Vintage Hankie Chicks

6-DSCF2810Vintage Hankie Chicks

I’ve got spring fever. Yep, I said it. I also knocked on wood just now in hopes that I don’t jinx it. We have had a few days of mild weather and I am excited. I shouldn’t be…it seems like a good portion of the country is bracing for a doozy of a winter storm. We’re bound to get some kind of trickle down from that. :(

8-DSCF2818Rather than dwell on what could happen, I am enjoying what we have now. I dug out my vintage hankie collection to make spring chicks. I think they will look cute for Easter and decorated spring vignettes.

2-DSCF2699I have lots of hankies to choose from. They’ve come from grandmas, aunts, yard sales, auctions and thrift stores. I pretty much collect them from every possible place they may be available.

01-DSCF2642I think the colors and designs are more interesting and unique than fabric by the yard, not to mention the memories or conversations they will evoke.

02-DSCF2644I was able to get three chicks from one hankie. I could have gotten more, but I focused my cut pieces on the best design areas on the hankies.

03-DSCF2650I used one pink hankie for the combs on all of my chicks, and I used a scrap of yellow fabric for the beaks.

7-DSCF2814The eyes were beads from old broken jewelry.

Enjoy!

Scrappy Quilt Bracelets

21-DSCF2694Scrappy Quilt Bracelets

16-DSCN4483You may remember my scrappy fabric tags I made a couple of years ago. I loved that idea.

02-DSCF2577I have been working on expanding on that idea by turning scrap cutter quilts into wearable art…more specifically I wanted to see if I couldn’t turn these scraps into bracelets.

I’m a little embarrassed to say that each step took a little bit of refining until I was able to get a consistent result with each one that I tried. I almost threw in the towel a few times, but the time wasted and each failed attempt just made me even more determined to make it work.

My first fail was cutting the strip for the bracelet. I didn’t take into account the quilting stitches on the quilt. Quilting stitches hold a top, middle and bottom layer together. When I cut a small strip, it basically peeled apart in large areas. Stitching on vintage quilts is also unreliable. There were areas where the seams came apart. AARGH!

01-DSCF2580My fix for those problems was to top stitch over the surface of a scrap of quilt. I emptied a spool of thread while meandering in a scribble design.

03-DSCF2586I was then able to cut my bracelet strips without them falling apart.

04-DSCF2601The next step was getting the words onto the strip. I decided to use my character stitches on my sewing machine. That worked the first couple of times and then…AARGH! Old quilts can be kinda lumpy and my machine didn’t want to stitch the tiny letters over the lumps. I finally tried stitching the words on muslin. Eureka!06-DSCF2608

I then stitched the the muslin to the strip in my favorite shabby way.

15-DSCF2673If you want to try this and you don’t have character stitches on your machine I also tried it with stamps as an alternative.

07-DSCF2616I embellished around the words with little pearl beads.

The next failure was the buttonhole. Yep, for the same reason the character stitches didn’t want to stitch…those !@#$% lumps. AARGH!

Deep breath. I was not going to let this project beat me!

17-DSCF2682Light bulb! I finally had good luck with a button/loop closure. Elastic cord formed the loop.

09-DSCF2625With the bracelet strip placed on canvas fabric and the knot of the loop inserted under one end, I stitched around the edges of the bracelet a couple of times. Just like the shabby tags, I didn’t stitch perfect lines.

13-DSCF2637After stitching the canvas backing to the bracelet I trimmed the excess away and added a button to complete the closure function.

14-DSCF2686And then like eating potato chips, I couldn’t stop at just one.

Enjoy!

Red and White Quilt Valentine Charm Pillows

08-DSCF2541Red and White Quilt Valentine Charm Pillows

My husband and I went to an auction this past weekend and didn’t get anything that we went there for. That’s okay! We didn’t leave empty handed.

01-DSCF2518My hand went up for this fantastic vintage quilt. The colors and the basic patch square design had the wheels turning in my head. Classic country, Americana accents and, of course, Valentine’s Day were just a few of the ideas that came to mind. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to start there.

02-DSCF2575I dug out a couple of heart shapes from my pattern stash. I love the shape of the large heart. The humps are kinda squared and the center has a wider, deeper valley.

03-DSCF2522I make a lot of bowl fillers and pillows, but theses little hearts fell in between the sizes I normally do for either one. I still thought the size was charming, so I am calling these “charm” pillows.

10-DSCF2544They can still be placed in bowls or baskets, but they also look sweet on a shelf or tucked up next to a regular size throw pillow in a chair or on a bed.

04-DSCF2530I used the smaller heart to cut out red velvet hearts. I appliqued them to the pillows, along with a flowers I snipped from doilies.

11-DSCF2547Old pearl beads stitched to the center of the flower and an old button stitched to the appliqued heart completed the charm.

I still have some of the quilt left for the country and Americana ideas I mentioned. Stay tuned. ;)

Enjoy!

Junkcycled Charm Bracelets

New in my Etsy shop, junkcycled charm bracelets.

02-DSCF2482Junkcycled Pink and White Charm Bracelet

05-DSCF2468Junkcycled Blue and Ivory Charm Bracelet  

08-DSCF2474Junkcycled Green and Ivory Charm Bracelet

11-DSCF2469Junkcycled Purple and Silver Charm Bracelet

15-DSCF2478Junkcycled Cream and Silver Charm Bracelet

Enjoy!

Molly the Mannequin Makeover

Molly the Mannequin (3)Molly the Mannequin Makeover

What inspires your project choices?

My recent move, the frigid change in the weather, an empty Etsy store and Molly the Mannequin hanging in my closet were my inspiration for this makeover. The recent move reminded me of all the goodies I have in my supplies, like my collection of beads and old jewelry. The frigid weather had me looking for nice cozy projects to do in the house. Restyling that old jewelry seemed perfect. Since I wanted to place the finished creations in my Etsy store, getting Molly the Mannequin more presentable for photos was a priority.

1-DSCF2396I’ve never been fond of Molly’s looks. She, uhm…, always seemed a bit nekked.

I decided decoupaging her with old book pages would give her a more modest appearance while creating an artful background for my style of crafting.

2-DSCF2402An old poetry book and Mod Podge were the basic supplies needed to transform Molly.

Molly the MannequinI molded the wet pages around Molly’s curves with my fingers, not minding the wrinkles at all. I just thought they added to the Old World-antique look.

Molly the Mannequin (2)I love the way she turned out. I have a hand and head that I plan on giving the same treatment.

Enjoy!