Crafting Day


Fall Crafting

A while back two of my friends and I decided that we really needed to have a craft day.  Today was that day. All three of us have a penchant for trying crafts of various types. We had planned to make a fall craft and we did!

I had empty bottles from my Young Living Ninxgia Red that I had been saving because I thought their shape was so cool. This seemed like the perfect time to make use of them.

Paint was purchased at Menards.  Rustoleum paint plus primer was used and worked pretty good to cover the jars and their labels. We decided we would paint them without the caps on as we wanted to be able to put flowers, grasses and things like cattails in them for fall decoration.

The paint colors I used on my bottles were Rustoleum Claret Wine, Fire Orange, Strawflower and Oregano with a satin finish.

One of the gals owns a Cricut and she cut the vinyl letters for us to put on. A earlier visit to Hobby Lobby and Michaels yielded some extra stuff to bling our bottles up.

The plan was to spray the paint on the bottles outdoors; so we wouldn’t have to worry about fumes and overspray in a building. Unfortunately, the day did not dawn bright, sunny, clear or glorious! It was, instead, hazy, slightly foggy, damp, chilly and not conducive to spray painting outdoors.

Plan A was scrapped and Plan B was implemented. My husband backed the car out of the garage, put cardboard on the floor, and set up three stations for spray painting. His word of advice as he left the garage……”shake the crap out of the cans before you spray with them. When you think you shook enough…..shake some more.” So we did.


Spraying commenced and before long we were inhaling the fumes from three constantly spraying paint cans. We did have the garage door open (complete with hog panel to keep out stray chickens) but the fumes did seem to hang out in the garage with us.

We were tentative sprayers at first. However, it did not take long and we were in the thick of spraying.  It also did not take long; and we noticed one gal’s feet had a nifty orange tinge to them. It kind of looked like a bad spray tan.

Once we were done with our spraying we had to wait for our bottles to dry. We decided we would head out to a nearby town for some dinner (or to the city people…..lunch). We found the little local drive-in was still open and we also found that Slade’s Drive In still serves amazing food!

We also decided we needed to check out the second hand store in town…..Lost But Found. It is a second hand store that is a non-profit and benefits a local charity. You just never know what you might find there.   That is what makes it so much fun.

Once we returned home we decided we would finish our decorating at our own homes when the paint was really dried nicely. Cars were packed up and it was decided we really needed to have tea and sample the muffins that the other friend had brought along. It was a great decision!

We also decided we needed to try our hand at a selfie with our painted bottles. I am not totally sure how successful we were on that score! But we gave it our best shot! And it is what it is!



Despite the gloomy start to the day it turned out to be a wonderful time! It was definately an “Ooh, Shiny” kind of day. I would argue that any day spent with friends turns out to be that kind of day.

It was great to craft with them, but it was also so great to spend time with friends that know who you are and love you anyway. We may not be sisters by blood….but we are definitely sisters of the heart.

I hope you all have someone who is family of the heart. I hope you all have someone who knows you well and loves you anyway. Life is so much better with friends like that.

“I have learned
that to be with those I like
is enough.”
Walt Whitman

36 thoughts on “Crafting Day

    • thechickengrandma says:

      Two of us used Rustoleum 2X which is a paint and primer and worked well on glass. The other gal used Krylon also a paint and primer combo and it also worked well. The Rustoleum covered with less coats but I am wondering if it was because it was a Satin finish and not gloss like the Krylon? I also think if I did it again I would do a coat of primer even though the paint had primer in it.

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  1. Margy says:

    The bottles look lovely!
    I love what you can do with Rustoleum. I had some really ugly metal patio side tables at the AZ house – a few coats of hammered bronze and they looked better than new. I can’t wait to see how well they faired in the hot AZ sun.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My husband has always loved spray paint and I am fast joining him in that! I have been looking around my house to see what I can spiff up with a little Rustoleum! Years ago I used the hammered bronze on an old metal table and it really stood up to the use in my kitchen and three sons.


  2. susieshy45 says:

    Loved your crafts and the bottles look wonderful- good enough to sell, I think.
    What are you going to do with them ?
    I gave my elder daughter a Hello Kitty backpack when she was 16. It had the logo bright and bold on and so she wouldn’t use it.
    Recently she took up spray paining and painted over the Hello Kitty logo and is now using that expensive backpack when once, about 8 years back she had refused to use it. Spray painting really is a marvel and allows us to change appearances in ways that look good to us.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Susie. I have my bottles setting on a table in my living room for fall decoration. I just grin when I look at them because it makes me think of the two friends who made some too.
      I love the story about your daughter and the backpack! Spray paint is a marvel and can really change things up.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Cobs. That means a lot coming from a crafty person such as yourself! We did have a great time and did a lot of laughing. You would love these two gals…they are slightly off center and totally understand my humor! (which is a relief). Our husbands are good friends also so it makes it all the sweeter.

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      • thecobweboriumemporium says:

        I would have loved being with you all… having a giggle and ‘dinner’.
        Aw that took me back to being a child. Back then we all called Lunchtime ‘Dinner Time’. And Dinner time was called Tea Time.

        Supper time was about an hour before you went to bed and it was just a tiny thing.

        I could tell you had a great time just from the words you wrote on the page.
        Great results from a good time with friends.
        Squidges ~ Cobs. xx🌷🌷🌷

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  3. kindergartenknowledge says:

    Just my kind of day!!! I felt like I was right there in the garage with you…I think that I am getting a headache from the fumes! You are right…we city folk do say “lunch”, but I also say supper most of the time. I love the bottles…I wonder if I could find bottles almost that shape at Hobby Lobby. There’s one about ten minutes away and a Mardel’s about 10 minutes away in the other direction…I should stay at junk store! I practically go crazy at both stores. I couldn’t possibly go to JoAnn’s on the same day. I would have zero grocery money and I don’t have tons of jars of pizza sauce like you do!
    The picture of you and your friends is so fun and cute…such happy smiles!!! I wish that I lived right down the road from you all!!!!!!!!!!! Love the post and love you with your friends!!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Those fumes did get a bit overwhelming! It would have been so much fun to have you with us.
      I bet you could find bottles at Hobby Lobby or find someone who drinks wine!! Those are some cool bottles also.
      It was good my friend did the selfie thing for us because I have found that I cannot snap a picture and smile at the same time….kind of like chewing gum and walking lol.


    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am just learning the selfit thing lol! I am finding it hard to smile and click at the same time.
      It took me a long time to find just the right colors in all the same finish. The light one is actually a strawflower yellow.


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