Monday, December 31, 2012


First, I want to take this moment to say thank you to anyone who has visited my site.  I am still learning and appreciate the interest!  I wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  Make it a crafty one!

Do you ever create something that you want to do over and over again?  I have really begun to love making things with hooks. 
This one is going in the kids bathroom.  Since there are 2, I am using this as their towel rack.  It was made from part of a foot board from a twin bed.  It was leftover after other projects had taken it apart.

I just made these 2, because I just love the ones in my bathroom.  Some hooks, wood and some moulding are all you need for these adorable hooks.

Who wants 2 large towel racks when these serve the purpose, take up less space, and are much more interesting.

What do you think?  Are you ready to get hooked?

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Saving an antique dresser

Poor thing was found on the side of the road with a sad black spray paint job.  I couldn't pass it up with those pretty legs!

 It was peeling and warped on the top so that had to be fixed. 

I took advice I read on For the love of wood - she says when you get a top that is peeling, simply take it off and turn it over and that is exactly what I did.  You have to patch the holes but that is easier than scraping or gluing!

It took A LOT of sanding and scraping to get all the paint off and to get the top nice enough to finish.  Since I was painting this piece and not staining it, it didn't have to be exactly perfect.  After priming and painting this is what she looks like.  I found the cute star knobs at a garage sale.

I hope you enjoyed this dresser makeover.  Please feel free to leave a comment, I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hope chest to storage bench

I received a hope chest that had some damage to the bottom of it.  So sad!

With the help of my dear hubby, we cut off the damaged bottom, then this poor thing sat in the basement waiting for the inspiration.

(Thought I had a photo of it before, but I don't)

My sister had been talking about wanting a storage bench in her entry way so the boys would not throw everything on the floor...LIGHTBULB Moment!
I will turn this into a storage bench!  Perfect.

First I had to find some legs to pretty this up.  We attached them to the bottom of the bench.

Then I proceeded with the priming and painting.  She loves green and her house is pretty much beige so I chose her favorite color.

It seemed a little bright so I decided to do some glazing.  Something I have only done a few times before and on little projects.  It was time to step out of the comfort zone.

I used an antiquing medium and some brown acrylic paint.

From there I added lots of padding and some fabric for the top.  This top would not allow a staple into it (it was not wood) so I did the next best thing- Hot glue.
When all else fails right?
This is how it turned out.  I cannot wait to see it in her house.  I think it will make a great addition.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

How to make a neck warmer

Scarves are all the rage right now.  There are so many styles and ways to use them.  I came across a neck warmer tutorial in a book I checked out from the library.

The book is called Improv Sewing by Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Headboard into a bench

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Now onto today's post:

These are all over the web now...who to give credit for it?  Once again,
Gail over at My Repurposed Life has some amazing tutorials on how to accomplish this task.

I had a headboard that needed to be used.  The metal knobs inside the leg that the side rails hook into were broken.  Couldn't be used as a headboard again. So my hubby and I gave it new life.

Here is the after picture as it is all I have.  I am sure I will do another in the future and will be sure to post more pictures!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree!

I love Christmas time.  It is such a delight getting out the ornaments every year.  I love to see the professionally decorated trees, and sometimes I think I would love one, but there is something to be said about a tree that tells a story.

You see, each and every ornament on our Christmas tree tells a story.  I have a collection of ornaments dating back to the 70's.  Some were given to me by family members who are no longer with us.  Some were handmade by my Great Grandmother.  Yet, others remind me of special occassions, such as when I was in the nutcracker as a little girl, when I got married and when each of my children were born. 

Every year I get my ornaments out, I thank God that I have all of these memories on my tree.
Of course, a Christmas tree would not do without reminders of why we celebrate...
Jesus birth!

As you celebrate this Christmas season, may you be reminded of your loved ones and the One who loves you.

Have a very Blessed Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Treadmill phone case

My husband has been working hard staying consistent with his workouts.  The treadmill is in the basement and there is nothing to entertain him.  He likes to listen to music while he does things, so I decided to make him a case to hold his phone.
I didn't use a pattern for this, I just eyeballed it.  (Like I do most of my sewing projects, LOL)
First I went through my scraps since this wouldn't take much fabric and came across a piece of drop cloth that would be perfect.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tray table

This vintage chair was found roadside so I picked it up and brought it home.

 I got right to work on it as I had a few ideas what I could do with it.  It could be fixed and kept as a chair,  turned into a small stool, or a table.

I took the back of the chair off and repaired that side, as the brackets weren't in place anymore.  The holes needed to be filled with wood filler, then I got to painting with some DIY chalk paint. 
The good old mix with 3 parts paint, 1 part plaster, and some water.
The jury is still out on this one. I have mixed results.  If you have any pointers I would gladly welcome them!

I wasn't quite happy with the way the inside looked so I decided to add some interest.

Some black around the trimmed edge and on the inside made a big difference.
 I had this tray that I made out of a cupboard door a while back that I thought would be a great topper.

What a great little serving table!  It could be used in place of a coffee table in a small room.  The tray is easily removable to store your remotes or other items inside. 

What do you think?  Good idea or should I turn it into a bench?

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What to do with those cases sheets come in?

My mom gave me a few of those little bags that your sheets and pillow cases come in.  She knew I would find something to do with them!  I hate to throw things away, and who is ever going to fit their sheets back in that bag for storage?  Not me!

 I decided to make them into some ruffle back pack bags.
All I did was add some ruffle fabric...if you use a cotton knit you don't have to finish the edges.  Yeah!  I got mine from old shirts that either had stains or little holes.  Recycling at its best!

I like to make my ruffles by scrunching up the fabric as it goes under the sewing machine foot.  This eliminates a few steps, I am all about that!

All I did next was add some straps from an old tie around belt, or ribbon for the small one, I had in my stash.  Sooo cute.

The small pillow case bags are great to make a matching backpack for a baby doll or American girl doll. 

Finish them off by adding a flower or other accessory.  Great Christmas gift!

Monday, December 17, 2012

One of a kind window table

So, I ran across this suitcase stand on the curb one day.  I wasn't sure what I would do with it, but I liked the legs.
The ribbons were in rough shape.  As you can see, one of them was ripped all the way through.  I cut the rest of the ribbons then took out all the tacs that held them in place.

I thought and thought about what to do with this stand.  Should I turn it into a bench?  If so, would it be strong enough to hold someone? 
So, down to the basement she went.  Then one day, I set it aside and a thought came to me.  I have this old window that would fit nicely on top...

We went to work on putting it together.  First it needed holes drilled through the rails that would hold the window.  Then I added the screws and pushed them through enough that they would mark the window where we needed to drill.
Then drilled where the marks were to get the screws in easily.  Yes, the one side of the window is white.  After that we put them together.

Some of the edges of the window that were not exposed were lighter than the rest so I added some stain to darken them.  I liked the rustic look so I decided not to paint the whole thing.

And there you have it.  Something new out of somethings old.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Buckeye cookies- YUM

It is always fun to get started making Christmas cookies.  I don't know what your traditions are, but a few years ago we added buckeye's to our Christmas cookies.  Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter, right?
They are easy to make and no baking required!  Awesome!  You will need (this recipe is cut in half and makes 150-200 buckeyes!)
1 16 oz jar of peanut butter (I use natural)
2 sticks of butter
24 oz of powdered sugar
12 oz package of chocolate chips (my mom prefers using dark Ghirardelli chocolate)
1/4 bar of paraffin wax

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Window Shadow box

I love old windows and all the things you can do with them.  I ran across a few old windows for free so I decided to give a shadow box a try.  It is not that hard to do.
I had some scrap wood in my garage and built a small frame.  Lucky for me this frame was already primed!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Refrigerator snowman

I have seen many ways to make snowmen to decorate doors, refrigerators, windows and more.  I'm sure you have seen them too.  I wanted to make a little craft for the kids today, and I thought our version of a snowman would be fun!

I used whatever I had on hand like:

magnets I have saved from businesses, or pads of paper with the magnets on the back
glue gun

Easy peasy!  I cut out some shapes, glued the magnets on the back and voila,

the kids can decorate the refrigerator using the magnets any way they want!

Maybe it will help keep them busy while I am cooking dinner :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

First Craft Show experiences

So, this past weekend was my first ever craft show.  I brought a little of everything not knowing what would sell.  Surprisingly, all of my signs and chalkboards did very well.  My hair accessories, hats and scarves...not so much.

It was a great experience.  I am glad I did a small one first to see how my crafts would do.  Next time I will definitely stock up on more signs, chalkboards and even some furniture items.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Salvaged drum table

I found this drum table curbside.  It is a sad day when I find an antique like this that no one took care of.  It was in such sad shape I wasn't sure what I could do with it, but I thought it had to have something salvageable.
The top was so warped, broke and peeling that it had to be tossed.  I took it off and had my husband cut a square top for it.  After cleaning and sanding I noticed the base was in pretty good shape.  Nothing some primer and paint can't fix!
Here is her final photo.  I seemed to have deleted the before picture :( But at least you can see what she looks like now.
I am a little embarrassed by my pictures.  I am going to have to get better at that.  I am the get it done now sort of person.  I need lessons in staging.  LOL

The perfect dresser for a star wars room

My son has a star wars room that he has wanted for a long time.  I was trying to figure out what to do with his dresser when I came across this one at a garage  sale for just $3!
It was solid wood with dove tail drawers and in great working condition.  The problem with it was the veneer was peeling off the top of the dresser.  No problem, I can deal with that!
So I scraped it all off and sanded really well.  Next I primed the whole dresser with kilz.  I wasn't sure whether to do black or grey or what for this star wars room.
I settled on a little bit of both.
The drawer pulls had to be switched as some of the original pulls were missing.  I painted them black.
He loves his dresser, and I like it too.  It is one that will be great for his room for a long wars or not.
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