Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Stamped Muslin Bags

Hello Friends,

Every year I like to sell Lavender filled bags

at the Craft Show.

This year I  had an idea to stamp some bags.


I found these small drawstring bags on Amazon.

I'm happy with the size, perfect for filling with Lavender buds.

For the price of 100, they are just pennies a piece.



This large stamp came from the DOLLAR TREE

It is one of my favorites.

I just stamped a few bags and set them aside.

 




I went outside to find some lavender.


I have a few Lavender plants in my yard.


When the flower buds are ready it's easy to harvest.


I like to pinch the base of the flower stem and

gently pull just the buds.




Then drop the buds in a container.

When I collect a large amount I bring it inside.

The house is filled with the wonderful aroma!


I filled each bag and tied tightly with a bow.




I used a few different stamps



These bags would make good gift bags if you sell

small items- like jewelry.




But most were stamped with  just the flying bird-



These will go to the Craft Show.



Thanks for visiting !

Take care my friend-

xo Lisa S


Sunday, September 17, 2023

Making Beads from Vintage Silverware

Hi Friends,

I have a Craft Show coming up

in October and just making a few last minute items.

Here's an easy idea I have been working on-

I have collected a few 

silver plated knives over the years

 that I use for all sorts of things!

I have noticed that some knives have solid metal

handles and some are hollow.

We are going to use the hollow ones today.

Don't worry if the knives are tarnished.

We will clean them later.


We will take a hollow handled knife,

place it in my husbands vise along

with a soft cloth while we cut.

I mark my cut line with a fine point SHARPIE, I tend to cut crooked.

I used a Dremel tool to cut and sand the ruff edges.

  along with the husbands' help...okay a lot of help-

to cut the handle into beads!


He claims he doesn't want me to to get hurt,

but I think he enjoys making things like I do!

I'm thrilled to have him help!









I cleaned the beads with metal cleaner.




The design on the silverware really pops!




I put the beads on different lengths of chain.



I think they make a pretty necklace.




Thanks for visiting!

xo Lisa S




More ideas I've shared using silverware-

Bottle Topper


Pumpkins



Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Mashed Cauliflower and Cheese Bake

 Hi my friends!

Do you like cauliflower?

Well if you don't, this recipe might change your mind-

and if you do like it-

you will love this recipe!






Mashed Cauliflower and Cheese Bake


Ingredients

1 Large Cauliflower head, rinse and core

1 4oz. package cream cheese, softened

( store the rest of the cream cheese in the freezer for next time!)

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese 

plus  1/4 cup more to top casserole

1/2 tsp. each Turmeric and Cayenne Pepper, Nutritional Yeast

salt and pepper to taste 


Directions

Rinse the Cauliflower head


Core and put into steamer or simmer in an inch

or so of water- cover with lid.






Steam cauliflower until easily pierced with fork.






Drain and mash with a fork or potato masher.

 I like mine a bit chunky-




Add Cream Cheese, Grated Parmesan cheese, 

and seasonings






Pour into small casserole dish.

Top with 1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese.


Bake 350 degrees for 25-30 min. or until

the cheese on top is just right!


Serves  6 - 8 






Creamy and cheesy goodness.

We like the edges nice and crispy! yum!






We served our casserole with some roasted chicken 

and homegrown zucchini.




Let me know if try this recipe.

It has become a family favorite and I'm glad I could share it with you.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo Lisa S


Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Repurposed Spoon Racks

Hello my Friend,

It has been a while! 

Life has been busy, but in the best way ever.

Our son just got married to the most wonderful girl !

We love her dearly!!!

We are so blessed and we are enjoying this special time.


After the wedding, my husband and I -

along with my parents, took a little vacation.

Of course that means some Antique shopping was involved.



I saw this idea in an antique store, it seemed so clever to me.

When a couple of wooden spoon racks came my way. 

I thought I would give the idea a try-

I decided to leave them as is- but they would be easy to paint!





I have this small collection of Vintage Hankies

- but you really can't see them very well in a neat stack!




I love the pretty colors, embroidery and lace.







Each rack holds 12 Hankies.

Just pinched the corner and pulled through the

spoon slot with no damage to the fabric.




and it worked beautifully!









I hung the racks on a bulletin board in my sewing room.



Have a great day!

Thank you for visiting!

xo Lisa S

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Old Chair into Planter


Hello my friend !

How are you today?

On the way to church we saw this sad chair with a free sign.

I am like a magnet to free...

Mr. Fresh Vintage said ''NO WAY, It's gross!"




I talked him into it -

with the promise that I would start on it 

immediately when we got home....

and I did !




Once the nasty cover was gone...

no more stink !



I thought it would be easy to turn into a planter.

The seat was old and the raffia type material was so easy

to remove with a utility knife.

There was old newspapers

 shoved in there too for some reason.


I was hoping for Red-

I needed to run to the store for more.


Have you seen these new Rust-oleum spray cans ?

It has 5 positions for the nozzle.

We thought we would give it a try.


It worked great, we stayed with 'standard' spray



It was a new learning curve and will take some

getting used to in the future.

For this project it worked fine.


It covered well



I wanted the color to pop in the garden.

We don't have a lot of red flowers so

 I thought it would be a good contrast.





I purchased a 16'' coco liner at my local Joann's fabric.

They are on sale right now.



I found a scrap of chicken wire in our shed.

I thought it would give the coco basket some support.



I thought I could staple the wire to the chair and form

a dip in the center.




It worked fine!

 I moved  the chair to a bare spot in the garden

 and filled the basket with potting soil.



It got moved one more time and added a few

starter plants that I had on hand.

I started with Lamb's Ear and Feverfew- they are hardy.

I also added some Oregano.




The chair was doing a good job 

of holding up the Larkspur





Well I had to add a couple flags too!





The wire was a good base and it doesn't even show.

Even though the chair was planted I could still move it around easily.

I like that it covers a spot that I had just cleaned up-






I know it will eventually fall apart and look shabby

but that's okay-






Have a HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!!!

XO Lisa S



1 month later.....



Stamped Muslin Bags

Hello Friends, Every year I like to sell Lavender filled bags at the Craft Show. This year I  had an idea to stamp some bags. I found these ...