Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Snippet Belt

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?  photo image-179.jpg

Monday, July 29, 2013

What's For Dinner?

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.  photo image-178.jpg

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bulletin Board

I started to make a pillowcase today, and midway through it I decided it would be much more useful if I used the materials on a bulletin board for my classroom. I can hang it by my door and it will be useful and pretty!  photo image-176.jpg  photo image-177.jpg

Monday, July 22, 2013

Stamp Collection Box

Today I worked on a box to store my stamp collection in.  photo image-173.jpg  photo image-174.jpg

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.  photo 003-11.jpg

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Metal Mop Bucket

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?  photo image-172.jpg

Friday, July 19, 2013

Dump Coffeepot-Cute Flowerpot!

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.  photo image-170.jpg  photo image-171.jpg

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bits & Pieces Quilt

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!!  photo image-169.jpg  photo image-168.jpg  photo image-166.jpg

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today my dad turns 80, and I want to wish him the happiest birthday ever! I love you, Bear.  photo image-163.jpg

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sneak Peek

Here is sneak peek at some of the goodies I sent to my first blog winner. I had such fun putting it together, and all my supplies were right there to make it easy to package up and mail!  photo image-165.jpg

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dump Junk!

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!!  photo image-164.jpg

Friday, July 12, 2013

Shipping Supply Storage

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!  photo image-162.jpg

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hand Stitched Pillowcases

I found 6 pairs of hand-stitched pillowcases today! They are just beautiful!  photo image-161.jpg

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Chenille Pillowcase

Can you tell I am having fun making these little quilted campers? I sewed this one onto a piece of chenille from a bedspread, and then sewed it up to make a pillowcase.  photo image-160.jpg

Monday, July 8, 2013

Quilted Camper

It's so hot outside, I sat and made little quilted campers inside. I appliqu├ęd one camper on canvas and the other on a bag.  photo image-157.jpg  photo image-158.jpg

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Metal Stamped Spoons

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!  photo image-156.jpg 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

Here's What's New

 photo image-148.jpg  photo image-149.jpg  photo image-150.jpg Shannon, thank you for sharing how to make the window frames beautiful!! A friend gave me 2 frames and they have been sitting here for months. I just love them now!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Magazine Love!

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.  photo image-146.jpg

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Heart Tin Holder

Here is another quick project. I took a piece of wood. Painted it. Glued on heart tins, and ta-da, a junk holder.  photo image-93.jpg

Monday, July 1, 2013

Old Cupboard

I found this cupboard at an antique store. I loved the color inside, so I just cleaned it out really good and added the enamel numbers above the old nail hooks. I gave the outside a light coat of chalk paint and waxed it. Fun find!  photo image-141.jpg