Bentwood Cafe Chairs-Restyle

3-DSCF3923Bentwood Cafe Chairs

1-DSCF3905My husband and I found these cute chairs at the Rose Hill, Kansas citywide garage sales. They were in very good shape, but because they were placed on separate sides of the yard, we didn’t realize until we got them home that they were not a matched pair. Close, but no cigar. The chair on the right it slightly shorter than the other, the seat is a tiny bit smaller and the curvature of the bentwood on the back is not quite the same.

No worries. They most likely will never be set beside each other. The differences will not be noticeable.

Since they were in such great condition, the most I had to do to get them ready for transformation was to tighten a few screws, clean and sand.

2-DSCF3916Then it was time for my mad scientist skills to come out. I had my heart set on a certain color of paint, but I didn’t have it. It took me a while, but I managed to mix a few colors that I had to get the shade I wanted. I just love this color.

5-DSCF3926A light dry brushing of white…

4-DSCF3924…completed the look I was going for.

3-DSCF3923They look so fresh and happy.

Enjoy!

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!

Red Checked Footstool Restyle

8-DSCF3084Red Checked Footstool

1-DSCF2964I picked up this little gem at an auction I recently attended. It really wasn’t much to look at, but I liked the legs and skirting.

2-DSCF2968The top opened and I am assuming there used to be a bottom to keep things in. The bottom was long gone.

3-DSCF2970The hinges on the top were another nightmare. They were bent and it looked like they had been shifted at one time, maybe because they pulled out. The shifting of the hinges was horrible and not one screw out of eight was the same.

4-DSCF3047I removed the top and sanded the wood base of the footstool.

1-DSCF3083-001A dry brushing of white paint improved the stool 100%.

6-DSCF3050I pulled out the quilt I bought at another recent auction and recovered the top.

5-DSCF3049I didn’t even consider putting a new bottom in the footstool and reattaching the hinges.

7-DSCF3083Instead, I firmly attached the top to the base. It now does not open, but it looks so much better.

Enjoy!

Scrappy Quilt Bracelets

21-DSCF2694Scrappy Quilt Bracelets

16-DSCN4483You may remember my scrappy fabric tags I made a couple of years ago. I loved that idea.

02-DSCF2577I have been working on expanding on that idea by turning scrap cutter quilts into wearable art…more specifically I wanted to see if I couldn’t turn these scraps into bracelets.

I’m a little embarrassed to say that each step took a little bit of refining until I was able to get a consistent result with each one that I tried. I almost threw in the towel a few times, but the time wasted and each failed attempt just made me even more determined to make it work.

My first fail was cutting the strip for the bracelet. I didn’t take into account the quilting stitches on the quilt. Quilting stitches hold a top, middle and bottom layer together. When I cut a small strip, it basically peeled apart in large areas. Stitching on vintage quilts is also unreliable. There were areas where the seams came apart. AARGH!

01-DSCF2580My fix for those problems was to top stitch over the surface of a scrap of quilt. I emptied a spool of thread while meandering in a scribble design.

03-DSCF2586I was then able to cut my bracelet strips without them falling apart.

04-DSCF2601The next step was getting the words onto the strip. I decided to use my character stitches on my sewing machine. That worked the first couple of times and then…AARGH! Old quilts can be kinda lumpy and my machine didn’t want to stitch the tiny letters over the lumps. I finally tried stitching the words on muslin. Eureka!06-DSCF2608

I then stitched the the muslin to the strip in my favorite shabby way.

15-DSCF2673If you want to try this and you don’t have character stitches on your machine I also tried it with stamps as an alternative.

07-DSCF2616I embellished around the words with little pearl beads.

The next failure was the buttonhole. Yep, for the same reason the character stitches didn’t want to stitch…those !@#$% lumps. AARGH!

Deep breath. I was not going to let this project beat me!

17-DSCF2682Light bulb! I finally had good luck with a button/loop closure. Elastic cord formed the loop.

09-DSCF2625With the bracelet strip placed on canvas fabric and the knot of the loop inserted under one end, I stitched around the edges of the bracelet a couple of times. Just like the shabby tags, I didn’t stitch perfect lines.

13-DSCF2637After stitching the canvas backing to the bracelet I trimmed the excess away and added a button to complete the closure function.

14-DSCF2686And then like eating potato chips, I couldn’t stop at just one.

Enjoy!

Molly the Mannequin Makeover

Molly the Mannequin (3)Molly the Mannequin Makeover

What inspires your project choices?

My recent move, the frigid change in the weather, an empty Etsy store and Molly the Mannequin hanging in my closet were my inspiration for this makeover. The recent move reminded me of all the goodies I have in my supplies, like my collection of beads and old jewelry. The frigid weather had me looking for nice cozy projects to do in the house. Restyling that old jewelry seemed perfect. Since I wanted to place the finished creations in my Etsy store, getting Molly the Mannequin more presentable for photos was a priority.

1-DSCF2396I’ve never been fond of Molly’s looks. She, uhm…, always seemed a bit nekked.

I decided decoupaging her with old book pages would give her a more modest appearance while creating an artful background for my style of crafting.

2-DSCF2402An old poetry book and Mod Podge were the basic supplies needed to transform Molly.

Molly the MannequinI molded the wet pages around Molly’s curves with my fingers, not minding the wrinkles at all. I just thought they added to the Old World-antique look.

Molly the Mannequin (2)I love the way she turned out. I have a hand and head that I plan on giving the same treatment.

Enjoy!