Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend 🙂 If you’re on my email list, then you received my newsletter on Saturday/Sunday about some special vintage “gifts” I received from a sweet reader in Claverack (NY). I have such a good time talking with my readers, live and in person, and Debbie was no exception–such a doll. I haven’t even had time yet to sort through all the treasures she passed on to me, but I am certainly looking forward to it, and of course, I’ll give you all a peek as well.
Today I have a super simple, thrifted craft for you: a stenciled canvas bag. You’ve probably noticed from reading my blog that in addition to salable merchandise, I buy a lot of “stuff,” not to sell or keep as is, but to improve upon with a bit of paint, sometimes a stencil, other times by adding something to it, like a set of hooks, or maybe a knob or two. For me, that’s a hugely fulfilling part of my business: upcycling “one man’s junk into another man’s treasure.”
I’ve wanted to stencil a canvas bag for quite some time, but it wasn’t until I found this one, for about a dollar, that I knew the right specimen had finally crossed my path.
I think it’s meant to be a carpenter’s tool bag, or perhaps a gardener’s tool bag? In any event, it’s a bit more interesting than the typical craft store canvas bag, and while it had clearly been used, it cleaned up nicely with a light sponge bath.
I used one of my favorite stencils–“Farmers Market” by FolkArt–along with some DecoArt “Carbon” chalky paint for application to the canvas.
With some faux pink geraniums tucked inside, it would make a charming front door wreath-alternative, right?
Or just throw it over your shoulder for your next visit to the local farmers market or Country Living Fair.
Either way, I’m encouraged by the result and will be keeping my eye out at thrift stores and garage sales for other likely stenciling candidates.
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