Happy Monday and welcome to our Spring Challenge! Today a group of 8 bloggers will be sharing their DIY projects. We were given the challenge of using fabric, Modge Podge and recycling something in our homes for this Spring activity. I will tell you my creativity was certainly challenged. However, once we ate two jars of Homestyle Ragu, I had just the jars that I needed to complete this Spring project! Please follow along for my inspired Spring journey and those of 7 Lovely bloggers.
All links are at the end of this post.
I am a jar saver, I think it all began with the multitude of mason jars that Mother had in her basement. Those jars were used for canning, picking berries, flower vases, water jugs, craft jars and more.
So when I find a jar that strikes my fancy the first I thing I do is soak off the label and wash it up real good.
I liked these Ragu jars from the beginning because to me they had an old time feel.
So here we go with our Blogger Spring Challenge of Recycling and then using Fabric and Modge Podge.
I have included a step by step look on how to paint, distress, then apply modge podge and fabric to a jar.
This project takes one day to complete because of drying time in-between applying chalk paint, sanding and then the process of modge podge.
Chalk Paint & Distressing a Jar
*Acrylic Chalk Paint
*Paper to cover work area
*Paper Towels for clean up
*Cover your work area with paper.
*Pour small amount of chalk paint onto paper plate.
*Using a paint brush apply one to coats of chalk paint to jar, allowing to dry in- between applications.
*Dry thoroughly before sanding.
This project was a trial and error journey, but I believe that I have it figured out now, so I am quite thrilled to be sharing it with you!
First I sanded the jar on the left lightly, then I discovered that I needed to be a little more aggressive to give them the distressed look that I wanted. I went heavier in different areas to give them an aged appearance.
These jars are all ready now for Modge Podge using fabric.
I chose to go with a Spring theme by using blue chalk paint, floral vintage fabric and multi-color ric-rac trim for my Easter table in our Breakfast nook.
Fabric Modge Podge The Jar
*Fabric measured and cut
*Cover your work area.
*Measure your jars to determine the amount of fabric you will need.
*Cut Fabric with pinking shears to avoid fraying.
*Measure ric-rac and cut to desired to length.
*Pour modge-podge onto paper plate.
*Brush modge-podge onto jar, place fabric on top of jar and brush on more modge-podge.
*Repeat until jar/jars are covered with fabric.
*Brush modge-podge on ric-rac and on jar.
*Let dry for several hours before using.
Thank you so much for joining us all today, we appreciate you taking the time out of your busy days to share that time with us!
It was a typical 1960's vegetable garden plotted out between the slough and our red brick house. Symmetrically framed by asparagus on the North side and Raspberries bushes on the South side.
In between all of this is where the soil was plowed over in early Spring and the garden was planted.
My Mother and Father were natural Farmers and ran a lucrative farming operation.
Summers were spent working side by side digging ditches and hauling in hay.
They were at their best when they were working in the endless Summer Sun in the soil that they loved. It seems as though they never sat still and their Winter weight of 10 pounds melted off as soon as the signs of early Spring set in, where they grew pencil thin and were at their very happiest.
Time...where did they find the time to run 150 acres?
Mom and Dad, a tumultuous team at times, that managed the books and plowed the fields while tending to me and my sister.
Dad always repairing farm equipment and Mom handing him the tools.
"Marge hand me that wrench, no that's the wrong one."
Mom rolling her eyes and searching for the right one, and muttering under breath.
My Parents, fragmented beautiful souls who left me with a small farm, but more than that they left me with a clear vision of who they were.
I love knowing this so much and even more so than ever before, they framed their dreams and were never afraid to go after them.
In one word they were AUTHENTIC-always authentic.
You may not have liked what they said or how they said it but they were who they were right up until their final breath.
In my youth there were times this frustrated me. Now, it seems to me to be the only way to live one's life and I wish I'd have figured this out sooner.
They say they you are always learning in this life and I guess this is another lesson for me to learn.
I suppose I got to thinking about all of this as I have been in the garden planting and thinking.
I do some of my best thinking in my garden and I can talk to myself without anyone giving me suspicious looks!
There are no distractions, no noise, no talking.
It is just me and nature and this is where I find such joy.
I suppose one could say, I solve alot of my own worries and problems as well as the entire worlds.
I've rambled and reminisced enough for today so now it's time to get baking.
This is a tender cake with a nice sugary crunch. I used Raspberries but you could use any sweet juicy berry and it would do just right.
Fun Fact about buttermilk it is sort of the unsung hero of cakes and cupcakes.It's like the secret ingredient to a wonderful moist and tender cake.
Hi everyone, seems as though I have been away for quite awhile and now that I am back this post is jam-packed with goodies.
I have recently returned from a special and sweet week in Oklahoma with two of our Grandbabies and came back home to Spring weather.
Naturally the gardening bug hit me hard and I got to work on some Spring projects while also partnering with a great shop which many of you may already be familiar with LoveFeast Shop.
On top of all of this, today is Ten on The Tenth. Where ten "masterminds," just teasing a bit here.
Share creative and thrifty projects or finds for just around $10. Links at the end of the post.
So in honor of Spring joy, gardening and decorating I am here to share with you some simple tips for creating your own Spring planter that will cost just a few cents over $10 and a perfectly lovely LoveFeast Shop Giveaway too.
Let's begin with the giveaway, because it is just too good to wait for!
LoveFeast is sweetly offering this "Come In The Evening Sign," for their giveaway.
A retail value of $60 you can follow the link below to check it out on their shop.
Hello dear friends! The Brighten Team is happy to be able to share with you a Brighten Workshop Ticket Giveaway. For those of you who have already purchased your ticket to the workshop and would like to have an extra ticket for a blogging buddy or friend we would love for you to enter as well.
If you have not purchased your workshop ticket this is a great opportunity for you!
Just leave us a comment telling us your favorite flavor of cupcake and then follow the rafflecopter instructions. Winner will be notified on March 6th.
We are just 25 days away from the Brighten Workshop and we really want to share a little bit about the journey of how we organized this event and also who we really are.