Restyled Game Board Table

5-DSCN5321New table for my back porch.

1-DSCN5292I needed something smaller than what I already had. I dug through the pile I have been gathering for when I have the mother of all yard sales. These two game boards and bar stool sparked my imagination. The bar stool was the perfect height for a table.

2-DSCN5313I painted all the pieces the same color. Yippee for me! I had paint in my stash.

3-DSCN5316Tracing the seat on paper helped me find the exact center of the bar stool’s seat. The game board already had a hole in the center.

4-DSCN5320A little wood glue and a screw through the center attached the large board to the top. The smaller board was glued across the rungs to make a shelf under the table.

Easy peasy!

Enjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!!!
Beyond The Picket Fence

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

creative corner blog hop Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMaking

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PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

The Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amAdorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft Guild{Primp}Daisy Cottage Designs
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Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketA Crafty SoireeBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned Decor

Friday

The Shabby NestBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies Holiday

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased Mom

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The Girl CreativeUndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

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Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home

Recovered Lampshades

They was Ugly!

2-DSCN5219Usually I try to give you a shot of the after, then I show the before. With this project I thought I’d show you what I started with and get the embarrassment out of the way.

This shade is one of a pair that I have in my living room. It is old, discolored and the inside lining is cracked…and has been since we moved here 12 years ago. It’s mate actually looks worse. Hmm, with this miracle picture you really can’t see the yuck…and that’s just fine with me.

We live in a small town with pretty much no options for replacements. I finally got tired of turning the shades ‘just so’ to hide the bad sides, so I decided a makeover was in order.

1-DSCN5217I have a stash of linens (tablecloths, sheets…) that I had picked up at auctions and yard sales. I cut a white tablecloth and a white sheet into strips.

3-DSCN5223Stitched them together.

4-DSCN5227Glued an end to the inside of the shade.

5-DSCN5233Then wrapped the shade with the strips.

6-DSCN5306I ended with a piece of twine wrapped around the shade and tied in a knot to add a touch of embellishment.

:) I’m not so embarrassed anymore!

Enjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!!
White Lights on Wednesday

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Monday

creative corner blog hop Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMaking

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

The Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amAdorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft Guild{Primp}Daisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketA Crafty SoireeBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned Decor

Friday

The Shabby NestBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies Holiday

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased Mom

Sunday

The Girl CreativeUndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

Weekend

Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home

Recycled Neck Tie Pincushion Tutorial

tie pincushion 8Recycled Neck Tie Pincushion

New tutorial on FaveCrafts.

tie pincushion 5The appliqued spool shape on this pincushion was made using a recycled neck tie.

tie pincushion 8Talk about a quickie craft, this pincushion took less than 30 minutes to sew. One neck tie will yield several appliques.

Enjoy!

Crocheted Egg Pattern

Whew! I’m exhausted. Like a lot of bloggers that I follow, I’ve been working on a little spring cleaning. Ironically we are expecting a blizzard for the next few days. Go figure…

6-DSCN5172This crocheted egg pattern stitches up quickly and uses a “real” fake plastic Easter egg for the inside form.

The egg is made using a G-hook and worsted weight yarn.

Ch 3. Slip stitch to the first chain to form a ring. Note: The egg is crocheted in continuous rounds.

Round 1
6 sc in the ring.

Round 2
2 sc in each st. (12 sc)

Round 3
*Sc in next st, 2 sc in the next. Repeat from * around. (18 sc)

Rounds 4-9
Sc in each st.

Round 10
*Sc in next st, dec the next two stitches together. Repeat from * around (12 sc)

1-DSCN5165Slip a plastic egg inside with the fat end in the bottom of the pouch.

Rounds 11-13
Sc in each st around.

Round 14
Decrease around. (6)

Slip stitch in the next st. Finish off leaving a tail approximately 12 inches long. Thread the tail on a yarn needle. Sew a running stitch around the last row. Pull the thread to draw the opening closed. Knot and cut the yarn. Weave the end under the stitches.

2-DSCN5167The flowers are made using a D-hook and worsted weight yarn.

Ch 3. Slip stitch to the first chain to form a ring.

Round 1
Ch 1 (counts as first sc). 9 sc in the ring. Sl st to the top of ch 1.

Round 2
Ch 2. *dc and hdc in the next stitch, sl st in the next. Petal made. Repeat from * four times for a total of five petals. Finish off leaving a tail approximately 12 inches long.

3-DSCN5168Thread the tail on a yarn needle. Center the flower on the egg and stitch to attach. Knot and cut the yarn. Weave the end under the stitches.

4-DSCN5170Enjoy!

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Monday

creative corner blog hop Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMaking

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

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Wow Us Wednesdays

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketA Crafty SoireeBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned Decor


Friday

The Shabby NestBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies Holiday

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased Mom

Sunday

The Girl CreativeUndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

Weekend

Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home

Country Easter Egg Ornies

Easter is just around the corner. Have you purchased a bag of plastic Easter eggs yet? My kids are grown, so I can finally skip the plastic grass and eggs. I still like decorating for the holiday, so I decided to try a more decor friendly twist using the old eggs I already have.

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What do you think about country western Easter eggs?

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I made this one into a hanging ornie, but I think several of them would look adorable in a bowl or basket. If making it into a hanging ornie, heat the end of craft wire in a candle flame and poke one hole in both the top and the bottom of the egg. Remove the wire. Ignore the two holes on either side of the center. They were there already, just not where I wanted them.

Ouchie Alert! You will want to keep a bowl of ice water nearby to dip burned fingertips.

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Starting at the top of the egg, apply a dot of hot glue. Don’t cover up the hole you made. Place the end of twine in the glue. Let it cool a bit so you don’t end up pulling it off. Note: I used baling twine, but jute could also be used for a similar look.

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Adding more hot glue as you go, wind the twine around the egg in a spiral. Push the new row snugly against the previous row. When you reach the bottom of the egg, don’t cover the hole you made. In my photos you can see the original color of the egg through the rows, but as I stare at it in my hand I can’t see it. Really! I wouldn’t lie to you! This project was done before the flash went out on my camera. I think the flash must have brightened the space between the rows. Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Wrap a 1/2-inch-wide ripped strip from a red bandanna around the center of the egg and tie the ends in a knot.

5-DSCN4577I added a button over the knot using more hot glue.

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Cut a 4-inch length of craft wire. Insert the wire through the top hole and out the bottom one. You will have wire extending from each end of the egg. Thread a red wood bead on each wire end. Grasp one end of the wire with the tip of needle nose pliers. Curl the wire around the plier’s nose and remove. This creates a loop. Repeat on the other end of the egg.

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For hanging, thread a bit of twine through the loop at the top of the egg and tie into a hanging loop.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

creative corner blog hop Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMaking

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

The Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amAdorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft Guild{Primp}Daisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketA Crafty SoireeBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned Decor

Friday

The Shabby NestBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies Holiday

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased Mom

Sunday

The Girl CreativeUndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

Weekend

Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home