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!

Stacked Wood Valentine Decor-Blast From the Past

VD Block Sign-5

****This project was originally posted three years ago, but I thought it was time for a revival. I put away the Christmas decorations this week and it really looks bare around here. It’s been a few years since I did a lot of decorating for Valentine’s Day. My boys are grown ups, and let’s be fair, they really weren’t that into it anyway. At least not as teenagers. But now, I think I may want to decorate for me. With the loss of a good friend, the last couple of months have been sad and depressing. It’s time to start living again. I may not get the rest of the house decorated, but the front porch will become transformed in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more on that. Meanwhile, I’m on the hunt for where I packed this little gem away.****

In a household of guys it has sometimes been a challenge expressing my girly-girl personality. My favorite color is pink, and for some reason that color always gets shot down when suggested for room decor. Hmm...I am also in love with anything painted shabby chic, but hubby likes the look of real wood. (sigh) Over the years we have compromised (sort of), so we have a mix of both. The “look” isn’t as pleasing as I would like, so whole-room reveals will probably never be posted here. :(

We’ll see.

My last baby graduates this year, so soon I will only have to m̶̶a̶̶n̶̶i̶̶p̶̶u̶̶l̶̶a̶̶t̶̶e̶ convince my b̶̶i̶̶g̶̶g̶̶e̶̶s̶̶t̶ ̶b̶̶a̶̶b̶̶y̶ husband that my way is the best way. :) “Happy wife, happy life” and all that jazz...

Now holidays (more specifically Valentine’s Day), I can get away with pink AND shabby chic, mostly because the guys think it will soon be put away. Thing is, after all of these years Momma sometimes “forgets” and leaves out a few stray items. Funny how that works. 😉

If you have read this far in my ramblings, then you are probably wondering what any of this has to do with that photo at the top of this post.

Are you still with me?

Well, assuming you are, I will shamelessly post it again and get on with it.

VD Block Sign-5This is my newest shabby chic (with touches of pink) Valentine’s Day decoration. Shh! Don’t tell my guys, but it may stick around for a little while.

VD Block Sign-1I cut and sanded four pieces of scrap 2×2.

VD Block Sign-2Painted them a pretty pink.

Painted over that with white.

Sanded for a little bit of shabby chic loving.

VD Block Sign-3Glued the 2x2s together

…and added “love” words with letter tiles from a vintage game. I’m thinking Scrabble tiles would look pretty cute too.

VD Block Sign-4For one last touch of girly-girl I wrapped lace trim around the decoration and tied it in a bow at the top.

Enjoy!

Old Stencil Ornaments

DSCF6121Old Stencil Ornaments

There’s always something that needs a transformation and when I went through my stencil suitcase I realized I just didn’t use these old brown stencil templates anymore. I still like the vintage look of them, but I have newer stencils that work for actual stenciling. Not one to get rid of anything, I decided to try a little restyle.

It took me a few tries to get the look I was going for, but I think I nailed it.

DSCF5672The fronts were dry brushed with white paint. While the paint was still wet, they got a dusting of crystal glitter.

I “painted” the backs with glue and pressed them onto burlap scraps. When the glue dried I cut the burlap around the edges of the stencils.

DSCF5683A line of craft glue was added around the edges, then the glue was sprinkled with silver glitter. I left them alone for a bit to dry. Well, that’s what I told myself, but really it was because I didn’t know where to go from there.

DSCF6126And then it hit me by accident. A happy accident. I was working on another project and bits and pieces happened to fall on the stencils. I liked the way they looked, so I kinda went with it.

DSCF6124A punched hole with a ribbon hanger…

DSCF6128…and a bow completed the look.

Enjoy!

Restyled Doll Furniture

DSCF5613Restyled Doll Furniture

I’m still here! I know it has been forever since I last posted and I am truly sorry about that. Recently my best friend passed away following heart surgery. Sitting down to write anything has been extremely difficult, but here goes.

DSCF5405My husband and I went to an auction last month and we hit the jackpot. I had a customer asking for doll furniture so these little gems had to come home with me.

DSCF5410Surprise, surprise. I seemed to be the only one interested in them and I got them for a song.

DSCF5581Everything needed repairs, but nothing major. After cleaning and sanding they got a base coat of white paint.

DSCF5619-002I distress-sanded everything, but the highchairs needed a little something, something to make them more special. I decided to dry brush with pink paint and I made a stencil of a rattle for the chair backs.

The little bags on the chairs are little totes I made that I filled with a toy baby bottle, plate and spoon.

DSCF5629The baby bed received more than a paint makeover. I recovered the base board with blue ticking, then made a mattress using a white chenille bedspread. Lastly, I made a pillow and doll blanket using an old vintage cutter quilt.

DSCF5414Check out this doll baby buggy. I haven’t done anything with it and I don’t know if I will. I’m kinda thinking I’ll keep it and use it to display crafts at shows. I think it’s adorable.

Enjoy!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Gunny Sack Window Art

8-DSCF4754Gunny Sack Window Art

1-DSCF4681I have the best customers!

I recently sold the cupboard I had restyled a few weeks ago and the customer who bought it gifted me with these two windows. She had already sold several windows, but nobody seemed to want these because a few of the panes had come out. Score!!!

2-DSCF4699My vision didn’t involve the panes at all so I just removed them. After cleaning up the frames I decided I liked the chippy finish and did not paint them.

I added a layer of chicken wire to the back…

1-DSCF4685…and then dug out my vintage gunny sacks. I only had a couple with printing on them left in my stash, but as always I worked with what I had. One sack has several hole issues so I decided to start with the one that was in better shape. I still think the one with holes will work, it just needs a little extra attention.

I opened up the bottom of the sack and then cut a slit up the center so the printing would be centered when the bag was opened and laying flat.

3-DSCF4701After ironing out all the wrinkles, I placed the frame over the sack. The excess on the edges was folded around the frame and taped to hold it in place. I flipped it over and stapled it to the frame. The excess around the edges was then trimmed off.

5-DSCF4708I loved it, but it still looked like it needed a little something-something.

6-DSCF4715Out came my collection of die cuts. I picked a couple of flowers to use as a pattern. Burlap is a horrible frayer. Hmm, is frayer a word? Well, if it isn’t, I say it is for today. 😉 Anyhow, I ironed heavy duty fusible web to the back of burlap scraps before I traced and cut out the flowers. The web prevented the flowers from fraying, as well as gave them a sturdy base.

Paint was lightly added around the edges of each flower to make them pop.

7-DSCF4721The flowers were sewn to the screen and gunny sack with jute.

8-DSCF4754I love it!

Enjoy!