How to Make Primitive Grungy Jars

Re-purposing jars (and cans, too!) has become popular as we try to be kinder to our environment and more frugal. Instead of tossing out the glass jars, tin containers, cans, etc. consider turning them into cute primitive home decor accessories. How to make primitive grungy jars is easier than you may have thought. It’s even kind […]

DIY Tinted Glass – 4 Ways How to Color Glass

I’ve been seeing all these great craft tutorials on Pinterest that teach how to color glass. Did you know you can re-purpose and recycle empty glass jars? You can also use this method to turn those dollar store vases into expensive-looking tinted glass. There are slightly different methods to coloring glass so I’m going to […]

American Folk Art Furniture

Early American folk furniture reflected European furniture style that would first emerge at an English or Continental court and almost immediately be adapted by those associated with the ruling classes. It would then filter down to the lesser nobles and ultimately to the lower classes. Immigrants then brought these styles with them to the New […]

Canning Confusion: History of Canning Jars

  As Summer gives way to Fall and our garden yields its final crops of the season, preparations begin to preserved the harvest.  Over the years we’ve collected several boxes of canning jars. While unpacking them for cleaning we discovered our assortment of canning jars have not only different names, but different sizes, shapes, and colors too! […]

How to Repurpose Old Furniture for Primitive Home Decor

Learn how to repurpose old furniture to give your primitive home decor a fresh look and decorate without breaking your decorating budget. Supplies Needed: Furniture Screw drivers 2 colors of matter finish paints Un-scented white wax candle Sandpaper (heavy, medium and fine grit) Minwax® Gel Stain (Aged Oak) Matte varnish Old Cotton towels or rags […]

Collecting American Folk Art & Country Primitives

American Folk Art & Country Primitives is an increasingly admired collectible. Artwork in the American Folk Art & Country Primitives category provides a means to see images from an artist’s everyday life. Collectors can protect their investment by considering how they can best clean and preserve an art piece using the most appropriate methods. Since American Folk Art […]

A Stitch In Time – History of Embroidery

One of my fondest childhood memories is of watching my Grandmother stitch embroidery patterns while sitting on her lap in the rocking chair. I was fascinated by the rhythm of the needle as she worked it around the pattern, every so often Grandma would let me pull the thread through the fabric. Little did I know […]

Becoming a Hooker – The Art of Rug Hooking

Perhaps not the image that first comes to mind, but hooking, or rug hooking, is very popular these days. There has been a growing interest in this age old craft and many artists are learning how to hook rugs and create beautiful works of art. Rug Hooking is both an art and a craft where rugs are made by […]

History of American Folk Art Paintings

Recently I had the honor of visiting with an American Folk Artist who paints and recreates Colonial Signs as well as other works of the Colonial Period to include painted furniture, blanket boxes, and many other painted items. These works help to preserve our heritage and allow new generations to discover these wonderful pieces of […]

Colonial Metalworks

Before the days of Colonial Metalworks, Europeans came to our shores, American Indians created metal works largely by hammering and etching copper into pendants and earrings, or fashioning copper and silver into beads.  In the 1700’s and 1800’s, the use of metal took off when the American Indians learned silver smithing from the Spanish. Jewelry […]