Thursday, July 17, 2014

Handmade Farmhouse Signs

Last week a friend stopped by for a visit and a quick lesson on using a Silhouette Cameo machine.
I say quick lesson because I have barely tapped into everything that this machine can do.
 
I'm anxious to see what she creates using her Silhouette.
She's super talented.
She quilts, paints, repurposes and has an adorable daughter, Zoe,
who makes an occasional appearance.
You can visit her blog The Speckled Dog here.
 
After her visit, I was motivated to use my Silhouette to make a few new signs.
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Handmade Drop Cloth Rag Wreath

I have made numerous burlap ribbon wreaths this past year using wire forms.
(you can see some of them here)
While working in my shop one day last week the wire wreath forms kept catching my eye.
I got to thinking about what else I could make with them, other than the burlap wreaths
 and then it hit me.
I could cut a drop cloth into long 4" wide strips and use it as the ribbon instead of the burlap.
Well, that's not what I did, but I may still try that idea soon.
 
Here's what I did instead.
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Horse Collar and Horseshoe Sunflower Wreath

Last Christmas I made a wreath out of an old, worn, leather horse collar .
I added a couple old horseshoes to it, some greenery and a burlap bow.
It really turned out nicely.
Feel free to take a peek at it here.
 
Recently, I found another horse collar at a flea market for a reasonable price,
so I brought it home.
 
I had a couple more old horse shoes and decided to make another wreath.
This one is perfect for Summer and will even work into the Fall.
 
 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Barnwood and Beadboard Patriotic Flags

Holidays and big events always seem to get here sooner than you think they will,
or at least they do for me.
 
I had so many ideas for projects for July 4th.
These barnwood and beadboard flags are finished up just in time.
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunflowers, Garden Progress and Keeping the Deer Out

Today my husband and I celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary!
 
It has been quite the ride so far.
 
He took this beach girl from a condo across the street from the ocean in South Florida
 to the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in upstate South Carolina.
 
I miss the ocean terribly and hopefully we'll move back to it one day...
...but for now, I'm a country girl.
 
 This country girl has been learning how to grow a garden these past few years.
I started a 4'x4' raised bed container garden 5 years ago
and each year since I've added more raised beds,
but this year we decided to grow a traditional row garden.
 
 
 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

90 Mile Yard Sale and an Old Cutting Board gets a Patriotic Makeover

This past week was super busy sorting and cleaning all of the treasures that I brought home from the 90 mile yard sale my mother and I went to last weekend.
 
I'm proud to say that I have organized and cleaned everything.
The items that I purchased for my Etsy shop are listed (some have sold!)
and the items I purchased for my new booth space are displayed there.
 
Here are a few of the pieces that I added to my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Super Easy Patriotic Burlap Banner

During a trip to Hobby Lobby this week, I spotted this ready made burlap pennant banner.
It was 1/2 off, so I purchased it.
 
You can easily make any kind of banner you would like.
I decided to make a patriotic banner to add to my window booth space.