My niece Jennifer brought her friend Mike for a visit this week. We had such a nice time! We talked, drank wine, hiked, visited with her grandpa, listened to Mike play his banjo and guitar. I love when different generations have time together. Such love!
We have family coming in to visit today so I decided to do a couple of little projects before they arrive. The first is a linen hanging bag. It's great to store clothes in or take on an overnight stay. It is very simple and I just added some vintage lace and a tag to the top of the bag. The other project is a hanger that has a little zipper pouch on it. I really fancied it up with lace, crochet, and other vintage bits. You could hang your favorite dress from it and all your accessories could be stored in the zipper pouch. A bit classy don't you think?
When I mail a package out to my Etsy customers I hope that they will be delighted when they open their package! I try very hard to include a pretty tag, a little extra surprise or put their purchase in a pretty handmade bag. Rather like happy mail don't you think? Today I spent some time making some new tags. There is nothing like pretty linen, pearl buttons, a little lace and trim and even a little sewing package on the back of some of the tags!
What else can you call this? I took an empty cardboard tube and wrapped it with vintage fabrics I had sewn together. Then I added the sampler I showed you about a week ago that I made out of vintage yoyos, quilt pieces, a tea towel and some vintage linen. After all that I added the fringe. Now here is the small miracle, I had a tin lid that fit this tube from another project. I padded the lid and added a piece of vintage needlework. Then I added a little more fringe around the edge of the lid. Oh yeah, I even put a needlepoint piece of fabric inside the bottom of the tube! I think this will be perfect in my art room! It can hold fabrics or sewing stuff or even a quilt and pillow. Now that the table part was done I wanted to have a solid piece of wood that I could set on top of the container to set a lamp or cup on. Well, I had a little wood cutting board that was just right. Could I stop there? No! I added a flower fabric piece to the top of the cutting board. I can use it somewhere else if I want, but isn't it pretty with the little lamp! So here is my sampler storage table! I can't wait to put in by my chair and settle down to stitch away!
I think one of the first sewing projects I did was cross stitch. That is sewing, isn't it? One takes a needle and thread and makes something beautiful. Is it still a form of art that people do? I can remember my great aunt working on cross stitch pieces. She made the little boy and the horse for me many years ago. Here are a few pieces I have left from days gone bye.
This morning I decided to make something different for my Etsy shop. I had some little file folders that I decided to add some fabric collage to. I started the cover with some antique linen, added some old sewing items and finished the front off with some buttons. On the inside of the folder/card I collaged fabric, snaps, buttons and what not. Each folder fits right into a 5" X 7" envelope! I made 4 cards using sewing stuff and 1card acts as a little art journal folder. The art journal folder has a collaged fabric piece on the cover that I did a while back. Inside I used a postcard that I made this summer (It can be used as a pocket). Then I sewed a strip of linen to the opposite side and slid a little handmade book into it. Once again, they all fit into an envelope so they can be used as cards or gifts.
I had a few old rock bags tucked away. They were used by kids when they went out to collect rocks. So yesterday I started sewing buttons on old quilt pieces and fabrics. (This is how my thought process works). I liked how they came together. Then this morning I had the idea to sew the button/fabric pieces on the old rock bags. They are perfect to keep buttons, sewing items or even keepsakes in. I'm going to list them on Etsy later today.
I bought a vintage table runner from my friend Ann. I wanted to keep the vintage charm but add some quilt pieces to it. I sewed on a half Dresden plate first. Then I added some vintage yoyos. After that I made 4 Cathedral blocks and inserted vintage fabric into the windows. Next came the wildflower piece, which is new and came from a tea towel I just bought from Under A Tin Roof. (They sell online and have wonderful items)! The last thing I added was a purchased flower. I think I will embroider a stem and leaves coming down from the flower. This will make a pretty table runner, or in my case might end up on a chair or part of a fabric pieced headboard. It was fun playing with all the different materials and textures. I'm ready to start another project!
I'm an art teacher and junk lover! I like to hunt for and repurpose treasures from flea markets, old barns, yard sales and funky shops.