Wednesday, October 31, 2012
So You Think You're Crafty! I'm so excited that I made it this far! For the finale week theme of "Purple" I made an old dartboard cabinet into a jewelry storage cabinet for my daughters' closet.
Head over to So You Think You're Crafty sometime before Thursday night and cast your vote!
I really appreciate everyone's support throughout this whole contest!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I was pretty excited about the Hardware Store Week challenge at So You Think You're Crafty. Lowe's is my absolute favorite store, followed by Home Depot for a close second. It's so fun to walk around the aisles and try to see a new use for all of those supplies.
I had seen vintage turbine fans turned into light fixtures on some pricey websites. All that I had seen were well over a couple hundred dollars. I loved the look, but couldn't justify the price. I needed a light fixture for my craft studio and I had a feeling I could DIY my own version.
Here she is, all ready for paint! I gave the whole thing a couple of good coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint, let it dry well, and it was ready to go!
The light fixture now hangs in my studio and casts the prettiest design on the ceiling when the light is on in the evenings. It's the first thing that gets a comment when people walk into that room. Everyone wants to know more about it.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
So You Think You're Crafty, I found this cute Trim the Tree pillow when I was looking through the new holiday items at Land of Nod. When I saw the name of the pillow, I got very excited because I thought that it was a Christmas tree that little ones could actually decorate. It turned out that the ornaments were stitched on and not removable.
I attached my buttons to snaps by either sewing them on or using super strong glue, depending on the button.
My mom also had the idea that it would be cute to add some snaps around the trunk and attach some snaps to square buttons for gifts or even buttons that look like toys. I just ran out of time for this step before my contest entry was due, but I think that would be a fun addition.
Obviously, these button ornaments would be a choking hazard for young children. My girls are old enough that this isn't an issue, but please don't make this for young kids who might be tempted to put the buttons in their mouth!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The large spider web is from Dollar Tree. What a deal for $1!
A little bit spooky, but mainly fun -- that's how we like Halloween around here!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sometimes you end up with family "heirlooms" that you're not quite sure what to do with. I had this old quilt that was stained, tattered, filled with holes, and quite literally falling apart. I don't like it when things just get stored away and never seen, so I knew I needed to come up with a way that we could enjoy this piece of the past. Week #4 of So You Think You're Crafty had the theme of Sentimental, so I thought this would be the perfect entry.
Normally, I wouldn't dream of cutting up an antique like this, but it was really no good to anyone otherwise. So, I cut out a rectangle of the quilt, paired it with an open back frame and some glass, and used my embroidery skills to make a wall calendar.
If I'm embroidering text, I always start off in Microsoft Word to get a font and size that I like. I print off my text and tape it up on a window. You could also use a lightbox, but I was too lazy to dig mine out.
Then, go back down through the fabric overlapping the last stitch slightly. I push my needle through the last stitch. I think it makes it look more like a solid line.
After I stitched my days of the week, I trimmed each one to have roughly the same size border around each word. I didn't finish off the edges at all. I wanted it to look a little rough and worn.
I laid my tired, old quilt out and picked out a useable area to work for my calendar. I picked up my barnwood open back frame at Hobby Lobby (wait til it's on sale or use a coupon) and got a glass and backing kit at Michael's.
I cut a rectangle out of the quilt that was about 2" larger than the frame opening. I laid my days of the week labels where I wanted them, along with a larger piece of blank muslin to use for the month label. You could also stitch these into place, but I just sandwiched them between the quilt and the glass.
I added a large sawtooth hanger and it was ready to hang!
The grid pattern of the quilt makes up the calendar blocks for each day of the month.
This dilapidated quilt has found a new life in our mudroom, where it gives my family a quick glance at our month. Even though it was cut, the quilt is sure to be appreciated more now that it's a part of our daily routine instead of folded away in a box.
Friday, October 12, 2012
So You Think You're Crafty for Halloween week. I had the idea for a hanging pumpkin lantern, but I wanted to to be something that would last. I hate to spend a lot of time making something that can't be reused in the coming years.
Remove the inner portion of your embroidery hoop and completely unscrew the outer portion so that it is more flexible. Carefully overlap the ends of the hoop until you can fit it inside the pumpkin opening.
Obviously, you don't want to place real candles in these fake pumpkins. I put a couple of the battery powered tealights in each pumpkin and it looks really cool when it starts to get dark.
Now, the only problem is deciding where I'll be displaying mine! I loved it hanging on my covered front porch just as much as inside over the kitchen table.
I'm linking this project up to the following link parties: