Guide to Wall Hangings

A look at the plethora of things one can hang on a wall and some easy guidelines to make the most of your space.

So what all can you hang on a wall?

Literally anything, as long as it’s true to who you are and to your style.

Some basics:

  • Picture
    • Family, friends, pets, etc.
  • Painting
    • I love a good Windberg landscape!
  • Cross
    • So much room to play here. My mom has an entire wall of nothing but crosses. Metal, wood, painted, different shapes, sizes, colors, designs, textures, some even have sayings.
  • Quote
    • Have it on wood, etched into metal, painted on a canvas, have it as individual letters painted and designed.

 

Kind of Basic, but perhaps a little more out-of-the-box than those first four:

  • Macrame
    • I’ve seen so many designs, from Bohemian to straight-line modern. You can get them in any color or colors, big or small. They’re made out of sticks, barbed wire, vine, metal rods, wooden rods, hoops, and so much more. Some are adorned with flowers, foliage, beads, feathers, etc. There’s one out there for you!
  • Quilt
    • Quilts are works of art themselves.  Find an antique one that fits your living room, or better yet, make one yourself to put on the wall. Then when you get tired of it, use it!
    • This is a great way to hang on to a family heirloom quilt, as well.
  • Shelf
    • Open shelving is great for storage and adding interest to a wall, while still keeping an open space.
    • You can also find a small antique shelf to float off the ground. It’s pretty, interesting, and functional.
  • Records
    • When this is done well, I think it’s super, super cool! I wouldn’t do it personally, but I have a huge respect for those who respect old school music.

 

Perhaps you didn’t think of these:

  • Skull
    • See my post about decorating with skulls!
  • Other mounted animals
    • Only if you actually killed it. If not, then don’t.
  • Antique things
    • Not antique frames, not antique quilts. I mean things.
    • Windmill blade, bicycle, 1954 hubcap or front bumper, antique wrought iron archway. Something that just doesn’t belong on a wall, but looks damn good being there anyway.
  • Window
    • Windows are fun! It’s neat seeing a window pane where there isn’t actually a window.
    • You can paint the trim to contrast with the color of your walls, tie in with other hints in your space, or make them white to add freshness and openness to the space.
    • You can even put windows over a basic wall hanging, like a simple still life, as a way to frame your favorite artwork, while creating texture around the room.

 

Tips for hanging this all up:

You can find endless tips, graphs, charts, lists, and write-ups about the “right” way to hang things on the wall. I personally don’t have time or the desire to deal with ratios, measurements, and rules. No thanks. So to be helpful, but also not obnoxious, I narrowed all my research and experimentation down to  4.5 simple tips to help guide you.

  1. Hang it at eye-level.

Try to hang the focal point of your piece at a normal person’s eye-level. Not exactly at eye level. For instance, if you’re hanging something above your TV, it’s going to be slightly higher than eye-level (because the TV is presumably at eye-level), but should be in a position that allows the eye to travel naturally upward from the TV to the hanging.

You just don’t want someone to crane their neck just to see what you’ve got going on. You also don’t want it hidden behind furniture or low that someone would have to bend down to see it. It needs to be a focal point in your room, something to tie everything together, and make it blatantly obvious to anyone that walks in that this is who you are.

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   2.  If you’re creating a collage, keep it within a confined space, set by furniture and room lines.

This kind of goes with keeping things at eye-level. You don’t want your wall-hanging and aren’t to be in funky places that are inconvenient for an onlooker. I personally love collages, so when I do them, I like to keep them centered. Reigned in.

So for example, if you have your couch against a wall between two doorways, only hang stuff above the couch, between the boundaries set by the arms of the couch, and lower than the tops of the door frames.  It looks controlled and gives the room a natural flow and order.

As for how you arrange your wall-hangings within your space, that’s all up to you!

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Notice how everything hung is within the boundaries set by the couch and also aren’t too high up on the wall. 

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2.5. I personally think collages or a diverse mix of wall-hangings is the way to go.

Hang a window above the left side of the couch, above that hang a long wooden sign with a quote or word on it, hang an antique rake down the center vertically, and a mix of family photos on the right hand side with another wooden quote going horizontally beneath them.

I don’t know.

Just mix it up! Hang a mix of paintings, quotes, and shapes of all sizes with a corresponding color scheme. Hang a clock, rusted windmill, and a skull altogether. Whatever makes the space you.

Here are some of my favorites that I’ve seen on Pinterest.

@sadies_lovely_life on Instagram via Pinterest https://www.instagram.com/p/BOlYrpDD–4/?taken-by=sadies_lovely_life&hl=en

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Found on Pinterest from https://www.shopstyle.com/collective/Marcymore/43058401?utm_content=stl

Sounds like you love the eclectic nature of #fleamarket finds! #myKirklands #vintagedesign #walldecor #popofcolor

@kirklands on Instagram found via Pinterest https://www.instagram.com/p/BDx9W8BuqXX/?taken-by=kirklands

 

3) Use an entire wall to hang things on.

This sounds contradictory to number 2, where I say stick to a set space, but in this case, a smaller wall is the space. Think of it as putting a 3D wallpaper up. Mix and match different kinds of wall hangings to create a theme.

A gallery wall to make a hunting man proud.

Image found via Pinterest. Photo by Homebnc published at https://homebnc.com/best-gallery-wall-ideas/

 

4) Do you.

Don’t think you have to put certain things on the wall or you have to have one of those funky eclectic walls with random arrows and art pieces and quotes that look Instagram-ready. This is your wall, and it needs to scream that. These tips aren’t to tell you how to decorate your house, but rather give you guidance when doing so.

Decorating Your Walls in 4.5 Steps

I hope this guide has helped your decision-making go a little smoother and given you some inspiration as to what you can do with your walls.

I’d love to see pictures of what y’all do with your decor! Whether you’ve got something funky on your walls or you’re just proud of your layout, I’d love to see and give you props. 🙂

 

Have a blessed day everyone!

 

~Hannah

 

Dream Catchers: Quick & Easy Tutorial

Dream Catchers are beautiful, and so easy to make. It almost feels wrong keeping it a secret (which it really isn’t a secret). It’s easy to do, and if you don’t think you want to make it, you can always buy from a willing vendor!

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So, let’s get started. We’re going to keep this simple, and feature my own (amateur) sketches!

 

First, get your circle.  I used barbed wire for the one in the picture. You’ll also need to get a loooooong string or sinew to make your design in the circle. Keep some set aside for fringe and the hanging loop.

 

Start by securing one end of the string to a part of the circle.

Weave the circle over and under the edges of the circle as many times as you want, keeping the string taut.

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Continue this process by weaving over and under the taut string you created, getting smaller and smaller as you go.

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Tie off at the center when you’re done.

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And that’s it! You can, of course, add beads and other embellishments as you go. You can secure long pieces of string or sinew at the bottom and add beads or feathers to those. Lastly, don’t forget to secure some way to hang the dream catcher at the top.

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Remember, too, you can always place orders for items here on our site, if you’d like a unique dream catcher yourself. (yes, I just wrote in my own plug),

Thank you for reading this week!

~Hannah

Macrame

Today’s post is to talk about the craft of macrame and how we use it in our own crafts and such.

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Macrame is my latest obsession. I didn’t even know it was a thing until relatively recently. How I missed out on this for so long, I don’t know, but I’m glad I discovered it.

 

For those of you who might live under a rock like me, macrame is basically tying a bunch of knots together with hanging cords, and it is beautiful! I feel like such a hippie when I do it.

 

Here’s a a brief rundown on how to do very basic macrame:

  1. Start by getting something to macrame on like a curtain rod.
  2. Cut pieces of cord (like jute) to twice the desired length because now we will…
  3. Affix the cord to your rod by folding your piece of cord in half, putting the loop over the rod and slipping the loose ends through the top loop you made.the cord should now be wrapped on to the rod.

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4. Repeat this step for as many pieces of cord as you’d like.

 

Now that your rod has been strung, let’s start tying some knots.

I’m going to teach y’all the first knot I learned because I think it’s rather simple, but by all means, branch out, read tons of tutorials, and learn all kinds of knots, designs, and tricks!

 

  1. Start with the left two pieces of cord(so four strings)
  2. Take the far-left cord (the first) and bring it over the two middle cords and under the far-right cord (the fourth)

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  1. Take that far-right cord and (not displacing the first cord), and move it under the two middle cords and over the far-left, making a knot.DSCN3153DSCN3154DSCN3155
    1. This is a half knot. You can stop here or learn to do a simple “whole” knot.
  2. Working with these same four pieces, we’ll do the opposite. Take the far-right cord (the one that was originally on the left) and move it over the top of the two middle cords and under the far-left (originally far-right). Now, take the far-left (originally the far-right) and move it under the two middle cords and over the far-right cord, tying the knot.

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3. Now just keep going! You can stick to these same sections or share sections as you go down in rows, so for the first row you can work with four cords then for the second row you can skip the first two cords and work with the next four, so that it’s more alternate.

 

Now that you know how to make a basic knot, you can branch out and learn how to do others. You can make wall hangings, jewelry, and even hammocks. I made wreaths and wall hangings out of barbed wire like these:

 

Thanks for reading this week. I hope you enjoy and may you have a macrame-zing week!

 

~Hannah ❤

Crafty, Nifty Tools for Starting your Crafty Business

I’ve met so many people who turned their favorite hobby into profit. So I want to just touch on some tools that might be helpful!***

Tools & Resources

As the introduction says, I have met so many people that have taken their favorite hobby and turned into a way to make some money. I think that’s fantastic. I also know it can be tricky trying to do it “right.” I don’t really know a whole lot about business, but I know there are lots of resources out there. Some of these I use, others I have just heard of, but think would be great to try.

So for those of you who, like myself, monetize your craft but are lost in some areas, maybe these can be of use to you!

WordPress/Squarespace/other platforms

Using a site to host your own site is such a breeze and an easy, inexpensive way to get a presence. I say “other platforms” because there are so many to choose from, so look around.

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Canva

Canva is a website that creates free fliers, documents, Pinterest or Facebook images, banners, etc. for whatever you need. They have fonts, backgrounds, designs, and the opportunity to upload your own photos. I use it all the time.

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Pixlr

Pixlr is like a knock-off Photoshop. It’s free (just have to deal with some ads), and you can edit photos to your heart’s content.

 

Pexel

This website is the bomb. This site provides tons of free stock photos under the Creative Commons license (meaning that in most cases, you can use the photo for commercial use and don’t have to credit a source). There are many stock photo sites, but I like this one, so I’m going to recommend it.

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Moo

Moo is this neat little website that helps turn all that your business is into paper: business cards, flyers, pamphlets, etc. It’s at the top of my list.

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Fresh Books

Fresh Books is a popular accounting software: tracks sales, expenses, prints reports for different times, sends invoices, etc. I’ve yet to try it, but it’s always on my radar.

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Tax Act/Other similar site

If you’re just starting out, you might not have an accountant or are friends with one. Sites like Tax Act can help you manage your taxes, depending on what you’re filing as (contractor, self-employed, etc.) It’s an option if taxes aren’t your thing, but there are lots of great sources for tax help. Just do your research! I personally am friends with a CPA, so I haven’t used a tax service, but it might be right for you.

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ShipStation

Ship station is a software designed for online retailers that helps you manage your shipments. I’ve never used them as a seller, but as a buyer, I’ve been a part of it. From what I can tell, it seems to be a great system. You can use pretty much any carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc.) to ship your products and keep track of them.

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Asana

Asana is a scheduling system, perfect for teams. Also, haven’t used it, because we don’t have much of a “team” (it’s just a handful of us), but for bigger teams that might not be in the same location or can easily get in touch, it’s good for project management.

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I hope these can help get some of y’all going in the right direction. I know this post isn’t for everyone, but I know some folks in my circle that could use this information. Hopefully others can, too!

 

~Hannah

 

***Images/logos are not mine. I don’t own them or have any part in them whatsoever, nor did I in anyway edit or change them. I just wanted some visuals for readers , visuals that I myself could not just “get.” I found them from the following sites via Google Image search:

WordPress logo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oakleyfamily/4919659112 (Photo by Phil Oakley)
Canva logo: https://twitter.com/canva (Twitter profile picture)
Pixlr logo: https://pixlr.com/web
Moo logo: https://www.moo.com/us/about/moo-promise.html
Freshbooks logo: https://www.zendesk.com/apps/support/freshbooks/
Tax Act logo: https://twitter.com/taxact (Twitter profile picture)
ShipStation logo: https://www.shipstation.com/
Asana logo: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/asana-organize-tasks-work/id489969512?mt=8 (weirder source, but gave me a better image!)

Wreaths

A bit behind the wreaths, with decorating ideas.

You could even consider this to be a…

CANVA Wreath-Making Guide

Wreaths. I adore them. They are perfect for literally any occasion, any time of the year, and can be any color or design. I mean, they are basically the ultimate blank canvas of home decor, besides maybe your walls.

 

We sell wreaths made of rusty, oxidized barbed wire. It’s old, reddish-brown, and green in places. To some, it’s trash, but to me, it’s gold. We got it from my grandpa’s ranch. It was a part of a fence that was falling apart and no longer served its purpose, at least up until my dad and I went to go cut the wire. I had no idea this fence was there, and I had been down there so many times. This one time, my dad, neighbor (who is my age), and I went pig hunting down there. I was still in elementary probably, maybe early junior high. Because I was young, awkward, and clumsy, I tripped over a root and fell flat on my face. I said, “save yourselves!” all goofy-like. My dad was looking at me laughing while my neighbor friend just stood there and counted about a dozen hogs as they ran across the opening.

Didn’t say a damn thing.

 

Anyway, back to the barbed wire. Did I mention it’s at least fifty years-old, too? You just can’t get this kind of stuff at Hobby Lobby, you know? (to be clear, I so very much love Hobby Lobby!)

When it comes to wreaths, it’s really hard to write a how-to because there really is no “right” way to do it. It’s pretty much just putting whatever the hell you want onto a circle.

So that’s what we are going to talk about here today, y’all. Putting stuff on a circle.

We’ll cover circle options, decoration selection and application, must-haves of a good wreath, and where you can hang them besides doors.

I love structure.

 

First, let’s just establish what your circle can be because I guarantee there are some things you wouldn’t think of. I use barbed wire because that fits my style. I love my wreaths.

 

Similarly, twine or sticks, or even rosehedge-type twigs look really great for natural, outdoorsy, rustic wreaths. Then, there are wreath “templates” you can buy at the craft store, which are perfect for wreaths that aren’t rustic or outdoorsy, which, when you think about it, is a lot of wreaths. They come in Styrofoam mostly. You could also use pipe.

 

Decorations. What to put on them? I am all about being resourceful and using what you have. For example, dig through your holiday decorations and see if there’s something you won’t use. In my case, I had a garland that everyone hated, so I cut it up and put it on a wreath. I have used cotton that I picked from someone’s cotton field. I’ve used deer sheds. As far as other more easily-acceptable things go, you can use:

  • denim from jeans that don’t fit
  • other ribbons or scraps of clothes
  • Tulle
  • buttons to adorn those fabrics
  • cheap ornaments
  • leaves (fake or dried)
  • sticks and twigs
  • Silverware
  • easter eggs
  • Wooden letters
  • paint the wreath
  • hats (like make the wreath a scarecrow’s face)

 

The possibilities are endless! These are just a few ideas I could come up with as I wrote this.

The point is, don’t think you have to buy a bunch of crap. Try to use whatever you have.  

 

As for how to decorate it, I have learned a couple things.

  1. Symmetry is not always your friend, despite the science that says humans like symmetry. It isn’t your enemy, but I think you’re better off going with a balanced, but still off-centered look. I think it makes things more interesting, and you don’t have to worry as much about being perfect. If this wreath is just for you or you just don’t give a damn, then do whatever you want! It’s your house.
  2. The best way I have found to secure stuff is a combination of hot glue and wire/string. The hot glue is really secure and doesn’t show, but you risk it coming off eventually, which is where tying it on comes in. Really, though, it all comes down to which security is less visible.

One thing that you must remember to put on your wreath is a way to hang it up, like a loop or hook at the top of the wreath. It seems so stupidly obvious, but I always forget.

Lastly, wreaths are not just for doors. I have a wreath that I hang above my door. They look good just on the wall, surrounded by other decorations like smaller wreaths, pictures, crosses, or whatever else. Call me crazy, but I think they look good as center pieces. Put a candle in the middle with some other little fillers on a nice table runner with a contrasting table cloth, and voila!

 

Of course, if your craftspiration is non-existent, hit up Pinterest!

 

Blessings and craftiness unto you all!

 

~Hannah ❤

Skulls: The Best Blank Canvas

Skulls, like cattle skulls, can make for a kick-ass design element. 

~*Featuring my own impressive sketches 😉 *~

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This sounds a little morbid.

“That skull on your mantle looks great!”

But honestly, I think that skulls (cattle skulls or deer skulls) can look great. They’re the ultimate blank canvas.

Think about it: it’s something white and of decent size that you’re going to put in or around your house. You can do anything to it, or not, if their natural simplicity is more your thing.

Simple or designed, they’re all displayed the same. Here are some of my ideas:

Outside in your garden.

This is where I have mine. Stick it in the flower bed, entrance to a pathway, or where ever you might place another outdoor decoration.

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This is for those who want it out in the open. Maybe you’re a cattle family. You breed them, raise them, sell them… It’s who you are, and this would be a great way to reflect that. Skull in the center, maybe a burlap or leather runner, clear vases or mason jars with neutral green foliage or succulents, other “cowboyish” antiques, and family photos in bold picture frames would accent and balance the skull, I think.

Mantle Sketch

Hung on the wall

Much like how we hang deer on the wall, a skull would look great too. I picture it on a darker colored wall, perhaps a navy, charcoal gray, or darker brown. Hang it relatively low above the center of furniture so that it’s roughly eye-level and flows into the rest of the space (but don’t put to wear someone leans back on the couch and gets eaten). Accent it with a rustic wooden sign above or hang photos or other antique wall hangings on either side.

Another wall option is one of my favorite arrangements for anything being hung on the wall. In a smaller space, perhaps a foyer, have a small table against the wall. On one side have a decorative lamp that’s about a foot tall, maybe a foot and a half. On the other side, hang the skull (or whatever) so that the bottom of it is even, or even a touch below, the highest point of that lamp. On top of the table, opposite the lamp and below your hanging, go with a short filler: a neutral plant or succulent, stack of books, short antique, or a bold picture frame with a family picture. Lastly, if it suits your taste, you could throw in a short runner, table cloth, or doily, preferably something contrasting to the rest of the set-up.

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For example: navy blue walls, dark wooden trim, old-fashioned earth-toned lamp, the white skull, stack of antique books, and a bold golden-yellow runner.

 

As for decorating your skull, it’s all up to you. Here are some ideas:

Paint

Paint it all one color, dip paint, or paint on a design, just like you would on a canvas or piece of paper.

Flowers

This is my favorite thing in the world right now. I made one for myself first, but then went a little crazy and made something like this:

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Sequins

If sequins or shiny things are more your speed, heat up that hot glue gun. Put them all over, do a color scheme, or make a shape or design.

Seashells

This is for my Gulf Coast ranchers. I came up with this (I’m sure I’m not the first one, but I’ve never seen it anywhere else, personally) idea when I was trying to figure out a unique way to dress up a skull, after a dip painting failure (note: don’t use old spray paint!).  After a trip to Magnolia Beach, where I found this super iridescent shell, I realized that seashells, with all their colors, shines, and shapes, would make a gorgeous design, and would also bring together two totally opposite worlds: land and sea. To me, it’s an ode to where I grew up. ❤

 

I hope this post inspires you to open your minds to new ideas and get creative with your decor at home.

And always remember that it’s your home. No matter what anyone, including me, says is a “great way” to dress up your home, the best way is always your way.

 

~Hannah

Working with Wood: A Brief Guide to Finishes

When working with wood, you’ve got to treat or stain it somehow to protect it. This post has just a very brief list of stains and oils you can use.

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We make a lot  of things with wood: signs of all sizes, hat racks, jewelry holders, and more, I’m sure. Most of these have to be treated in some way to protect them from the elements and just make them look pretty!

We use a couple different stains and oils, so I thought it would be useful to list a few and show what they look like. This was a fun post to write because I didn’t know much about any of these oils, either, until I did a little bit of research!

 

Tung Oil

We use this oil pretty often. Tung oil comes from Asia and its use goes back for years and years.

It’s a great oil to use for beginners or for someone in a hurry. It dries fast, it’s safe, and makes the wood look like, well, wood. It gets deep into the wood- making it pretty waterproof- and brings out the natural grooves and patterns of the wood, leaving a matte, slightly darker finish.

 

Linseed Oil

Honestly, I’ve never used this, but it is a pretty popular oil to use on wood. For one, as a natural oil, it’s safe and environmentally friendly. It’s also very functional as it protects the wood from water and anything else that could be absorbed by it.

Lastly, like the tung oil, it brings out wood’s natural grain, staining it with a friendly golden color that will darken and deepen over time.

 

Walnut Oil

I’ve never used walnut either, and I probably won’t, for one reason. Walnut oil tends to take much, much longer to dry than the first two oils listed here. You have to leave it for about twenty-four hours, from what I’ve seen.

Despite the long dry time, it works amazingly at protecting your wood projects.

 

Beeswax

My dad has used beeswax before, and it’s a great option. It’s a natural product, so it’s safe and eco-friendly, and it provides a beautiful, shiny finish that protects.

 

Polyurethane

This one, of course, is not a natural product. Polyurethane is a synthetic, plastic-based substance that is used anywhere and everywhere, even for treating wood, like wood floors. It protects the materials from the elements, much like oils do, but in a different way. Poly is a coating on the wood, whereas the oils are absorbed by the wood. Polyurethane lasts a long time, but should any spot be messed up, it’s a pain to fix it. Oils last a really long time, too, and if they get messed up, it’s much easier to fix.

 

So when you’re making a decision on what to use (synthetic vs. natural or what kind of oil to use), just do a bit more research, and know what you want. After all, it really just comes down to taste and situation. Hopefully this brief guide is a good starting point for you!

 

~Hannah

 

Sources:

https://www.realmilkpaint.com/blog/tutorials-videos/beginners-guide-pure-tung-oil/

https://ardec.ca/en/blog/22/linseed-oil-a-natural-solution-for-wood-finishing

http://www.leevalley.com/us/shopping/TechInfo.aspx?p=59385

http://polyurethanes.org/en/what-is-it

http://kentwoodfloors.com/sites/default/files/literature/PT9-04.pdf

Steak Hooks

How to make steak flippers (or hooks, but I think “flippers” is more fun to say). If you don’t know what those are, keep reading!

 

This is one of my favorite things that we sell. I had nothing to do with it, either; it was all my dad! Steak flippers or turners are a tool used for flipping steak, as the name suggests. It’s just a long stick with a hook at the end- perfect for Labor Day down the road!

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This is how my dad made it.

To make the flipper, he used a deer shed and- get this- an old hay rake. I think that’s awesome!

First thing he did was cleaned the rust off the rake. He did this by soaking it in vinegar and buffing off the excess, shining it up. Then he took it to his forge (he makes knives) to heat it up and bent it so that the hook would more sideways. While that cooled, he moved on to drill a hole in the base of the small deer shed to fit the rake into. He also drilled a hole in the pointy end of the shed to tie leather through, so that it could be hung when stored. Once that was done, he put the two together, twisting and whatnot so that they securely fit together.

 

And that’s it! Easy peasy, but not too speedy to put together (that attempt at rhyming is just disgusting).

 

Happy grilling, y’all!

 

~Hannah ❤

Deer Antler Jewelry Holders

How we make jewelry holders.

CANVA Deer Antler Jewelry Holders

One of our best-selling pieces is this jewelry holder made with white tail deer sheds and forty year-old mesquite. The deer sheds come from all over, but that will be its own post, exclusively for y’all animal lovers. The mesquite, as I said, is about forty years-old. My dad had cut the wood when he was a teenager, and it survived the years. He found it recently, brought it back to their house, and cut it up into long, flat pieces. He makes knives and uses it in hilts and such.

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Making the holders started out as something for myself. I just wanted one. I don’t have a huge attachment to deer hunting, but I have gone before. Those are some of my fondest memories, and frankly, I think antlers are just great for decoration!

I’m thrilled that they are so popular, because they are nothing to make! Quick and easy. Let’s get started.

First, pick out your shed and your wood:

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Next, prep your picks (that’s fun to say). This takes a couple steps:

Take your shed, and sand the base down to where it stands up flat. Done.

Take your wood, and make it the length that you want. Make sure its dimensions are such that they’ll support the antler and whatever jewelry you put on it. In other words, make it a solid length and width.

Once it’s the size you want it to be, sand it on both sides as needed to make sure it rests flat and doesn’t wobble. No one likes wobbly things.

Now that your pieces have been cut and shaped, you need to treat and stylize your wood, and maybe even your antler, if you’d like. The wood, though, is a must. I use tung oil to brush on both sides of the wood. This is an important step. It protects the wood, and by doing it on both sides and the edges, you prevent cracking. Plus, it makes the wood pretty. You could make the antler shiny, but I don’t I like the more rugged, raw look to it. It maintains the integrity of the deer.

 

It is now time to assemble. Find where you’d like to mount to the antler. Be sure it’s in a place that the weight is well-distributed. Otherwise, your holder will fall over. Don’t want that.

Using a power drill, drill into the bottom of the wood part of the way. Place the base of the shed over that, and hold tight. Drill through the wood into the shed. Once it’s in, twist the shed with your hand till it’s on tight.

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Boom. You’ve got yourself a jewelry holder. Go dress it up now.

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May you stay inspired and crafty always, and God bless!

 

~Hannah ❤

Porch Signs

How I make outdoor porch signs.

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I wish so badly that I had a porch. Like a wooden porch with steps, a swing, pretty railings and columns, a fancy front door, tables and chairs, all that stuff.

Why do I wish I had a porch? Aside from the fact that I’d love to spend my mornings on that swing?

Because I could do so. Much. Serious. Decorating.  Front porch displays are what I spend hours thinking about. I wish that was a joke.

So many of my front porch fantasies involve rustic elements, like tin and wood, so to bring that to life, I made (well, make) these signs:

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All of these signs are made with barn wood and/or ridge row that my dad and I go out and get from my grandpa’s or uncle’s land. My uncle and his friend own a bunch of land in the town over from my hometown, and he let us have at it. There’s on pasture in particular that had some knocked down structures that were perfect. When I saw the torn down house, with that minty-colored paint, I heard angels sing.

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To be clear, we don’t go tearing people’s barns and houses down. These are structures that are vacant, aren’t used, or have already been or are about to be torn down. Knocking down those empty, decades-old barns is probably the only good thing Hurricane Harvey did for us. Another great example is the wood I got from my fifth-grade teacher. Harvey knocked her fence down, so she offered me the wood. 

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So anyway, I have seen similar signs on Pinterest, and I thought they were either crazy expensive (which they can be) or really difficult to make (which they are not).

I will say, these require some bigger equipment, but aside from that, they are a piece of cake. Let’s do this.

Let’s start with the wood, because it is literally the backbone of your project.

If you are using untreated wood, you have to treat it. That’s where your oil, like teak oil, comes in. Make sure you brush both sides and the edges. If you don’t, the wood will crack. If you’re using something like old barn wood, you don’t have to treat it because it should already be treated. I do recommend spraying it down with that clear spray paint or decoupage to help set any paint that’s on it. It’ll help (a little) to keep it from chipping more.

Next, cut it to the length that you need for it to fit your word. If it’s wide enough, you are set; however, if you are having to put two or three boards together to make it wide enough to fit your letters and/or tin, just remember to put a board behind those cross-ways that’s the width of your boards when they’re together. That’s common sense, but I feel like I have to say it anyway as a reminder.

Screw all these pieces together or use the nail gun.

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Now that your backboard is made, put your tin over it, if you’re using it. Cut it to size and then screw/nail it on.

 

Lastly, add the letters! By now, you should have painted the letters whatever color you wanted and spray it with that spray paint or decoupage to protect the paint. I sometimes like to distress the letters by sanding them down in places to make them look old and worn.

Using your measuring tape, center the letters and space them out evenly. When you have them where you want them, screw/nail them down. You must secure them in all the .major places of the letter to keep the wood from curling up.

 

All that’s left to do is put it on your porch!

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Happy arts and crafts-ing!

 

~Hannah ❤

 

*When you put something like a nail or screw through that wood, it is going to stick out the other side. That’s not okay. You will have to cut it off. There are a variety of ways that could get that job done. I’m assuming that if you have the means to build this sign, you have the means to cut off those pointy screws. If not, a quick internet search will give you the help you need!