Category Archives: crafty

Lid Ornaments

I had every good intention of having a big ornament & decoration challenge through out November & December this year. Sigh…but life happens, {thankfully} a gob of orders rolled in and add to that a pinch of procrastination and it’s not looking too good. “Shoulda, woulda, coulda, shut-upa!” and old friend used to say. I have so many crafty & upcycle-y ideas though, I may just leave the tree up {crap, haven’t put up a tree yet} and work throughout the coming new year for a big challenge in 2016. Anyhoo….here’s a super neat ornament from last year…#TBTCraft

OliveLoaf Design

Jar Lid Sparkle

If you’re into canning, you know eventually, you’re gonna have a ton of used lids. Up-cycle them into swanky and sparkly holiday ornaments!

There are a myriad of way to decorate these domestic leftovers – but I also happen to be cleaning out le studio {Christmas Miracle!} and found a bag of sequin-y shiny doodads and some glitters I’ve never used and thought they’d jazz the lids right up!

Sparkle!

(Note: Don’t stare at a pile of glittery doo-dads too long.) Grab some white crafting glue and squeeze some into your lid, then spread it around and up the sides of the lid. Don’t be stingy!

Lids and Glue

Next, fill the lids up with whatever you have: sequins, buttons, doo-dads, sparkly things, beads, little animal figurines, paper punched shapes, glitter, Glitter, GLITTER!, what-have-you.  Fill in all the white glue spots and then set them aside to dry.  Super duper easy.

Glitter Up!

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Rockin’ Tin Redux

My young nephew collects little rocks he finds on his walks and wanderings {as many that can fit in his tiny hand}. I have a multitude of Altoids tins that have been collecting dust in the studio waiting for their up-cycled second life.  So, I thought I’d {finally} re-purpose a couple them and make him collection boxes to keep his rock treasures all together and handy.

Altoids Tin Redux

It’s super easy to apply an air dry or self hardening clay directly to the top and sides. I used my paper mache clay made from recycled newspaper and cardboard. Allow to dry as is, or add words & whatnots with clay stamps. I tried to make these look like rocks themselves with texturing and paint.Rock Collection Boxes

Add some velvety fabric or flocked paper with a glue gun. This is beneficial for muffling the sound of rocks in a metal tin{which makes parents happy} and looks like a fancy display case when open.

Rock Collection Boxes

Be careful not to apply paper or fabric on the edges of the top of the tin as it won’t close properly {true story}. Now, to get rid of the writing on the outside of the tin, I tried everything I had {from nail polish remover to paint thinner} PLUS everything Mr. D had {mineral oil to auto solvents} and nothing worked. So, you can paint the outside or simply sand the lettering off with a fine sandpaper. This makes it look a little worn and rustic. Viola! Simple, up-cycled collector boxes.

Rock Collection Boxes by OliveLoaf Design

{Thanks SIL for the pics 😉 }

Spoon Me

I had to show you this impressive wooden spoon Mr. D hand-carved from poplar.

Spiral Spoon Photo OliveLoaf Design

You can see the beautiful natural rings of the wood in the spoon and on the handle.

Back Spoon Photo OliveLoaf Design

Spoon Rings Photo OliveLoaf Design

Mr. D plays the fiddle and the spoon handle was inspired by a violin’s spiral volute.

Spoon Volute Photo OliveLoaf Design

Spiral Handle Photo OliveLoaf Design

Spiral Spoon Photo OliveLoaf Design

If you are interested in a hand carved spoon, please inquire for time & price: stacy@oliveloafdesign.com

Country Living Fair

Scenes from the Country Living Magazine Country Living Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee this past weekend.  Such a wonderful way to see many amazing treasures by talented craftspeople and artisans…

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The fabulous Valerie Weberpal of Harvest Moon Designs and her quirky creations.

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The only affordable items at the Antique Archaeology booth ☺

CLFairLight

We Went That Way…

Arrow

Adorable Knick-Knack Displays…

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Gypsy Carousel

A Plethora of Vintage Dishwares…

Vintage Dishes

Platter of Knives

Delish Fried Green Tomatoes & the Charming Push-Pop Truck of Meltdown from Bowling Green, KY

CLF Food

Clever Flower Presentations…

Clever Flower Storage

Delightful Things…

Delightful Things

Delightful Things Two

Upholstered Taxidermy

Laurie Meseroll Art

Endless Handmade Splendor…

Handmade Splendor

Colorful Pillows

Make A Wish

Country Chic…

Country Chic

Earth Angels

Adornments

Lola the Mini Pig was not posing for the paparazzi…

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The Pursuit of Pretty…

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Rock On

paint chip garland

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I had a bunch of paint chip samples {from an honest-to-goodness painting project} and thought I’d use them to make an up-cycled garland {and to clean out the studio}.  It’s a win-win, cheap and easy decoration idea.

Use a paper punch shape and size of your choice. Grab your paint chips in the color(s) of your choice and punch out a bunch!

Punch Your Paint Chip

Now to the sewing machine! Pick a string, yarn, twine, whathaveyou {I used a sparkle baker’s twine} and put your stitch on a zig-zag. Place a punched paint chip on the string and zig-zag it!

Zig Zag It

Continue until the garland is your preferred length.

Lots of Dots

Hang it up. That’s it!

Paint Chip Garland

Cheers!

Lid Ornaments

Jar Lid Sparkle

If you’re into canning, you know eventually, you’re gonna have a ton of used lids. Up-cycle them into swanky and sparkly holiday ornaments!

There are a myriad of way to decorate these domestic leftovers – but I also happen to be cleaning out le studio {Christmas Miracle!} and found a bag of sequin-y shiny doodads and some glitters I’ve never used and thought they’d jazz the lids right up!

Sparkle!

(Note: Don’t stare at a pile of glittery doo-dads too long.) Grab some white crafting glue and squeeze some into your lid, then spread it around and up the sides of the lid. Don’t be stingy!

Lids and Glue

Next, fill the lids up with whatever you have: sequins, buttons, doo-dads, sparkly things, beads, little animal figurines, paper punched shapes, glitter, Glitter, GLITTER!, what-have-you.  Fill in all the white glue spots and then set them aside to dry.  Super duper easy.

Glitter Up!

When they are dry, make a hook with some type of craft-wire and then make it spiffy with a pretty ribbon. Or you can just hot-glue ribbon around the lid and tie a loop at the top.

Lid Ornaments by OliveLoaf Design

Or you can make some holes at the top of your lid and simply use some baker’s twine or string. Use what you’ve got handy. If you’re feeling REALLY fancy – you could paint the lids before crafting these ornaments – but it’s T-minus 15 til the big day, so who has time for that!? 😉

Jar Lid Sparkle Ornaments

Cheers!

Please pull weeds

Wow, more than a month since my last post!? {Time flies when you’re busy in the garden.}

Please Pull Weeds by OliveLoaf Design
Please Pull Weeds by OliveLoaf Design

I had a rainy day=Craft Day last week and whipped up this little helpful sign. I snagged a piece of crappy scrap wood from Mr. D’s stash and sanded it shabby-smooth. I used a piece of found driftwood, floral wire, acrylic paint and colored pencils.

Now I’m going to pretend I’m not home. ☺

Musical Garland

This project is so easy ~ I just whipped it up this morning! Up-cycled Musical Ornaments & Garland

I used a vintage music book that I often use for collage but you can use an old book, comic books, vintage papers or any other papers you wish.

 Stack the papers {I’d say at least 15-20 pages} use a something to trace a circle and cut through the stack with an Exacto knife.

Fold the circle stack in the middle & staple down the fold. Spread the pages out. Attach a ribbon, cord, yarn, what-have-you with glue for hanging. You can leave plain, but I brushed on some Mod Podge and sprinkled glitter on to jazz them up {spray adhesive would work best, but I was out, so I made do}. Now, you can simply hang on your tree or make several & make a garland.

Christmas Stick Bouquet

Say it with me, “Thrifty, Crafty, Green & Easy!” Go outside, get some sticks {I culled from my driftwood collection} paint, glitter, what-have-you…make them festive. Arrange them in a vase {you can even put a small set of twinkle lights in the bottom} Viola! Christmas Stick Bouquet. So easy it’s stupid!