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Fence Pickets Reclaimed

Just let all of the skeptics scoff. Let the naysayers nay. Let the doubters doubt. They make fun of my collections until they need something or want a creation. After hurricane Ike I collected fallen fences. I have a very large collection of   old and broken 1×6 and 1×4 pressure treated fence pickets. Some had been painted red at some point.

You may remember, in October I made scarecrows from the wood.

Now we move on to the next holiday. Years ago my sister bought some yard art pilgrims. My brother-in-law hates that kind of stuff. Lisa would come home from work and find the man with a wine bottle and the woman with a rolling-pin or the man upside down the flower bed. She finally gave them to me. My husband continued the joke. He sent a ransom note from the pilgrim’s captors. At one point they ended up back at Lisa’s. After the 100 mile trip they looked sad. The male had a 5 o’clock shadow and a hobo bag on a pole. She was dirty and had patches on her apron. I still have the poor pilgrims. They survived the flood so I used them as a pattern for my pilgrim creation.

Aren’t they sweet? I used the wire from old political signs to hold them in the ground. I stapled the wire to the back and then nailed a piece of paneling over that to hold it firm.

For Christmas I have made 3 kinds of Santas so far. One with names of my friend’s 10 (yes 10) grandchildren. She is my age and has 10 grandchildren. Well, we got perfection on the first try.

The other 2 say The Greatest Gift and have baby Jesus and presents or the nativity.

I have also made a nutcracker.

This weekend was very busy. We found out that our minister has a brain tumor. He is young with 4 young children. Please pray for him.

I also had 2 friends call and asked me to come look at their garage sale left overs. I no longer pay for my stuff. I find it at the curb or from friends. This is some of the stuff I got Saturday.

This week I have to get ready for the Friendswood Heritage Gardner’s Christmas Tour of Homes. I will be at the Garden Center at 112 W. Spreading Oaks. They serve lunch, desserts and have a bazaar. I will be selling my Creative Arts & Designs. Come by (the spell check wanted me to put BUY. That sounds good too) on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

After Thanksgiving is the Etsy Houston Event.

 

Pretty in Pillowcase

Recently a friend gave me a stack of vintage, hand-embroidered pillowcases. I had no idea what to do with them, so I just put them in a basket in my shop in Pasadena. They are cute and somebody will be nostalgic and want to buy them, right? Well, there they sat and sat and sat.

I don’t have any little girls and my grandSON isn’t very  feminine. So, I didn’t know about the latest rage, pillowcase dresses.

 

My sweet young friend, Maria, came to our quilting, sewing, craft night with material to make a Halloween dress for Liliana. I went home,  searched the internet and started making pillowcase dresses.

They are so easy to make. The original pattern said to measure up from the bottom 20″, so that’s what I did. I then notched out a “J” for the armhole. I used the material that I had cut off to make a binding for the armholes. The last sewing step was the casing for the ribbon tie.

Last Sunday, I took the dress to church to check sizes and get some reactions. Everyone loved them. The suggestion was to make them a little longer. I tried it on a 2T and a teenager. The neck is a drawstring, so it can be tightened or loosened. As the sweetheart grows, she can wear leggings or pants under the dress. During the winter, she can add a t-shirt under it or a sweater over it.

Hopefully I can send more pictures later. This weekend I sent everything I had to the  Old Time Trade Days in Winnie, TX. Marcy from M’s Boutique and More in Orange, TX had a booth. I was so busy working, getting it all together, that I did not do a very good job of taking pictures.

Here are some of the things I sent:

quillows

Nap mats

Seashell art

Painted “Stained Glass” bib necklaces

and of course, pillowcase dresses.

I am also very excited about adding my creations to a really cute children’s resale/consignment store in Friendswood, TX. Funky Monkey first caught my eye because of the name. We called our grandson Monkey Boy when he was little. I went in there to find monkey stuff and ended up selling my creations.

I am really going to be busy between now and Christmas. Hopefully I will also be making some money.

Are You Ready For Some Football?

If you’re not, then you must not be from Texas. In Texas, this time of year is all about sports and team activities. There is football which includes the players, the band, the drill team, the cheerleaders, the flag corps, the crazy kids in the stands. Then you have the little kids running around. There are the proud (and not so proud) parents of all of these kids. The big activity is Friday night, but it really goes an all week. My mother says that she had only gone to 1 football game before she got married. During her 63 years of marriage, she probably went to a million. The year that nearly killed her was when Larry played JV on Thursday night. Randy played varsity on Friday night. They drove to Austin on Saturday to see the Longhorns and returned to Houston on Sunday to watch the Oilers.

And football in not the only team activity. There is  soccer, volleyball, basketball, dance, karate. The list goes on and on. My children are grown and my grandson in too young, but my nephews (and their mother) are sports crazy. The boys have always been moving from one sport to another. Now Blake plays football for the University of Houston and Brandon plays football for Friendswood Junior High. Lisa went to her first football game when she was 6 weeks old and she has not missed a game since.

Several years ago, I started making gift items for students to give to each other during football season. Now I have become more specialized. If someone can give me a picture, I can make a stained glass window, a quillow, a necklace, or a painting. That is what I have done so far, but you know I am always open for new ideas.

In the blog today, I am going to just post lots of pictures of things that I have made.

Quillow: a quilt folded into a pillow.

Bib Necklaces:  hand-beaded on fabric base.

“Stained Glass”: Painted on vintage window or framed glass

Paintings: watercolor on paper and acrylic on canvas.

I hope that you have enjoyed looking at my creations for team spirit. If you are interested, check out MMB Creations on etsy and The Antiques and Crafts Mall of Pasadena. I would love for you to become a follower of my blog and a friend on Facebook MMB Creations on Facebook.

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