The Rustic Patio Makeover

22-DSCF0892-001When we moved into this rental the snow was flying. Our biggest goal was to just get everything moved. Things got put wherever they would fit. The small patio had a covered roof, so it made sense to pile stuff we didn’t know what to do with there.

I have been working on one house project at a time, and with the weather getting warmer, it was time to take on the patio. It may be a rental, but for now it is home and I want it to feel that way.

14-DSCF0797-001I can’t believe I’m am showing you this, but this is a before shot. Aside from the obvious junk piled on it, there were also a few other issues to overcome.

16-DSCF0797-002There is no light fixture. This is the lighting the previous occupants left us. Uhm. No.

17-DSCF0898-001We took down the dirty, multicolored Christmas lights (half of which were not working) and hung a hanging flower basket with clear twinkle lights in it. I only had a 50-count string, but it was a definite improvement. Even with 50 lights, they look awesome at night.

20-DSCF0890-001To spruce up the back wall and to blend it with our style, I shopped the storage unit for a couple of barn doors. The barn star above the doors is camouflaging the excess cord from the lights.

21-DSCF0891-001The couch is one we had on our old patio, but I added seat cushions and covered pillows for the back.

18-DSCF0895-001The potting bench and coffee table are from yesterday’s post. I also added extra lighting on the coffee table with solar lights in a flower pot and a oil-filled jar lamp placed in a feed pan.

The table and chairs were set just off the patio.

Bring on the summer heat!

Enjoy!

Recycled Blue Jean Patch Pillow

09-DSCN7397Recycled Blue Jean Patch Pillow

Another no-cost, quickie gift idea.

12-DSCN7408Yep, I always have an over-abundance of old blue jeans. I’ve tried purging them, but they just seem to breed on their own.

10-DSCN7399This project used six blue jean squares for the front and I cut apart a leg to use as one piece for the back. It could not have been simpler.

11-DSCN7403The size of the squares should all be the same size, but the actual size of the squares is determined by the size of the word stencil. I wanted to make sure it would fit and I already had my mind set on using six squares. My squares were each 6 inches. I used a stencil I had cut on my Cricut.

09-DSCN7397After I stitched it all together I stenciled the word on the front. The denim is pretty thick so you don’t need to worry about it seeping through to the back.

Enjoy!

Whimsical Carrot Pillow-Tutorial

7-DSCN5159Whimsy Easter Carrot

It’s cute! It’s cuddly! I mean, who doesn’t need a carrot pillow?

I made this pillow as an Easter decoration, but I can definitely see it working as nursery decor or a child’s snuggle buddy.

Simple stitching makes this a great project for a sewing beginner.

You can find my tutorial on CraftBits.

Enjoy!

Sorority Craft Show

I’ve been getting ready for the Sorority Craft Show in Arkansas City, Kansas tomorrow. It’s located in the Ag building (affectionately known as the pig palace), and is open from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

As usual, if a treasure wasn’t nailed down (and sometimes even when it was) I glued, painted or stitched it into a restyled treasure. The following are a few of my new projects I crafted for this show.

Timber Snowmen

I just love these frosty guys. I’m not sure why, but they remind me of little cowboy snowmen. Must be the log shaped bodies.

Reindeer Bed Springs

I try to come up with a new bed spring craft every year. This seems to be the year of the reindeer. In this picture they weren’t attached to the springs yet, but they have since been completed.

Star Santa Pillows

Another one of those projects that had my sewing machine beeping like a bomb.

Polka Dot Rocking Horse

Just a little peek at a restyled wooden rocking horse. I’ll have more on this transformation in a later post.

A bowl of glittered bulb ornaments. I never, never throw anything away.

Chenille Bedspread Candy Canes

Tobacco Can Snowmen

More Mini Rag Wrapped Candy Canes

These were made from the wire tent stakes I had mentioned before.

Shutter Snowmen


These chairs are just a sneaky peak at a project I will be posting about soon.

Most people would probably have tossed these old relics, but I am glad I didn’t. Can’t wait to show you what they became.

If you are in my neck of the woods tomorrow, come visit me at the show.

Santa Star Pillow Tutorial

Sew a jolly Santa star pillow for the holidays using vintage bedspreads. The points of the star naturally form the hat, arms and legs of Santa, while the red and white bedspread fabrics create his clothes. This pillow will be an attention-getter in your home, and a lovely gift for family and friends. I’ll be making several for Christmas craft shows I’m participating in.

Santa Star Pillow

You can find my tutorial here.