Sunday, November 3, 2013

Quilt Rack

A couple of years ago, I decided to do away with blankets and only have quilts.  I simply like quilts better than any other bed cover.  Even though today's quilts are made by machine, they still make me think about a time when women sewed them by hand.  Although that was way before my time, I like to imagine sitting in a circle with friends all hand quilting a quilt for yourself or someone else.  The talk, the laughter, the sharing that must have been talked about....well, priceless.

The ones I have are not expensive.  They aren't numbered, nor do they have names.  Most are just simply bought at the big box stores. I have a couple that I have made..again, nothing fancy, with more mistakes than straight lines.

I only have one that is not usable and that's because it was hand sewed and belonged to my grandmother.  If I had to wash it, it might just fall apart. The rest, we use on beds, outside for picnics, or thrown into a dog crate. 

My house is small, with very little storage space.  So, all bare space is like prime real estate.  One day I noticed the bare wall space behind the front door.  I also collect inspirational pictures.  Looking through pictures I saw where someone had an old ladder and had layered several quilts on the ladder rungs.  Loved the idea.

But....couldn't find an old ladder just the right height at just the right price. So, off to Home Depot we (hubby and I) went.  We bought two pieces for the sides and several dowels.  Hubby did the work, in drilling holes and gluing the dowels to the sides.  My job is to come up with the ideas. ;)

The cost was about $20.00.  Not bad at all. 

The true test is....does it make me smile every time I walk past it.  And as of today, yes it does.




 
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Monday, August 26, 2013

BookShelf

Most of us have these bookshelves that you can buy at Walmart, Kmart or Target. They are inexpensive and very plain.
 
I have never liked how you can see the folded lines in the back piece. You can just tell that it is a piece of thin cardboard.
 
Soooo, I decided to put some fabric over the thin back piece. I used a hammer and pulled the nails off, being very careful not to rip the cardboard. It will tear very easy.
 
I used a spray adhesive and pressed the fabric down a little at a time, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles. This chosen fabric is not my favorite, but it was in the scrap tote and it was the only piece I had that was large enough. I then hammered the nails back into place. 

It looks so much better and adds a little bit of color to an old boring bookshelf. Since I like it, next time I will buy a piece of fabric that will add more of my personality.

 
Viola, I like it alot. 
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Frosted Mirror

 
I got a Lowe's creative ideas catalog in the mail, and they had this very pretty and creative mirror project.

Frosted Mirror

I have a mirror above the mantel and thought...hmmm, I could do this.  Plus, I only needed two items from Lowe's.  Everything else, most crafters all ready have on hand.

So, I went to Lowe's and got:
  • Valspar glass frosting spray paint
  • Loctite acetone spray adhesive

  • Cost for those two items, less than $10.00  I followed the Lowe's instructions step by step.  No problems at all.
     
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    After
     
     I love it.  In fact, I like it so much, I do believe I will keep it up even after the holidays.  It adds a bit of personality to an otherwise plain ole mirror. 
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    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    Chair for Maggie

    From this.........

    To this....... 

    Sunday, June 3, 2012

    Door to Coffee Table


    Over at Sweet Pickins Furniture I found this awesome, way cool door turned into a coffee table.
    I knew I could do this, or atleast I believe I can...so waited until I had the perfect door.  That day happened and I found me a door.  It is a very old solid wood door.  It is a door that stinks.  Hubby says it smells like cat urine.  I say it smells VERY, VERY old.  Kind of like when you go into a very old KMART, or get hold of an old book.

    I wasn't about to give into hubby talking about my stinky door.  Although, I wasn't too sure this was going to go in my house.  So....I crossed my fingers and moved forward, hoping that I could remove that smell.
     
    My inspiration photo above, looks as if nothing was done to it.  But my door was plain and needed something.  I began by stripping 30 years of paint off.   Time and elbow grease.
    Then we measured the door, trying to decide the height and width.  Hubby cut my now very stinky door into 3 pieces, two sides and the top.

    Yep, the stink was still there.  I continued to make light of it, all the while wondering would that smell go away.  I had sanded and sanded, probably making the smell even more prominent.  But I still had hope. 
    We used the Kreg Jig screws to secure the sides to the top, making it look nice underneath and very sturdy. I primed with Kilz, then painted with a satin white.  I tend to use what I have on hand.  I originally wanted to paint it a blue color.  But...doors are usually white, especially old doors.  I then put a coat of gloss Polycrylic over the top, sanded and put another coat of Polycrylic.  This seal of Poly seems to have sealed in the "stink".  Hip, Hip, Hooray...the door/table may come into my house.

    I debated to leave it a solid white, but my paining skills are pretty bad, so an easy way out is to "antique" it up.  So, I sanded some spots here and there, making it look beaten. This in turn allows my mistakes and not so good painting to show.  I went to HD and bought a set of glass door knobs.   I love these knobs.
    Ta-da...it passes the "Smile" test.  If I walk past it and smile, it stays.  If I don't smile, it's out of here.
                                                                                    

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Hollowed Out Books

    I took two diet books and made my granddaughters a secret hiding place.  Who needs a diet book anyway, the word DIET is a four letter word to me.  If you go on a diet, then someday you will come off the diet, making the whole trip wasteful.  I want to teach my gbabies to eat healthy, to make the better food choices in their eating habits. 

    So....I found two old diet books.  I marked about 1/2 inch around the pages and used a box cutter to cut out the pages.  If you go slow and remove as few pages as you can at a time, it will look better.  If you get in a hurry (like me) it becomes not so neat.

    I used Mod Podge, but you could also use Elmer's glue to glue the pages together.  I just used a brush and brushed the glue along the inside and outside of the pages.

    I tend to not go out and buy items for decorating, and use what I have. I used a couple of old fabric pieces to line the cut out holes.  Being I had some Halloween stickers, that is why one book got a witch.  The other book got a gingerbread baby, not sure where that came from. 

    Stickers and just random items to personalize each book a bit. 

    My choice would be to fill the hole with trinkets, but I was in a hurry to give it to my oldest granddaughter, as she saw it one day and has constantly ask me, if I was finished yet.

    Soo...I went and bought a handful of candy to fill the space.  The other book, is for the gbaby that is 4 months, I have plenty of time to find trinkets for her book.

    Very Easy to do.  It took no time to complete.  Best of all, the gbaby loved it.





    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    52 Reasons I Love You

    Found a very creative way to say "I Love You" over at Paper Vine Blog.  I immediately thought hmm, I could do this.  It requires little money and is easy.
    I bought two decks of cards, a set for each granddaughter.  And I already had the little rings. Now, I don't have fancy machines to cut out perfect squares.  Or a machine to punch perfect holes.  But, I do have scissors and a single hole punch. :)

    First, I punched the holes into all the cards.

    Then I used the paper out of the printer and cut little rectangles that would fit in the middle of each card.  Next, I colored a border around each paper.  I used a glue stick and glued a piece to each card.

    Now, came the hard part..thinking of 52 reasons you love someone.  Hmm, you say that shouldn't be so hard.  Well, I didn't want to use just generic reasons...I wanted to be as specific as possible on some of them.  It needs to be where it couldn't be given to just anyone.  It has to belong to that one person only.

    My 10 year old granddaughter...her deck is completed. I will give it to her next visit. As for my 3 month old granddaughter, well, her deck will take a bit longer.  She is too young to be very specific about.  Our memory making has just started.  As she grows and I learn about her ways, I can add specific reasons to her deck.

    Making memories for the girls to have, so they always know they mattered to me.