Tis the season for Art & Craft Fairs.

Re-purposing is important to me, and by scouring Craigslist, bargain bins, thrift stores and the occasional yard sale I’ve built up quite a supply of “treasures”.  Now it’s time to put them to use.  In the past I’ve set up at our local art & craft fair.  My display of was sparse since I was working full time. 2013 UFO Craft Show  To fill in the empty table space, I added of a few gift baskets and  magnetic board full of magnets my Mother had made.

Now that I’m retired and spending much of my spare time in the work room I’ve decided to set up at a couple of local events.  Here are some of the projects I’ve been working on.

Decoupage Serving Tray:

After removing the glass and backing from one of several picture frames purchased at UW Swap, a wooden bottom was added.serving tray1 serving tray3

The next step was to incorporate a couple of place mats a friend had given me along with scraps of hand made paper and cupboard door pulls from our local Habitat Re-Store serving tray5 Several coats of satin finish varnish and a cork bottom completes the serving tray.serving tray. adjd

Decoupage Coasters:

Another great find at the Habitat Re-Store, were these stone tiles.coasters 1

They’re just the ticket for coasters made from wall paper sample books (found at a yard sale) and a pack of coasters purchased from Cluck the Chicken Store.coasters 2 coasters 3  A few coats of flat varnish, cork backing and my coasters are complete.coasters 5

Decoupage Wall Decor & Ornaments:

Several mirrors and some ornaments found at yard sales are a great canvas for my decoupage projects. wall decor 1ornaments 1

With the addition of various papers, a few embellishmentsornaments adjd  which include some botanical goodies I’ve gathered and pressed . . .wall decor crpd the yard sale finds are ready to go.

Well I’m almost ready for my second and last craft fair for 2014.  I’ve just finished replenishing my basket of Lavender Dryer Bags.  These were a hot item at the last sale.lavender dryer bags

With some kitchen towels and dish cloths added to the mix,dish cloths and towels the only thing left is to make up a few more note cards . . .note cards another good seller.

Rod made the display for my wall hangings and a handy card rack that spins, so I can have cards on both sides.  An added feature is the drawer in the base, it’s just the ticket for surplus cards.  I just love it!

A creative break from farming.

Fall puts me in the mood to work on art and craft projects.  The same holds true for Rod, which is why he planned on spending some time in his new work shop building a cradle for my niece’s first baby, which was due September 14th.  You’ll notice I said “was“.Baby Cradle 1

Rod’s early fall project turned out to be a late summer one as our grandniece decided she was ready to join her parents on July 14th.  Fortunately the roofing crew had just completed the work on our house so he could put his focus on building the cradle.

Because this is an heirloom piece, he opted to purchased three red oak boards from a local mill.Baby Cradle 2 Unlike boards you would pickup at the large lumber yards or home improvement stores, these are rough cut sizes which require additional planing to achieve the exact thickness of board needed.Baby Cradle 3With the planing complete he begins cutting out the pieces.

First cuts are the lengths needed for the two ends.  They are joined and glued, making a board large enough to fit the pattern.Baby Cradle 4Baby Cradle 5

Back to more cutting while the ends dry.

A dado blade is used on the side rails, creating a groove that the spindles, spacers, and base will fit in.Baby Cradle 7

With all the pieces cut out and sanded the assembly can begin.Baby Cradle 10 Oh and yes, each of those spindles and spaces were sanded too . . . that’s a lot of sanding!!

While Rod worked on assembling the basket, I heated up my wood burner and wrote his name and year on the underside of the bottom rail.  I don’t think it turned out too badly considering I haven’t picked up that wood burner in over 25 years.Baby Cradle 11

With the basket complete, he can now finish the assembly.Baby Cradle 12

Baby Cradle 13After several coats of shellack we have a finished product . . .Baby Cradle 14and one content little Kylah Marie.

By the way, the afghan that covers her was made by “yours truly” 😉