Chasing Cottons is having an awesome 12 week Quilting Class! A great place to get the basics. Go check it out here!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I finally bought a hutch to redo off of craigslist today. I've been dreaming of hutch makeovers for several months now. Literally dreaming. Yes, I am that big of a freak. lol. The house it was in was sorta dark and it's imperfections became much more obvious once I saw it in daylight (already loaded in the truck). Oh well! No going back now! It just needs some extra love. Can't wait to start! First, I have to finish painting our chest of drawers. So many marvelous things to do!
bonus: At the same estate sale I also scored a beautiful set of China! A complete set of eight (40 pieces) for 20 bucks! I checked it out online and it would retail for about $220 new. (I am waaaaay to cheap to ever pay that) CHA-CHING!! Kyle thought it was silly to buy china that would only used for Christmas time. But Christmas time is my favorite season and I absolutely love all things Christmas. If anyone would use them, it would be me. Gosh, I feel so sophisticated now.
I have a sickness. I have become addicted to quilting. And, I love it! I just finished the top of my Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt using the French General Collection. My amazing Aunts are teaching me the ropes. I love our little Quilter's Anonymous "Meetings". It's so much fun to visit while we share our hobby. Not too shabby for my second quilt. A year ago I could hardly sew in a straight line. Seriously.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
This hand carved beauty(yikes!) cost me about a dollar. Every year the Glen Oak retirement community host a huge sort of rummage sale/senior citizen bazaar. It is AWESOME. I missed this year and I almost cried. This was sitting in my craft closet for several months before I gave it a makeover. I decided to make a ribbon board for my sister in law's Christmas gift. Yes, that is the Last Supper. It was so old and worn it disintegrated when you touched it and it got everywhere. Gr-oss.
I quickly discarded that filth(the canvas, of course, not Jesus) but kept the frame the canvas was stretched on. I covered it with batting and fabric.
I laid out how I wanted my ribbons. I'm a little Type A and so I had to make sure that the ribbons laid between the rows of flowers.
I used straight pins to keep them in place and to make them tight. This way when you flip it over they won't go crazy.
I stapled, then trimmed excess.
I used nails to secure the board into the frame.
I love the texture and interest the hand carved frame gives. Hopefully she likes it too!
A couple weeks ago I made this cutie for a friend's baby shower gift. I used Sew Much Ado's free tutorial here. It turned out great, I only worry that the heavier fabric will be too hot. If I made it again I would make it wider and shorten the strap.
I had extra fabric so a made a little nursing tote. That way when you're going to the mother's room, or where ever, you can quickly grab one thing and go. It fits the nursing cover, wipes, a few diapers, and plenty of room for things like butt cream and what-not.
No pattern was used for this. I was just winging it. I used a velcro fastener. A zipper would have been better, but I was doing this in the wee hours of the morning and this is what I had on hand.
The dots on the fabric are yellow and I had some cute yellow scrap fabric around (old tee shirt). Some people like to have a little clippy to keep track of what side they used last for feedings. I never did that but, if she doesn't either at least she's got a cute hair clip. Pretty sure I'm going to make another for myself. :)
This the chair I re-did for my Craftroom. I got it for eight dollaroonies at Goodwill. Someone had attempted to repaint it and had done a LOUSY job. LOUSY! Trust me, you cannot see the drip marks and paint peeling! I, henceforth, will not buy furniture that has already been repainted. Some lessons you have to learn the hard way. I decided the chair wasn't worth the money to buy paint stripper, so i just sanded it and used the good old spray paint and recovering method.
Here's the before:
Easy-peasy Lemon Squeezy