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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Colorful Felt Pillow Covers

I make these appliqued felt pillow covers for family gifts and decor. 
I use straight stitching on my Singer and I'm not too awful picky
 about keeping everything neat and tidy. I like the texture that
 the multiple stitching gives to the thick felt and
 LOVE all the colors available. 


 Here's a gallery of my designs so far. This year I'm going to try some 
Halloween and Christmas designs, those should be fun!
It really is a simple process. Cut out the felt shapes and sew them in layers
 on your pillow fabric. You can be as neat and accurate or as abstract and casual as you prefer. 

Do you have questions about the DIY? Just ask them below and I'll answer them all!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Gotta Love Thrift Stores...And This Gorgeous Blue Plate!


I am a dedicated thrift store shopper and it has paid off in savings 
and truly unique finds over the years.


We got this sturdy and well built but oh-so-retro coffee table for $7.50 way back when. 
It has held up well for decades and it's latest look includes 
turquoise chalk paint and a painted top.

After a house fire we bought the Flexsteel sofa for $25 that shows in the bottom pic.
It has down filled cushions and an easy to slipcover design.
 It is now on it's fourth life, reupholstery wise, 
in chocolate brown ribbed twill.

And here's what I found today for $2.50....
a beautiful fused glass plate in shades of blue by Galvin Glass Works of New York.


As a serious cobalt blue glass fan girl, this glass plate is right up my alley.


I put together with my other thrift store finds and gifts of colored glass, 
you can see why it caught my eye.


And then I turned it over and saw this....it's engraved with a signature by the glass artist, 
Andrew Galvin. It is #1794 of 2640. I think "Oracle" is the name of this particular design
 in  his fused glass catalog.

You can bet I'll be hitting the thrift stores again and soon. 
I may not find something this stunning, but I'll keep my eyes open.
And, anyone that knows me can guess, 
I HAVE A LIST.

What is your best thrift store find? What are you looking for?


Friday, May 26, 2017

Rustic Pebble Table From a Five Gallon Bucket

I wanted a couple of small side tables for our deck and decided to make them out of what we had on hand, which includes five gallon buckets, recycled pallet boards and Dollar Store pebbles.



Here's a link to the first bucket table I made with a blingy top of beautiful glass gems from the Dollar Store. I like it but it seems too...fancy for our front deck.



So I knew I wanted to make something a bit more rustic and farm style. 
Back to the stash of five gallon buckets I go and add more salvaged pallet boards.
 Our nail gun makes this part quick and easy.
I put five nails in each board then bent them down for safety.



Our local Dollar Store has these bags of pretty polished pebbles in stock all year long. This project took two bags since I picked thru them for flatter stones. I added larger flat stones from our gravel garden paths and used silicone to attached them to a thrift store microwave plate. I think the plate cost $1.35 and I also got a discount!


I really really really like the rustic look and country charm of this version of my bucket table!



The warm wood and colorful stones are just a natural pairing and with the silicone 
they look like they are floating in water. LOVE IT!


Perfect for a nice morning cuppa before the day heats up. I am liking this little 
table more and more as I keep looking at it.



 So here's the first version of my five gallon bucket table with blingy 
Dollar Store glass gems. I like this one too!


Plus, just like the other table, this pebble table is totally weatherproof 
so it can stay out side all year if I want. And the cost? Minimal.
Here is the breakdown....

five gallon bucket on hand 
reclaimed pallet boards on hand
one tube of  silicone caulking $2.97
2 bags of Dollar Store polished pebbles $2 total

2 hours of time with our nail gun and then with a caulking gun.

The silicone sets up quickly and after an overnight wait this little table is
 ready for use anywhere outside. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five Gallon Blingy Bucket Table DIY

You know the drill by now. I wanted something but didn't want to spend any money. 
In this case, a nice little side table for our front deck....just a pretty little place to put things when we're sitting out there visiting or enjoying the sun.

I knew we had to have something in all of our stuff that I could use for this project.
Heeeeyyyyy....

We have a stack of five gallon buckets in storage. Sure, they smell like pickles but 
they are free and they are also the perfect height! In this case, 13" tall.


Here is the spray paint I keep on hand for our plastic patio chairs that are still sturdy and I am too cheap to replace. Painted this beautiful turquoise blue they even
 look good. I also used this spray paint when I painted the deck rug. The link for THAT is below.


The bucket is now Lagoon blue. And soon the boards will be, too.


Pallet wood scraps, baby!
I knew if I rummaged around enough in the scrap barrel I'd find enough to cover this bucket.
Yeah, they look rough but they're scraps and they're free and it was starting to get hot....

Okay, used air nailer to attach boards to bucket. 
Easy peasy.



Checking the kitchen I found this 15" microwave plate under the counter. We've never had a microwave large enough for this plate so I must have bought it at some point,
 but hey, serendipity! Perfect for the table top I have in mind.



Yeah, I have a stash of blue gems from the Dollar Store and thrift stores and yard sales. Don't judge me, I use these all the time! Shhh, they're pretty and they're cheap and perfect for this next step.



I laid them out in different ways and decided I liked the random look. A caulking gun and that tube of silicone sealer and in a bit I was looking at.....


A five gallon bucket table with a blingy glass top! 

I made this photo all gauzy and glamorous on purpose. Because I'm not quite sure if the style
 of the top goes with the style of the base, even after I painted the base turquoise blue.

Hmmmmm.



Look! All's well that ends well! 

This pretty little FREE table is perfect for the purpose I had in mind. With a bit
 of ingenuity and time and a bit of work, I now have a blingy blue glass table for our front deck. Not only is it FREE, but it is totally waterproof and can stay outside all year long. 

Plastic bucket.
Reclaimed pallet boards.
Silicone sealant.
Blue glass gems.
ALL totally weatherproof.

I am calling this a win win, even if I'm not completely satisfied that the top goes with the bottom. But I've got a few ideas, and a few more five gallon buckets, to try and change things up.

Stay tuned!!

Here's my second table, so pleased with it!


Here is a link to the pebble table blog post....


And here's a fun linky party to visit....

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Glass Garden Balls DIY

By special and numerous requests, here you are, the tutorial for my glass garden balls ....originally posted in 2013!




My blog header shows my love of cobalt blue glass and I've added that love of blue glass to my garden art.


Years ago my family got me a big blue gazing ball for my daisy flowerbed and I knew I wanted more, more, more! But hey, those gazing balls are not cheap and they are surprisingly fragile. Basically they are just giant glass Christmas balls. So they break if they fall over.What to do?


My first idea involved a bowling ball and lots of glass half marbles from the Dollar Store. I got this idea from the Garden Junk forum over at Garden Web. I used Silicone II adhesive for half of the ball and E6000 jewelry adhesive for the other half. I prefer the jewelry adhesive. And I LOVE how this came out!!! The bowling ball cost me $4 at a thrift store and I used about 6 bags of glass marbles, more or less. A 40% off coupon from Michael's snagged the E6000 and voila!!! My first blue glass garden ball for about $14. I was hooked!


I snagged this round glass light fixture for 25 cents and knew it would be my next ball project. Dollar Store half marbles and garage sale finds gave me the blue glass I needed. I decided to go with this Amazing Goop silicone adhesive because it was CHEAP. It is basically the same formula as the E 6000 and the Silicone II. The total cost on this pretty ball is less than $10.


This is definitely an OUTSIDE project since all the glues I've mentioned are incredibly smelly. Even outside I have a fan blowing across my work area to avoid the fumes. I settled on my front porch and started gluing. Put a small blob of glue on each individual marble, you do not have to goop it on. Smear a layer on your big ball and put your marble in place. I twist them a bit to make sure they stick together.


IMPORTANT! The adhesive does not set up quickly so you will have to do small areas of your ball and let it dry for several hours then turn it over to do the other sides. Try to skip this step and you'll have glass marbles falling off all over the place! In this project patience will reward you with a beautiful art piece.


And done!!


Here she is (of course she's a lady! LOL!) nestled in a soft bed of creeping Jenny. A hot pink petunia will join her soon. I love the bright blue glass against my blue deck railings and house color.


Oooh ahhh!


http://betweennapsontheporch.net/washing-an-hermes-silk-scarf-madame-paulette/

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Book Page Decorating Obsession

When it comes to my favorite decor material, book pages are my number one go to  solution.

I hate to get rid of my old books so using them on projects to decorate and organize my home is a great solution for me!


In my craft room I've used book pages on bankers boxes and other containers to coordinate my storage. Whenever I run across black and white gift wrap or contact paper I use them on other boxes since I really like the way the book pages and the prints complement each other.


Insanely Creative Christy restyled this $1 bathroom cabinet using dictionary pages while I was laid low by chemo. This is still one of  my favorite book page projects ever!


Of course I had to try book pages for Christmas decor and I REALLY LOVE the way the recycled pages look on the balls, snowflake garlands and "post it note" origami flowers.



And, of course, I restyled/disguised the brass and glass dining room light that The Welding Man loves so much. I'm really liking the shapes and different layers of lights in this recycled chandelier.



The Welding Man made me a wrought iron bakers rack some years ago and I decorate it all year long for the seasons. This year I made this book page wreath with a little nest in the middle for the wall above the bakers rack. I added leaves from various books, the book page covered vase and also the long legged birds. Along the edge you can see the book page leaf garland I made for this display. I love how it all comes together!



My family knows I will restyle just about anything with old book pages. I am always on the look out for vintage dictionaries that are damaged beyond use that have some wonderfully aged paper.


Here's another close look at the book page leaf garland. I really like it! Now I'm thinking that if I dyed the pages in shades of green they would make a gorgeous leaf garland. I'll have to try it!


And here's a new project......art on a book page background. I used colored pencils, paint and ink to make this tattoo design which includes most of my creative tools plus a wonderful quote from my sister.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Page Chandelier Lamp Shade

Here is the next chapter of the brass and glass dining room light. The Welding Man luvs it 
and  I keep decorating it and disguising it's wonderfulness.


Yes. The glass panels need cleaned.
I've used these two ideas for Christmas and Autumn.



Then I made this drum shade from a much larger lamp shade. 
It was okay but looked a bit too amber. 
And when lighted the uneven trims really stood out. 
Aargh.


 Several years back I made this book page chandelier for my craft room. 
It totally goes with the book page vibe I've used
in there for many of my storage containers.

Hmmmm.


I punched out about 400 circles from an old dictionary. 
It had water damage and was 25 cents at the thrift store. Score!




I sewed many many strings of 7 circles and hot glued them to 
a metal ring which fit the top of the hanging lamp. 

 


Oooh aaaah, I like it!



I like it alot!

This project is definitely a keeper. It cost me nothing but time and energy. I may add a few more circle strings, perhaps in a different size, and see how it looks.

But for now, I'm calling this a win win!
http://betweennapsontheporch.net/washing-an-hermes-silk-scarf-madame-paulette/