Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Almost Four

LMW is almost 4 months old and in honor of this occasion, I had to fix him up another onesie. I wanted to do a tribute to the Razorbacks, but didn't have anything appropriate in my stash. I'll make sure to have some hogs on hand before the 5th month!

It's football time, so if I couldn't add a razorback, I at least had to add a football! And there is some red in there too. Go Hogs!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Froggy Tag

Since LMW loves his little monkey tag blanket Nanna made him so well, she decided to make him one for home. Only this time, the froggy jumped in.

Now the monkey and the froggy can play tag with LMW.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My First McLinky

I just joined a link party at Quiltstory!

I submitted my desk redo, as it involved fabric. I hope it's accepted. If not, I have the Monkey Tag Blanket I can send. I'm kinda excited about venturing out into the blog world a little more. Doesn't take much to entertain me!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Desk Re-Do

One day when the husband and I were flea marketing in Jacksonville, I came across this desk.

I was in the market for one, to use as a sewing table. This one was good and solid, and was only $30.00, so it came home with us that day.  I knew I wanted to change it up in a big way, but had to mull it over in my mind for a couple of weeks. And the hardware definitely needed changing.

It must have been in a girl's room. And it was obviously a child's desk due to the height and all the writing in the drawers. *grin* The hubs would have liked me to strip it and stain it as he is a big fan of wood grain, and I have to admit, I have a love for it myself. But...just about every piece of furniture in my house is brown. I just realized that yesterday. (I'm going to have to do something about that)

I decided I wanted to paint it black. And so I did. Then I decided I wanted to do something creative to the drawer fronts, like I've seen on so many other blogs. This is what I wound up with....drum roll please.......

I am in love.  It turned out just like I'd hoped it would. My only problem was that the paint wanted to scratch off. So, it took several coats of paint, plus a spray sealer, which made it blotchy, and I painted one more coat over that. I adhered the fabric with modge podge. And I replaced the hardware with simple silver circles.



Now, I need to figure out if there is anything in the house that I can paint....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Give Away Hopes

There are always great giveaways going on in blogland. I enter lots of them, but never win. I want to win this giveaway at Jaybird Quilts  and Fat Quarter Shop soooo badly. The colors of the bundle are perfect for a project I have in mind for someone special. Here's crossing my fingers and saying prayers....

Wish me luck!


Nope. Didn't win again. *Big sigh*

Monday, August 16, 2010

In the Pink

I've had this set sewn and waiting for a name. Today, I found out what I needed to know, and finished them all up.

Two bibs and two matching burp cloths....

and a bound fleece blanket.

One more project checked off my to-do list.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Was Tagged

Ok, I'll play. Lisa tagged me so here are her questions and my answers...

1. What's your best memory as a small child? Getting a bike for Christmas. That's the only thing I can think of that was really great other than getting to visit my grandparents.

2.What or who can you think of and a smile instantly comes to your face? My grandson...of course.

3.Have you ever been arrested? Nope, thank goodness.

4.What is the most scared you have ever been? When my son was in an altercation and his ride left him in Florida with no way home.

5.What "creature" would you not voluntarily hold for $1000? Any snake. Period. And there are others...

6.What kind of cell do you have? If any. Tracfone. I really threw my feet out!

7. What's your favorite past time? Sewing.

8. Do you collect anything? Chickadees

So, there you have it Lisa. :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I Can Post it Now

When I posted the photos of J and K's tree, Erin saw it and mentioned she'd like to have one.

Since she is LeLe's BFF and she's a sweetie, I told her I'd make her one for a wedding gift. She wanted it to be a surprise, so I had to wait until her wedding to post the pictures. She and her man married today at 11:00 a.m. and so I can post it now.

Congratulations to Erin and Chris! I hope you have 50+ years of wedded bliss!


Remember this tray?

The one I bought for $18.00? (Ouch) I planned to use it on this table, but didn't like how it looked.

This is what it looks like now....

I plan to somehow hang it on the backporch. I don't know how I'm going to do that yet.

First, I painted the entire thing blue, and then blocked in the areas I wanted to paint.

I began with the leaves and branch, then moved on to the dogwood blooms.

Finally, I worked on the bird.

So, here is a photo that shows how large this tray actually is. It's sitting in SR's large recliner.

I want to coat it with a sealer, simply to make sure it weathers well. It will be under the porch roof, but you can't be too careful. After all the work, I sure wouldn't want it to peel off.

I'm lovin' this a lot. And since it had been a while since I painted anything, I enjoyed the process.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tag Blanket

I was excited when I saw this post for a tag blanket. And decided I was ordained to make one for LMW.
Larissa did a superb job with the tutorial on Just Another Day in Paradise.

Since I didn't have all the fluffy soft fabric she used, I decided to just use what I had in my stash. I did purchase ribbon on clearance at Walmart for $1.00 a roll. That was a great find! Because the back was simple cotton fabric, I inserted a piece of tee shirt fabric from an old shirt I had.  I sewed this inside the two pieces of cotton and it gives it a little weight.

Hopefully, LMW will like it as well. And it will be a great idea for shower gifts. Thanks Larissa! (sorry I don't know how to grab your button and make it work...)

On the wisteria quilt....after several hours of hand basting, I've decided not to try to machine quilt it. I am going to use the tack and tie method using either regular knitting or crewel yarn. This way, all the potential puckers I see already, will not wind up ruining the look of the quilt, and it will still have a nice grid on the back. And it's something I can do comfortably while I sit in the recliner in the evenings.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Old to New

Last week, SR and I went to a flea market in Jacksonville. We found some pretty good things, one being a solid wood high chair in excellent condition. SR had wanted to buy LMW a wooden one, and all the antique ones were either wayyy over priced, or in terrible condition. This one wasn't antique, but it is solid.

We brought it home and cleaned it up. The tray needed a new coat of sealer, so we did that, and I made cushions for it.

$20.00 for the chair, about $6.00 of fabric and accessories and Ta-Da!