Big news for our family! We are moving again. Yep, if you have been a follower for at least a year, you know we sold our home and moved the first part of February. At that time we were limited to rentals that were available. In a small town it wasn’t encouraging. We were thankful we found something, but we had to settle for something way too small for our family. A couple of months ago the landlord told us of his intentions to put the rental up for sale. We didn’t want to be caught with no where to go when our lease was up at the end of January so we started looking again. AND we found it! Much bigger. More our style (cute, late 1800s home). Slightly (just slightly) higher rent. We had to go for it or it would be gone. Sooo….we’re moving…now…and during the next couple of weeks. Send us good juju. Hey, at least it’s not snowing like last year…at least not this week.
I have several projects I intend to post, but time and internet connections may screw that up a bit. I’ll keep plodding away whenever I can. Meanwhile…
…these lights were a terrific thrifting find this summer. There are seven of them. I love the silicone bulbs.
In keeping with my last-minute-clean-the-drawers-out-before-the-last-craft-show-of-the-season kinda crafting, I decided snowman lights were the perfect use for these adorable lights.
These lights are very similar to my orange chenille pumpkin lights I made a couple of years ago.
I shrunk the size slightly and used the scraps from some of my old cutter quilts instead of chenille. The backs of the quilts are the outside of the snowmen.
I didn’t have kitty litter on hand to weight the bottoms down, so I improvised and used a couple of handfuls of glass floral marbles. I had plenty, as those things seem to breed in my closets. 😉
The lights were inserted in the same way as the pumpkin lights.
Simple primitive snowman faces gave these frosty fellows their character.
A strip of black fabric finished off the look.
Jean Seam Christmas Garland
Another project after cleaning out a drawer.
I’ve used jean seams in a number of projects, I’ve even made seam garland for everyday decor, but my stash of jean seams and a jar of Christmas light bulbs had the wheels turning in my head for Christmas garland.
The garland itself is made just like the red and green construction paper chain garlands you made in elementary school. Each link was secured with hot glue.
I attached jute to the bulbs and simply tied them to the chain links.
Bamboo Burlap Chairs
New junk finds from this summer were these bamboo chairs. There were three of them.
The weaving on the back of one was broken so I decided to remove it from all of them.
After a thorough cleaning, I sanded them and applied white paint.
They then received a shabby chic sanding. I love me some shabby chic.
The real character for this transformation came with the new seat covers and matching seat backs. I used old burlap bean sacks from Nebraska.
The seat backs were made using two thicknesses of burlap with heavy duty fusible web sandwiched in between to give it a hefty stiffness. I attached them using upholstery tacks.
What do you think?
Snowman Jean Pockets
I seem to be seeing snowmen everywhere.
Since I’m nearing the end of my craft show crafting for this year I’ve been digging through boxes and drawers for quick inspiration. With one more show, I really don’t need to make a lot of anything. Actually my husband would say I don’t need to make anything else because our inventory is always overflowing. 😉 That hasn’t stopped me from emptying a few drawers though…and that’s a good thing. Purging by way of projects makes me happy!
I found 13 jean pockets I had been holding on to. Normally I would wait until I had more to craft a project, but for now these were perfect.
Snowmen are so easy to paint.
I whipped these up while watching a movie. Hallmark has lots of Christmas movies.
The handles are strips of ripped fabric that I threaded through little holes. The holes were made using my Crop-A-Dile, but you could use scissors or a fat nail.
They looked a bit plain until I added a few bits of pine greenery and a candy cane.
I think they would be awesome as a small gift or favor bag.
They would also look cute hanging on a tree.
Snowman Spoon Ornaments
My craft show this past weekend was a huge success. It was so good that I was really surprised I still had so much stuff to pack up. Since I only have one more show planned before Christmas you would think I don’t need to make anything new. Uh…you would be wrong. I can’t help it. Creating things makes me happy and content.
So, since my youngest comes home from school next week (and he’s bringing a friend), I need to get the house clean and organized. What to do?…What to do?…What to do? No problem. I’ll craft quick and simple projects in between the mundane chores of cleaning.
These spoons were my first inspiration. They said “snowmen” to me. And who’s to argue with the voices in my head?! I only had seven, but I reasoned clearing out even a small space in my stash was worth the effort.
I cleaned them up and based the bowl of the spoon using a beige paint.
After applying a little bit of blush (cheeks) with my finger…,
…the rest of the face was painted using a toothpick. Easy peasy!
A scrap of my T-shirt yarn was wrapped and glued around the base of the handle for the hat.
They still looked a bit plain, so wrapped a mini garland around the length of the handle.
It took a little bit of time, but I was able to drill a hole in the end of each handle for a wire hanger.