During the week one challenge, when I cleaned and organized my sewing space studio….it amazed me at how much my cutting table was lacking.
About five years ago or so my husband and I constructed this beast…
I had a vision of the height I wanted for a cutting table so that it would be comfortable as I stood…(I know there are lots of options out there. IKEA and all that. trust me I’ve seen all the Pinterest photos, blogs and suggestions from others sewists.
Here’s the thing.
Most of all of the furniture in my sewing studio is either clearance items, thrifted pieces or hand me downs.
So we went to the ReStore and found a an old bathroom vanity… And this creation came to life. My husband took it apart and added a little bit of height, shelves, a particleboard top, and casters so that it rolls. This thing is HEAVY!
Like I said, this was five or six years ago now, and since my sewing studio has been a complete and utter mess I’ve been able to ignore the fact that it’s ugly as sin. Well, no longer.
When I swivel my sewing chair around I saw this blank ugly piece of….of….Furniture. 🙂
So the past couple weeks I went to work on making it something I’d like to look at.
and what makes me happier than colorful beautiful fabric?
I sectioned it off and went to work Mod-Podging in pieces of my favorite stash to make it an art piece.
I still have room and things to add to the collage… But it is complete at least for now
I know I’ve just been all things Hallmark movies here on the blog lately….but I have been busy doing other more creative activities too.
I really needed to up my Christmas home decor game after watching all those beautiful Hallmark scenes for the last month and a half!
Enter these fabric/trim trees.
Now I’m sure you could find cones in the craft stores…..but I am nothing if not cheap…..so when I saw you could make them from poster board for some pocket change…..I began my forest!
I didn’t use a template at all…..just started rolling poster board into a cone…..taped it all up with good, quality packaging tape….and got to decorating. I got 2 large cones, 2 medium cones, and 2 small cones of varying sizes from one standard poster board.
With only my trusty glue gun as my weapon, I dug through my lace, trim ,and fabric and started construction from the bottom up.
The Lace versions are prefect for a softer look:
These are my kids’ favorites! The green was what I had left of this trim…..but I also love it so much, I might have to buy some more like that. And a straight-up peppermint candy quilting cotton is just glued down in strips.
I then proceeded to fancy it up a bit with the plaid. For this look, I cut 2 inch strips of fabric and ran a long stitch down the center and gathered for a ruffle. (I Know, I said no-sew….you could still totally hand gather the fabric as you glue….but I am all for quick and easy)
Those ones are my favorite!
I’d love to see what you come up with if you make some of your own!
Today I am struggling. I’m struggling with patience. I’m struggling with negativity.
I’m basically driving the whole Struggle Bus.
In short: I’ve got a bad attitude.
So, I thought I’d make something pretty. (that didn’t involve masks)
Do you remember my Hallmark Inspired Truck that I keep out all year long? Well, it needed something SPRINGY!
I meant to have at least two other Fill the Truck posts in between my Shamrocks and this one, but….well, quarantine life.
Alright, enough ho-hum…let’s get to some pretties, shall we?
I found a really cute, easy tutorial for fabric daffodils HERE from Crafty Staci She gives you three ways to make them. I followed one tutorial for the first one I made, and then just sort of wings the other two. Remember, my attitude today. I ran out of patience with that too, apparently.
Anywhoodle, I used some wooden skewers and wrapped them up with fabric for the stems….
HOT glue those bad boys on the back
Then, I just happened to have this cute little Terracotta pot Georgia painted for me back in 2018. (says so on the bottom)
And for the dirt? A rolled up brown sock that is one of a million without a match that I have piled in our guest room.
See, Who needs to run to the craft store to create something new?
Well, I might not NEEDto…..but I REALLY REALLY REALLY cannot wait to anyway.
Also, I need to catch up on my Spring Fling Hallmark movies! (Perhaps that will lift my spirits?)