Restyled Western Table and Chair

I acquired these two gems in two different places, but they just seemed to go together.

The table was an auction find. I’m not sure what the finish of this table looked like when it was new because it had already gone through a makeover of sorts. I am sure it was painted by a child as the paint job had a…um…free-spirited look?

The drawer was lined (sorta) with zebra contact paper…

…and the handle looked like it just got in the way of the “artist’s” creativity.

I love projects like these. Most people would have decided the table was beyond help and would have trashed it, but I couldn’t do that. It was sturdy and had great bones. I just knew a good paint job would redeem it. I started with a cream paint. It did take quite a few coats to eliminate all traces of its previous life, but it was worth the time and effort.

After cleaning the paint and grime that was caked on the handle parts I spray painted them. This spray paint is a favorite of mine for handles, hinges or any metal hardware. I am addicted to the “oil rubbed bronze” color.

I completed the painted surface with a wax stain that transformed an “okay” paint job into a western side table.

It came out even better than I thought it would or could.

The chair came from my furniture stash I had in storage. I can’t even remember how long I have had it or where it came from, but when I cleaned out my storage unit for the last time I decided it was finally time to restyle it.

After cleaning it up and removing the seat, it got the same paint job as the table.

Then there was that awful seat. I had scraps of leather recycled from an old jacket that I had been saving for just the right project. Basically I pieced together a 9-patch block and recovered the seat. Easy peasy!

I finished the chair with the same wax stain as the table.

Both of these went to Trunk and Treasure and have already sold. Yay!



Crochet Beaded Gypsy Bag

Crochet Beaded Gypsy Bag

Get ready for all those summer fairs and festivals with a Crochet Beaded Gypsy Bag.

In my neck of the woods we have the Walnut Valley Festival every year that we refer to as simply “Bluegrass”. This bag would be perfect for anyone enjoying this laid-back musical celebration in Winfield, Kansas.

Made with a combination of worsted weight yarn and crochet thread, along with a recycled leather belt for the handle, this bag is perfect for any and all festivals you have on your summertime agenda.

Click here or the title of the bag to take you to the free instructions.






DIY Stenciled Wedding Sign

DIY Stenciled Wedding Sign

Since my previous post highlighted a project using my new Silhouette Cameo, I decided to back it up a bit to show you my first project attempt with the Cameo. I had received my new favorite toy for Christmas. During the holidays my son was home from college and while home, he was planning to attend a wedding, but hadn’t gotten a gift yet. I was itching to give my new gift a go so I volunteered to make something.

The finished product turned out awesome, but it didn’t happen without a lot of trial, error and frustration. I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do, but the real key was to go to school. Silhouette School.

Silhouette School is key to learning everything a Silhouette can do, as well as answering questions on anything that isn’t readily apparent. I’m still learning and am very thankful for this resource. If you ever get a Silhouette, my best advice is to start at Silhouette School.

Okay, on to my first Silhouette stencil. After determining what I wanted my sign to say, I hunted through my computer’s fonts. Needless to say I didn’t find one that showed the elegance I wanted. Not a problem. I simply did a Google search for free fonts and downloaded one that sang to me. 😉 How cool is that! I have spent a small fortune over the years buying font cartridges for my Cricut! Not gonna happen no more!

After creating the design for my stencil in my Silhouette program, I created the bridges for each letter to make it work as a stencil. If you do not immediately grasp the process for this technique, Silhouette School has got you covered.

Since not all letters require a bridge, I was able to enlarge the design to give me a better visual for finding and bridging those that needed it.

I wanted to make the stencil large enough to fit on a blank sign I had left over from craft show projects, but my cutting mat was way too short. I decide to tape a Cricut mat to my Silhouette mat. I know, I know…don’t judge. I also taped two sheets of the card stock together to fit on the mats.

It worked…sorta. Cutting over the intersection of card stock that was taped together didn’t really work to good. Okay, to be honest, it didn’t work there at all. I had to get a craft knife out to finish the cutting on many of those letters.

Live and learn. My technique has improved since this first project. I now use one mat and one sheet at a time. I enlarge the design and fit a section to cut on one mat and that is all it cuts. I then re-position the enlarged design to cut a different section. Wash, rinse and repeat until all of the sections are cut…And then I tape each section together. Each cut section usually has a bit of the previous one on it so I use those bits as registration marks. Works like a freaking charm! That’s pretty much it for making the stencil.

Then it’s just a matter of stenciling the sign and adding hangers to the back.




Summer Sign and Porch Decor

Recycling junk and DIYing it into fun holiday decor is a great way to decorate without breaking the bank.

This sign actually has double duty appeal for me. The back is my carrot for my spring decor. This two-in-one approach is a favorite of mine, mainly because it takes up less space to store when both seasons are over.

Since the beginning of summer signals the end of school I wanted to give this decoration a chalkboard, vintage sign look. I heavily dry brushed it using black paint.

Then to the fun part. Santa gifted me with a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and I have been having a blast making new sign stencils. I had always used my Cricut to make stencils, but it was very limiting. The online software was not very user friendly, didn’t have a lot of inexpensive alternatives and ALWAYS locked up my computer. I finally uninstalled it and worked with cartridges, but they had limits too. They were expensive and usually only had one alphabet font or image collection type per cartridge. Designing with them was only possible after the letters or images were cut. AND they wouldn’t let me cut stencils that were ready to use. I had to manually make bridges for each letter after it was cut and before it was removed from the cutting mat. It. Took. Forever.

And then I found my new love…the Silhouette Cameo. I am able to design and manipulate my stencils using any font (or mix of fonts) and images. The design studio allows me to add the stencil bridges before cutting and (best of all) I can save design work to my library. Whenever I need to make a new cut of the same design, I don’t have to start from scratch. I get an exact duplicate.

That being said, I did make this particular stencil in two sections because I knew they would be spaced apart on the sign board and I didn’t want to waste paper on the empty space. I used a different font for each section because I thought it enhanced the vintage look. Since the sign was so big I also cut in sub-sections to accommodate the size paper I used…regular 12″ square card stock. After cutting I simply matched up the cuts and taped them together.

Then the really easy peasy stuff…stenciling. Nothing to it.

I added the sign to my other decorations to complete my summer porch.


Places I’m partying this week:


Show and Tell
Inspiration Monday
Awesome Mason Jar Round Up
Craftastic Monday


From Dream To Reality
The Scoop


Wow Us Wednesdays
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wine’d Down Wednesday


The Handmade Hangout
Creative Inspirations Linky Party


Feathered Nest Friday
Creativity Unleashed
I’m Lovin’ It
Sweet Inspiration


Party Junk


Makers Link Party
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Bouquet of Talent