Cork Tree Ornaments

DSCF5217Cork Tree Ornaments

DSCF4858My sap bucket was beginning to overflow with my saved wine corks so I decided it was time to come up with a project. Hey, no judgement…it’s not like I drank it all in one night. 😉

Since the corks were too big for the tree I had in mind, cutting them in half was the perfect option. The cuts didn’t look smooth, but I was using a serrated knife. Yes, a chop saw probably would have created a cleaner cut, but I value my fingers and they would have been a bit too close to the blade for this cut.

And then I was “stuck”. Yep, you’ll get that pun in a moment.

I started out using craft glue to attach them together. Nope, didn’t work. I tried E-6000. Nope, didn’t work. I even tried hot glue. That also did not work. (sigh)

The problem was material the corks were made of. They were not cork. They were rubber. I am assuming wine companies have changed to rubber corks because of price, but I don’t know. What I do know is this particular rubber didn’t like any of the adhesives I could think of. Seriously, I had too many corks to throw in the towel. I was not going to let these corks win!

DSCF5088I finally came up with a different method of attaching. After drilling from one side to the other, on each cork, in each horizontal row, I connected them with wire. Curling the wire ends held the corks tightly together.

DSCF5097The trunk, top of the tree and the center cork in the center row were also drilled from top to bottom.

DSCF5099This allowed me to vertically connect each of the rows. Two ends of the wire extended out the top. They were also curled.

DSCF5102They didn’t look too cool yet, but after finally figuring out how to bring everything together I was strutting like a peacock.

DSCF5224I wound miniature greenery garland around the tree, but something was still missing, not to mention I needed to come up with a way to hang them. I tried twine, but it didn’t look right so I tried hemp cord. Perfect! A bow was added to the front-center of the tree and the hanger was threaded through the curls on the top of the tree.

Another project heading to the craft show this weekend.


Wooden Door Peg Racks

DSCF5187Wooden Door Peg Racks

DSCF5189These peg racks turned out even better than I thought they would.

DSCF5190I’ve had a stash of old wooden doors for years, but with moving to a smaller house they had to be put in storage. I’ve been on a quest to reduce our storage space for over a year and have finally got two large units down to one unit half the size of the original two. That’s great, but most of the stuff that is left in the unit are things that I use for my projects. The only thing that makes sense in having them is to actually use them. It was time to repurpose the doors.

DSCF5175My husband and middle son cut the doors for the racks.

Since the doors are so old, the vibration from the saw caused a few of them to come apart so reconstruction was the first order of business.

DSCF5179After cleaning them up and sanding them I got out my stencils.

DSCF5177I really liked the natural aging on the doors so I decided not to add paint. Instead, I added a stained wax over everything. I am so glad I did. I think they look amazing.

DSCF5193The pegs were also stained and waxed before adding them to the doors.

Some nice heavy-duty hangers on the back completed the racks.

DSCF5183My first craft show of the season is this weekend in Arkansas City, Kansas at the Last-Run Car Show. If you are in the area, come check it out.


Blue Jean Upholstered Chair

DSCF5109Blue Jean Upholstered Chair

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.

DSCF5039-001Happy 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.

DSCF5036This 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.

DSCF5115I don’t have any “in progress” pics. It just kinda happened that way. I got going…and kept going. That should tell ya something. This project works up very quickly.

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!!DSCF5110-001Hot 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.

DSCF5116This will be headed to the craft shows.


Gunny Sack Window Art

8-DSCF4754Gunny Sack Window Art

1-DSCF4681I have the best customers!

I recently sold the cupboard I had restyled a few weeks ago and the customer who bought it gifted me with these two windows. She had already sold several windows, but nobody seemed to want these because a few of the panes had come out. Score!!!

2-DSCF4699My vision didn’t involve the panes at all so I just removed them. After cleaning up the frames I decided I liked the chippy finish and did not paint them.

I added a layer of chicken wire to the back…

1-DSCF4685…and then dug out my vintage gunny sacks. I only had a couple with printing on them left in my stash, but as always I worked with what I had. One sack has several hole issues so I decided to start with the one that was in better shape. I still think the one with holes will work, it just needs a little extra attention.

I opened up the bottom of the sack and then cut a slit up the center so the printing would be centered when the bag was opened and laying flat.

3-DSCF4701After ironing out all the wrinkles, I placed the frame over the sack. The excess on the edges was folded around the frame and taped to hold it in place. I flipped it over and stapled it to the frame. The excess around the edges was then trimmed off.

5-DSCF4708I loved it, but it still looked like it needed a little something-something.

6-DSCF4715Out came my collection of die cuts. I picked a couple of flowers to use as a pattern. Burlap is a horrible frayer. Hmm, is frayer a word? Well, if it isn’t, I say it is for today. 😉 Anyhow, I ironed heavy duty fusible web to the back of burlap scraps before I traced and cut out the flowers. The web prevented the flowers from fraying, as well as gave them a sturdy base.

Paint was lightly added around the edges of each flower to make them pop.

7-DSCF4721The flowers were sewn to the screen and gunny sack with jute.

8-DSCF4754I love it!


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!