Saturday, March 21, 2009

One Prim Girl Giveaway

Be sure to visit "One Prim Girl" to sign up for her giveaway. She has some great vintage labels as well as some other items.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Prairie Doll and Bowl Set

Because I have the day off from work today I have made myself a promise to accomplish some pending projects. On my agenda today:

- Sanding and refinishing my kitchen table.
- Repainting my bathroom towel cabinet.
- Making a new doll to list on eBay.

Well I guess I'm starting at the bottom of my list because I just finished making this cute little black prairie doll which will sit in the black bowl that I refinished (one of my TS finds from a few weeks ago). This turned out so cute. I'll have to make more because I want one for myself.

I have it listed on eBay with a starting bid of $14.95.

Now on to my next project. I think I will tackle the kitchen table next.

Saltbox House Painting

I was so excited yesterday when came home from work and found a box sitting on my front porch. Inside was the painting I had ordered from Laurie at Downriver Primitives. She custom made it according to my color scheme and added our family names. She added so much detail to it, from the little sheep to the leaves on the willow tree, not to mention all the shading on the house. I just love it. Thank you so much Laurie. You are very talented.

The painting looks perfect above my prim shelf in my living room.

I attached her link above for anyone interested in seeing her talents.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I have been asked how I made my pantry cake so I decided to provide you all with the recipe.

Ingredients you will need:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup cold coffee
pumpkin pie spice

Spray a small mold with cooking spray. I found these two copper molds at a thrift store. They were the exact size I was looking for. Mix together the flour, salt, coffee grounds (I used leftover grounds from the morning coffee brew), then about 1/2 cup of cold coffee and one teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

I then pressed the mixture around the inside of the pan, about 1/4 inch thick. I left room in the center to add a crumbled ball of aluminum foil to fill the center. This lessens the drying time. Then press the rest of the mixture into the pan, covering the foil and making sure to level off the bottom so it will sit flat after unmolding the cake. I let it dry outside in the Florida sunshine for a couple of days, then placed in a warm oven for about an hour to make sure it was completely dry before I unmolded it. For those of you who don't have access to Florida sunshine (lol), you can place the pan in your oven for about six hours on very low heat.

Let cool completely after removing pan from oven. Remove the cake from the pan and rub ground cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice (or any spice you desire) all over the cake. I read that by rubbing on the spices you eliminate the risk of mold developing and makes it smell yummy. I made an icing by mixing equal amounts of white craft paint and white glue together with a few drops of water to thin to the desired consistency and drizzled it over the top allowing it to run down the sides of the cake.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Primitive Baking Day

Today I decided I was going to bake a cake......a primitive pantry cake that is. I found an old miniature copper mold at the TS that was perfect for my little creation, so I mixed up my primitive recipe, baked it, iced it, and here is the result. It looks good enough to eat.

I have also been working on a stitchery today that I plan to make into a wall hanging. I hope to have it finished soon and will post a photo when finished.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Shaker Boxes, Pigs and Candles

This morning I finished up some of my projects and took pictures that I had promised on my last post.

I placed my candle holder on my kitchen counter until I find a better home for it. I had purchased a Paula Deen candle jar in a Creme Brulee scent. It just seemed too heavy to hang on the wall. Perhaps just a plain round candle could be used.

My pig cutting board now sits above my kitchen cabinets along with all of my other primitive kitchen utensils and baskets. These pigs are becoming a common collectible. I had recently seen a tutorial on how to make your own pig cutting board. Now I wish I had never given away my scroll saw when we moved to Florida. (Maybe it's time to buy a new one.)

Here is a picture of my shaker boxes that I completed this morning. I had purchased a set of three paper mache round boxes from Michael's. After base coating them with black paint, I painted a top coat on each of them in different prim colors of Folk Art acrylic paints, then applied a coat of dark brown Briwax. They look so old, like they had been hidden away in an old barn for years. I made my own labels on my computer, primmed them up with a coffee, vanilla and cinnamon mixture and applied them using a thin coat of Mod Podge. I am really pleased with the way they turned out.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

It's been a busy week...........

Yes, it has been a busy week for me, but not in the way I would have preferred it to be. I have been doing some spring cleaning with the help of my daughter. She told me that my house was too cluttered. I know she was right about that. She came to visit me on Saturday and volunteered to help me weed out some of my "collections". Well my "collections" that I did not need any longer were boxed up and loaded into my car, then dropped off at our local Goodwill. Someone will have a field day with my old treasures that I donated. I'm not even sorry to see them gone from the house. With my newfound love of primitive blogging, I've been watching everyone else's ideas and trying to incorporate madeover thrift shop items to fit into my own decor.

Although I haven't had much time this week to work on my projects, I feel I should at least show you what I am working on. They are still unfinished, but I know exactly where they will be displayed when completed.

I had purchased the two wall candle hangers for $2.59 each. I am almost finished with the first one. It is painted black, distressed, and stained and is waiting to be sealed. I had seen the pig cutting board at our local Kiwanis Thrift Store each time I visited for the past month. I kept passing it by because of the $8.00 price tag. Well the next time I went there I couldn't pass by without buying it, even at that price. I had the perfect spot to display it after I did a makeover - so here it is in it's unfinished stage, painted black of course, but waiting to be distressed and sealed.

Check back later as I will be posting photos of the finished projects.