For this project I kinda veered away from my vow of not accumulating anything new until I used up some of the things I already had, but…I was gifted with a bag of fabric from a friend that I just couldn’t say no to. I mean, come on, it was free fabric!
I made one of these bags years ago and called it a festival tote because it is so big and convenient for carrying just about anything on-the-go. It’s gone to fairs, to festivals, on vacations and even down in the fraidy hole during tornado warnings.
Isn’t that fabric delicious? Thank you, Faith! I think she said it was left over from curtains.
It has four tabs to criss-cross and close the top.
Since I can’t ever make just one of anything, I redeemed myself somewhat by using fabric I already had to make multiples of the tote. I love, love the tote I made using a pink chenille bedspread. Which one is your favorite?
In anticipation for spring and summer festival season, I’ve already taken them, and a few smaller ones, to the local store where I sell my crafts.
Purging my over abundance of stuff has me looking at things with a critical eye. While moving one son asked me what I was going to do with some of the weathered boards that were split and broken. Well, to most people these scraps probably should have never been saved, but the rustic, natural, oldness (is that a word?) appeals to me.
I created stencils with my Cricut…
…sized and cut boards for each stencil…
…stenciled the signs…
…and attached rusty wire hangers.
They didn’t seem quite done, so I raided my oldest son’s tackle box for bobbers to put on the fishing signs.
When we moved, two large baskets of toy cars surfaced. Since my kids are grown, I figured I was safe to pilfer a few for the mudding sign.
Lastly, I dug out some metal stars and bottle caps for the garden signs.
I finally did it!
Restyled Junk now has a Facebook page.
I still need to get an official Facebook button on my blog, but in the meantime here is the link if you would like to take a look…and maybe like it. 😉
The process reminds me of a favorite quote from the movie “Hope Floats”.
“Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s what’s in the middle that counts. So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.”
So…I’m at the scary beginning, but I’m giving hope a chance to float up. So far the response has been encouraging.
I hope you enjoy it.
This huge ladder almost didn’t make the move from the old house to this one. Finding a place to store it until I got around to restyling it was a big consideration.
Ultimately I couldn’t stand leaving it behind and I am so glad I didn’t. These ladders were finished in an afternoon. Really! Sheesh! Sometimes I can talk myself out of starting a project when I think it will be bigger than it actually turns out to be.
The ladder was about 16 feet long. Keeping the placement of the rungs in mind, I cut three smaller ladders as close to the same size as possible. They are the perfect height for displaying quilts and other vintage linens, or they can be propped in a bathroom as a towel rack.
A quick dry-brushing of white paint…
…brought out their shabby chic personality.
These ladders will be heading to Quality Outdoor Design in Winfield, Kansas this week.
More sewing with scraps.
These cute little Scotties were made using my abundant stash of chenille bedspread scraps. They were the perfect project for those chenille scraps I just couldn’t throw away after finishing something else.
Why Scotties? Well, I love anything vintage and I’ve been seeing a resurgence of them a lot lately. So much so that I had to do a little research on when they were previously popular. You know how things seem to come back in style…look at owls. Anyway, I discovered that the 1930s, 40s and 50s were these little pups decades to shine. Wow! It’s been quite a while for their rebirth.
Just like my woolie birds, I used an applique for my pattern.
The bows are black grosgrain ribbon I had on hand.