COZY CREEK PRIMITIVES-Creating Primitive & Folkart dolls are my passion. I love the simplicity of the Primitive style and the Whimsy of Folk Art! I incorporate that love into each and every handmade item I create. I simply love every minute of it! Here in my little shop I value quality over quantity. I put my whole heart, time, patience and lots of attention to detail into every single piece of art I create, along with imagination, uniqueness and whimsy! I don't have anyone working for me. I create each and every doll, every stitch, every detail from start to finish. When you add one of my items to your home you can be assured that it was completely handcrafted by me and only me. Not only do I put time and attention to detail into the appearance of my items, but also into the quality of the work itself and the materials used. I make sure that my items are solid, sturdy and well constructed. I realize that my items aren't just a decoration for one season, or one holiday. I know they will be brought out year after year, or on display every day of the year. Some will be given to loved ones and special friends as gifts or even handed down to children and grandchildren... they become part of a family and a home so I make sure each one is special. I also use only non-toxic materials in the creation of my items and nothing that I use has a chemical odor. The only scent my dolls will have are the wonderful, pleasant, heart-warming smells of coffee, tea, cinnamon or vanilla. My items are also from a completely smoke free environment. I enjoy knowing that the items I create with my whole heart, here in my home, surrounded by the love of my family, will be treasured by my customers as a part of their own home and family. Wendy Marro

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

What could be more beautiful than the simplicity of a rustic/country Christmas decoration made from old fashioned mason jars!

To get started: You'll need the following supplies:
3 Mason Jars
Acrylic Paint ( red, white and green) Or spray paint
jute string or twine
artificial greens
matte spray fixative
paintbrush or sponge

First thing you'll want to do is get yourself some Ball mason jars. They come in different sizes and can be found in your local craft store.

To paint your jars... use your paintbrush ( a soft one won't leave streaks) or use a sponge to sponge it on. Allow to dry, then put a second coat on.  If you prefer, you can spray your jars with spray paint them allow to dry. I personally don't enjoy the fumes of spray paint, even outdoors!

Tip:  Take some fine grit sandpaper or an old emery board and sand gently on top of the lettering  to remove a little of the paint once everything is dry, you can create some 'scratched' areas of paint on the jar and around the neck and rim using the same method, this creates a 'used' rustic look and is visually interesting. Spray with your matte fixative and allow to dry.

Cut some long strings of your jute or twine and wrape around the base of a pinecone then around the neck of your jar and tie in a bow in the front. You can tie anything onto the string, it doesn't have to be pinecones! It can be little charms, or jingle bells or whatever you like.

Now have fun filling your jars with your favorite artificial greens! Make sure to have some different types of greens for interest, including some pinecones and don't forget the bright red berries!

Have fun and enjoy crafting!