Saturday, January 19, 2019

Upcyled Tin Picnic Basket with Stencil

The Picnic Basket was such a thoughtful gift from my sweet sister and her husband.
Absolutely delicious ! I am sure she picked it knowing that I would just love
the tin basket....and I did.

She knows I save everything : )

 The size of the basket is perfect to reuse, the basket weave
is printed and the handles are made of wood. It is very nice quality.
The picture below shows the basket. I did not paint the lid. I liked the original color.

Picture and Description from Harry and David Catalog-
Still available on line

Picnic Basket Gift Tin
  • Approx. 6 Royal Riviera® Pears (2 lb 3 oz)
  • Sharp white cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • Olive oil and sea salt water crackers (4 oz)
  • Dry salami (8 oz)
  • Spinach artichoke dip (12 oz)
  • Roasted almonds (4 oz)
  • Signature truffles [coffee, cherry, raspberry, almond, all dark, double chocolate] (4 oz)
  • Tin container, 11.5 in L x 7.75 in W x 6.7 in H
  • Net Weight: 4 lb 7 oz

    I used one of my favorite stencils from
    Cathe Holden's- Inspired Barn at
    I looked through my Acrylic paints to match the blue and taped off  the label area.
    I was excited and did not stop to take a picture! Sorry
    After the base color dried I taped down my stencil.
     I like to use painter's tape because it is less sticky and you don't want to damage your stencil.
    Remember- You can always use tape to block off or cover areas

    that you do not want to paint.
     I used a color that was similar to the basket weave tone.
    Use a stencil brush and off load your paint,
    so your brush seems dry- less is best!
    After my stencil work dried on one side I turned it around
    and did the other side.
    After everything was dry, I sealed the new label area with
    FolkArt's Home Décor WAX  in the color- Antique
    A small amount goes a long way.
    Just a bit on a soft rag is all you need.
    You can use clear wax or skip this step.
    I wanted to darken the color of my paint for a better match to the lid.
    I loved the blue color, but if you don't the lid can be painted any color.
    Rustoleum spray paint with primer is what I would recommend if you change the color.
    Vintage Tin Picnic Baskets are hard to find and expensive.
    This is my alternative look for less : )
    I'm not sure but I think this project is upcyled, recycled AND repurposed !!!
    Let me knew if you like how this turned out-
    Thank you so much!
    Xo Lisa S

    Sunday, January 13, 2019

    Vintage Valentines to Share

    Hi Friends,

    Today I just have a quick share!

    I just used mini clothes pins to hang some Valentines on an old

    bicycle rim I found in the garage!

    A fun display for a bicycling Mr. Freshvintage.

    Some of these are vintage, some are just copies.

    I really love the baby animals....

     I have some cute ones below to share with you.
     These can be saved and printed on card stock.






    I made these Jointed Teddy Bears back in the early '80's, from recycled
    Mohair and Wool Coats!
    I shared some others here and
    You can use these or find even more at The Graphic Fairy

    Thanks for spending some time with me-
    Have a great day!

    xo Lisa S


    Saturday, January 12, 2019

    Valentine Shadowbox

    I wanted to make me Husband a Valentine Book
    with a deck of cards- 52 cards, filled with sweet reason why I love him so much-
    One page a week for the year!

    I found this deck for .20 cents- great!
    but I was not paying attention....see it?
    These are Pinochle cards....ok so what....
    evidently Pinochle is played with 48 cards and not all the numbers

    AND double suits ....WHAT?????
    oh well, I changed my plan.

    Mr. Freshvintage is an avid bike that is the significance of the
    Bicycle Playing Cards.
    I decided to make a shadow box.
    I removed the cards and set them aside for now. They will not go to waste,
    I will use them in junk journals or something.
    I used a utility knife to make a window. 
    Here are some Valentines
    Save and size to fit
    I loved the little Teddy with a bowtie !
    I printed 2 so I could make the 3D effect.
    One was cut and left as is. Use tacky glue to attach to the back inside of box.
    The other print was cut at the fence line and the arm holding flowers,
    and the arm holding the heart.
    I used scissors to trim my Valentine to fit the box.
    I found these raffle tickets at Dollar Tree in the party section.
    They are perforated and blank on the back side,
    I thought the tickets would make great mini
    notes or tags.
    I used a gold ink marker along the cut edge.
     Tucked a ticket tag at top.
     Added a pinch of moss and some mini silk leaves.
    I had a wood bingo piece
     and tied some bakers twine around the top

    I used these tiny double sided sticky foam dots
    to attach the 3-D arm pieces.
    I used tacky glue to add the second fence piece.


    I added a couple cards to the back side.

    Tucked them under the twine. 

    Thank you !
    I hope you liked this sweet Teddy Bear Valentine.
    Come visit again-
    xo Lisa S

    Monday, January 7, 2019

    Easy Valentine Gift Bag Banner

    Welcome Friends,

    Well the Christmas décor is put away and the house looks empty and void of color.

    The  WINTER WHITE  theme lasted 1 week :) !  I know it's too early..... and I am
     sooooo....sorry ... but I am going to share a Valentines' project today.

    Skip it for now and come back later if you want to, but I'd love to have you stay!
    You will only need 1 set of 3 bags-

    These came from the Dollar Tree and they had other choices

    Scissors, hole punch, pencil and glue

    and some ribbon.

    I used Bakers Twine from the Dollar Tree.....

    so this banner will cost...... $1.00
    Cut down the sides at the fold line
    then across the bottom to make two pieces.
    This step is hard to see in this picture. 
    Aren't these bags cute ? 

    Cut off bottom flap

    Cut a Dove Tail at base.
     Maybe this picture is better!

    Cut bag into two pieces, cutting on the fold line.

    Gently remove handles. 
    Glue the flaps down with a glue stick or Tacky Glue.

    The fronts will look like this.

    Punch holes at top on both sides
    Measure the about of ribbon or jute twine you will need- I used 1 1/2 yds.

    Here is a look at the back side. 

    Lay out your paper in the order you would like them to hang.
    String together.

    Once the banner is hanging, you can change the spacing.


    If you like this project, you might like to see the
     Doily Wreath here.

    Adding a little bit of color made me happy!
    After I hung the banner it started to rain I decided
    to sit and enjoy a fire.
    I am so grateful that you stopped by-
    xo Lisa S

    Upcyled Tin Picnic Basket with Stencil

     The Picnic Basket was such a thoughtful gift from my sweet sister and her husband.   Absolutely delicious ! I am sure she pick...