Pinterest project- lantern pumpkins

October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

I saw these pumpkins and pinned the picture. We tried it at home. I’m not really into Jack-o-lanterns, but these are so friendly and warm. First we painted the lantern design. We used a small kitchen knife and a large bore drill bit to carve the windows. Much of the paint came off with carving so I repainted and spray with a fixative after the design was done. Delightful.

Frame and hangers

October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Skirt hangers are very good for hanging papers and displaying artwork, under a dollar at the thrift store. I print most of my art from images online. Frames are one of the best thrift purchases. There is a huge selection, all different sizes, and very cheap. This shadow box was $3. It was already white but frames are one of the easiest things to paint.

Pinterest project- ice block activity

October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

I saw this on pinterest. Freeze small toys in a block of ice and let the children loose on them with hammer. This activity was a huge success and the kids liked to think they were freeing the prisoners. It is a good hand-eye coordination exercise, smashing things is always a blast, and edible shrapnel makes this a perfect summer treat. Allow 24 hours to freeze properly.

Tin tin

October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Lovely little tin, 99cents. One can never have too many tins, they hold buttons, beads and children treasures.

Pinterest project- tried my hand at baby cacti

September 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

I also needed a pincushion. I do love desert plants. Symmetrical succulents and a visit to spikey Tucson also influenced the making of these little stuffies. Some pinterest inspiration here. I used thrifted bowls, scrap fabric, floral wire to shape, and playground gravel.

Pinterest project- Iron roses

September 20, 2012 § 4 Comments

I have had this set of spigot handles pinned for a long time. From an etsy seller whose collections I really love. But I didn’t want to pay $54. Something about the colors, size and texture I love. So I found a set of 20 knobs on ebay. A few needed help with color, but most are originally chippy, roughed and delightfully heavy. I used shadow boxes from Joanne’s with the glass removed. I like being able to touch the shapes, as if they are installed on the wall. And I have 2 sets! I’m having trouble with where to hang them. Which set do you like better?

     

 

Hankie hoardings

September 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

I keep finding them; colorful, bordered, never-used old timer cotton squares. I have quite a pile now and will be stringing them up for bunting soon. But I can’t decide whether to hang them diagonally, or a squares. what do you think? Here are two examples: Square-hung and diagonal hung.

Gumball glory

September 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

$4 thrifted. With skittles, all things are possible. And it gives a good economics lesson too.

Ruler games

September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thrifted: such pretty old and sturdy rulers. $.79. Our school always needs these.

 

Best find ever!

September 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

Butter soft deerskin lace-up boots for baby. $8 thrifted. Totally worth it.