Rock-N-Country, America’s Bandstand

07-DSCN6245Sometimes you just have to let your hair down. Tonight I did just that.

My husband and I don’t often go out just for us. Many of you know that when you have kids your outings usually revolve around their lives and activities, but our town has the best musical festivals. Winfield, Kansas is known for the Walnut Valley Festival, a large bluegrass festival held every September that doubles the population of our town. This week is Prairiefest. Rock-n-Country is a new event associated with it. Tonight was the America’s Bandstand concert. Hubby and I have been talking about it for a few days. Rain, wind, lightening, thunder storms and weather warnings had us convinced we wouldn’t be going. Today, as late as lunchtime, it was still icky outside. By the time my husband got off work it was sunny with blue skies. We decided to go. We are so glad we did.

Each performer acted and sang in character. Most were so “spot-on” it sent chills down our spines. Visually and musically we were transported to another time. Oh, to be young again.

“Date Nights” are so far and few between that I had to document it. Please excuse my grainy pics. We were a bit of a distance away and the interior of the building was dim.

01-DSCN6226Donna Summer (Mariah Warren) We’ve enjoyed Mariah’s voice before as she is a former graduate of our local high school. She has a powerful voice.

02-DSCN6233Elton John (Tim Durham)

03-DSCN6236Stevie Nicks (Kelly Dillner) Oh my! I closed my eyes and enjoyed Landslide. It could have been an original recording.

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07-DSCN6245Eagles (Jan Hatfield and the stage band) They were fantastic!

09-DSCN6258Linda Ronstadt (Char Myrick) Char’s bio stated she has opened for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and performed in shows with Keith Whitley, Jimmy Buffet, Travis Tritt and Hank Thompson.

10-DSCN6267Janis Joplin (Piper Leigh) OMG!!! Hubby and I are in total agreement that Piper is a reincarnated Janis. We had a conversation with her following the concert and even her normal voice was totally Janis. I really wish this photo had turned out better.

13-DSCN6275Aretha Franklin (Tansy Mignon)

12-DSCN6270This is a pic at the end of the concert with all of the singers.

11-DSCN6268Our neighbor Rod Knepper played in the stage band. I didn’t realize until I read the bio in the program, but when he was younger he formed a band that is now in the Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame. The band also recorded and was a front band for Dionne Warwick, Lou Christy, Pixices Three and the Beach Boys. How cool is that?!!

05-DSCN6242Now this pic is for our friend Brad. Turn your head if you must. (hehe) :) Brad was here this past weekend and asked me if I had a pair of fishnet stockings. Hmm…apparently he needed them as texture for a painting project. 😉 Well, as a crafter who uses just about anything to form a creation, who am I to judge…Here you go Brad.

Glass Insulator/Bed Spring Candle Holder

3-DSCN6187Glass Insulator/Bed Spring Candle Holder

I’ve seen these candle holders before, but my bed springs have never been ones I thought I could use. That wire is almost impossible to cut through. At least that is what I thought. This past weekend I was out with my husband and we spotted one of these candle holders. I mentioned why we couldn’t do it and he let me know how wrong I was.

This project definitely passes the “Tim Allen Grunt” test. You know…that test that implies your husband will help make it, or will enjoy the finished project because it is a manly-man craft. As close as we are getting to Father’s Day, I think this is a winner.

1-DSCN6181These are the springs and the glass insulators I started with. See the tiny top portion. The insulator won’t fit in there so cutting a bit off is required. In steps The Man with his appropriate power tool…an air compressor angle grinder. Actually, it doesn’t have to be a grinder powered by an air compressor, but that is the kind we have.

My husband has gotten metal particles in his eyes more than once. Even with safety glasses. Live and learn. He now uses full eye goggles with edges that seal to the face. Because of metal flakes flying through the air, I didn’t take pics of the cutting process. I just didn’t want to get close enough for a pic.

He cut down the spring about an inch or so from the top. The cut wire end was then manipulated with pliers…done by a visiting (male) friend). See? This project is a male magnet! He widened and tucked the cut wire end under the next row of wires. It held firm. No glue, welding or wire required.

3-DSCN6187The glass insulator was then set inside the top opening. We pushed the insulator down enough to catch the wire of the bed spring in a groove in the glass. This will keep the insulator from falling out.

2-DSCN6182I only had one of the bed springs shown on the right. This bed spring wasn’t as much fun for The Man. It didn’t require any power tools. The insulator was simply set inside.

Enjoy!

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Birthday Junking Adventure

1-DSCN6145After all the preparations that went into my son’s graduation a week ago, we planned a quiet, relaxing Memorial Day weekend with visiting friends. Yep, you know how that probably went. We ate too much, tried to do too much and stayed up too late. I think when we were younger we could have handled all those things just fine…hmm, maybe we’re getting old. (sigh) On that note, my birthday also happened to be this weekend. On Saturday we all went yard sale junking. We found some really great things.

This bench is already going through a transformation, but it isn’t done yet. The yellow fabric is part of an old bedspread. I think pillows and/or tote bags will be produced from it. Those wooden candle holders might become legs for a chair I have been holding onto for way too long.

2-DSCN6149I’ve also started transforming this chair. It’s painted, but I haven’t recovered the seat and back yet. The end table is actually half of a vanity. These halves seem to be everywhere. I even have another one in the barn. I’m hoping to get to at least one of them this week.

3-DSCN6150I found lots of good deals on lace…

4-DSCN6154…linens and doilies.

5-DSCN6157This freaky Halloween fabric looked pretty intriguing. Not sure what I will use it for. Fall crafts, shabby chic decor…?

6-DSCN6158Another light fixture for a birdbath and a few other odds and ends.

7-DSCN6163A partial bolt of blue tulle, a wire basket, metal bowl, flower petals and (my favorite find) black lace tennis shoes.

6-DSCN6147My husband found this great banana box. It is way cool! I’ll be posting on what he did to it very soon.

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

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Sunday

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More Stenciled Signs

09-DSCN6138I love, love, love the way this sign turned out.

We were invited to the wedding of one of my son’s friends. My son was/is in the wedding, but the rest of us were unable to go as we have company for the weekend. I still wanted to send a special gift. The registry looked like it was pretty well taken care of by other guests, so I decided to come up with something on my own.

06-DSCN6129I used my Cricut and the fonts I had available to come up with my stencil. This actually took the longest to do.

Once it was cut, arranged and taped the way I wanted it…

07-DSCN6130…I made up my sign board. I had measured the stencil, so I had a general idea of the size I was going for. Scrounging through the wood scraps, I found enough pieces for the front…

08-DSCN6132and two braces for the back. I glued the braces and also connected them with wood screws. FYI: The sign size was approximately 19″ x 22″.

Once stenciled, I added two sawtooth hooks to the back braces and it was done.

10-DSCN6140I didn’t think wrapping paper was going to work for this gift. It was too heavy and I was sure the paper would be torn around the braces before it got to the wedding. Out came my stash of upholstery fabric and a custom tote was made. I, of course, had to add a little bit of shabby yummy-ness to tie the handles closed.

11-DSCN6102I made several of these signs as graduation gifts. The boards were horizontal door panels from a couple of old doors that were coming apart. I dry brushed the surfaces with flat white paint and made the stencil with my Cricut. The wire hanger is rusty baling wire.

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Blue Jean Tablecloths

1-DSCN6098Blue Jean Tablecloths

I originally made these four years ago for another graduation party and am finally getting around to writing down what I did. Since they were completely made using recycled jeans the cost was free. With all the expenses of throwing a party, not having to buy tablecloths is a win-win.

You will need lots and lots of old blue jeans. Since I have grown boys and I seem to save everything, I have a steady stash of jeans. My friends and extended family are also great sources for keeping me well stocked.

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Each block was a 14-inch jean square. I cut the legs off of the jeans and opened up each leg along the flat-fell seam. Actually, I completely cut off the seams and saved them for other projects.

Most adult jean legs yielded two squares (four per adult jeans). If there was a hole in a knee, I was only able to get one square from the leg. A square can be pieced if needed.

5-DSCN6125Eight rows of four blocks were stitched together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. I flipped the rows over and pressed all of the seams in the same direction.

3-DSCN6120I flipped the rows back over with the front facing up and top stitched along the seam, catching the raw seams on the back in the stitching. The top stitching makes the tablecloth lay very flat and prevents seams coming apart from fraying.

Each row was stitched together and more top stitching was done over the new seams.

4-DSCN6121After I evenly trimmed the edges of the tablecloth I top stitched around the edge to prevent fraying.

Now that the last graduation has past, I think the tablecloths will make great picnic blankets.

2-DSCN6118Enjoy!

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Places I’m partying this week:

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Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic SuperheroA Crafty Soiree

All Things Pretty

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies HolidayFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative


Sunday

UndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

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