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Posted in Freebies by trash2treasure on June 21, 2012
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 The Buzzard, the Bat & the Bumble Bee.

If  you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet  and is entirely open at the top, the  bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an  absolute prisoner.  The  reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from  the ground  with a run of 10 to 12  feet.  Without  space to run, as is its habit, it will not even  attempt to fly, but  will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with  no top.

The  ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable  nimble creature in the air, cannot  take off from a level place.  If  it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can  do is shuffle about helplessly and, no  doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight  elevation from which it can throw itself into the  air.  Then,  at once, it takes off like a flash.
A  bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be  there until it dies, unless it is taken  out.  It  never sees the means of escape at the top, but  persists in trying to find some way out through  the sides near the bottom.
It  will seek a way where none exists, until it completely  destroys itself.
In  many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the  bumblebee.  We  struggle about with all our problems and frustrations,  never realizing that all we have to do is look  up!  That’s  the answer, the escape route and the solution to any  problem… just  look up!

KINDRED SPIRIT: DT components for BIG cloche base

Gotta love a kindred spirit who also uses Dollar Tree components for their creations!   Here is what Lindsay from her Southern Lovely blog created and shared:

Hop on  over to her blog HERE to see how she created the BIG base for this large cloche (looks like the dome from a cake stand to give you a size reference) using mostly stuff she found at DT!

**I must add that I do NOT  endorse her use of hot glue for such a project.   I always use e6000 adhesive for a more secure and permanent hold.

Freebie ephemera images to print yourself

Posted in Altered art,Freebies by trash2treasure on June 19, 2012
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Take a peek HERE for some great Colonial Folk Art and primitive style ephemera images you can print and use FOR FREE!  Lots of great primitive and Colonial craft ideas on the blog too.

Five cent bottles

Actually for MUCH of the rest of the country, these bottles would be FREE.  With Oregon’s strict recycling laws though, even beverage bottles like this have a 5 cent deposit/refund.

So, of course I had the empties set aside to haul back to the grocery store.  Then I was bored one day and decided to ‘play; with a couple of them.

First I had to soak them to remove the labels.  Sometimes THAT is the end of a project when the label or adhesive simply will NOT come off.  Thankfully, on these the labels slipped right off as soon as they were fully soaked.

Then I wrapped the necks with jute twine.  Apply a good layer of tacky glue to the entire area you plan to cover with the jute; pick an end to start on (either top or bottom works just as well) and wrap away!  The top where the lid screwed on required a couple of extra layers of the jute.

Don’t worry about the spots of glue that will inevitably end up ALL OVER the uncovered part of your bottle.  After your glue has completely dried, it’s easy to go back and wash off that dried glue from the glass.

I embellished my bottles with shells and starfish; on the top and neck; and a hand stamped tag.  But you COULD leave the tops open to use them as vases.  OR add a shell ‘necklace’ like I did here.

SO, if you’ve got ANY empty glass bottles or jars, jute twine and some tacky glue; you’ve got your next craft project!

Re-painted sea horses

Remember this little guy from a few  posts ago, that I got at Dollar Tree?

First I spray painted with flat black.

Then I did a quick sponge painting job, with either tan or turquoise.

Couldn’t decide which color I liked better, so I asked Michael for his opinion.  He voted blue.  Which, actually I DO like better, but not everyone likes that color nor wants to decorate with it.  SO, since I had six of them, I did 3 of each color.

Figure I will take one of each color to my booth at Stars and see which sells first.  Then I can always (and VERY easily) repaint the remaining ones if needed.  Going from tan to blue is easiest, as I can just paint right over it.  Blue to tan would require a new coat of black first.

And now that is has been determined that the blue color POPS more, I’m debating repainting this sea-horse table I recently posted over on my  ‘trash 2 treasure’ blog. 

My thinking was that the TAN would ‘go with’ a greater number of color schemes.  Whaddya think?  Should I for the aqua/blue on this one too?

Beach decor

Most of this is Dollar Tree supplies I’ve had on hand for a while, and just recently used for projects.Pretty aqua votive holders with slanted rims.

I just glued a couple of scallop shells on the front.  

Little satin trinket box from Michael’s craft store.

A glittered sand dollar added to the top.

Little sisal frame with sand paper backing and shells glued on top.  Candle also cane from DT.  I just dressed it up by gluing on a starfish.  Aqua bottle is thrifted; shell glued in the top and a piece of sheer ribbon around the neck.

All the shells (except fingerling starfish) came from DT; as did the sheer ribbon and sand paper.

I haven’t found and beach glass (sea glass or decorative glass) at DT this year, but I had a lot in my ‘stash’ and made these sea-sea-glass wreaths.  This and several others are for sale in my etsy shop.  Be sure to check out the sea glass ‘treasure’ collections in my etsy shop too!