Octagonal End Table Restyle

5-DSCF3829Octagonal End Table Restyle

1-DSCF3778This little gem was found at a yard sale this past weekend. It was quite a score as they were practically giving it away. Why was it such a score? Well, it was barely standing on its own. It had missing screws and screws that very loose. It also had a few chips on the underside of the tabletop that needed to be filled. Lastly, it was filthy and in need of a thorough sanding.

I was tickled once I had it completely repaired and prepped for painting. I could actually see the ugly duckling turning into a swan.

2-DSCF3815I chose black paint for the base and tan for the tabletop. I love it so much I might be using that paint color combination a lot more.

4-DSCF3823As always it still needed a little more something-something. I cut a fleur-de-lis stencil using my Cricut…

3-DSCF3819…and stenciled it using black paint in the center of the tabletop.

6-DSCF3830A light sanding on top of the table and a rougher sanding on the legs created the finishing touches to this restyle.

5-DSCF3829Enjoy!

Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

6-DSCF3718Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods and I’m already itching for summer. Well, kinda… I’m not a big fan of the sweltering heat, but I do love the barbeques, fairs and festivals.

1-DSCF3681Lately, I’ve been making a variety of garlands and, after sorting through my stash of red, white and blue, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make rag strip garlands for all those summer patriotic holidays.

2-DSCF3691This one is a little different than previous strip garlands I have made. I cut the strips shorter and used a buttonhole type knot to attach them.

3-DSCF3693The length of the drape is still long, but it also has an end sticking up. I kinda like the look.

4-DSCF3701I liked it after the strips were all attached, but it still looked like it needed a little more something-something.

5-DSCF3706Old Pepsi bottle caps were the perfect addition. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the caps, then tied the caps to the garland using twine. Finding a use for something I have held onto for years is so satisfying.

7-DSCF3723There. Now I’m ready for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Show and Tell
Inspiration Monday
Motivate Me Monday-Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Making Memories Monday

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Whatever Goes Wednesday

Thursday:

The Handmade Hangout
The Project Stash Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Party Junk
Skip The Housework Saturday

Sunday:

That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

3-DSCF3585T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but life happened. I was reminded of it every time I took a shower, but blogging while naked just didn’t seem right. Especially the pictures…there are many reflective surfaces in a bathroom and ain’t nobody wanting to see that. ;)

Turns out I was able to take pics without reflections anyway.

I made this rug out of necessity and frustration. The shower in our bathroom has a swing out door. There was just no way to keep the floor from getting wet when the shower door was opened.

I looked everywhere for a rug that would work. The dimensions for the space were pretty specific, but nobody makes rugs that size. I happened to be working with some t-shirts at the time and a light bulb went off. Why not crochet a rug to custom fit the area?

1-DSCF3578I went through my stash of t-shirts and cut “yarn” in colors that would blend with the room. The walls of the room are green so green t-shirts were a must. Matching the greens to the walls while still using the tees I had was impossible. That’s okay, I would have gone nuts crocheting this in one color. I added some grays and white to add interest and to save my sanity.

I don’t have formal instructions for this project, as its size was for my specific space, but I will give you the broad strokes.

4-DSCF3587-001The center section was done in rows using single crochet in the back loops. I crocheted a few rows of each color–lathered, rinsed and repeated until the section was a few inches from the shower and the wall when centered in front of the door.

2-DSCF3583I finished with a border worked in the round using white t-shirts and single crochet stitches. The border was stitched until the edges touched the shower and the wall when centered.

5-DSCF3589I’m very pleased with the way it turned out and am thrilled that it cost me zero dollars.

Enjoy!

My Last-Minute Easter Decorations

2-DSCF3645Last year we had just moved into our tiny rental and I didn’t even decorate for Easter. I also didn’t have room for hosting Easter, as is our tradition. When I sorted through things in our storage units for a yard sale this last summer, I purged a lot of decorations from all holidays. Our house is much bigger this year so now I am kinda regretting some of that purge. When I got out my Easter decorations the other day I only found one box. :( Since most store-bought offerings are not my style I decided to make more decorations with things I already have.

1-DSCF3639I started out with a small branch from a tree hubby was pruning. Using an old flower pot for the base, and middle son bringing me some gravel, I “planted” my branch to “grow” my Easter tree.

2-DSCF3645A stash of peat pots were transformed into little Easter buckets. I sponge painted white on the outside. Craft wire was used for the handles. Small vintage pictures were decoupaged to the front of the buckets and the handles were spruced up with buttons and ribbon.

3-DSCF3651I added them to the tree, but it still needed a little something-something.

4-DSCF3679I had just finished making crocheted flower garlands for my Etsy shop and decided mini version of the flowers would be just the thing to bring out the “spring” in my tree.

5-DSCF3661I simply hot glued them to the branches.

6-DSCF3664I wrapped some fabric strips around a couple of garden tools and added them to the pot to complete the tree.

7-DSCF3667I needed something for my dining table. I cut bed springs down a bit and inserted little flower pots. In this picture they have the grass, but I am still going to add jelly beans and a peep.

8-DSCF3675I saved two spaghetti sauce cans a couple of weeks ago and after a little paint, some scraps of burlap, lace and a tie of jute, they were restyled into flower vases. I’ll fill them with cuttings from the beautiful abundance of color that has bloomed in my yard.

I still have a few other things I would like to make, but I wanted to get this posted before it got to late. I’m off to the grocery store and then more decorating. ;)

Enjoy!

Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!

T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3552T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3541We’ve all seen them…heck, we’ve all bought them…those t-shirts that are available in every color imaginable. They are a bit of a staple in my closet, as I am sure they are in other people’s closets too. They are great worn with sweaters, jackets and other layers when the weather is cool, but when the weather gets warm…I do have to admit to being a bit bored with the look when I wear them by themselves.

2-DSCF3543Sorting through my lace stash, I decided a little refashion was in order.

I added wide flat lace to the bottom of a t-shirt. If you do this, I strongly suggest using a zigzag stitch. A zigzag stitch will allow the the shirt to stretch without breaking the thread.

3-DSCF3544The extra lace made the tee way too long, but I had no intention of stopping there.

5-DSCF3552I folded a deep cuff above the lace and stitched at the top of the cuff.

I love the way it turned out. ;)

Enjoy!