Friday, July 27, 2012

Mellow Yellow

Do you have a piece of furniture that has a special meaning to you?

My dad had a stroke in 1995.  My sister and I took turns caring for him.  Yesterday was the 7 year anniversary of his passing.

My kitchen chairs are on wheels.  Too dangerous for my dad to try and sit down.  We found a set of chairs and I took one and my sis kept one for her house.  They had this ugly brown velvet on the seat cushion.

After my dad passed I put the chair away.  Recently I painted my kitchen a sunny yellow.  I needed a chair for the desk area and remembered the ugly chair my dad used for so many years.

This is what it looked like before I gave it a makeover.  I had forgotten to take a before picture and my sis was kind enough to snap a picture of her chair.  

I started out priming the chair.  I used a primer with stain blocker, applying 2 coats for good coverage.  I wanted something nice and bright.  Since my kitchen was yellow I thought it would be a good choice for the chair.  I found this cute fabric with the colors in my kitchen.   

I love how my chair turned out.  I think of my dad every time I look at it and I think he would have loved it too.

until next time.....

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Heart Quilt Finished!!!

You never know what you'll find while cleaning and organizing.  I decided to tackle my closet.  I have a walk-in closet that is so full of tubs, etc.  that I can barely walk in it.

While going through the tubs, I found 3 quilts that I needed to finish.  Two of them only needed the border quilted and then the binding added.  Doesn't sound like a lot of work, but if you quilt, you know it takes time.

I never machine quilt.    I use my machine to piece the quilt but all the quilting is done by hand.  It takes forever and a day to finish a quilt.  It took me a total of 4 days just to finish hand-quilting the border and then  add the binding.  Another process done by hand stitching.

I saw this pattern on Simply Quilts on HGTV.  It's been off the air for a few years and that is when I first started making this quilt.  So, I'm thinking maybe 3 or 4 yrs ago.

I am so happy to finally finish this.  Here are some close-ups of the embroidered leaves and the hand quilting.  The quilt is heavily hand-quilted with circles of inter-twining hearts.  

I am putting this one away for safe keeping.

till next time...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ribbons Finally Organized

How do we accumulate so many spools of ribbon?  While trying to organize my craft room, one of my concerns was how to get a grip on my growing mound of ribbons.

See what I mean?

I browsed pinterest hoping to find a solution.  I had too many spools to use a paper towel holder.  I would need at least 10-20 of those.  Then I would be faced with another dilema.  

I have a long curtain rod (extends to 102") I wasn't using.  I nixed that idea when I realized how wide it would need to extend to hold all this ribbon.

The spools were the problem.  They take up a lot of room.  They had to go.

I took some card stock and made these holders.  

It took me a full day to transfer all the ribbons to the cards.  Didn't realize it would take so long, but then again, I had a lot of ribbon.

I found the perfect box at TJ Maxx.  I was really surprised it held all the ribbons and I still have room for a few more.  Yes, I will probably buy more ribbon.  You can never have enough ribbon, right?  

I love the box, but not so much the design on the lid.  No problem.  I covered it with this sweet paper. 

I'm still amazed that I was able to get all that ribbon into this box.  I was stressing about getting it under control.  So, how do you organize your ribbon?

till next time...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Recycled Lamp Parts

I'm still trying to organize my craft room.  I came across these glass lamp parts.  They were heading for the trash.  I had every intention of tossing them out.   I tend to hang on to things, thinking I'll use them on a project.   So, into a box they go, ready for the next trash pickup.  Every time I passed them, I would look at them.   Then I noticed the lattice beading in the glass.  Ding, ding, ding!!!

So, out comes the paint.  I clean the vases.  Yes, now they are vases, not lamp parts.   

They have a hole in both ends, so I tape up one end and get to work.  These were too pretty for just any paint.  I used my metallic paints in shades of peridot, ice blue, silver sterling and pearl white.   I flipped them over to drain the excess paint and let them dry completely.

I love how they turned out.  The metallic paints were perfect for these little gems.   I am so glad I didn't throw them out and found a new purpose for them.

till next time...........

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Red Sunburst Mirror

I have my great granddaughter visiting for a few days.  She is 4 yrs old and her name is Kayleigh.

I was sitting here thinking of a craft we could do together.  I am making a chrysanthemum mirror out of plastic spoons.  I have all these handles left over.  I didn't throw them away, thinking I can make something out of these.

I am a big fan of sunburst mirrors.  Then it hit me.  These spoon handles would be perfect to make Kayleigh her own little sunburst mirror.

I asked her what color she wanted her mirror to be.  Her favorite color at the moment is red.  So, no surprise that is the color she chose.

We started with a 4" mirror from Hobby Lobby and a batch of spoon handles.

We painted the handles with red enamel paint.  We probably should have roughed up the handles before painting them.  They chipped pretty easily.  We applied 2 coats.

I hot glued the painted handles to the back of the mirror and added a hanger.  We added a red (of course) ribbon to the hanger.  To add a little interest we decided to add some cute little buttons along the edge of the mirror.  We chose green, blue, red, white and pink buttons.

Here is Kayleigh with her own little sunburst mirror to take home.  She told me she is hanging it over her bed. 

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Little Stool Redo

I'm making great progress in my craft room.  It used to be my dad's bedroom before he passed.  Then it turned into a junk room.  Before I knew what happened it looked like a page out of one of those hoarder shows.  I would die of embarrassment if anyone had seen it in that state.

So, while cleaning I came across this sweet little stool.  I had plans to cover it with pink roses fabrics, but that was yesterday, or was it 3 years ago?   I've changed my mind.  I am liking the fun colors.  The aquas, raspberries, lemon, limes.  A mix of this and that.

Amy Butler has some of the most beautiful and colorful fabrics.  I had a hard time making up my mind which one to use and settled on Soul Blossoms Joy and a dotted Love fabric.  

I painted my stool with semi gloss white.  There were a lot of staple holes that I filled before painting.

The foam I had for this little stool was 1/2 smaller than the wooden seat.  I had to compromise and added the dotted Love fabric to the bottom of the seat.  I hot glued to the sides and stapled to the top.  So far, so good.  I covered the foam and stapled  it to the outer edge of the seat top.

I made bias trim in the solid green fabric to hide my staples, but was not liking it.   I  added this sweet fringed trim and liked it much better.   The pink matches the center of the dahlia perfectly!!!

And here she is, in all her glory.  Is she not the sweetest little stool?


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