get a lil nervous. I swear the ground is never gonna dry up a lil around here so that I can get out there and get some gardenin' done ! We haven't even tilled my veggie garden spot yet 'cause it's just too wet to do it. Will get some pics to share when we get it goin' =0)

My fav barn has a new sayin' up now. Of course I had to get a pic to share with y'all....Here it is......

I just love this !
How true that our wonderful Saviour paid it all ! Please say a lil
prayer that our family find a new place to attend church. We have been searchin' for a welcomin' place to worship but feel we just haven't found the right place yet. I know it's out there somewhere and I know God will lead us to it ! I really miss the fellowship.


Hubbs went mushroom huntin' and found a few. Wish it woulda' been a lil more but glad he found what he did.
This was the biggest one he found.

Anybody else had any luck findin' any ? I loveeee mushrooms. I remember as a kid goin' mushroom huntin' with my Daddy. Seems like I found more back then, than I do now. Hmmmm maybe it was cause I was shorter and closer to the ground to spot 'em ? lol Of course back then I wasn't sooo afraid a stumblin on those....... eeekkkkk well y'all know what I'm thinkin' right ?!?!? Mushrooms are sellin' for 35 bucks a pound here locally ! Everyone is sayin' they are havin' a hard time findin' 'em. I love 'em but can't fathom payin' that much for 'em ! So if we don't find anymore then I guess we'll just hafta' wait till next year =(

How 'bout some Prim Pals news !

We are havin' a fantastic giveaway over on the Prim Pals blog. You have the chance to win a $40.00 gift certificate to use at
 CSN STORES  To enter click the link below and head over to the PP blog and see how to get your name entered to win !
Prim Pals Blog Giveaway Time !

We are also havin' an Americana swap. Deb will be hostin' this one.
Sign ups are only open to Prim Pals forum members. So if your not a member yet come on over and join in on the fun !

We are also doing weekly chats and I gotta' tell ya' we have such a blast ! We talk about everything from what we're workin' on to how our weeks been, to well....the skies the limit lol. We'd love to have ya join in ! Again you must be a forum member to join in ;0)

These wonderful buttons were made by the wonderful crafty, kindred spirit .... Melissa of M's Prim N Country. Be sure and check out Melissa's blog...Here is the link to her fantastic blog...
M's Prim N Country Stop on over and say Hi !

There are lotsa' other fun things goin' on over at the PP forum. I hope ya' decide to come on over and hop right on in on the fun and meet some of the kindest Prim Pals out there ! We'd love to welcome y'all into our ever growin' PP Family =0)


Introducin' y'all to........

I shared this over at PP but want to share it here with y'all too. I am just soooo darn tootin' excited to introduce y'all to my Hubbs and oldest son Josh's new toy they brought home. I have kindly named her....yes boys she is a she lol ! Anyway her name is Scarlett heehee
Now the fellas aren't to keen on the name ( sorry boys majority rules heeheehee) I can't wait to cruise 'er around this summer. It's gonna be sooooo much fun ! if any of y'all are ever in my neck a the woods ....swing on by and I'll take ya' for a ride ;0) Ohhh I guess I oughta show a pic huh ?!
Without further Ms Scarlett the speed buggy..... 

I cannot wait to feel the wind blowin' thru my hair and as Holli said on PP...I need to throw on some Marilyn Monroe sunglasses and take 'er for a spin lol.... I really can't wait ! Her hood needs a lil paint attention and we want to find her some perty black seats. And I'm sure we'll think of a few other things the ol' gal needs to have to spruce 'er up a lil lol.....This is a great family project for us to all do together. At first I was thinkin' there goes my prim step back cupboard I was gonna try and buy but now I'm pea pickin' happy with Scarlett as an addition to the family heeheehee......

  Speakin' of that primtastic cupboard.... I had found one I fell in love with at another antique/flea market in Columbus, Indiana. Girlies this one has over 900 booths ! It was soooooo huge that even I ....yes I felt a lil overwhelmed !!! And y'all that know me know I don't get like that when it comes to antique/flea market or prim stores. It is soooo big that they have rest lounges scattered out for you to be able to stop and take a break and even get a snack or a drink while restin' ! They also had phones that you could pick up and a worker would come and get your things and take them up front to the check out area so you didn't hafta' tote 'em around. We didn't make it thru the whole place. It woulda' took several hours just to see everything and we just didn't know it'd take that long when we decided to go over and check it out. Next time we go we'll figure on spendin' a few hours to gawk and shop lol... I forgot to get pics in there cause like I said I was dazed and in awe lolol.....I did find a few goodies there......Like this crock jug for 11 bucks....

And this crock for 8 bucks......

I've really gotten into collectin' crocks. Now I'd love to add some salt glazed to my collection ! Maybe someday I'll find one within my budget range or I'll hit the lottery lol...... Hubbs just shakes his head and says " Just whatcha' need another thing to collect " Well now it could be worse Honey it could be clothes that take up all his closet space ! Right girlies ? Heehee..... Well I 'spose I've rambled on long enough and I oughta' be gettin' some things done round here so I can spend a lil time either late tonight or tomorrow catchin' up on blog readin' *wink* and maybe even get in a lil craftin' time. I hope y'all are havin' a fantastic weekend ! Till next time my Prim Friends......Prim Huggs n Blessins