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!

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!

Lots New in Etsy Shop

Etsy BannerRestyled Junk on Etsy

11-DSCF2547The last couple of years have been jammed with lots of real life events (selling a house and moving twice, to name just a few) and my Etsy shop had become a bit dusty and full of cobwebs.

1-DSCF2929I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I did set out to fulfill a few major goals I’ve set for 2015. One of those goals is my Etsy shop, so…

01-DSCN5384…I’ve swept out the cobwebs and dusted all the nooks and crannies…

16-DSCN4483…and added lots of new listings with many more to come.

3-DSCF2858I would love it if you grabbed a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and hopped on over to Etsy for a little browsing session.

Thank you and 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!

Junkcycled Charm Bracelets

New in my Etsy shop, junkcycled charm bracelets.

02-DSCF2482Junkcycled Pink and White Charm Bracelet

05-DSCF2468Junkcycled Blue and Ivory Charm Bracelet  

08-DSCF2474Junkcycled Green and Ivory Charm Bracelet

11-DSCF2469Junkcycled Purple and Silver Charm Bracelet

15-DSCF2478Junkcycled Cream and Silver Charm Bracelet

Enjoy!