Easy and pretty vintage gift

IN THESE ROUGH ECONOMIC TIMES, YOU CAN STILL GIVE A NICE, PRETTY, AND THOUGHFUL GIFT FOR  UNDER $5.00!!

HOUSEWARMING, BIRTHDAY,CO-WORKER, OR EVEN FOR CHRISTMAS. ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE IMAGINATION.

I FOUND THIS BEAUTIFUL  CHINA SOUP BOWL WITH RED ROSES AT A THRIFT STORE A WHILE BACK, IT WAS ONLY $2.00.

 NOT KNOWING WHAT I WOULD BE USING IF FOR, JUST THAT IT WAS PRETTY, AND I LOVE PRETTY BOWLS OR VINTAGE CHINA!

ALTHOUGH, WITH THIS GIFT PROJECT, YOU COULD REALLY USE ANY KIND OF CHINA, NEW OR OTHERWISE, AS LONG AS IT IS IN GOOD SHAPE WITH NO CHIPS OR FADING.YOU CAN USE SAUCERS, PLATES, OR A SHALLOW BOWLS LIKE THIS ONE.

I THEN THOUGHT  WHAT A NICE GIFT IT WOULD MAKE FILLED WITH SOME ROSE HIPS  AND A NICE SCENTED CANDLE.

(you could also use clear or colored stones, which are $1.00 a bag at dollar tree, or bagged potpourri, or lots of other things for filler)

 

 I GOT A NICE SIZED SCENTED CANDLE AT DOLLAR TREE FOR    $ 1.00, AND THEN TIED A LITTLE SHEER RIBBON BOW AROUND THE CANDLE, AND THAT WAS THAT!

inexpensive gift idea

according to studies in the retail industry, candles are STILL a strong seller, so, everybody must like ’em alot! and, they still come in real handy when the electricity goes out! and WHO of the FEMALE GENDER would not just DREAM of a nice, soothing, RELAXING bubble bath with a nice meditative CD, and candles lit around the tub?

ANT IT ONLY COST ABOUT $3 to  $4.00!!

 IF YOU WANT TO SPEND A LITTLE MORE, GET A CD,BUBBLE BATH and SALTS, wrap the candle bowl: CUT A ROUND PIECE OF PLASTIC CELLOPHANE,( OR GRAB A PLASTIC GIFT BAG AT DOLLAR STORE), gather up at the top of basket,secure with ribbon and curls bow(also cheap at dollar stores) AND PUT IT IN A BASKET WITH the above items and NICE BATH POUF OR NICE WASHCLOTH!

other quick ideas for this gift project:

  • a white bowl,white candle,bow, with fake pearls in different sizes, as filler
  • a beige or white bowl/ candle,jute bow, sand and/or seashells as filler
  • white bowl, bright pink candle, white pebbles or different shades of pink and white beads for filler

Many variations you can do, what a nice gift to give or receive!

 

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some items added to Etsy….PLUS

Still trying to get these photos to look right! All I did was change themes, so now I am working on that, so, just remember that if I don’t get them right you can see them on:

www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

so, here goes………….

Well. i THINK, it turned out right, let me check the status….YEP! It worked. this is a nice piece of Primitive Americana, I really like this piece and enjoyed making it. It can be purchased in my Etsy shop.

 I just did my August mark down,so it’s a great bargain!

Let’s See What’s next:

 SO FAR SO GOOD…. a little Patriotic Folk Art angel. completely handmade, with “Americana” print wings and a very primitive tea stained tag, using denim and muslin! What a doll!

yep, she’s on my etsy shop right here, half price!www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

Easy Handmade Cards

Sorry, didn’t have time to crop this picture, I JUST WANTED TO SHOW YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL CARD FOR ANY OCCASION, THE POSSIBLILITIES  CAN GO AS FAR AS YOU WANT THEM TO GO………JUST GATHER A PIECE OF CARD STOCK, SOME GLUE, AND SCRAPS OF JUST ABOUT ANY KIND, PAPER,VINTAGE PAPER,WRAPPING PAPER,PAPER FROM CARDS YOU WANT TO RECYCLE, LACE, TRIM, RIC-RAC,RIBBON, WHATEVER SCRAPS YOU HAVE ON HAND.

JUST FOLD A PIECE OF CARD STOCK IN HALF AND SCORE WELL. OPEN, AND DECORATE OUTSIDE FRONT, AND EVEN SOME OF THE INSIDE IF YOU WISH, GO FOR PEARLS, LACE, PRETTY PAPER FOR A BRIDAL GIFT, ANY COLOR COMBINATIONS YOU WANT, OR MAKE ANTIQUE LACE CARDS WITH VINTAGE BUTTONS. LIKE I SAID, IDEAS ARE EVERYWHERE, JUST MIX AND MATCH,UNTIL YOU GET THE LOOK YOU WANT AND THEN GLUE INTO PLACE.

EASY HANDMADE CARD

THESE ARE JUST AS PRETTY, IF NOT MORE SO, THAN CARDS THAT MAY COST YOU ANYWHERE FROM 4-6 DOLLARS IN A RETAIL SETTING.

YOU CAN EVEN MAKE THEM FOR KIDS FOR THIER BIRTHDAYS, OR FOR A SPECIAL PERSON FOR VALENTINES, MOTHER’S DAY, FATHER’S DAY, EASTER , ANNIVERSARY, OR FOR JUST BECAUSE!

THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO USE UP ALL YOUR SCRAPS THAT WERE JUST TOO PRETTY TO THROW AWAY,

AND

 A GOOD,GREEN PROJECT~ ~ ~ ~ ~

what a pretty way to recycle….!

HAVE FUN…

Faux painted Ash tray stand

Refurbished Ash Tray Stand

I FINALLY GOT AROUND TO REDOING THIS ASH TRAY STAND. AT THE SUGGESTION OF A FRIEND, I AM GOING TO PUT IN A BIRDS NEST WITH EGG AND BIRDIE ON TOP!YOU CAN DO THIS FAUX PAINTING, IT KIND OF LOOKS LIKE  MARBLE. YOU CAN ALWAYS PRACTICE ON A PIECE OF CARDBOARD UNTIL YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE SIMPLE PROCESS.

SAND OFF ANY RUST, CLEAN WELL, PRIMER AND  GET SPRAY PAINT COLOR OF YOUR CHOICE. I CHOSE A NEUTRAL MEDIUM TAN COLOR. LET DRY. MAKE SURE TO GET IN ALL THE CRACKS,UNDERSIDE,ETC.

LET DRY COMPLETLY.

A SEA SPONGE WORKS BEST FOR THIS, AS IT GIVES/MAKES A NICE TEXTURE. DIP SPONGE IN WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT, DAB OFF EXCESS ON RAG OR PAPER. GENTLY DAB RANDOMLY ALL OVER, EVEN INTENTIONALLY SMUDGING SOME LIGHTLY.

A FEATHER IS THEN NEEDED. SLIDE sides of FEATHER ACROSS SAME WHITE PAINT, THEN SLIDE ACROSS RAG OR PAPER TO REMOVE EXCESS. RANDOMLY STROKE ACROSS IN DIFFERENT PLACES UNTIL YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THE LOOK.

LET DRY COMPLETELY. USE CLEAR COAT SPRAY ACRYLIC TO PROTECT PAINT PROJECT.  

DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY IT. IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE LOOK, SPRAY PAINT OVER, LET DRY, AND START AGAIN.PRACTICE ON SCRAP CARDBOARD,ETC. AND BE LOOSE WITH IT, NOT CONFINED. YOU WANT A RANDOM LOOK, NOT A PLANNED ONE. IT REALLY IS VERY EASY TO DO.

THIS HANDPAINTED STAND IS FOR SALE IN MY SHOP . IT IS VINTAGE, AND HAS A NICE ART DECO STYLE. IT IS PRICED AT $49.95. (this price does not include shipping).

WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING!

RE-DOING MY WHOLE SHOP!

SO FAR, I’VE GOTTEN THE “JUST BEACHY” SECTION DONE. I HAVE SOoooo MANY NEW PRODUCTS TO ADD, BUT WANTED TO GET IT MORE ORGANIZED BEFORE ADDING IN THE NEWEST CREATIONS AND FINDS…

ALL OF THE PRODUCTS YOU SEE BELOW ARE FOR SALE.

SOME OF  THEM WILL SOON BE ADDED TO MY ETSY SHOP, SO IF YOU SEE SOMETHING YOU ARE INTERESTED IN, GO TO MY ETSY SHOP WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/CREEKWATER

IF THEY AREN’T IN  THE ETSY SHOP YET, JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL TO INQUIRE AT: creekwater01@hotmail.com

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE NOW, IT WILL BE ALOT CHEAPER, BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO EXCESS CHARGES LIKE ETSY FEES,LISTING FEES, AND PAYPAL FEES(which I have to pay for, so you would be able to get a big discount)!

 BUT, IF YOU PREFER TO PAY WITH YOUR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD, JUST LET ME KNOW, AND I WILL LIST IT ON ETSY FOR YOU, IF IT IS NOT THERE ALREADY.

 THIS IS A PREVIEW OF THE WHOLE BEACHY SECTION SO FAR:

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BEACHY BLUES AND BRIGHTER COLORS:

AND, A LOOK AT THE MORE SUBDUED,EARTHY COLORS OF BEACHY  HOME ACCESSORIES:

  • there are MERMAIDS,
  • A  BEAUTIFUL GLITTERY STARFISH COMPLETE WITH SAND ON A TILE,
  • A PRETTY BEACHY SMALL CHRISTMAS TREE,
  • BEACHY BLUE KEYCHAIN,
  • “TREASURES FROM THE SEA” TASSELED BOX FULL OF SEASHELLS,
  • A SEASHELL “NEST” AND PLAQUE,
  • SPONGED STAR,
  • BEACH GLASS IN ALL COLORS,
  • BEACH SCENTED CANDLES,
  • BEACH CHAIR PHOTO FRAME,
  • VOTIVE CANDLE SET IN SHELLS,
  •  MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE,
  • HANDPAINTED MARGARITA GLASSES,
  •  A SUNSET CANVAS IN OIL,
  • A HANPAINTED ‘SHE SELLS SEASHELLS” MAT,
  • AND OLD BOOK WITH A BEACH PRINTED HARDBACK BOOK COVER,
  • A PRETTY BEACHY BLUE BASKET JAM PACKED WITH SHELLS,
  • HANDPAINTED TILES (FRAMED),
  • VINTAGE CUPS THAT ARE BEACHY BLUE INSIDE,
  • A PRETTY AND COLORFUL HANDPAINTED PARROT ON GLASS,
  •  A “JUST BEACHY” WOOD BLOCK,
  • AND SOooooo MUCH MORE TO COME,
  • INCLUDING SOME DRIFTWOOD CREATIONS THAT i KNOW YOU WILL LOVE!

see ya soon with more pics OF THE RE-CREATED GARDEN SECTION, WHICH INCLUDES MANY NEW ITEMS, ONE OF WHICH IS A FAUX STAINED GLASS WINDOW!!