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Miniature Antique Milk Jug

Hello friends! I have a miniature tutorial to share with you today.

My friends know that Lowes is my happy place. It’s like a giant craft store for me. So when I told my hubby that I needed to go down the plumbing isle, he asked “what for?” I looked at him like HE had two heads, and said “for a miniature antique milk jug, of course.” He just shook his head and let me do my thing. 🙂

The plumbing isle had some great stuff for miniatures! Think copper pots and pans. But this particular shape reminded me of an antique milk container. This piece is called a “coupling – reducing”, 1/2 x 1/4″ by Streamline..

Miniature Antique Milk Jug

Here’s how what I did…

To make a lip on the top of the “jug”, I super glued a small orthodontic rubber band do it. A thin strip of paper would work too. I wrapped a thin strip of paper to the bottom, and the handles are just thin strips of paper super glued to the sides. (Nothing makes you feel like you have the fattest fingers in the world then when you’re trying to glue something itty bitty on to something itty bitty!)

Miniature Antique Milk Jug

Next I spray painted the whole thing with ivory enamel paint. After that dried, I made a milk label on Powerpoint, printed it, then glued it to the front of the jug.

Miniature Antique Milk Jug

And that’s it! Think outside the box when you’re making miniatures. You’ll be amazed at what you will find. And remember… Lowes is not just a home improvement store. It’s a mega think outside of the box craft store!

Miniature Antique Milk Jug
Miniature Antique Milk Jug
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Making Miniatures

Hello! It’s been a while since I posted any projects. But not for lack of projects though…

My BFF, Kerry and I are on a mini adventure. Dollhouse miniatures actually. We have been making miniatures for a year now, and we finally got the courage to open an Etsy store. We are calling our store “2 Stinkin’ Cute Minis“.

It all started last year when I wanted to make a miniature bakery for Kerry. She loves to bake (and she’s really good at it!) and has dreamed of having her own bakery business one day.

Since I couldn’t give her an actual bakery, I made a mini one for her. It was oodles of fun!! Never did anything mini before, but I loved everything about it… playing with clay, creating accessories and making furniture.

Once Kerry received her mini bakery, she was hooked too. So for the past year we’ve been experimenting, thinking, and making. Now my favorite part of making miniatures is the furniture. LOVE it! LOVE! I like to find pictures of furniture pieces as inspiration and make a mini replica. Kerry loves to make miniature accessories and decorating the furniture pieces with them. We’re a perfect team!

So I will be sharing some of our creations with you soon. Until then, here are a few pieces already completed.



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Antique Sewing Machine Makeover

I have been keeping a look out for an old sewing machine base and I was lucky enough to happen upon one for $45! These babies usually go for over $100!

This one needed a good cleaning. After wiping it down though, it still looked dull and rusty. I found a product called Rust-oleum Rust Reformer. It covers metal with a black protective covering that stops rust and allows you to paint over it. I liked the way it looked straight out of the spray can. The mat finish was perfect.

I did cover the Singer logo and the sides with blue tape. They still had the original gold tone I wanted to maintain.

The top was made from wood I had stashed. I used Dark Walnut to stain it.

The handles on the sides were a 50% off buy from Hobby Lobby. They have the best knobs and handles!!!

This beauty is not going to make it to my booth. I’m keeping this one! 🙂

But I will be keeping my eyes open for another sewing machine base! Or two!

Antique Sewing Machine Makeover

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Salvage Bead Board Coat Rack

bead board coat rackOne good thing about locking yourself out of your car… at home, is you can’t go anywhere. And you get to play in the garage all day. 🙂

I have several projects going at the moment. All to put in my booth. The first one I completed today was a coat rack made from salvage bead board.

I picked up two slats of bead board at an antique store last week. $2.00 each. They were a pretty distressed blue. All I had to do was wipe them down and they were good to go.

I cut the boards in 6 inch pieces, then put them together, tongue and groove.

bead board

On the back side I attached a piece of leftover wood with glue and screws for support. Across the top of the coat rack at stained a piece of wood and attached it to the top. Gives it a finished look.

The hooks and knobs are a combination of new and old hardware.

bead board coat rack

It will be in my booth soon. 🙂

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One of a kind DIY Christmas Tree

One of a kind Christmas TreeOne more Christmas tree craft. I have officially run out of tree cones, so this just may be the last tree for the year…

The idea for this tree came from looking at old Christmas decorations and picks from Christmases past. They just sit in a box year after year, not used, but not being thrown away either. And I had some limpet shells left over from a recent tutorial, but not enough to do another tree. So I just started gluing parts of Christmas picks, marbles, rope and shells to see what I would come up with.

One of a kind Christmas Tree idea

First I wrapped the cone form in white felt. (Looks better than the brown color of the cone to me.)

One of a kind Christmas Tree idea

I used a mish-mash of materials I already had. That meant old Christmas picks, faux berries and leaves from candle holders, marbles, shells, rope, etc.

One of a kind Christmas Tree idea

Starting at the bottom of the cone, I hot glued each item, one at a time. Requires quite a bit of glue sticks and patience. 🙂

One of a kind Christmas Tree idea

This is what “creativity” looks like in my craft room. A happy mess!

One of a kind Christmas Tree idea

I just added row after row of different items. No plan, just winging it as I went.

One of a kind Christmas Tree idea

I had some limpet shells, from CereusArt, left over from the Limpet Shell tree tutorial, so they HAD to be added! I love the turquoise and red together. 😀

One of a kind Christmas Tree idea

Since I had all the supplies for this craft on hand, it was “free” to make. Just a bit of time and a lot of glue sticks!

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Driftwood Christmas Tree

I’ve been on a Christmas tree makin’ kick this year. All kinds… shell, burlap, ribbon, twine, music paper, etc.

Driftwood Christmas Tree tutorialThis drift wood Christmas tree kind of happened by accident. I was putting craft supplies away after making the Limpet Shell Christmas tree, and I saw the pieces of driftwood sitting in my “CereusArt” crafting box. I swear I heard driftwood voices saying “make me a Christmas tree”. 😉

So using what I already had, I followed the voices in my head and made this beach themed Christmas tree.

Materials Used:

Driftwood Christmas Tree tutorial

I originally thought I would use a scrap wood block wrapped in paper for the base, but along the way I changed my mind. Still a very cute option, all tied with a bow.

Driftwood Christmas Tree tutorial

I drilled 1/8 inch holes through each piece of driftwood. (That is the width of the dowel I used.)

DW Tree 3

Between each piece of driftwood, I wrapped the red/natural rope a couple of time around the dowel and secured it with hot glue.

DW Tree 4

Now for the base… After drilling a hole in the “gift box”, I decided I wanted the base bigger. So I drilled a hole in a piece of scrap wood. That way, I would have more surface to “decorate”.

DW Tree 5

The tree needed a little bit of decorating, so I hot glued tiny shells to a piece of white jewelry cord I had. Then the string of shells were attached to the driftwood with hot glue.

DW Tree 6

I poured decoupage glue (you could use Elmer’s Glue instead) to the base and spread it out with a paint brush. Then added Epsom Salt.

DW Tree 7

Before the glue was completely dry, I added a bit more glue and salt and tried to spread it out some more. I panicked because I ended up with a goopy mess. But it was a happy accident because I was able to “form” snow mounds. You could either call it snow or sand actually.

Driftwood Christmas Tree tutorial

I hot glued a beautiful starfish to the top of the tree and added some shells to the snow/sand. That’s it. A simple, one of a kind driftwood Christmas tree!


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Glass Vase Display for the Holidays

I know it’s not yet Thanksgiving, but I’m ready for Winter and Christmas! Well, not ready exactly, but very excited.

Holiday Glass Vase DisplayI’ve been having fun making some new Christmas decorations this year. After finishing the bird nest last week, I put together a Holiday glass vase display using the bird nest, along with some other supplies I already had on hand.


  • Glass vase – I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby a couple of months ago. 50% off!
  • Faux snow and/or Epsom salt
  • Faux tree branch
  • Small ornaments, berries, pine cones

bird jar 1

I mixed some faux snow and Epsom salt together, then poured into the glass vase.

bird jar 2

Using a Christmas “pick” from years past, I trimmed it down and placed it on top of the snow.

bird jar 3

Added the nest. (Burlap nest tutorial is here…)

bird jar 4

Then the bird…

Glass Vase Display for the Holidays

Added some faux berries and some small pine cones. Centerpiece complete. Very simple, inexpensive, and very cute!

Glass Vase Display for the Holidays


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DIY Bird Nest

Ideas and inspiration can come from anywhere… even when you’re not looking!

DIY Burlap Bird NestI was fraying the edges of burlap pillows (tutorial to come) and ended up with a pile of burlap string. The pillows I was making were in two different colors of burlap, so the pile looked kinda cool. In my head, it looked like the makings of a bird nest!

Now my head was now spinning! 😉 Here’s how I made a nest from burlap strings…

First, I put all the frayed burlap strings in a plastic bowl.

burlap nest 2

Then I frayed even more burlap…

burlap nest 3

And added some pieces of twine and cut-up pages from an old book left over from a project.

burlap nest 4

Once I had a bowl full of burlap, twine and book pages, I mixed Elmer’s Glue with water to thin it out.

burlap nest 5

Next, I poured the watered down glue into the bowl of string and paper. I swirled it around and even got my hand in there to disperse the glue a bit.

burlap nest 6

After the mixing was done, I began pressing the mixture in a bowl, adding pieces of clumped burlap string to the bottom, then the sides, in a circular motion.

burlap nest 7

I let the nest dry overnight. The next day, I carefully removed it from the bowl and viola! A bird’s nest!

DIY Burlap Bird Nest

So easy! And it didn’t cost a thing. Love that. I will show you what I did with the bird nest soon…

DIY Burlap Bird Nest

 Inspiration can come from anywhere! Even in burlap strings. 😉

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An Awesome Handmade Gift

By now most of you have heard me talk about my BBB (Best Blogging Buddy). Way back in 2011, Dana, from CereusArt, was my first “like” and my first follower”. She’s been with me on this blogging journey ever since. We were even able to meet, in person, at a blogging conference last year. And she still likes me!! Ha!

Dana loves the beach and everything it represents. She owns an Etsy shop where she sells beach related items, and she also make her own handmade gift items. One of the my favorite items from her shop has been her starfish Santa ornaments. They are usually sports related… basketball, golf, etc.,

Well, a package arrived from her this week. I wasn’t expecting anything, so when I saw it was from Dana, I quickly tore open the box. It was one of her Santas! Holding a HAMMER!! Perfect for a DIY girl! 😀 Handmade gift with a hammer!!  

I love, love, love it!! Thank you, Dana, my bestest BBB in the whole wide world! 

Handmade Gift
Starfish Santa with Hammer – CereusArt
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DIY Tin Panel Art

My antique booth partner, Crys, picked up this large metal panel at an antique fair a while back. After painting it and giving it an aged” wash, she gave it to me to frame.

framed metal picture 1

A few months back, I had picked up trim pieces at Habitat Restore just because they were $2.50 each. Ten feet pieces of decorative trim. For $2.50! For the whole thing! Amazing I tell ya. 😉

Anywho, back to the project… After measuring the tin panel, I used a miter saw and cut four pieces for trim. I attached the mitered corners together with wood glue and a pin nail gun.

framed metal picture 2

Then I used a bit of wood putty to fill in the gaps. Once the wood putty was dry, I gave the whole frame a light sanding.

framed metal picture 3

Then I used old brown paint (really old, I had to water it down!) to paint the wood frame. After a couple of coats, I was not happy with how it looked. I had black chalk paint out, (from another project I’m working on), so I decided to give that a try. I brushed a coat of the chalk paint on top of the brown paint, and it looks fabulous! Looks like stained wood, instead of painted. I love it.

frame metal picture 4

To attach frame and the tin together, I used mirror hangers. Then I used a staple gun to add more support where the tin bowed out.

DIY Tin Panel Art

This is how it looks now, on my mantel. If the tin was mine, I’d keep it! But it’s going in our booth very soon. Very easy project and a one of a kind piece of art!