Hello friends! This week I thought I would share one of my deep dark secrets: sometimes I start new crafts projects before finishing others. I know! So shocking! I try to be as organized as I can be and try to finish and clean up one thing before I move on to another, but sometimes that doesn't quite work. I have a lot of ideas running around in my head and want to do all the things! As of right now, I have about 5 projects started, but 2 that I am really invested in, so I thought I would share what those two projects entail!
First of all, I am working on some pine cone ornaments to sell at future craft fairs. I got these plastic clear pine cones at Michael's during after Christmas sales.
The first step for these ornaments was to paint them. Obviously I went with brown since ... well ... pine cones are brown. But I wanted something slightly more riveting than plain brown so I mixed together brown and sparkly gold craft paint to get a slightly shimmery, slightly textured brown paint.
I had to do the painting in about 4 steps: 2 coats each on each half of the ornament. I didn't paint the whole surface each time, as I wanted the paint to be dry on the side I laid down on the table. After the paint was dry I did one quick coat of varnish on the ornaments to protect the paint.
Now it was time for the fun part: SNOW! So for the snow, I used a combination of gel Super Glue and fine white glitter. I added the Super Glue to a few select spots on the ornaments and then sprinkled on some glitter to stick in the glue. Gel glue dries slower then liquid glue which allowed me to make sure that the glitter was stuck in and to shape the glue to look how I wanted. Here is what I have of these ornaments so far:
I have to add some green yarn or twine to the ornament to mimic greenery and add a hanger to the top and then I think I will be done with these. I hope to get these done by the end of the week, but we shall see what happens ...
The other project I have going on currently is very near and dear to my heart. My Memere (that's what we French-Canadians call our grandmothers) was moved to a nursing home so my family has been going through her house. I was able to take some of her handwritten recipe cards and recipes that she had cut out of papers. I kept some of the recipes in a book, but knew that I wanted to do a craft with a few of them.
Since I recently bought a bright, shiny, new package of Sharpies (my Sharpie obsession is strong and I can't explain it), I thought it would be fun to use those in this craft as well. I picked out some various shades of red and pink Sharpies and used those to color in the recipes like so.
I then want to take the colored recipes and make some sort of collage in the shape of a heart with a phrase such as "The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home" on there as well. This one still has a ways to go, but I am excited to make something that has a little bit of my Memere in it!
I just wanted to do an honest blog this week about how I don't always have it all together and sometimes have multiple projects going on at once! Let me know of any craft projects you have going on in the comments below!
I am a 23-year-old crafter and baker from New Hampshire!