Shabby-Vintage Graduation Party

41-DSCN6100What a day! Actually, the last couple of weeks have been absolutely exhausting. I’ve been missing in action on the blog, but I took lots of pictures.

30-DSCN6085While preparing for graduation I decided we needed to clean out the garage. We had a garage sale last September, and are planning on another in the next month or two. We still had our leftovers from the garage sale stacked high in boxes, taking up a good portion of the garage. I spent a very hot day moving the boxes and miscellaneous to the barn.

My whole thought was to straighten it enough to look “okay” just in case someone needed to get something out of the garage. A week ago our weather forecast showed rain on graduation day. Since extended forecasts tend to change dramatically, I wasn’t too concerned, but I did decide we needed a Plan B for our outdoor party. I couldn’t wait until the day before to put it together so this last week has been pretty crazy and full of aches, pains and sore muscles I didn’t even know I had.

16-DSCN6066First off, I needed to expand the available space inside the garage. We work in our garage so having it clean enough to have a meal in it had never crossed our minds. It’s a two-car garage with a work bench area along the right side. There is also about 4 feet separating the the two car sides. I pushed the things in the 4 foot area over to the right and part way into the right car side. I dug out all my salvaged doors from the barn. I hosed them off and hauled them to the garage. They became my walls to enclose the party space and to block the eye from seeing the garage stuff.

22-DSCN6074I also pulled out a shelf I use for craft shows to display all the things my son wanted to show his guests. It’s open on the back. I placed old salvaged screens on the back to close it off from the garage, although you can still see the garage through the screen. (sigh) Nothing’s perfect.

20-DSCN6072I have a tall shelf that I keep craft junk and supplies on. I wrapped a blue tablecloth around it and hung the painted sign I made on the front.

That’s the bones of the party space. Decorating came next.

25-DSCN6078I made tablecloths from old blue jeans. The table decorations were the balloon block weights I made and old Coke bottles with artificial flowers I already had. More to come on the construction of the tablecloths at a later date.

31-DSCN6086I made a garland using rope and scraps of blue fabric. This was hung across one wall of doors. I made copies of all of my son’s senior pics and pinned them to the garland using clothespins. More to come later on this project.

42-DSCN6101I brought out vintage touches, flowers and the things my son wanted to display for the shelf. One of the ideas I stole from Our Life In A Click was the Jenga Block guest book. The blocks also went on the shelf. I had plans to steal a lot more of her ideas, but…well…life happened and plans had to change.

Stay tuned…I plan on doing something with those blocks.

38-DSCN6095I used an old galvanized washtub to hold ice and salads.

39-DSCN6097A vintage-looking pedestal held the lemonade.

36-DSCN6092An old quilt was hung as a backdrop to the dessert table.

So these are the photos of the setup. We found out early on graduation day that we would need to use this plan. The following pics are kinda dark because the skies were dark and my camera flash doesn’t work.

14-DSCN6063This is my husband and one son frantically grilling as soon as we got home from the ceremony. They finished grilling just before the rain started. We kept everything warm in an electric roaster.

08-DSCN6056We enjoyed the company of lots of family and friends…

10-DSCN6058…then the tornado sirens sounded…twice! Nobody seemed interested in going to the fraidy hole.

05-DSCN6051We kept a close eye on the radar and kept the party going. Then a severe squall went through. Thankfully, we had no problems or damage where we live.

12-DSCN6060Yes, I know, we were extremely lucky.

Enjoy!

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Rustic Ruler Star

9-DSCN5558Rustic Ruler Star

I just love to repurpose, reuse and recycle ordinary items into something special. That’s why I got such a rush when I began cleaning out closets and realized I had an over abundance of wooden rulers. If you have kids, especially grown kids, school supplies seem to breed in the dark. A new year means new supplies, so you can’t reuse the old ones…even if they look identical to the year before…that’s the rule. ;)

2-DSCN5539I took five wooden rulers and sanded off the shiny finish.

The rulers already had a hole in one end.

I think that’s for hanging, but I’ve never managed to be that organized. Don’t judge me.

3-DSCN5542I drilled a hole in the other end of each ruler.

4-DSCN5544Then I stained them with ordinary brown acrylic craft paint. I painted it on and wiped it off with a paper towel. Messy? Yes, but less messy than regular wood stain. Craft paint cleans up with soap and water and doesn’t smell.

Do you remember the stars your teacher used to put on a really good paper? That’s the same way these stars are made. Well, sorta…

5-DSCN5548I cut rusty baling wire and attached two sets of two rulers in the shape of a “V”.

6-DSCN5550With one “V” vertical and one horizontal, I attached the end of two touching legs with more baling wire.

7-DSCN5553Then the last ruler was placed across the star and attached to the two remaining legs.

8-DSCN5557Quick and simple! My favorite way to craft!

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Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic SuperheroA Crafty Soiree


Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies Holiday

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative

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Americana Desk

6-DSCN5523It’s Spring!

Well, sorta. The calender says it’s spring, but Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind. Last week we actually had 80 degree weather. This week…not so much. In fact, snow is being forecast for the weekend. Ugh!

1-DSCN5490Oh well, I’m moving forward. Spring usually means pulling old treasures out of the barn for restyling and that’s what I’m doing.

This desk is what I pulled out when the weather was warm(er). It was unfinished and it had a few structure issues hardly worth mentioning. They were a quick fix.

2-DSCN5508I decided to go Americana, so I painted the entire desk blue. I thought the paint was navy blue, but it turned out to be more royal blue. No problem. I planned to age it.

3-DSCN5509I traced the writing surface of the desk on paper, then traced my crafty version of an American flag on the paper. When I was happy with the layout, I retraced the flag on the desk.

4-DSCN5517Then I painted. Painter’s tape helped keep the stripes crisp. A stencil was used for the star on the blue field.

5-DSCN5524Sanding distressed the desk surface and edges, and pecan stain aged the desk.

6-DSCN5523Enjoy!

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Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketA Crafty SoireeBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic Superhero


Friday

The Shabby NestBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies Holiday

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased Mom

Sunday

The Girl CreativeUndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

Weekend

Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home

Denim Pocket Pincushion

denim pincushion  6New tutorial on FaveCrafts

Denim Pocket Pin Cushion

denim pincushion 3I love testing techniques and ideas on new pin cushion designs. They are a small enough scale that few supplies are wasted on bloopers and can usually be completed very quickly.

Confession: I also like cute straight pins…(crickets chirping), and they are cuter if they are in a pin cushion and can be seen.

You can put that eyebrow down now. :) Moving on.

denim pincushion  4This pin cushion used reverse applique that was sandwiched between a jean pocket and the butt of the jeans.

denim pincushion 5I really like the sturdy, firm feel of the finished cushion.

You can find the complete tutorial here.

Enjoy!

 

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.