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.
Thankfully 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.
These 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.
Have you ever wondered what you can do with those old vinyl albums? Even if you are a collector, I am sure you have a few scratched or warped ones that will never sound the same as they did when they were new. Then again, thrift stores and yard sales are practically giving them away, so you don’t even have to disturb your own rockin’ stash for a fun crafting experience.
For my birthday in May, a friend gifted me with calenders that featured sheet music book covers. Even though I have authentic vintage sheet music books, I loved the vibrant colors and pristine graphics of the calender pages.
I had the perfect base for decoupaging a couple of these covers to. An old cupboard door.
After a bit of elbow grease and removal of some of the hardware, I was ready to rock and roll. I couldn’t get the hinges off, and I didn’t want to wait until a son or husband came home, so I decided to leave them attached as embellishment for the “art” piece.
A little paint gave the old surface a much cleaner appearance. I did the entire surface with off white and and then a dry brush of white over the outer frame.Two calender pages fit perfectly inside the frame. I applied several coats of Mod Podge to seal and build up the smooth surface.
A couple of sawtooth hangers were attached to the back for hanging.
Just had to share my husband’s latest trash to treasure project.
I can’t say that old tires are items that get my mind to clicking when considering new trash to treasure projects, but I kinda dig this idea.
I had a tractor tire for a sandbox when I was little and there was always a stack of old tires in the barn. I mirrored that statement into adulthood. When my husband and I moved to town, there was no need for the tractor tire anymore, but somehow the old tires followed us.
About a month ago my sister-in-law shared a photo she had found on Facebook that was the inspiration for this project. There was no tutorial or link to follow, but it seemed pretty easy to figure out.
Basically, my husband hung large hooks on the fence, drilled a few drain holes in the tires and added soil and flowers. Easy peasy! We took the rest of the tires to a place in town that recycles them.
I have never used this fencing for it’s original intent, but I had lots of it in my stash when we packed and moved. My husband and kids were going to throw it out, but I just couldn’t do it. I had me some ideas in my head.
Since I’m still decorating our new home, and the theme seems to be repurposing and restyling the unusual, I decided the fencing would fit right in with my existing and evolving decor choices.
I have a place above my buffet that was still in need of a something-something, so I cut a length of the fencing to span just short of the buffet’s width.
After fixing the bends I curled the cut wires on the ends of the fence into decorative spirals.
The wire legs of the fencing were curved up to create little hooks.
With the addition of a wreath and my screen/spindle dragonflies, the display was complete.
Yippee! I think the wall area between the dining area and the living room of our rental house is done.