Thursday, February 2, 2017

Up Cycled and Repurposed

This is an old school desk I the polka dots.

Next was an old high chair.
....and then my coffee this!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Craft Show Progress

Working on some new items for the upcoming fall craft shows season.  I have one at Northmor School Nov. 5th and Christmas in the Valley in Bellville on Nov. 12.  I have never done back to back weekends, so this could get scary.  My 2nd Annual Sew Sweet Vintage Open House will probably be Dec. 1st and 2nd....but maybe the 8th and 9th...haven't decided yet.

First up is a grab and go First Aid kit....great to stick in a tote or diaper bag when going to the park, zoo or amusement park. Includes a pack of tissues and 4 band aids. It has a total of 12 pockets, so there plenty of room to add Neosporin, tweezers, Tylenol and such.  I am also including a small rice pack for home use that can be heated in the microwave or put in the freezer for boo boos....and isn't the nurse fabric the cutest!

I have a dozen of these packaged up and ready to go.

                  These are stackable fabric storage baskets. Great to keep you organized!
I may have to re-visit doing some aprons.  I did them for many years, but the interest seemed to die down a few years ago, so maybe it's time to bring them back.  Who doesn't love a cute apron! Here's a few a did awhile back:

 I'm making progress on my microwave bowls.  I sold over 100 of them last year.  I have 32 done!

These are new this year....a zippered wristlet with a detachable key fob.

...and zippered pouches with a see a thru vinyl front and they come with a matching pocket tissue pack.

Also trying to use up some of the scrabble tiles I've been hoarding.  These can be used as coasters but will have a magnet on the back also.

Ok, that's it for now....time to sew or glue......or both!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Repurposed Shutter

I found this beautiful chippy shutter at a garage sale last year and decided today was the day to work some vintage magic on it.

I am in love with the dark teal chippy paint.  Some of the slats were missing, so I remove 3 more to make an even opening on each end.

Used my trusty staple gun to attach some chicken wire to the openings, added some saw tooth hangers to the back and called it done!

I was so happy that the shutter had a recessed framing on the back so it created a little "shelf" to display item on the top!

I added some items I had on hand....a Bingo card collage and an embellished vintage "Fortnightly Time Book" that I made and an old key.  The blocks on top that spell out "vintage" are from a complete alphabet set that belonged to my father-in-law when he was a little boy.  The baby shoes are also his.  The vintage photo is my mother-in-laws grandmother.   So happy with how it turned out.

Here are the before, during and after photos.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Show 2015

Trying a spring show this year.  Since it will be close to Easter, I decided to do more paper crafts.  Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and general greeting cards.  I also made matching notebooks, manicure sets and gift card holders.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Grandma Ruth's Trunk

We found an old trunk at the farm after Grandma Ruth passed away. Someone had painted it dark brown!  I rescued it and painted it in Americana style to go with my d├ęcor at that time.   Since my decorating style has changed dramatically, I decided it needed a redo.....vintage style.   Spray paint, modge podge and scrapbook paper are wonderful things.  I began going thru my stash of scrapbook paper and came across a lot of sewing themed paper as well as Paris, and French word papers, so that is how I began. 

Not hard work, but it was time consuming.  I work on this on and off for about 3 weekends or so.   I used vintage dictionary pages to line the inside.   I am really pleased how well it turned out.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Just want to brag a bit today.  Yesterday I did my first 5k race!  Who'd a thunk it?   A year ago I could barely walk around the block and weighed almost 300 pounds!  Today I am down 115 pounds and ran a 5k in 44.28 minutes.  It was extra special because I ran it with my daughter and grandson....woohoo, a 3 generation 5k!
I came in 154th....but I still beat 57 other people!  Next time I need to pick a flatter course!

Mom and daughter Jen
Me and grandson Jack, age 10....this little guy finished in 25.38 minutes....he rocks!


This is what running a 5k at age 59 looks like.....sweaty!......very sweaty!
Jillian  doing the Fun Run in less than 2 go girl!
Me, Jen, Jack, Jim


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Vintage Child's Chalkboard Redo

I bought this little easel/chalkboard at a garage sale last August for $5.00.  It was a little cloudy and damp today, but I couldn't wait any longer to tackle this project, so I got out the spray paint and went to work.  I used scrapbooking cardstock as well as chalkboard cardstock.  The board flips over and I can hang things up with the little clothespins.  I am pretty pleased with the outcome.

the before.....and then the afters.