Merry Christmas y'all! We are having our Christmas open house, this Saturday December 3 from 10-5. EVERYTHING will be on sale and we will have cider and cookies. The shop is full of Christmas cheer and we hope that everyone has a chance to come by!
Hello friends! I will have at the shop tomorrow the Christmas issue of A Primitive Place, as usual it's a beautiful magazine and I am sure it will sell out fast so make sure and get your copy! We will be open this week through Wednesday and closed Thursday-Saturday to spend time with our family and friends and we wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. We will re-open on Monday for our regular hours.
Toni and I are all settled into to our great little corner at the Yule Mart! Our booth looks so great but, the shop looks so pathetic. I't hard to have both full so just bear with us and we'll have everything back to normal next week. Toni and I will be closed November 24-27 to take a break and spend time with our families over Thanksgiving. Please come on by and check out our booth on Fort Bragg it's at the Soldier's Club which is the old Officer's Club, we will be there all weekend and Dee will be at the shop.
Living in a military town and being married to a soldier, I just wanted to thank all Veterans past and present! Boy oh boy were we busy today, I didn't leave the shop until 630. So many new faces but, we love new customers. Toni and I have been busy little elves making stuff for the Yule Mart on Fort Bragg. We do it every year and even though it's a lot of work we love it! This year it's being held at the Soldier's Club (check our FB for directions) The shop is filled to the rim with Christmas, we have trees, garlands, wreaths, arrangements and so much more, come by and check us out! The Yule Mart will be Nov. 18-20 and Toni and I will be out at Ft. Bragg but, come on by the shop Dee will be open.
You can use any kinds of paper, candstock, printer paper. I like printer paper, it's easier to use in the printer than cardstock. 1. Pre heat oven to 200 and line both racks with crinkled tinfoil 2.Take a rectangle cake pan and put a little bit of water, it doesn't have to cover the whole pan. 3. sprinkle instant coffee down, now spay the coffee with a water bottle to moisten the coffee, leaving some areas wetter then others. 4.Dip one side of the paper then the next and put into oven to dry. You can flip paper in the oven to make sure it has dryed. 5. if you will be printing on the paper you might have to iron it, set iron on the lowest setting and iron one side then the next. 6.Now you can print on the paper or stamp and not worry about coffee staining running the ink
This project can be messy, when I do this i do a large amount at a time. I have read tutorials about this and have found the easiest way for me. I buy cheap candles, at the dollar store or walmart you can also grubby up other things I have done old fashioned clothes pins and made bowl fillers with and added old buttons. 1. You'll need wax, I use left over tarts or candles or i buy the cheap candles at AC Moore, I use the spicey ones like cinnabon or banana nut bread. When they are on sale you can get a large candle for a few bucks. 2. Create a double boiler with a small pot with water boiling and put glass canle in boiling water and once it melts, I also sometimes use and old coffee can. 3.Create a work area with parchement or wax paper close to stove. You'll need an area to put the candles to set up on paper or parchment. 4. Remove wax and dip candle into the melted wax a few times to get it soft. 5.Sprinkle cinnamon,(I do this on a paper plate so I can reuse the cinnamon) and dip it into the wax holding the wick or use a paint brush. Repeat until lumppy and bumpy. 6.Sprinkle with cinnamon and let dry.
Cinnamon bowl fillers
I love cinnamon bowl fillers or ornaments. They are cheap to do and people really love them.This can be a messy project and when I make this I make a lot( Like 3 cups of each.) 1.Mix equal parts cinnamon to equal parts apple sauce. 2.Roll dough out onto parch ment paper to desired thickness. 3.Cut out with cookie cutters.( I have a crow and a star that's really cute) 4. Lay out on parchment or wax paper and let dry, you can also speed up the process by baking at 200 but, this can take a while. 5.Optional you can sprinkle with cinnamon while wet. 6. If you are going to make ornaments you'll have to put a hole in them while they are wet, I use a straw and add twine once it has dried. They are cute as bowl fillers or with potpouri or as ornaments. You can use any smell good spice like pumkin.
Coffee stain fabric
I really like my projects to look really prim or grubby so I like to use instant coffee for my projects. 1. Wet fabric. 2. Remove as much water as possible. 3. Lay flat, do this outside if possible, it's messy. and spinkle with instant coffee, do it heavier in areas you want darker, Spay water with a water bottle to moisten coffee. 4. Let dry in the sun. 5. Rinse out or leave it depending on prefrence. 6. you can also put in the dryer to try and heat set it, I usually only do this if by chance someone might wash it. But, most of my projects aren't to be washed.