Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Little Golden Book Junk Journals

Hi friends,

I've been so busy with Christmas Craft shows but I want to share

these Little Golden Book JUNK JOURNALS.

They are so fun to make!

Here are a few that were completed.

I call these Junk Journals because you can fill them with all sorts

of scraps, pictures, tags, fabric and lace.

To make your Junk Journal-

You will need a Little Golden Book

-These are easy to find at Yard Sales and Thrift shops for  $.25- $1.00

Assorted Scrapbook papers, junk mail, coloring book pages, stickers,

lined paper, card stock, greeting cards. envelopes, tags, etc.

3 binder rings

optional -scraps of ribbon, bells, tags

Frosty's cover was well worn at the binding and easy to remove.

Make sure the front and back covers are the same size.

Use cutter if needed.

I was able to gently tear out pages by holding down the "golden" foil edge.


Cut your pages to the same size as the covers.

My pages were cut to 6 1/16'' by 8''

I used these large binder type clips to keep all the pages together and in the right order.

I went to Staples and used their industrial strength 3 hole punch.

I worked on my project at the store like it was my own office!

And it was free.

 Sorry about jumping around from book to book!

Some of the books sold before I could post

and my pictures were not a complete project.

But I think you will understand and forgive me!

After I have the covers ready, I gather paper and envelopes and cut to size.

I use the 3 hole punch on these pages.

Starting at the first page, I alternate scrap paper with story pages.

Being careful to keep the story pages in the right order.

The story book pages are not covered with other paper.

I also add pocket pages and envelopes.

The books are usually about 12 pages.

I recommend adding at least another 14 pages.

Then use a clip to keep everything together.


I found these Book binder rings at the Dollar Tree.

I used 1'' rings. If you make a thicker book the Dollar Tree

also carries rings that are 1 1/2''

Once the rings are on the book you may want to add ribbon like I did.

I used scraps of ribbon that I have saved for something like this project.

The ribbon is just tied to the rings and can be left off if you prefer.

Here's Baby Farm Animals

I found these old flash cards that matched the stories!

 Remember the Saggy Baggy Elephant?

I put the books in a basket to display on my table.

They were a good seller.

These junk journals are a great way to use up some of your paper stash.

The rings open so these books can be added to in the future.

What do you do with it?

Use for journaling, personalized gift, artwork, photos, important notes.... be creative!

Of course I kept

''The Little Red Hen''

I'll work on that one in my spare time-

What was your favorite Golden Book from childhood ?

Share with me in the comments.

Update: Just to let you know I have a few left 

and they have been posted on EBAY for $18

If you are interested my shop name is fvlisas

XO Lisa S

Monday, November 11, 2019

Recycled Iced Coffee Bottles

Hi Friends,

I'm working on some last minute crafts for my upcoming boutique.

These sell out each and every time so I thought I would share this idea with you.

First..... We need some bottled coffee-

any kind you prefer

How about Pumpkin Spice Iced Latte? YUM!

One for me - one for you......

Wouldn't it be nice to share a coffee together?

That was good!

Then I removed the labels-

I used white chalk paint to cover the outside of the bottles.

These stencils were made with a scrap of mylar,

and my drawing cut with an x-acto-knife.

I used cobblestone grey for my farm animals.

 After the paint was dry 

I used sand paper to remove paint in some areas.

 Then I brushed on clear wax to seal.

Add some fresh flowers and it can be a thoughtful gift to a friend.

Since these are drink bottles- they fit perfect in the car cup holder 

for easy transport if you are bringing flowers to a friend!

They are  so budget friendly!

Thanks for visiting!

xo Lisa S

Vintage Turkey Printable Postcards

Hi Everyone,

 I want to share these darling  postcards with you!

I just love the deep rich colors-

The children are so cute...but... where did they get the idea to ride a turkey?

Here's a little treat for the turkey after the ride.

Thank you for stopping by today!

xo Lisa S

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Stenciled Pie Basket with Insert / Maple Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Hello friends!

I have another thrifty find to share.

I'm a little worried you are going to like the before MORE than the after.

This is how it looked before -

Baskets are great for storage.

I cleaned it up compressed air and a little bit of Murphy's Soap.

The inside was done with chalk paint....then I changed my mind

The basket also had the pie insert.

I painted the basket with flat white spray paint.

It gives great coverage on baskets.

I used this stencil on the lid with acrylic paint

in Cobblestone Grey.

After the paint dried I used a spray enamel sealer.

Since this basket was made to carry pie - let's do it!

This is our family favorite recipe for pumpkin pie.


1 can (16 oz.) solid-pack pumpkin

2 TBSP. all-purpose flour  
1/2 tsp.each- ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger

1 TBSP. softened butter

1 c. sugar

1 c. milk

2 TBSP. real maple syrup

2 eggs

1 unbaked pie shell 9''

optional whipped cream and more maple syrup to drizzle

    In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients. Pour into pie shell. Bake 425' for 15 min.
Reduce heat to 350' and continue baking about 45 min. Insert knife near center, if it comes out clean
it is done. Cool to room temp and refrigerate.
Garnish with whipped cream and drizzle with maple syrup
serves 8

The basket can carry two pies!

With a little whipped cream and maple drizzle!

I love this pumpkin pie!

 I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

xo Lisa S

Sunday, November 3, 2019

More Vintage Thanksgiving Postcards

Hi Friends,

Each season I enjoy sharing with you

some of my favorite postcards. 

You can use these to create beautiful cards or decorate your Thanksgiving table.

These cards are illustrated by Ellen H. Clapsaddle.
 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.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Wouldn't these make  beautiful

place cards on your Thanksgiving table or tucked in a Fall Display.

 Here is an example of a card I made.

 Here are more of my examples of her beautiful work.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

The theme was centered around food -

What delicious dish do you look forward to on Thanksgiving?

I love fresh Cranberry Relish!

Share your favorite with me in the comments.

xo Lisa S

Make a Bird on a Perch

  Hello Friend! I found these birds at the local Garden Center. They had texture like hand carved wood. I think they may be made of resin or...