Antiqued Western End Table

6-DSCF4680Antiqued Western End Table

1-DSCF4398I picked up this little gem a few weeks ago at auction. Okay, “gem” may be too strong of a word, but let’s just say I saw potential.

2-DSCF4641Paint. Yep, I love me some paint. After sanding, I gave the table a couple coats of white paint.

3-DSCF4654I, of course, had to give it my sanding treatment to make it look old again.

5-DSCF4689I bought this vintage blanket/bedspread at the same auction and it served as the inspiration for the design I added to the table. It reminds me of the stripes on old grain sacks.

4-DSCF4662I painted the stripes on the shelf top and the table top. The front and sides seemed like too much, so I left them plain.

And then there are some days I shouldn’t be allowed to pick up a paintbrush or stain rag. That was the day I when I applied an antique stain to the table. I had run out of the stain I usually use so I grabbed one off my shelf that I thought was similar. OMG! It was horrible! It just made the table look dirty. Not the cool-antique-kinda-dirty, but the yellow-greasy-needs-a-scrub-brush-sorta-dirty. (Don’t go looking for the pics of this disaster. I deleted them to protect my restyling cred. 😉 So…

6-DSCF4680After spending a couple of days trying to convince myself it looked fine, I couldn’t take it anymore. Did I learn from my mistake? Uhm, no. Instead of going to the store and buying the stain I knew would work, I convinced myself I needed something darker to cover the horrible mistake of the first stain. The change was so dramatic that I cursed and mumbled under my breath the whole time I was applying it.

And then something wonderful happened. The clouds parted, the sun came out and I could hear angels singing. Okay, I’m being dramatic, but…It looked good! I was going for just an antiqued finish, but I ended up with an antiqued western finish. Yay, me! That’ll work!

Enjoy!

Mary Jane Fleece Slippers Tutorial and Pattern

5-DSCF4336Mary Jane Fleece Slippers

Another LoveToKnow tutorial and pattern.

Nice comfy warm slippers…Wait! What? Hm…, you probably think I’ve lost my mind. It’s July! It’s hot! Wearing comfy, warm slippers is probably the last thing you want to do. I get that. I don’t want to wear them now either, BUT if you’re going to be stuck inside during a good portion of broiling hot summer days, why not get a head start on a few Christmas gifts?

Does your family get new jammies every Christmas? How about making them slippers to match?

These slippers can be stitched up in less than an hour and my printable pattern has instructions on how to adjust for different sizes.

1-DSCF4313I used scraps of fleece left over from other projects, but you could also use an old sweatshirt. Another great repurpose-recycle-restyle idea is to use some of those fleece blankets that you always seem to buy every year on Black Friday. Please tell me I am not the only one who does that. I don’t know about you, but those things breed like bunnies in my house. 😉

Click on any of the highlighted text in this post to take you to the slipper tutorial.

5-DSCF4336Enjoy!

A New Gig and A-Line Skirt Tutorial

2-DSCF4376You may have noticed I have been a bit scarce lately, but I had a good reason. I have added a new gig to my writer resume. I am now a contributing writer for LoveToKnow.com.

I’ve been in the trial process for about a month, learning the ins and outs of their system, working with great editors and contributing tutorials with printable patterns.

Printable patterns are a new aspect to my designing. Most publishers I have written for are not set up to create printable PDF patterns for their readers. This has made designing quite a challenge, but I adapted and it became my norm. My norm has now changed. LTK has a wonderful image specialist who has made my sketches and chicken scratches look so tidy and professional. I am thrilled that many of the designs I have created can now finally be published because the missing piece (a pattern) can now be printed by the reader.

I have wanted to announce this new opportunity since I began the trial, but I really wanted to make sure I didn’t blow the trial so I decided to wait. I finished my last trial article this last week and shortly thereafter received the fabulous news that I had passed.

So…without further ado, here is one of my LTK trial articles.

1-DSCF4380A-Line Skirt Pattern

This skirt has an elastic waistband and can be stitched up very quickly. It will be a great addition to your summer wardrobe.

Enjoy!

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!

Enjoy!

Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

7-DSCF4396Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

1-DSCF4040This cupboard was a find my youngest son brought home to me.

2-DSCF4042It had fabulous bones, but it was very blah. Just perfect for a restyle.

3-DSCF4230I started with a layer of light green paint, then continued with several coats of white.

4-DSCF4384I sanded it into yummy, shabby chic submission. I knew I would be sanded it after painting, but I had no idea if the green paint would be visible in the end. It was, but you have to look very, very close.

5-DSCF4385Not satisfied with the amount of green actually showing, I painted a green medallion on top and to the front of each door.

6-DSCF4391I completed the cupboard with an antiqued finish.

Enjoy!