Friday, August 22, 2014

A Special Rainy Day 'Momento' ~ My Newest Tutorial ..

Hello my dear friends,
today I am sharing my newest tutorial with all of you lovely blogger. It took me a little longer to put it together but it is finally done and I hope you will enjoy it!

Of course you will never really know if it might rain on a special day or not but if it does this is something so neat to keep in mind that you could create. No worries, it is quite easy and doesn't require too many fancy supplies.
You will need the main thing ...

... your rainwater.

(I had stored my water in an empty bottle until I was ready to make this creation.
 Please note, before using your rainwater I advise you to boil and filter it using a coffee filter to ensure it is very clean and without any nasty tiny bits and let it cool fully before using it.)

Once you have that, you will also need the following ...

~ A small glass bottle with a stopper ( I prefer the stopper to be glass too)
~ Seam binding in a shade of white ( or in the color of your choice)
~ Silicon sealant (I used kitchen and bathroom sealant)
~ Glue (E6000 and Fabri-Tac)
~ Card for the tag
~ Funnel
~  Ruler
~ Pencil
~ Eraser
~ Scissors
~  Fine black marker
~ Lovely little things to embellish the tag or bottle (if you wish to do so)
~ Paper punches and hole punch

And now let's start ..

You can use crinkled seam binding or as is off the roll. I used the crinkled seam binding for mine. If you want to crinkle yours, you will find my tutorial here ...

Whilst waiting for it to dry you can move on to working on the next step of this creation.

First make sure to wash your glass bottle thoroughly before you pour your rainwater into it and let it dry fully.

Using a funnel carefully pour your rainwater into the bottle. Try not to get the inside of the  bottle neck wet and place aside.

Now apply the a thin line of silicone sealant around the middle of the glass stopper but do not place into the bottle just yet.

Using E6000 dab a few drops of it above the silicon sealant. Make sure you don't use too little or too much, a medium amount is just right and ...

... now insert the stopper into the bottle carefully and press down but not too harshly and again place aside until the sealant and glue is dry. Once dry turn the bottle upside down and around to see if it is sealed completely. If not using a toothpick add a little more sealant by using a toothpick and add all around the bottle neck.

For your tag measure and draw the size of your tag on your card and ...

... cut it out and make sure you erase any pencil lines.
I made my tag 2 3/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches.

Now you can ~ if you wish ~ embellish your tag.

I used a corner punch that was used for my daughters wedding and ... 

... also I used a hole punch to punch a hole for the ribbon.

The next step is to write your message on your tag with the fine marker.
You could write the date or name or a lovely little quote, it depends what you like the most.

Now take a piece of seam binding approx.16 inches long and fold it in half and feed the loop through the hole in your tag and then the ends through the loop and pull taught.

After that tie a knot so that it is close to the tag.
This will make your tag able to hang better instead of  'standing off ' the jar.


Next tie your tag around the bottle neck so that it close to the where the tag is.

Now cut a length of seam binding long enough for it to go around your hand twice leaving a little tail either side. My sweet friend Dawn from 'The Feathered Nest' has a great tutorial on how to make a really lovely bow and you will find the link on how to here ...

Instead of cutting an extra piece of seam binding to tie and hold the bow together, use the two end that were used to tie the tag to the bottle and secure your bow with them and at the same time you are attaching your bow to the jar.( I hope this makes sense?!)

And to finish the tag off, you can now embellish it with some lovely little things if you wish to do so. I used a little old crochet pansy and a vintage rhinestone to add that special little touch.

Your bottle is now completed!

I also created a lovely box to place the bottle in using a wooden cigar box with a sliding lid to hold the bottle.

This is what you need for this project ...

~ A cigar box with sliding lid
~ Small piece of sandpaper
~ Gesso
~  Paintbrush
~ A piece of the same card used for your tag for the label
~ Fine black marker
~ Fabri-Tac glue
~ Scissors
~ Pencil
~ Eraser
~ strong double sided tape (not shown in the photo)
~ Little bits and pieces to embellish your box (if you wish)
~ Seam binding
( I am showing a lot of seam binding I ended not using more than about 3 inches of it)
~ White tissue paper (not in photo)

(I made this tutorial over two days and for some reason I forgot to place items that were needed not into photos I took. Must have been a 'dizzy' day of mine. I just hope I haven't forgotten anything else.)

And this is how you do it ...

Clean the box from any stickers and ...

... then painted with roughly with Gesso.

Once thoroughly dry, sand the edges.

Measure and cut a label for the lid from the same card that you used for the tag. The size depends on how you would like it to look. I made mine slightly smaller that the lid. Don't forget to erase any pencil marks.

You can now write a message on the label.

To give the label a special look I used the same punch as I did with the tag for the bottle.

... and then using your double sided tape to glue it to the lid of the box.

You can embellish your box with a few vintage lace pieces and another piece of sparkle. The small 'doily' is a section cut from a larger one.

For the inside of the box, take your tissue paper and fold the first piece to fit the bottom of the box and place inside. Do this once of twice more to build the 'bedding' for the bottle.

Take one more piece of tissue paper and fold it so that it is larger than the bottle, place the bottle in the center and hold it. Then fold the paper to the size of the box, folding the paper towards the back,  so that the bottle can rest safely inside it.

Now place it together into the box and replace the lid.

Now you are all ready to gift someone with this special creation!

 Maybe you will be able to use this tutorial on day and I hope you will have fun creating with it.
I as always, have loved creating this how-to for you! I work very hard to make my tutorials well so that they are understandable and for any one to use but if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Was Antiqueing Again ..

Hello my dear friends,

I can't believe it again! .. I hit that publish button this morning by accident again before this post was completed ... (as she writes this rolling her eyes and pulling on her hair) ... but here it is now fully done with photos and all.

I try very hard not to head out too often these days and shop for treasures since I have boxes and shelves filled with many of them that have been used yet but yesterday I did with my two lovely daughters.

I wasn't looking for something in particular or needed anything special, I was just going to look and that is normally when I find something beautiful and that is what happened yesterday.

I was lucky to find some very nice treasures in the form of ...

... a piece of an old lace curtain, which looks so neat and I am so glad I found it.

Well, I am so glad I found all the items I bought yesterday of course and this one is another one of them ...

... a bag full of bits and pieces of old lace ... love it! A girl can not have enough old tatty lace in my book.

And my final find was something I just had to take home even though it doesn't work anymore but that doesn't bother me at all. I love it for what it is and that's why it is now mine ...

... this little sweet toy tin violin.

 I think it used to be a kind of wind up toy or music box a long time ago.

 Here you can see where the paint is worn down to the metal were the little crank used to be turned.

What I am going to do with it I am sure just yet ~ I will just have to wait and see.

I would like to share one more thing with you today.

When I opened the plastic bag with the old lace and very intense smell of must was something I was happy to find. I am always very hesitant when it come to vintage delicate items but this time a wash was the only thing that could be done and I thought I would share my little "how to" on this with you.

Always use lukewarm water only. I add a little wash detergent for delicate items and then submerge my lace in it. Carefully move your vintage pieces around and sort of gently kneed them in your hands, again not to rough. I let mine sit in the water for about 10 minutes, then rinse the pieces out under lukewarm water again and press the water out of them using my hands.

The best way to dry your lace is to lay them out on a t-towel, flattening them as you go and pulling them into shape at the same time. Now roll the t-towel up and let it sit for a while. The towel will soak up a lot of the water and almost 'iron' your lace without you having to use a hot piece of metal on a antique piece. After a while unroll your t-towel and check if you lace is dry. If it is still a little damp,  just let it lay flat on a different t-towel and leave it there until it is completely dry which shouldn't take too long.

And then your lace should hopefully look a little like this ...

 ... clean, neat and very nicely smelling!

I love to share some of my little 'how-to-does' with all of you lovely bloggers from time to time. Why? ... Because as simple as some of us might find it how to do things or to know them, others especially beginners might not and I love to help and teach just like I love to learn.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.