Rusty Antiques

Easy Peesy Applesauce

Making applesauce should be a fall tradition! Here is an easy way to make delicious yet easy applesauce.

Ingredients:

10 Apples (cored, peeled, cut and chunked)

1/2 Cup Water

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Sugar

*suggested alterations: Apples have natural sugars so just add a few teaspoons of sugar instead of half a cup to make it healthier. I also added a bit more cinnamon because my husband loves cinnamon!

You can either do 8-10 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high

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Throw everything in the crock pot at your desired temperature and walk away

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Once it is done, take a fork and break up your apples and mix everything together, wait till it cools and enjoy 🙂

Fall Bucket List

I am going to try to do as many of these as I can. Will you join me by making your own fall bucket list? You can steal all of these ideas or make up your own. Let me know if you are going to do any of these.

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Be thankful

I love fall. I have never been more excited for apple picking, leaves falling and crisp cold weather! What is your favorite thing about the autumn? Here in upstate NY, summer is slowly fading away as the crisp weather is working its way in. The leaves have just started to fall and I have been forced to turn the heat on in the house every now and then.

I’m not sure what it is about this season that is so attractive to me, is it the colors? the fact that I love wearing jackets and sweaters?  I think the thing that I love the most about the fall is I feel as though it is God’s reminder to me to be thankful and content with what He has given me. Thankful for the new season, thankful for His promise that winter will come, but that Spring is always around the corner, and thankful that in all the seasons, seasons of life and weather, He is always here with me.

So, even though upstate NY is having a hard time making way for fall, my house is definitely not struggling with it. I have added some pictures for you as inspiration for your own house as you welcome fall in and all its beauty.

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Just remember that if fall is not your season and winter is not your thing, spring and summer will always come. Genesis 8:22  “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Fall Candle Holder

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Learn how to make this cute stick candle holder

What you need:

– A candle holder

– Garden pruners

– Super Glue

– Sticks

– Jute (optional)

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Gather and cut your sticks with the garden pruners to about the same height as your candle holder.

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Using your super glue, put glue on the branch and hold it onto the candle holder until it is stuck. Make sure you figure out the “flattest” side of the branch before you glue it onto the candle holder.

Now work your way around the candle until there are branches all the way around the candle holder.

If you want to, you can add a jute bow around the sticks (shown below)

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Mum’s the Word

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Can’t wait for my mum to bloom!

Gettin’ Crafty in the Craft Room

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I bought this peg board from Home Depot that measures 24 inches wide by 48 inches high.

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I spray painted it yellow and added these hooks that I also bought at Home Depot!

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I then added my craft stuff and there ya have it, hanging wall storage with easy access to everything that you need!

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My New Dining Room

My dining room is now complete.

My chairs and table have been painted, I finally found curtains that I love and I have lampshades that look great and complete the room!

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The “12” frame was from our wedding- we used them as table numbers. But we just celebrated our 1 year anniversary so I am using it for now because of the 12 months we’ve been married

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I found a tutorial on Pinterest to make these Dandelion pom poms 🙂 I think they go great with the room!

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New Shades!

I had bought and cleaned up old milk glass lamps (as you may recall from my post Rustic to Chic Lamps) but they did not come with lampshades and so I have been keeping my eyes open for nice black lampshades to finish off the lamps. This proved to be harder than I thought it would be and I could not find lampshades that were black and big enough for my lamps. I decided that I would widen my search by looking for cheap shades that were the same size and could be redone. I found two of these lampshades at a thrift store for $4 each and I said “hmmm I can work with that!” so I bought them and got workin!

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This is what they looked like before I had my way with them….they are genuine floral! how fancy right 🙂 I only get the best of  the best haha! Unfortunately I could not just  cover them with my cloth because the floral showed through so I had to cut the leaves and grass out.

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This is what it looked like without the grass and such.

To follow are the steps that you will need to take in order to take an old or plain lampshade and make it look updated and new!

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Step #1: Find a big piece of paper and trace the lampshade. To do this you will lay the lampshade on the paper and using a pencil you will trace the lampshade while rolling it over the paper. If your lamp shade is bigger at the bottom then the the top, then it should look something like this (below), otherwise if the top and bottom are the same size then it should be straight all the way accross.

Note: Make sure that you leave a little bit on the top and bottom so that the template is a bit bigger then the lampshade it self.

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Step #2: Lay out the template over the fabric and cut out your fabric

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Step #3: You will want to iron your fabric so there are no creases

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Step #4: Make sure that your fabric fits over your shade.

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Step #5: Put a line of hot glue down so that your edge is secured to the lampshade.

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Step #6: Then lay the other side overtop and turn the shade upside down. We are going to start working on the edges. If you have a lot of excess fabric, you can cut it off, but remember that you need enough to fold over the inside of the shade.

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Step #7: Place a dab of hot glue on the inside of the shade and fold your fabric over on the glue. Now, work your way around the shade until all of the bottom of the fabric is secured to the shade.

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Step #8: Now you are going to take the other edge piece and fold it over and secure it in place with the glue so it looks like this.

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Step #9: Before you start gluing and folding the fabric over the top, you may have to make a few cuts like so to make them lay flat. If your shade is all one size, then you may be able to skip this step.

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Step #10: Now you can do the same thing you did to the bottom of the shade. Put some dabs of hot glue on the inside of the top and fold over the fabric edge

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I am so glad that I finally have cute, black shades on my milk glass lamps that have been sitting naked in my dinning room for weeks!

A Little TLC

Do you have a chair that needs some tender loving care like this one? I will show you how to take an ugly cushion and make a brand new one using little materials and time. (Please pay no attention to the ugly chair attached to the cushion we will be attacking that animal next time 🙂 for now we are just focusing on the cushion.)

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I will be explaining how to do this in 2 ways because either you have a chair that has a cushion on it like the one above and so all you want to do is cover up the ugly, or you have bought a chair that has no seat in it or is a woven seat like the one below and you want to create a seat cushion for it.

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First I will explain how to make a new seat for your seatless chair (above) and then I will explain how to cover your cushion for both kinds of chairs since the process is the same.

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If this is similar to what your chair looks like then you will have to take it apart and then with some spare wood and a jigsaw, you will have to cut out a seat for your chair.

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So I had my brother cut two of these out for me since I have two chairs (btw, yours may not look like this and may be perfectly square which is great! My chair needed this because its got weird square shaped things on top.) Make sure the wood fits in your seat. It can either sit on top of the chair, which is easiest or you can make it sit down inside of the chair. If that is the case you will need to make a brace for it otherwise it will fall through. To make a brace, cut out 4 small pieces of wood, about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long and then screw on the underneath/inside of your chair with the new seat on top to make sure that it is flush. Mine are just sitting on top of the seat because for mine, it was too complicated to make the seat fit down inside.

Now you will either need to get foam or quilt bating depending on how cushiony you want your chairs. I used quilt bating because I didn’t want these ones to stick up too high and look funny. But I used foam for chair type #2 so if you chose foam then stayed tuned, we will come back to you, if you are using quilt bating then here’s what you do.

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Cut out a piece of quilt bating that is a bit bigger than the board.

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Start by turning over the board, folding over your quilt bating and stapling it to the board. Start by stapling one in the middle and two on either side (but not the corners) and then work your way in until the whole side of it is stapled on. Don’t worry about excess quilt bating right now and we will do the corners when all the sides are stapled on. Next, do the side across from you. Pull the quilt bating tight so that there are no ripples and then staple in the middle and then one on either end, then fill in the rest.

Now you will pick another side, and repeat the process. Make sure that your corners are free and that there are no ripples or folds in the center, we want this as smooth as possible. Now do the opposite side and finish the process.

At this point you can cut off the excess, except on the corners.

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If your corners look like mine then you will cut into the corner diagonally like shown above. if they are perfectly square, then you can fold the corners up and back and then staple them. kind of like what i do below except not to the side, instead just take it straight back and staple.

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This is what your seat should look like once you have done all of the corners (my quilt bating was not big enough to cover the entire seat so I had to use 2 pieces thus the staples in the middle lol).

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If you have a chair like this, (one that already has a cushion) you are in luck! This is a very simple process, all you have to do is flip over your chair and locate the screws that are holding your seat cushion on the chair. Unscrew the cushion and remove it from the chair. Then you can either remove the cushion cover on your cushion or you can cover it. Mine was vinyl so I just took it off because it was hard and falling apart. But if yours is cloth, then you may just want to keep it on.

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Now for the pretty and fun part!

Okay so now we should all be back on the same page, either you have a cushion on your chair, you bought a piece of foam, or you just used the quilt bating and have already done the steps above.

Now we are going to cover our chairs with a pretty and new piece of fabric so we don’t have to look at old ugly chairs anymore!

Here we go…

You will need to buy some fabric. To cover my chairs, I bought a yard of fabric for each chair because that is what I was told when I did this. But that proved to be way to much. However, it ended up being great because then I had enough for the two chairs I bought later and then added to my dining room. My suggestion would be to measure your seat cushions and then add 4 inches to either side if you are using foam and 2 inches to either side if you only used the quilt bating. So if you have 4 seats that are each 16X14″ then you should buy 4 pieces of fabric that are approximately 18X16″ or 20X18″ depending on the thickness of your seat.

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Once you get your fabric, lay it over your seat cushion to make sure it fits then iron out the wrinkles in the fabric.

Next, lay out the fabric on the ground (upside down) and place your board on top. If you have foam, lay it out first and then place your board overtop of the foam and fabric.

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Start by folding over your fabric and stapling it to the board. Staple one in the middle and two on either side (but not the corners) and then work your way in until the whole side of it is stapled on. Don’t worry about excess fabric right now and we will do the corners when all the sides are stapled on. Next, do the side across from you. Pull the fabric tight so that there are no ripples and then staple in the middle and then one on either end, then fill in the rest.

Now you will pick another side, and repeat the process. Make sure that your corners are free and that there are no ripples or folds in the center, we want this as smooth as possible. Now do the opposite side and finish the process.

At this point you can cut off the excess, except on the corners.

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Once you have stapled all the sides- and left the corners alone, this is what your cushion should look like. Your corners are probably not like mine and are probably straight across so you should take that excess fabric on the corners and pull them straight back and staple.

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If yours does look like mine, then make a cut diagonally like above

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Then pull them the side on the back and staple them

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This is what is should look like once you are done

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Now that you are finished, you can attach the seat back onto the chairs and this is what they should look like! the top is with the foam and the bottom is without.

Like i said, next time we will be painting our chairs so they don’t look so worn out!

Hold onto your memories

 

For this tutorial I have taken two ideas that I saw on Pinterest. The first was this idea of taking Elmer’s glue and making your paint crackle. The second idea was to gather all the tickets you have collected that you and your significant other have done together and putting them on display in a shadow box.

Supplies:

  • Shadow Box
  • Elmer’s Glue (make sure its “Glue-All”)
  • 3 different colors of craft paint
  • Paint brushes- you can use three for your three colors of paint and one for glue, or you can use one paint brush and just wash in between use
  • A printer
  • “Admit One” ticket
  • Tickets

I started off by buying a plain wooden shadow box from AC Moore

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Then I painted the box a creamish color. The base coat will be the color that shows through the cracks. You actually may want to practice this before you do it on your shadow box incase you don’t like it. I practiced with several different color combinations before I settled with this cream and then the orange I add later.

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As the base coat is drying you can paint the inside of your box. I chose black to make it a bit more classic.

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Once the base coat is dry you can start painting with the glue. I preferred to poor a bit on and then spread it out, you can go as thin or thick as you want with the glue.  Within a few seconds of painting, the glue will begin to separate which is what you want. You don’t want the glue to dry, but you do want it to be tacky. Wait about 3 minutes before you paint your top coat.

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Next you want to start painting with your top coat color. Make sure that you do short-quick strokes of paint. Follow the direction of the arrows shown. You want to take the “shortest route” to the end. I started from the glass and moved my way out. Short-even strokes are the best because the less movement of the glue, the better.

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Within seconds your paint will start to separate from the glue and you will already begin to see the “crackle” look

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My husband cut a hole in the top of the shadow box for me so i was able to drop my tickets in and then I added this “Admit One” ticket that I got online. I just printed it, cut it out and then with elmers glue, just attached it inside the box.

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Once you are done creating, drop your tickets inside that you’ve collected and display it for all to see!

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