Woolie Bird Stuffies

1-DSCF0473Another project completed!

2-DSCF0474My drawer of felted wool sweater pieces was calling to me for inspiration. Seriously! I mean there is just so much organizing and unpacking I can do before I gotta be creative.

4-DSCF0478I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to make until I began sorting through some old applique patterns. I had a couple of bird patterns that I thought would look a whole lot better if they were enlarged and stuffed.

7-DSCF0487I was right. The boring flat appliques came to life with their transformation.

6-DSCF0486I think they have a primitive quality that I love.

5-DSCF0482Check out the whole flock!

Enjoy!

Shabby Chairs and Chair Rugs

13-DSCF0435I guess you could call this shopping in the barn, but I no longer have my barns. :( Somehow “shopping in the storage unit” just doesn’t have the right ring to it. :)

04-DSCF0337Yep, these three chairs were stored in the barn before we moved. The only place to move them was to a storage unit. As the weather warms up I will be going through the units (we have two) to decide what will be sold at a yard sale and what I can use (and still store) for projects. These chairs were a no-brainer. I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.

09-DSCF0430I went shabby chic. Each chair was painted white before receiving a worn and distressed sanding.

08-DSCF0428I loved them…,

07-DSCF0425…but they looked kinda…

06-DSCF0424…plain.

12-DSCF0433I decided to add…

11-DSCF0432…chair rugs.

10-DSCF0431I crocheted them with fabric strips.

13-DSCF0435Now, don’t they look cozy?

Enjoy!

Blast From The Past: Crocheted Chick Tutorial

12-DSCN5112Crocheted Chicks

Since I’ve been busy with the move, unpacking and trying to catch up, I decided a little blast from Easter past was in order.

I first posted about my free crocheted chick tutorial last year.

You can find the original post here.

Enjoy!

The Itsy-Bitsy Bathroom

08-DSCF0357As I mentioned before, the home I am living in now is small. Figuring out how to organize and decorate is a challenge, but I am determined to make it work and give it my personality.

First up…the bathroom.

Yep, there is only one in this house. Making that work with four people isn’t the challenge I am addressing today though.

03-DSCF0324The bathroom is the size of a closet. Yes, I am standing outside the door for this shot. The bathtub/shower takes up half of the room…,

04-DSCF0325…while the sink and the toilet take up a quarter of the room. I am standing in the bathtub.

15-DSCF0367That leaves a quarter of the room for standing. Uh huh. Count the tiles and do the math. There is no ventilation and no electrical outlets in the room.

The sink is a pedestal sink. If the bathroom was larger I would love that, but it eliminates needed storage space and prevents storage space from being added. The medicine cabinet is the only storage space available…unless you count the little shelf above the toilet.

Finding ways to add storage was a true test of my skills. I found lots of ideas on Pinterest, but several issues blocked the ones I liked from becoming reality.

05-DSCF0326The dream of a long, shallow cupboard on the wall next to the tub was my first disappointment. The (non-functional) wall heater protrudes from the wall…

07-DSCF0330…and the top edge of the tiles sticks out 3/4 inch from the wall.

I finally decided on over-the-toilet storage as my beginning for building the room. I had first envisioned an enclosed cupboard, but short of building one myself, the only reasonably priced ones I found were made with particle board. With no ventilation in the room I knew that kind of material wouldn’t last long. I settled on a metal one with open shelving.

I ordered it and some canvas bins from Walmart.com.

01-DSCF0319They didn’t arrive at the same time, but this was my first delivery. I was kinda worried when I saw the size of the box. To put it in perspective, that is my foot on the edge of the box.

02-DSCF0320This was what was inside. A bath-in-a-box. Yep, assembly required.

The reviews online about ease of assembly were not encouraging, but I am a tutorial reader as well as a tutorial writer…so I put on my big girl panties and got busy.

There were only a few minor issues. Nothing I couldn’t handle. :) The most difficult was the brace bar that connects the side legs together in the back. That bar has to be attached once the rack is in place because it goes under the tank. The problem with our toilet was the pipe for the water supply that comes out of the wall. It just so happened to be lined up exactly where the brace bar was to go. Hubby to the rescue. He drilled two new holes for the brace bar a few inches above the original ones. Easy peasy!

The bath-in-a-box that I ordered also came with a tp holder that stands on the floor and a rack that hangs over the back of the door. The hook that hung over the door was too wide and caused loud clanging whenever the door was opened or closed. Hubby to the rescue again. He cut off the hooks and drilled small holes into the top of the arms. We attached the rack with small screws through the holes.

12-DSCF0363When all these pieces were in place, it was time for the personality.

09-DSCF0358I had used this ladder in the living room of our old house for hanging quilts. It doesn’t work in our new living room, so I repurposed it into a towel rack. Funny how things around me just continue to get repurposed. I think it started out life as a backyard playground ladder.

08-DSCF0357I love, love, love the curtains…but as the only female in the household I had to insist on them. 😉 I already had a white liner, so technically the curtains didn’t need to be waterproof. The curtains I found are basic lace panels with an attached valance.

11-DSCF0362A little art work, the added canvas bins and a matching rug have finished it off so far. I still want to add a little more decor, but I feel better about where it’s going now.

Enjoy!

Where Have I Been?

I moved!!!

Those two words have a million more surrounding them, but I will try to summarize.

We received an offer on our house the week before Christmas. Yes, apparently houses DO sell in the winter. The buyers were getting an FHA loan, which required a bunch of picky fixes to the property for the loan to be approved. We spent several weeks working on the fixes with (surprisingly) the help of the buyers. We closed the first part of February and had a week to move out. The week was snowy, freezing and windy. Finding a new place to live so quickly was very stressful.

We wanted to buy a house, but the one we had our eye on didn’t work out. Finding a suitable rental was very difficult. We finally found one, but had to sign a one year lease. We have gone from over 1800 square feet to 1200 and a two car garage down to a one car. We had two barns and a shed, but this property has nothing. Lots and lots of stuff is in two storage units across town. We were out of the house and garage in the first week, but the barns still needed to be emptied. The weather and other things slowed us down, but the new owners have been very gracious and understanding.

We’ve had a few hiccups along the way. My mother-in-law passed away on Feb. 13 and we had to take a trip to Denver for the funeral. The weather that week was wonderful (figures), but it was only playing with us as we have endured more sleet, ice, snow and cold since then.

My writing, designing, blogging and crafting were put on hold. I wasn’t happy about it, but I had no choice. I’m still suffering from “can’t find it-that’s in storage-no room-have to purge-no time” syndrome. sigh

The good news is…I can see a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that seems to brighten every day. We have a tiny bit still to move, then it will be time to sort and purge for a yard sale.

I have been working on some things during my “free time” and am anxious to post more about them. I’m also testing my organizational and storage skills in small spaces. I would love to hear ideas if you have them.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.