Apples and Pears in the Etsy Shop

DSCF1686Back-to-School Apples

DSCF1691Plushy Golden Pears

As usual the summer heat forces me indoors. I don’t care for extreme heat or extreme cold, but with the cold you can layer on more clothes…in the heat you can only take off so many clothes before you’re naked. ;)

DSCF1680Thankfully the cool air conditioning allows me to continue to craft, but in a different way. I do more sewing and small paint projects that can be done inside. Larger outside projects are worked on in small bites, usually in the early morning or late evening.

DSCF1688These fall fruits are a small sneak peak of projects I have been working on for fall craft shows and Etsy. There will be more photos coming soon.

Enjoy!

Envelope Book

15-envelope bookEnvelope Book

02-envelope bookUnused envelopes left over from party invitations or announcements seem to pile up at my house.

16-envelope bookLike everything I hoard collect, I figure there is a new use just waiting to be created.

05-envelope bookAn envelope book was the perfect project to make a dent in the stash. I used a variety of sizes and I wasn’t too concerned if they were different colors and shades. Heavy-duty fusible web and fabric bulked up the thickness along the envelope edges and made more durable edges for tying them together.

01-envelope bookAn old book had the perfect cover for holding the pages. Yep, I saved the old book pages for other projects. Hmm…maybe I’ll make envelopes with them. ;)

06-envelope bookI had a little fun with my Xyron Sticker Machine and lots of flat goodies to embellish the pages.

13-envelope bookThe pages can hold lots of notes for ongoing projects, wishlists, family clothing measurements, coupons and ephemera.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Knick of Time Tuesday

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

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

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

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

Junk Finds-April 2014

2-DSCF0960These brass handles are from pocket doors. Aren’t they fabulous?

I’m finally back to yard sale-ing! You would think I have enough stuff since I have filled two storage units from our move, but placing restrictions on the junking adventures of a dyed-in-the-wool junker is impossible. Besides, I do make use of my junk finds sooner or later. ;)

1-DSCF0959This bedside table is just screaming for a makeover.

6-DSCF0972This hutch is a particle board nightmare, but I have immediate plans for it. I need cupboard space, and even though I don’t know how well the surface will take (and retain) a paint job, the $12 I got it for allows me the chance to give it a shot.

7-DSCF0978Footstools seem to be really popular, so this stool will be transformed to sell.

4-DSCF0968I found this old, weathered oar for $1. Now bear with me on this one. I have a vision. I think it will make a great background for a sign. “Gone Fishing” anyone?

5-DSCF0971Score! My husband went with me to the citywide yard sales in Rose Hill, Kansas a couple of weeks ago and this was his find of the day. These landscape bricks were stacked along the curb with a “free” sign on them. The homeowner who was giving them away actually helped us load them in the car.

3-DSCF0963Another chenille bedspread. There was no way I could pass up this light, dusty green chenille bedspread. I love the yummy color and it was only $3.

As the weather warms up great junk find deals seem to be popping out everywhere. I hope you are having as much fun as I am.

Enjoy!

Little Fabric Stash Bags-Tutorial

08-small wool bagLittle Fabric Stash Bags

01-small wool bagA few years ago I purchased a huge barrel at an auction for $1. It was full of old wool suits and dresses. I have been attempting to make use of the variety of colors and textures since I bought it, and the pile inside the barrel is slowly going down. The barrel is currently in a storage unit across town, but while moving I grabbed a bunch of wool to play with.

10-small wool bagThese little wool bags are the product of my play.

02-small wool bagI used gingham/checkered fabric for the linings…

09-small wool bag…and the front of the flowers.05-small wool bag

Trim is also something I have an over abundance of. The handles were made from bias tape and I hand-stitched rickrack around the top edge using floss.

The tutorial for these little bags has now been published on FaveCrafts.

You can find the tutorial here.

Enjoy!

Rustic Signs for the Guys

6-gone...signPurging my over abundance of stuff has me looking at things with a critical eye. While moving one son asked me what I was going to do with some of the weathered boards that were split and broken. Well, to most people these scraps probably should have never been saved, but the rustic, natural, oldness (is that a word?) appeals to me.

1-gone...signI created stencils with my Cricut…

2-gone...sign…sized and cut boards for each stencil…

3-gone...sign…stenciled the signs…

4-gone...sign…and attached rusty wire hangers.

9-gone...signThey didn’t seem quite done, so I raided my oldest son’s tackle box for bobbers to put on the fishing signs.

7-gone...signWhen we moved, two large baskets of toy cars surfaced. Since my kids are grown, I figured I was safe to pilfer a few for the mudding sign.

8-gone...signLastly, I dug out some metal stars and bottle caps for the garden signs.

Enjoy!