Saturday, August 23, 2008

Free Primitive Hang Tags

These wonderful Tags were donated from Huckleberry Arts please be sure to visit their site. I got this great freebie from the August issue of Primitive Times Magazine. Hope you enjoy them!

If you have a good how-to craft you would like to share or a freebie please let me know. If I use it I will link back to you in the post and give you a FREE ad on all of my sites and blogs!

Til next time...God Bless,


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Free Stitchery Craft Pattern

Hey y'all I found this really cute stitchery pattern on the web and thought I'd share it with ewe! (OK that was corny, but I couldn't help myself =) LOL) I just love prim sheep, don't ewe? (sorry) If ewe (sorry again) have a free primitive craft you would like to share and I use it, I will give you a FREE Banner ad on all my sites as well as link back to ewe (I just can't help it!)

Til next time...God Bless,

Celene presents:

God Bless Ewe Stitchery Pattern Directions:

Here's the link to the full size Pattern:

Muslin: Cut 1 layer of muslin & one layer of Warm & Natural. You may wish to use 2 layers of muslin, or flannel or a layer of felt, to give it that extra layer to where you don't have your stitchin showing through.

Trace pattern onto top layer of muslin, using a mark b gone pen.
I use 2 strands of Dmc floss for all my stitchin'.
*NOTE: if you are going to be dry bushing your stitchery to be colored in, stitch detailed items such as eyes, noses, plaids on dresses, stars on flags, & words on dresses after you have painted that specific area.
Stripes on Flag: Back stitch with Dmc floss #902 Very Dark Garnet
Sheep: Back stitch with Dmc floss #613 Very Light Drab Brown
Blue section of Flag: Back stitch with Dmc floss #823 Dark Navy Blue
Sheep Nose, Ear, Legs & God Bless Ewe: Back stitch with Dmc floss #310 Black
Stars on Flag, Star Flowers: Back stitch with Dmc floss #729 Medium Old Gold
Grass & Flower Stems & Leaves: Back stitch with Dmc floss #319 Very Dark Pistachio Green
Button Eye: Stitch button for eye with matching thread.
Spray stitchery with tea or coffee & let dry.
I only use Deco-Art Paints .
I use Royal Golden Taklon Brushes:
Deer foot series 650 Size 1/4" 1/2" (use to dry brush)
If you choose to color in your stitchery do the following.
Using a dry-brush method as listed in Twig-Niques,
paint the following.
Stars: Dry brush with Antique Gold DA9
Blue part of Flag: Dry brush with Deep Midnight Blue DA166
Leaves & Grass: Dry brush with Hauser Dark Green DA133
Sheep: Dry brush with Buttermilk DA3
Stripes on Flag: Dry brush with Rockwood Red DA97
Nose & Ear: Dry brush with Lamp Black DA67
Now you are ready to either sew your stitchery into a pillow, wall hanging or frame in a picture frame.
You may wish to cut out of wool-felt and appliqué sheep onto a pillow.
God Bless Ewe
Stitchery Directions
by Tiffany Twigs Carnal ©2001

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How To Make Grungy Primitive Hang Tags

Hi y'all! I am switching gears on my Wood n' Whimsy Blog. I'm going to add more DIY prim craft ideas for you to use! Sound good? I will be showing you step by step how-to's from our Wood N' Whimsy crafts as well as those really good ones I find on the web, so bookmark my blog because I intend to make it THE great go-to crafting blog of all times! If you have any good crafting ideas of your own that you want me to share, please let me know and I'll post it here with links back to your site or blog and give you credit for the idea. If I choose your idea I will also give you a free ad on all my sites. Here's my first contribution. Please leave a comment and let know if you liked it.

Microwave Hang Tags:
A recipe for grubby hang tabs. It works great, and you don't need to turn oven on.

2 cups of hot water
1/4 cup instant coffee (dry)
2-3 tea bags (let seep for a bit)
3 Tablespoons imitation vanilla scented oil is optional and amount depends on strengthdesired.

Mix together. Soak tags in coffee mixture for 5-10 mins. Lay on paper plate lined with paper towels. Microwave in intervals of 40 sec, checking to make sure they don't burn. Sprinkled lightly with real cinnamon before microwaving. You can stamp on them or write on them. A really great look is old time pictures applied with decoupage. Add pic of your kids to the hang tags and use as gift tags.

Kids tip:
Let the kids personalize them and they can give for Valentines, Mother'sDay, Father's Day, Grandparents Day or for any special event.
This recipe can be used to stain muslin also, apply with sponge brush. Sprinkle the wet muslin with cinnamon and rub for a great grubby look. Air dry the fabric.

Let's get grungy!! Tea bag trick!
I want to share this quick tip with you. Do you have lampshades that need that fast prim touch? Take a few tea bags (may need more ready depending on the size of the shade) Throw a cup of water in the microwave on high to get nice and hot, let your tea bags steep and gently wring out a little to get excess water off. Simply dab or blot your tea bags directly onto your shade! Yes, it's that simple. You can do as many layers as you'd like depending on how dark you want your stain.

Written by Angie Wenke
Primitive Times Magazine

Til next time...God Bless,

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hang tag Heaven

Hi y'all! I just finished the cutest hang tags and I had to show them off. Pam and I, as many of you know, call our prim craft making venture Wood n' Whimsy. We sell them at my website, my little country store in Coffeen, Illinois called Celene's Treasure Chest and local craft fairs. We have focused on primitive crafts made of reclaimed wood, but I'm coming down with a case of creative cramps. Yep, it's that time! Time to branch out it other directions. I feel the need to try other crafts as well. We will still continue to do the woodcrafts, but we are doing some different things too, hence the new hang tags. Take a look and let me know that you think!

Well? Til next time...God Bless,


By the, way I used free graphics, but can't remember where I got them. If anyone knows, could you let me know so I can give them credit. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hey Ya'll! Check out my new plugboard in the sidebar on the left. All you primitive crafters and prim bloggers are welcome to add your plug for free! It's so easy to do. It's a great way to advertise your website or blog. If you don't have a plug, Laura over at Penney Layne Graphics can hook you up with one for only $1.50! Add a plug to the plugboards at my other sites as well.

My country store
Celene's Treasure Chest
My other blog Wood n' Whimsy

Let me know in a comment if you have a plugboard and I'll come on over and and add my plug yours!

Til next time...God Bless,

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway Winners

Hey ya'll! Here are the winners of the Bloggy Giveaways
Marie at A Little Bit of Country won the cute heart bowl fillers.
Linda at Linda's Kitchen won the barn star ornie.
Here are the winner's of the Bloggy Giveaways on my other
Katy at The Country Blossom won the 14K Rose Gold Filled Chain
Mommiof4 at Tadpole Lane won the primitive americana sign.
I'm having trouble reaching the winners by email. When I click on the email button in your profiles, I get an error message from my email provider. Please contact me at with your addresses so I can send you your goodies!
Thanks to everyone who entered. Please add me to your favorites or your blogroll as I will be doing giveaways regularly on my blog.
Til Next time... God Bless,