Sunday, June 21, 2009

Welcome Sign

My day started with the intention of making a bowl rack using Char's tutorial until I realized I didn't have all the wood I needed. Instead I pulled out a piece of board and my new stencil and made this new WELCOME TO OUR OLDE FARMSTEAD sign. I loved the sign Lisa made and being a crafter myself I decided to make my own. I love the results. Here it is hanging on my kitchen wall. The year 1996 signifies the year we built our house.

Now I'm off to do some errands, and of course I'll stop by Home Depot and pick up some more wood so I can get started on the bowl rack.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday's WWW.....(Working With Wood)

This morning I decided to use up a piece of board that I had left over from another project and turn it into a peg board for my bathroom. The board is painted black, sanded, and then stained. I added five square nails to it, making it handy for hanging either prims or a bathrobe.

Here is the before and after photo of a two-drawer wall cabinet that I refinished today. I bought it at Goodwill for $4.99 which is more than I would normally spend on a thrift shop makeover project, but I couldn't pass it up. I sanded, painted and primmed it up with a dark walnut stain. I think it will look nice just sitting on the back of the toilet. It matches the peg board shown above and it's drawers can be used for storage of cosmetics or other toiletry items.



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Whatcha Working on Wednesday

It's late in the evening but I wanted to share a photo of the locker hooked rug that I just finished. It measures 33 X 23 inches. It really does look primitive and was so easy to make. I had it completed in about a week while I watched TV at night. I will be starting another one soon. It's fun to do and a great way to use up your old scraps of fabric.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Dolls, Quilts and Rugs

This weekend has been very productive. I finished up a few projects that were in the works. Check out my selling blog to see my newest listings for my "Liberty" doll and Shaker Box quilted wallhanging.

I also want to share my newest project. Have you ever wondered what to do with your old fabric stash that you've been collecting for years? You thought you would make a quilt with some of it but never got around to it. You collected fabrics for doll making but always seemed to purchase new fabrics instead to make your dolls. Well that is what I do. My craft room is overrun with plastic tubs full of cotton prints. What to do? Well when I was at Joann's last week I saw "Locker Hooking Rug" supplies on the display shelf. It says to use 1" strips of fabric. That looked like a good way to use up my stash, so I bought the mesh backing, the locker hook, and the string. I found how-to instructions online explaining every step so I started with just a simple rug. There is no pattern to it. I just used up scraps and go around the perimeter, working my way toward the middle. It looks very country/primitive and would make an excellent bath mat or scatter rug. This photo shows how much I have completed. It's almost finished. I can't believe how fast it works up.

The next rug I make will have a design to it - maybe a sheep, or quilt block squares. The possibilities are endless. You could even use counted cross stitch patterns for your designs also.