I’m working on a new store with my sister-in-law. We will sell handcrafted home decor along with unfinished items you can make yourself. My brother owns a cabinet shop, so this is the perfect place to set up shop. We will be selling online and locally.
This has been one of my most favorite projects this year! I absolutely love how this bench turned out.
The even better thing about it, it only took me about an hour to make.
This bench started its life as a headboard and footboard to two different beds.
I bought the headboard at the DI for $8. The footboard was donated by my awesome mom. The rest of the wood was scrap in my garage.
I started with cutting the footboard right in half and screwing it to the side of the headboard.
The footboard already had a notch cut out on each side, so I used that as the front of the bench, screwing a 2x4 to it.
I didn't have enough 2x6's to do the bench, but liked the look of them. So I decided to mix them with 2x4's.
Screwed them into the frame and TADA! Jackpot!
I lightly sanded and painted with my favorite color, Cottage White. I had planned on antiquing this after, but when I got it on my porch, I decided I like it just the way it was.
Well, except it needed pillows now.
Searching through the stash, I found some cute stripped material I wanted to use. And I was dying to use make a burlap pillow like the ones I've seen around blogland.
I bought a few pillows at the DI to use as stuffing, way cheaper than buying actual pillow forms.
I sewed the new pillows inside out around the old pillows so I didn't even have to measure anything. One of the burlap pillows I stamped with a stamp I've had for years and never used. I used chocolate brown to try to imitate those awesome coffee burlap bags. I then weaved the coordinating fabric through the bottom to tie it in.
On the other burlap pillow, I simply tied bow around. I'm not totally in love with the bow, thinking of making rosettes instead, but great for now.
I love this bench on my porch. I have gotten so many compliments on it. No one believes me that it only cost me $8 and that I BUILT IT!
You may have heard about the Art Exchange Project: Art Swap that is floating around the blog world at the moment. One of the cute ladies I follow was doing it and opened it up to her readers. I just participated in a Christmas in July swap (pictures to follow!) and was so excited to get my package in the mail. I figured this would be even more fun since you are supposed to get 36 packages in the mail! Woo Hoo! I love presents. I thought I'd open it up to readers on my blog and see if anyone would like to join up?
It is a never ending art swap...all you have to do is send 1 handmade package (it can be ANYTHING handmade) and you will receive 36 pieces of art in return! Sounds simple enough and I'm excited to see how it turns out - of course it will only work out if people stick to their end of the bargain, but even if I only get a couple of packages, that would still be exciting!
So...anyone out there want to join me? I need 6 willing participants - feel free to leave a comment with your email address or send me an email if you want to take part and I'll send you the details. If I happen to get more than 6 responses, I'll be sure to pass your details onto other people who are looking for participants.
So my laptop was flung off my bed and smashed into the floor by a puppy broke about 6 weeks ago.
I feel like I've fallen off the face of the earth. Luckily I saved everything off the laptop and have a new one up and running.
Now to get back in the swing of things.
I'm so excited, we have 57 followers! I said I was going to have a giveaway at 50, and sometime while I was off the radar, I surpassed!
I'm working on a great giveaway and will post it later this week. I have tons of things to show you. While my computer was down, I was able to craft my little heart out.
First up: My darling niece's first birthday.
So of course I had to make her cute outfit to wear. This time I didn't try it on my baby boy like I did at Christmas.
I didn't take any pictures during the creation; I just made it up as I was going. I started with a white onsie. The top of the cupcake is that soft swirly fabric left over from a quilt. I also added ruffles to the sleeves. The skirt is pink tulle. I tied it in with a hem that matches the cupcake.
I also made her a few leg warmers. These were easy. I just bought girls knee highs, cut them and hemmed them.
Stay tuned for some exciting upcycling projects, an exterior home face lift and how to use old windows (so far I have 3 different projects!)
Did you see my guest post over at A Vision to Remember?
In case you missed it, here it is.
This is what we did at our family craft night a few weeks ago.
(My laptop is in the shop! All my pics are on it.
I should have it back this weekend and
then all new posts! Also, I'm working on
a give-a-way as soon as we hit 50 followers!)
4th of July Rag Wreath
I know it's a little early to be working on 4th of July
decorations, every year July rolls around and
I have nothing to put out and no time
to get anything done
Besides, I REALLY want to start Halloween and Christmas crafts,
but it's too early to do that, right??? (maybe next month)
This was a very easy inexpensive project I came up with
for our family craft night. We try to get together every few
weeks and eat food and craft.
I bought this fabric at Wal-Mart really cheap. Each wreath was about $6.
If I were to do it again, I would go with more VIVID colors,
although this matches perfectly with my house,
my front door is a burgundy color, and
it doesn't stand out as much as I would like.
Snip your fabric every 1" and rip into strips.
Then cut the strips at 6". I used about 1 yard
total, from 5 colors, for the wreath.
Take some wire hangers and bend them round
Tie the strips around the hanger in a single knot.
Squish it together as you go and fluff later.
This is my first attempt:
I was able to squish the strips together and fit a TON more fabric
Making it a lot FULLER.
I love how it turned out. It took me about 6 hours because
of all the gabbing and eating. Probably should have only
been about 1 hour. But that's what makes
crafting so much fun, right!!!
BUT WAIT....THAT'S NOT ALL
If you do this craft in the next 30 minutes, we'll throw in this
Bonus Craft - Separate Shipping & Handling may apply
(Don't you love those commercials?!?
Even my kids always say "But Wait")
for your table
I cut a 2x2 into 4", 6", and 8" lengths
Paint, glue on wick, wrap and you done.
Great kid craft, neighbor gift, anything
My cousin's version:
Aren't they beautiful? She's way more artistic than me.