Quickie Transformation

I’ve been working on a few easy craft transformations for my local store. I have several bare display spots that need to be filled in. Since I seem to have a gazillion things that need my attention right now, projects that require less time are about all I can do right now.


These birdcages needed a little dusting and they were then ready to accept spray paint. I used a flat white spray paint.


I am not crazy about the shadowing that the spray paint seemed to leave on the wires and inside the cage, but it does leave a nice shabby chic look.

With the addition of a few accessories inside the cages, they will be ready to sell.

I Love My Friends!

Recently I struck gold twice!

The first time was when a local crafty friend of mine was moving. She decided she didn’t want to craft anymore. I didn’t believe her, but I also wasn’t going to look a gift horse in the mouth. She offered me her supplies really cheap.

I knew it was a down-sizing type move and she would be getting rid of a lot of stuff. I have issues with my own craft room and am constantly cleaning, purging, and stressing over space issues. I figured I would be okay to take a look, because I really didn’t think she would have a lot of stuff she was willing to part with. OMG, was I ever wrong!!

I took my husband with me to help keep me in check just in case. Lot of fat help he was! Forty dollars later and  my Explorer was stuffed with supplies. The wheels are turning.

The funny thing is, a lot of it really isn’t what most people would consider craft supplies, but everything is right up my alley. If I found them at yard sales and auctions I would have bought them myself for sure.


There were several metal dome-shaped lunch boxes,


A box of small galvanized chick feeders,


Felt erasers from an old school house,


Lots of vintage suitcases and train cases.

She also had a chenille bedspread, cupboard doors, huge gourds, small iron stars and a small wooden wheel barrel. She also had good-size, wooden craft cut-outs, rusty metal doodads, plus a whole lot more that I packed inside the suitcases to get home.

Okay, I said I struck gold twice. The second time came a week later. A friend came to visit from out of state.


She gifted me with several vintage quilts that her mother-in-law was getting rid of!


There was also a shoebox full of 1-inch fabric squares. I am assuming thet were intended for a postage stamp quilt. Well, that’s not happening at this house, but I am sure they will work themselves into quite a few projects.

Beside the shoebox is a half-finished wedding ring quilt top. I’m not sure about the red, but the remaining pieces for its conclusion are all there.


Another treasure was a shoebox full of pieced Scottie dog appliques. This photo is of projects in progress. You can find the full tutorial for for the appliqued table mats here.

Cover for a Cricut Expression

One of my recent articles on Yahoo! Shine
Sew a Drawstring Cover for a Cricut Expression

I love crafting with my Cricut, but it needed something to camouflage it from view when it wasn’t in use. This worked perfectly.

Even if you don’t sew much, this pattern is simple enough for a beginner. Enjoy!

Fourth of July Recycled Jar Candle Holder

This spaghetti sauce jar was just inches from the trash when I decided it would make a great Fourth of July decoration.


I cut a rectangle of wallpaper for a sleeve. Wrapped it around the jar, gluing it with a few dabs of glue to secure.

I found some designs on a Cricut cartridge that would look great for the Independence Day theme.

Lastly, I dug through my button tin. A couple of buttons later and my design was complete.


Inserted a glass votive candle holder in the neck of the jar and added a tea light to finish.

Now I’m thinking a pair would be perfect. Do you think my family would go for Spahetti two nights in a row? Hmm…probably not.

Angel to Uncle Sam Redo

I am so pleased with this project. Since it is basically a one-of-a-kind project, I couldn’t really use it as an article. I will be selling the actual item locally though.

It started out as a dirty wooden angel decoration that I got at an auction. The wings were gone. Poor thing. I cleaned it up, took off all the angel elements, repainted it and transformed it into Uncle Sam.

What do ya think?