Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Jar Jewels".....

 Hmmm well I wonder if that got your attention??? Did the fact that I titled this post "Jar Jewels" entice you enough to take a peek? I really didn't know what else to call these but love the idea so it's going to stick. These jars were originally those little Starbucks bottles with the oh so yummy vanilla flavored frappuccino in them. I simply peeled off the label and gave them a good scrubbing to get the expiration mark off the bottle as well as the majority of the gummy junk from the label and then spray painted my lids with black paint.
 I knew that I was going to use some of the pretty ribbon that I had before when I made the other glass jars to organize some of my things in (you can see that post further back) but I had been sitting around trying to recover from this never ending crud that I can't seem to shake and had made these little "jewels" not really knowing what I was going to do with them once they were done. As I was looking at the first one I thought that it resembled a crown and a light went off!!! Why YES a crown for my little jars! So this is what the final outcome was. I will also note that as I was setting the "crown jewel" on top that plain old painted lid just didn't seem luxurious enough so I used some of the crushed velvet trim that I had used on the glass part of the jar itself and made it appear that the "jewels" were on a crushed velvet cushion. Oh yes that was it. That was exactly what it needed. Now I will have yet another something pretty to sit in my craft room to not only help me organize but to look pretty as well. And what was my cost you say? Well considering the fact that I bought the Starbucks to drink anyway and all the other things I already had on hand it was virtually a free project and in my doesn't get any better than that!
Want to learn how to make your own "jewels"? My inspiration came from here .
Have a good day all and drink up!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Stork bag full of diapers...

 Ok so this is how I finished off those diapers. I saw a picture of this on Pinterest. I found out the hard way that it's easier if you put some type of stiff chipboard or cardboard on either side to help keep the baby blanket stiff while your filling it with diapers. Again this is where a couple of hands would of come in handy but since I was only blessed with 2 I made due do...ha ha get it DUE...ok enough of the baby jokes.
I used the stork picture on everything so that there would be kind of a theme in a way for the things that I made. Now I'm planning on kicking back and resting a little bit before finishing up the things that I'm working on for my front deck. But tomorrow I'll be spending the day with Mr. Candy Creek celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary!
Have fun ya'll and I hope this gives you some ideas for the next baby shower your invited too. Take care and I'll be posting more soon.

Is it a Stork or is it a Goose? Baby gift....

 Well which is it? Neither way it doesn't really matter I don't suppose cause it helped me use up more diapers!! This was actually my first idea when I sat out to get a gift and then it just kind of evolved due to the amount of diapers I bought. I had made a towel swan, goose, stork whatever you want to call it this summer and placed it on the guest bed when my brother and his yougest son came to visit and I thought it would be neat to make one similar to that and have a basket on its back made of diapers to hold extra little gifties so this is the outcome of that thought.
As you can see I placed all of the baby clothes candies inside the basket as well. Hope that this sparks some creative imaginations out there and if you do something similar will you please send me pictures so I can see them as well.
Stick around cause those diapers still aren't used up yet....There is one more post to come for the baby gift ideas.

Diaper baby bassinet and "Baby clothes candy"...

 I'm sure that you all have seen one of these by now cause I found a picture of it on Pinterest as well. I'm not sure how many diapers it took to make it but it helped lighten the diaper box a little.
 After making this I was looking at how the back side looked and thought how easy and sweet it would be to turn the baby carriage into looking like a little covered wagon. All you would have to do is use a red or blue bandanna and for the wheels you could always cut out a circle and draw lines on it to look like spokes and use double sided tape. I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever am in need of another boy baby shower gift.
I lost a few of my clothes candies when I was carrying them to the kitchen to take a picture but I figured that this would give you an idea and you didn't have to see how many I made just what they looked like when they were finished. I saw this on Pinterest as well. It's just onsies, wash clothes and baby bibs rolled up. Super simple as well. The only thing that I found the 90% of the things I made was that it would of been nice to had another set of hands to help me hold some things.
Come on back cause I'm not done with the baby stuff yet...I still have more diapers to use up....
p.s. I meant to tell you that on the back of each one of the little "candies" I punched out a round tag that tells the expectant mom what exactly is inside.

Diaper Motorcycle....

 Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you some things that I've been making with diapers. Yes, I had to stop my other projects that I have going on in order to have something for the upcoming baby shower. So first off there will be several posts for ways that I was able to use all 112 diapers! Yes you heard me right and YES I did learn a lesson on NEVER EVER buying that many diapers again EVER for a baby shower gift. But now that it's all done and over with it sure is fun to look at everything.
 I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to make one! Several things were running thru my mind as I was making it and I thought about titling my post as one of the following:
Soft Tail anyone?
Low Rider?
Easy Rider?
Monkeying around....
But as you can see I opted for none of those cause well.....think about it.
It was fun to make though and super super simple!
Now stick around cause I have more posts to come. Remember I had 112 diapers to do something with and this was only about 30 of them.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Revamping all of my outdoor pillows...

 Hi all! So here is a little bit of what I've been doing lately. Since I had decided to use the nautical theme on my front deck I just jumped in and got started to make that happen and here your going to get so see part of the results. So far....I took my old rocker cushions and recovered those as you can see below....
 I added a little more foam to them cause they were starting to get a little worn out where you sit at. Then I painted the life ring on as well as the rope but I used some white quilt seam binding to make the little straps that supposedly holds that rope to the life ring. I wanted a 3D effect of some  kind. I made 2 of these for our front deck.
Then I went on to recovering the other pillows that were on my bench and once again I used the nautical theme. The sailboat and anchor are both hand painted and then heat set so they will stay on once they are washed. My next sewing project for out there is to make new cushions for the chairs that we use when the weather is nice outside. Then hopefully the rainy weather will be passed and I'll be able to restain my top and both of the rocking chairs. My bench needs a good touch up as well with some paint so I'll need to get that done.
Have a good night everyone! I'll be back with more as soon as I can get them done.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Blue Jean Apron

Hey everyone! Hope that you all are having a good day. I've been busy busy busy here lately and thought that I'd show you one of the maaaany things that I've been working on. I took a pair of my son's jeans that wouldn't fit him anymore and some of my leftover scraps from the vintage market cart project and turned it into this! When you put it on you can't help but to smile and want to priss around in it. Even my mom did when I put it on her! I have 3 more pair waiting in the wings to be all dolled up. But I have been working on another project that needed to get done before the weather got so bad and I'll be sharing that project with you once its all completed so be sure to come back soon and check that out.
p.s. Sorry I don't own a dress form to display my cute little apron on so I had to go with what I had and use my card display. (its ok you all can giggle about it but it worked!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vintage shopping cart gets a facelift....

 Hi everyone! Remember this little shopping cart that I was so fortunate to run across while out junkin' a couple of weekends ago? Well I have been wanting one of these forever and was thrilled when this was sitting there waiting on me to take her home. So I've been busy making her all pretty and frilly. I was so excited to show the end result with you all that I snapped the pictures before I even ironed it so overlook all of the wrinkles please.
Look how cute it turned out!!! I want to find me an vintage costume brooch to add to the front of her because she's been asking for a little bling. (yes I talk to her, matter of fact the more I embellished and added to her the more her personality came together)
 This back pocket is something that I had bought several years ago. It is suppose to be attached to a baby crib to put diapers or whatever in but will be the handiest thing ever for small things, bottled water, snacks ect.
 I added a pocket on the inside as well that would be large enough to put small things in as well and added a little bit of velcro to keep it closed
 The old lace curtains and fabric roses make me smile!
 Then I ran across this little wire basket that was originally used to put golf balls in. I made a little liner for it as well and it will sit just as you see it in the picture to put breakables in and if I find that I need more room in the cart then I can always hang the smaller basket off of the handle of the cart and tie it off with a ribbon. Yes I'm thinking ahead.....that might just save me a trip back to the car to unload and possibly miss a great find!
Here is the basket out of the cart. Please remember that both liners need a good ironing. On top of that....remember that I've never claimed to be a great seamstress but I do well enough to get by. Not bad for a girl who didn't even know how to thread a sewing machine until she got married much less sew! Thank you Mr. Candy Creek for teaching me how to sew and for buying me my first machine!
Well I'm off to heat my iron up and have already started working on another project to share with everyone so come on back soon. Hope that everyone has a good day!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pantry door change up....

 Hi everyone, I hope that you are all having a good day. I wanted to share with you a remedy that I came up with for something that has been driving me NUTTY for years. I am constantly having to scrub my pantry door with Windex or whatever to get greasy fingerprints off and about every 3 weeks then I've had to go touch of the paint around the handle. I've even gotten to where I would use exterior trim paint thinking that would surely be tougher paint and would hold up....not so much as much as I was scrubbing it. So even though I will still be disinfecting the area around the handle at least maybe this will help it not look so horrible and be an eye sore for me. Note in the before picture I had already taped off around the handle to paint it white yet once again. NOT this time though...I changed my pantry door from this to.....
THIS!!!! I'm so happy with it. I wanted to add a little something special to it once it was painted black so that it didn't look like a black hole and deliberately didn't place the PANTRY writing where the handle is so that just in case I need to do some touch up then I wouldn't have to worry about repainting the wording as well. I like how it turned out...what do you all think??
Hope that you all have a good day.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Back to Junkin' and loving it!

Hi all! I thought that I had missed the big Tree Street yard sale this year that is in our area but luckily for me it wasn't until this past weekend. I had such a good time and found some good stuff as well. Mr. Candy Creek went along with myself and another junkin' buddy of mine and even though we were worn to a frazzle by the end of the day, we would of done it all over again. I love this vintage oscillating fan that I ran across.
 Here is a picture of my total loot.....I can't hardly wait to get started redoing some of my finds and fitting them to my liking.
 Not sure if I'll be able to keep my husband off of this sled when the snow starts flying or not. He's been talking about how he rode one as a kid and how he loved it.
   Can't hardly wait to get a liner made for this because it's going to be so nice to use while I'm out junkin'
I just loved these. One of them is a McCoy. They are so sweet.
  I'm a sucker for plates, cups, saucers or anything in the dishware line with roses. And these Watkins cookbooks really caught my eye as well. One is a 1938 and the other is a 1948 and it even has some handwritten recipes in them.
If you've been following my blog for a while you'll know that I have this thing for nest, eggs, birds and such and then the little in is actually a ladies face powder tin with a glass insert in it. It would be darling to use for loose jewelry.
And last but not least. I had to show you how we did the Tree Street Yard sale this year. The big yellow "banana" aka slide wasn't something that came home with us that went with my friend for her grandbabies. This is the second time we had loaded he cart up before we had to go unload before refilling. It doesn't get any better than that!
I went junkin' while I was in Oklahoma as well and will take pictures of my treasures from out there so I can share with you.
Have a wonderful day everyone!

Monday, August 27, 2012

New Hackler Reunion mini album that's not so "mini"

                                       WARNING THIS POST IS PICTURE HEAVY!!!
Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since I posted anything and I apologize for that but I've been on the go for it seems like forever now. Life has gotten in the way of crafting. But I did make this mini album for the annual Hackler reunion. This is the second one that I've made for my family to enjoy. Although I refer to this album as a mini album it really isn't small at all. It measures 9"x6 1/2"x2 3/4". It's just a really good size to be able to fill full of pictures which is what I needed in this case. Also I tried not to make it to fancy with lots and lots of movable parts that could get damaged with everyone looking at it. I really tried to make it as simple as possible.
 I used numerous different scrapbook papers from several designers. Here is the side view showing what I used as a closure for it.
 When it's opened up, if you chose to you could leave it as a display with all the pictures showing all the way around. It's just another option if you chose to do so. I took a picture from above to show you.
 Here is what it looks like sitting on display and opened up. I even thought it would be neat to have this on a dowel rod in the center and fix it so that somehow it would spin.
                         Here you can see that I used lots of different embellishments just for fun!

 To make it easier for my family to follow through looking at the album I added tabs and wrote what action they needed to take in order to reveal more pictures. I wrote things like "lift" or "pull".

                     I think that by adding those it made it a lot easier for them to see everything.

As always I enjoyed making the album. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the reunion this year but had my mother take the album to share with everyone for many years to come. So since I wasn't there because I was sick, that means I didn't get any pictures either so that I could make an album for next year. That saddens me because I really wanted to make that a little tradition. But like I said earlier in this has been getting in the way and things happen that are out of your control. I hope that you enjoyed looking at my album. If you would like to know how I put this album together please let me know by leaving me a message in my comment box and I will do a tutorial for you. It was super easy.
Thanks everyone and I hope that you have a great day!!