Patriotic Funky Chicken

10-DSCF4146Patriotic Funky Chicken

Sometimes you just gotta let your funk fly.

1-DSCF2218I haven’t done anything with albums since I made my snowmen signs last year, but my pile of vinyl has been calling.

01-DSCF4069A couple coats of tan paint created the background and then a line traced horizontally across the record, just above the center formed the top of the chicken’s body.

02-DSCF4074With the area above the line masked off, I stenciled white paint to fill in the body.

03-DSCF4076Masking off lines, I was able to stencil 5 red stripes. I also painted a triangle shaped beak using a yellow/gold paint.

07-DSCF4150The wing and the tail feathers were cut from aluminum beverage cans.

08-DSCF4152To give them a texture, I rolled them through my cuttlebug before painting them.

04-DSCF4080They were attached with wire after I painted a rough brown outline around the record, along the stripes and around the beak.

06-DSCF4086I drilled a couple holes at the top for attaching a fabric hanger…

05-DSCF4081…and a couple of holes on the bottom for attaching wire chicken legs. The legs were painted yellow/gold.

A white paint pen was used for writing “Liberty”.

09-DSCF4154Lastly, I spattered the entire surface with blue and white paint.

10-DSCF4146I kinda like the way he turned out.

Enjoy!

Summer Wine Glass Coasters

1-DSCF4092Summer Wine Glass Coasters

Okay, these can actually be used any time of the year, but when the weather heats up the glasses sweat badly. Insert the foot of your wine glass inside these “cozy” little coasters and your furniture will be protected. You also don’t have to worry about tips or losing the coaster when you move it because the coaster is actually attached to the wine glass. Some of us may need that help after a glass or too. 😉

8-DSCF4116For the this project session I chose patriotic fabric for one type and Wizard of Oz fabric for two other types. My dear friend, Mary W. picked up the Wizard of Oz fabric for me several years ago when she went to a quilt show. See, Mary, I knew I would find just the right project for this yummy fabric.

These coasters will be heading to my Etsy shop in the next day or so, but if you would like to make your own, I’m a giver. Here is my wine glass coaster tutorial.

7-wine glass cozy coasterI wrote this tutorial last year so the photos for the steps were done with different fabric than the ones I made this week.

Things You Will Need:

Light to medium weight scrap fabric-two different colors or designs
Ruler
Scissors
Iron
Straight pins
Wine glass

1-wine glass cozy coasterCut five 4-inch squares from light to medium weight fabric. Leftover squares from quilt projects is ideal. You will need three of one fabric and two of another.

5-DSCF4108Fold one square in half with the right sides facing out. Iron the fold. Repeat on a matching square and two of the other fabric squares for a total of four pressed squares that are now shaped like rectangles.

2-wine glass cozy coasterPlace the remaining unfolded square on your work surface with the right side facing up.

3-wine glass cozy coasterWith the raw edges of the rectangles aligned with the raw edges of the square, work around the square.

5-wine glass cozy coasterPlace one rectangle on each edge, turning the square one-quarter turn after the placement of each rectangle. Insert the end of the last rectangle under the end of the first.

6-wine glass cozy coasterPin the raw edges of the rectangles to the outer edges of the square. Sew around the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Clip each of the corners to reduce bulk.

3-DSCF4098Turn the cozy coaster right side out through the opening in the center of the rectangles. Use the point of your scissors to poke out the corners. Iron the cozy flat.

Slip the foot of your wine glass into the center of the cozy.

4-DSCF4104Note: All of the wine glasses I have used had feet with a diameter of 2 1/2 inches. This may be standard, but they may also be available in other sizes. If the feet of your glasses are bigger (I can’t imagine them smaller), simply cut your squares 1 1/2 inches larger than the diameter measurement. Example: Cut 4 1/2-inch squares for a 3-inch diameter foot.

This is an inexpensive hostess gift, whether you sew your own or purchase. Check out my Etsy shop in a few days if you would rather purchase than make your own.

Enjoy!

My Last-Minute Easter Decorations

2-DSCF3645Last year we had just moved into our tiny rental and I didn’t even decorate for Easter. I also didn’t have room for hosting Easter, as is our tradition. When I sorted through things in our storage units for a yard sale this last summer, I purged a lot of decorations from all holidays. Our house is much bigger this year so now I am kinda regretting some of that purge. When I got out my Easter decorations the other day I only found one box. :( Since most store-bought offerings are not my style I decided to make more decorations with things I already have.

1-DSCF3639I started out with a small branch from a tree hubby was pruning. Using an old flower pot for the base, and middle son bringing me some gravel, I “planted” my branch to “grow” my Easter tree.

2-DSCF3645A stash of peat pots were transformed into little Easter buckets. I sponge painted white on the outside. Craft wire was used for the handles. Small vintage pictures were decoupaged to the front of the buckets and the handles were spruced up with buttons and ribbon.

3-DSCF3651I added them to the tree, but it still needed a little something-something.

4-DSCF3679I had just finished making crocheted flower garlands for my Etsy shop and decided mini version of the flowers would be just the thing to bring out the “spring” in my tree.

5-DSCF3661I simply hot glued them to the branches.

6-DSCF3664I wrapped some fabric strips around a couple of garden tools and added them to the pot to complete the tree.

7-DSCF3667I needed something for my dining table. I cut bed springs down a bit and inserted little flower pots. In this picture they have the grass, but I am still going to add jelly beans and a peep.

8-DSCF3675I saved two spaghetti sauce cans a couple of weeks ago and after a little paint, some scraps of burlap, lace and a tie of jute, they were restyled into flower vases. I’ll fill them with cuttings from the beautiful abundance of color that has bloomed in my yard.

I still have a few other things I would like to make, but I wanted to get this posted before it got to late. I’m off to the grocery store and then more decorating. 😉

Enjoy!

Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!

T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3552T-Shirt Refashion With Lace Hem

1-DSCF3541We’ve all seen them…heck, we’ve all bought them…those t-shirts that are available in every color imaginable. They are a bit of a staple in my closet, as I am sure they are in other people’s closets too. They are great worn with sweaters, jackets and other layers when the weather is cool, but when the weather gets warm…I do have to admit to being a bit bored with the look when I wear them by themselves.

2-DSCF3543Sorting through my lace stash, I decided a little refashion was in order.

I added wide flat lace to the bottom of a t-shirt. If you do this, I strongly suggest using a zigzag stitch. A zigzag stitch will allow the the shirt to stretch without breaking the thread.

3-DSCF3544The extra lace made the tee way too long, but I had no intention of stopping there.

5-DSCF3552I folded a deep cuff above the lace and stitched at the top of the cuff.

I love the way it turned out. 😉

Enjoy!

Scrap Wood Shamrock Signs

2-DSCF3176Scrap Wood Shamrock Signs

This project really took on a life of its own.

I sell lighter, smaller things on Etsy, mainly because bigger, heavier things are more expensive to ship. So what do I do with the furniture and wood things that I make when I am not doing craft shows?…I sell them on Facebook.

Facebook has several local selling pages for people that want to sell just about anything. I post a picture of the item, describe and price it. When someone is interested, they contact me and I send them info on where to pick it up.

1-DSCF2844A customer that bought one of my scrap wood hearts a few weeks ago asked if I would be making anything for St. Patrick’s Day. Honestly I hadn’t even considered it. With the cold weather and snow I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to happen, but then last weekend there was a few hours that were almost spring-like. I knew it wasn’t going to last so I gathered and cut wood to make signs.

1-DSCF3162Construction…

5-DSCF3189…and painting could be done indoors.

4-DSCF3181I made four and posted them on Facebook…and WOW! Within a couple of hours I had sold all four and had orders for nine more.

Who knew St. Patrick’s Day was such a popular holiday!?!?!

Making the extra orders was not as much fun. We didn’t get a lot of snow, but the wind managed to pile that small amount of snow around, on top of and in every crevice of my wood pile. I was about frozen by the time I pulled out the wood I needed for the signs. Then, of course, there was the time I spent freezing in the garage while I cut the boards.

4-DSCF3186Since the wood was in the snow, it was pretty wet. I went ahead and built the signs, but then I had to allow them to air dry overnight before I could paint them.

7-DSCF3197When they were dry, the assembly line really got moving. I made five more than I needed to fill orders because I knew we were in for more frigid weather and the idea of digging for more wood was/is definitely not appealing.

Enjoy!