Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Work

After getting a dress made for my little Klaire (forgot to take a pic) I was finally able to sit down and do the April block for the In The Garden quilt along.
I really enjoyed being able to sit at the machine and do this. I love each block and the sections come together as smoothly as butter.

Along with that, I finished a table for sale.
It's been really good to get back to my first love. (Aside from Jesus) I'm at a point now where I can alternate the sewing and painting and that is a good thing for me. I loved transferring the typography on the top and painting it out. I used transfer paper, and a very small liner brush. It took a while, but I loved every second of it.
I have a chair almost finished and as soon as I can get to the store to purchase a sealer I need, I will have it done and can post it. So far no sales, but we are just beginning so we will be patient....or try to anyway.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Coming Along

 I've been working in my yard and even though it's a little on the cool side, it's coming along.  First let me show you the results of using chalk paint on a resin flower container.

This is the before:
Weathered, faded and one little crack, but otherwise usable.
This is the after:
I accidentally skipped a step, but it turned out well anyway. I like the way it looks old. Now, with the chalk paints, you aren't supposed to have to prime or sand anything. And I mean anything....but in my experience, that is not the case if you want it to be durable enough to not scratch easily. I didn't prime this pot, or use a plastic spray. It will scratch, but it shouldn't get too much handling, so it will be fine. If I was going to sell it, I would have to do more work to it.
My next issue will be repainting the porch floor. It's a bit worn.

Now, my front yard.
You see this plant stand? Well, it's an old lamp stand I found in a shed at my grandmother's house years ago. I've tried for years to get it rewired, but no one I knew had the know how to do it. Enter Pinterest!! I found where someone had used one to hold a hanging basket and EUREKA! I found a use for it and am so glad I didn't give up and throw it out.
I had to bend the lamp parts out a little to accommodate the pot, but it's snug as a bug in a rug. I'm a happy girl.

This is another idea I found on Pinterest.
Well honestly, I actually saw it on a blog I used to follow. I found it again recently on Pinterest. I've been wanting to do it for over a year, and finally was able to. Do you like my little "mushrooms" that are out of inexpensive glassware? I started with this:
I wish they were a little more colorful, but I'm happy to have them done and out. I have some "flowers" made of plates and bowls in the works.
So, here is my front yard in all it's impending glory. I love the new color of my front door.

It's not Better Homes and Gardens, but it's the best I could do with my limited budget and resources, and I'm pleased with it. When the bushes fill back out and the flowers grow a bit, I know I'll love it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Quick Pillow

I've had making a pillow for my bed on my to-do list for months. I finally got one done yesterday. Woo Hoo!!
It turned out better than I really expected it to. I had a totally different vision in my head, but things didn't work out, and this is what I did instead.
I will probably wind up making two more a little larger to go between this one and the shams. But that is not a priority at this time. My bed did need a little something though, and the seahorses work just fine!

AND
I'm in the process of painting this pot.
I've read several times that chalk paint will adhere to resin without any type of bonding agent or primer. We'll see....

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A New Road

Life is changing around here. And it's all good.

My little desk redo sparked something in my life and I have begun traveling down a new road. My BQB  (Best Quilting Buddy) Jan and I are going to try our hand at renovating furniture and selling it. Oh, I know there are countless folks out there doing this, after all, there's nothing new under the sun. But we're going to give it a try anyway. And we agreed to a low stress, no pressure, enjoy ourselves type of outfit.

We started with these two pieces.

We attended a chalk paint demonstration the same day we found these two, and decided to try that type of paint first. It is marvelous to work with and gives everything a very smooth satiny finish. You aren't supposed to have to sand or prime but....we found out the hard way that we may need to do light sanding anyway.
This is the table after.
It turned out lovely in our opinion. The thing is, if I try I can scratch the paint off. And we just can't sell something that easily scratched. So guess who gets a lovely new green table? That would be ME!! Yay!!!
I went a different route with the bench, and used a spray paint+primer. I bought a gorgeous fabric to go with it and recovered and re-stuffed the cushion.
This one we will try to sell. And to do more research, I painted the bottom part of my entertainment cabinet. I haven't decided how to do the top yet, but at first thought about creating a stained effect. Now, I'm torn between that and just solid black.
After visiting flea markets and yard sales, I have a garage full of furniture to get to work on. This is something I've wanted to do for years, and finally God has allowed me to actually see if I can make it work. I'm very thankful!!

This does NOT mean I will no longer be quilting and sewing! I spent this afternoon finishing up the quilting on a tee shirt quilt and tomorrow I will bind it. I have several tops that need quilting, and little sewing projects I want to do, so I will work on them in the evenings and other odd times.

So, wish us luck my friends!! And as soon as we can figure out a name for our little business, we'll let you know. (Suggestions are welcome)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Evolution: A Re-Done Re-Do

Hi folks, remember this?
I was very happy with this re-do, but as I changed the color scheme in my sewing room, she just didn't fit. Sooo, here I went and re-did the re-do. This was my inspiration. I found her on Pinterest. Isn't she pretty?
And this was what I wound up doing.
First layer of paint...well really, first two or three layers. I let it sit for a day or two like this, and then kept going. I layered and layered until I got just the color I was looking for. I didn't worry about the drawers because I knew I was going to modge podge some paper on them.

And this is what I ended up with.
I layered the top first with dark teal, then brown, then black. It looks similar to stain, but without the fumes. I added a layer of poly to protect it. The drawers are scrapbook paper and stickers.  
But wait! There's more...
   This is the back. I almost wish I had done the front to match. Next time I probably will.
After finishing, I decided to make a pad to protect the top, and a cover for my machine. That will be in my next post.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Weekend Work

It's March already, and you would think it's still the dead of Winter around here. Thunder sleet, heavy rains and freezing temps for the next few days. My poor Jonquils have bloomed, but the rain is beating them to a pulp.  Sheesh!

I've been under this weather, so to speak, for a while now. I woke up in the night with a severe case of Vertigo and it has lingered for two weeks. The doctor said the drastic temperature changes and humidity levels going up and down are to blame. So far, the meds are wiping me out almost as much as the illness, but I'm trying to stick with the plan.

Due to this, I'm way behind on where I want to be in my projects. I forced myself to finish some things today. A little altering, some paper piecing and crafting.

Maybe this will bring the Spring, if I can get it hung on the door.
I was inspired by this one I found on Pinterest by It's Overflowing
And here is the paper pieced block I did.
The hole is just a tad off in the right bottom corner, but everything else matched up great. I'm not going to try to re-do it, but may be able to camouflage it somehow. Black sharpies are the bomb.... Heh heh. It's the March BOM for the In The Garden Quilt Along I'm doing.

I finished a tee shirt quilt top yesterday but haven't gotten a photo of it yet, so I'll just wait until I'm finished with it before I post.

Here's hoping this week finds me improved in the way of dizziness.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Beachy Throw

I'm almost finished with my bedroom. I bought  solid color aqua bedding because I couldn't find the exact set I wanted, and I didn't want the room to be too busy. It needed something, so I found some cool fabric at Brickhouse Fabrics and made myself a throw.
Because I wanted to personalize it a bit and add more sea life to it, I used my trusty embroidery machine and added seahorses, starfish, and a few little crabs with some seaweed for movement.
I also added some script to it honoring the sea....
It's the perfect weight since I only combined it with flannel for the back and no batting.
And since it wasn't quite as large as I wanted, I added a sand colored border. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with it, and glad to have it done.
The only thing left is a cute little pillow I want to make....or two or three. We'll see. :)