Monday, March 9, 2009

Hippity - Hoppity - Easter's on its Way...

...so let's get busy making some Easter salt dough ornaments. And the best part, be a sweet chick and leave me a comment to win your very own lil' Easter basket full of ornaments. I'll have my son draw a number out on Friday and which ever post the number matches will be the winner. I'm soooo excited... I love to be the Easter bunny!

Let's hop to it...

2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. salt
1 c. warm water

Mix salt and flour - add water and knead.



Lightly spray your cookie sheets (you can see mine are well-used) and begin to shape the dough with your hands into whatever you desire. Like I always tell ya, of course you can use cookie cutters - I jus' happen to like more of the rustic look. It's very imperfect - LIKE ME!

Rabbits...


Carrots...Use a toothpick to make indentions.


Hatching Chicks and eggs.



Insert wire into all ornaments before baking at 325 degrees for about an hour. You will have to adjust that time according to how large or small you make your pieces.



Let cool and base coat whatever colors you desire.



Add detail with polka dots, stripes, words, facial features and the list goes on and on. Jus' have fun with it. Remember, they don't have to be perfect - jus' let them take on their own unique personality.



A basket full of my lil' creations after glazing and clear coating.
The glaze I use is a burnt umber(comes in a lil' paint bottle) - watered down - applied with a brush and then immediately wiped off. You can add as many layers of glaze as you'd like to reach your desired affect. Then I simply clear coat mine with "clear" spray paint - it's much quicker than varnishing each one.




Here is a close-up of the chicks. That was a new one this year for me after a sweet customer of mine recommended I make a "hatching chick". Thanks for the idea - I love it.



Here are two more new ideas I had - a bird nest (which I jus' love by the way) and a sweet lil' Easter basket. I wasn't for sure how these would turn out but I was really happy with them - I only have one of each so guess what - they are going in the lucky posters basket.



Polka dot Easter eggs...


Remember how I made those Valentine Heart necklaces out of dough for my lil' boys Kindergarten class - well, these are jus' lil' eggs that I put a small looped wire in before baking and now you have a fun lil' Easter necklace. Jus' add pretty ribbons and they are great for school, Sunday school class, or jus' something fun for a friend or yourself!

You could also make small crosses as a necklace - that would be the most appropriate pendant of all.



All lined up and ready to find a new home.


Well, I had hoped to take these pictures outside on the trees today in the beautiful sunshine but honestly, I jus' got them finished before dark. So I had promised you ornaments Monday and I got them on jus' in the nick of time - sorry! Hope you enjoy them - have fun with your family creating your own - it's jus' a simple lil' project you could do for nearly every holiday or celebration.

Be sure to sign up for a chance to win and for my local friends - come by the shop and guess the number of jelly beans in the jar for a chance to win your own special Easter surprise.

I hope your week is beautiful and blessed. It's a true joy to share with you and my days are made so much brighter by your very kind words.

Happy Creating!
Cathy





96 comments:

Lisa said...

You are the absolute best when it comes to making these little ornaments. I love them every time you do a different season!!

Deb said...

They are just adorable, you are so creative, I love the little birds nest, and the hatching chicks!

Carrie said...

Those are too cute! I am going to have to borrow this idea. LOVE IT

kim said...

I'm looking forward to trying some of my own. Hope my number is picked:)!
take care
Kim

The Un-Organized Mom said...

These are adorable!!! Can't believe your giving them away...but so glad you are!!

Thanks for another chance to win!!

Nada said...

Love your Easter ornaments, especially the little bird's nest. Guess I'll just have to make a trip to Cobblestone Farm!
Nada

Sheri said...

Hi Cathy!
You are the best at making these little ornaments! I look forward to all the holidays to see what you're creating next. These are the best! Sweeet! ;)
Hugs to you,
Sheri

Susan P. said...

How precious these are! The hatching chicks are my very favorite! I am going to try and do these with my daughter this weekend ~ I'm sure they won't be as cute as yours, but we'll have lots of fun, anyway:)

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Beautiful! I love the carrots and bunnies the best!
denise

Princess Of Pink said...

AAWW They are SO cute and pretty!!

Hugs from Marian/Dutchy on MJF

Goat Creek Grandma said...

Your amazing! I love it when you do these!! How many did you make this time? Ever do any roosters??? (DH has a thing about roosters) I may have to make time to try some of these on my own.

Job well done!

Debbie

Acorn Cottage said...

Hi Cathy,
Those are just the cutest ornaments I've ever seen! I can't wait to make them with my daughter for a craft project! They are just adorable. Thanks for sharing the "dough" recipe. I can see where it can lead into all sorts of mischief. The only time I've made dough ornaments was with my Mom as a kid at Christmas. This is going to be so much fun!

Deb said...

I love, love, love your blog....and I want one...of EVERYTHING in your shop!!! Exactly where is your shop??? I live about 15 miles east of Knoxville, TN...are you even close???? Your "stuff" is adorable...all of it!!! God has truly blessed you with an artistic side!!!

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Wow, I love this idea! You are so creative and kind for sharing this with those of us that don't live close to your shop. I bet it is beautiful!

Julie said...

Cathy Those are so cute I love the cute little nest and chicks. Great job. Have a wonderful week
julie

Stacey said...

Cathy, those are so sweet. Something tells me that mine would not look like that. Hmmmm..I lack your skills.

Kelley said...

Cathy you are so talented!!
I am going to try making the dough ornaments again...
I have a few questions though...
What kind of paint do you use? Just the plain acrylic paint that you find at the craft store?
And what do you use to glaze and seal them with?
Sorry for all the questions, just want to do this right!
Wishing you a blessed day!

Simply Stacey said...

All of your salt dough creations are absolutely adorable!! I tried making the bunnies from the picture you posted last week but mine looked more like cats! LOL. Now that I see the instructions I see what I did wrong. Thanks for sharing!!!

Ruth said...

These are absolutely adorable. I just love them.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Ruth

madrekarin said...

Cute, cute, cute! I love how chunky they are. :) I haven't made salt dough in years. I made ornaments one year (about 25 years ago) for everyone I knew and I think that just did me in. lol Maybe it's time I revisit it once again.

LisaJanelle said...

You are so talented. I just love what you do. Your caligraphy is awesome. I want a basketfull!...

Thanks for sharing....

LindaSonia said...

Your hand made ornaments are so pretty. Love them. LindaSonia

Proud Farmgirl #195 said...

These are all just too cute Cathy! Thanks for letting us all see them and sharing your recipe. I can't wait to try making some of my own.

Melody said...

Cathy,
Those are so cute!! I don't always enter giveaways, but I gotta. The nest and basket are my fav. Thanks for the recipe, I may try to make dolls bodies with this. I'll let you know how it turns out.

tidymom said...

Cathy these are AWESOME, as always!!
I just posted about it on my blog, and I'll tweet it!

~TidyMom

pumpkin seed said...

I had the same questions as Kelley...what kind of paint and what kind of glaze?I'm planning on making these with my daughter today! I am inlove with the carrott ones and also, I'd like to try to make a little spring blue bird...wish me luck!

Heather's Stitches said...

I'm going to try this with my kiddos this Weekend, it seems so easy! Please do add my name to the give-away!

Darlene said...

SQUEAL please enter me in the giveaway....those are ALL just so CUTE! I keep saying I am going to have to try to make them and really, I MUST!!!!!

Nancy Jo said...

Hi Cathy,
As usual you have out done yourself. They are all so cute.
I would love to be in your drawing.
NANCY JO

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Oh My Gosh! Those are so so very sweet! Thank you for sharing the recipe for the salt dough.

Kristina said...

those are adorable, Cathy!!!! maybe I will just try to make some! thnaks for sharing with us!!!

Cathy said...

Adorable! I'm gonna have to mix up some dough and give this a try.

Jacki said...

OH so cute!! I just might have to make me a batch!! I am having a giveaway on my blog today so go check it out if you want to!!!
Jacki

3busybs said...

Love these! I think I will make these with my kids and hubby this weekend. If all goes well, I bet I could make them with my daughters 2nd grade class craft project.

QUESTION?
What type of paint is the base coat?

~Aimee

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

absolutely beautiful!

whoopsadasie said...

THOSE ARE SO STINKING CUTE! I ♥ them!

I will try and make some of those..although I know mine will NOT look like yours! So I hope I win!! LOL!

By the by...came over from Tink!

Pam said...

Cathy those are just adorable. You are so generous to show us how to make them. I will have to give it a try...Just love them.

Please add me to your give away.


Have a wonderful day

Hugs pam

Luckiest Girl.... said...

Like I say absolutely adorable. They always turn out so cute, you are so creative! I hope I win them, but I hope I can make some of my own. Thank you again for sharing your talents with us all!!!
Take Care.

Felicia said...

Oh my goodness, they're adorable :)

Stellar Creations said...

I have been drooling over your blog since I found it about a month ago.. I love everything about it and I want everything you have.. lol.. yeah, I'm greedy. Please enter me in your giveaway I just tried to make these myself but evidently I didn't do it right, they are cracked and a sickly color. That's me though.. I will try again one day.. but I would lovelovelove to have yours, even if they cooked right they would never look like yours.. lol.

Hugs,
Stella

Heather said...

OK I LOVE your stuff it is so stinkin cute it makes me ache.. I need your creative juices passed this way we are having easter here at the farm and I want to decorate things I just have a lack of inspiration thing goin on here...Those cute little chicks would sure give me a boost.... PICK ME PLEEEESE!!

CozyCoops Corner said...

The ornaments are wonderful ! You make so many cute things
Cathy !Please enter me, I'd love to win the ornaments !Have a wonderful day !
Janae:-)

debbi said...

they are adorable...thanks for the chance to win.

bkleindl@hotmail.com said...

These are so cute I think I will try some and hang them on my tree (christmas trees that I leave up all year). Hopefully mine look as nice as yours.

Thanks again

Janet and Maya said...

What great ideas! I have a three year old that will love making these - or opening a basket of goodies that we won from you :)

thanks for the giveaway!

mayacarpenter@verizon.net

Mabry's gamma said...

Very very cute ornaments. I would love to win a basket of those cute little buggers.

creativegal said...

you are the sweetest! Your ornaments are so cute. Much better than mine. (rocks) haha! thanks so much for giving me credit for baby chick idea but yours are cuter than I ever dreamed of. I think I am going to give these a try. I have another new idea. If it works out I may bring one by.
Keep creating*

Audrey said...

I LOVE THEM CATHY COBBLESTONE! PLEASE PICK MY NUMBER! The nest is my fav!

Jean said...

Cathy, I love, love, love those adorable ornaments. You do good work, gal. Everyone is just too cute. You must take a creativity pill and a vitamin everyday. I hope I am the lucky, lucky winner.Have a great evening.
Jean in virginia

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Those are adorable! I love all of them...I sooo wish I could paint. Do NOT worry about the bowls..no bigggy. I love the polka dots. cherry

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

How adorable these salt dough ornaments are Cathy! You paint them up so darn cute to! Years ago I use to make salt dough projects...baskets, jar lids, oranments, and my brother-in-law said it was my therphy! He was right! I sold them in stores to. Wow, almost 30 years ago!

You have been a really busy bee this week, and last week and the week before...I don't know how you do it girl!

Hugs,
Maryjane xox

Sue said...

My great grandchildren would love them....You do such an awesome job...Please put me into the hat for a chance to win...
Hugs
Sue

Laura said...

Those are so very cute!
Salt dough has come a long way !

Happy @ Home said...

I just discovered your blog and must say it is a delightful place to visit. Your Easter ornaments are just precious. I love them all and thank you for posting the directions for making them.

linda said...

Cute, cute, cute! I just may have to give these a try...thank you for the tutorial!

The TinCan Cottage said...

These look fun....and You make them look Easy! I hope mine look as cute! Thanx for sharing your recipe, I haven't made them since my kids were little! My Word Verification is dishiz...how funny!:)

valerie2350 said...

these are sooo cute!

Tina- said...

oh aren't those just adorable! so fun to see the different craft projects folks do. these are just adorable Cathy.
p.s. stop by my blog and invite your friends a great big give away going on over thre too.

Paula said...

Your ornaments are so cute! You really have an artistic flair for painting. I love them!!

Amy said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! I borrowed your salt dough idea to make shamrocks.. I have got to make some Easter ornaments too. You did a fabulous job adorning them.

eeekj35 said...

They are adorable. I will try them, but I know they won't be anything like yours. They are exquisite!! I even may make them with my 2nd graders. I will probably use cookie cutters with them. The necklace idea is cute for them too. Thanks for the chance! Kim

CathyJean said...

Way too cute!! :)
Thanks, Cathy!

Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

TThose are just the cutest!! I think the nests are my favorite!

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

These look soo fun to make! My son would love to decorate with these, as long as he didn't try to eat them, LOL

Susie Homemaker said...

OH Cathy...How cute are these? You inspire us all so much! Thanks for another fun idea...I LOVE the nest sooooo much!

Blessings,
Susie

Ribbons -n- Rags said...

cathy,
I will stop to buy a bunny Thursday. Please save me one. Visit Mama's blog to see the new me!! Ruthie

RosyRose said...

Oh Cathy I would LOVE to win these sweet little ornaments! I love what you do! Happy Wednesday!!:)

Carol said...

Your Easter ornaments are so sweet! I would love to be the winner!
Blessings,
Carol

gahome2mom said...

Wonderful craft idea! Thanks for sharing and posting the photos. :)

gahome2mom(at)gmail(d)com

9405018--Pat said...

They are just adorable...please add my name to the basket...thanks Pat H

pattygary@kc.rr.com

Christina said...

Oh, I just love your dough ornaments! They are fabulous and I'd love to win!!! I made some snowmen, but never made time to paint them! Next year!!
Thanks
Christina
cgibson1015@suddenlinkmail.com

Busy Mom said...

I absolutely ADORE your blog!! I wash I lived close enough so I could see your stuff in person! I'm so glad that I "hopped" by today. I think this weekend I feel some crafting coming on!!

Dolly said...

Oh my...those are sooo cute!

I'd love the chance to win some!

Hugz n Blessings,
Dolly

Ada Mae said...

Super cute as usual. Even cuter in person~!~

Kelly B said...

That is such a fabulous idea!! I have 5 kids and, although it might get a little exciting, we are definitely going to have to do this. I love the polka dots!! They are so very happy looking!! :)

koopermom said...

These are so adorable! I love them and want to make some (and WIN some!)

dylansmommy said...

These are sooooo stinkin cute!
I love them! They are now on my never ending to do list! But if I won a basket of them...I could cross it off just like that. I also love your hearts for Valentine's day...and your idea to make some like conversation hearts. And I want to come to your store to see all your goodies in person!

Life'sJourney said...

love your cute ornies!! what an ispiration, I hope I have time to make a few of these myself!!

Audra Lynn said...

I'm so doing this with our play group this week. How fun!

Deanna said...

I love the bunny rabbits! But the Easter basket one is cute too. I think I will try this craft with my (almost) 3 year old. He would love it. And I think you're right, some crosses would be perfect!

Thanks for the chance to win some of yours!

Deanna
deanna(DOT)franks(AT)bxs(DOT)com

Lipstick and Laundry ~Jen said...

Can I just say that I am super in LOVE with your Easter ornies... I am new to your blog and I can't wait to read past posts and I look forward to future posts!

Muriel Taylor said...

Hi! I just found your blog from Tip Junkie and LOVE the necklace idea...great teacher gifts. What kind of paint do you use?

Katie said...

Oh my goodness. These are so so cute! Thank you for the idea and the tutorial! I can't wait to make these!

What type of wire did you use for these?

KC said...

These are so cute. We tried to make our own but they weren't quite as nice. We will have to have keep working on them.....

Kim

Hollee said...

I'm going to try these. They are super cute. :D Pick me please!

lakebrat said...

Hi well I'm so glad that I came across your blog! You have soooo inspired me to try using the salt dough. That's something that I've never worked with but with your instructions you make is seem really easy. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing and these are adorable!

Sandy's Show & Tell Quilts said...

Hi Cathy. I love you blog and your Easter creations. I, too, am a creative person--I make quilts and show them on my blog. When we get to know each other, I will give you the link to mine. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

Sandy

lindagerig said...

such cute ideas. Linda Gerig

c48444 said...

This is my first time at your Blog. and I LOVE IT! It was featured on one of the newsletters I get and I am so glad! I love your great easter projects! I will be trying this with my grandchildren this weekend!I will be returning to check out the archives! Thanks, Connie

Heather said...

Absolutely Adorable! Great ideas! I love the paint jobs...VERY pretty!

Sherry said...

Gosh! I love those too! youa re amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your creative talent and giving me some ideas for my Cubbies! Keep them coming! Love and Hugs, Sherry

kathy said...

SO SO CUte - Will so make these for the Kids at a Mission church I teach a sunday craft to -- they can paint them -- And I can make extra ones also for them -- along with our Cross project -- Thank yoou , so much fun !! KAthy - ga ♥

Gail said...

What a fun and happy project! :) I love all of the ornies that you did, but those lil chicks are just adorable!

Evan Scent Original Candles said...

I just loved these! They are just to cute! I can't wait to make some of my own :) Thanks for inspiring me!!

Valerie Sengupta said...

Hello Cathy:

I was browsing the web looking for inspiration for making up some salt dough ornaments for Christmas gifts and came across your website. Your salt dough ornaments are very nice and colorful. I absolutely love the rabbits, eggs, and little chicks. I have a question: What gauge is your wire and how do you insert the wire so it doesn't come out after baking and handling? I would appreciate hearing from you.

Valerie Sengupta

Cathy Cobblestone said...

Valerie - I so hope you get to see this - your e-mail wasn't enabled - sorry. I'm not for sure what gauge wire I used - it was just a roll of small fencing wire I had here at the farm. It just needs to be sturdy enough to keep its shape. Usually when you bake the ornaments - the wire stays in no problem - if however, they pull out - simply use some hot glue to hold it in position. Hope this helps! Good luck!