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Crochet and Upcycled Newborn Fisherman Set
DSCF7459Upcycled Newborn Romper Set

DSCF7390Crochet Newborn Fringe Hammock

DSCF7453Crochet and Upcycled Newborn Beanie and Diaper Cover Set – Western Star

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DSCF7467Crochet and Upcycled Newborn Beanie and Pants Set – Heart Applique

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DSCF7476Crochet Newborn Owl Ear Flap Hat

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Woven Chair Seat

DSCF7376Woven Chair Seat

DSCF7351I picked this chair up at a local auction a couple of weeks ago. There were a lot of chairs at the sale, but there was a bunch of competition with the bidding. I prefer cheap, so I patiently waited. I finally snagged this one. I actually think the other bidders took pity on me because I wasn’t getting anything. LOL! Then again, it may have looked like too much work. 😉

The transformation began with paint. Paint can work wonders, but there was still the glaring problem of not having a seat.

DSCF7372I decided to make a woven seat out of fabric. Digging through my stash, pink prints just seemed to be calling to me.

DSCF7376-002What do you think?

I now have things at Trunk N Treasures in Winfield, Kansas. If you are local or visiting, come by for a look. You can also find Trunk N Treasures on Facebook.

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Laminate Cupboards Restyled

DSCF6776Laminate Cupboards Restyled

DSCF6596I picked up these cupboards at a local auction a few weeks ago for a couple of bucks. By the looks of them you probably think I paid too much.

DSCF6576I mean, they are laminate! You can’t paint laminate! Wrong.

First of all I need to explain the difference between laminate and veneer. Many people use the terms interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Veneer is a thin layer of wood covering a cheaper product. It can be sanded, painted and stained just like any other wood, but older pieces are often chipped or peeling. Those usually require a bit of gluing and wood putty. Laminate is like veneer in that it is a thin covering over a cheaper product, but it is not wood. It is man-made, often plastic. You CAN sand and paint it, but a primer is essential. It cannot be stained.

DSCF6588My cupboards were laminate. The insides were in great shape, but the outsides…not so much…well, at least the longer cupboard with the sliding front doors. I started by cleaning them up and giving them a light sanding, then they each got two good coats of primer. After these coats dried I gave the cupboards another thorough going over. Flaws that aren’t visible before often show more clearly after being primed. Glue and caulk are wonderful for correcting flaws on laminate furniture, but the base on the long cupboard was beyond fixable. Everything I did just seemed to make it crumble more. I finally gave up and removed it and built a new wood base.

DSCF6664They each got a couple coats of a pale butter color and were dry brushed with white.

DSCF6736Then I gave them about a week to cure before I stacked them. My new cupboard unit now looks like they were meant to go together.

DSCF6776I paint and sell a lot of furniture, but these are mine. Storage for pennies! Yay! You can’t beat that!

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Valentine’s Day Porch Decorating

DSCF6534Valentine’s Day Porch

As promised a few weeks ago, I am ready to reveal my Valentine’s Day decorating on my porch.

I’m pretty proud of myself because everything I made was done using things I already had.

DSCF6535This sign was made using one of my newest sign stencils. I make them myself using my Cricut. I made my sign using an old cupboard door, but I’m working on my next post showing more I made using old boards from my wood pile. I like the way they came out much better because there were no raised areas to stencil over.

DSCF6540The love sign is another new sign addition. I just happened to have a long board that worked perfectly.

I don’t want to put these signs away after Valentine’s Day so I chose colors that would coordinate with the inside of my house. I think they will work well with my home’s decorated style.

DSCF6538-001I made the rag swag with my stash of Valentine’s Day fabric. I thought it added a nice spot of color to the display.

DSCF6544And what is Valentine’s Day without roses? Yep, more things I had in my stash that were just waiting for a purpose.

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Twin Baby Blankets and Totes

12583955_1099086010104429_1861946937_n-001Twin Baby Blankets and Totes

I’ve reached an age in life when all of the kids of my friends are having babies. Okay, maybe I’ve been that age for a little while now, but I like to think it just happened. 😉

Recently I received an invitation to a baby shower of one of those kids. They were expecting twins! I knew I wanted to make something, but since they lived in another state I didn’t want to break the bank with shipping charges. I started digging through the possibilities.

My friends are always giving me hand-me-down craft supplies, and the mother of the father-to-be is no exception. I usually get a box or two every time she visits. The goodies range from stuff she no longer uses to things that belonged to her mother or mother-in-law. That’s when I had my light bulb moment. I decided to make matching baby blankets using a WIP that had either belonged to her mom or MIL.

DSCF6350I was excited to find the beginnings of a Dresden Plate quilt top, extra blocks in various stages of completion and extra fabric for what still hadn’t been completed.

I was a little nervous because it was vintage fabric and it did not look like it had been washed prior to the stitching that was already done. I threw everything in the washer and crossed my fingers. I was just sure it was going to come out with bleeding all through it, but absolutely nothing was tinted. Yay!

The quilt top had already been started, but since I wanted two baby blankets I needed to take sections apart, rearrange and add more borders.

There was not enough of any one fabric to use as the backing, so I did need to buy that and also the batting. There was also not enough time to quilt, so I satisfied myself with just tying.

DSCF6354Those extra blocks kept screaming about not being left behind, so I whipped up tote bags to put the blankets in.

Then the day of the shower arrived…and so did the babies. Yep, the best laid plans… :) The new daddy stepped up though and became the guest of honor.

12583955_1099086010104429_1861946937_nSpeaking of the best laid plans…my friend does not recognize the fabric or the quilt project. Go figure. LOL! I told her we need to come up with a good story.

Enjoy!