My craft assembly line

This weekend is all about getting projects done efficiently. So much to do and as usual not enough time. I created some Xmas stockings a couple of weeks ago then cut up enough felt for 5 more stockings. Sometimes it's best to do a bunch of one thing at once and approach it like an assembly line. Yesterday I worked on the felt applique designs for each then this morning I ironed the black inside to the grey outside with some stitch witchery. That stuff makes things so much easier!

Here's the stocking I was able to finish this morning - 1 down, 4 more to go! I love the colours - grey, white and a bright blue!

Here are the front and back of the stocking that I buttonhole stitch together. My beta was more labour intensive and didn't look as elegant. A good buttonhole stitch is a thing of beauty!

Here are the 4 I'll be finishing up today (hopefully). The designs are fun and bright. Next I'll make some shortbread and other goodies to wrap up then put into the stocking as a gift.


Another project complete...

I finished off the freebie table last night and it looks FABULOUS! When I was working on the table, I had a few moments where I doubted it was going to work out but it did. And the hiccups along the way definitely worked to my advantage.

My process included... Sanding then staining then sanding then some minor staining... Then I sanded some more and last night I put 3 coats of satin varathane on the table. It looks pretty darn good!



Even though the table worked out, I've decided to get rid of it. The more projects I have the less I can add so I'm purging this one in order to accommodate for another project. I know - pretty darn grown up of me but you gotta do what you gotta do! :-)


The stories behind some of my projects

My Story

While I gather projects to part with, I've decided to include a card with my 're-engineered' or 're-loved' projects highlighting their transformation from forgotten/dated/destroyed to new found beauty. The mini card would 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches. The front would have the before photo and the back would have what the project used to be and where it was found.

Here's an example for my black baby booties with the felt applique heart...

Recent Finds

I bought this bottle opener at the Lions Gate Thrift Store last week for $2 - it's so cute and Disney like. I feel like I should name it! It just amazes me the absolutely kewl stuff you can find in thrift stores...

Here's my most recent purchase - I love it! This is one piece I'll definitely keep once it's done. It's a gorgeous night stand. I bought it for $20 at a garage sale... It was pretty extravagant for me but definitely worth it. I actually spotted it 2 weeks ago and got the seller's phone number. I called and she still had it so we met today for the exchange. I want to sand, stain and seal it. I contemplated changing the drawer handles but I've decided to keep these since they're most likely the original handles. I can't wait to work on this project!


Some good news, some bad news...

Today was quite the day! I dragged out my chrome bar stools then a freebie coffee table I acquired ages ago. I'm always the optimist so I thought I could get both projects done in a jiffy... Uh no.

The Good News...

The freebie coffee table is nearly done. It had some red goop on it - I think it's maybe wax but I'm not sure. I was able to remove the red and add a subtle stain to the table. I think I'll sand it a bit more then seal it. It's gorgeous wood but I'm not sure I'll keep it. We'll see.



The Bad News...

I took the chrome bar stools apart. The chrome was easy enough to clean and polish. I then added batting to the back and seat to make them more comfy. Now I'm ready to upholster my funky fabric... Or so I thought! Alas the wood is that uber dense stuff that's impossible to penetrate with a run of the mill staple gun.

I now have 2 projects in limbo! Argh... I guess I'll need to get some swanky staple gun. I did end up going to Home Depot and they suggested carpet tacks. I'll give that a go but at some point I'll have to buy a new staple gun. Unless Santa sends one my way!

These are the stools and the fabric I picked out - I think they'll look super kewl once I get them done!

Oh happy day!

Yesterday was FAB! First my vanity seat was posted on Better After - very exciting since I always check that site for kewl transformations. Then I got some great comments on my blog and some new followers - thanks for that! And today I'm going to work on my chrome bar stools! I'll take photos of my progress - I'm hoping to get the update done today... Talk about pressure!

Other exciting news... I found more Ikea fabric at the Salvation Army last night! This piece is quite big (sorry I didn't measure it!) and I paid $3 for it. It'll be great for a reupholstering project once I find the right piece of furniture...

And then I saw a very funky nightstand at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago. I didn't get it but have been thinking about it ever since. Thankfully I had the girl's phone number so yesterday I called her and the nightstand is still available. I'm going to grab it this weekend. It's a gorgeous piece that she started to remove the paint from. I'm hoping to remove all of the paint and keep it au natural... We'll see what happens!

Project Update

I'm making mini felt Xmas stockings that I'll fill with Xmas goodies. I created a beta stocking (the one on the left). I simplified the stocking since the beta looks a little messy - I sewed the edges with my machine then hand-stitched the front and back pieces together.

The sewing looked pretty darn messy so I decided to buttonhole stitch the front and back of my other stockings together. I think it looks so much better now. The design on the stockings isn't overly Xmas-y but I'll do a few more with snowflakes, candy canes, etc on them then I'll make shortbread, biscotti, truffles - yum!

Happy crafting! :-)

PS I'm giving away a pair of booties - check them out and post a comment if you're interested.


They've procreated!

Seriously my baby bootie stash is out of hand! I was organizing all of my craft stuff - figuring out what I want (hmmm maybe more of a need!) to get rid of. I want to start 2010 with a clean slate. Sounds a little cheesy but it's the plan. I'm going to find homes for all of the booties and maybe look at taking a breather from them for a bit.

Free Booties...

Anyone interested in a pair? I thought there might be someone out there in cyberspace who was desperate for a cute pair of booties. I'd be into mailing 1 pair off if there was interest... Just leave me a comment and let me know which pair peeks your fancy! I'll check in with you next weekend whoever you may be.

Below is my stash broken into either 0-3 months or 3-6 months...

For 0-3 Months

For 3-6 Months

Recent Finds

I had a bit of a dry-spell with thrift store finds lately. Although this week I found these absolutely fabulous chrome bar stools. They were $5 each and after checking out this before & after I was ready to make them gorgeous! I was able to find the perfect fabric at Fabricland for $10/metre so this week I'm working on my update. It should be easy since I can unscrew the seat and back then add my fabric. Although every time I think something will be easy and straight-forward... It isn't. I'll post photos later this week since this is my project for Wednesday.

I've been finding neat jewelry these days. I picked up these necklaces for $1/each at a local bazaar. I love the purple beads. I picked up the other necklace for my friend Birgit - she's pretty nifty when it comes to crafts and I know she's into making jewelry. I'm sure the beads would cost more than $1.

I'm off to do more organizing! And maybe some sewing...