tablecloth or a quilt.
I am just finishing up this tablecloth. Some of the linens date back to 1925, while others are new. I haven't sewn down the pieces with sayings because I can't decide if I want to use them on the
tablecloth or a quilt.
My soon to be, sweet daughter-in-law, saw a wedding card box on Pinterest that she wanted for their wedding, and she asked me if I would make one. The average price of the boxes on Pinterest were about $125. I wanted to try this project and see if their price was justified. I bought stackable boxes at Michael's on sale for $25, satin fabric at Hobby Lobby for $15, and the pretty bobbles for $6 at Hobby Lobby. I had the netting already. It took me a couple of hours to cover the boxes and then cut the bottoms out so the cards could fall through. This was not a simple project, but I'm happy I could do it, and for $46. (Sorry about the reflection on the material)
Barter: To trade (goods or services) without using money.
I have bartered with two people over the last month. I am wondering why people don't do it more often?
At the last show I did, the woman next to me wanted a suitcase I had, and I traded it for a bunch of jewelry parts. We were both so happy! Here were the parts I got. Just wait, they will make very cool jewelry.
The other trade was unexpected. A family friend called and asked me if I could give her some ideas on re-doing a little sewing cabinet she had. Sure, it was my pleasure. I ended up bringing the cabinet home to do for her. In return, she gave me a vintage Singer sewing machine. How sweet is that?
Below is the cabinet I did. She wanted me to use the little sewing machine panels she had and I just added some 1920 quilt blocks I had. A little paint and it was done.
I spent 5 days organizing my art, craft and office space. Let me tell you, there is a lot of stuff packed into this space, but I can tell you exactly where to find anything & everything here! I tried to empty out this room and put it back exactly like I wanted it. I threw away a trash bin full of junk and took boxes of stuff to Soroptimist. I got to a point where I really didn't enjoy being in this room, and I didn't have space to work. During the cleaning and reorganizing I was so overwhelmed, but it is something I have wanted to do for a couple of years. Now that I'm done, I love it! I have a section for tools, art supplies, sewing & material, stamping & papers, jewelry making, and an office space. This room holds gifts and keepsakes from my family, students and friends. I couldn't have this much stuff all over my house, but it's perfect in my creative space.
Below is a little slide show of space! Hit play and enjoy!
I just finished this gypsy chair! It has reversible cushions; one side is modern gypsy and the other side is from a 1924 crazy quilt. Don't gasp because I used the quilt, because as hard as I tried, I couldn't piece it back together. It will be enjoyed and have more life now than if I had kept it on a shelf. I also included a needlepoint piece that I have saved for at least 25 years. What do you think?!
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.