Since moving I have had to utilize every possible empty space for storing my crafts and craft supplies. That included the space under my son’s bed. He’s away at college so I figured he wouldn’t mind. This last week I was going through some containers under the bed and I came across a WIP box of chenille bunnies and chicks that I had made a few years ago.
The items in the box were a variety of pre-cut and pre-sewn pieces, along with the other craft supplies needed to complete them. Since Easter is still two weeks away I decided to make them and take them to the store where I sell them locally.
Squeezable and adorable.
I have a tutorial for the chick that can be found here.
This huge ladder almost didn’t make the move from the old house to this one. Finding a place to store it until I got around to restyling it was a big consideration.
Ultimately I couldn’t stand leaving it behind and I am so glad I didn’t. These ladders were finished in an afternoon. Really! Sheesh! Sometimes I can talk myself out of starting a project when I think it will be bigger than it actually turns out to be.
The ladder was about 16 feet long. Keeping the placement of the rungs in mind, I cut three smaller ladders as close to the same size as possible. They are the perfect height for displaying quilts and other vintage linens, or they can be propped in a bathroom as a towel rack.
A quick dry-brushing of white paint…
…brought out their shabby chic personality.
These ladders will be heading to Quality Outdoor Design in Winfield, Kansas this week.
These cute little Scotties were made using my abundant stash of chenille bedspread scraps. They were the perfect project for those chenille scraps I just couldn’t throw away after finishing something else.
Why Scotties? Well, I love anything vintage and I’ve been seeing a resurgence of them a lot lately. So much so that I had to do a little research on when they were previously popular. You know how things seem to come back in style…look at owls. Anyway, I discovered that the 1930s, 40s and 50s were these little pups decades to shine. Wow! It’s been quite a while for their rebirth.
Just like my woolie birds, I used an applique for my pattern.
The bows are black grosgrain ribbon I had on hand.
My drawer of felted wool sweater pieces was calling to me for inspiration. Seriously! I mean there is just so much organizing and unpacking I can do before I gotta be creative.
I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to make until I began sorting through some old applique patterns. I had a couple of bird patterns that I thought would look a whole lot better if they were enlarged and stuffed.
I was right. The boring flat appliques came to life with their transformation.
I think they have a primitive quality that I love.