Words of Wisdom Window Signs

3-DSCF3505Words of Wisdom Window Signs

I’ve been enjoying the windows that Middle Kid gifted me with a couple of weeks ago.

I saw a similar sign to this one on an HGTV show (my new addiction-Fixer Upper) and have been itching to replicate it on a window.

1-DSCF3496I painted the frames black so they will really “pop” on a wall.

2-DSCF3493It took me a bit of time to size, cut, re-size and re-cut the words for stencils on my Cricut until I had a fit that worked with the window, but I finally nailed it.

3-DSCF3505Just like the frame, the lettering was done using black paint. I love, love, love the way it turned out!

I now have two of these posted on local (to me) Facebook selling pages. If you live close (Winfield, Ks.)  and are interested, message me.

Enjoy!

Scrap Wood Easter Signs

5-DSCF3428Easter Eggs and Bunny Trail Signs

We have been enjoying really nice weather so I took advantage of warmer days to work on some wood projects. Since the weather turned a bit cooler and drizzly I thought I should finally get this posted before the holiday comes and goes. ;)

I didn’t get pics of the steps like I should have…I kinda got carried away until the photo op was gone.

3-DSCF3419The St. Patrick’s Day shamrock signs did so well I decided to go ahead and make quite a few of the Easter signs. That may or may not have been a great idea. I’ve had them on local Facebook selling pages for about a week and even though they are selling, it has been slow going. Hmm…only time will tell. Oh well, if they don’t sell, then I guess I’ll be gifting friends, family and neighbors. :)

Like the shamrock signs, I used scrap pallet wood.

1-DSCF3411My Cricut came in handy once again for creating my stencils.

2-DSCF3420Unfortunately I didn’t have a bunny on any of my cartridges so I had to hunt through my pattern books to find the shape I was envisioning, then I cut that stencil by hand.

4-DSCF3424The eggs were requested by a previous customer. I thought they turned out pretty cute. I have already sold out of the pink eggs.

My favorite is the bunny trail sign.

Enjoy!

Window Wall Art

6-DSCF3391Window Wall Art

I recently acquired some more windows and I just couldn’t wait to begin some transformations.

I had done this a few years ago and loved the way simple wallpaper border could make a plain window look like art.

1-DSCF3353Priming the entire window provides an important base for building the art on the window’s surface.

2-DSCF3360The next step is the color base, but before applying it I had to choose a wallpaper border. For this window I chose a fishing lure border with rustic colors. A tan base color was the perfect marriage.

3-DSCF3367I highlighted the frame with a red color that was also in the border. Over the top of the red I dry brushed the tan and over the window surface I dry brushed the red.

4-DSCF3371The wallpaper border was decoupaged along the bottom half of the window and I stenciled “LIVE LAUGH FISH” on the top half using the red paint.

5-DSCF3375When the painted stenciling was dry I applied decoupage medium over all of the window surface to seal the painting and paper.

6-DSCF3391I embellished the inside of the frame with rope and a chain attached to the top of the window completed the wall art.

8-DSCF3386Since I had everything out I also made this window. The border on this one is a picket fence. The sunflowers and the butterflies were cut from other wallpaper.

1-y12This is one of the windows I made a few years ago. I applied the words using a white paint pen.

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!

Cutter Quilt Knapsack

knapsack 7Cutter Quilt Knapsack

I made this project last year, but I never posted it on my blog. I had cut pieces to make a few more, but didn’t get around to finishing them. Since the weather has turned frigid again, it’s the perfect time to pull them out and complete them. That’s what I’m working on today.

Stitch up a shabby chic knapsack using an old worn quilt that is no longer useable as it was originally intended. This quick-to-sew project is designed with exposed seams, giving it a charming scrappy appearance. If you would like to give this project a shot, here is my tutorial.

Things You Will Need:

Old worn quilt
1/8 yard muslin
Measuring tape
Scissors
Sewing machine
Straight pins
40-inch cord of your choice
Bodkin or large safety pin
Button, velcro or snap

2-DSCF1107Cut knapsack pieces from an old cutter quilt:

Body-(2) 15-inch-tall by 17-inch-wide
Pocket and Flap-(1 each) 7-inch-square
Handle Loop-(1) 2-inch-wide by 8-inch-long
Straps-(2) 2-inch-wide by 36-inch-long

From muslin, cut one 4-inch-wide by 32-inch long strip for the drawstring casing.

Top stitch around all the cutter quilt pieces 1/4 inch from the edges. This will secure the layers of the quilt together.

knapsack 1Lay one body rectangle on your work surface with the right side facing up and the long edges running horizontal. This rectangle will be the front of the knapsack. The long edges are the top and bottom edges of your knapsack. Place the pocket square on the rectangle with the right side facing up. Position the bottom edge of the pocket 2 1/2 inches above the bottom edge of the rectangle. Center the sides of the pocket between the sides of the rectangle. Top stitch the sides and bottom of the pocket, 1/4 inch from the edge, connecting it to the rectangle. Note: The edges will be exposed throughout the project unless otherwise instructed.

Place the two body rectangles together with the right sides facing out. Align the edges. Cut a 3-inch square from both bottom corners, through all thicknesses. Pin the side and bottom edges. Do not pin the cut out square corners. Sew the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

knapsack 2Open a corner and diagonally squeeze the opening. Match the side seam with the bottom seam, with the right sides facing out. Pin the edges together. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. This creates a boxed corner. Repeat on the remaining bottom corner of the knapsack.

knapsack 3Lay the knapsack body on your work surface with the back facing up. Measure in 3/4 inch from one bottom corner. Place one end of a strap on the bottom seam at this measurement. Pin to hold. Pin an end of the remaining strap 3/4 inch in from the other bottom corner. Sew over the pinned ends using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

knapsack 4Lay the knapsack body on your work surface with the back facing up once again. Find the center of the top edge. Stack the unsecured ends of the straps together and pin to the top edge of the body back. Pin an end of the handle loop on each side of the stacked straps. Center one edge of the flap square over the pinned loop and straps with the flap facing wrong side up. Fold the muslin casing strip in half with the long edges matching. Find the center of the casing length and pin the raw edges to the top edge of the knapsack’s back through all thicknesses. Continue to pin the raw edges of the casing around the top edge of the knapsack. You will have a gap between the ends of the casing on the front of the knapsack. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Yes, all the layers make the back section quite thick, but it can be sewn through. A heavyduty (jean) needle is recommended.

knapsack 5Attach a bodkin or large safety pin to one end of a 40-inch length of cording. Thread the cording through the casing. Adjust the cording with an equal amount exposed from each opening of the casing. This is the drawstring closure for the knapsack.

knapsack 6Flip the flap over the top and to the front of the knapsack. Attach a button, velcro or snap to the front and flap of the knapsack to close.

knapsack 7(sigh) I love my machine and I used to love the buttonhole foot, but the finished one in the photo has a button/buttonhole closure. My sewing machine seems to have issues lately with making buttonholes, so the ones I am finishing today will have velcro closures with buttons for decoration. Since I’m sure Brother reads each and every one of my blogs with immense interest, Brother Sewing Machine company, I would be happy to test out new models. ;) LOL! Just saying…

Enjoy!