Thursday, August 25, 2011

A BIRD PILLOW AND SEWING KIT IN A JAR

My one and only niece has graduated from college and is now "setting the world on fire" with a new job!  Along with that new job, comes her first post-college apartment.  She saw a pillow similar to this one recently and loved it - so I made one for her - kind of an apartment-warming gift!  Along with the pillow, I'm sending a sewing-kit-in-a-jar.  Doesn't every young person in their first place need one of these??  

Happy first apartment, Betsy!

 I pulled a thread from the burlap to make it easier to cut a straight line - on the grain.
 Used a little HeatnBond . . .
 and some linen.
This is a take on the pillow Betsy chose.  I added stitching around the edge . . .
 and a blanket stitch around the applique.
 For those times when a button pops off she'll have a jar of 12 different colors of thread, scissors, safety pins, and a needle.
 The top is a pincushion!
 
 Happy Housewarming to my favorite niece!!!

:)


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

BELLE CUISINE DE CAMPAGNE FRANCAIS

These summer days have flown by.  But, this morning I finished the sign for Kimberly who was my 200th FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY winner.  
At the end of June, I posted her "win" here:

"So, the OTHER winner of a hand-painted sign is:
Kimberly of KBUNTON0824
who would like a sign to say:
belle cuisine de campagne fran├žais"

First I painted the door in Annie Sloan's "Old White".  For a while I felt that ASCP was over-rated.  I do think that flat paint can suffice with many projects.  But the wording went onto the Annie Sloan paint beautifully and I'm back to really liking it.   
 So I transferred the chosen wording onto the sign using a printout of the saying, covering the back of the words in pencil lead, laying it on the door, going over the words, and painting with a fine brush.
 Kimberly requested red and white which matches her kitchen.
 After sanding the door here and there . . .
 I wiped on some Old English Dark Scratch cover, and Minwax Finishing Wax (also dark).
First to dry and then off to Kimberly!
Congratulations Kimberly! 

The other winner, my good friend Jan, will have her sign hand-delivered in October when we visit her in McKinney!

Monday, August 22, 2011

RABBITS AND SHEEP

Such a fun day!  This is the rabbit painting so far.  Just a few more furry touches to add . . . it looks like a character from Miss Gillyflower!
   
Below is a photo of the painting my mom really liked.
Now I'm in the mood to paint more animals.
 I've been saving this photo of Icelandic Sheep in a file for a while now.  This would be a fun photo to paint . . .
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TIME TO PAINT

The weekend was busy - fun - but busy.
So, I didn't have time to make anything.

But.

Today is sunny and crisp and fall is in the air.  I'm alone in the house.  So, it's time to open the windows and pull out the paints and my sewing machine.  Several projects are on the docket today.  First and foremost, a painting for my mom.  She has requested a rabbit, so, THAT will be my day! 

There's nothing quite like time spent with your paints . . .
 and a fresh canvas . . .

followed by some time with my trusty, 50 year old Kenmore . . .

to work on one of these from Saturday's post!
All with this guy in the background . . .
Happy Monday!

Friday, August 19, 2011

A BAG AND A PAINTING

Check out these really unique bags from Anthropologie.  
I'd really like to make one!  
Anthropologie is always such a great place for inspiration and this is just one more great idea!  Put a copy of a painting or photo onto fabric, then make it into a bag!  Here are a couple from Anthro's website:

Still Life Bag, Teapot, $398
 Barn Clutch, $298
(This is so unique - it would be almost impossible
 for anyone to have one just like yours!)
Windowsill, $498

But those prices!!!!!

So . . . I got to thinking!  

I COULD MAKE THAT AND SO COULD YOU!

I have some paintings and I've taken photos of them.  Why not make my own bag for a whole lot less than $295-$495!!  All you need is an ink jet printer, some transfer artist paper, and some basic sewing skills (or a purchased plain canvas bag from Joann Fabrics)

I'll use TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) to put a photo of my artwork onto fabric.  You can find "TAP" at Michaels or online.  The great thing about this transfer paper is that it doesn't leave a shiny surface after being ironed onto your fabric - it looks like it's been silk-screened on.  You can also iron your image onto other surfaces - such as paper, wood, glass, and metal.  The fabric can then be washed, folded, and stitched, and the image won't crack or fade.

So, there's one weekend project.  Saturday is supposed to be a rainy day.
Perfect!

A TUTU AND A HEADBOARD

A couple months ago I had a post showing all the changes I had made to our pink guest room.  At that time, I still needed a headboard and some finishing touches.  Well, that room is now complete!  The bed now has a headboard made from an old door, and I did a new painting to grace the wall.  

I had a wonderful time raising two great sons and had a lot of fun decorating their rooms as babies and young boys.  I remember the blue sailboat wallpaper I had in my first son's room.  I was so proud of that - my first attempt at wallpaper (even though we could only afford enough to cover one of the walls)! Then as they got older they did their own thing.  

They never wanted a pink bedroom nor had any interest in tutus - imagine that!  However, I grew up in a pink bedroom and always wanted one in my own house someday.  So here it is, complete!
  

My oldest son and his wife just stayed in this room a few weeks ago - tutu and all!  
And even he agreed . . . it's a very romantic room!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

ONE HOUR, A STRAW BAG, AND A LITTLE WOOL FELT

I came across this straw bag recently . . . on clearance.  It's lined in hot pink cotton.  No closure.  No embellishments.  Just a plain straw bag.  So, I got out that lime green wool felt I had left over from the ring bearer pillow I recently sold in my Etsy shop,  Gillyflower Cottage, and made a few felted roses and a closure tab out of what was left.  And, voila! 
A very inexpensive, fun summer bag!


The closure is actually magnetic and the buttons are just for looks.   I put a bright pink button in the center of the green one to tie in the pink lining.
This is a teesy felted rose on the other side of the closure tab - on the back of the purse.
I'm going to a luncheon at noon with one of my favorite groups of ladies and this will be the perfect bag for today!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

AUTUMN LEAVES.

Beautiful cello followed by a beautiful voice.  Who wouldn't want to learn how to play the cello after listening to THAT?!?!
Autumn.
Cello lessons.
Both are coming soon!

Tomorrow . . . an embellished straw bag in an hour!

Monday, August 15, 2011

A NEW RECIPE AND A CORSAGE

All summer, people have been asking me, "So, how does it feel to be retired?"  I never knew how to answer because I ALWAYS had a summer!  Not only that, but I'm not really old enough to "retire".  (just had to get that in!)  But, anyway, this is the first day I really feel "retired" from teaching.  The school staff begins their week of meetings today.

AND I WON'T BE THERE!
(Being a teacher, I feel as if I'm really getting away with something by starting my sentences with a conjunction.  Therefore, I'm planning on doing it all the time now!  Because I can.)


So, what will I do with my first real day of retirement?  First of all I made just a little something out of some of that burlap I was talking about in yesterday's post.  And I do mean little.  This will not even begin to make a dent in all that burlap!  But, this is the sort of little thing that you just don't have time for when you're getting a classroom ready for a new year.  This is the sort of thing that goes on the back burner and usually never gets done.   So, what is it?  A corsage, of course!   Women sometimes wear a corsage to commemorate a special day and this IS a special day!

I followed a super easy little "frayed flower tutorial" at Maize Hutton's blog.  First, I cut a strip of burlap.  Then for contrast I cut a strip of fine tulle.  In the center I put a button from my collection that was handed down from my Great Aunt Pearl!  So, this is my own version of a flower brooch to wear today as I celebrate my freedom!

Then, speaking of "burners" - one of my missions now is to become a better cook.  So, I'll also be making a new recipe for dinner tonight: 
MARSALA CHICKEN WITH SAGE AND CREMINI MUSHROOMS.
So, I'm off to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients.
(Complete with fabric flower brooch clipped on my sweater!)
It's going to be a great day!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

24 SQUARE YARDS OF BURLAP!

It's time to dive into my 24 sq. yards of burlap!  That's a lot of burlap - it was used to cover the tables from our party a week ago.  There are SO many great things to use burlap for.  Here are a few of my ideas.

An upholstered headboard for our master bedroom:
"Farm chicks"
Provence Headboard Basic Burlap with Liege Midnight Rosettes
 Quatrine

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Some burlap buckets?  Maybe some stenciled, burlap buckets?




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Or . . .  a table runner?

      
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A burlap purse . . . maybe two?









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Find a great tutorial at La Maison Reid.

This is my favorite and there's a complete tutorial on The Black Crow and More blog.








                            
The possibilities are endless with burlap -

I'm off to visit my sewing machine . . .

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