Saturday, August 30, 2008

Prim Friends Network

Looking to promote your craft business website or blog for free?
Whether you craft primitive, whimsy, vintage or shabby chic... Prim Friends Network is the place to visit & network from.
Each week a crafter will be featured and there will be a drawing for a give-a-way.
If you are interested in 'networking', send Shari, the owner of Prim Friends Network your 125x125 button banner. In return you need to set up a Prim Friends Network link on your site. This can be text only, or you can be as elaborate as you would like with pictures, banners, etc. The only requirement is that you do it! This is a Network and it doesn't work if it's members don't "Network"!
Let's work together to promote crafting AND your business! Visit Prim Friends Network today!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Zoho Writer: FREE Program For PDF Files

A few pattern makers on a Prim Forum I belong to asked how they could turn their paper patterns into PDF files for Epatterns. I mentioned that I do mine on a FREE program called Zoho Writer. They checked out the link but were a little overwhelmed by the program. While I don't pretend to know everything about it, I have used it a number of times for my own e-patterns and wrote up some instructions on how I use it. If you are interested in reading them you are welcome to download the pdf : Creating E-Pattern PDF Files On Zoho

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Grubby Electric Candles

These grubby candles are fun to make! This is one of the first ones I made a few years back.
I picked up some old electric candles at yard sales and flea markets . Sometimes you can find them at dollar stores too.

I took some sandpaper and sanded down the candle, then painted it with brown acrylic paint. When it dried, I painted it with Mod Podge and then rolled it into a mixture of instant coffee, real coffee grounds, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

When that was dried, I would paint on some more Mod Podge sporatically and 'drizzle' more cinnamon over that.
Once dried, I painted with another coat of Mod Podge to seal the coffee mixture.
I purchased a fluted candle pan and glued the candle to that with clear Liquid nails. I tried hot glue and didn't like the results. Didn't hold good enough.
I tied a strip of homespun around the base of the candle and attched some red pip berries. Then filled the candle pan with scented rosehips.
I replaced the bulb that came with the candle with a silicone coated bulb.