Book Page Horse

With this project, I’m wondering if I will have people cringing and asking “What was she thinking?” I have waffled between loving it and hating it myself.

Years ago, I used to make carousel horses from old Wonder Horses. That really isn’t my style anymore, but I still have several Wonder Horses just hanging out in my barn. I pulled out a few of them and cleaned them up. I was determined to come up with something new…something that didn’t scream “nursery” decor…something a little more decorative for any room in the house…something…I decided to cover one with book pages.

I glued pieces of newspaper over the holes. This may seem like a pretty thin covering, but with the addition of the Mod Podge and layers of book pages, the finish over the holes was really quite strong.

I also painted the entire horse with an ivory colored paint. I realized too late that this really wasn’t necessary. I have covered things with book pages before and you can’t see through them.

Now for the decoupaging marathon. Full sheets of the book pages were just not going to work. I simply tore them into smaller pieces and layered them on. I also watered down my Mod Podge. It seemed to go on a lot easier that way. There are a lot of curves, bumps and indentations on a horse. I saturated the book pages really well, then molded them into, onto and around all of the obstacles. About a third of the way done, my back, shoulders and neck were on fire. I had come too far…I would recover later…I was not going to give up.

“Was that what you were going for?”
“What are you going to put over the newspaper?”

These were the responses I got from my family of guys when I asked them what they thought of it. Hmm…

Oh well, I had put too much work into it to call it a fail…yet. I decided to wipe on a brown stain. I liked the way it unevenly aged the surface. Yep, the unevenness of the stain was done on purpose…because I said so. I applied a sealer over the whole thing. Okay, I still wasn’t happy until…

I staged a few pics. Sitting on a drop cloth in the middle of torn paper…well, in that setting, it looked horrible. Placed in a more decorative venue, I didn’t think it looked too bad. Here it is on top of a hutch. I’m thinking some leather or greenery would have looked nice too, but unfortunately I didn’t review my photos until after I had put everything away.

I kinda like it’s rustic charm.

I gave it one last trot in the fields.

So…I’ve decided to love it…but I won’t be making another one like it.


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Quick Patriotic Tutes

Are you ready for a relaxing holiday weekend with family and friends?

With that in mind, I decided to post the links to a few of my patriotic tutorials.

Have fun and enjoy!

Primitive Applique Flag Pillows-Mini

Sew Patriotic Coasters From Scrap Fabric

Primitive Star Bowl Fillers

Sew a Chenille Flag Throw Pillow-Long

Sew Patriotic Favor Bags

Blue Jean Independence Day Banner

Transform a Book Into a Flag Decoration

Primitive Fabric Summer Bowl Fillers

Have a great weekend!

Replacing an Eyelet

A friend’s daughter asked me on Easter if I would fix her backpack. No problem! She asked yesterday if it was done. Gasp!!!! It has basically been in plain sight the whole time…although I have moved it a few times. Since it seemed so simple, I just kept putting it off. She’s leaving for camp in three days…I MUST get it done NOW!

This is what it looked like when she gave it to me. See that hole in the corner? This is one of those drawstring backpacks. The kind where the ends of the cords are inserted into the bottom corners.

The eyelet had pulled out of the fabric.

I figured a larger eyelet would do the trick…but the largest size I had was the exact same size. ARGH! I did not want to go to the store.

Brainiac Moment!!!!  Okay, more like my junk crafter brain kicked into overdrive. I decided to fix the hole with new fabric, then attach an eyelet I already had.

Can you believe that in my huge stash of fabric there was not one scrap of black canvas. Hmm…Nope!…but I did find some old black jeans. Perfect!

I cut a square larger than the circle and glued it inside the backpack, over the hole. I used E-6000. I then had the foundation I needed for the new eyelet. Woo Hoo!!

This is the inside of the bag. Oops! I didn’t get a pic before I attached the new eyelet…and yes, the cord was reinserted too. Sheesh! I got so carried away with success that I forgot to take pics. Sorry!

TA-DA! This is the eyelet from the outside.

Not all eyelets/grommets are created equal. Some may only have one part. Mine had two. The front part has a taller center shank than the back part. The silver tool in the pic is the attaching tool. Usually this comes in your package of eyelets.

Snip a small hole in your fabric where you are inserting the eyelet. Start very small. You can always cut it larger if needed, but you can’t make it smaller. Work the shank of the eyelet’s front part through the hole in the fabric from the right side of the fabric to the back. Place the eyelet’s back part over the shank of the front part. This photo is what that will look like without the fabric in between.

Hold the parts together. Place them on a hard work surface with the front facing down. Place the attaching tool on the back part. Tap the top of the tool firmly with a hammer. This will squeeze the parts together. That’s it.

All finished and ready for camp fun!

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

I needed a couple of pouches. Okay, “need” may be kind of a strong word, but I love to store projects in progress so that they are ready in an instant. Pouches make it possible to stash projects in a tote or purse when I’m going out the door. When I am done with “work” for the day, I can grab a pouch and curl up on the couch for the evening. No need to hunt for all the particulars, cause they are already contained in a pouch. So, yes, I “needed” a few more pouches. Doesn’t everyone?

I like my pouches lined. They just look more professional, and you don’t need to worry about frayed threads getting caught in the zipper.

I chose a couple of zippers from my stash and measured from one end to the other. Note: The zipper shown in the following tute was packaged as 7 inches. From end to end it measured about 8 1/2 inches.

For this basic pouch I cut two 8 1/2-inch squares of fabric for the shell and two 8 1/2-inch squares for the lining.

Place one lining square on your work surface with the right side facing up. Align the zipper along one edge with the top of the zipper facing up.

Place one shell square on top. Sew through all layers on the edge with the zipper.

Flip the stitched squares right side out and iron along the zipper edge. Ironing will prevent the zipper from getting caught in the lining. You could top stitch along the zipper if you like. I didn’t.

Attach the remaining lining and shell squares to the other edge of the zipper in the same way.

Flip and iron.

Important: For the next steps to work, you MUST unzip the zipper. If you don’t, you will become very, very frustrated…very, very fast.

Match the two shell squares together with the right sides facing, and match the two lining squares together with the right sides facing. Pin around the outer edges.

Sew the pinned edges, leaving a small opening in the bottom seam of the lining squares.

Turn the pouch right side out through the opening.  Sew the opening in the bottom seam closed. Tuck the lining inside the pouch. Press the whole thing and you are done.

I made a boxed bottom in my other pouch so that it could stand up. The pouch was stitched in the same way as the flat pouch, except I stitched the boxed corners just before turning the pouch right side out.

Vintage Bucket Planters

Amazing what a little paint can do!

This ice cream maker could be mine from my own childhood, but it isn’t. I picked it up recently at a yard sale for $1. It doesn’t work, and with as much rust as it had on it, I wouldn’t want to put food in it anyway. That’s okay. My vision was to make it into a planter.

I also had this wobbly bucket in my stash of junk treasures. The tole painting may have been kinda cute at one time, but it didn’t really have the dated look I was looking for. I decided since I was going to make a planter from the ice cream bucket, I would do the same with this bucket.

Time to get them ready for transformation. I removed the motor and canister from the ice cream bucket. I was going to take the handles off, but the screws and bolts were so rusted, I gave up after about an hour. Using a little muscle, I removed the top part of the handles. These pieces held the motor in place. I decided the rest of the handles wasn’t to bad, so they stayed.

The other wooden bucket required a lot of wood glue to tighten it up. I also removed the worn out rope handles.

Both buckets received a fresh coat of paint.

I made stencils with my Cricut.

I chose the words to match the original life of each bucket.

Sanding gave them the age I was looking for. I added braided twine handles to the smaller bucket.

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