I went to a sale today and I spotted this necktie cloth. and I just couldn't pass it up. I came home and looked up necktie art on the internet. I couldn't believe all of the things people make with neckties! I kept searching and found a beautiful rug made from ties. The piece I found could be turned into a rug, or could be a pretty tablecloth.
Look at the beautiful fabrics I received from the Handmaids Challenge! It was the most delightful present and I am so thankful for this gift! I had so much fun making the postcards and I can't wait to make something fun with all of the fabric I received. J. Wecker Frisch, your drawings and fabric are amazing!!
My sincere thanks! Terry
I have to start with a quick story about my Aunt Lois's chair. My aunt had the most comfortable chair I have ever sat it. It was small, cozy and so very comfy! I have always wanted to find one like hers because I just loved it! Well, I finally found one almost as comfortable, but not nearly as cute. I bought it, hauled it home and reupholstered it. All I need to do now is finish the little ruffle that goes around the bottom of the chair. It rocks and everything!!
I decided to get busy making new items for the upcoming Front Porch Pickins show. I found this little stool this week and just cut off the top of a cute ribbon pillow and stitched it on the top of the stool cushion. It was a little labor intensive because I had to hand stitch the top fabric through the stool fabric, which was a little hard to get my needle through.
So I decided to do another swap, and this time the theme is Easter. You send 10 item to a fellow swapper, and each item starts with each letter in "Easter Time". I have gathered all of my items except for one, and I need the person's name that I swap with before I can finish the last little gift. Here is a peek at the box I have been preparing!
So here comes the funny part.... I received the persons name that I am sending my package to. I finish it up and get it all ready to mail. I am so excited because the gift goes to a person in Singapore. Yes, I said I would mail mine out of the U.S. . Are your ready? The postmaster tells me it will cost $80.00 to mail my package. I think to myself, is this really worth mailing for $80.00 plus the cost of the items being mailed? Long story short, no! So I took the gift home, took things out of the boxes and fancy wrap and re-packaged them and took out the heavy items and replaced them with light weight items. I put it all in a big first class postal envelope and take it to the postmaster once again. He weighs it and tells me it will be $58.00. He directs me to a big plain mailing envelopes and tells me to try it again, and to make sure I fill out a customs receipt.. I repackage it all again right there in the post office, and I return to the postmaster. It is now down to about $20.00 and I happily ship it off to my new friend in Singapore!
I made little rabbits like these about 25 years ago. One of my favorite gifts that my sister Cindy made me was one of these rabbits made with stained glass. I still have it hanging in my art room. Well, when I was gathering my Easter items, I decided to make a couple of the rabbits. I drew them out on some cutter quilt pieces. I stitched around them and added a little embroidery.
If you want to make a super quick gift or just make something fun for yourself, here is a project. I took a $1.00 Scrabble game I found at a sale, arranged the letters to make words, then hot glued them onto the wood holders that were included in the game. Ta-da! No, I did not come up with this idea, and yes, it couldn't be any easier than this. I did glue some letters on a magnet to put on the dishwasher that say clean & dirty. You can also use the empty tiles and add your own touch.
Rachelle, a friend that I teach with, knows I love vintage lace and linens. Sometimes she gives me things she has collected over the years, and sometimes she buys me linens when she thinks I would love and appreciate them. She usually surprises me by putting them at my classroom door, and often there is a note telling me about the item. Well, for my birthday she gave me this 120 year old lace tablecloth. It is absolutely beautiful!
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.