This was a great project to use up wood scraps and “play” with game letter tiles.
I have no idea what game the black tiles came from, but the others came from an old Scrabble game.
I first laid out all the Christmas words I could think of with the tiles I had.
Then I measured the length of the words and added a bit. Each lath was cut to the individual measurements of each word. Keeping track of that could have made me a little crazy, but I made a master list of all the words and measurements to save my sanity.
I drilled a hole for the hanger and gave each board a quick rub of stain.
And glitter! Yay! Yep, glitter just makes me happy. 🙂
Blue jeans and hot glue, what could make a girl happier? Okay, maybe I’m an unusual girl…but I think you’re gonna like this too.
Happy Labor Day! I’ve been laboring for a few weeks now as I am preparing for three back-to-back craft shows that start at the end of this month. I’ve been taking lots of pictures and I thought I should finally get something posted.
This chair started out a bit raggedy. I bought it at the Rose Hill citywide yard sale a few months ago. It’s actually a child’s chair…well, more like a pre-teen chair. The upholstery looked like a cat had used it as a scratching post. I considered doing a normal re-upholstery job on it, but as stated before,…I’m an unusual girl. I decided to use a new batch of old blue jeans and hot glue.
On this chair I used 3 adult-size, men’s jeans. I picked them up at a local yard sale. Size matters. If you are looking for jeans to do a project like this, choose jeans that have a lot of fabric.
I cut them up into rough squares and basically hot glued them right onto the chair. How easy is that!!Hot glue it hot! 😉 When applying glue, I got as close to the edge of each piece as possible while still being able to pick it up and move fast. This did leave about 1/4 inch around the edges unglued. After the chair was completely covered I did go back and apply craft glue just under the sections of all the exposed edges.
I first covered the cushion with jeans, but I thought it made the chair look too busy. I dug through my fabric and found a good size piece of denim that worked perfectly to cover the cushion. I wrapped it like a present and hot glued.
The stars were made from the same fabric as the chair cushion. They were all glued using craft glue.
Another LoveToKnow tutorial and pattern.
Nice comfy warm slippers…Wait! What? Hm…, you probably think I’ve lost my mind. It’s July! It’s hot! Wearing comfy, warm slippers is probably the last thing you want to do. I get that. I don’t want to wear them now either, BUT if you’re going to be stuck inside during a good portion of broiling hot summer days, why not get a head start on a few Christmas gifts?
Does your family get new jammies every Christmas? How about making them slippers to match?
These slippers can be stitched up in less than an hour and my printable pattern has instructions on how to adjust for different sizes.
I used scraps of fleece left over from other projects, but you could also use an old sweatshirt. Another great repurpose-recycle-restyle idea is to use some of those fleece blankets that you always seem to buy every year on Black Friday. Please tell me I am not the only one who does that. I don’t know about you, but those things breed like bunnies in my house. 😉
Click on any of the highlighted text in this post to take you to the slipper tutorial.
You may have noticed I have been a bit scarce lately, but I had a good reason. I have added a new gig to my writer resume. I am now a contributing writer for LoveToKnow.com.
I’ve been in the trial process for about a month, learning the ins and outs of their system, working with great editors and contributing tutorials with printable patterns.
Printable patterns are a new aspect to my designing. Most publishers I have written for are not set up to create printable PDF patterns for their readers. This has made designing quite a challenge, but I adapted and it became my norm. My norm has now changed. LTK has a wonderful image specialist who has made my sketches and chicken scratches look so tidy and professional. I am thrilled that many of the designs I have created can now finally be published because the missing piece (a pattern) can now be printed by the reader.
I have wanted to announce this new opportunity since I began the trial, but I really wanted to make sure I didn’t blow the trial so I decided to wait. I finished my last trial article this last week and shortly thereafter received the fabulous news that I had passed.
So…without further ado, here is one of my LTK trial articles.
This skirt has an elastic waistband and can be stitched up very quickly. It will be a great addition to your summer wardrobe.