Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Latest Projects

The final project for Little Man's room....(I think) An odds and ends caddy to hang on the end of the bed. It will hold diapers, wipes, powder, etc. Hopefully it will be easy access for LeLe when she's taking care of baby boy.

  My first attempt at this was a failure. I tried to follow a commercial pattern and the instructions were absolute Greek. I tried several times to figure them out, and gave up. Or so I thought. It kept hanging around in my head until I had no choice but to try again. Only this time, I did it all on my own without a pattern. Funny how it's easier that way for some reason.

The other project I tackled was recovering an old footstool. It was in excellent shape, but the vinyl top did not fit my style.

I considered what fabric to use for a few weeks, but there was one in Walmart that caught my eye every time I visited the fabric department. I didn't know if it would go with my current colors, but finally gave up and bought it anyway.

It actually did match my bedroom colors, and I like it so much, I'm considering replacing my shams and curtains with it.  The stool turned out perfect as far as I'm concerned.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Old Idea

When we first purchased our home, I was looking for inexpensive ways to decorate. We love to browse antique and collectibles shops, and in the back of one, where they had all the junk interesting items, something caught my eye. Someone had cut decorative iron porch supports (can't think of exactly what they are called) into two short pieces. I thought to myself they would be perfect for hanging over doors.

We have two halls in our house due to a split floor plan, and they were perfect for both hall entrances. They were of course dirty and needed lots of work. I cleaned them up, painted them creamy white and then took some watered down brown acrylic paint and "washed" them. I wiped off the excess, and it was almost just like a glaze or stain.  

I still love them. You could also turn them length wise and hang them on each side of the doorway, or a painting. You could even hang them together, one a little higher than the other. The possibilities are endless.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Owl on The Wall

I've posted this on facebook, but decided to go ahead and post it here as well.
This weekend, while LeLe was on a short trip, I painted a mural on Little Man's wall. She searched the interwebs and this is the one she liked the best.

The crib will go directly under the tree and here's hoping baby likes it. After two days of standing on a ladder, I'd hate to think we had to take it off. *grin*

Also while she was gone, I hung the window treatments, and moved the glider rocker into the room. She'll have to post pictures of that, because I forgot to take any. 

In other news, niece was very happy with Bryce's gifts, (see this post) but her husband was tickled to death with the burp cloths made out of sports fabric. (see this post) I was relieved they were pleased, because you just never know if someone likes handmade items.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Whoooo Are You?

Who who...who who.... Can you hear Roger Daughtry? :P Had to do that folks, sorry.
This little thing popped into my head one night when I couldn't sleep.
So, I got up to draw him before he left me. I was determined to create something with this graphic and thought on it for quite some time. A quilt? Nah, not right now. An applique for a shirt? Maybe in a little while. Ah Ha! A pillow.

Everything I used was left over scraps. The circle fabric is from an owl pillow I made early on for Little Man, and I also used some of it to make burp cloths and bibs. That small amount of fabric went further than I ever thought it would.  The cream is just a thick muslin that came from the hoard of fabric my Mom gave me a while back. The pillow itself is leftover fabric from covering the chair cushions. 

Now LeLe has a little fashionable support for her back when she is rocking our baby to sleep.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

For Bryce

I whipped this up for my niece who is having a shower Sunday. She is due the week after LeLe.  It looks aqua blue in these shots, but it's more of a royal blue. She is decorating Bryce's room with all kinds of sports.

I was not pleased that our local Walmart didn't have any of the items on niece's registry. I hunted and hunted, but couldn't find any of it.  It's becoming increasingly frustrating to shop here, but I must be thankful that we even have one. Be thankful.......

Here are blocks four and five of J's quilt. I don't expect to be able to work on it for another week or so, but I haven't forgotten it.

I realize they are pretty random, but I never did like structure. I hope when I get them all put together, it doesn't look like a hot mess. Still have one more block to go....

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Afternoon Rocking Chair

My mom gave LeLe this glider rocker for Little Man's room.

I can't tell you how many years she's had it. And she had it for quite some time before she had it recovered. As you can tell, it's been recovered so long, there are rips in the seat cushion.  But it still glides well and will be perfect to rock-a-bye the baby.

This is what I did to it this afternoon.

It was much easier than I expected.  I began with the bottom cushion. I layed it out on the fabric and cut around it. I gave myself too much extra and had to go back and restitch and trim. Stuffing that thing was not a breeze, but I managed and SR helped me hold it while sewing it shut on the machine.

I got wise with the back cushion, and after cutting around it, put the right sides together and pinned them around it. I'd seen that on HGTV once or twice. I only had to sew once. I originally planned to either paint a design on it, or applique one, but LeLe and I discussed it and decided to leave it alone.

I didn't like that the back cushion didn't seem as smooth as the bottom, so I found some brown buttons and sewed them into the place where the old cushion had seams. I think it was just the thing.

All in all it's been a productive afternoon.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Repurposed Panels...My First Tutorial.

Leslie D. wanted pillows made from her old drapes, and I offered to try.   I thought it would be fun to create a tutorial for a very simple pillow. No frills, no bells and whistles, just a square pillow.

I began by cutting out a pattern from gift wrap. The grid on the back side was very helpful in keeping the lines straight.  I then pinned the pattern to the fabric and began cutting it out. The panel was folded in half with the wrong sides together.

After the square was cut out, I turned the fabric with the right sides together and pinned it in preparation for sewing. Along one side, I positioned the pins in a different direction, to show me where I wanted to leave an opening for stuffing. I left an opening of approximately five inches. Enough space to easily place stuffing inside.

Then I began sewing at one point where wanted to leave an opening, reverse stitching to secure the seam.  I continued all around the sides until I came to the other point of the opening and reverse stitched there as well.

When I finished, I clipped the corners, so that when I turned it right side out, the points would be sharper. I also zig zag stitched outside of the seam line, to reinforce it. Nothing like a seam ripping open when you plop down on the pillow to watch the evening news. You could also just sew another simple straight line for security.


I pulled it right side out, and used a thick needle to pull the corners out to a point. This must be done carefully, so as not to rip the fabric.  Then I smoothed it all out, and pressed with an iron.

Now we were ready for the stuffing.  First I balled up small wads of stuffing and pushed into the corners. This helps it stay in place a little better.

I pull the stuffing material apart (sort of like shredding it) to make it easier to use, and to make the pillow smoother looking and feeling. I saw it on HGTV once that it's best to do this. Otherwise you have lumps and bumps in your pillow. When I had as much stuffing inside as I wanted, I closed the opening and pinned it together.

There are two ways of sewing the opening shut. One is by hand, which is easy and quick if you aren't concerned about how it looks on that one side. ( I do my own this way, because I only have to please myself) You just whip it closed with a double strand of thread and a needle.

The way I closed these pillows was to take it back to the sewing machine, and sew it close to the edge. You must push the stuffing back, and pin it, then I used extra pins to secure the edges in the correct position as well. If you don't (as I found out from trial and error) the edges tend to slip back and you wind up with it still open or one edge a lot wider than the other. I began the stitching at one end of the opening and ended at the other end of the opening, not along the entire side.  I reverse stitched at the beginning and ending points for stability.

It wasn't hard, and I didn't have to buy a pattern at Walmart or Hancock's.

Soooo, how'd I do with the tutorial? Did I leave anything out? Please let me know if there are any questions or anything that isn't clearly understandable.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Two Down

I have accomplished two things on my to do list posted earlier.

I bought fabric and sewed stuff for Little Man.

Baseball and Football burp cloths.

I even did a little quilting on them. When I showed SR (AKA Grandpa Red) the fabric and told him what I planned, he was all smiles. He was loving this fabric. When my niece saw them at LeLe's shower, she submitted her order. And since she is decorating her baby's room with balls of all kind, this will fit in perfectly.  I have also cut out shades, a dust ruffle, and a couple of other things from the dotted fabric in my last post.  I hope to get started sewing on them today or tomorrow.

The other task I accomplished was transplanting the cedar trees from the front yard to the back.  For that picture, you will have to skip over to B_Lines.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tea Towel Aprons

I made hostess gifts for my baby shower on Saturday using this tutorial. I think they turned out quite nice. I used two Better Homes & Gardens tea towels from Wal-mart and some wide ribbon. Soooooo easy and so cute! I whipped both up in under an hour.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Found a Great New Blog

Well, I really didn't find it, my aunt told me about it. It's FrouFrouBritches and it's fabulous! There is a short story behind my doing a post on her.   Back when Tanya was just a little person, my Mom babysat her. She had the sweetest face, and gorgeous curly red hair. One of my cousins even named his daughter Tanya, after hearing her name.  It's been years and years since we had any contact, and I really didn't expect her to remember me. She said she did, but it's very possible she's just being nice. Anyway, check her out. Her ideas and posts are great and I'm excited to see what else her talented brain comes up with!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Connect the Dots and Squares

This is the six yards of fabric I ordered last Friday for Little Man's room. It was like Christmas when it arrived.  Part of me just wants to sit and look at it. Clean, smooth, new....and part of me wants to dig in and get to work.

In case you can't tell, the polka dots are aqua blue. This will become shades for the two windows, a dust ruffle, a covering for cabinet doors, and anything else we come up with. That is if there is any left. I originally intended to only order five yards, but offered free shipping for orders of $35.00 or more. So, the sixth yard cost the same as shipping. Therefore, it was free in my mind. *grin* They have a plethora of unique and fun fabrics.

On my trip to Hobby Lobby the other day, I wanted so much to just buy yards and yards of fabric. Every time I'm there, they have 30% off most of it. I was in fabric overload, and had Mom with me, so I really couldn't think straight. I'll have to go back by myself one day, or with LeLe and just think a bit. But, in all honesty, I can't ever decide what to buy, unless I have a specific project in mind. I'll have to get over that if I'm going to be a quilter. I've noticed that on other blogs, the quilters have mountains of fabric in their work space. I suppose I should become a collector of fabric, then I'd be able to buy pretty designs just because I like them.

Still working on J's quilt squares.  Block 3.

I've laid out block 4, but haven't put it together yet. I do, however have the fabric to connect the squares together. It's not exactly what I had in my mind, but I needed to go ahead and get it, and it will do fine. Mom liked it a lot and encouraged me to get it.  I'll post a pic of that, when I post square 4. I intend to use the darkest pattern here as the backing. J loves the darker greens best.  SR and I both are a little surprised at how excited J is about this quilt.