Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valentines Day XO Hugs & Kisses Pillow Covers

Just before Thanksgiving I made pillow covers from ticking fabric.
I added vintage images to the front of these pillows
by printing the images onto creamy white duckcloth fabric.
They turned out really cute, you can check them out here.
I also made 4 solid pillow covers out of the creamy white duckcloth fabric
 to coordinate with the ticking pillows.
Today I decided to turn two of those solid pillow covers into Valentines Day pillows.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My 2nd Silhouette Project - Barnwood Cowgirl Up Horseshoe Sign

While I was staring out of the window of my workshop,
hoping that we would get some snow today,
I noticed the box of old horseshoes, that my neighbor gave me, sitting on my workbench.
They got my mind thinking about what else I could make with them.
With St. Patrick's Day coming up,
I had the inclination to make a sign that said LUCKY,
 using one of the horseshoes as the U.
but then, I thought, what about a sign that said COWGIRL UP.
That would be more my speed.
Don't get me wrong.
 I'm not a cowgirl, unless owning a few pair of cowboy boots and line dancing qualifies.
I cleaned up a piece of barnwood that I had leftover from building the kitchen cabinets in our cabin.
(you can check out our barnwood cabinets here)

Monday, January 27, 2014

How I Upcycled a Sweater into a Valentines Day Wreath

Have you seen all of the things you can makes with old sweaters?
I've hesitated to try my hand at any of them
because I wasn't sure about sewing something bulky on my sewing machine.
Well, today I tried, and I'm super happy with the results.
I had a white sweater that I was going to wear on Sunday
and when I put it on, I noticed there was a gaping hole right under the turtleneck.
I don't know how it got there and I hope it wasn't there the last time I wore it.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thrift Store Makeovers and My First Silhouette Cameo Project

It's cold outside and there isn't much happening in the yard sale or flea market world right now.
Which makes it a perfect time to stay warm inside working on projects.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rustic Valentine Banner from Scraps

Do you decorate for Valentines Day?
I'm trying to decide if I'm going to or not.
We live in a small log cabin and I've been looking for
rustic ways to add a touch of LOVE for the holiday.
Here's a rustic Valentine banner that I created from scraps.
The wood hearts are cut from a piece of a vintage fruit crate.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Horseshoes and a Chunk of Wood get a New Life

Remember a while back I made a beautiful winter wreath from an old horse harness?
You can check it out here.
I used horseshoes as part of the decoration for the wreath and I had a few extras.
I also had a rescued chunk of rough sawn wood, that I saved from our burn pile.
I knew that I wanted to make the wood piece into a candle holder,
but the idea to add the horseshoes came when I laid the chunk of wood on the counter in my workshop next to the box of extra horseshoes.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cabin Chronicles Part 12 - Reclaimed Barnwood Kitchen Cabinets

This project was my favorite part of the construction of the cabin.
Building the kitchen cabinets from salvaged barnwood!
A quick story on the barnwood.
The wood was milled right up the road from us by a neighbors dad.
It was used to build one of his barns in the mid 1900s.
 His dad passed away a couple of years ago, well into his 90s.
The barn was starting to collapse and our sweet neighbor asked us if we wanted the wood.
Are you kidding me? Of course we wanted it!
There was only one catch, we had to take the barn apart piece by piece and denail the wood.
What a wonderful blessing for us and it keeps his dads barn living on.