Look what you can make with an old hand truck, old wood & a very handy husband! (Oh, and a clever wife 😜).
I have journaled for the past 40 years. I have different sized journals. Some were bought & some I made. This next year I will be using a notebook I created from bits & pieces I have collected over the years. It will include a monthly planner, a journal and a place for my art & ideas. I bought new drawing pens & a fountain pen to use & store in my book. I can’t wait to use it!!
This project goes along with my completing project goals. I had the shadowbox and so when I found this cute fabric I knew I had a match! I lined the back of the box with adventure fabric and added the black & white fabric to the box border to give it some contrast. (I also used these 2 fabrics on the baby quilt.) I bought the bear utensils & boxes to match the fabric theme. You could add a photo & other keepsakes to place in the box as well. Fun gift!
My grandma made a recipe book for each woman in my family. Each recipe was written out by hand and placed in a little notebook. I decided to make a canvas cover for my recipe book with my grandma’s picture on it. I added a little flattened penny from Wyoming & a fishing hook because they remind me of her. Inside the book my grandma had glued a cute kitchen poem, and I made sure to include it on the canvas inside my book. Now the cookbook is sitting out in my kitchen, reminding me what a wonderful grandma & cook she was.
Every year there is a sale at the Christian Academy in town. I always find something good there. Last year I found the doll house & this year I found a pile of goodies. Today I will share some of the items that made me so happy. First there was an antique basket with an old brass latch. Then there was a tiny vintage case that I filled with buttons. Next came a jar of old pearls and diamonds. No, I don’t think they are real, but they are great for my projects. And then there was an old medal breadbox. It has a shelf inside of it. I am going to use it to store art supplies. I had a wood box that fit on the top shelf. I filled it with my embellishment junk. I even jazzed up the side of the wood box. I can put my button case & journals on the bottom shelf. It is so cool!! I will tell you about my best find in another post. I’m still working on it!! In the meantime, here are my pictures of my fab finds!!
This is one of those weeks where I am in the mood to finish projects rather than start new ones! That will probably last 2 days, but oh well, better than nothing. Anyways, here is a quilt top I just finished. Here is the kicker..it was a project someone else started & never finished. I found pieces of the quilt top in a bag with scraps of the fabric. The original seamstress had sew parts of it together the wrong way. They must have not wanted to take the seams apart & re-sew it. The colors are beautiful and the fabric is all new cotton. I took my seam ripper out, repositioned the pieces and sewed it back together. Now the question is, do I start quilting it , or finish the trim on another quilt that I almost have done?
I wish this was a life size potting shed & not a miniature! It came together rather easily. I had the little green cabinet & tools, and so all I had to do was create the box, cover the roof with needlepoint,
paint & decorate the furniture, add some plants & that was practically it! The only thing I bought was the unfinished garden furniture from Hobby Lobby for $9.00.
This rug started out with rag strips around the outside. Then I sewed in some crewel work. After that I started wool hooking. Well, I couldn’t leave out some cross-stitching. Then I decided to weave some areas in. You see where I’m going! By the time I finished, and yes it took a lot of time, this is what I ended up with. Definitely one of a kind!
I made this little travel art case to pack in my purse so I can work on little projects when I am traveling or waiting around. The case is leather & it measures 6” X 5”. I covered the outside of the case with vintage pieces that I sewed together. The inside of the case holds a fabric sewing kit, a little fabric book that I can sew in, embroidery floss, a little journal, a tiny sketchbook, some ATC cards, paints & a brush, a pen & scissors. Easy 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.