Fence Wood Flags

9-DSCF4435Fence Wood Flags

My brother has been replacing his fence and I have been lucky enough to be the recipient of the old wood, as well as scraps of the new wood.

1-DSCF4406These flags were created from the new wood scraps because most of them were already cut to the size I wanted. The only thing I needed to cut was the square for the blue field.

2-DSCF4410I decided that two pieces of wood made the perfect size for the flag, so the white stripe was painted to overlap both pieces.

3-DSCF4412Masking was essential for a nice crisp stripe.

4-DSCF4413After basing with the red, white and blue paint, then adding a stenciled star on the blue field…,

5-DSCF4417…I aged each piece with stain. Wow! That new wood sucked up the stain. Only six flags used up more than half a quart.

6-DSCF4424I wanted something a little bit different than my normal sign construction, so I connected the flag boards with rusty baling wire.

7-DSCF4430The blue fields were attached with my staple gun.

9-DSCF4435After adding the hanger, they still looked kinda blah so I added an old bottle cap to the center of the star and ripped a strip from old blue jeans to tie around the hanger.

8-DSCF4432Happy 4th of July!


Patriotic Funky Chicken

10-DSCF4146Patriotic Funky Chicken

Sometimes you just gotta let your funk fly.

1-DSCF2218I haven’t done anything with albums since I made my snowmen signs last year, but my pile of vinyl has been calling.

01-DSCF4069A couple coats of tan paint created the background and then a line traced horizontally across the record, just above the center formed the top of the chicken’s body.

02-DSCF4074With the area above the line masked off, I stenciled white paint to fill in the body.

03-DSCF4076Masking off lines, I was able to stencil 5 red stripes. I also painted a triangle shaped beak using a yellow/gold paint.

07-DSCF4150The wing and the tail feathers were cut from aluminum beverage cans.

08-DSCF4152To give them a texture, I rolled them through my cuttlebug before painting them.

04-DSCF4080They were attached with wire after I painted a rough brown outline around the record, along the stripes and around the beak.

06-DSCF4086I drilled a couple holes at the top for attaching a fabric hanger…

05-DSCF4081…and a couple of holes on the bottom for attaching wire chicken legs. The legs were painted yellow/gold.

A white paint pen was used for writing “Liberty”.

09-DSCF4154Lastly, I spattered the entire surface with blue and white paint.

10-DSCF4146I kinda like the way he turned out.


Summer Wine Glass Coasters

1-DSCF4092Summer Wine Glass Coasters

Okay, these can actually be used any time of the year, but when the weather heats up the glasses sweat badly. Insert the foot of your wine glass inside these “cozy” little coasters and your furniture will be protected. You also don’t have to worry about tips or losing the coaster when you move it because the coaster is actually attached to the wine glass. Some of us may need that help after a glass or too. 😉

8-DSCF4116For the this project session I chose patriotic fabric for one type and Wizard of Oz fabric for two other types. My dear friend, Mary W. picked up the Wizard of Oz fabric for me several years ago when she went to a quilt show. See, Mary, I knew I would find just the right project for this yummy fabric.

These coasters will be heading to my Etsy shop in the next day or so, but if you would like to make your own, I’m a giver. Here is my wine glass coaster tutorial.

7-wine glass cozy coasterI wrote this tutorial last year so the photos for the steps were done with different fabric than the ones I made this week.

Things You Will Need:

Light to medium weight scrap fabric-two different colors or designs
Straight pins
Wine glass

1-wine glass cozy coasterCut five 4-inch squares from light to medium weight fabric. Leftover squares from quilt projects is ideal. You will need three of one fabric and two of another.

5-DSCF4108Fold one square in half with the right sides facing out. Iron the fold. Repeat on a matching square and two of the other fabric squares for a total of four pressed squares that are now shaped like rectangles.

2-wine glass cozy coasterPlace the remaining unfolded square on your work surface with the right side facing up.

3-wine glass cozy coasterWith the raw edges of the rectangles aligned with the raw edges of the square, work around the square.

5-wine glass cozy coasterPlace one rectangle on each edge, turning the square one-quarter turn after the placement of each rectangle. Insert the end of the last rectangle under the end of the first.

6-wine glass cozy coasterPin the raw edges of the rectangles to the outer edges of the square. Sew around the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Clip each of the corners to reduce bulk.

3-DSCF4098Turn the cozy coaster right side out through the opening in the center of the rectangles. Use the point of your scissors to poke out the corners. Iron the cozy flat.

Slip the foot of your wine glass into the center of the cozy.

4-DSCF4104Note: All of the wine glasses I have used had feet with a diameter of 2 1/2 inches. This may be standard, but they may also be available in other sizes. If the feet of your glasses are bigger (I can’t imagine them smaller), simply cut your squares 1 1/2 inches larger than the diameter measurement. Example: Cut 4 1/2-inch squares for a 3-inch diameter foot.

This is an inexpensive hostess gift, whether you sew your own or purchase. Check out my Etsy shop in a few days if you would rather purchase than make your own.


Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

6-DSCF3718Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods and I’m already itching for summer. Well, kinda… I’m not a big fan of the sweltering heat, but I do love the barbeques, fairs and festivals.

1-DSCF3681Lately, I’ve been making a variety of garlands and, after sorting through my stash of red, white and blue, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make rag strip garlands for all those summer patriotic holidays.

2-DSCF3691This one is a little different than previous strip garlands I have made. I cut the strips shorter and used a buttonhole type knot to attach them.

3-DSCF3693The length of the drape is still long, but it also has an end sticking up. I kinda like the look.

4-DSCF3701I liked it after the strips were all attached, but it still looked like it needed a little more something-something.

5-DSCF3706Old Pepsi bottle caps were the perfect addition. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the caps, then tied the caps to the garland using twine. Finding a use for something I have held onto for years is so satisfying.

7-DSCF3723There. Now I’m ready for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.


Places I’m partying this week:


Show and Tell
Inspiration Monday
Motivate Me Monday-Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Making Memories Monday


Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop


Wow Us Wednesdays
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Whatever Goes Wednesday


The Handmade Hangout
The Project Stash Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Create It Thursday


Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays


Party Junk
Skip The Housework Saturday


That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

The 4th in Seward, Nebraska

27-4th shirt emblemWow! Where did the week go? I think I’m still recovering and catching up after our family’s weekend trip to Seward, Nebraska for the 4th of July festivities.

01-DSCF1608My husband’s brother and his wife invited us to enjoy the town’s Independence Day celebration. We had no idea how fabulous it would be!

02-DSCF1609It is only a five hour drive for us, so we left the morning of the 4th and got there in time to enjoy the huge craft show in the town square before the parade. My BIL dropped us off near the square as there was no way we were going to find parking. We had an hour before the parade.

04-DSCF1611We were invited to watch the parade from a friend’s house that was right on the parade route. This is one view from the porch.05-DSCF1613The crowds of people lined the streets and lawns in all directions.

06-DSCF1614Fast fact from the town’s web page: “The City of Seward, with a population of over 6,000, is located in the very heart of the county of Seward.”

07-DSCF1616Another fun and amazing fact: “Seward, recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City”, hosts the state of Nebraska in an old-fashioned family celebration each July 4.  The observance is unique in that the major leadership is provided by high school youth.  The event adds new attractions each year and draws upward to 40,000 people.”

15-DSCF1630The parade had a little bit of everything and lasted for over an hour.

11-DSCF1622Look closely at the center of this photo. A streaker (well, he was wearing a red, white and blue speedo) came running out of the crowd and down the middle of the parade as he used a flag as a cape. It happened so quick that this was as focused a shot as I could get. Hmm, I bet his momma is proud. LOL!

10-DSCF1620I loved this! The name of the business is called “Cake to Die For…”. I wonder…what do you think came first, the name or the company car?

09-DSCF1619A bit of irony…for guests from Kansas. The theme of Seward, Nebraska’s 2014 4th of July parade was “there’s no place like home”.

22-DSCF1644My beautiful SIL enjoying the parade with us from the porch.

Unfortunately I completely forgot to grab my camera for the fireworks! (face/palm)

You will just have to take my word for it that they were amazing, huge, numerous and could be seen in every direction we turned.

24-DSCF1648The next day we went to a local winery for a bit of tasting. :) Yum! 😉 The winery is Junto Wines. Click the link to find out more about this beautiful place. I highly recommend visiting Junto wines if you ever find yourself in the area.

25-DSCF1650We took our final glass outside and walked around. They have a lot of lovely areas for outdoor weddings and receptions.

26-DSCF1651Back at the house a relaxing game of washers ensued.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Kevin and Becky, thank you for a great time!