Monday, March 2, 2015

Woodland Fairy Baskets from Seed Starter Pots

While the East coast is dealing with record-breaking snow, we here in the PNW are confused as to what season it is. It looks and feels like Spring in my neighborhood, so naturally it's affecting my Muse.

I've had some unused peat pots waiting for me to craft with for a very long time. After seeing a lot of peat pot creations being pinned lately, I became inspired to put my own spin on them. While working on my project, another idea popped into my head. To make good use of my time, I started creating the new epiphany while the paint was drying on the first idea.

This second project actually involves the smaller seed starter pots, which aren't made of peat, but pulp like egg cartons. The texture of them transported my imagination into the forest.

So here is what I came up with......



I'm calling this a Woodland Fairy basket.

Look at what you can do with the texture of little seed starter pots from the Dollar store! Doesn't it remind you of tree bark?

You're looking at crepe paper ruffles, Chartreuse Reindeer moss, wire, floral tape, raffia, and paint.

This project satisfies my need to use my glue gun....::)

I glued a thin circle of chipboard to the bottom of the pot. Then I had fun with the glue gun, drawing “roots” from the pot to the edge of the circle.

I painted a brown base, then I dry-brushed a leafy green over the texture, followed by Chartreuse. Before painting it, I sealed it inside and out with wood glue for durability, since these are meant to eventually break down with moisture. It doesn't have to be wood glue, as you could use varnish, Mod Podge, or white glue.)

I wanted the crepe paper to look more natural and leafy, so I hand-dyed it using alcohol inks. The crepe color was a very dull olive, so I jazzed it up using Teal and Yellow inks. To help the colors bleed into eachother, I brushed on rubbing alcohol. I folded the strip so it would be a double ruffle, then hot-glued it to the inside rim of the pot.

The handle is wire wrapped in brown floral tape. I wanted some vine-like texture, but instead of using hot glue, I wound raffia around the wrapped wire. I didn't want the raffia in its flat state, so I soaked it in water to soften it, then twisted it tight like twine, then winding it around the handle. After securing the ends with hot glue, I sealed the whole handle with Mod Podge. After it dried, I painted it the same as the pot,
with brown first, then dry-brushed
green and chartreuse on the raffia only.

Finally, I added teeny tiny pieces of Reindeer moss to the rim of the pot, keeping it a little random and imperfect.

For a filler, I've added delicate sisal grass, which I hand-dyed with alcohol ink, though you could just as easily use any dye, since sisal is natural.

Just for a hint of bling, I coated a little foam egg with Citrine German glass glitter.

I will be listing these in my Etsy shop shortly. Tomorrow I will hopefully finish the peat pot creations that sparked this epiphany......:) 

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Revisiting the Coffee-Loving Literary Bird

Since one of my egg pictures seems to be getting 
pinned a lot lately, 
I thought it was due for a re-post of my craft project, 
for those with Spring on the brain.....

With every thing I've crafted using vintage dictionary pages, from the Steampunk tree, to the Christmas stars, and the Candy Canes, I guess there's just no point in stopping there. Seems that any surface that's glue-able should have equal opportunity for the ephemera treatment.

I realize that book page eggs is very much a Been-There-Done-That concept, but that didn't stop me. It wouldn't be such a ubiquitous crafting project if it wasn't so easy, fun, and aesthetically-pleasing. About the only way to vary the design is the direction of the word strips, and how you display the eggs. 

So I chose to glue the sentences lengthwise, and I displayed the eggs in an old rusty coffee can with excelsior. Charming, right?

I made these using plastic eggs, and used wood glue because I like that it doesn't dry clear, giving the old paper more patina. I also prefer using these very old, browned pages because A) they are already a divine old color, and B) they tear into strips easily, making the edges soft & rustic, rather than cutting crisp edges with scissors. 

And what's more rustic than farm-fresh eggs?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mercantile & Apothecary Shelf Treasures

Now that I'm on Instagram,
I'm using it primarily as Show & Tell
for my treasure-hunting finds,
but 2 of those items this week merit a blog post.

Be-Still-My-Vintage-Heart #1

Fabulous mercantile pricing rubber stamps. 
Each number is 1-1/4" high! 
There are also fractions, $, lb., "for", "each", !, comma & period. 
The only thing missing is a cent sign. 
With these are also letters in the same size,
w/ 7 letters missing. 

Check out these beautiful fonts!

These truly speak to the mercantile proprietress in me.
I'm not ready to let go of these beauties just yet.

Be-Still-My-Vintage-Heart #2

So much potential in this piece.
It stands 35" tall and 19" wide.
The front to back depth is 3".

The top shelf definitely had bottles or narrow jars, as you can see by the dirt. But what were they used for? The clearance between each ledge is much higher 
than your typical spice rack. 

Some 8 oz French Squares would look fabulous 
filled with herbs, as would apothecary bottles.

The cool thing is that the brass ball finials unscrew, so you could easily add ribbon/twine spools to it too! 
Designing & chalk-painting this will be very rewarding. 
 I'll have to wait till after I transform it 
to decide whether or not to sell it....;)

Come join me on Instagram!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine's Day Heart Boxes with German Glass Glitter & Flowers

I know that lately I've only been blogging about each Putz house I've created, but in the spirit of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd craft something different for gift-giving.

I used to decoupage paper mache boxes way back when, but since I have a love affair with German glass glitter, I felt the need to embellish boxes with it.

From the simple paper mache heart box......

To decadence with charm.....

Painted Tiffany blue, I encrusted the lid with a mixed grit of Silver German Glass Glitter, for the ultimate sparkle. I've sealed the glitter for added adhesion, which will also minimize future tarnish.

Painted a soft warm pink, I encrusted the lid with a fine grit Pink Champagne German Glass Glitter.
Muted, nostalgic elegance.

Hand-tinted millinery flowers and pips are joined together with coordinating silk ribbon, and silver foiled leaves tucked in underneath.

I silver-leafed a heart cutout which I hand-cut a decorative edge to, and attached under the box base. Vintage style tinsel garland is layered over the edging for added dimension. 

As is the nature with paper mache objects, there are production imperfections in surface and shape, which I have creatively worked around by lightly distressing by sanding, to give it a vintage vibe. I've sealed paint inside with varnish, and outside with wax.

After creating so many Putz houses from scratch, surely constructing a heart box would be no big deal now, but......I really needed a building break. Not to mention, if you're trying to sell these, you can only charge so much for a little paper mache box versus a Putz masterpiece......

Okay. NOW I'm going to get going on my chalk-painting!.....
I think.....

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Pretty in Pink Champagne Glitter Putz House

I've been so immersed in creating Putz glitter houses, 
that I haven't had any free time to focus on my
chalk-painted treasures!

And I have a serious stack of jewelry chests waiting to be painted, that have accumulated over the last 6 months.
The sheets of Italian paper to line the drawers are anxiously waiting to be used.

This is my last Putz house creation for the
Valentine's Day season.
I have designed, hand-cut,
and assembled this entire piece from scratch.

A little pink house, dressed to the nines,
in pink & silver finery! 

Silver-leaf is applied to the roof, chimney, awning,
flower boxes, and base. 
I tinted all the silver leaf with Ginger alcohol ink
to warm up the silver.

Silver Dresden trim edges the roof line and the chimney top.

Pink Champagne German glass glitter coats the walls. The color is a lovely soft, warm silvery pink. The walls have been sealed with varnish for enhanced adhesion,
which will also minimize tarnishing. 

To continue that warmth onto the roof,
I sprinkled mica flakes tinted
in the same pink tone of the glitter.
The silver leaf base and black “windows” are enhanced with fine crystally clear glitter for magical sparkle. Their panes are painted in metallic Champagne.

Hand-tinted millinery Forget-me-nots are edged
with ultrafine silver German glass glitter.

So now I need to get going on some chalk-painting,
since I've cleaned up all the glitter....;)

Now that I'm on Instagram,
I post pictures of my vintage finds and creations there,
before they make it to Etsy & Ebay,
so if any treasure interests you,
join me on Instagram and leave a comment!
Instagram: MagiaMiaEtsy

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Tiffany Blue & Red Putz Glitter House

 Once again, I've created a Putz glitter house
with Valentine's Day in mind. And once again, my
"Ooh great idea. I'll whip one up right now" vision
was anything but quick.
Like I always say with my chalk-painted jewelry chests....
"just because it's small doesn't mean it's easier".

I have an ardent love for aqua and red, so I was compelled to create this little gem. I've had this red-striped paper for over a year now, knowing I had to make something with it.

 As always, I have designed, hand-cut, and assembled this piece from scratch.

In a departure from my Winter Putz houses, I gave this piece a striped red & white base instead of snow, and continued the stripes with a charming awning over the door, reminiscent of a little flower shop.

I must say, it requires even more attention to detail, 
since snow covers a multitude of imperfections.

The tiny windows are fuzzy with white flocking, and below each is an aqua-tinted millinery flower in a window box. These “boxes” and roof are made of thin-fluted corrugated wrap. Flowers are lightly dusted in fine crytally glitter.

The roof and door are both painted in Tiffany blue. I hand-painted details on the door, with an added thin strip of
German Dresden across it for texture. 
The door windows are coated in clear German glass glitter.

The entire house is encrusted with red German glass glitter. I've sealed the glitter with varnish for added adhesion, which will also prevent it from darkening.

I'm now working on a champagne pink house now.
The fun never stops!

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