Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall "Salt Dough"...

Salt Dough... a fun, easy and inexpensive lil' craft project.  These pictures are from 4 years ago but I pulled them back out to share  with you.  I still get lots of e-mails about my salt dough ornaments so here goes the "how to".
2 c. All Purpose Flour
1 c. Salt
1 c. Water
Mix the salt and flour then add water.
Add a lil' flour if sticky, a lil' extra water if to dry.
Shape using your hands or cookie cutters - these are all free form.
Add details with toothpicks and insert wire at this time.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1.5 hours.  Adjust if necessary depending on thickness.
Paint to your liking...
Then glaze for a "not so harsh" look.  Spray with polyurethane to seal.
Ta Da - that's it!  Great bowl fillers, ornaments, package tie-ons, gifts  - well, the list goes on and on!
Salt dough is great fun for kids as well as us "Big" kids too.
Have Fun and Happy Fall!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My "New/Old Kitchen Hutch...

Well, I've been in another project - a "new to me" kitchen hutch.
When I found her - she looked like this - kinda dirty, kinda dreary, well, just kinda UGLY.
What I loved most about the cabinet was the wide boards in the back - that is why I had to buy it!
So I started out by painting the back with Miss Mustard's Seed Milk Paint in the color "Kitchen Scale".
I suppose I missed the... painting the outside in "Ironstone" picture.
Anyway, as you can see - that is what I did.
I just love all the "chippy goodness" that milk paint allows to happen - it is instant age, instant beauty!
I'm loving my new jars from Burke's Outlet - just 10.00 each!  My plan is to fill them with white beans and some candles - but I gotta get to the grocery first ;-)
A close up of the drawers - love how they turned out.
I think this hutch fits in my kitchen perfectly - at least for now.  This area seems to be my "rotating cabinet" area.  I buy them, paint them, love them for a while and then sell them.  It's fun to be able to change it out!
I can't wait to decorate it for Christmas!
Linking up to Miss Mustard Seeds Furniture Feature Friday!
Happy beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's A Fall Front Door...

I think I've wrapped up my fall decorating - and the last thing I finished was our front door.  I just used things I already had plus a couple of mums and some pumpkins purchased from local growers.  As many of you know, I grew thousands of mums for 12 years - so it is still a bit odd to purchase them elsewhere, however, we are blessed to have a local farmer who grows some of the biggest and prettiest mums you will find anywhere in the country - I guarantee it!

Welcome to the Murray's...
On the right side, I have a wooden "Welcome" pumpkin sign I've had for years.  It simply rests against the door that is surrounded by some leaves that are also.. YEARS old.  I do love fresh garlands much better - BUT - I like for my decorations to last a long time, hence the artificial leaves. 
In my planter box - I just wasn't ready to part with my asparagus fern - so I simply placed a mum right in the middle and added a few dried gourds.
On the left, I added a fodder shock to a tall basket and filled the voided space with dried gourds and Indian corn.   A Harmony Bronze mum along with my dried African Kettle Gourd and other pumpkins, gourds, and cushaws fill the space.  Nothing fancy, just simple.
I was able to purchase this lil' banner from sweet Dailey for a school fundraiser.  Her precious mom and grandmother made them to order and I just love the way mine turned out!  Thank you Dailey!
So, that's it - our fall front door.
I would hope if you visited - that you'd feel happy and welcome!
Linking up with Rhoda
Happy Fall Friends!