03 December 2015

Primitive Christmases Past

Time for another post about some of my favorite projects from Primitive Christmases Past. My last post was about Primitive Christmas Mitten Ornies. This one is just about favorite craft projects for Christmas in general.

This first one is a primitive ornie that I see all the time on Pinterest, so I must have done something right with it. I had actually made it to post on my Art Chick Studio blog in 2010. But after I finished it, it looked rather prim to me, so I posted here too. Any of you who have followed my blog for awhile, you know I don't much care for sewing. But this kind of project is small enough that it doesn't get the better of me. And it's less stress too because it's prim--so I know it doesn't have to look perfect to be prim!

Primitive Snowman Face Ornie

Snowman Face Ornie

In 2013, I decided to make a mini Primitive Christmas tree out of a cinnamon stick and homespun. I'd seen other prim crafters do something similar with a cinnamon sticks, so I wanted to give it a try. It's probably the smallest and easiest little tree I've ever made, and I think it turned out super cute.

Primitive Christmas Tree

How about this grungy primitive reindeer ornie from 2011, made from a muslin bag? Look, he even has pip berries for antlers. How cute is that?!

Primitive Reindeer Ornie

And hey, let's not forget about my Primitive Snowball Face Ornie from 2010. I had so much fun making this. actually made quite a few of them for an ornie swap I joined that year. It was really fun though and I love the little carrot nose, and the hat made out of a baby sock!

Primitive Snowball Ornie

 So there's my little treasury of Primitive Christmases Past. I hope you liked the little stroll down holiday memory lane. And I hope you are on Santa's Nice List this year so that he will bring you lots of wonderful Christmas goodies. Ho-ho-ho!

01 December 2015

Primitive Christmas Mittens

I've been so busy lately, since I started a full time long-term art teaching substitute position--I haven't had time for blogging, or even crafting. I am teaching all day then doing lesson planning each night, and trying to squeeze in work for master's degree classes too. The Hubs sees me so seldom that I doubt he even remembers my name!

But that being said, I have a rare night with not a lot of lesson planning to do, so I thought I'd do a couple of blog posts on some favorite Primitive Christmas crafts I've created in years past. I'll schedule one post for later so you will actually get at least two posts from me before Christmas!

For this first one, I thought it would be fun to post a sampling of the Primitive Christmas mitten ornies I've created. I love doing things with mittens because they are just cute and can be made inexpensively, and they're quick to make too. 

This first mitten ornie is from 2010 and it is one of my more popular Christmas posts, and I've seen this mitten show up on Pinterest a lot too. I love the color combo on it and that little bit of sparkle from the mica flakes.  I think the Primitive Heart gives it just the right touch. Click below to see the full post.

Primitive Heart Ornie

This next mitten ornie is from 2010. I decided not to grungy this one--just left it plain and simple. Sometimes simple is just better. And I like the added rusty tin snowflake too.

Primitive Snowflake Ornie

This one is also from 2011. I love this one because it is grungy, AND it has a primitive snowman face. What could be better?!  And the little touch of primitive homespun, and a rusty tin bell too, make it extra cute.

Primitive Snowman Mitten Ornie

 Finally, this last one is from 2014. I decided to do this one up with pip berries, a primitive candy cane, a prim star, and some mini pine cones. This one is grungy too, and I think it turned out pretty well.

Primitive Mitten Ornie with Pip Berries

So there you have 4 Primitive Christmas Mitten Ornies from Christmases Past. I hope they find you getting in the Christmas spirit. Another Christmas post to come! :)

09 October 2015

Favorite Fall Primitives

Hey, all. I thought since I haven't posted in awhile I would put together a post to highlight a collection of my favorite Primitive Fall projects from the past. This will be a way to share projects with my longtime readers, and new readers, that I have really loved creating since I started the Tattered Sisters blog. And hopefully it will get you inspired to make some new Fall projects, since Fall is finally upon us!

So let's begin with one of my favorite creations, and one of my most read posts on the blog. And that is, for my Ginger Citrus Simmering Spices.

Ginger Citrus Simmering Spices

If you've made these, you know already how wonderfully delicious they smell, and how they really make your home smell like Fall! If you haven't made them yet, what are you waiting for? And if you need the recipe, just click on the image and it will take you to the blog post where you can find it.

Next up are my grungy Boo Bags. 

Boo Bags

These were so easy and fun to make. You know I LOVE Grungy Goods anyway! But these were great because I made them as little treat bags just for Fall or Halloween. If you'd like to make some too, just click on the image and it will take you to the Boo Bags post.

Let's also remember the Primitive Putkas in a Jar that I made. I love finding new ways to use Mason Jars, especially for gift-giving. So when Fall is at hand, these are a really quick, easy, and very fun gift to give your primitive friends, especially if they like scented items.

Prim Fixins Putkas in a Mason Jar

Just scent your putkas, put them in a rusty frog jar lid, add some homespun, and it's a gift! A really good smelling gift too.

Here's another fun craft I made awhile back, my Grungy Primitive Pumpkin Ornie.

Primitive Pumpkin Fall Ornie

Any of you who have read my blog for awhile know that sewing is NOT my favorite thing. But on occasion, I do like to make ornies, because they're just cute and they require minimal sewing. I loved making this little guy, and I see his face show up in my Pinterest feed a lot, so I know other folks like him too. :)

Oh, I also loved making this Primitive Pumpkin Jack Dough Ornies.

And their mini Pumpkin Jack Dough ornies friends. 

Mini Pumpkin Jack Ornies

I love dough ornies! They are so fun, and pretty easy to make too. And they make great gifts. I make all my Dough Ornies with the same basic recipe, which you can find here:

And let's not forget, this Pumpkin Muslin Bag was a super easy Fall primitive craft.

Pumpkin Muslin Bag

They are also perfect little treat bags for Halloween. Click on the image to view the full blog post on how I made them. And you know, you could make a pumpkin face stencil to make the faces on these bags and use rubber stamp ink or paint to make a whole bunch of these bags in relatively short order. You could even get the kiddos to help!

And one last item as I travel down my Primitive Fall memory lane, this was one of my favorite primitive freebies that I created to share with you.  My Fall Pumpkin Tags.

Fall Pumpkin Tags

That pumpkin tag freebie is still available for FREE download. Just lick on the tag image and it will take you to the PDF file that you can download and print, in case you missed that original post. 

I hope you enjoyed this little treasury of my favorite Fall Primitives. Which one was your favorite? I also hope you have an absolutely fabulous Fall this year as well!

Happy Fall, Y'all!

18 May 2015

Grungy Taper Sconce

I know I haven't been doing much primitive crafting lately. My heart has been in my painting and that's what I'm doing the most right now. But I did have the urge to make a little something while I was in my studio over the weekend, so I thought I'd share it with you today. It's this Grungy Taper Sconce.

Grungy Prim Taper Sconce

I used a rusty tin scoop as the sconce, then tied on some muslin. I added my grungy primitive candle taper in a mini rusty tin bucket to hold it in the center of the sconce. Then I added some pip berries (a candle ring) around the mini bucket, and I finished it with a little primitive crow pick. I just need to add a hole at the back of the sconce so I can hang it up. :)

31 March 2015

Vintage Girl Kraft ATC

I created this ATC awhile ago but I don't think I ever shared it here. So considering how lax I've been in posting these days I just thought I'd share this now.

Vintage Girl ATC

You know I love Vintage Photos, so when I can use them in an art or craft project, I'm thrilled to. And I love the photo of this lovely young lady. I grungy'd up a Kraft ATC blank and then added the photo and embellishments. There's even some black ribbon woven through the card on each side of the flower. Once I'd finished with that it seemed done to me. :) I don't create that many ATC's anymore. I really should start to do more again.

20 March 2015

Primitive Annie Easter Hang Tags

Sorry I haven't blogged much in awhile. I just really haven't been doing much crafting these days. I am mostly painting in my studio; that's just where my heart has been and I tend to follow my heart when I'm in the studio. But I wanted to create something for you with Easter coming up--a Primitive Freebie. So I created a sheet of Primitive Easter hangtags for you, with my own handpainted Primitive Annie on them. 

Primitive Annie Hangtags
I did add a little prim bunny to my handpainted Annie--that is a prim graphic. But the Annie was painted by me with watercolors. I just thought she needed a little bunny on her Easter dress. :)

If you click on the image above that will take you to my DropBox account for the full-sized PDF download. Please remember that my artwork and/or hangtags are copyrighted by me. You do NOT have permission to sell these tags or the artwork on them, nor to reproduce them (in whole or in part) for commercial use or sale in any way. Also note that the watermarks do not appear on the downloaded tags.

I hope you like the tags and I hope you have a Happy Easter.

12 January 2015

Grungy Heart with Pip Berries

I finally (finally!) made it back it to the studio after over a month! I've been rather obsessed with working on my genealogy lately. But my creative spark got big enough to need to play in the studio yesterday, so that's what I did. I had bought a plain muslin heart at JoAnn's last week--it was $2.99 regularly but I think it was 40% off. I am not a fan of sewing unless I have to, so this was great. A blank canvas just waiting to be made primitive. I meant to take a Before photo but forgot, of course. Here's the finished product though.

Grungy Primitive Heart

To make the Primitive Heart grungy I actually used watered down acrylic paint. Normally I would use my Grungy Sauce made from instant coffee etc. But I was already in my studio and didn't plan ahead enough to do the grungy part ahead of time in the house. So I watered down some paint and brushed it on with a foam brush a little at a time, dabbing off excess as I went. Then when I liked the look I used my heat gun to dry and set the paint.

Next I scrounged up some Pip Berries to add. The button was already on the heart, so I just used that to attach the pip berry sprigs to. Then I grabbed some homespun and and tied on a bow. And that's all there was to making this cute grungy heart that is perfect for Valentine's Day, or any day really.