Saturday, December 28, 2013

2014 Journal

I still needed a journal for 2014, and I really wanted to use the SMASH book my son gave me for my birthday. I had been using it as an idea book. I took my ideas our of it and can now put my thoughts and pictures into it. It's just too neat to not use as a journal, and it has a lot of pages. I put my ideas into a little notebook that has 3 hole punches. It's easy to add ideas too, and it frees up the smash book. I started getting it ready by adding some embelished pages, the year and a business card Michael had made for me for Christmas. O.K. 2014, I think I'm going to surprise you by my new and improved organizational skills. Wink..wink...  photo image-2288.jpg

Friday, December 27, 2013

Organizing for the New Year! Planner

When I got the wrap journal from Cheri, one of the gift exchange gals, I thought I would use it for my 2014 journal. Then in the middle of the night, I got this wonderful idea, I would make it into my planner for the year. I had a free printable page that Rebbeca Sower had on her blog from last year, which has 7 spaces for each day of the week. I stamped the numbers on the days and sewed them together so I had an entire months worth of weeks for each section. I sewed them right into my journal/planner. I was so happy!! The planner fits into my purse, so I think I will actually use it. I can still write on the extra pages, so I won't forget special events or thoughts. This was an AMAZING gift- thank you Cheri!  photo image-1686.jpg

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Exchange

I had the sweetest gifts come in the mail this week from my blog exchange. I thought I would share pictures with you. It always amazes how creative every one is. I loved that the gifts were handmade and heartfelt!  photo image-815.jpg  photo image-642.jpg  photo image-277.jpg  photo image-1450.jpg  photo image-1842.jpg

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Quick Gift Container

I found this pie/tart pan, then cut out and decoupaged the saying onto the bottom of the pan. I will fill it with wrapped candies and wrap it up in cellophane. Keep it simple & sweet!  photo image-1535.jpg

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas....Finally!

Oh my stars, I have been so busy! I was wondering if I would get the tree up, tamales made, decorations out, presents wrapped, gifts mailed, lesson plans done, luncheons to attend, and guess what, I did it all this weekend! I feel like a big fat weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I love Christmas, but I am finding I'm trying to do too much at the last minute. Anyone else out there feeling like this? I hope next week I can relax and enjoy my family and the true meaning of Christmas!  photo image-711.jpg  photo image-1887.jpg  photo image-2039.jpg

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Always Kiss Me Goodnight Pillow

I love this saying! It looks pretty cute on a pillow too!  photo image-1067.jpg

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sweet Recovered Chair

I showed you the fabrics before I recovered this chair. I added the pink chenille to soften up the tones, so most of the chair ended up covered in this fabric. I used the animal and quilt block material for the reversable chair seat and pillow.  photo image-937.jpg  photo image-1030.jpg  photo image-639.jpg  photo image-866.jpg

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Deconstructed-Reconstructed Rocker

I was on my way to Safeway and I saw a sign for a sale. Screetch....turn left....up the block...stop. I spy an old wood chair. The wheels start turning. The sale is made. I'm invited into the home where the sale is. It's filled with wonderful antique furnishings. I find out it's the mom's house of one of my former students. Life is funny isn't it? I take the chair home and realize it's a rocker. I start taking it apart...deconstruction. I love all the old wood, the nails, the raw piece before me. I decided to add burlap to the back of the chair. I added burlap to the bottom seat of the chair. I didn't have enough to cover the top seat of the chair so I know I need to go to my recent purchase of rawhide materials from Moda. Bingo! I sewed some of the fabrics together. Love it! Then I decided to sew material on the seat as well. Done!! Here is the before:  photo image-940.jpg  photo image-1143.jpg The finished chair:  photo image-1606.jpg  photo image-1045.jpg

Christmas Gift Swap

I'm sorry but my email is not working correctly. If you sent me an email and I didn't respond it's because I didn't get it. If you want to do the exchange please leave a comment and I'll try to contact you. I'll try to get another exchange going in the Spring if you missed this one. Happy Holidays! Terry

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Swap

Anyone interested in a Christmas swap? I am! I'm going to open this up until Thursday. Here's the plan. Email me with your name, email address, and physical address. I will compile a list and email them out to you. Your job? Make each person a little unique gift and mail them out by December 15th. My blog is just a little one, so I don't think you need to worry about having too many gifts to prepare. My email is Even if there are only a few of us who want to do this, it should be fun. Happy Holidays- Terry

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Child's Play Oven

I sold a child's play kitchen when I did The Big Heap. I was also working on a child's oven but I didn't get it finished in time to sell it. It's made out of an old cupboard. Here is the before and after pictures of it. I used Cori Dantini fabrics on the sides of it and tea stained canvas on the top. I drew the burners on with a Sharpie marker, added a towel hanger and painted an old coffee pot to match. I painted a cookie tray and muffin pan to go on the inside. I will never make enough on this piece to pay for the time and materials invested in it, so I hope it goes to someone who just loves how it turned out and will enjoy playing with it!  photo image-600.jpg  photo image-2150.jpg  photo image-938.jpg  photo image-1851.jpg