Snowman Lights

6-DSCF2320Snowman Lights

Big news for our family! We are moving again. Yep, if you have been a follower for at least a year, you know we sold our home and moved the first part of February. At that time we were limited to rentals that were available. In a small town it wasn’t encouraging. We were thankful we found something, but we had to settle for something way too small for our family. A couple of months ago the landlord told us of his intentions to put the rental up for sale. We didn’t want to be caught with no where to go when our lease was up at the end of January so we started looking again. AND we found it! Much bigger. More our style (cute, late 1800s home). Slightly (just slightly) higher rent. We had to go for it or it would be gone. Sooo….we’re moving…now…and during the next couple of weeks. Send us good juju. Hey, at least it’s not snowing like last year…at least not this week. :)

I have several projects I intend to post, but time and internet connections may screw that up a bit. I’ll keep plodding away whenever I can. Meanwhile…

2-DSCF2287…these lights were a terrific thrifting find this summer. There are seven of them. I love the silicone bulbs.

In keeping with my last-minute-clean-the-drawers-out-before-the-last-craft-show-of-the-season kinda crafting, I decided snowman lights were the perfect use for these adorable lights.

These lights are very similar to my orange chenille pumpkin lights I made a couple of years ago.

1-DSCF2284I shrunk the size slightly and used the scraps from some of my old cutter quilts instead of chenille. The backs of the quilts are the outside of the snowmen.

I didn’t have kitty litter on hand to weight the bottoms down, so I improvised and used a couple of handfuls of glass floral marbles. I had plenty, as those things seem to breed in my closets. ;)

4-DSCF2314The lights were inserted in the same way as the pumpkin lights.

3-DSCF2290Simple primitive snowman faces gave these frosty fellows their character.

7-DSCF2321A strip of black fabric finished off the look.

5-DSCF2317Enjoy!

Snowman Jean Pockets

5-DSCF2296Snowman Jean Pockets

7-DSCF2303I seem to be seeing snowmen everywhere.

6-DSCF2298Since I’m nearing the end of my craft show crafting for this year I’ve been digging through boxes and drawers for quick inspiration. With one more show, I really don’t need to make a lot of anything. Actually my husband would say I don’t need to make anything else because our inventory is always overflowing. ;) That hasn’t stopped me from emptying a few drawers though…and that’s a good thing. Purging by way of projects makes me happy!

4-DSCF2279I found 13 jean pockets I had been holding on to. Normally I would wait until I had more to craft a project, but for now these were perfect.

3-DSCF2275Snowmen are so easy to paint.

I whipped these up while watching a movie. Hallmark has lots of Christmas movies.

2-DSCF2273The handles are strips of ripped fabric that I threaded through little holes. The holes were made using my Crop-A-Dile, but you could use scissors or a fat nail.

1-DSCF2270They looked a bit plain until I added a few bits of pine greenery and a candy cane.

5-DSCF2296I think they would be awesome as a small gift or favor bag.

They would also look cute hanging on a tree.

Enjoy!

Ironing Board Snowmen

2-DSCN7305Ironing Board Snowmen

I just love a clean barn. I have been able to find so many treasures I had forgotten I had.

1-DSCN7283These two vintage ironing boards were my latest victims…ahem…, masterpieces. ;)

Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of pics. I found them and started working on them right away. Before and after is pretty much it.

I removed the legs and discarded them. Okay, I’m lying. I haven’t discarded the legs. You know me…,I just might find something to do with them.

This project uses only the tops. One of the tops has a break that the original ironing board owners must have fixed.

3-DSCN7308They did a pretty good job. It’s very sturdy.

I think I like that board the best. It has character and a story. Since I don’t know the story, I’ve come up with my own conclusion as to what happened to the top. I have three grown sons, so it isn’t much of a stretch for me to believe a teenage boy must have parked his butt on it. My boys rumps are constantly resting on counters, tables and dresser tops. What the heck is the problem with using a chair? Sheesh!

2-DSCN7305I dry brushed the fronts using a dark blue paint. I like blue as a background for snowmen. I’m not a confident free-hand artist, so the snowmen were created from a stencil I made using card stock. The paint was applied using a sponge.

Facial details, hatband, buttons and a rusty bow complete these frosty fellows. I think they will look cute on a porch or inside a front door or mud room.

Don’t forget, if you are in Arkansas City, Kansas on November 16th, come shop at the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Craft Fair.

Enjoy!

Chair Back Snowman Family

Time to show you what I did with those old chairs I showed you a couple of weeks ago.

Chair Back Snowman Family (Chair 1)

Chair Back Snowman Family (Chair 2)

They were chairs I salvaged from “The House“.

They were too rickety to actually be used as chairs, but I loved the spindles and their back story, so I just had to come up with something that would allow them to give a few more years of enjoyment.

I used a jigsaw to cut across the seat. The glue that held the legs in was pretty much gone, or was just a powdery consistency. It took no effort to simply pull the legs out.

The chair with the “solid” seat was cracked. It must have been that way for years, because someone had attached a board across the seat on the bottom to keep the split together. Since this board kinda created legs to one edge of the cut seat, I added another board to prevent the chair back from tipping over.

The other chair back needed no alterations. I was ready to craft.

I painted both chair backs using off white wall paint that I had picked up at a yard sale for next to nothing. Since the wood was pretty old, it soaked it up pretty good. A few coats were necessary.

The inner spindles became the snowmen. The amount of spindles inside the chair back frame determined how many snowmen were in the family.

I added pine garland around the frame…

…and scarves around the snowman necks.

So, are you inspired to go dumpster diving?

Party On!

I WAS FEATURED!!!:)
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Sorority Craft Show

I’ve been getting ready for the Sorority Craft Show in Arkansas City, Kansas tomorrow. It’s located in the Ag building (affectionately known as the pig palace), and is open from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

As usual, if a treasure wasn’t nailed down (and sometimes even when it was) I glued, painted or stitched it into a restyled treasure. The following are a few of my new projects I crafted for this show.

Timber Snowmen

I just love these frosty guys. I’m not sure why, but they remind me of little cowboy snowmen. Must be the log shaped bodies.

Reindeer Bed Springs

I try to come up with a new bed spring craft every year. This seems to be the year of the reindeer. In this picture they weren’t attached to the springs yet, but they have since been completed.

Star Santa Pillows

Another one of those projects that had my sewing machine beeping like a bomb.

Polka Dot Rocking Horse

Just a little peek at a restyled wooden rocking horse. I’ll have more on this transformation in a later post.

A bowl of glittered bulb ornaments. I never, never throw anything away.

Chenille Bedspread Candy Canes

Tobacco Can Snowmen

More Mini Rag Wrapped Candy Canes

These were made from the wire tent stakes I had mentioned before.

Shutter Snowmen


These chairs are just a sneaky peak at a project I will be posting about soon.

Most people would probably have tossed these old relics, but I am glad I didn’t. Can’t wait to show you what they became.

If you are in my neck of the woods tomorrow, come visit me at the show.