Chair Reduction

My reputation spreads. A friend called and said she had saved this bar-stool from the curb.

She had the chair beside her garage for several days before I remembered to pick it up. Of course, while I procrastinated, the rains came. This picture is actually after I fixed it. The seat had become unglued. I glued and clamped the seat. My vision was a chair for my grandson, August. I sanded and sanded. The plan brewing in this crazy brain was to remove the seat and lazy Susan swivel, cut off the legs to make the chair seat about 12″ tall. When I took it apart, I decided that the chair looked top-heavy. I bought a larger wooden round to use as the swivel base. I cut out the largest part of the legs and attached them using brackets and screws. This still did not look right. I thought about bun feet, but they cost money (not in my plan) and they are too short. I went to my scrap wood pile and decided to create legs out of a 4×4 post. I cut the legs at an angle and attached them to the round.

Finally the chair began to look proportionally correct. Next I primed and painted it red. Here is the finished product.

Won’t August look cute twirling around and around in this chair? He won’t be able to move the chair around now because it is very heavy…sturdy.

 

They will be here in just 5 days!

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Desk Upcycle

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Just a quick before and after. This desk belongs to a friend. It was in her room when she was little. Now she has a 5-year-old son. She wanted it repainted in a cowboy, western, Texas theme. I was free to do my thing.


Here it is. Oh, disregard the messy garage. When I create, things fly.

My husband’s office in Bridge City was a Texas theme so we had the stars and blocks and the horse hanger. A neighbor gave me the box and boots.

 

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Finally Christmas

I have had a very hard time getting it together this year. Today I finally put up the Christmas tree. Now that does not mean that the house is ready for Christmas. It means the tree is decorated. Our tree is an example of “necessity is the mother of invention”. About 8 years ago I bought a very nice, and expensive, tree. It is 9′ tall and prelit. I have really enjoyed it. In our house in Bridge City, it looked great in the living room. We had lots of room for a big, full tree. Well we now live in a smaller house in Friendswood. When we moved we lost part of the tree. The top is gone and some of the lights do not work. If you know me, you know that I do not throw things away. I get creative. Here is the sad tree without a top.

We also had to retire the crocheted angel topper that we had for about 30 years. She was just YUCK! I crocheted another angel. It took me 3 tries to get the right size because I did not have a pattern and I don’t really know what I am doing most of the time. So I took the angel, some tulle and lights and stuck them on the top of the tree.

It really looks that we meant to do that. Here is the whole tree.

When I decorate, I tend to go overboard with a theme.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, most of the year, my house is overrun with chickens. For Christmas I do angels. Today I will concentrate on the tree. Later I will show you my other angels. Here are SOME of my ornaments.

Next time I’ll show you how I upcycle my pillows for Christmas.

Wood Creations

I am trying this new thing with the slide shows. Initially, they are a lot of work, but I think they will be useful and fun over time.

Today I am sharing some of the things that I have made out of wood. I buy very few materials for these projects. I am an incurable dumpster diver. My garage and now my house are full of things I have found at the curb on trash day. Now my friends are calling me about trash finds. They call when their garage sales are finished so I can look through the leftovers. They bring me junk to church. I am having so much fun. There are just not enough hours in the day to complete the projects.

I am also working of a couple of  commission pieces. My friend wants her husband’s coat of arms painted on a board. I will send pictures when it is complete.

I am repainting this desk for a Christmas present.

I get to be creative. It is for a 5-year-old boy. I am excited.

God and genetics have blessed me with talent. I am having a great time exploring the possibilities.

What else will this creative and crazy mind imagine?

Fabric Art

Check out the slide show to see my fabric art.

Customized Quillows

All quillows are custom made. It is 45×60 with a matching shoulder strap. When you are going into the game, you can carry binoculars or water in the pocket. When the quillow is open, your feet can stay warm tucked into the pocket. This also makes a great picnic blanket. All quillows are completely washable.

Pillowcase Dresses

Vintage, hand-embroidered, pillowcase made into a dress. The drawstring neckline allows the dress to grow with the child. They can be worn by 2T to teens.

Nap Mat

The 22×50 bed roll is great for daycare or grandma’s house. It has a 1″ piece of washable foam inside one end to lie on and a poly fiberfill pillow on the other end. The 36″x36″ blanket is attached on one side. When not in use, the mat rolls up and buttons closed. The strap makes it easy for little ones to carry.

What else can I create?

Statement Jewelry

Deck the Yard

I have been working some more with the reclaimed fence pickets. My wonderful husband, Brad, found some pictures on the internet. I really liked this Picket Nativity, but I didn’t want to pay for or wait for the pattern.

So I just created my own:

I also got a request from my friend Chris. You remember, she’s the one with TEN grandchildren. Well she wanted a plywood train to hand all of those stocking from. This is what I have so far. I will see her tomorrow night so we can decide what to do next.

And you remember all of the other picket people that I have made.

I also made some lollipops, but I forgot to take pictures. I am going to the  Antiques and Crafts Mall of Pasadena tomorrow. I will try to remember to take pictures of the things I have there.

Sooooo Many Phone Books

We live in the Greater Houston area. I have never seen so many phone books. Why would I need any phone books? Now I have them everywhere. I heard that they are going to stop printing phone books….YEAH!!!!! Does anyone have ideas of what to do with all of these books? I know they make good booster chairs. Do they work as decoupage? Have you covered tables or lampshades with the pretty yellow and black?

HELP!!!!

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.

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