My New Desk

I've been doing a lot of organization work in the home. I'm also trying to work on my home a bit more. I have tons of stuff to do, so this blog will probably be showing my updates for a while and nothing else.

My first act of crafting organization was to build a craft desk. My things were spilling over in the corner that I have them and it has gotten to the point that I don't want to make or do anything. I have to drag stuff out to get to what I need and I had to do something about it.

I saw this awesome craft desk on Pinterest not too long ago. I knew when I saw it that it was just what I needed, only bigger.


Here is the one that I saw:


The original idea is from Ana White, but this is someone's desk they made using the idea on Ana White.


Isn't it just divine? Well, I wanted it. We followed the semi-instructions but I added a few things.  I added length to it, a middle cubbie section, 2x2 for the support boards, and backing to the cubbies instead of wallpaper.

It cost almost 300.00 and I painted it to match my livingroom mural.

Here is mine.




Here is my wonderful hubby building it.


And here it is waiting to be painted.




The top is mdf board, but I wanted it to look like planks. I didn't want to put planks on it, I wanted a solid top, so I'll just paint to look like planks.




Here is the top when I finished it.


I added runes around the edge.


I forgot to mention that I painted the cubbies with oil based kilz so that I could paint them. After painting I put two coats of polyurethane on the whole thing.


Here are the rocks that I started painting on the cubbies. Hecate likes to inspect my work.




And here it is after I have finished. I need to buy the cloth drawers and I may add a climbing vine to the artwork later.








Brightest Blessings,
Saga











Samhain Memorial Luminary

This article is part of Kallan's wonderful Sunday Stew. Please hop on over and read all the different flavors added by each chef. I know that you will love it!




This is a lovely memorial project to honor your loved ones for Samhain and the rest of the year. It looks quite beautiful when it is lit by candlelight and you'll want to keep it lit year-round.

This is a very easy and cheap project to make.

For this project you will need:

4 dollar store 5x7 frames
Black card stock
Vellum paper
Pictures of your loved ones that have passed
E-6000 glue
Tea light candle
A photo editing program

I am going to make mine using pictures of my sister Dana, my husband's parents, and my grandparents. It will leave one frame open for wording. However, you don't have to have wording if you choose, you can put another picture in the 4th frame.




These are just cheap plastic frames. I broke off all of the plastic on the back. The frame does have glass in it and that is all you will keep in it. The back that goes behind the picture will be removed and thrown away. It will look like the pic on the right when you are finished.


Now you will choose your loved ones' pictures and edit them to fit. You will be printing these on vellum paper. I could not find any plain vellum at Michael's. I had to get vellum with a floral print on it in the scrapbooking section. It fit perfectly in the printer and I was able to print 2 5x7 on each page.
However, a bit of warning for you. I started one to print and went to the kitchen for a bowl of delicious chicken tortilla soup. When I returned I found that the vellum had rolled while it printed and my mamaw and papaw's picture was smeared. This has to dry when it comes out. You cannot touch the part with the picture until it dries. You will have to help the picture out of the printer as it prints because it will roll up.

Below is the different sheets of vellum that I found.

 

After I have printed the pictures on the vellum. The picture at the top left is the one that I messed up of mamaw and papaw. I then printed it on the piece on the right. The bottom of my sister printed perfectly.


This is my husband's mom and dad in the frame.




After you have the pictures in their frames, you are going to glue them all together. I am using e-6000 glue. I am putting a generous amount between each frame. Let them dry completely before adding the bottom piece of cardstock.

 


After it has dried throughly, cut a square of black cardstock to make a bottom. I attached it with more glue.



After the bottom has dried thoroughly, it is ready for a candle. Just place the candle down into the center and light. 

PLEASE REMEMBER: NEVER LEAVE A CANDLE BURNING UNATTENDED.

If you would like to help it be a bit more illuminated, you can use a mirror in the bottom, or even use a square of mirror as the bottom instead of the cardstock.

Some other ideas:

You could also just do three frames and make a triangle luminary. If you would like, you could make one luminary with Samhain poems and one luminary with your pictures. That would be pretty on each side of your altar. 


Here is mine finished.




 


 






I hope you enjoyed this craft.


Brightest Samhain Blessings,

Saga







October Full Hunter's Moon and Drinking Horn Project

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October's full moon is known as Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon, and the Dying Grass Moon. My craft this month doesn't really have anything at all to do with any of them, lol.  

I could have done some kind of spell that included blood, or perhaps another antler craft like I did for the Buck Moon......but I didn't really have time for those. I'm super busy right now and I've really been wanting to make this for my hubs. I was really sweating this craft out, because I ordered it on the 19th and I received it on the 25th. Also, I had NO idea what I was doing. 

I am not a metal worker. I don't know how to do it, I'm sure I could learn, but I didn't really have time. The ones with the best instruction were about putting metal on the rim.  I'll put those links for you and if you want to go that direction, you'll have some instruction.

I am also not a carver, and there were plenty of explanations for using a dremel or carving tools. 

I decided to go the woodburning route with this. I did find a thread that said that it was possible to use your woodburner on horn, so I went for it. I'm really happy with my results, it looks great. It's an easy craft, taking me only a couple of hours. Even better, my hubs loves it. 

First you'll need a cow horn. I found one on etsy for a good price with shipping. It had already been cleaned, polished, and I think it was waxed. You can buy them without the cleaning and polishing, but you have to boil and clean and polish. I was really happy with this one. It looked like this when it arrived:



It's a nice size and it was evenly polished, no thin spots or holes. You can repair holes, I've read. 

You will need to get a pencil, transfer paper, a pattern that you want to use, and a woodburner.

For my pattern I used this book:





I like this book because it is real viking designs found on artifacts and there is no problem with copyright. 

I chose this design for the rim. 


This design was found on a chair from the Church of Grund in Iceland. 

I laid the transfer paper along the rim and put the design on top. I pressed kind of hard with my pencil as I went around the design. As you can see, even though I was pressing hard, it made a really light copy of the design. But it was okay, I just went over that with my pencil. I didn't want to have to do this design without the transfer, it would have taken a lot longer to do. 


I just continued going over the whole design with my pencil when I'm finished transferring.

 


When I was finished with my transferring I started with the woodburner. And yes, it smells like burning hair while you do this. You get used to it. You also have to have a really steady hand. Press firm and smooth. I went over it lightly at first, then I went back and pressed a little harder. Since I had no idea what I was doing, I was afraid I would burn through the horn, but I didn't.
 




When I was finished with the rim, I put a little matching design on the tip.



And then I put Thor's hammer on. Another design from the book. It was a pendant that was found in Gotland, Sweden.


To make the design stand out you can put a bit of acrylic paint (your choice of color)on it with a dry cloth and push it into the design. I'm going to use black because I think it will look good on this horn. 


 

With a very wrung out damp cloth wipe it back off. I did this twice, to get a good dark color. Now I'll put some wax back over my new design.



As I said, I will put the links for you if you would like to try your hand at the copper or silver trim or carving. I'll also put some other links with more detailed instructions for cleaning, polishing, and other things.











I hope you enjoyed this craft,

Bright Blessings,
Saga



Go To The Sirens For A Craft Post




Today I'm totally making a Samhain Sirens Crafting post! If you want to learn how to make this magical spellbook keepsake box then go

HERE

A chance to win one of my handpainted spirit boards! It's the Samhain Siren's kickoff!

It's here! It's here! It's time for the Samhain Siren's kickoff! Today is the 1st day of October and with that comes all the yumminess that the Siren's are dishing out!

If you have ever wanted to own one of my handpainted Spirit boards, then today is your lucky day. You can have a chance to win one! I am honored to be the very first giveaway of the Siren season.

Go on over and enjoy the kickoff and then follow the entry the giveaway instuctions. Good luck to each and every one!

This is the giveaway:


Mabon Funkin Altar Decorations


This article is part of Kallan's wonderful Sunday Stew. Please hop on over and read all the                                 different flavors added by each chef. I know that you will love it!



It's the second harvest celebration and the official beginning of fall! Let's all celebrate with a pumpkin spice coffee! While you're drinking your coffee let's make an altar/home decoration.

This week I'm trying out the funkins. Now, I've never used these. I've seen them for years in the stores, but I've always passed by. I preferred (and still do) real pumpkins. However, I did want something that would last a few years, so I thought I would grab a couple of these and start crafting.

I decided on one white and one orange. I also purchased some fall leaves, fall colored flowers, black wheat, and some orange glitter ribbon.

The first thing you want to do is decide what to put on your funkin. I wanted words on one and a picture carved on the other. I went to dafont.com and found a nice font that I liked. I went with "Here Comes The Sun". It is a nice sized decorative script without too much frill.

For the white pumpkin I decided on a stag silhouette in front of the moon.

I printed it out the size I wanted.


I used transfer paper to put the lettering on the funkin. Just lay the design on the transfer paper and trace over it with a pencil. Do this with both designs.




I know the design I made for the white pumpkin is atrocious (and I'm almost out of black ink) but I only need to make an outline on my pumpkin, so it worked.



Now carve them both. Also cut the tops off, like you would a pumpkin. I'll let you know now that if you have never carved these, the orange was terrible! It seemed brittle and it was harder to carve. The end result carve of the orange one did not have smooth edges. The white one was way easier to carve and it did not make a mess. They both had very heavy PVC smells, which I don't like. When you are finished carving, wash them. The transfer paper makes a bit of a mess. 


There is a caution on the bottom of the funkins that they are highly flammable. You can use lights but only LED lights in them. I'm not going to risk anything since I am also using dry items, such as the wheat in mine. I decide to line behind each of the designs with a bright felt. I'm going to use yellow. I used E-6000 craft glue to attach it to the funkin. I just smeared some glue on the inside, around the design.




These are lightweight and the items that we are going to be putting in them are heavy, so they will need to be weighted inside a bit. I just put a few rocks in each one. 

Next you want to make your arrangement. The black wheat comes with twist ties around it. Keep those to hold your end arrangement together. I used 2 bunches of wheat per funkin. Also, the wheat is quite long. It's up to you how much you want to have standing up, so you will have to trim it. I just put the wheat inside the funkin and kind of measure how much to remove.






When you are finished measuring your wheat and you have it bunched together, tie it with a twist tie to hold it. The other flowers I clipped each one off of the bunch right at the base. Now just arrange your flowers and leaves around the wheat. Use another twist tie to hold the flowers to the wheat. Then put your lovely ribbon around your arrangement and tie a bow.
 

Now, when you put the wheat arrangement inside the funkin it will not be stable, unless you use foam blocks inside. I hate those foam blocks. I stuffed raffia around my arrangements. It worked nicely and my kitties, Gaia and Kissy had a blast.

 


After you are finished stuffing whatever around your arrangement, stand back and look at the awesome that you have made.

Welcome Autumn. Have fun with what you made, put more decor around it. Light some fall candles or incense. This will look nice for Mabon.






Bright Blessings,

Saga