Thursday, August 14, 2014

Minnow Can

The nights are cool here in Minnesota
so it's starting feel a bit like fall.
I'd like to share an easy project
using some dry hydrangea blooms &
an old minnow can.
I make burlap bows from the seed potato sacks
we have left at my greenhouse job.
It's a craft that I perfected when working at
a tree farm making balsam wreaths
and decorating them.
The dry flowers are from some shrub
pruning jobs we do for customers in
the fall when the greenhouse slows down.
You can say I find a use for almost everything!

For all my vendor friends:
these simple minnow can projects sell
really well.  I've sold two so far,
my coffee shop craft rental space is
in the heart of lake/cabin country.
Mine went for $14.  I use both the outside
minnow bucket (solid) and the inside
with the lid open.  Both are such cute containers,
one with vintage label graphics & the other
with darling hole patterns.  This way you
get twice the sales, from one bucket set!

Let me know what you think!
I'm always seeking comments &
new ideas or alternatives.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Free Records

It's just like me to stop at the local storage building
and inspect a pile of free items!
Who wouldn't take two boxes of
free vinyl records?
I know!
Over 160, but who's counting?
(never mind the fact that we've been tripping
over them in my entry way for 2 weeks)



I tried a few "record bowl" crafts,
and boy are they fun & easy!

I turn my oven on about 200 degrees & heat
them for 10 minutes.  Sometimes pulling them out
half way through to manipulate the edges into even
ripples.  You can do this carefully with quick hands
and not get burned.  The record is set on a cookie sheet,
with a small glass upside down bowl underneath.
  Once the edges start to drop, I pull it out and try to
 form them & heat again.

Some brands are too thick to melt.
I've has some just bubble at the edges.
A few just won't bend.
But the ones that do are easy 10 minute projects.
Pull them out of the oven & leave it cool.
They self harden & are cute to boot!
My son will have one in his room for all
the guitar picks. They'd work for house keys.
Don't put food inside, unless it's wrapped.

The free box also included this darling album....

Yes free!
What a wasteful nation we live in.

This album might end up on Etsy.
Time will tell, I'm still oogling over it.
What's YOUR best free item from this summer????
Leave me a comment!
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