Twin Baby Blankets and Totes

12583955_1099086010104429_1861946937_n-001Twin Baby Blankets and Totes

I’ve reached an age in life when all of the kids of my friends are having babies. Okay, maybe I’ve been that age for a little while now, but I like to think it just happened. 😉

Recently I received an invitation to a baby shower of one of those kids. They were expecting twins! I knew I wanted to make something, but since they lived in another state I didn’t want to break the bank with shipping charges. I started digging through the possibilities.

My friends are always giving me hand-me-down craft supplies, and the mother of the father-to-be is no exception. I usually get a box or two every time she visits. The goodies range from stuff she no longer uses to things that belonged to her mother or mother-in-law. That’s when I had my light bulb moment. I decided to make matching baby blankets using a WIP that had either belonged to her mom or MIL.

DSCF6350I was excited to find the beginnings of a Dresden Plate quilt top, extra blocks in various stages of completion and extra fabric for what still hadn’t been completed.

I was a little nervous because it was vintage fabric and it did not look like it had been washed prior to the stitching that was already done. I threw everything in the washer and crossed my fingers. I was just sure it was going to come out with bleeding all through it, but absolutely nothing was tinted. Yay!

The quilt top had already been started, but since I wanted two baby blankets I needed to take sections apart, rearrange and add more borders.

There was not enough of any one fabric to use as the backing, so I did need to buy that and also the batting. There was also not enough time to quilt, so I satisfied myself with just tying.

DSCF6354Those extra blocks kept screaming about not being left behind, so I whipped up tote bags to put the blankets in.

Then the day of the shower arrived…and so did the babies. Yep, the best laid plans… :) The new daddy stepped up though and became the guest of honor.

12583955_1099086010104429_1861946937_nSpeaking of the best laid plans…my friend does not recognize the fabric or the quilt project. Go figure. LOL! I told her we need to come up with a good story.

Enjoy!

Restyled Doll Furniture

DSCF5613Restyled Doll Furniture

I’m still here! I know it has been forever since I last posted and I am truly sorry about that. Recently my best friend passed away following heart surgery. Sitting down to write anything has been extremely difficult, but here goes.

DSCF5405My husband and I went to an auction last month and we hit the jackpot. I had a customer asking for doll furniture so these little gems had to come home with me.

DSCF5410Surprise, surprise. I seemed to be the only one interested in them and I got them for a song.

DSCF5581Everything needed repairs, but nothing major. After cleaning and sanding they got a base coat of white paint.

DSCF5619-002I distress-sanded everything, but the highchairs needed a little something, something to make them more special. I decided to dry brush with pink paint and I made a stencil of a rattle for the chair backs.

The little bags on the chairs are little totes I made that I filled with a toy baby bottle, plate and spoon.

DSCF5629The baby bed received more than a paint makeover. I recovered the base board with blue ticking, then made a mattress using a white chenille bedspread. Lastly, I made a pillow and doll blanket using an old vintage cutter quilt.

DSCF5414Check out this doll baby buggy. I haven’t done anything with it and I don’t know if I will. I’m kinda thinking I’ll keep it and use it to display crafts at shows. I think it’s adorable.

Enjoy!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Antiqued Western End Table

6-DSCF4680Antiqued Western End Table

1-DSCF4398I picked up this little gem a few weeks ago at auction. Okay, “gem” may be too strong of a word, but let’s just say I saw potential.

2-DSCF4641Paint. Yep, I love me some paint. After sanding, I gave the table a couple coats of white paint.

3-DSCF4654I, of course, had to give it my sanding treatment to make it look old again.

5-DSCF4689I bought this vintage blanket/bedspread at the same auction and it served as the inspiration for the design I added to the table. It reminds me of the stripes on old grain sacks.

4-DSCF4662I painted the stripes on the shelf top and the table top. The front and sides seemed like too much, so I left them plain.

And then there are some days I shouldn’t be allowed to pick up a paintbrush or stain rag. That was the day I when I applied an antique stain to the table. I had run out of the stain I usually use so I grabbed one off my shelf that I thought was similar. OMG! It was horrible! It just made the table look dirty. Not the cool-antique-kinda-dirty, but the yellow-greasy-needs-a-scrub-brush-sorta-dirty. (Don’t go looking for the pics of this disaster. I deleted them to protect my restyling cred. 😉 So…

6-DSCF4680After spending a couple of days trying to convince myself it looked fine, I couldn’t take it anymore. Did I learn from my mistake? Uhm, no. Instead of going to the store and buying the stain I knew would work, I convinced myself I needed something darker to cover the horrible mistake of the first stain. The change was so dramatic that I cursed and mumbled under my breath the whole time I was applying it.

And then something wonderful happened. The clouds parted, the sun came out and I could hear angels singing. Okay, I’m being dramatic, but…It looked good! I was going for just an antiqued finish, but I ended up with an antiqued western finish. Yay, me! That’ll work!

Enjoy!

Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

7-DSCF4396Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

1-DSCF4040This cupboard was a find my youngest son brought home to me.

2-DSCF4042It had fabulous bones, but it was very blah. Just perfect for a restyle.

3-DSCF4230I started with a layer of light green paint, then continued with several coats of white.

4-DSCF4384I sanded it into yummy, shabby chic submission. I knew I would be sanded it after painting, but I had no idea if the green paint would be visible in the end. It was, but you have to look very, very close.

5-DSCF4385Not satisfied with the amount of green actually showing, I painted a green medallion on top and to the front of each door.

6-DSCF4391I completed the cupboard with an antiqued finish.

Enjoy!

Shabby Chic Shelf

14-DSCF3994Shabby Chic Shelf

09-DSCF3950Another garage sale find. Oops, this picture was taken after I had fixed structural issues. It was in pieces because it was missing several screws.

10-DSCF3971I decided to make it a match to the shabby chic iron vanity chair from my previous post. With that in mind, the same painting technique was used.

11-DSCF3973Both baskets came with the shelf. The top basket was lined, but the green checked fabric didn’t fit in with my shabby chic vision. Using the old lining as a pattern, I made a new one using white eyelet fabric and eyelet ruffle trim.

13-DSCF3987Another singed flower that matched the chair was also added to the basket.

15-DSCF3980Here are the two pieces together.

Enjoy!