Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

I'm going to leave you with a youtube video if you have a chance. This is Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing "What are you doing New Years" I love Zooey's voice and Joseph's is equally great! They're soooo cute together.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

To end the year.........

 I have a few new pieces to show you.

Any Daschund lovers out there? Oh, I know there are quite a few!!!
Well, I had a blast making these little pups for my special friend Andrea from The Cottage Market.
She loves her Doxies and who can blame her!

Meet Pops.......

and Rusty.....

ahh, they are SWEET,

and aren't their little bluebird friends so cute?

They're on their way home and couldn't be happier!
Thank you Andrea!!

My next little duo is a brother and sister from Sweden.
Oh my GOSH, they are CUTE!!!!!!


and Junie!

They are perfect together.

I love that I have been able to meet so many wonderful people through blogging this year.
I can't wait to see what next year brings for everyone!

*********Best Wishes and Happy New Year*********

A Pinch of Prim

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vintage Bottle Tutorial

My parents are in the process of building a new house. They needed some fill dirt to help level out the ground. So my dad found a place that wanted to get rid of a lot of their dirt and they would dump it at my parents for free.
Good deal!

It wasn't just dirt that got dumped though, there was a ton of these mixed in.

And this is just a small sample of what they uncovered.
 Some of these bottles are so old.
It's amazing that they are still in one piece.

Oh my GOSH! Don't throw them away, I want them!
So they saved them for me...Yay!
This was around Halloween and I thought they would be great for making little potion bottles.
I never got around to those, but I also thought they would be really cute for Christmas too!

Cleaning these gems was the hardest part.
I let them soak in soapy water and then washed the outside of them.
It was the inside that was HARD to clean! A toothbrush wouldn't fit, so I read that soaking them in Polydent or any denture cleaner would help loosen stubborn dirt and stains. So that and a bottle brush worked ok. They weren't perfect but that adds to their charm:)

~Tutorial for Vintage Christmas Bottles~

Gather your supplies:

*vintage bottle: (of course, any glass bottle would do)
*graphic: I picked out a cute piece of scrapbook paper at the craft store and cut out my image; you can find and print one online too
 *mod podge
*damp paper towel
*clear fine glitter
*silver glitter paint
*embellishments; ribbons, bells, Christmas balls, anything!

Here's my graphic. Sweet little reindeer.

Paint the back of the graphic with a good coating of mod podge.

Place the graphic where you want it on the bottle, then coat the top of the graphic with another layer of mod podge.

While it is still wet, do a light sprinkling of clear fine glitter over the graphic. You can leave it plain also.

Now is a good time to take a damp paper towel and wipe any excess mod podge and glitter off the bottle.

I then outline the graphic in a bolder color glitter, depending on your picture you may want to use red, gold, green, silvery blue or pink!

Then I decided to fill the inside of my bottle with some Vintage Mica Snow. I wanted a sparkly effect. I've used artificial snow before and sometimes I leave them empty too.

A funnel made this step very easy. If it gets clogged and it will, just poke it with the end of your paintbrush.

After the glitter dries, you can add some of your pretty little touches to the neck of your bottle.
I chose this silver and blue fiber yarn from Martha Stewart that I picked up at Joann's.

That's it!
They don't take long at all and they can dress up a little vignette for Christmas!

There are so many different options, just have fun!

Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mr. Red Nose

Hello Friends!
I have some cute and easy tutorials I want to share with you
in the coming days. One has to do with vintage bottles, another with a cute little nest and then finally some tinsel or sparkly pipe cleaners!
Should be fun:)

Now here is my newest little creation for this holiday season......

Mr. Red Nose

I apologize for the glare in the photos. It's hard to find good light these days.
Especially where I live we have been enveloped in a cloud of fog the last few days:(
I usually take my pictures outside on the front porch and when I realized how bad the glare was when looking back at the pictures, I said forget it! No way I'm dragging everything back out there, brrrrr!

He has a sparkly red nose and a collar with jingle bells.

He has a cute little white belly and little white spots on his back.

Decked out and ready for the Holidays!

He loves chocolate chip cookies and milk.
Can't you picture him with a little milk mustache?

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