Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Last night I decided I just didn't have the right bag to use for my meeting this morning, so of course I stayed up way past my bedtime to get this done. It worked like a charm!
So, my big news - I am planning to volunteer at our local YWCA Emergency Shelter and teach some classes on making stuff. My first class will be in August and will be on making cards (not exactly my specialty, but luckily I know where to look for inspiration!!). I hope to also do classes on altering and embelishing clothes, making gifts, and decorating on a limited budget. I am really excited about teaching (which really surprises me!). I've been thinking about volunteering for a while and decided to just jump in and do something. I e-mailed the YWCA and told them what I like to do and this is what we came up with. I can't imagine being in the position these ladies are in, but hopefully I can help them learn something new, have a little fun and just try to think about something else for a couple hours. I know having a creative outlet has been a life and sanity saver for me many times, hopefully it will be for these women too. I'm sure I'll be talking more about all this as I plan the classes and will probably have a complete meltdown when the time comes - but for now I am just excited.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Not so good, but I only had two nights to work on it. It was fun to devote some time just to painting, obviously I need to do that some more! I need LOTS more practice. All in all, a very good time. The class was through the school district's community education class. Find one in your town and try it!!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
You've seen this one before...
Updated with some brighter pillows.
I was hoping to have a new painting up in time for this one, but its not finished yet. The pillows are done though, and I am loving them. I don't plan to get rid of the old ones or anything. (Envelope style cases again so I can change them easily.) I think they will be the winter version and these are for summer! Sometimes I need to update the look just so I feel like cleaning the room. Sad, I know. Anyway, thank you all for your kind comments on my before and afters! This is really the kind of thing I love doing - taking something old and giving it a whole new life!
Hope you have a great weekend!
P.S. Isn't it funny how different the wall looks depending on the light!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Ugly brass plant stand that I bought for $1 at a garage sale.
White wire rack to hold Sydney's favorite stuff!
All this needed was a little steel wool rub-down and some white spray paint! A pretty easy remodel, but I think it was a great improvement. Spray paint is a wonderful thing!
Sydney has "redecorated" this many times already. Currently it holds her favorite bunny, lavendar filled bean bag hearts, library books, slippers and a metal box for her shoes. I think its the perfect touch for this little girl's room!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Pictures of the quilt I snatched up at a yard sale on Friday. For $2! It's not in the best shape, but I love it anyway. Check it out!
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
My plan was for this to be a painting smock for Sydney. I figured what better fabric than an old pillowcase. It was just barely big enough! I will definitely be making more of these - so simple!!
Pillowcase Bag Pattern (from Martha)
Vallen had some good ideas on this pattern. She used a king size case which would extend the handle length and used bias tape on the edges. I'll be trying both of these things on the next one. This bag holds a ton of stuff - perfect for a beach bag, especially because you can just throw it in the wash when you get home!
Update: Still no winner in my 100th post giveaway! Yesterday he even set something on top of the cabinet and still didn't say anything. I really didn't think it would take this long!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
It's new home is just to the right of my computer desk in my craft room. It is taking the place of an old typewriter stand - you know those little metal stands with the fold down sides? This is the same width as the stand, so the desk didn't have to move at all. I am so excited to get the room (or at least my desk) a little more organized, but first I need to get rid of the old lady smell that came with it - any ideas?
Okay, so here's my idea for a contest! I would like you all to leave a comment and guess when my husband will notice it! Here are some things you should know:
- My husband is not very observant.
- I paid in cash, so no paper trail!
- I plan to hide the other stand away in the laundry room so he doesn't see it.
- We are leaving for the weekend as soon as he gets home from work, so his first opportunity to notice will probably be Sunday evening when we get home.
- Normally he is in this room everyday, if only for a few minutes.
Please leave a day and time for your guess (ex: Sunday at 8 pm) and I will announce who the winner is as soon as it happens! I've changed my settings for this contest so my blog accepts anonymous comments to accommodate the many friends and family that read this and never comment. Please just leave your name and e-mail if you plan to comment anonymously.
And the prize? Well, I hit the mother load of vintage fabric and more zippers than anyway should ever own. You can expect an assortment of that, along with some sort of handmade treasure from me.
In closing I just want to say thanks. Thanks to everyone that reads this blog and especially those that comment. It means the world to me that you all are interested in what I have to say. Blogging has had a huge impact on my life. I know that might sound silly to those of you who don't have a blog, but it's true. It is the motivation I need to finish things, its the co-workers and friends that I left behind when I left my job, and it's inspiration like you can't believe. So, thank you all. I appreciate each and every one of you immensely.