Cowley’s Outdoor Market

Cowley’s Outdoor Market

Cowley’s Outdoor Market is this Saturday (April 22) at Wilson Park in Arkansas City, Kansas. Come join me!

Yep, I’m taking the plunge into an outdoor/spring show once again. I know this will surprise those of you that know me well. Outdoor shows are unpredictable because weather usually doesn’t cooperate. It looks like this Saturday will be no different. Yikes! Wish me luck. The forecast is calling for heavy rain/flooding and wind on Friday. If we are lucky enough to escape rain on Saturday, we will certainly have soggy ground and wind to contend with in our little piece of the park…

…but, I am going for it. I’ve been in creation mode for weeks and the following is just a peek at some of what I’ll have to offer.



….More Signs
I gave my new Silhouette a workout!

Western Style Bench
I am also selling the little HOME pillows.

Shabby Chic Desk Restyle

Train Case Makeover

Vintage Roller Skates

Shabby Chic End Table

Western Style Frame Crosses

They are priced to sell.

Antique Trunk Lid Coffee Table

This is a favorite OOAK. I’ve had the trunk for a few decades, but since it was so big I decided it needed to go. Well, I really can’t seem to let anything go without rethinking it so I took it apart and restyled the lid into a shabby chic coffee table.

Vintage Sewing Drawers

Of course I have tons more. These are just the things I remembered to take photos of before I packed them.

Cowley’s Outdoor Market-April 22 starts at 8 AM. Hope to see you there!


Bathroom Makeover

Wow! Just like the kitchen, this makeover was dramatic!

I’ve actually had this done for a few weeks, but other deadlines prevented me from getting this posted. When I did the kitchen I gave myself until Thanksgiving to complete. For the bathroom, I gave myself until spring break when my son would be coming home. I made it.

It was pretty dirty looking, but that was mainly due to the existing paint colors and how it had been applied.

The green was gross to me…

…and the chocolate brown paint would never be on my color wheel for a fresh clean bathroom. Wiping all that out was the main goal and I succeeded.

We changed the light fixture soon after we moved in. I didn’t get a before picture. I just didn’t think about it until it was too late. Changing it was an urgent need for a couple of reasons. The existing fixture hung down over the mirror. We had to duck to see ourselves. It had burned out bulbs and a couple of the globes were broken and missing sections.

We considered raising the fixture and replacing parts, but the bulbs were weird and expensive. Even changing the bulbs was strange…which could have been why the globes were broken. While looking at other fixtures we realized a new fixture with standard bulbs was far less than repairing the old light. No brainer. We changed out the whole thing.

I worked in sections on this makeover. For some reason it prevented me from becoming too overwhelmed by the job. The first big change was the built-in cupboards.

Removing the doors was ridiculous! The hinges had been covered with so much paint that getting a screwdriver into the grooves was impossible. I scraped and picked with whatever would show results. Ultimately I was able to remove the screws using the edge of a putty knife as a screwdriver. Whew! That was a workout that took hours.

I soaked and scrubbed the hinges, removing 3 or 4 layers of paint. While I completely removed the paint, the metal of the hinges was hideous. The cheap metal was rusting. Since the handles were new and had the same rubbed bronze finish as the knobs in the kitchen, I decided to spray the hinges with leftover paint from that makeover.

Yes! Spray paint did an amazing job and was a much better choice than gunking them with another layer of wall paint. The screws were not worth salvaging so we bought new ones and I sprayed the heads of those to match the hinges.

Cupboard doors…

…and drawers got a thorough cleaning and a fresh coat of clean.

What do you think?

It was then onto the next section. I chose the area around the toilet because it seemed tricky and I wanted it done and over with. First off was getting rid of the medicine cabinet. I wanted it gone. It might be just me, but having a medicine cabinet over a toilet seemed like a bad idea…especially since my house of guys can’t seem to remember to put the seat down. I was a bit worried that when I removed it there would be a big hole in the wall from an old built-in cabinet, but YAY! for small victories, there wasn’t one.

After patching cracks and screw holes it was time to paint. Hm…painting behind the toilet didn’t seem possible, but I was determined. For those with the same obstacle, here are my tips.

  • Remove the tank lid.
  • Cover the tank with a black garbage bag.
  • Tape around the tank (over the bag) to hold everything flat and away from the wall.
  • Warning: Do not flush with the bag over the tank!…Don’t ask. 😉
  • Tape a paint stir stick to the back of one of those replacement edger pads.
  • Add paint to the edger pad and while holding the stick, rub the pad on the wall behind the tank.
  • Add extra coats as needed.

After cleaning walls, fixing cracks and caulking corners, the rest of the bathroom painting went pretty well…until I got to the door.

The hinges, the door knob and the knob plate had all been painted with layers of paint. Ugh! the door needed to be removed to clean the hinges, but since it was a bathroom door it had to be done in a day. No pressure!

After cleaning the hinges, I painted the door edges before rehanging the door. That way I could paint the rest of the door later. The door plate and knob were too gunked to clean, but I had old doors in my crafting stash with identical antique hardware.

We replaced the bathroom door’s knob and plate with a clean one. I finished painting the door just days before my son got home for break.

The yucky window got a fresh makeover with a painted frame, new (functional) shade and curtain.

I added a quilt for a shower curtain and a few other decorations. Decor is not finished, but that will be an ongoing process.


13 Easter Craft Tutorials and Patterns

Enjoy this baker’s dozen of fun Easter projects.

I hunted through my archives to amass this list of Easter crafts I had designed for either Restyled Junk or other online publications. What a blast-from-the-past! I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. There are general, crochet, sewing and (of course) restyled upcycling crafts.

1. Country Easter Egg Ornies

This is a fun way to add a country western touch to your Easter decor and it camouflages a plastic egg.

2. Crochet Carrot Pocket Tutorial

Gift your Easter treats in little crochet carrot pouches. This is a quick and simple project suitable for a crochet beginner.

3. Vintage Hankie Chicks

I loved using my pretty vintage hankies for this spring decoration. Okay, this one doesn’t actually have a tutorial, but the simple shapes and the photos should give a fairly good explanation on how they are made.

4. Chenille Bunnies and Chicks

The link to this one will take you to the chick tutorial. I used a yellow chenille bedspread that practically screamed chirped “chicks”.

5. Crocheted Egg Pattern

Another egg craft for the crocheter. This one also uses a plastic egg for the inside. A great project for a television evening.

6. Crocheted Chick Tutorial

These cute little chicks represent one of my most viewed posts. They are stuffed, but they would also make cute appliques. Maybe even coasters.

7. Scrap Wood Easter Signs

Again, not a full tutorial, but the pics and explanation in the post will give you a nudge in the right direction for creating your own signs.

8. Bed Spring Bunny

I have designed a variety of bed spring characters over the years, but this bunny is one of my faves. I hope it’s one of yours too. A while chenille bedspread was used for his construction, but white felt could easily be substituted.

9. Crochet Jelly Bean Duck

Oh My Gosh! This one was so much fun! Yep, he is a pooping duck. Be prepared for lots of hoots and giggles with this one.

10. Crochet Bunny Pattern

My vision for this bunny was pure vintage. She’s cute, tiny and her arms and legs are moveable to pose as needed.

The last three tutorials need some explanation. Each of the links will ultimately take you to Craftbits, but you may be confused by the byline. While I did write these for Craftbits, and they did pay me, that is not my name on the byline. I never agreed to give up authorship so I’m not sure why they have claimed them as their work.

11. Whimsical Carrot Pillow Tutorial

What little one wouldn’t love this soft carrot pillow to lay their head on?

12. Chenille Bedspread Bunny Bag

Another chenille bedspread craft. Use it as a gift bag or a little girl’s church purse.

13. Recycled Chair Leg Easter Bunny

The ultimate restyled upcycle in this list! The before pictures are hard to believe that I could have a vision that turned out so darned adorable. I actually took it as a challenge. 😉 Hopefully your chair will be in better shape.

Whether it’s sunny or snowing in your neck of the woods, get to crafting.


DIY a Rustic Sailboat-Tutorial

I was going through some old files and found several tutorials I had yet to post on my blog. While I had posted about this when I crafted it, the “how to” was an old Yahoo article of mine…with a link that is no more. That was almost 5 years ago! I am rectifying that now.

Here’s a little inspiration for those warm days that will be coming. I promise.

Hope you enjoy it.

While my part of the country is not known for its nautical charms, the people here love to go to the lake to swim , fish or sail. The graceful beauty of the sailboats inspired this rustic sailboat project. Make a rustic sailboat using scrap wood and repurposed spindles. While it would make a nice accessory for a child’s room, it also has novel appeal for decorating most any room in your home.

Things You Will Need:

Scrap board
Measuring tape
Miter saw or jig saw
Dowel or spindle
Drill, 1/16-inch bit and screwdriver bit
2-inch wood screw
Wood glue
Wrapping paper
Muslin or ticking fabric
Straight pins
Off-white crochet thread
Embroidery needle
6  eye screws
Small scrap of denim or burlap
Hot glue gun

Step 1
Cut a 12-inch length from a scrap weathered board. My board was 4 1/2 inches wide. Your board width does not need to be exactly the same width as mine, but try to keep it within that ballpark. My board was also 3/4 inch thick. Your board needs to be at least this thick so that the boat will not tip over.

Step 2
Cut a 14-inch length from a scrap dowel or spindle. I used a recycled chair spindle. Determine which end of the dowel will be the bottom. Drill a 1/16-inch pilot hole in the bottom end of the dowel.

Step 3
Lay the board flat on your work surface. Measure to find the center and mark with a pencil. Drill a pilot hole through the center mark on the board. Working from the bottom of the board, insert a 2-inch wood screw in the pilot hole and rotate until the tip pokes through the top of the board. Apply wood glue to the bottom end of the dowel. Place the pilot hole on the end of the dowel over the tip of the screw. Continue to attach the screw through the dowel until it is secure. Allow the glue to dry.

Step 4
Lay wrapping paper on your work surface with the back side facing up. Draw a right angle on the paper with a 6 1/4-inch vertical line and a 12-inch horizontal line. Connect the ends of the right angle to create a right angle triangle. Draw another right angle triangle with a 6 1/4-inch vertical line and a 14-inch horizontal line. Cut out the triangles. These are your sail patterns.

Step 5
Pin the sail patterns to one layer of muslin or ticking fabric with the small sail angling to the left and the large sail angling to the right. Cut out the sails.

Step 6
Fold each edge of the sails 1/4 inch to the wrong side and press. Using off-white crochet thread and an embroidery needle, sew a running stitch along the folded edge to create a hem.

Step 7
Position the wood sailboat in front of you with the length of the boat laying from left to right. Measure down 1 1/2 inches from the top of the sail pole and attach an eye screw on the right side of the pole. Measure down 3 1/2 inches from the top of the pole and attach an eye screw on the left hand side of the pole. Measure 1/2 inch up from the bottom of the pole and attach eye screws on the left and right side of the pole. Center and attach an eye screw on each end of the boat. You will have attached a total of six eye screws.

Step 8
Thread your embroidery needle with more crochet thread. Insert the thread at one corner of a sail. Cut the thread with 3-inch tails extending from each side of the sail. Repeat on each corner of both sails.

Step 9
Thread the tails of the top point of the smaller sail through the eye screw on the top left hand side of the pole. Knot the thread tails to the screw. Position the sail so that the straight edge runs straight down the side of the pole. Attach the bottom, right hand corner to the screw at the bottom of the pole. Attach the outer corner of the triangle to the screw on the left hand end of the boat. Attach the larger sail to the other side of the pole in the same way.

Step 10
Cut a 1 1/2-inch triangle from denim or burlap for the flag. Hot glue the flag to the top of the pole.

Happy Sailing!


Restyled Bar/Wine Rack-Western

All of my furniture restyles are junk finds I have found at yard sales, auctions and thrift stores, maybe even a few hand-me-downs from family and friends. Many of them need repairs, tweaks or complete transformations. Regardless of their initial state, my favorite way to breathe new life into them is with paint.

For the most part, my painting methods are usually simple, but I always get a thrill when I complete a piece. That’s the way I felt when I finished this bar/wine rack.

It was pretty worn out when I got it, but I had a vision.

The metal was in great shape so I sanded and used a wire brush to remove a lot of the chips and flakes.

It then got a few all-over coats of cream paint. While that was a great improvement, it just didn’t quite have the look I was striving for.

That’s when I got out my wax stain and rubbed it over every inch of the rack.

Wow! From ho-hum to western charm in less than an hour.

Then to address those missing shelves. No problem. A few pieces of wood from my wood pile stash, a little sanding, a little staining and they were a perfect marriage for the rack.