Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Wsoapp has found this unusual piece and we have decided to make a fun game out of it. Everyone, including members of Wsoapp are invited to join in on the fun. So far, we have had some really great guesses, but no one has hit it right on the mark. Posted below are some of the guesses from our readers and from group members and the answers to those guesses. I have been periodically posting hints on the front page of the blog right beneath the picture of the mystery antique. Good Luck!
1. Is it a door knocker or a money clip?
No, it is not either.
2. This is a device to make a wax seal.
No, sorry it is not that. Great guess though.
3. Hi; it looks like it is a handle and latch to open a trunk? Mona.
No, it is not that either.
4. Is it an official seal? Marcy
Great guess, but nope! It is not a seal.
5. Is it a door latch? Stephanie B.
No, it is not a latch of any type.
6. This is a combination peephole/door knocker used on doors. Danae.
Sorry, it does not go on a door.
7. It's a seal press, used to put seals on documents and envelopes with hot wax or something.....Patrick.
Nope, it does not get used with hot wax. It does have a pressing type action to it though
Clue # 2: Although originally created after the war of the revolution, this handy little item was patented in the late Victorian era. Around 1879 to be exact. A Victorian housewife would have found this item a wonderful luxury to own.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Have you ever gone to the store in search of that perfect garland for your primitive Christmas tree or that perfect bead for a project you are working on, only to find that what is being sold is not quite the style you were searching for? I can attest to the fact that the primitive or shabby chic style is often hard to find. Artist Brenda of Rusty Creek Primitives has offered some easy-breezy steps to helping you achieve your own tarnished, prim or rustic look with the findings already available at craft shops. And what's really great is it is inexpensive to do, often times saving you more money than if you had bought the item already looking the way you wanted it.
How to Make Your Own Antique Looking Silver Beads
Cheap silver bead garland
Black acrylic paint
Small, old towel
These are so easy! I made these from those cheap silver strands of beads you buy at any discount store for around a $1 a strand.
Put on your protective gloves or you will get paint all over your hands. Lay the towel in your open hand and put a generous amount of black paint into your palm area of the towel. Rub it around into the towel so that it's not so goopy. Next take one end of the strand of beads and lay it into your palm with the paint. Grasp your hand around the beads and work the paint onto the beads all the while pulling the strand through your palm.
Do this back and forth several times until they are nicely coated but not soaked. Set the beads aside for a little bit and let the paint set up but not dry. Put them back into your gloved hand with the towel and work the paint a little bit more. You will rub some of the paint away but leave some. It's all part of the "aging" process. Once you get the "aged look" you want on your beads hang them around the neck of your hanger and let dry.
Photos and tutorial by Brenda Sanker of Rusty Creek Primitives
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Then came the day I will never forget.
My phone rang. I saw it was a friend of mine and realized I needed to take this call. She and I were decorating for our choir Christmas banquet that was just days away and plans needed to be finalized. I quickly told my ten-year-old son Austin, who wasn’t feeling well and was home from school, to watch my three-year-old. He said he would put a movie on and the two of them could quietly watch it in my bedroom.
As I was gathering up another trash bag full of torn wrapping paper, I slowly realized that once again, my home was way too quiet. This time I dashed upstairs. I was met by a dripping wet, wide-eyed little boy who proudly exclaimed, “Look mommy, I all kween now!” I smelled something funny and bent down to sniff his little half-wet head. “Oh, no!” Could it be? Yes, it was flea shampoo!
Years later, when I look back on that holiday season, I realize that it really was perfect after all. Not in the way that I had originally planned, but in a better way. I learned that true perfection is in the creation of memories and that my best memories are the ones that are wrapped around my children, not around the presents under the tree.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Later, people began selling hand-hooked rugs, and cottage industries eventually sprang up across the continent. By the 1940’s, rug hooking had become a well-established hobby in the United States and Canada. Hand-hooked rugs can be found in art galleries and museums in throughout the world.
Fine Hooked Rugs with thinner strips of material and a variety of shading techniques are used. Primitive Hooked Rugs use wider strips of material and generally little shading is involved.
The tools are the same in either of these forms. Here is a list of the basic equipment needed:
1. A hand hook - to form a loop pile on the surface of the backing material
2. A Frame - to hold the base material in place for hooking, there are many different types of frames from very simple needlepoint frames to large floor frames
3. Scissors - These are normally small scissors with a bent handle that allow the "hooker" to cut the material very cleanly
4. Cutter and Blades - Used to make strips of wool (or other material) from larger pieces. The thinner the strip of wool the finer the finished product will be.
5. Rug Pattern - The pattern is drawn on the Backing Material and is used as a guideline for hooking. The backing material is usually either burlap, monk's cloth or Linen.
6. Wool Material - Wool can normally be purchased by the yard of the piece and can be purchased in many different colors. You can also use old wool clothing for this and more experienced "hookers" will often custom dye their wool for a specific project.