Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Early Fall Mantle

 Hello Friends,

It doesn't feel like FALL...we are having a heat wave here!

But I KNOW we are heading in that direction ready or not.

Well this my first attempt to add some bits of autumn to the mantle.

My mom recently gave me a blue velvet box.

It belonged to my Grandma.

I had no use for it but kept it for sentimental reasons.

It became my inspiration for my mantle this year.

I remembered I had some blue velvet acorns that I made a couple of years ago.

I thought I would let the acorns spill out of the box.

Have you already started to decorate for Fall?
Do you change things around throughout the season or leave it alone
once you've set out your pumpkins?

I hope you have a wonderful week!
xo Lisa S

Thanks for letting me share with you!

If you would like to see how I made the acorns,
here is the link to my post.

How to make velvet acorns and pumpkins.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Adding Labels to Jars- Faux Rust Lids

Hi Friends,

Thank you so much for your

prayers concerning my husbands' surgery!

He's resting and doing well.

The first part is not true, he never rests.

My job for now is keeping him from doing too much!

I decided to try and do something crafty today :)

These jars came from Dollar tree and they are still available-

 I found these  apothecary labels

at The Graphic Fairy.


I cut out a few that I liked.

The jars have an indentation where the labels will be glued.

I used MOD PODGE to adhere the labels.

To age the lids, I added cinnamon!

It's the perfect trick to make faux Rust.

Use white glue or podge podge on edges and creases

where you would naturally find rust.

Add cinnamon  using a dry brush like applying makeup.

Brush off excess

Cinnamon smells so good !

I just needed to change things up for Fall!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thank you for visiting-


Lisa S

If you liked the rust technique...here's another!

Faux Padlock

Friday, September 11, 2020

Quick and Easy Altered Book Junk Journal

 Hi Friends,

If you have ever thought of making a junk journal-

This is by far the easiest way to get started!

We will be using the existing book, cover,

the spine and the binding. 

We will be using the pages and removing some of the pages.

Start with a book that is in fairly good condition.

The spine looks good.

This story was about a boy and his dog- so

I decided to make this journal without flowers and lace !

This book had 175 pages.

I tried to leave most of the pages with illustrations.

Decide what you want to keep and which ones you will remove.

You can use a straight edge when you tear.

And fold pages over top to side or top to bottom.

Pages are folded to create pockets.

If you have jagged tear lines, hide them inside the pocket.

Glue sides together to form an opening.

This is my favorite glue. 

It really holds!

After I removed my pages and did my folding and gluing-

I ended up with 25 pages and pockets!

Removing pages will take away bulk, so you can add to your journal.

You can save these pages for another project.

On my side bar, I have a lot of projects using "book pages"

Now for the fun part-
We get to add bits of this and that-

The tabs that I used as a closure were scraps from an old piano roll.

I added bakers twine to tie closed.

The inside was in good shape so left it as is.

The library pocket was new.

In some places I added washi tape.

This will give you a tuck spot!
I had some vintage target paper.

I used washi tape to make a flap.

Added some stamps.

This paper clock face was used as a pocket.

Then tucked in some ephemera.

More pockets-

An envelope was added and

folded back.

I added some rub on transfers.

This advertisement from the 60's
was in the book so I kept it!

Lots of room to make it your own creation.

I used a pin through the spine to add a couple of trinkets.

I like the smell of old books.

If your book needs it

you can put dryer sheets inside your journal,

Then put your book inside a bag.

TIP:  Did you know a butter dish is a great way to organize

washi tape?

Thank you for visiting today!

On a personal note- 

My sweet Husband is having surgery this week.

I would really appreciate if you could pray for us.

Because of the Corona virus I can't even stay with him or visit-

Pray for me to continue to trust the Lord.

Thank you in advance :)


 Lisa S

UPDATE 9/18:

My husband is home now and doing well!

Thank you for your prayers, I REALLY appreciate you all so much.

It's so nice to be able to share my heart with you :)

SOLD- Thank you Dixie! :)

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