Thursday, June 23, 2011

Very Primitive Americana Hats..............

I came up with the easiest and funnest craft project a couple years ago. You know how every season you find the weird hats, that no one really ever wears at the dollar stores? I've seen Fourth of July hats, and St. Patricks day hats, they are the ones that are made with felt!
WEll, no one ever really wears them, I came up with this easy and fun craft project, even a 3 year old can make. Check these out! Anyone can make these, all you need is some cotton, glitter, a few buttons or some little bells, and some brown paint with a paint brush, and as I always say  GLITTER!!
 You can actually rust the little craft bells you get at the craft store, by simply putting them in a bowl or cup of Coke for a couple of days, thats how I rusted these little bells, instead of bells old buttons look great as well. I also hung some of my printable tags on these hats, to give them even more of a fun look!

Simply take your dollar store hat, stuff it with cotton, if you want you can hot glue a piece of fabric underneath to cover your cotton hole. Then glue on some buttons wherever you want. Dilute your brown paint with water, paint your hat all over where you want the aged look to be with your diluted brown paint and water. Then Sprinkle glitter all over it! There you have it, an old primitive looking hat. Perfect for the Fourth of July or any Americana home decor! Perfect for setting on the table some where as a decoration! :) 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Before we know it.............

The 4th of July will be here before we know it, so I have dug out my collection of old antique military poster images. There are several craft projects you can do with these collage sheets. You can print them on card stock paper and put them in little frames, I have also deco- paged them to wooden blocks and added glitter and used them for candle holders, or shelf sitters. There's a lot you can do with them. You could even print them on iron on transfer paper so you kids can iron them on some 4th of July t-shirts. Iron them on white cotton fabric and sew little pillows even. There are endless possibilities! Here are pictures of a couple things I've made with them.

 In the photo above, I simply printed the images, then I cut 4 by 4 pieces of wood into these blocks. Then you paint them as you would like. Sand, after your paint dries until you get the aged look. Then you decoupage your picture on the block. Drill holes in the top, to fit the size of your candles! Then add lots of glitter. These add a very nice primitive touch to any home decor!
 I created these little chalk boards with antique photos of little children. I will offer printables for some antique kids photos as well! To make these you cut out pieces of wood the size you want the chalk board to be, then you paint the front with chalkboard paint, found at any craft store or Wal-Mart! Then decoupage your image on the top half of your little chalk board. Then drill holes in the top for your little hanging wire or rope! These are cute and easy to make!
I  bought these little wooden framed chalkboards at the dollar store, then I added my military posters over the top, glued buttons in the corners, and added homespun for hanging them! There's so much you can do with unique printables, or decoupage sheets! :)

Below are some of these printable sheets you can use for these craft projects. I will also place the images in the "Free Printables" section, of my blog!

Just click on the image, when it appears larger on your screen you may right click on the 
image to "save as" or to "print" Have fun crafting, and don't forget the glitter! 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Yummy Little Cinnamon Rolls................

As a child I remember my grandma baking all the time. She was the best cook. Around Christmas she would make fudge, divinity and peanut brittle. And every meal she made, it was always from scratch. I use to love going to her house, because she would always have home made cinnamon rolls waiting for us. I loved her cinnamon rolls. The smell would fill the house, and you could even smell them from just walking up to her door. I think all her neighbors knew when she would have fresh cinnamon rolls for everyone. A couple years ago, I thought "I would love my house to smell like my grandmas cinnamon rolls" So, I created a recipe for these cute little cinni mini's . I messed with the recipe, until I got it to smell the way my dear Grandma Frankie's house would smell when she made her cinnamon rolls. They turned out wonderfully. They were a popular seller when I use to do craft boutiques all the time! They are only for decoration, so even though they look good enough to eat, make sure you tell your guests they are not for eating! These look great setting in a bowl somewhere in your house!

Grandma's Cinnamon Rolls


  • 1 cup of fine salt
  • 1/2 cup of ground cinnamon, a pinch of cloves, a pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water (may add more)
  • For drizzle over the top you need around a cup of melted wax, with cinnamon and 
  • scented oil of your choice, I've used vanilla, or cinnamon roll scented oil.

       In a large bowl, combine the salt, cinnamon and the flour
  • Make a well in the salt/flour/cinnamon mixture and add the water
  • Knead until smooth and shape into a ball. You can add some scented oil to this mixture as well.
  • Roll out flat, then add more cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove (or spices you want)
  • Then roll flat piece up just like your making cinnamon rolls
  • Slice into small round rolls, and then bake at around 250-300 degrees 
  • for around an hour or until they are hard.
  • Melt your wax down, add cinnamon, and scented oil, then drizzle over the 
  • top of your cinnamon rolls.
  • When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container

  • Have fun making these, and you can add some glitter over the top for the look of sparkly sugar!