Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cathedral Window Boxes

Cathedral Window Boxes

I’ve  been working on cathedral window boxes. I made a bunch of pillows for Christmas gifts (most of which I forgot to take photos).
Here is one I made for me with my coke stash.

I always put something in the windows. It’s just fun.
Since we’re going to be on the road all summer, I decided to do a quilt/spread for my bed. Bob drives the RV and I sew.  I did the basic top (mostly by machine) before we left.
Here is the top I’m working on.

         I cut out about 50 different fabric squares of sea life, and I am hand sewing the squares into their windows.

Here’s a section I’ve finished.
I actually decided to add a layer of batting in each square and sewing on the buttons tacks down the batting. I put buttons on the back, too. It adds strength and it hides the stitches.

Usually Window boxes don’t need batting as they are already several layers of fabric, but I wanted it thick and warm.

Here are another of the pillows I did.

Here is a top I just finished that will be a pillow when we get home.

I liked the other coke pillow, but I wanted to use slightly bigger squares to get more of the design in.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Loft bed almost done

View from the side with all the Boho curtains tied back.

View (below)from the side, with the Boho curtains closed. I’ve painted the shelves, but I’m going to trim them in checkerboard to match the dresser.
There’s lots of room underneath. It will hold six giant plastic tubs and still have room for more. You have to crawl to get in, but once inside there’s lots of room.
The boho curtains took ten times longer than traditional ones, but I love them.  I have the skirt for the bottom, to cover the storage area,  almost done. I’m going to Velcro it on. I was going to make a ruffled one with elastic but decided against it.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Decoupaged Dresser

My son is a musician, when he moved back home this year for a six month round of chemo, I redid his room. I started with the dresser. I decopauged all but the trim, which I painted with black enamel, with old sheets of music. Then printed out some musical graphics from my computer. A good spray with sealer and they can be decoupaged, too. I then chalked various pastel colors here and there and finished with three coats of polyurethane. New knobs and it was done.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Under the Sea Tote Bag

Step three...(starting at bottom)

Put the lining together. Added very thick interfacing (The for making hats kind) and four interior pockets. At this point I also added the side pieces that will be attached to the rings for the handle. 


Step two.. (steps in order bottom up)

Continue to add background detail. Added coral. Cut coral out of a pretty pink patterned fabric. Used variegated peach thread and added little ‘polyp bursts’ around the coral limbs.
Photo before sewing it down and embroidery.

Step one.

Started the new tote bag. I just slightly enlarged my purse pattern so I could actually use it as a. Purse if I wanted to. I’ll post the steps as I go. 

Cut out pieces and machine sewed background pieces.

 These are the two sides and back pocket, above.
Below is the front side flap.

Loft bed

I wanted to use a spare bedroom for storage but I also needed a bed, so why not build a loft bed with storage space underneath. Then I said, Okay, a couple of rows of book shelves would be nice, too.

Here is the frame. I designed it to hold six plastic tubs underneath and a two rows of books.  
Side view
End view

It’s a Vest.

This is a Vest I made several years ago.  I liked it so much I thought I’d use the same idea on a purse. I will put the steps to the purse on a page of their own.
Left side.

Decoupage a FLOOR

What? A floor? Yep. My son is very hard on his floor. I didn’t want another carpet. Bare cement looked harsh. I decided to decoupage the floor.  He’s a musician, so I thought I’d use photos of music posters and album covers to cover the floor.
Finished above with 5 coats of polyurethane.
Below half way done.

Catching up..

I have been really busy this last year, what with retiring and all. I made lots of things but never seemed to get around to posting. I’m going to do a lot of catching up in the next day or two. I have lots of news things planned.  Even working on building a high platform bed, and getting ready to decorate our new camper.

One of the things I have been working on lately, are purses. I wanted one with lots of pockets and one that I could Decorate. I ended up making a Bunch for Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, I neglected to take photos of any of them. Here are two of mine. I am also going to document the building of a new one (slightly larger) in my next post. My own pattern.

The Bug purse.
This is the back. Phone pocket and a candy pocket.
Also has 4 pockets inside.
There was a gorgeous spider pin on the web, but it got lost somewhere.

This is the front. Scarab is stuffed, sequined, and beaded.

One side, flowers, bugs and ribbon.
Other side is plain, might add something later.
This was actually the first one I made. I used it to base the final 
pattern on. It had a lot of mistakes in the making. I used old blue jeans 
for the fabric. The outside pocket is a real jean’s pocket.

Crochet Circle Vest

Crocheted this on our road trip this summer
The first ten rows are from a doily pattern, the Rest I just winged.

Friday, November 13, 2015

More Needle Weave

Needle weaving

I love this technique. It makes such unique items.  You make your own loom with core board and straight pins. It's a little time intensive, but not all that difficult. 


Monday, November 9, 2015

Before and After

Completed couch.

Started out painting it all in green with Annie Slone chalk paint. It took almost the whole quart ($37.50) and still didn't cover it. Bought a couple bottles of black from JoAnn's and repainted most of it. Painted the braid silver. Much better coverage. Cushions are pieced and quilted with light cotton

Going to redo my couch.

Bought a brand new couch this summer and put this old one on the front porch. After about two months, hubby said the new one made his back hurt and he wanted the old one back. Well, we switched them around, but two months on the front porch didn't do it any good, and it was way over 10 years old to start with. Decided to paint and recover it. Going to piece and quilt the covers with Coke fabric and paint the rest with chalk paint.

Hutch Complete!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Going to paint a dresser.

Actually I'm going to redo the whole room, but I'm starting with the dresser. 
It's 30+ years old and needs a facelift.  First thing I did was take out all the drawers and removed the hardware,  it took about an hour as many of the screws were striped and it took some work getting them out.
   Then I cleaned every thing inside and out with soap and water.
Filled in a few holes with wood filler. Then painted the whole thing with primer.
As I was waiting for the primer to dry I covered the outside of the drawers with decoupage and scrapbook paper.

Started with the drawers. The walls and carpet were already pink.
Finished all the drawers this week. I changed out all the hardware except for the center drawer I painted them silver. 

One set of drawers I wanted to use knobs instead of the pull so I used wood filler to fill in the outside holes. I got all my knobs from Hobby Lobby. They have an amazing selection. 
I wasn't actually very happy with the two below. The center design didn't give me a lot of choices and I almost started over. 

The two little side drawers were actually the two I painted first.

Here is a photo of a drawer in progress. I used a stencil to place the squares, but as I didn't want gaps I painted them freehand. I also use a stencil to draw the outlines of the basic design, but added parts of it and then painted it free hand, too.

The off white is chalk paint. The pinks and green are bottled acrylic. I used a combination of acrylic and a black paint pen for the checks and outlines. Filled the decorative cut out area with silver bead strings I found in the wedding floral department at Hobby Lobby.  I'm going to paint the main part of the dresser next, but as I go back to work (school) next week don't know when I'll get to it. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Valentine's Day

Adding a new iris fold pattern that I made.

#valentine #card #iris fold #iris folded card # valentine card #lucine's

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"Gum Wrapper" purse

I Can't believe I didn't post this sooner. I made it well over a year ago (still looks as good as new). I made the bag out of soda bottle wrappers. Most of them are Dr. Pepper, but a few are Mt. Dew. I used a gum wrapper for a template and folded them in the old gum wrapper chain fold, then sewed them together. Lined it with coke fabric and hand sewed in a zipper. Use it everyday. Holding up really well. I am working on a bigger one as well as one made from faces out of the TV guide. I'll post them later.
#gum wrapper bag #soda wrappers #up cycle #recycle