Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Re-doing a wreath

Tonight I sat in the floor and picked berries and pine cones off a wreath. Sound exciting? Want to come help me?

I'm not even going to get into how long I've had this thing and how long I've planned to remake it. Let's just say it's been a while.

Now I have a naked wreath ready for some new redo.

I hope everyone is having a great week.

Where did day 16 go?

I'm not sure what happened to my Day 16 post. It was there and then it wasn't. Oh well.

I finished hemming a jacket from last Fall. I hate how I know I need to do something and I know it won't take me 10 minutes, but still, I put it off.  Procrastination is my middle name.

Pictures can be found under the 31 days tab. Please don't mind the wreaths in the picture. I'm out of places to stick them for the moment.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 15, all about buttons

You know how some days you just want to crawl in a hole and pull it in on top of yourself. Yeah, that was my Monday.

Tonight I tackled the basket of buttons I've collected for the past year or so. I pick them up when I see them at garage sales, estate sales, and the thrift store.

I pulled buttons off cards, clipped threads, and sorted until I got that basket emptied. Now my buttons are sorted by color and ready for a project later on.

Pictures can be found on the 31 days tab.

I hope everyone had a super snazzy Monday.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Burlap lampshade for Day 14

This one is kind of embarrassing. I've put this project off for just over 3 years for no apparent reason. Shame on me.

My finish for day 14 is a burlap lampshade. It was a piece of cake to finish and now DH thinks I need to do the other  one in the room as well. We'll see.

Check the 31 days tab for more information

In other news, I mastered the miter saw. Not the little yellow box with a hand saw. No, the big honkin' thing that could take your hand off without missing a beat.

Mom asked me if DH could cut a rolling pin for her and I told her he would. But, DH pulled a disappearing act while I went to fetch the rolling pin so I thought I'd try it myself.

I'm not intimidated by too many power tools, but the table saw and the miter saw would be the two that do it for me. Honestly, it took me longer to figure out how to raise the blade (there's a little pin holding the arm down) than it did to make two cuts. Poor rolling pin. I love rolling pins of any kind, shape, and size and I have to admit it might have hurt a little bit to cut it.

Well, I'd better hit the tub and get ready for work tomorrow. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Two days with no internet

Hooray! It rained.

On days 11 and 12 we had no internet. It's surprising how much stuff you can do when you're not glued to a keyboard or mouse, staring blindly at a screen. It also helps when the electricity goes off for a bit.

On Day 11 my intention was to sew, but short of dragging out one of the treadle machines or sewing by hand it wasn't happening. Instead, I schlepped furniture downstairs to the basement. The bench from Day 1 and the table from Day 5 are out of the way for the time being. No more stubbed toes or grumbling husband.

Day 12, still no internet. Bummer. I tackled the garage and took a load of paint-able furniture to storage. Now DH is really happy. Silly man, I have a plan for that stuff.

So, while there's no pictures to show my finishes, I did finish a couple of things.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cleaning up on Day 11

I can't do any finishing-up until I get the mess on my kitchen island under control. It's been a long week and I've been lazy in the picking-up-after-myself department. It happens. That's all I'm saying.

For a hideous picture of my mess head over to the 31 days tab and here's hoping tomorrow I can doing some sewing.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Day 10 and a paper fan

I finally finished the paper fan I started months ago. The poor thing is a little worse for wear after clunking around for so long. I kind of like it though. It might need a little bling of some kind, but I'm all out of ideas tonight.

Check out the 31 days tab for pictures.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Totes and towels on day 9

Tonight I finished up two tote bags and six kitchen towels. This project has been hanging around the dining room for months and I just never could get into it.

I used graphics from The Graphics Fairy and Citra Solv. Super easy finish and I'm going to look for more projects using this method. A picture can be found under the 31 days tab.

I may go back and add ruffles and other embellishments on the totes. I'll have to think about it and see how I like them a little later.

The weave on the towels was much looser than on the totes and you can definitely tell by how the images transferred. I like it.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Days 6, 7 & 8

On day 6 I finished up a promise to my mom and then spent the rest of the day chasing a nearly 4-year-old. We went to a horse sale and didn't get home until 1 am. I'm too old for that nonsense.

On day 7 we recovered from the 4-year-old and I finished up the paper flowers for day 8.

Day 8 gave me a completed project, finally.  I took a dusty grapevine wreath and partially covered it in paper flowers and added a printable clock face. I think it's cute and it's certainly not like anything else I have around here. I may do more of these later with some different stuff on them.

Check out the 31 days tab for pictures and info.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Protecting a table

Day 5, I finally waxed the little black table I painted about a month ago. I don't know why it's so hard for me to get the simple stuff done sometimes.

We're having company this weekend and I don't know how I'm going to finish projects with a 4-year-old running around. LOL! Maybe I can talk her into helping Meemaw.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dictionary leaf tree

Day 4 was a fun finish. I've got Modge Podge everywhere. Gack!

I bought the paper-wrapped wire trees at the thrift store probably close to a year ago for 25 cents each. I made one up with white feathers and it's pretty darned cute. There's a zillion things you could do with them besides hang teeny-tiny Easter eggs on them.

I apologize in advance for the lousy pictures. The lighting in this house stinks after dark and my camera battery is going so that didn't help either.

Today's finish was to attach leaves made out of dictionary pages. This project was finished in about an hour. Check the 31 days tab for more details.

As a bonus, I got the basement straightened out since it seems Grandbaby #1 is coming to visit this weekend.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Christmas cards in October

Day 3 of the 31 days challenge has me addressing Christmas cards. I started this project last week and piddled around because I couldn't find my address book. Now it's a project done and put away until December.

Don't forget to check out the 31 days tab at the top for pictures and updates.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mirror perfect

Day two of the 31 day project is done. It took longer to drive to the office than it did to actually finish the mirror. I'm such a slacker.


Monday, October 1, 2012

A finished bench

I just completed my first project for 31 Days of Finishing Projects. I took me a whole 15 minutes.