Friday, August 31, 2012

A quick trip to Lancaster

The Kinzers, Gap and Intercourse areas of Lancaster county are one of my favorite areas to visit.

Since it is prime time for tourist who come to see the Amish Farms and the outlet malls I try to stay on the Lancaster back roads. I have my favorite "secret shortcut road".
 I stopped for a few quick pictures. They are not the best but I thought you may enjoy some of my sights.

These miniature horses were so cute, only about three feet tall!

 This barn they have the sides open to help cure the tobacco.

 Tobacco in the fields.
 Next stop was at In Grandma's Attic to leave off some fall merchandise for the shop. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Easy and Fun Halloween Decorating Projects

This is a very easy crafty project that makes up into a cute Halloween decoration.

A few years ago I started gathering used books that had black covers to recycle.
I wanted to make a"Old Salem School" themed Witches Spelling Books.
After designing the new cover for my books, I printed off copies and glued them onto the book covers.
Tied them closed with a piece of cheesecloth or homespun.
If you like a more primitive look you can rub a bit of ground cinnamon to the book and cheesecloth tie.

 Next came Old Salem Apothecary Spell bottles
I frequented flea markets and yard sales purchasing old and unique looking bottles. Glue sticks work well to adhere paper labels to the bottles if you do not have label paper to print on.
A few labels and homespun ties, very easy.

If you do not want to design your own labels I do sell the files for you to print and make your own books and spell bottles at home. You can purchase them here.