Thursday, March 7, 2019

Mason Jar Tissue Holder

I thought I would share a DIY project I did back before Christmas. I was inspired on Pinterest. I never attempted to paint a mason jar before but it actually turned out pretty good.  I purchased the jar and chalk paint from the craft department in Walmart. Found the flowers at Hobby Lobby. I had the twine, glue gun, little chalkboard hanger and chalk pen.


First thing I did was take a paper towel and rubbed rubbing alcohol over the jar to clean it before I applied the paint.


I then applied this chalk paint with one of those cheap sponge brushes. I applied 3 layers, letting the layers dry between coats. Also discovered it was best to put thin layers on. Even if you don’t get a good coverage at first, you will by the end of the 3rd coat.


It goes on streaky but don’t worry about it. It will look good when you are done. Just watch for paint runs, you don’t want that.


After the final coat, I let it dry a good 24 hours or more. I then sanded it (where I desired) with some sand paper squares I purchased at the Dollar Tree. Next I brushed on a layer of Mod Podge to seal it. I wasn’t sure what to use to seal it but I really loved how the Mod Podge worked. It gave it a really smooth finish.

Jasper always has to inspect my projects.


You can purchase tissues in a cylinder container at Target like I did here. I just popped the plastic lid off (save it), and removed the rolled tissues from the container and placed them in the jar. You could also use tissue from a box. Just take them out and roll them up.


Once you drop the tissues down in the jar, you place the plastic kleenex top you removed earlier and then screw the lid on. You don’t need the removeable lid part of the jar, just the ring that screws on.   I wrapped some twine around the top and tied it. You can make a bow or hot glue a flower or some kind of accessory like I did.

I’m not the best at explaining myself so hopefully you can figure it out. There are lots of youtube videos out there to watch that can help you along.

I made white and blue ones.


You can leave it plain like the one above or I happened to have the little chalkboards in my stash, so I used a chalk paint pen and wrote Bless you. Some people use decals, the ideas are endless.


They make great gifts! Hope you enjoyed this little project.


Monday, February 25, 2019

No To The Snow!

I’m throwing a temper tantrum over here and it’s not pretty! The snow seriously needs to go away. We need lots of sun, green grass, pretty flowers and everything else that Spring brings.


All I can do for now is place a little Spring around the house.


Picked up this sweet little light at Ray’s Shabby Cottage Furniture in Shenandoah, Iowa.

The photograph is a picture of my great grandpa who owned a tire shop here in town back in the day. He’s the one on the right. Sure wish you could go back in time on a visit.



I'm going to leave you with this thought…


Warm thoughts,


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Time Flies

Time flies and yet this winter with all the snow we have had, the days seem long.


Jasper has a pretty good view to check the progress of snow removal!


Meanwhile, on the inside, I’m trying to think Spring.



Jasper decided it was a good day for a nap.


I have to share a couple of cute pictures.  One day I had to (notice I said had to) run into Hobby Lobby and I had Ash with me. He just doesn’t find it as exciting as I do!


Then one day when Ash was here to visit, Jasper wasn’t sure why he was allowed to sit in his chair!


Sending out warm thoughts,


Friday, February 1, 2019

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Just Sayin…

As the new year approaches, I hope it remembers …


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Had fun setting this little scene up.



Still love my gingerbread!



Asher enjoying the tree.


Decided to do a more simpler look with the tree this year. No ornaments.



Made this gingerbread wool applique years ago. One of my favorite pieces.


I have a feeling December is going to fly by!


Monday, October 15, 2018

A “Must Have” Book

Hi everyone, I wanted to share the release of this new book with you all, “Gatherings from the Good Earth” by Twila Fairbanks. I came to know Twila through her log cabin shop in Roca, Nebraska.  I spent a lot of memorable times at the cabin, visiting Twila, her shop and attending various classes and fun activities she held. It was there that I made my Maggie Bonanomi wool quilt, “Settler’s Pride!”   Twila has a way with words. I use to look forward to her newsletters she sent out from her shop. In fact, I saved a lot of them because I wanted to be able to go back and reread them.  Now, I have this wonderful book she has written, to enjoy.  I decided to read the foreward but then I skipped to September because I wanted to begin with the fall season that we are in.

Her book is available on Amazon but if you order it directly from the shop, (Good Earth Gatherings, link below) shipping is included as well as having it signed. 


I look forward to following along month to month through the seasons making myself more aware of everything around me, to stop and thoroughly enjoy what each season brings my way.

Thank you Twila for putting your heart and soul into this book to share with countless others. I applaud you, job well done!

To learn more about Twila and her book, check out the website. 

For those of you on Facebook, Twila and her daughter also have a Facebook page Good Earth Gatherings.