Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I started to make a snippet roll and then saw a belt using the same technique, and ta-da, a belt it is! I am going to use the same technique to embellish a page on a fabric journal. This would also make cute bracelets. Hmmm..or embellishment on flip flops. Oh, how about the trim for a dish towel?
Monday, July 29, 2013
I bought these cow towels for my kitchen. I added the ruffle on the top one to dress it up a little bit. Then I found the wood cow. It had a goofy saying on it, so I sanded it off, and sprayed it with chalk paint. I can write a menu or saying on it.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Sometimes I dream about having a cabin in the woods. A simple place filled with the quilts I have made, the cherished possessions we have collected. A little place for a garden and long walks in the woods. If that never happens, I wouldn't really care, because I have a home that is filled with love, memories and happiness. A place where I feel safe and secure. Our home took hard work to build, most of our income for many years and a lot of faith. It is quiet, peaceful and beautiful. We sit outside and share our dreams. Our family ties are here. How lucky am I?! I have everything I need in my life and I am so grateful.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I saw a metal mop bucket with flowers in it in a magazine called Recycled Style by Matthew Mead. I just loved it! Long story short, my husband and I went out to lunch and then to a new antique store in town, and guess what was there? You are so smart! Yes, a little antique metal mop bucket. It didn't have rollers, and my husband told me he could put some on the bucket for me, and he did. What a guy!! How cute is this?! The magazine article also suggested using the bucket to hold cold drinks. Doesn't that sound so much more fun than using it to mop the floor?
Friday, July 19, 2013
Once a coffeepot, now a flowerpot! I loved how the lid was wired onto the pot when I got it. I just curled the wire around a little bit. Then I bent a ladle and put it in the old lid handle. Next I drilled a hole in the knife, fork and spoon. I took a hammer and nail and made holes in the coffeepot, and attached the utinsils with brads that have my initials. A friend gave me the cute little nest and I set it in the ladle. I added some fresh flowers and my flowerpot was complete.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Here I go again! I was right in the middle of cleaning my craft closet. This is a place no one is allowed to go but me!! I don't even try to organize it unless there is nobody in the house. Really!! Anyway, I kept coming across all these embroidered pieces I have done, quilt blocks, and little sample pieces. So what do I do? I decide it's time to make a quilt with all of it. I stop cleaning, start placing the pieces together,and dance around the room because I am so happy and excited. I have it all layed out and now I have to stitch it all together. Did I get my craft closet cleaned? NO! I made an even bigger mess. Tomorrow is another day!!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
My sister sent me a box of junk from a dump in Wyoming. Now that may not seem like something you would like, but I loved it! There was a bunch of enamelware that had been burned, an old coffeepot, some measuring items, and more neat junk. I washed everything, and let ideas for the stuff sit over the weekend. Then I remembered seeing pictures put on enamelware in a Somerset Home magazine. I decided to try it with a picture of family from years and years ago. I made more, but I want to wait and post some pictures Wednesday, because it's a surprise. Oh, by the way, the winner of my handmade goods package is cabindweller, from Wyoming!!
Friday, July 12, 2013
In my quest to become organized I decided to make a box for shipping supplies. I love to send packages, but I hate to go from room to room gathering supplies to get the package ready to mail. I found a wood box with dividers in it. In the back of the box I put some cardboard mailing boxes, tissue paper, bubble wrap,large mailing envelopes, etc. In the front compartments I put different sized envelopes, mailing labels, stamps, tags, scissors, packaging tape, scotch tape, twine, pens, pencils, sharpies and a ruler. I added a few embellishments to the outside of the box, and now I'm ready to mail a package! The first person to leave a comment on my blog today will receive a little package of homemade goodies from me!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
I have wanted to try stamping spoons forever! I need to be a bit steadier when I hammer the letters on, but I was happy with my first real attempt. I wanted holes drilled at the top of the spoons, and my best husband in the whole world showed me how! He really is a wonderful man and I sure do love him! Here is how I stamped my spoons; first I hammered the spoons flat. Next I stamped the letters on the spoons (I started with the center letters and worked my way out so the letters were evenly spaced). When I stamped the letters, I placed the metal stamp on the spoon and hit it hard on top with a hammer. Last, I took a black sharpie and went over the stamped letters, then I used a little piece of fine steel wool to take the leftover sharpie off the spoon.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
I do love magazines! I have some that I have saved for years and years. I finally decided to let go of most of them. I tore out the best pages, 3 hole punched them and put them in a binder. It is like having the best of the best in a book! The little pictures or ideas I glued or attached to pages of my smash journal. Now I can actually find ideas that I cut out and not have to go through a big pile of odds and ends. Also, I freed up so much space in my art room.