Scrap Wood Shamrock Signs

2-DSCF3176Scrap Wood Shamrock Signs

This project really took on a life of its own.

I sell lighter, smaller things on Etsy, mainly because bigger, heavier things are more expensive to ship. So what do I do with the furniture and wood things that I make when I am not doing craft shows?…I sell them on Facebook.

Facebook has several local selling pages for people that want to sell just about anything. I post a picture of the item, describe and price it. When someone is interested, they contact me and I send them info on where to pick it up.

1-DSCF2844A customer that bought one of my scrap wood hearts a few weeks ago asked if I would be making anything for St. Patrick’s Day. Honestly I hadn’t even considered it. With the cold weather and snow I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to happen, but then last weekend there was a few hours that were almost spring-like. I knew it wasn’t going to last so I gathered and cut wood to make signs.

1-DSCF3162Construction…

5-DSCF3189…and painting could be done indoors.

4-DSCF3181I made four and posted them on Facebook…and WOW! Within a couple of hours I had sold all four and had orders for nine more.

Who knew St. Patrick’s Day was such a popular holiday!?!?!

Making the extra orders was not as much fun. We didn’t get a lot of snow, but the wind managed to pile that small amount of snow around, on top of and in every crevice of my wood pile. I was about frozen by the time I pulled out the wood I needed for the signs. Then, of course, there was the time I spent freezing in the garage while I cut the boards.

4-DSCF3186Since the wood was in the snow, it was pretty wet. I went ahead and built the signs, but then I had to allow them to air dry overnight before I could paint them.

7-DSCF3197When they were dry, the assembly line really got moving. I made five more than I needed to fill orders because I knew we were in for more frigid weather and the idea of digging for more wood was/is definitely not appealing.

Enjoy!

Red Checked Footstool Restyle

8-DSCF3084Red Checked Footstool

1-DSCF2964I picked up this little gem at an auction I recently attended. It really wasn’t much to look at, but I liked the legs and skirting.

2-DSCF2968The top opened and I am assuming there used to be a bottom to keep things in. The bottom was long gone.

3-DSCF2970The hinges on the top were another nightmare. They were bent and it looked like they had been shifted at one time, maybe because they pulled out. The shifting of the hinges was horrible and not one screw out of eight was the same.

4-DSCF3047I removed the top and sanded the wood base of the footstool.

1-DSCF3083-001A dry brushing of white paint improved the stool 100%.

6-DSCF3050I pulled out the quilt I bought at another recent auction and recovered the top.

5-DSCF3049I didn’t even consider putting a new bottom in the footstool and reattaching the hinges.

7-DSCF3083Instead, I firmly attached the top to the base. It now does not open, but it looks so much better.

Enjoy!

Lots New in Etsy Shop

Etsy BannerRestyled Junk on Etsy

11-DSCF2547The last couple of years have been jammed with lots of real life events (selling a house and moving twice, to name just a few) and my Etsy shop had become a bit dusty and full of cobwebs.

1-DSCF2929I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I did set out to fulfill a few major goals I’ve set for 2015. One of those goals is my Etsy shop, so…

01-DSCN5384…I’ve swept out the cobwebs and dusted all the nooks and crannies…

16-DSCN4483…and added lots of new listings with many more to come.

3-DSCF2858I would love it if you grabbed a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and hopped on over to Etsy for a little browsing session.

Thank you and enjoy!

Cutter Quilt Knapsack

knapsack 7Cutter Quilt Knapsack

I made this project last year, but I never posted it on my blog. I had cut pieces to make a few more, but didn’t get around to finishing them. Since the weather has turned frigid again, it’s the perfect time to pull them out and complete them. That’s what I’m working on today.

Stitch up a shabby chic knapsack using an old worn quilt that is no longer useable as it was originally intended. This quick-to-sew project is designed with exposed seams, giving it a charming scrappy appearance. If you would like to give this project a shot, here is my tutorial.

Things You Will Need:

Old worn quilt
1/8 yard muslin
Measuring tape
Scissors
Sewing machine
Straight pins
40-inch cord of your choice
Bodkin or large safety pin
Button, velcro or snap

2-DSCF1107Cut knapsack pieces from an old cutter quilt:

Body-(2) 15-inch-tall by 17-inch-wide
Pocket and Flap-(1 each) 7-inch-square
Handle Loop-(1) 2-inch-wide by 8-inch-long
Straps-(2) 2-inch-wide by 36-inch-long

From muslin, cut one 4-inch-wide by 32-inch long strip for the drawstring casing.

Top stitch around all the cutter quilt pieces 1/4 inch from the edges. This will secure the layers of the quilt together.

knapsack 1Lay one body rectangle on your work surface with the right side facing up and the long edges running horizontal. This rectangle will be the front of the knapsack. The long edges are the top and bottom edges of your knapsack. Place the pocket square on the rectangle with the right side facing up. Position the bottom edge of the pocket 2 1/2 inches above the bottom edge of the rectangle. Center the sides of the pocket between the sides of the rectangle. Top stitch the sides and bottom of the pocket, 1/4 inch from the edge, connecting it to the rectangle. Note: The edges will be exposed throughout the project unless otherwise instructed.

Place the two body rectangles together with the right sides facing out. Align the edges. Cut a 3-inch square from both bottom corners, through all thicknesses. Pin the side and bottom edges. Do not pin the cut out square corners. Sew the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

knapsack 2Open a corner and diagonally squeeze the opening. Match the side seam with the bottom seam, with the right sides facing out. Pin the edges together. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. This creates a boxed corner. Repeat on the remaining bottom corner of the knapsack.

knapsack 3Lay the knapsack body on your work surface with the back facing up. Measure in 3/4 inch from one bottom corner. Place one end of a strap on the bottom seam at this measurement. Pin to hold. Pin an end of the remaining strap 3/4 inch in from the other bottom corner. Sew over the pinned ends using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

knapsack 4Lay the knapsack body on your work surface with the back facing up once again. Find the center of the top edge. Stack the unsecured ends of the straps together and pin to the top edge of the body back. Pin an end of the handle loop on each side of the stacked straps. Center one edge of the flap square over the pinned loop and straps with the flap facing wrong side up. Fold the muslin casing strip in half with the long edges matching. Find the center of the casing length and pin the raw edges to the top edge of the knapsack’s back through all thicknesses. Continue to pin the raw edges of the casing around the top edge of the knapsack. You will have a gap between the ends of the casing on the front of the knapsack. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Yes, all the layers make the back section quite thick, but it can be sewn through. A heavyduty (jean) needle is recommended.

knapsack 5Attach a bodkin or large safety pin to one end of a 40-inch length of cording. Thread the cording through the casing. Adjust the cording with an equal amount exposed from each opening of the casing. This is the drawstring closure for the knapsack.

knapsack 6Flip the flap over the top and to the front of the knapsack. Attach a button, velcro or snap to the front and flap of the knapsack to close.

knapsack 7(sigh) I love my machine and I used to love the buttonhole foot, but the finished one in the photo has a button/buttonhole closure. My sewing machine seems to have issues lately with making buttonholes, so the ones I am finishing today will have velcro closures with buttons for decoration. Since I’m sure Brother reads each and every one of my blogs with immense interest, Brother Sewing Machine company, I would be happy to test out new models. ;) LOL! Just saying…

Enjoy!

Shabby Chic “LOVE” Sign

Shabby Chic "LOVE" SignShabby Chic “LOVE” Sign

Another window of opportunity. The temperature today was in the 50s and it was sunny. Tomorrow’s weather takes a header again, so I took advantage of today’s reprieve.

4-DSCF2874A new sign was just busting to come to life. I started by making a stencil with my Cricut. If you don’t have a Cricut or die cutting machine, printing enlarged letters from your computer will also work. Just choose a font and go for it. Use a craft knife to remove an “L”, “V”, and “E” from the paper. Btw, I use card stock for my stencils. It will last for several projects. I also cut a heart shape for the “O”.

1-DSCF2867I taped the letter stencils together and measured the size needed for the sign base. Back out to the wood pile I went for a couple of boards.

2-DSCF2869After cutting two boards to the length needed, I attached braces to the back to hold it all together.

3-DSCF2872I dry-brushed the front and side edges with a tan paint.

5-DSCF2875The letters were stenciled on with white paint.

6-DSCF2880I lightly traced the heart shape using a pencil. I know it’s kinda hard to see that in the pic, but trust me, it’s there.

Now, I will admit I made the coiled, fabric flowers a couple of days ago when it was cold. They are an easy, watching-tv, project.

7-DSCF2900I arranged the flowers inside the traced heart shape until I had complete coverage, then one by one I applied glue to the backs. I love hot glue, but just to be sure the flowers don’t come off later, I used a combination of craft glue and hot glue to attach.

Sawtooth hangers were added to the back, at the top of each brace.

Enjoy!