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Dish Flowers

Winter time can get very dreary when looking out the windows.  No beautiful color from the flowers anywhere to be seen.  I’ll admit the snow is beautiful before the animals track through it or the vehicles drive through it but it’s not like looking at beautiful blooms in our yard.

I FOUND A REMEDY!!

Take a look at these beautiful glass flowers I created from old dishes!

Three bowls glued together with E6000 and allowed to dry. On the back of the set I glued an old medicine bottle and the opening of the bottle sits on a 3-4 foot piece of rebar in my flower gardens.

I took four different sizes of clear dishes and glued them together. It’s a beautiful flower that sparkles all kinds of colors when the sun hits it.

E6000 is the glue I used but there are other options to try when you check out my Pinterest site (https://www.pinterest.com/NanaCountryFarm/glass-flowers/).

Some will be heavier than others but the rebar placed well in the soil will make it stand up and shine!

Check out my Pinterest site https://www.pinterest.com/NanaCountryFarm/glass-flowers/ for more ideas and more links with detailed instructions.

This gives you an idea of how the glass flower will look on the rebar standing in your flower garden.

Imagine the sun hitting the pinks and reds on this glass flower.

Now get busy putting those old dishes to good use and think SPRING!!!

Burlap Wreath

I made my first ever burlap wreath yesterday and it turned out really fluffy.

 

First try and it only took about 15 minutes to complete just the wreath.

First try and it only took about 15 minutes to complete just the wreath.

The wreath was very simple to make by using a wire wreath and burlap.  I used this link to watch a two-minute tutorial:  https://www.burlapwreath.com/how-to-make-a-burlap-wreath/.  It’s so simple and to think I’ve been putting this off since last fall because I didn’t know if my brain could handle one more thing in it.

I wanted to do something patriotic for the front porch but this was just a little too plain so I decided to add a little more red, white and blue.

Simple, yet elegant!!  July 4th, bring it on!!!

Simple, yet elegant!! July 4th, bring it on!!!

Elegant yet country, don’t ya think!  Now I need to come up with some just as patriotic at our mailbox at the end of the driveway that won’t get blown away by the storms like we’ve been having! Oh well, I’ve got nine days to come up with something!

The brain is already full of ideas for the fall and winter and have you seen the different colors of burlap out now???  It’s amazing!!  Happy crafting!!

 

 

Crocheted Bath Rugs

I’m crocheting a lot at night now. Over the last two years I’ve found and been given some white feed sacks.

Old feed sacks that have been unseamed and washed.

Old feed sacks that have been unseamed and washed.

100 % cotton feed sacks. They don't make these anymore, everything is plastic.

100 % cotton feed sacks. They don’t make these anymore, everything is plastic.

I decided since they were cotton they would make some strong and easy to clean scatter rugs. First I pulled out all the seams, washed them and hung them out on the clothesline to dry so they would hold their shape. Then I pressed them out with my iron just enough to be able to cut fairly straight one inch strips. I connected the strips as I rolled them into five-inch balls so they would be easy to handle and not get knotted up while crocheting.

Feed sacks cut into 1" strips and rolled into balls for easier hangling.

Feed sacks cut into 1″ strips and rolled into balls for easier handling.

I decided I wanted them to fit perfectly in front of the camode, shower and the sink. I took the measurements and started crocheting with a simple single crochet using a size N hook.

Single crochet stitching

Single crochet stitching

On the second row I started hooking in the back look of each single crochet.  This gives the rug a layered look.

The sacks were in several shade of white, cream and a peachy tone. This is the results of the first rug I completed and before it was blocked.

The sacks were in several shade of white, cream and a peachy tone. This is the results of the first rug I completed and before it was blocked.

Sink and shower finished rugs.

Sink and shower finished rugs.

Camode rug

Camode rug

Sink rug

Sink rug

I decided not to dye them because I liked the look of the old feed sacks and the finished product will work in any room.  I’ve washed them one time and got a sort of rag look from the pieces which makes them look even older.  These rugs will take a lot of washing and last for a long time.  They’re not so heavy that I can’t dry them in the dryer or hang them on the clothesline.  I love the end results.

Mill wheel makeover

I was checking Pinterest tonight and found this site http://pinterest.com/gustavodalmasso/ who had a board of  water wheels, water mills and grist mills and it was beautiful.  It inspired me to show you what I made from a grist mill wheel that I salvaged from a fallen down meal on the last homesite we lived on before we moved to the farm.  The mill was built soon after the house was built which if I remember correctly was 1805.  Anyway, it hadn’t been used for years not had the barn on the property and every thing was built of logs.  The mill roof and floor timbers were decayed really bad and it hung over Snodgrass Branch  which probablyaccelerated the decay.  When we were tearing apart the damaged building we found all types of milling tools, horseshoes, handmade nails and other relics of that sort which made us think there was probably a blacksmith shop on the farm also.   My major find was the gorgeous, intact mill wheel.  It was dirty, bruised but intact and I knew it was going to be my next project and it had to go into my house.  Somewhere in all of the thousands and thousands of photos I have not scanned yet are the pictures that would completely tell the story of the reincarnation of the mill wheel.  I, so far, have only been able to find one.  I will try to tell in as much detail the steps I took to bring the mill wheel back to life but reincarnated as a household item.  First you have to have an idea of what a mill wheel looks like to know what I’m talking about.  Mine didn’t look exactly like this one but it will give you an idea.  Mine was also inside the building running the grinders, it wasn’t a water wheel like this one.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

This wheel was made of beautiful maple which I found once I gave it the first bath.  It was  twelve inches deep, four feet across and had wooden spokes in the middle of the wheel.  It also had a cast iron plate in the very middle with huge cast iron bolts and nuts on it.  It was not easy to handle but I did have a breezeway on the back of the house which was perfect for the challenge I was about to undertake.  It  took several soft baths to clean off the years of grease and dirt and of course, drying good between baths.  THEN I decided to make it into a coffee table with a glass top.  Next step was to decide on a base for the very heavy top.  We had a huge maple tree blown over from a storm on the family farm and the stump was the perfect size.  Hubby took me with him to cut off the stump and see if it was solid and what kind of shape it was in. The bark fell right off of it and it was solid as a rock, I’m in luck!!  We took it home and I cleaned it up, and  did a little sanding. It matched the wheel perfectly and I set it up to dry really good.  Next morning, I put the first coat of polyurethane on the wheel and let it dry.  Checked out the stump and all of the plastic that I had sit it on was covered with little tiny bugs.   What the heck?????   Hubby checked it out and said the bugs were probably inside the tree and the washing and sanding brought them out.   I put the stump in a plastic garbage bag and sit a bug bomb in the bag too.  I sit off the bomb and closed up the bad and left it for two days and thought sure it would kill them but better wash again and let sit on the plastic and wait.   Next day, more bugs!!  Then I decided to freeze it a couple days in my deep freezer.  It took a few days to thaw and the bugs came out again.   I was ready to cry not knowing what to do.  Hubby suggested I bake it and I looked at him like he was crazy!!  He took it to his hunting lodge where they had a huge wood cook stove and the stump just bearly fit in the oven.  He started a small fire and let it cook but watched it carefully and he baked the stump for me three or four times slowly and on a very warm heat but not hot enough to catch it on fire.  It never smoked and the bugs were no more!!!  By this time I had put several thin coats of clear polyurethane on the mill wheel, sanded the cast iron plate and bolts and painted them glossy black.  The iron plate and bolts is what I would use to attached the wheel to the base/stump.  This is what I had at this point:

Mill Wheel coffee table almost completed.

Mill Wheel coffee table almost completed.

Now that the bugs are out of the base I started the polyurethane coats and applied the same amount to base as the wheel.  Hubby helped me put it together and drill the holes for the bolts.  Wait a minute, what’s the top going to be.  We racked our brains, looked at magazines, window shopped furniture stores and nothing popped out at me.  Then Uncle Bill came to visit and was totally awed at what I had done and decided nothing could cover the looke of the spokes, cast iron plate and base and the only top that could be put on it was glass.  DUH!!! Why didn’t I think of that!!  Uncle Bill wanted to be a part of the project and he bought me a piece of beveled glass 3/8″ thick and pretty little brass L-shaped brackets to hold the glass up off the spokes and plate.   We put felt rounds on the brackets so they wouldn’t scratch the glass as they set on top.  The entire project was beautiful and the table was perfect for my huge 18 x 32 living room space which also had maple flooring.  I was so proud!!

When we moved to the farm we live on now I didn’t have room for it and my Mill Wheel coffee table went to live with Uncle Bill and he was as proud as if he’d built the whole thing from scratch.  Three years ago Uncle Bill  passed away and the table came back to live with me and I MADE room for it until just recently.  It is now retired into a storage building on the farm until I decide to re-decorate the living room again.  Here are a couple pictures of it in our existing house and will give you an idea of how big it is but still beautiful:

Mill wheel in a country sitting.

Mill wheel in a country sitting.

There's about 2 1/2 fit between the edge of the table and the wood stove to pass through to the kitchen.

There’s about 2 1/2 fit between the edge of the table and the wood stove to pass through to the kitchen.

It’s so easy to decorate for the different seasons and holidays.  It can also be a catch all for everything imaginable.   I love this kind of project!!