Monday, October 15, 2018

Holiday Gift Bags

To use as a ''Thank you'' for Customers if you are selling at a Craft Fair
or Flea Market-
Hello Friends! Just a little something that I wanted to share.
If you are like me, this is the time of year that I am focused on
last minute details as the CRAFT FAIR season begins.
One thing I like to do every year, is make decorated bags for  the small
purchased items. My customers really appreciate the added touch.
I add a business card to each bag ahead of time.
 Some customers consider this free gift wrapping.
Your business card will be given to the gift receiver and you may get a new customer.

Wouldn't you rather have your Handmade Cards or Jewelry put
inside a bag like this...instead of an old recycled bag from the Grocery Store?
Even if you are not a craft seller, these are a great way to
 de-stash your out of control paper hoard and make custom wrap on a budget.
I purchased lunch bags from the Dollar Tree
40 count for $1.00
I had book pages, torn from a Dictionary.
The pages were  4 1/2" x 7"
I had a lot of scrap paper from other projects. I knew I would be needing
for something. I realized I had mostly neutral colors in my pile so I went with
a Fall Tree Theme.
This year I am using a triangle shape.
You can get Glue Sticks 6 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree. 

You will need scissors and an optional ultra fine pen.
First layer is the book page. You don't have to use this idea but it gives an
added layer of thickness and dimension.
Next, the tree trunk 
A triangle for the base. 

Another layer. 
And another. 
I like to have 3 to 4 layers on my tree.

I come back over the design and use dashes and dots along the edges.

It looks a bit like stitch marks on a quilt in my opinion, but of course

 leave it off if you don't like it.
They are all a bit different. 
 I had one bag with handles, I opened it up so the bag could stand up and store
all the decorated bags!
This is definitely a budget friendly project,
Here it is used as gift wrap.
I hope this idea was helpful to you.
Happy Crafting!
I hope you have a wonderful week-
xo Lisa S

Monday, October 8, 2018

Make your own Coffee Tray

I looove coffee, anytime, anywhere, any favorite
Large Iced Nonfat Latte.....yum !

I'm getting distracted......
Let's make a tray.

I had a long piece of pallet wood.

It was 5 1/2" wide and 3/4" thick. Cut  2 pieces 12" long.

Stain the wood with your favorite stain.
Cut 2 pieces of thin scrap wood 10" x 2" to use on the back as a connecting brace.
Use a staple gun or brad nail gun on the cross pieces.
(This picture also shows where I drilled holes for the handles.)


I had saved these old cabinet pulls thinking I could use them for something.

I think they will work perfectly for tray handles.


I painted the handles with Rustoleum Black Semi Gloss paint.
After your stain has dried, next comes the stenciling.

Inspired Barn Stencils by Cathe Holden
12'' x 12''

Black Acrylic Paint and Stencil Brush
 Set your handles on top and mark.
Use a spray sealer on the wood to protect your stencil.
You might spill coffee.....yes, it could happen!

Drill holes and add handles

I had some foam circles from Dollar Tree.

 I used them on the under side to protect the kitchen counter and glass table tops.

It will also keep the tray from sliding.
Tray can lay flat or tilt on side and display when not in use.


Wouldn't this be a nice gift for a coffee drinker?

How about a pound of favorite Coffee on top of tray,

 beautifully wrapped in cellophane?
I made two, one to keep and one for a gift. 

It's the perfect time to have a cup of coffee now !
Thanks for visiting-
xo Lisa S

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Recycled Tin Can


You can save this label to your computer and print them for your own use.
I made my labels 2'' x 3'' - 9 labels can print at this size.
I just printed 6 on off- white paper.
I wanted the labels to fit a tin can approximately 3'' high and 2'' wide.
Carefully cut apart the labels.


Remove the paper store labels from the can.
 Matte- Mod Podge
available at Dollar Tree
Use a small brush or sponge brush to paint Mod Podge on the
back side of your label. Attach to the side of can.
Then cover label with another layer of Mod Podge.
Let dry.
 I used a drill at opposite sides so I could add a make a handle.
 Cut a piece of bailing wire about 12''
Using pliers curl ends that will go into the side holes.
Wrap around a pencil and slip off.
Hook ends on to can.
Fill with candy.
I purchased the Peanut Butter Kisses from The  Dollar Tree.
You can embellish your cans with ribbon or jute if you like.
These are nice to have on hand for party favors.
 I plan to make a few for table décor at my Holiday Boutique in November.

Blessings to you,
xo Lisa S

Monday, October 1, 2018

Vintage HALLOWEEN Postcard Printables


 I wanted to share more beautiful examples of postcards from Artist

Ellen H. Clapsaddle (1865-1934)

   Ellen was an American illustrator/ commercial artist from New York,
 in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  Her style is easily recognizable and greatly admired.
           She is known as the most prolific souvenir/postcard and greeting card artist of her era.

My favorites include the adorable children's faces that are in

most of the illustrations.

According to collectors, her Halloween cards are among the most valuable and sought after.

I'm not one to celebrate or decorate for Halloween, but I thought I would  share these cuties.




I hope you enjoy this collection. Maybe you will be inspired
to create something with one or more of these postcards.
Let me know if you have a favorite!
xo Lisa S

Holiday Gift Bags

To use as a '' Thank you'' for Customers if you are selling at a Craft Fair or Flea Market-     Hello Friends! Just ...