New Wicker Chairs

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My Aunt Nancy gave me these wicker chairs when we bought our new house. She said they had been painted almost every color in the book, so it was my turn to start with a fresh look. When we picked them up they were blue with a stripped blue and white cushion. The color theme in our house is all natural tones, so lots of browns and greens. I decided to paint them brown.

The outside work spray painting the chairs.

Supplies: Brown Spray paint, 6 bottles, indoor/outdoor for wicker and drop clothes and face mask.

It took me 2 days to spray both chairs as I had to spray 2 coats to completely cover all the blue. The first day I went horizontally as I sprayed, the second day, vertically, ensuring full coverage.

The inside work – recovering the cushions.

Supplies: Sewing Machine, 2 yards of material, some pins, Velcro, and thread.

For those of you who know my sewing style, I hate patterns. So I winged it as usual. I took a yard for each cushion and pinned it, inside out to each cushion, so I could use the shape as a guideline. Once I had the u-shaped material sewn, I used velcro to close off the back cover of the cushion.

I think they turned out pretty well. I bought the throw pillows at Kmart on sale, buy 1  get one 50% off.

wicker spray The outside work

recovered chair The finished product

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Just some Scarfs

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Finally getting back into knitting and crocheting. I finished these 2 scarfs over the last week. The scarf on the left is crocheted with red lion yarn, a basic double crochet. I am sending this one off to my little cousin Carly. The one on the right is knit with homespun lion brand yarn. This one is getting shipped off to Madrid for my sister in law!

Now I am working on a crocheted afghan, more to come!

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The Librarian Patch

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So if you didn’t see my “about” section, I like to save “stuff” or as my husband says “shit! Back when I was in my undergrad, my student teaching was done at Allen High School in Allentown, PA. I  was there every day for 2 weeks. The librarian I studied under gave me a few things when I left, one item was a red long-sleeve button-down red oxford shirt, totally not my style, but it had a beautiful embroidered Librarian patch on the front. So I saved it in hopes of turning it into something else. Well this weekend, 7 plus years later, I am finally reusing it!

I cut the patch out of the shirt and sewed it onto the front of handbag.

Another Sunday Night

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I have 3 projects going at once, what else is new! My Mom brought down all my old dance recital tee-shirts last month from when I was a kid. I have decided to make a Memory Quilt (project 1). I am also going to add Steve’s old fraternity tee-shirts to the quilt to make it more a family memory! I also have to finish knitting a baby blanket for my cousin. (project 2) She is due in less than 3 weeks, I guess I better make that my priority! Finally my place-mats (project 3). I started this one a long long time ago and I keep putting it off since I have to pin the border around 8 quilted pieces of fabric. I will keep that one at project #3. So off to knit for the night. I have to finish the baby blanket!

The “Skirted” Frame

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Wooden Frame This wooden frame has been sitting in my house for over a year now. When we moved the glass broke, but I knew I could reuse the frame, so I saved it. I kept the cardboard on the back of the frame so I could easily rehang it, when I created something new.

Hippie SkirtThis skirt was a hand-me-down I absolutely loved. I wore it ALL THE TIME, but as times change, so do you. I couldn’t part with it, so I threw it in my sewing box, hoping to make a new skirt or use it towards something new.

The finished product. Here is what you will need: 1.) Frame 2.) material, spread out to cover the entire frame with at least a 3-4 inch cap. 3) Staple gun.

Instructions: overlay the material on-top of the frame. Start from the center of the frame and the center of the material and begin to staple the material to the frame. Pull very tight as you staple. Work your way from the center to the ends. Next, move to the bottom of the frame, pull very tight move from the center to the ends. When you get to the corners, pull both ends taut  and staple. You should now have a new piece of art to hang in your room!

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Hello world!

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Welcome to my new blog! I am dedicating this to all my creative friends, family, and followers out there! I hope I can bring out your inner artistic beauties by using household leftovers and scraps from other crafty projects. One of my favorite things to do with crafts is reduce, reuse and recycle. I will also share some tasteful recipes that I hope you can share and make a dish of your own!