Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Distressed Metal Rimmed Tags

I just added these Altered Tags to my shoppe at Etsy
and I'm getting a great response so I thought I'd share the process.
 They're useful for Gifts, Price Tags, Scrapbooking, Labeling,
 any artistic idea you may have.
  I didn't take step by step pictures,
 BUT...I am including the instructions if you'd like to try making yourself.
First a pic of the "Frenchie" ones
that are too cute for words!
These are ready to create your own designs with...
There are many ways, and materials you can use in making these,
this is just how and what I used....
Metal Rimmed Tags ( size you like), Hot Water, Bowl, 12 Regular Tea Bags, 1/4 c  Espresso Coffee, 1 tsp Vanilla,
Slotted Spoon, Cookie Sheet Lined with Parchment Paper, Paper Towel 
Turn oven on to 225 degrees
Take strings from tags off if you don't want to dye them. (If you take off   you can always add your own touches with twine, ribbon, or string later).
Pour 6 cups hot water into bowl, add 12 tea bags, let seep about 5 minutes.
Add metal tags leave in a few minutes (careful~Not too long or paper will separate from metal rim) 
Remove with slotted spoon to drain, place on parchment lined cookie sheet
Gently dab excess from tag with paper towel
Add vanilla (this helps with the strong smell of coffee) to coffee, drop a few drops of coffee onto wet tags (this will add visual texture)
Tags will dry lighter than wet but don't over due process, you can always make darker again later if needed, with adding just a few drops of coffee to dried ones.
Put tags into oven for 5 minutes, turn over tags and cook another 5 minutes.
Ovens vary so dry just long enough to feel dry to touch...
Don't  scorch them!
Let them cool and they're ready to use... 
Now, if you'd rather not make them yourself
 visit the links to my Etsy Shoppe below the pics....
Time to have some fun... 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vintage Wooden Textile Bobbins

I love the history of these old bobbins which
 were used to spin Wool or Cotton in Textile Mills
during the 1940's~Northeast, U.S.
Finding new uses for my collectibles
 always puts a smile on my face.
Here's a few of mine
I wrap my ribbon, lace, embroidery thread, twine and
yarn around and display in an old tin when I'm not using.
There are endless amounts of ideas
 for repurposing them...
Handles on clocks, furniture spools,
spelling out names on wood plaques,
yarn shop displays, the list goes on.
 I've been asked, by people and friends,
 where to find these unique little historic gems...
so....I decided to share some of my
collection at my Etsy Shoppe...
Find a new use and share!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Shabby Chic Candles

French Script Hand~Stamped Candles
and a wood vessel to hold these little beauties
have been added to my Etsy Shoppe today...
Come by and take a gander....

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Reinvented Matchboxes

Just made up these cute little
 "Multi-Purpose" Matchboxes
and love them...
 They can be used as a...
 ~Mini Card~
or a
 ~Vessel for Matches~

You can find these at my Etsy Shoppe:
Go out and have a great day!