February 19, 2018

Creating an Effective and Natural Wood Sealant

My recent cast iron creative inspired me to use some of my effective and natural wood sealant, which honestly is just another variation of my 'wood balm' recipe. But - it really is - effective and natural - so why not!

With this project I used 3 parts coconut oil and 1 part bee's wax, along with about 5 drops cedar-wood essential oil. Mainly for the aroma - I think, as I tend to have a preference for earthy, woodsy type essential oils in many of my home uses.

After I blended the coconut and melted bee's wax together in a glass jar, I added my essential oil drops. Blending again. Then taking a soft, but sturdy cloth - I rubbed generous amounts of my natural sealant into the stained wood.

This really made the wood 'pop' and heighten the look of the flat black pipe, and hanging cast iron. Plus it smelled just - lovely. I also like that we can make small batches at a time thus cutting down on waste too!

February 15, 2018

Pretty Plantain :: Embroidery & Notebook Page

We are getting closer to the finished project, and I am really excited to share what this creative endeavor will look like... however, we are not quite there yet. A few more herbals to go:

Plantain, is one my favorite botanicals. Maybe in part, it causes me to think of  Mama, and her speedy uses of it on almost any given day - during the summer. Or maybe it is because it is such a Created blessing to the herbal world, that it should not be over looked. Either way, this pretty plantain made into my creative flow.

You can the find the template {HERE} for the embroidery block, and a simple notebook page {HERE}... please - if anyone knows how to share these in a better format, I am all ears.

My primary stitches were the stem stitch and french knots, I also feel these stitches are easy enough for younger hands. But you can use any stitch you like, and there are plenty of resources online or from your local library.

I am also finding the more I stitch, the better my blocks are turning out. Well - you know what they say... practice makes perfect. As I close, I have a sharing on a little history - American Samplers and Hand Embroidery... these ladies had some stitching skills. :)

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February 12, 2018

How to Make a Cast Iron Hanging Rack {Wall Mount}

I know I am not the only one who loves to spend time on Pinterest, so many ideas and inspiring how to's one could easily get carried away. But with a little discipline and budget wisdom, along with a strong do it yourself attitude... oh the possibilities!

I also know, I am not the only who appreciates good ol' cast iron. Though loving it as I do, I will confess it takes up a lot of space in my kitchen cupboards... and this is where Pinterest came in. It didn't take me long to find my inspiration. However, the link with the picture on Pinterest, did not lead me to the actual instructions for the hanging rack that inspired me. So - I did my best to recreate something similar, based on my preferences and a picture.

I decided to use 1 x 2's to form a base on my wall, the long sides are five feet in length, and the short top and bottoms are twenty inches. Each length side is screwed directly into the wall studs. Now before I go any further, I will say two things... one - I am NOT a carpenter, and two - the house is almost one hundred years old. :)

The 1 x 4 's are cut to thirty inches, then screwed into the one by two and wall stud with two and half inch black screws. My local hardware store was having a special... for all Pinterest projects they were offering free services on things like; cutting the wood and threading my pipe. *Please, stain the wood before mounting to the frame, in a well ventilated area.

The pipe, the most pricey portion of this project, is a half inch in diameter. I used six feet total, being cut into two foot sections and threaded on each end. Add an elbow and floor flange to each end, then tighten everything down securely. Then, I spray painted them with a flat black, suitable for metal, spray paint.

Once they were dry, I mounted them on my wooden back drop - with the distance between them being relative to what I was going to hang. Meaning the bottom rungs are equally spaced, and the top rung intentionally has a smaller hanging space. I did this to help insure that the smaller cast iron was hung near the top and the heaviest pieces at the bottom.

My hooks are from bungee cords. Yes, I could have ordered them from Amazon... but somethings I just prefer to work out locally. After visiting three hardware type stores, it clicked to give these a try. Sure enough, the hooks on a bungee cord fit perfectly on a half inch pipe, thus I spent about three dollars for six hooks.

In hind sight, I think I would like the wooden back drop flush against the wall, and possibly frame it in along the edges. But who's to say that won't come later, as this project has led to many ideas for our kitchen remodel.

Wall Mount Pinterest Idea's {HERE}

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