Saturdays are usually my junking days, but last Saturday I couldn’t bring myself to do it. My barn is already stuffed with my accumulation of yard sale, thrift store and auction finds. Yes, I do things with my junk treasures, but in reality, I bring home more junk treasures than I can keep up with. Older stuff gets pushed to the back of the barn and forgotten. So…
…last Saturday I decided to shop my barn. These are the pieces I pulled out. They were filthy, so I got the hose out to knock off the thick layer of dust. Once that was accomplished, I was able to get down to really cleaning them and sanding them. At one time I had four of the chairs. The other three have long since been restyled and sold. It was time this baby got a makeover. My shop doesn’t have too many little kid things right now, so I thought the rocking horse would be a good addition. I picked up the sewing table several years ago at a church sale. It doesn’t have a sewing machine in it, but I thought it would make a great end table. The little table…or maybe it’s a desk…was a discard from my brother from eons ago.
I was on a roll, so I didn’t take pics during any of the transformations. What ya see is what ya get. Sorry about that. There wasn’t a lot to see anyway. Thankfully everything was pretty straight forward with no drama.
The finished rocking horse. A couple coats of pink chalk paint and some sanding to distress. I was thinking about dry brushing on some white, but my very tall, redneck son said he liked it with just the pink. (giggles) Now it’s ready for a little cowgirl to giddy up.
The table (desk?) and chair were done in the same color. Not sure if you can tell in the photos, but they were both painted a pale green.
They would look good alone…
or go well together as a set.
I added a pearl finish and stamped pearl white roses on them. I tried to take a pic of the roses, but they are very faint. Can you see them?
Is this pic better?
Lastly, the sewing table. I really, really, really want to keep it, but I have no room. It was painted eggshell and distressed with sanding. Oh, I also removed the curved thing that enclosed the sewing machine from underneath. It wouldn’t stay up and I didn’t want to mess with it.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with my frugal shopping. I may have to do it again this weekend. Eventually I should get close enough to an old stereo cabinet I have been wanting to restyle. It’s about halfway back in the barn so it may be awhile still, but I’m getting there. It was the one my parents had when I was a kid. It was pretty bad when I brought it home, and it had a pack rat living in it. Who knows what’s living in it now.
More Furniture Inspiration!
I needed a couple of pouches. Okay, “need” may be kind of a strong word, but I love to store projects in progress so that they are ready in an instant. Pouches make it possible to stash projects in a tote or purse when I’m going out the door. When I am done with “work” for the day, I can grab a pouch and curl up on the couch for the evening. No need to hunt for all the particulars, cause they are already contained in a pouch. So, yes, I “needed” a few more pouches. Doesn’t everyone?
I like my pouches lined. They just look more professional, and you don’t need to worry about frayed threads getting caught in the zipper.
I chose a couple of zippers from my stash and measured from one end to the other. Note: The zipper shown in the following tute was packaged as 7 inches. From end to end it measured about 8 1/2 inches.
For this basic pouch I cut two 8 1/2-inch squares of fabric for the shell and two 8 1/2-inch squares for the lining.
Place one lining square on your work surface with the right side facing up. Align the zipper along one edge with the top of the zipper facing up.
Place one shell square on top. Sew through all layers on the edge with the zipper.
Flip the stitched squares right side out and iron along the zipper edge. Ironing will prevent the zipper from getting caught in the lining. You could top stitch along the zipper if you like. I didn’t.
Attach the remaining lining and shell squares to the other edge of the zipper in the same way.
Flip and iron.
Important: For the next steps to work, you MUST unzip the zipper. If you don’t, you will become very, very frustrated…very, very fast.
Match the two shell squares together with the right sides facing, and match the two lining squares together with the right sides facing. Pin around the outer edges.
Sew the pinned edges, leaving a small opening in the bottom seam of the lining squares.
Turn the pouch right side out through the opening. Sew the opening in the bottom seam closed. Tuck the lining inside the pouch. Press the whole thing and you are done.
I made a boxed bottom in my other pouch so that it could stand up. The pouch was stitched in the same way as the flat pouch, except I stitched the boxed corners just before turning the pouch right side out.
I had the finished vision in my mind the second I saw these spools.
My husband brought home these great little wire spools from work. They just throw them away. What? You have got to be kidding! These things are filling up our landfills! No, No, No! Their shape and size immediately brought to mind little stools for children, or extra footstools for a seating area.
I started out by painting the round boards. First I had to decide which side would be the top and which would be the bottom. There were little bolts holding the boards in place. I chose the flat end of the bolts for the bottom of the stools. The bolts on the top board protruded a little bit. More on that later.
I painted both sides of the bottom board and just the underneath side of the top board. The column in the center was not painted.
Wallpaper was used to cover the column.
Using a dinner plate as a pattern, I cut circles from corrugated cardboard. I hot glued these circles over the protruding bolts on the top of the spool.
Foam, batting and fabric covered the top board of the stool.
I had sewn a casing to the edge of the fabric circle, inserted a drawstring and cinched it underneath the top of the stool.
Lastly, I attached the fringe from a chenille bedspread around the top edge of the stool with upholstery tacks.
WooHoo! Cool Spool Stools! Come on over and put your feet up. 😉
I was gifted with a new camera for Christmas, but it didn’t have a case. I looked high and low for one, but wasn’t impressed by the selection. Too masculine. Too boxy. Too expensive, while looking really cheap. Seriously, as a crafter, I know how much fabric costs. Why are they charging a mortgage payment for a bag made from dollar a yard fabric?
Well, it’s been a few months and I hate taking my camera anywhere. I’m afraid it’s going to become damaged. When I do take it with me, I wrap it in a towel and slip it in my purse. Classy, huh?
Finally a Eureka idea! I had a purse that I loved, but was never satisfied with how small it was. Okay, at this point, you are probably thinking I’m hard to please. Really, I’m not. Really. Anyway, I decided I could deconstruct the purse and reconstruct it into a camera bag.
This is a bare-bones tutorial on what I did. Everybody’s camera is different, and so are purses that may be used. Sharing my measurements and specifics will do you no good. You’ll just have to be satisfied with the techniques I used and my problem-solving explanations. You’ll also have to trust me that this worked for my camera. I can’t take a picture of my camera.
I turned the bag wrong side out and cut out the lining. It wasn’t going to be needed and this project was too fiddly to begin with. I didn’t want to use a seam ripper, because it looked like the seam was the same one that had attached the zipper, so I just cut as close to the seam as possible.
I did use a seam ripper to remove the little loops on the ends of the handle. I liked the way they looked and wanted to reuse them when I had the bag altered. Things didn’t go that smoothly though. Once the seam was gone, I realized the little rivet thingies on the loops went through the purse. The rivets had to be removed, and the only way to do that was with pliers. They (the rivets) were a mess after that. They couldn’t be reused. That left me with two holes in both handle loops. Hmm, more on that later.
With the bag still turned wrong side out, I cut off the sides of the purse. I also cut little squares in the bottom corners so that when I re-sewed it, the bag would have a flat bottom. Also, and this is key, I didn’t cut the excess zipper on either end. I’ve shortened a zipper like that before and it always ends up splitting on the finished project. The excess won’t show anyway. It get’s tucked between the purse and lining.
Stitched and turned right side out.
I sewed the loops back on over the side seams, then I was left with those unattractive holes.
I dug around in my craft room for awhile, and came up with nail heads. You know, those things with the prongs on the back. It took a little (lot) brute strength to get the prongs through all the layers, but I finally succeeded. They don’t match the rest of the rivets on the purse, but my husband said if I hadn’t told him, he wouldn’t have noticed.
Finally I was left with the lining. I had a failure for this step. The foam I had was too thick and didn’t mold into the corners of the bag. It looked horrible. I slept on it. This morning I went digging through my craft room again. I found an old mattress pad. Perfect! Using the dimensions of the camera bag, I made a mattress pad bag and a matching bag using my lining fabric. I put them together and attached them. Lastly, I inserted the padded lining in the camera bag and glued the top edge in place. Don’t judge. I needed the case right away (prom is tonight) and I didn’t want to press my luck with sewing.