Vintage Hankie Chicks

6-DSCF2810Vintage Hankie Chicks

I’ve got spring fever. Yep, I said it. I also knocked on wood just now in hopes that I don’t jinx it. We have had a few days of mild weather and I am excited. I shouldn’t be…it seems like a good portion of the country is bracing for a doozy of a winter storm. We’re bound to get some kind of trickle down from that. :(

8-DSCF2818Rather than dwell on what could happen, I am enjoying what we have now. I dug out my vintage hankie collection to make spring chicks. I think they will look cute for Easter and decorated spring vignettes.

2-DSCF2699I have lots of hankies to choose from. They’ve come from grandmas, aunts, yard sales, auctions and thrift stores. I pretty much collect them from every possible place they may be available.

01-DSCF2642I think the colors and designs are more interesting and unique than fabric by the yard, not to mention the memories or conversations they will evoke.

02-DSCF2644I was able to get three chicks from one hankie. I could have gotten more, but I focused my cut pieces on the best design areas on the hankies.

03-DSCF2650I used one pink hankie for the combs on all of my chicks, and I used a scrap of yellow fabric for the beaks.

7-DSCF2814The eyes were beads from old broken jewelry.


Quilt Scrap Flowers

6-quilt scrap flowersHappy May Day!!!!

I actually made these flowers about a month ago in anticipation of warmer weather, green lawns and spring.

Don’t throw out those small cutter quilt scraps left over from previous projects. There is always something that can be made from these unique pieces.

1-quilt scrap flowersA pattern sketched freehand…

4-quilt scrap flowers…and an afternoon at the sewing machine was all it took to create a beautiful bouquet of quilt scrap flowers.

5-quilt scrap flowersKeeping with the rustic country charm of their construction, I used rusty barbed wire for the stems.

7-quilt scrap flowersEnjoy!


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Chenille Bunnies and Chicks

49-DSCF0781Since moving I have had to utilize every possible empty space for storing my crafts and craft supplies. That included the space under my son’s bed. He’s away at college so I figured he wouldn’t mind. ;) This last week I was going through some containers under the bed and I came across a WIP box of chenille bunnies and chicks that I had made a few years ago.

48-DSCF0759The items in the box were a variety of pre-cut and pre-sewn pieces, along with the other craft supplies needed to complete them. Since Easter is still two weeks away I decided to make them and take them to the store where I sell them locally.

49-DSCF0781Chenille Bunnies

51-DSCF0787Chenille Chicks

50-DSCF0785Squeezable and adorable.

52-DSCF0789I have a tutorial for the chick that can be found here.

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.


“This Little Light Of Mine” Birdbath

7-DSCN5954This Little Light Of Mine Birdbath

I’ve wanted to make one of these for a long time, but I couldn’t seem to find all the pieces I needed for it…until last week.

1-DSCN5928I had already purchased a few lamp bases at yard sales, but I couldn’t seem to find any flat plate-like ceiling fixtures for the bowl. Last week we changed out a bad fixture in our kitchen and I decided the bowl-shaped fixture would work just fine.

2-DSCN5932I clipped the cord on the lamp and pulled it out…

3-DSCN5934…then removed the harp and bulb socket from the top of the lamp base. This was really simple. You basically just unscrew it from the large threaded pipe that runs down through the lamp base.

4-DSCN5937That pipe is important. It just so happened to be the same size as the smaller pipe that was used to hold the glass fixture to the ceiling.

5-DSCN5940I positioned the glass fixture upside down on top of the lamp. The decorative nut that held the ceiling fixture in place was used inside the bowl to screw the two pieces together. I also used household cement to help secure it, and caulking to seal it so it could hold water.

6-DSCN5942The metal base didn’t look bad, but I decided to paint it white anyway.

7-DSCN5954I think it will look adorable in a flower bed…if it EVER gets warm enough to plant flowers. Ahem…please ignore that I said that when I am complaining about 100+ degree temperatures in a couple of months.


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