Saturday, January 19, 2019

Vintage Truck Painted Old Saw

My newest project!

I found this old saw at a local thrift store, and knew I wanted to try to paint it.  In fact, I found a whole pile of saws and figured I’d try one first and then go back for more if it worked like I wanted.  I actually thought it was a little speedy at $2.50, but bit the bullet and bought it. 

The first thing I did was wash and scrub this with vinegar.  It did clean it up a little, but not like I thought it would.  All the markings are character, right?

Next, I clear coated it with Clear Spray Paint by Krylon like this:

Next I used my Chalk Couture Transfers to put a Vintage Truck and “This is How We Roll” on the saw.

Finally, I used the Krylon Clear Coat to make the chalk paste permanent.

Here are the links to the Chalk Couture transfers and products I used for this project.  (I do make a small amount for all sales on my site.  Thank you for your support).

I love how this saw turned out.  Please let me know what you think in the comments!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy Camper Vintage Suitcase

I’ve been toting this cute Samsonite Vintage Suitcase around for quite some time.  I knew at some point, I’d use it for a project, but never really figured out what.  Since finding a new Reusable Silk Transfer Company I’ve been searching high and low for some vintage suitcase to put transfers on and sell at our craft booth.   They’re hard to find at a reasonable price right now!  Everyone wants them. When putting the Christmas decorations away, Mr. Right found this in storage and grabbed it out for me.

I figured it was time to get some creativity onto this suitcase! I used the Happy Camper Transfer with the Happy Camper Add-on to make the buffalo check on the camper.  I’m not going to lie -  I haven’t quite mastered making the pennants in multiple colors, but I think this is just the cutest little case to use in our vintage Airstreams.  In the winter, I plan to put it in our travel themed bathroom in the house.  It will be great to store things in, and still look cute!

One of the best things about this one is that because I used chalk paste, I can use water and a rag to wash it off and do a different transfer in the future.  Not only that, but I have another side to work with and plan to put a Christmas version of the Happy Camper on using that Add-on.

 Of course, this one isn’t going to make it to our craft booth, because I love it so much, but I found a vintage sewing machine case that I’m going to fix up and paint to sell.

Stay tuned for that upcoming project!  Want to feed your crafty side?  Check in after February 1 on my Website for a monthly subscription to exclusive transfers delivered right to your door every month!  This is so easy and so much fun! (Oh, and I make a little for my family with every purchase and subscription you make.)

Friday, January 4, 2019

DIY Ukulele Kit

My 14yo son loves to play ukulele, so for Christmas we got him a DIY Kit from Amazon here: 

  Feel free to watch our reveal video above and subscribe so you can see all the updates as we complete this project.

We used some of our Chalk Couture Transfers to decorate the ukulele.  We sort of jumped the directions with our paint and decorations, but it didn’t make sense to put it all together and then try to paint around everything.

What do you think?  I’d love to hear what your thoughts are!  Please know that I make a small amount on any purchase to my links.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

We love to share with our neighbors and friends at Christmas time by giving them a gift.  Even better, is to make it homemade!  This year, I wanted to make an Eggnog Quick Bread, but soon realized that this would require a lot of Eggnog for the ingredients.   I decided to try this Cinnamon Bread Recipe and loved the taste and texture of it!  It turned out wonderfully (as long as you don’t overbake it!) and made a nice large batch.  

I love my mini loaf pans!  They are a must have for making quick breads.  My quick never get fully cooked in regular size pans, but the mini pans really work great!  You can get some on Amazon HERE.

This summer, I found a Pampered Chef Stoneware loaf pan at a rummage sale for $3.   Was a little worried about getting them out of the stone for sticky breads, especially in this case.  They came out wonderfully, so now I’m pretty excited about this stone pan!
I highly recommend contacting your local Pampered Chef lady to get one of these, or shop around at thrift stores and rummage sales to get one!

Here’s how they turned out once I wrapped them up! 
I used clear treat bags taped shut, to wrap them up with a piece of ribbon around it.  Added a tag with what it was and who it was from - and it’s ready to gift!  Yummy too!


Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Great Deal

This is so exciting!  What a great deal and it’s only available on my Website and gives you everything that you will need to finish this cute project for just under $35!  The Hexagon board and chalk paste colors aren’t even available to Designers. 

I’ve been loving how versitile the Chalk Couture transfers and chalk paint are!  Here are just a few of the projects I’ve been working on to sell at craft fairs this year!  Check out some of them here:

Each project takes just a few minutes to make and turns out just beautiful!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need help deciding what to start with first.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Craft Fair

I’ve spent the last two months getting ready for a craft fair.  My 14yo son plans to go to Japan on a 4-H exchange trip in 2 years, and one way we plan to raise funds is by having a booth in our local craft fair.  For two months my kitchen table has been central to my crafting and an explosion of glitter!  Here are some of my crafts:
While crafting and looking all over Pinterest, I found a new way to screen print my projects.  I’m pretty excited about it - you can check it out HERE.  It truly makes all my projects professional looking as well as easy and fun to make!  Let me know if you have questions.

I was able to use cedar tongue and groove ends that were leftover from our addition project.  More on that soon.
I made 18 little gnomes!  I even got around to making a YouTube video on how to make them!  Check it out and give me feedback, please.

This is my favorite transfer that I have.  If  you’d like more more information about these transfers check out my Website here.I made two of these boards, but neither of the them sold.  I’m going to have to get it listed on Etsy or Facebook to sell them.  None of my Farm transfers went either.  More of my craft fair items coming soon, so stay tuned!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

A Plum Busy Fall

My life has been pretty scrappy lately!  Harvest time brought us many different options and new projects to work on!  We were overloaded with plums off an old plum tree on the edge of our property, so since they were very ripe, that was one of my first projects.

I went back to my trusty Fruit board on Pinterest for a favorite Plum Breakfast Bar recipe with my plums first.  Be sure to follow me on Pinterest at Prairie Scraps!
My kids ate these bars every day for a month and a half!!  Such a great thing to have on hand!

In the past, I made jam with my plums, and very quickly my family revolted because the peelings had a weird texture, leaving me with 20+ jars of unwanted jam.  In more recent years, I made jelly, so the peelings weren’t a problem, but it was still not a favorite flavor in my pantry.  This year I thought I’d try a few new things, so to the Pinterest world I went!

This plum butter has a wonder taste and texture because I chopped it in my Ninja before canning it!  

Next, I made Plum Butter!!  So many plums!!!

Finally, I finished up as many plum Items as I could and gave the rest of my plums away.  I highly recommend this option of sharing a harvest sooner!  It brings joy to the giver and to the receiver, and spares a lot of work!!! Lol
There you have it, my three different options for plums and even some vidoeos about them!  Please let me know what you do with an over abundance of plums!  I’d love to hear what you’d o!