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Monday, April 16, 2018

Making Memories...and Heirlooms. Wedding Fabric to Baby Easter Basket

My granddaughter's wedding back in 2014 was a wonderful BoHo theme 
and 90% handmade, starting with this 3 door backdrop 
and those huge gorgeous flowers. 
(I'll put links at the bottom for those projects.)


I also grew the flowers in the urns for this pretty display.

We made the navy blue table runners out of sheets then had a blast
 arranging all the decor items for the tables...


After the wedding I latched on to all the blue table runners. 
I knew I would be using all that fabric again, starting with this sweet project.


This year I made a liner for an Easter basket using that blue fabric.


It looks great with an arrangement of her wedding flowers!


But THIS is what the project is really about. A personalized Easter basket 
for their son, my great grandson, born in 2017. This year was his first Easter
 and the wedding fabric was perfect for this project.

Insanely Creative Christy, his grandma, made these iron on letters with her
 Silhouette vinyl cutter. It came out great!



We love the sweet memories that come with this project and 
look forward to making more heirlooms for this wonderful little boy
 with his parents wedding fabric.


So sweet! And the best thing is, I still have the blue fabric runners from the other 15 tables!

Here is the link for making the huge flowers....

...and for the three door backdrop....

Friday, April 6, 2018

Love My Penny Island Project!

Way back when, we turned two of our old nightstands into this wonderfully useful kitchen island. 
It is still one of my favorite projects for our home!
Here is a link to that project....


Originally I used old cook book pages on top in the same hue as the floor and sealed them with
 a single coat of "bar top" resin. It looked great and held up for several years
 BUT we should have sealed it with more resin. 
The edges started to peel and we knew it was time to replace it.

And here's what we did....


Yup, we put a penny top on our kitchen island and it came out 
AWESOME!


We like it!
We like it ALOT!


Oooh aaaah!


Here's a before and after. What a pretty solution!

I did NOT want to buy pennies so I scrounged up all our stashed pennies and saved
even more for months. Then I chose to clean and polish them using Brasso.

While watching "The West Wing" on Netflix.


It took about 12 hours total so do this part of the job. Would I do it again? 
Yes. 
Would I buy at least a few rolls of new pennies for my next project? 
YES. Lesson learned.


We had the boards in our stash, so I stained them using Minwax Polyshades in Maple. 
It is a stain and sealer in one. It was also in our stash.
I scuffed up the old cookbook top with sandpaper then painted it with flat black craft paint.
It makes the coins really pop against that dark background.
We did not glue the pennies down and we did not put them in any pattern.
               

Envirotex Lite is an improvement on the original formula we used over 5 years ago. 
It isn't smelly, it sets up fast and looks fantastic when you're done.
 I used a 50% off coupon and got it for less than $20.
Win win!


The light coming through our skylight during the day really brings 
out the many different hues of the coins.  As the light changes, the metallic colors change.
We love it!


                       THIS time we used triple the amount of resin to give a deep and shiny finish.
It's been a couple of weeks and I'm still being careful setting heavy containers on top.
And we will ALWAYS use trivets and pads for anything hot. 
It is just good sense.


And when the sun goes down and hits those shiny pennies the light is just dazzling!


We are very pleased with the way this project came out. The most time consuming 
part was polishing pennies. Would we do it again? 
Yes!
I'm thinking.....backsplash!

There are so very many penny projects online that I did not go into alot of detail here. If you want to tackle this project I say do your research, gather your supplies and GO! 
Even if you bought everything at full price and new, this is not an expensive project.
Try it!




Monday, November 6, 2017

Leaf Table Runner-Quick and Thrifty!

What do you get with 4 packs of faux leaves from the Dollar Store and a length of burlap looking fabric? 

This pretty, quick and CHEAP table runner for fall!


I wanted a nice, colorful table runner but, you know me, didn't want to spend alot of money.

So I crashed my stash and found I had loads of fake silk leaves from the Dollar Store.

LOADS.

Note to self-stop buying autumn leaves from the Dollar Store.

I also found a nice length of burlap looking fabric that paired up nicely with the leaves, including some book page leaves left over from another project.

I've kind of got a thing about book page craft projects.




I plugged in my glue gun and went to town.


Man, quick and easy!!


Originally I made each end square to match the fabric.


By adding more leaves I was able to get this nice pointed shape.

I like it alot!



It looks wonderful on the bare wood of our table and also over an autumn woven table cloth.


This is my kind of fun project....quick, easy, fun, CHEAP and it looks great!

Materials needed-

Fabric for runner in the the length you wish (you could also use a Dollar Store table runner)
Fake leaves from the Dollar Store (50 to a pack so maybe 4 packs?)
Hot glue and gun
Optional-book page maple leaves (traced and cut out)

Time needed? 
An hour if you spend alot of time rearranging and fussing with the leaves. 
I say, just do it. Your table runner will thank you for it!


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Colorful Felt Pillow Covers

I make these appliqued felt pillow covers for family gifts and decor. 
I use straight stitching on my Singer and I'm not too awful picky
 about keeping everything neat and tidy. I like the texture that
 the multiple stitching gives to the thick felt and
 LOVE all the colors available. 


 Here's a gallery of my designs so far. This year I'm going to try some 
Halloween and Christmas designs, those should be fun!
It really is a simple process. Cut out the felt shapes and sew them in layers
 on your pillow fabric. You can be as neat and accurate or as abstract and casual as you prefer. 

Do you have questions about the DIY? Just ask them below and I'll answer them all!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Gotta Love Thrift Stores...And This Gorgeous Blue Plate!


I am a dedicated thrift store shopper and it has paid off in savings 
and truly unique finds over the years.


We got this sturdy and well built but oh-so-retro coffee table for $7.50 way back when. 
It has held up well for decades and it's latest look includes 
turquoise chalk paint and a painted top.

After a house fire we bought the Flexsteel sofa for $25 that shows in the bottom pic.
It has down filled cushions and an easy to slipcover design.
 It is now on it's fourth life, reupholstery wise, 
in chocolate brown ribbed twill.

And here's what I found today for $2.50....
a beautiful fused glass plate in shades of blue by Galvin Glass Works of New York.


As a serious cobalt blue glass fan girl, this glass plate is right up my alley.


I put together with my other thrift store finds and gifts of colored glass, 
you can see why it caught my eye.


And then I turned it over and saw this....it's engraved with a signature by the glass artist, 
Andrew Galvin. It is #1794 of 2640. I think "Oracle" is the name of this particular design
 in  his fused glass catalog.

You can bet I'll be hitting the thrift stores again and soon. 
I may not find something this stunning, but I'll keep my eyes open.
And, anyone that knows me can guess, 
I HAVE A LIST.

What is your best thrift store find? What are you looking for?


Friday, May 26, 2017

Rustic Pebble Table From a Five Gallon Bucket

I wanted a couple of small side tables for our deck and decided to make them out of what we had on hand, which includes five gallon buckets, recycled pallet boards and Dollar Store pebbles.



Here's a link to the first bucket table I made with a blingy top of beautiful glass gems from the Dollar Store. I like it but it seems too...fancy for our front deck.



So I knew I wanted to make something a bit more rustic and farm style. 
Back to the stash of five gallon buckets I go and add more salvaged pallet boards.
 Our nail gun makes this part quick and easy.
I put five nails in each board then bent them down for safety.



Our local Dollar Store has these bags of pretty polished pebbles in stock all year long. This project took two bags since I picked thru them for flatter stones. I added larger flat stones from our gravel garden paths and used silicone to attached them to a thrift store microwave plate. I think the plate cost $1.35 and I also got a discount!


I really really really like the rustic look and country charm of this version of my bucket table!



The warm wood and colorful stones are just a natural pairing and with the silicone 
they look like they are floating in water. LOVE IT!


Perfect for a nice morning cuppa before the day heats up. I am liking this little 
table more and more as I keep looking at it.



 So here's the first version of my five gallon bucket table with blingy 
Dollar Store glass gems. I like this one too!


Plus, just like the other table, this pebble table is totally weatherproof 
so it can stay out side all year if I want. And the cost? Minimal.
Here is the breakdown....

five gallon bucket on hand 
reclaimed pallet boards on hand
one tube of  silicone caulking $2.97
2 bags of Dollar Store polished pebbles $2 total

2 hours of time with our nail gun and then with a caulking gun.

The silicone sets up quickly and after an overnight wait this little table is
 ready for use anywhere outside. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five Gallon Blingy Bucket Table DIY

You know the drill by now. I wanted something but didn't want to spend any money. 
In this case, a nice little side table for our front deck....just a pretty little place to put things when we're sitting out there visiting or enjoying the sun.

I knew we had to have something in all of our stuff that I could use for this project.
Heeeeyyyyy....

We have a stack of five gallon buckets in storage. Sure, they smell like pickles but 
they are free and they are also the perfect height! In this case, 13" tall.


Here is the spray paint I keep on hand for our plastic patio chairs that are still sturdy and I am too cheap to replace. Painted this beautiful turquoise blue they even
 look good. I also used this spray paint when I painted the deck rug. The link for THAT is below.


The bucket is now Lagoon blue. And soon the boards will be, too.


Pallet wood scraps, baby!
I knew if I rummaged around enough in the scrap barrel I'd find enough to cover this bucket.
Yeah, they look rough but they're scraps and they're free and it was starting to get hot....

Okay, used air nailer to attach boards to bucket. 
Easy peasy.



Checking the kitchen I found this 15" microwave plate under the counter. We've never had a microwave large enough for this plate so I must have bought it at some point,
 but hey, serendipity! Perfect for the table top I have in mind.



Yeah, I have a stash of blue gems from the Dollar Store and thrift stores and yard sales. Don't judge me, I use these all the time! Shhh, they're pretty and they're cheap and perfect for this next step.



I laid them out in different ways and decided I liked the random look. A caulking gun and that tube of silicone sealer and in a bit I was looking at.....


A five gallon bucket table with a blingy glass top! 

I made this photo all gauzy and glamorous on purpose. Because I'm not quite sure if the style
 of the top goes with the style of the base, even after I painted the base turquoise blue.

Hmmmmm.



Look! All's well that ends well! 

This pretty little FREE table is perfect for the purpose I had in mind. With a bit
 of ingenuity and time and a bit of work, I now have a blingy blue glass table for our front deck. Not only is it FREE, but it is totally waterproof and can stay outside all year long. 

Plastic bucket.
Reclaimed pallet boards.
Silicone sealant.
Blue glass gems.
ALL totally weatherproof.

I am calling this a win win, even if I'm not completely satisfied that the top goes with the bottom. But I've got a few ideas, and a few more five gallon buckets, to try and change things up.

Stay tuned!!

Here's my second table, so pleased with it!


Here is a link to the pebble table blog post....


And here's a fun linky party to visit....