Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Crafting with minmal cash, continued

I promised you more easy craft ideas with minimal money spent.  (Don't we all just love the sound of that?)

I went outside, and cut a bunch of  rosemary from my garden.  (You'll probably want to let it dry out, upside down first, because I didn't, and then it all started to wilt on me, so I had to pull a bunch out and let it dry and then put it back in.  Just so you know.)  Then I placed a little block of floral foam (keeping it dry) into a small bucket.  I had some raffia covered floral wires (found at a craft store, near the floral department) so I braided three of them together loosely.  Then I simply bent the whole braid into an arc and poked the ends into the floral foam block. 
 I wrapped and twisted lengths of rosemary around the braided wire until it was mostly covered.  Then I just poked extra pieces into gaps in the braid here and there, until it was full.  If you needed to, you could use small pieces of green floral wire to secure them in place as well.
To finish it off, I tucked a few pieces of reindeer moss over the exposed floral block.  The entire project took me about 15 minutes, and cost under $7.00.  (I had to purchase the floral block and moss, but I already had the darling galvanized container, courtesy of cheap finds at TJ Maxx.)

Now my home smells like an Italian kitchen.  Or what I presume an Italian kitchen might smell like.
 
My final idea for today, cost no money, because I already had the picnic basket, and the tan paint.  I just free-handed a large "B" on the front, and then painted it. If you aren't comfortable with free-hand drawing, you could print one out on your computer, cut it out, and trace the outline.  My husband bought me this picnic basket for Mother's Day several years ago, because he knows how much I love picnics!  It was a honey color with a red paisley liner, originally.  I cut the liner from around the edge, and spray painted the whole thing white, then distressed it a bit.  I love the addition of this letter.  You could also paint a number or monogram on yours!  Super cute, personalization, with limitless possibilities!


26 comments:

  1. Cute, cute, cute! I haven't been by to visit for a while...looks like I have to play catch-up! Hope things are going well with the house-selling business!

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  2. Again, love love. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't want to buy your home with all the darling things you put into it. I would buy it in a heartbeat!

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  3. very cute ideas. charming. You don't need a lot of money girl. you got talent and creativity.

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  4. I'm so that tomy picnic basket :) Love it you thrifty Mama!!!

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  5. As the daughter of a very Italian mother I've learned that a kitchen needs a little garlic with that rosemary!!
    {but I don't think that will help you sell your house!}
    I truly enjoy your blog!

    M.E.

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  6. Wow -- two great tips! Thank you! Love them both and will give them a try! Have a great Wednesday!

    Janet

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  7. Love both of your ideas! I will for sure be copying your picnic basket plan......hooray!

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  8. Too, Too cute!! LOVE the "crafting with minimal cash" series!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Many Blessings!
    Jill

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  9. I bet your house smells great! I love the picnic basket, lord who can draw a letter that perfect! You, a creative person!

    Carol

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  10. Oh I love that picnic basket idea. You know after you had the tutorial on the moss wreath I realized I could make my own moss balls too. I love them. :) Thanks!

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  11. love this!! and i agree completely with elizabeth, how can people leave without buying? mind boggling.

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  12. love! and keep the inexpensive crafts comin'!

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  13. oooo! love the rosemary idea. i've been enjoying reading your blog Sasha. thank you for the beautiful creativity!

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  14. SO cute!!! Love the rosemary/wreath bucket idea! I am totally going to make one! It will be perfect for my kitchen window! Thanks!

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  15. THIS would be a great TV show. Martha on a budget... Or Minimal Money Martha. Love it!

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  16. LOVE it!! So... no water? It dries nicely? I have to go back and read better! :) I love the crates for school too! You rock! :)

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  17. Oh if only I could do these cute things...I love looking at what you can do and dream! =)

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  18. another award for you!
    http://becominghomegrown.blogspot.com/2010/06/award-for-me-does-this-mean-someone-is.html

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  19. Great ideas! I have fresh herbs in my garden but didn't include rosemary. We just don't use it often enough in our house to warrant it....but maybe I should have so I would have extra for something like that!

    :-)

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  20. you so smart! i love the rosemary idea. i need to get some herbs in my garden!!

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  21. It all looks great! I love the spray paint. Sometimes I really wish I could just quit my job and craft all day. Might be hard to pay the bills, but oh how fulfilling!!!

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  22. Love it girl. I bet your house smells yummy too:)

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  23. Love your style! Happy Canada Day ;)

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  24. Wonderful idea for my rosemary that I'm growing. You are just one very creative and sweet gal Natasha! Thank you for that tutorial.

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  25. I'm writing fm Italy and I'm sure that your kitchen smells fantastic with that rosemary! I also have rosemary in my kitchen! Try this: put in a frying pan a little of olive oil, a piece of garlic, a piece of rosemary and let it cook a while together for one minute, then put boiled chickpeas a little bit of peperoncino and salt... 5 minutes and wow! A fantastic good-smelling-veggy recipe for your Italian smelling kitchen.
    Angelina

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