Another Christmas Present Creation

Some time back I found a bunk bed frame at the curb. It was such good lumber, I could not pass it up. Here is the part that  I used for this project.

I took this apart and ended up with these boards.

I cut and sanded and glued and nailed and filled holes and sanded and primed and sanded and painted and aged and sealed…well you get the picture. This is what I created for my grandson.

He will be bringing his parents here in just 2 days!

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.

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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