Festival Totes-The Tutorial

10-festival toteFestival Tote

12-totesThe tutorial for the festival totes I posted last week has been published on FaveCrafts.

11-festival toteYou can find the tute here.

Enjoy!

Chenille Scottie Dog Stuffies

2-DSCF0492More sewing with scraps.

1-DSCF0490These cute little Scotties were made using my abundant stash of chenille bedspread scraps. They were the perfect project for those chenille scraps I just couldn’t throw away after finishing something else.

3-DSCF0494Why Scotties? Well, I love anything vintage and I’ve been seeing a resurgence of them a lot lately. So much so that I had to do a little research on when they were previously popular. You know how things seem to come back in style…look at owls. Anyway, I discovered that the 1930s, 40s and 50s were these little pups decades to shine. Wow! It’s been quite a while for their rebirth.

1-DSCF0496Just like my woolie birds, I used an applique for my pattern.

4-DSCF0495The bows are black grosgrain ribbon I had on  hand.

Enjoy!

Record Album Coasters

8-DSCF0129Record Album Coasters

I was out in the craft barn doing a little (a lot) of sorting when I came across my parents old stereo cabinet. I had toted it from their old house before my mom moved. It looked pretty rough at that time since it had been stored in an area where critters could get to it. The legs were a little chewed, and I swear we moved a pack rat with it. My plans were/are to give it some sort of facelift in the future, but for now, I was most interested in the blast-from-the-past records I found inside.

I hadn’t opened the doors on the stereo since I brought it home. That was several years ago. I think I was mostly worried about the critter that was sure to greet me at the door. Well, today I was ready for a simple project and I was going to get those records!

I actually reasoned with myself that I had work gloves, heavy coat, jeans and boots on. Nothing was gonna get me. LOL! Yep, there was evidence of occupants, but thankfully they decided to split while I was there.

1-DSCF0111This is part of my find. Since my project uses albums, I left the 45s in barn. It was so fun looking through this time capsule. My sons had never heard of 78s.

3-DSCF0115This is Shaun. (swoon) I was going to marry him. When I told my husband he said “Instead you got me.” Hmm, how to respond? I am quite sure Shaun would have happily helped me work in the barn…He might have even stuck his hands into the scary stereo cabinet. (sigh)

5-DSCF0118I have no idea who some of the singers are on quite a few of the albums. Those have to be from my mom and dad’s “collection”.

These I knew.

2-DSCF0112The Archies

4-DSCF0117Flip Wilson

On to the coasters. I randomly chose them, but I tried to have a mix of colors.

6-DSCF0121Basically I heated an album in the oven until flimsy…

7-DSCF0124…then I quickly cut out the center with scissors.

The coaster was heated in the oven again, then pressed between books to press flat.

8-DSCF0129Once the edges were sanded, the coasters were basically done.

They still need to be sealed. I tried brushing varnish on, but I am not happy with the visible stroke marks and the dyes seem a bit unstable. I think I will wait for a warmer day to spray seal them in the garage. Enjoy!

Shabby Chic Drawer Boxes

16-DSCF0103Shabby Chic Drawer Boxes

I don’t know how it worked out this way, but I accomplished so much more today than I thought I would. Do you write daily lists? I am the list queen. Everything gets listed, but that doesn’t mean it gets done. Actually, half of my daily list rarely gets done. Well, today it happened! Woo Hoo! I crossed everything off my list.

To reward myself, and because I had time left at the end of the day, I finished a project that I had to put away when Christmas got too crazy.

06-DSCN7450Now most normal people would have thrown these little dresser drawers away, but I have never been accused of being normal. Look at them! They were a mess.

I removed the peeling layers and the drawer pulls.

07-DSCN7454Check these out! I had the bright idea of adding these old cupboard drawer handles as feet on the drawers. They were pretty gunky. Yep, another item most normal people probably would tossed.

09-DSCN7458They didn’t look too bad after a long soak and hard scrub.

11-DSCN7469Wow! Paint instantly makes things look better.

13-DSCF0095I went a bit further with the sandpaper. You know me, I just love me some shabby chic.

14-DSCF0101I think they turned out pretty good.

15-DSCF0102The smaller ones are my favorite…,

12-DSCF0092…but I’m most proud of the larger one. Once I started cleaning, scraping and sanding the drawers, this one fell apart. Yep, it wasn’t pretty. I had to completely rebuild it. I hate to admit it, but I actually considered throwing it away. Gasp!

Enjoy!

Rustic Wood Snowman Head-Tutorial

11-DSCN7069Rustic Wood Snowman Head-Tutorial

The Rustic Wood Snowman tutorial has been published!

06-DSCN7056He is a quick project and great for using up all your scrap pieces. AND he was free!

1-DSCN7273Just like potato chips, you won’t be able to stop at one. Make plenty for gifts. They will be loved. I made several for a craft show and sold out fast.

11-DSCN7069You can find the entire tutorial at All Free Christmas Crafts.

Enjoy!