Sewing

Week 5 Sewing Challenge: Sew Something for Storage

When this week began, I had big plans for sewing some fabric boxes or containers for my sewing studio….organization still on the mind…..and I gotta harness that while the mood strikes, ya know?

But, as I was sitting at my machines sewing garments….this Big Jar ‘O Zippers was staring me right in the face. I realized that I purchased these zippers months ago with plans to make more Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bags…..but I never did. What made me wait so long? Not sure. I made this one for the girls’ room last spring.

And this guy for the boys’ room:

Then made this one for auction shortly after…

I even had a friend order one for her daughter’s birthday:

They seemed popular enough, so perhaps it was just the colors of zippers I had left that was holding me back.

That’s when I find it’s nice to come at it from a different perspective. I went Zipper to Fabric….instead of Fabric to Zipper. Meaning, I used the color of the zippers I had to inspire the fabric choices in these…… and that, my friends, is your weekly glimpse into the crazy train in my brain that led me to the decision to make these this week:

If you’re interested to have one to be your very own, you can bid on them this weekend in the Red Rose Auction House. (Hint: click on those blue words to find the Auction items up for bids)

Our littlest guy loves his so much he fills it half full and sleeps on it like a pillow 🙂

Week 5 of 52 in the books!

Crafts & DIY · Sewing Studio

It’s Fabric….it’s Wallpaper….it’s Art.

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.

I’m cheap.

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?

Not much

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

Crafts & DIY · My Hallmark Obsession

Fill the Truck: Fabric Daffodils

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 NEED to…..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?)

Have you been watching???

Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

Decorate the Windows: DIY Washable Window Paint Cross

I’ve seen this on so many of my friends and families Facebook Feeds…and I’ve been wanting to do it…

It’s just that: Paint is not an essential item.

I tried to order it online.  It’s either astronomically priced OR won’t be delivered for over a month.

I tried putting it in my pick-up grocery order:  NOT IN STOCK. no subsitutions

So whatever, I bought some Chalk Markers and went on with my life.

 

Well, it’s Holy Week…and the idea of having a large cross painted on one of our windows is just too good for me to let go.

Yesterday, we made it happen.

And I realized, it was WAY easier than I thought it would be to make our own washable paint from the paint we already had.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

WASHABLE PAINT: ACRYLIC PAINT, DISH SOAP, WATER

OTHER: PAINTER’S OR MASKING TAPE AND BRUSHES

 

I did the taping, because, well, I’ve reached my limit of “4 children distance learning from home with severely limited contact with the outside world for the past 3 weeks” expectation to work together in a manner that would please Jesus on this project (you’ll see I was not wrong)

Then I used a very little amount of paint, we’ll call it “a Squirt” with a tsp or less of water and “a drop” of dish soap for each color.  Super technical measurements.  If the mixture is TOO runny, you’ll know…because it will drip.   So use less water than you think at first.

(I also tested this out and it came off very easily with my natural window cleaner)

Then, my only “rule”  was to try and not let any of the same color touch…and let them go to town.

 

80% of the way done, and all was right in the world….

and then it wasn’t.

Daughter on chair spilled paint cup on head of daughter on floor.

Daughter on floor does. Not react well to many “uncomfortable” or sensory triggers

Guilty Party

After this, the last painter standing “accidently” painted some of my curtain pink.

 

Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!

We Need You Now!

 

All joking aside,

Paint washed away from the Hair.

We can now be reminded of the Beautiful Symbolism of the Ultimate washing away….

In a time where we could all use the Comfort.

I couldn’t think of a more fitting day to publish this post than today…what would have been my mom’s 70th birthday….but will be forever 67 in our eyes until we meet again.

Crafts & DIY · Free Printable · From the Vault

The Common Table Prayer: Free Printable

I didn’t forget to post this morning….I was just contemplating what I wanted to say.

I have often been found making jokes over the past week regarding the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation.  I do that.  Call it a coping mechanism…or whatever you want.  It’s how I do life.

I’m not going to get into what I think about whether it’s overblown, not being taken seriously enough, or if my family has enough toilet paper to make it through the next few weeks.  (I do know I have plenty of scrap fabric….so we’ll be good, I think)

If you have questions or concerns, I DO suggest you look to the CDC (they are called the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL for a reason)  If you want a more personal opinion: see how your friend or family member that is a Health Care Professional is living their life and taking care of their family.  We go about this the same way…all the time.  We go to work, deal with the diseases everyday, and wash our hands a lot.

What I WILL say is this is the first time my husband and I have discussed the spread of disease and germs so thoroughly with our children. (with the exception of when my mom was sick and couldn’t come visit)  We don’t get to protect them from the world around us…the world and it’s problems will find them.  So we make sure we are part of their safe place and sounding board.

As we sat around our dinner table last night….

we discussed what’s happening, and some of the possibilities of what is to come….

and We Prayed.

We prayed the Common Table Prayer and Return Thanks that we do every sit-down meal.  If you’ve prayed this prayer before, it’s likely you rush through and never give it another thought….but I urge you to slow down.

Ponder each line.

It’s so good.

It’s so NEEDED.

And that is why I knew I needed to share this project I made back in July of 2012 with you.  Please feel free to print and use in your own home.  The Super Large Framed version is what’s hanging in our kitchen right

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CIRCA July 17, 2012 from my previous blog:

I have a great idea for some artwork for our Kitchen Dining Area…but I needed to first make the Subway Art Print.

While I was at it, I thought I’d share 🙂  It’s a 4×6 jpeg….but think how fun it would be printed out 2ft. x 3ft.!

The Common Table Prayer:

Black & White

 

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White & Black

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