Showing posts from October, 2023

How to Decoupage With NO Wrinkles

If you've been visiting the Cottage for a while, you know that decoupage is a favorite around here.  Recently, my friend, Kim asked me if I'd ever heard of the the iron method.  I hadn't, but I learned about it and decided I was definitely going it give it a try.  WOW, was I impressed! Let me show you this technique along with a cute Fall craft... This post may contain affiliate links.  The first thing I did was head to the dollar store where I found a wood acorn cut-out and some pretty fall napkins.   I really love the soft colors in these napkins. You'll need some wood filler (I'll show you that in a minute), Mod Podge , craft paint, a brush, your acorn, napkin, burlap, scissors, sandpaper, and (I almost forgot) a piece of parchment paper..  An iron is also needed, but more about that later! The first thing I did was cut off the tag and fill that hole . Since the napkin was mostly white, I painted the acorn with two coats of craft paint. I didn't paint the to

Candy Corn with Pom Poms!

  I have another quick and easy Halloween project for you today and all you need are pom poms.  It doesn't get much easier than that! Welcome to the  Creative Craft Hop  hosted by Sara from  Birdz of a Feather .   If you just came from Jenna @ The Painted Apron ,   welcome to the Cottage!  At the bottom of this post I'll direct you to the next stop on this hop, but be sure to visit all of the other stops too for some amazing inspiration. They will all be listed. Let's get started, shall we?  You only need 2 things: 1.  Yarn in orange, yellow, and white 2. Pom Pom Makers  - these are the ones I have and I absolutely love them! This post may contain affiliate links.  First, make your pom poms.  you will need 3 extra large in orange, 3 large in yellow, and 4 medium in w hite. I made mine while watching TV one evening. Notice they have a tail.   It's important because you will need to tie all 3 orange pom pom together using those tails. It's a little difficult to see, b

The Estate Sale. Auntie B, & "Aunti" biotics

  Two weeks ago there was an estate sale that I'm still recovering from...that's right, recovering !  Pour yourself your favorite beverage and sit back for the story. It all started on a Saturday, and actually there were 2 estate sales.  The first one was a quick 'in & out' and resulted in this pretty little ring for $7. It was a good start to the day! When The Enabler - I mean, my husband and I arrived at the second one, the driveway was full, the garage was full, as was the 3 season room off the garage, and the house!  This was going to be a good one! Right away, I spotted these: There was no price on them, but the woman (let's call her Kathy) holding the sale came out of the house and said I could have them both for $8.  Sold!  She set them aside for me and invited me to keep shopping.   As we shopped, we chatted with her and she told us the story of this sale.  Her Auntie B and uncle lived in the house and she had been working on cleaning it out for a year.

Quick & Easy Halloween Votive Holders

  If you're looking for a quick and easy way to add some Halloween decor to your space, I've got you covered.  These votive candle holders were completed in an afternoon and I think you're going to love them! Here's what you'll need: The list:  Mod Podge , foam brush , scissors , glass jars (I used yogurt jars), and some black spider/lace fabric.  If you don't have that exact fabric, you can use spider web mesh , Halloween gauze cloth , or spider web deco mesh .  After you're done with the basics, I added some spider embellishments - all from the dollar store.  Be sure remove any sticky residue from your jars.  I always use this non-toxic method and then wash them well.  When dry, cut your fabric a little larger than your jar and paint some Mod Podge on the fabric. Then paint more Mod Podge on the jar. Wrap the fabric (Mod Podge side down) around the jar... ...and add a little more Mod Podge on top of the fabric.  Leave it to dry. Once it's dry (or almo