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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Some more projects

Well, I am still weeding through all of the stuff that I bought on some after Christmas sales.  I got two blanks for about $3 ea so I painted them up and voila!  Here is one of them:
I know its not a great picture, but they did turn out really cute!  
 I also made some of the large pumpkins that I sold last year.  I bought a bunch of upholstery fabric for 75% off at JoAnns, so I ended up making seven of these.
I also found a couple of the old whisk brooms at a thrift store for fifty cents each so I glued on some foliage and a bow, and there you go.  Tomorrow I have some errands to run, so I probably won't do my normal Wednesday post.  I have a list of things to get done, as well as apply for a spring show or two.  But I have a washer and dryer calling my name right now.  I want to get outside for a while and enjoy our unseasonably warm weather.  It is rare that we have 60 degree weather here in the Colorado rockies in January!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What 'cha Working on THIS Wednesday?????

I seem to be making a habit of this Wednesday posting stuff, huh?  Last week, I finished up some items and this week I am starting on new ones.  

Friday was errand day, so I took some things to aBorgata:
 My little tree is full of hearts....some were actually sold already!
 A sweet little Annie wants to go home with you!
 My granddaughter, Skylar makes these cards.
 Paper Heart Garland
Annie with her Kitty far as what I have been working on.....see, being the compulsive fabric and craft shopper that I am, I have bought a BUNCH of clearance Christmas items to sell in my shows for next fall.  I bought a bunch of bulbs to use in my ornament wreaths.  I decided rather than store all of it for 9 months, I might as well make it up and store it as finished product.
I sold out of these last year, so though they are a pain to store, I figured I might as well make them up while I have the ornies.
I also bought some wood snowmen blanks at 80% off, so I painted them.  I love the way they turned out:
And finally, my daughter gave me six of these pillows.  They needed some repair and embellishment, but they turned out so cute.....and the price was right:  FREE!!!!
All right, its off to work on some more projects.  Tomorrow afternoon I have a colonoscopy scheduled, so I am in the prep stage, fun.  Best to stay busy......can't eat!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What 'cha Workin' on Wednesday???

Wednesday, again.  What a busy week it has been!  Made some little Valentine hearts for a Borgata and took them up to the shop on Thursday.
These are just little somethings, all different, that I am displaying in my booth by hanging on a white Christmas tree.  I think they are cute, and perfect for a friend, co-worker, significant other.  I also had lunch with some peeps, and my friend Dawn gifted me with this cute puppy and potholders, perfect for my Hoosier.  (There were also a cute gift bag and basket that her mother perfectly weaves!)
The puppy, (Westie shaped!) is perfect!  I love it!
On Saturday, I went along with my sister, niece, and grand-niece, to Denver's first ever Vintage Whites sale.  It is an antique show and sale that also travels to other cities.  Let me just say.....what a madhouse!  It was packed to the rafters.  I made a few purchases.....
This little tea cart is a bit rickety, but with a little bracing, I think it will be perfect as a display at my shows.  And for ten bucks.....woo hoo!  I think I got a bargain.
Then there was the little yellow step stool.
Hate the color but I can fix that.  Very sturdy, foldable, a great display piece and a bargain for $20!
But I think my best find of all was this old ironing board.  
Smoky likes it!  Originally marked, $49.99, I got it for $20.  I have another board that I have in my stand and although it is older, the condition of this is amazing.
So......getting back to what I am working on.....well in addition to the hearts, I finished up a couple of pillows.  And, no joke, I am making rag garlands and candy canes.  Yes, candy canes.  I had a special order for a rag garland in my Etsy shop.  I finished it and sent it off post haste, since the buyer wanted to display for Valentines day.  But here is the story on the rest.....
When I sew, I keep everything.  If the fabric left is more than a few inches, I cut it into rectangles and use it in making my pillows.  If the fabric is less, I cut it into strips.  I use these for my rag garlands and candy canes.
I buy these little plastic candy canes at the dollar store and simply wrap them with strips of fabric.  I sold a boat load of these at my shows.  So I purchased quite a few before Christmas and I wrap them as I have available fabric.....and that is now.......

 I sort the fabric by color or theme and then make garlands by tie-ing them to 20 light strands.  I have sorted a blue group, one with red, black and white, one for fall with warm colors, Christmas, and Halloween.
I also have some pastels, but not enough to do anything with them.  Right now, I have too many scraps so I need to get these made up.  
Oh, yeah, and the scraps too short or small to use in candy canes or garland, I put in a bag and use to stuff pumpkins, pillows, and dolls.  Waste not, want not!

Well, my friends, I am off to fix some lunch and start working on some garlands.  A woman's work is never done.......

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What 'cha Workin' on Wednesday?????

Good morning, my bloggie peeps!  Finally getting the hang of 2015, and trying to decide what to make for my booth at a Borgata, our local artisan shop.  I made some really cute bookmarks from graphics that I purchased from  I have a laminator, so I printed, laminated, and put ribbons in a couple of dozen of them.  Visit the site and see all of the cute things for really good prices!  I also put some of my Granddaughter's hand made cards in the booth.  I'll get some pictures next visit.

I wanted to show you some of the cute little bunny clothespins that I made.  I made a bunch of clothespin snowmen the last couple of years and sold out.  They are great for package tie-ons, ornies, or card holders.  So I thought, "Could I do something for Spring?"  Enter, tah dah:  Bunnies

If you want your own bowlful of bunnies, they are so easy, peezy, lemon squeezy!  Simply paint your clothespins white.  I actually painted these with acrylic craft paint, but you could use white spray paint.  I usually spray the pins, but the weather has been so yucky, that I wanted to stay indoors.  I used markers for the rest.  Just draw on the faces.  You can probably make them cuter than mine.  I hot glued a bow on for a little texture and pizzazz.  So sweet!  These will be great in a basket, or to attach an Easter note to your co-workers' desk.  Maybe put them on a pack of bunny poop......I will post these at a later date......or maybe a peep in a plastic bag.

Just a word about the pins.  You can get them at Dollar Tree, but some are a bit rough to paint on.  Look for them in Walmart or the hardware store.  For once, it may be worth the extra expense for the quality.

I'm off to conjure up love items today.  Working on a few Valentines Day projects!  I'll keep you posted!