Zetta and her Apron

Zetta and her Apron
Waiting For Fall...Please Come Soon!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Halloweenies...Jacks Are Wild!


Wouldn't you love to find this old game?

Jacks Are Wild!
My favorite Halloween symbols are Jack O' Lanterns and Black Cats.  I have so much fun creating the folk arty pumpkin heads out of paper clay...I use Das brand.  As I began digging through my holiday totes I realized that I have created a whole patch of grinning pumpkin head figures over the years.  Today I put the finishing touches on my newest Jack and can't wait to share him with you.  I am including two or three past Jacks as well.  It's fun to be inspired by old tins.


Magic Jack!
He is about 15 inches tall.
Painted a dollar store party hat...embellished with wooden stars and moon.


My sister Patti found this unique tin for me at Treasures Antiques in Springville.
I love the colors...dark navy and sweet potato.
The base is a child's pie tin


What makes this tin special is that the product was made here in Salt Lake City...
and is good for polishing bowling alleys...lol!

Jacks From Days Gone By... 
Bobble Jack on a bed spring...2012
I used a  small round paper mache box lid as a base for the head to be attached.


Shadow Box Jack...2013
Half-round heads are easy to make.


Sir Rolly Jack...I posted him last month.
I did find him a pipe...in the snowman accessories at Hobby Lobby.

Black Cat Jar...

Paper Clay cat head on an empty maple syrup jar.

His features are a little wobbly...folk art, right?

The label is one of my favorite trick-or-treat sack images.
I printed it on sticker paper...so I don't get glue on the glass.
The candy corn filling is intended to be decorative rather than edible.

Back to working on the front porch!

PS...I found two great spice tins on my travels.  I am including the images for you.


The best cinnamon tin I've come across...from Treasures.


Cool Ben-Hur tin...from pal Paula's booth at Treasures



Monday, August 24, 2015

Fall Fairy Garden!

A Fairy Forest...Fiery Fall Finery!

Fall Fairy Garden...
My first fall fairy garden...using grasses and fall flowers.
The tiny stacked pumpkin "snowman" was from Joann's

I spray painted the tin cake plate cinnamon...a purchase from Pick Your Plum.
Added  black dots and modge-podged owls and cats... printable by Johanna Parker.

Closer View.
I get frustrated when the photos don't do it justice.


Fall Acorn Fairy.
Inspired by Pinterest.

Another Wee Acorn Fairy.

Beautiful Fall Mushrooms.
These were from the shop at Thanksgiving Point Gardens.
I wish I had bought more.

Rusty gate and arbor garlanded with tiny leaves.
Fairy-size Lantern.
Do you see the tiny green-eyed kitty in the background?

Tiny Owl Detail.


Miscellaneous Halloweenies...

Oil Can Post Card Holder
Another "Inspired By Pinterest" project.

The "Singer"oil can makes a cute pumpkin.


The printable for this Jumping Jack can be found all over
 Pinterest!  I printed him on card stock and glued it to a sheet of 
black card stock before cutting out the pieces.  
I added a bit of glitter here and there.


Black Cat Bingo Card Ornament.

I think I am going to need another black tree.
40% off right now at Hobby Lobby...in Christmas!


My Fall Fantasy!
I wish I were there right now.

Happy Fall Crafting!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sir Rolly...Newest Halloweenie!


I am so in love with these colors!

Luckily for everyone who knows me and despairs over my tendency to jump the gun on holiday crafting...some annoying dental issues have slowed down my crafting for the past  two weeks.  But once this post is published, I'm heading downstairs to work on a few spookables that have been living in my head.  Beware!

Sir Rolly...

Sir Rolly took his inspiration from a large tobacco tin...that I paid way too much for!
I just love the orange and black graphics.
He is about 12" tall and has beady little eyes.

Side View.  
Now I wish I had made him a pipe.  Could still happen.

Hat Embellishment.
The feathers are from the wing of a dollar store crow.

One of my new favorite candy graphics!

Thanks for letting me share!
More Creepy Craftiness to Come



Thursday, July 30, 2015

George's Sunflowers...Garden DIY!

Sunflowers...My Late Summer Love!

Sunflowers have always symbolized to me the golden days of late summer.  Of all the months of summer I love August the most...especially toward the end of the month as it segues into September.  The days are still hot, but the light is shifting.  Purple Sage plants are busy with bees and Back-to-School banners drape bustling store fronts.  I cannot wait for fall!

Don't you just love the bright faces of sunflowers?  They are all sunny and hopeful like the faces of dogs going on a car ride.  There is no disguising the pure joy.  And I love the way their faces follow the sun as it moves across the sky.  They know where the light comes from.  Maybe we should turn our faces to the skies more often to follow the Light.


George's Rock Garden and Sunflowers...

Deck from Rock Garden
Fire pit is handy for burning a few weeds...lol!

For many years the northwest corner of our backyard sat empty and full of weeds.  We just couldn't figure out what to do with it.  It wasn't until a few years ago after we added a kitchen addition onto the back of the house and built a covered deck that George finally figured out what it needed...a pergola!  It took a couple of years, but once the pergola was finished, he designed a rock garden around it with paving stones, tall grasses and a fire pit for the grandkids.  It's not a huge area, but it is pleasant to sit on the deck and enjoy in the evening.


Rock garden pergola with George's first sunflower in background.
The wagon holds wood for the fire pit.

We've been collecting various rustic odds and ends on our travels in Nevada and Arizona.  George has crafted seating for the fire pit out of old milk cans and tractor seats.  Our favorite antique store in Oatman, Arizona has supplied us with most of our treasures, like rusty wheels and an old water pump.  On one visit George found some old cultivator blades that looked like the sun's rays.  That was all it took.  This would be the summer of the sunflower. He has made three in all.  Now he says he is ready to move on to making a fountain out of his water pump.  This should be interesting...stay tuned.

Sunflower One...
We found an old wrought iron candle stand at Treasure's Antiques.
George thought the curly-cue flourishes suggested leaves.


The jagged top of the candle holder became the center of the flower.
All of his flowers are made to rotate...if they so desire.

Sunflower Two...

Different style of culivator blade.
I found the fancy black piece at George's grandma's old house.
Two-toned petals remind me of those brown sunflowers from the seed packet up at the top of the page.

Side by side.  
The taller is about 6 ft. in height, while the other is about 4 ft. tall.

Sunflower Three...
The ones I love the best...wild sunflowers on the side of the road.

We have always loved the wild sunflowers that grow along the side of the road...mostly country roads.  We used to have more of them nearby, but more and more building and development has caused them to disappear from the neighborhood...along with pheasants and meadowlarks, my favorite song bird.  A couple of weeks ago, on a drive, George mentioned he'd like to make one more sunflower...a wild sunflower with multiple stems and heads.  For the blossoms, he took apart two long-handled cultivators from Home Depot.  We got the leaves from Metal Mart in Lehi.  This was not a junk project.  He had to buy all new materials this time.  But it turned out great!


I feel he really captured the spirit of the wild sunflowers.


Of course they can spin...if they wanted to.



Thanks for letting me share George's artwork with you!
I'm not proud of him at all...lol!



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

First Halloweenies...It's Pinterest's Fault!

Calendar...You're Not the Boss of Me!

I have never been a summer person...unless it's Indian Summer.  My soul longs for golden days and cooler nights.  It's not just because I am in the autumn of my life...I've always felt more alive when the calendar page tears off to reveal September.  I want to drive down country roads lined with the sunny faces of wild sunflowers and take trips up the canyon to watch the first trees change color.  Labor Day weekend is usually the kick-off to my fall crafting season, but I seem to feel a sense of urgency somehow...like autumn can't come quickly enough.  It doesn't help that Pinterest is alive with fantastical ideas right now.  Creativity for me comes when it comes...I can't force it.  

Yesterday, I showed one of my cute neighbors my latest Halloweenies.  She jokingly requested that I wait until at least the first of September to decorate my front porch.  I think I can manage that if I replace the red/white/blue decor with sunflowers and vintage kitchen knick-knacks.  Hmmmm...getting a few "scathingly brilliant" ideas here.  Back to Pinterest!  But first I will share the Halloweenies in question.


Spice Tin Ghoulies and Mr. Cotter!


This is Mr. Cotter.  He's ready for a party.
Paper clay and Styrofoam balls make prim pumpkin heads .


I found the little 2.5 inch black and orange cotter pin box at 
Trackside Mall in Idaho Falls.

Just like Cinderella...Mr. Cotter's party ends at Midnight.


The Watkins Brothers...
Nut and Meg Watkins.
Their hats are small gelatin molds.


Tiny silver sugar spoons became quirky arms for these shelf-sitters.
The spoons are also from Trackside Mall.
Metal measuring spoons would have been my first choice.

And Finally...

Trick or Treat Containers.
Spray painted veggie cans with candy labels on two.


New Halloween Photo Backdrop.

I couldn't find my Halloween or Christmas backdrops.  I usually make them from those science project easels from the school supply department.  I went to Walmart to purchase one and found they now come in four or more sizes.  I was cutting down the huge 36" by 48" to make 2 or 3 backdrops.  The one I used was about 22" wide by 14" tall and folds to a compact 11".  Just decorate them with seasonal scrapbook paper and you're set.

Don't you just love this tin?
Oh, the ghoulies these would make!

For some reason, antique dealers seem to think that old spice tins are made of solid gold and price them accordingly.  I could see if they were unique like the tin above.  But tins of fairly recent vintage are sometimes marked $7 to $14 or more.  I tend to find better prices at local vintage flea markets like Fleaology  held several times a year at my friend Paula's home in Payson.  Even then, the selection varies.  If I want a certain color combination, I might not be able to find it.  I found a lot of great spice tins pics on Pinterest.  Maybe I could modge podge the labels I want on some of the cans I have.  It's something to think about.  

Be it Summer or Fall...Get Your Crafting On!



Falloween Spice Tins...Enjoy!