Saturday, March 31, 2012

Slowly but surely,,,,,

Yep, I am slowly but surely getting things done in the craft building. I have had the plan to cover my chairs and make curtains and, oh the list goes on and on. I showed you some sneak peak pictures of my big craft table last week, but it is not done yet. I wasn't able to get by Lowe's earlier in the week to pick up some more paint chips but finally got some yesterday. I will be working on it today so hopefully all the squares will be glued down and I can start applying the layers and layers of polyurethane. In the mean time, here are a few picts of other projects that I have completed.

this is my drafting chair. I have had this chair
for years. It was originally covered with a taupe
colored fiber material, but had some paint stains
that I could not get off. Besides, the colorful
flower print is so much prettier than taupe!

I made the curtains for both windows from two runners that
I bought at a yardsale for $1.00 each. I cut them in half and
sewed a rod pocket on each piece. I used spring tension 
rods to hang them on the inside of the window frame.
They are still a little wrinkled, but I ironed them
like three times and they still look like this.

this is a hanging lamp that I purchased at a
church bazaar for $2.00. It is from the 70's and had
the ugliest, dirty shade on it. I took it completely apart
and then could not decide on how to decorate it.
Then I saw a ribbon shade and knew that is what
I wanted to do. I hot glued all the strips of ribbon
to the top ring of the lamp shade base and also added
beads to the lamp pull. I sewed a sleeve out of
different fabrics to cover the chain and cord.
This hangs over the large work table in the center
of the room. I realy like how it turned out and
it adds extra light to the room.

 I use this chair as my sewing chair. It is one of those
black computer chairs and it had a few holes in it.
I have had this striped fabric for a while. I was going
to use it to make curtains, but I really like it on this chair.
I could not get the back or the arms off of the chair so I
made slip covers instead. I did not use a pattern,
I just sort of made it up as I went along.

So those are a few things that I have been working on to get the craft building all fixed up. I still have a lot of organizing to do. And of course, I have that table to finish, so I better go work on that now!
Until next time....

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sneak Peak

I mentioned that I was doing a different technique for the big work table in the center of my craft building. I have seen a lot of craft projects on other blogs and Pinterest using paint chip cards. So many interesting things people are doing with these thing! Besides that, they are FREE!! I went to Lowe's and non-chalantly picked out about 100 different cards. I felt like I was stealing, lol. I wonder how many people take that many at one time, especially for craft projects. Hopefully the stores don't catch on because I would hate for them to start charging for them.

I was initially going to just lay them all out in a pattern, but I didn't like how it looked, especially with the ones shown above. I played around with several different ways, but nothing worked. So then I got the idea of a mosaic pattern. I used a square punch to cut out all the colors, then I started gluing them onto my table (which is actually a door that I bought at Lowe's for $21.00).

big ol' pile of color squares!
If you know me, you know I love color and this table has some color on it! Like every color you can think of. I have found myself lately drawn to pictures of romantic, white rooms and while I find them very inviting, there is no way with a 12 year old boy, I would ever have a romantic, white room in my house! So I tend to decorate with lots of color, maybe to diverge the eyes from the dirt he brings in the house, lol. I especially have a lot of color going on in my craft building, so this table will feel right at home :)

I am not finished gluing squares down yet, actually it's only about half finished. I ran out of color cards and haven't made it back to Lowe's yet. I hope to get there tomorrow so that I can get this project finished. I am debating on what to seal it with after I am done with the squares. I have a lot of polyurethane left over from sealing the floors, but then I thought about an acrylic product that I have used in the past. The only problem with that is it will cost about $75.00. Not sure I want to spend that kind of moolah. Although, so far I only have $21.00 in it. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

I took several pics of projects that I have finished around the building and will share those later this week. And of course, as soon as the table is done, I will share that, too.

That's all from me for now. Until next time....

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dish Garden and Terrarium

Last week Dakota and I went to Hilton Head for a Special Olympics tennis tournament and when driving around, I found a Nursery/Antique store and had to stop to look around. I didn't really look at the plants because my Dad has a nursery business in our front yard :) I did, however, go inside the antique store where I found a grouping of terrariums, but they were quite expensive. What I did buy was the kits they had for sale. The kit came with rocks, charcoal, soil and moss. I got some little plants from my Dad and I already had the containers.

For the glass container, I added the rocks first, then the charcoal and soil. I placed the plants in the soil and then added the moss around them. I watered everything down using a sprayer. The little bird house is a floral pick that I have had for years.

For the dish garden, I used a terracotta dish that is about 3 inches deep by 15 inches wide. I put rocks in the bottom, then soil, placed the plants and then added the moss. I did not add charcoal to this one because it won't have a cover on it. The charcoal is used to keep down bacteria and odor in the soil for terrariums. The plants that I used are Hens and Chicks, Lambs Ear and a plant that I think is called a finger plant. There is also a kind of fern type plant but I don't know what it is called.

I put both the terrarium and dish garden on the shelf that I have on my craft building porch. I believe that the shelf is really a bird cage, but the doors are missing. I bought it from a friend of mine who was moving and did not have room for it. It has chippy paint and a little rust, but I love it!! I also added a butterfly box that I have had for years and a little bird that I bought at Hobby Lobby for $3.00. On the top is a little bird house but I don't remember when or where I bought it. I put the dish garden on the bottom shelf and it fit perfectly! I am going to eventually have the porch all cleaned up and decorated so I will snap a few pics and share as soon as possible.

By the way, if you are in the Lexington, SC area and want to check out my Dad's nursery, it is called Grey Rock Nursery and it is located on Barr Road. My Dad is a one man show, so his business is not huge, but he puts his heart and soul in it. He is the hardest working man I know and he grows the prettiest flowers and plants!! Come check it out!!

That's all from me today! Until next time...

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Another Canvas of Elizabeth

My sweet Granddaughter Elizabeth is 6 1/2 months old now. It seems like yesterday we were waiting on her arrival. Grandbabies are proof that love can grow and grow. I never knew I had so much love in my heart. I love my children and never thought that I could love someone more than that, until she came along! My Mom used to always say the same thing and I never understood what she meant until now. And now she says the same thing about Elizabeth. My Mom's birthday was this past Monday and although we had already celebrated and given her gifts the week before, I knew I wanted to make something extra. She loved the canvas that I made a couple of months ago, so I made her one.

This canvas is 11 x 14. I painted the canvas with pink paint. After the paint was dry, I Mod Podged tissue paper, let dry and then swiped a light brown ink pad all over to give it an aged look. The picture is double mounted, first on Very Vanilla cardstock and then on a piece of designer paper from a K&Company paper stack (all of the designer papers used are from this same paper stack). The words were cut out with my Cricut. The piece at the bottom is another piece of designer paper from the same paper stack. I folded it back and forth and sewed it down the center. The flower is 6 pieces cut out with a scallop die cut and layered on top of each other. The center of the flower is a brad from K&Company  that I purchased at Tuesday Morning for a little bit of nothing. Tuesday Morning has an itty bitty little t-niny scrapbooking section, but so worth looking through! The flower is mounted on a "doily" that is a Stampin' Up! die cut.

close up of the flower

flower side view to show layers

Mom really likes it and now I have to make at least two more Elizabeth canvases because Amber (Elizabeth's sweet Mommy and my oldest daughter) and Mariah (my youngest daughter) both want one :) Guess I know what I'll be doing the next couple of weekends, lol.

I have been really busy the last couple weeks, but not with very creative things. Dakota was in a Special Olympics tennis tournament last week in Hilton Head. He got silver in his category! We had the best time, just the two of us. We got to walk on the beach and found lots of cool shells. Neither one of us wanted to come home!

Well that's it for me today! Until next time,
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spring Wreath

I made this for my sweet sister-in-law Lisa for her birthday. I gave her a choice of what she wanted for me to make, paper, cloth or floral and she chose floral. From that direction, I thought a wreath would be perfect. I went to Hobby Lobby to get some inspiration and they had so many new things to choose from. Love Hobby Lobby! How can you ever go wrong in craft choices there? I chose the sunflowers because they are so happy looking. So that was my starting point. I wandered around holding them up to other flowers and the purple flowers really went well with the sunflowers. Then I found the little white flowers, too. I thought I was just about finished, until I spotted the spiral, swirly flowers. Oh my gracious, they are so cute in person!! Looking around for something awesome for the bow and found the mesh ribbon in the wedding section. I already had a plan in my head to use burlap because that has become my new favorite element in wreath bows lately. It just adds a shabby feel. I am really pleased with how everything came togother and she really liked it, too! I was dumb and forgot to take a picture, but luckily she took one and posted it on Facebook. Thanks Lisa!! So these pics are swiped from Facebook and I edited a little on Picnik to add my frame and logo.

Closeup - see the swirly flower on the left. Love those!!
Well, that's it for me today. I am in the process of covering a hollow core door that I am using for a large island work table in my craft building. Wait until you see what I am covering it with! You won't believe it! If you know me, you know it is not "conventional", lol. I know I am not "normal" and I'm fine with that! I like quirky and different.
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'! ~Lorrie

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Oh, oh, oh, it's MAGIC

pink and girlie tiara

I am always thinking about things that I can make for Mariah to use as photo props, so when I ran across a pattern for a Magic Wand and Tiara, I had to buy it. I have tweaked it a little to make the star for the wand a little bigger, though. I cut two pieces of fabric and stitched them together with 1 piece of Pella Ultra Firm Stabilizer between the fabric. Then came the fun part! Adding all the trim, flowers and bling :) yeah, girlie stuff. The tiaras have ribbon attached to the ends to make them adjustable. For the magic wands, I used a small dowel and covered each in matching ribbon. I love how they turned out and so does Mariah, which makes me super happy! I can't wait to see how they turn out in her photo shoots.  I know they will look much better in hers than mine, lol. She is the one with the professional camera. I hope that the first "model" for the pink tiara will be my sweet granddaughter, Elizabeth. Mariah is doing her Easter pics next week. I made her a tutu and it will look so cute with the tiara. She is our little princess!

pink and girlie magic wand

silver and white tiara

silver and white magic wand

I had so much fun making these. I have many more ideas swirling around in my head for other variations. I am thinking about offering them in my Etsy shop. It has been forever since I listed anything on Etsy. I have a ton of fabric flowers to list, too. Just need to stop procrastinating. I am a little intimidated by selling online. I haven't had the best experience, but just need to jump right in I guess. Well, that's all from me for now. Until next time.....

Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

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