DIY: Tea Cup Candle

August 24, 2015












There’s a new dog in town, and it’s called Goodwill – located right on Route 11 in Cicero by Caughdenoy Rd.

If you’ve never been to a Goodwill, I’d recommend checking it out because it is so pristine clean. I went in with an idea of making candles out of old dinnerware, so that’s right where I headed.












There were several rows of teacups, mugs, plates, bowls, vases and more. I had a specific item in mind – a tea cup. I ended up getting a teacup and a beautiful bowl (much like you’d see in a Pottery Barn or Pier 1).





















This is how I made candles in literally less than 10 minutes….

You’ll need:

  • Dinner ware or anything you think would be cool to make a candle out of (my tea cup and bowl from Goodwill were each $1.99)
  • Hot glue gun or something sticky for bottom of wick
  • Wick
  • Wax for the candle – I used this
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Microwave

1. Clean your tea cup/candle holder

2. Get the wick prepared

Ok so I admit, I didn’t even look up instructions on how to do this, I just went with my instinct. I hot glued the wick to the bottom of the tea cup and bowl… maybeeee not the “correct” way to do it – but it does the job and sounded a lot easier than tying the wick to a pencil and trying to hang it at the correct length. I did put a knife (or some long object) across the top so the wick didn’t end up back in the wax. It looks like after doing some research you can use a clothes pin and balance that across the tea cup. Coulda shoulda woulda.















3. Heat the wax

BEAUTIFUL thing about it being 2015… you can now microwave wax. No more of that get two pots and boil thing, now you can simply put wax in a microwaveable dish and heat away. So I found out through a little trial and error 1 minute heated up this wax perfectly. Fill up, heat and repeat until the container you’re making into a candle is full. Most DIY candle instructions you’ll read say to measure it out – it sounded like too much work, so I just kept filling my bowl til it was full.















4. Let them dry

It’s as simple as that, seriously. Now all you do is let them get firm and cool off, and they’re ready to burn!


What you should learn from my mistakes….

Put down newspaper underneath your craft area.

Use an appropriate bowl/measuring cup to heat the wax in the microwave

Why you ask? I ended up dropped a bowl of hot wax all over my kitchen counter/floor because I didn’t necessarily make the best bowl decision. Learn from me, that’s what I’m here for.


All in all, I’d call it a first time success. One more note, I did glue the tea cup to the plate with E-6000 glue from Michaels, that way it doesn’t slip and slide. Overall the project cost me about $10 to make 2 candles (don’t forget you craft store coupon) – and now I have the supplies to make more candles!


Here’s the end result…





















DIY: Rake Wine Rack

August 20, 2015

In what is one of the easiest things you’ll ever make, and people will think you spent hours making it… I present to you the Rake Wine Rack.

I picked up an old rake from the Heckled Hen (you can find these everywhere, in multitudes).



















Here’s how I made the Rake Wine Rack in less than 10 minutes…


You’ll need:

  • An old rake
  • Spraypaint
  • Wine glasses
  • 2 screws

1. Clean the rake

Just clean off old rust and any old dirt


2. Spray paint

You’ll have to do 2 spraypainting sessions to get both sides


3. Hang

Measure out and use two screws to hang the rake. You’ll want to put them so the rake can rest right on the screws


4. Insert the glasses

Of course, use some caution – make sure it is stable before putting on your glasses


And there you have it, the completed Rake Wine Rack!

**note, you’ll see pictures on Pinterest of the rake facing down… I tried this, it didn’t work, the glasses slipped right off. In order to do that you’d have to bend the spokes. So instead, I just flipped it the other way!


DIY: Chalkboard Drawer

August 19, 2015

In what comes as one of the easiest crafts to ever exist, it’s the chalkboard drawer!

I picked up this cool drawer from the Heckled Hen (they had an extensive selection to chose from) and decided I would make this piece!























Here’s how I made it in literally less than 10 minutes…

You’ll need:

  • An old drawer
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Chalk
  • Hardware for hanging a frame

1. Clean the drawer

I used some soap water to clean out the drawer that had some crumbs, so the paint would stick properly


2. Paint the bottom of the drawer

I was very generous with the amount of paint I put down, and I also had to do two coats. Chalkboard paint comes in several different forms, Lowes has it in a can – Michaels has it in different size bottles, there’s even a spray paint too. I used a small bottle that I got a Michaels, cost about $3.

















3. Add any embelishments

Next, after the paint was dried I added some beautiful gum paste flowers that I found at the Eastwood Garage Sales for $5. The drawer looked like it needed something to complete it, so that’s what I did. Other ideas to add, you could do old broaches, clip on earrings, keys, or buttons.


4. Install hardware

This drawer was a little heavy, so I installed heavy duty frame hardware for it on the back. Instead of using wire to hang it, I used some twine.


5. Draw something & hang it up

The most time I spent on this project was looking for something to draw with chalk. Pinterest is a great time waster. I also used an old piece of glassware to hold the chalk. You could use this as a shelf in the bathroom and put a container of q-tips, or you could use it in the kitchen and use it to hold utensils. The possibilities are endless!


Here’s the final project!


DIY: Picture Frame

August 17, 2015

The Heckled Hen, located in Manlius is an antique store for everyone. Not only do they have several rooms of old treasures, if you step outside they have tents and a backyard area with more finds!

I went to Heckled Hen with a couple re-purposing crafts in mind. Recently on a trip to Michaels Craft Store I saw this:

















It’s one of those trendy picture frames that holds pictures on twine. Not sure if you can see the price, but it says $40! YIKES! I said to myself, I can make that… and so I did.

Here’s how I made it in literally less than 10 minutes (+ some drying time)


You’ll need:

  • An old frame (Heckled Hen has a big variety)
  • Twine
  • Staplegun
  • Spray paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Small clothes pins ($2 at craft store)
  • 2 command strips


















1. Spray paint the frame

Pick a color, could be a fun color, I went with a beige – I’m clearly not that fun. Spray paint the front side, let it dry – then spray paint the back side


















2. Sand the frame

Use some higher grained sandpaper (or whatever you have around the house) and give the edges a little sanding. This will give the frame a weathered look.



















3. Cut the twine

You’ll want to cut the twine to be about an inch longer on both sides. Put a knot at each end – this will hold it in place.
















4. Staple the twine

Use your staple gun to attach the twine to the backside of the frame. You’ll have the knot on the outside of it, that way the twine doesn’t pull through the staple.


5. Attach command strips

I’m all for not putting holes in my walls. I have latham plaster in my house and am afraid one day it will all just come crumbling down. So to avoid that, I use command strips like it’s my job. Since the frame isn’t heavy at all, thats what I used to hang the frame.


6. Select your pictures!

The most exciting part of the project is seeing it come to life with pictures, attach them to the frame with the clothes pins


Here’s the final project!


Top 6 Tips for The Bouckville Antique Fest

August 09, 2015
















The Bouckville Antique Week is schedule for August 10th – 16th, located all along the scenic route 20 in Bouckville. If you’re not a regular, and have never been to something like this – we’ve complied a list from our in-house antique experts of advice on attacking Antique Week!



Some people will just take a listed price as it is, but sellers EXPECT you to bargain with them – so do it! Piece of advice though, don’t try to under cut them – because some people might actually take offense to it. I’d recommend if something is listed at $35 – offer $25 – that means they will come down to $30, hopefully. Lead in lines might sound something like…

“Will you take $30 for this?”

“I see there’s a scratch here, how about $30”

“Can you work with me on the price a little?”















It’s always a great idea to go to one of these fests with a plan. Have a list of 5 things that you’re looking for – that way you can scan the booths quickly and cover as much ground in as little amount of time.



You might be tempted to buy the first item you see that’s on your list, but you have to be smart about it! The first one you see might not be the best price or quality. So write down the booth number/area on your list and make a note to come back to it. UNLESS it’s something you think won’t be there when you return, because it’s just THAT cool.














Look at the space you’re entering and choose what way you’ll approach it. Left to right, down and up – I’m a person that needs a clear path and I always want to make sure no antique goes un-turned.



Some dealers appreciate selling their items to people who are passionate about learning the history of what they’re selling. Plus, it will be a better conversation piece in your house if you actually know what it is! And who knows, maybe you’ll get a couple bucks knocked off it you bond with the dealer.














Bring your smartphone with you. If you see something that looks really unique and cheap, look it up online – just in case you’re about to pass up a rare item!

Hydrate with water – nothing worse than getting sick from heat while you’re in the middle of antiquing!

Have a game plan on how you’ll carry all of this stuff you buy without having to go back to the car, maybe a wagon or a strong friend.


Click here to find out all the information you need for this years Madison-Bouckville Antique Week!