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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Very Simple Project For Fall...


This week, my friend Carol gave me this fun little paper pumpkin that she found at a craft fair!  It uses vintage newspapers on the panels and I think it's adorable!  I am sure many of you have already made some of these, but I'd never tried it.  I'd seen paper pumpkins on the blogs and Pinterest and was inspired by this little guy to make one myself!  And if there is anyone who'd like to make some...it's a fun child's project, too...I'm showing a little tutorial.  I decided to make a larger companion size and use vintage sheet music.  The little one looks like the newspaper was glued to cardstock, but this sheet music is quite heavy and could be used alone.  You could also scan the music onto white or off-white cardstock for an even sturdier piece and keep your original.


I started with a piece of cardstock for a pattern...


folding it in half, and free hand drawing a half pumpkin shape...


This is the shape after cutting it out.  You can either trace around this shape, or do what I did and trace around the folded shape on the folded sheet music...



You can make as many pieces as you like...the more you make the fuller the pumpkin will be.  I did a simple pumpkin with 10 folded pieces...


Use a glue stick to cover an outer side of a piece, and place another piece directly on top, aligning the edges...repeating with all the pieces until you have a stack.  You can open the pumpkin at this point, and glue stick the last two interior pieces together to finish it off. 


The little pumpkin had a faux bittersweet top, and I decided to make a twig top on mine, just pushing a slender twig through the center opening.  Using a vintage pipe cleaner, I made a tendril to twist around the twig...




It was a fun and very simple project!  Thank you, Carol for my sweet pumpkin and the inspiration to try making one!  They look so cute together...and I have some other ideas I want to try, too!


The Artistic Stencils Giveaway is still going on here this week...if you haven't entered, there's still time...it ends Thursday night at 10 PM CST.


And I am joining the fun over at the Primp Your Pumpkin Party !

Until next time...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fun Finds From Junk Bonanza...and Still Time to Enter the Giveaway...

 

I realized when I recently shared our space at Junk Bonanza, that I forgot to share a few treasures I found at the sale for myself!  I found this big brown velvet pumpkin with a ragged satin ribbon...and look at the pretty base...


 Another treasure was this huge wood tray!  Definitely looks French...and just the type of tray that calls to me...





great old chippy paint...


and crackled patina...LOVE.


This old dog portrait had my name all over it, too...sitting on our dresser now...


And just for fun...this oversized old galvanized cup with a cut-out pumpkin face!  When Pigs Fly, is the dealer who makes these in all different sizes...from oil barrels and old buckets...to little pails and my fun cup! Looks so cute when lit up!


On a different note...a BIG THANK YOU for all of your nice comments and entries on the fun Artistic Stencils Giveaway running on my blog right now!   


 If you haven't entered yet, be sure to click on the photo above or visit my last post...the giveaway ends Thursday 10 PM CST!

I am joining Debra over at Common Ground for 
If you haven't stopped by yet, its a fun party!
 
Until next time...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Simple Projects...and a Giveaway!



Last spring, I bought this wonderful stencil over at ArtisticStencils on etsy!  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but loved how it looked!  When it came time for Junk Bonanza, I needed to add a skirt to the bottom of our cash register table.  Using a thrifted homespun type fabric tablecloth, I tore sections for the front panel and two side pieces.  A dry brush technique with regular acrylic brown paint and a small foam brush, gave me the look I wanted.  I don't plan to wash this fabric, but would probably have wanted to use fabric paint if I planned to clean it.

Such a great look, and so many different words and numbers can be used on different projects!


I also needed a display for business cards, pens, etc., and used a little wood tote I found at a garage sale...


I painted it white, stenciled both sides, and distressed it a little.




Left over fabric was tied with a vintage cloth tape measure and attached to the front panel...


We simply attached it at the corners with upholstery tacks.  It worked perfectly to cover all of our supplies and bags...




I think this stencil is so versatile!  
Peggy at Artistic Stencils makes her own stencils~ they are very nice quality and reasonably priced!   She has many other wonderful stencils in her etsy shop ,too!  She also has a fun blog called Vintage Feedsacks where she shares graphics and clip art!



 AND...  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW ENDED...

She is sponsoring a STENCIL GIVEAWAY here at Itsy Bits And Pieces!  

  • All you have to do is visit her shop and then leave a comment here telling me which stencil you would choose if you win!  

You can get additional entries by~

  • Being a follower here
  • Following Peggy's blog
  • Sharing this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter...

Just leave a separate comment for each...and PLEASE make sure your email is enabled so I can reach you if you win (look on your profile page- if there is no "email me" under your photo or avatar, I can't respond to you)

The giveaway ends Thursday September 27th at 10 PM CST!  Good Luck!

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Putting It All Together...

 I took a tiny nest of eggs nestled in a petite alabaster urn...

 added a metal cage light cover...


an old wooden column base...
 



and finally a cloche from an old anniversary clock...for a decoration with a natural feeling...and a bit of whimsy!


I love little changes that make a big difference...

Until next time...


Monday, September 17, 2012

Back From Junk Bonanza...


Well, another Junk Bonanza has come and gone, and what a time it was!  I always have so much fun with my daughter, Liana, and Kris of Cottage Dreams...we blend our items in a big double space...


When you work the Bonanza, it's hard to get out and take photos of the event as it is so busy, but if you want to see more, you can visit the Junk Bonanza Blog for links to posts about the event!  I thought I'd share some photos from our space and some of the bloggers who stopped by!   
Here's a little eye candy...



Remember the fun casket carrier table my husband made?  It sold in the first hour, as did the lockers...








Of course we always have LOTS of Itsy Bits And Pieces...





The brown trunk was chosen by our Lucky Friday $50 gift certificate winner!   Prizes were given out every 6 minutes on Friday!


(Warning...tired Junk Bonanza vendor photos alert lol...)  Lots of sweet blogging friends stopped by...meeting all the people is always the best part of the sale!  Here's Deb of  Garage Sale Girl !  She will be hosting a Minnesota Bloggers Meetup on September 29th...you can visit her blog for details!  I'll be going and would love to see you there, Minnesota bloggers!


Here's Vickie of  Ranger 911 !  We have been blog friends for awhile now, but this was our first meetup!  I was so happy to get to see her in person!


Jan of Gracie's Cottage shares my junker heart and is a fellow Junk Bonanza vendor!  So fun to stop by and visit!


Molly and Heidi are two new bloggers over at Modern Old Souls !  The were so sweet to stop by and say hello...my daughter and I really enjoyed visiting with them!


I had fun visiting with other bloggers, too!  It was so busy I wasn't able to get photos of everyone, but SO enjoyed seeing them!  

Bliss of  Bliss Ranch  stopped by!  I love her great blog...and was so happy to meet-up with this fun woman!

Sweet Laurel of  Chipping With Charm is always so friendly...I have met her several times, and it is always a pleasure!
  
Jeanne of  Bees Knees Bungalow was so nice to stop by again this year, too... and she has a great project with those big kraft letters I love, on her blog right now! 

Cassie of  JunkFest stopped by for a visit...she has a great show of her own in North Dakota that we want to visit!
Another blogger stopping by again this year was the talented Alison of The Polohouse ... she finds the best stuff and I love visiting with her!

I'm sure I must be forgetting to mention someone...my brain has really been overworked lately!   I really appreciate all of the blog followers who stopped by to say hi, too...it was so kind of you!

I can hardly wait to do it all again...and for the first time...there will be a Spring Junk Bonanza April 18, 19, and 20th 2013!
 A BIG thank you to everyone at Junk Bonanza and all who stopped by our space!


I am joining Debra over at Common Ground for
 Monday Marketplace

  Until next time...