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This is a project that I actually did long ago, and have always been meaning to do a post on, and haven't.
At a fundraiser garage sale I found this cute little side table that I thought would be fun to redo. Unfortunately, I didn't realize it wasn't real wood until after I brought it home. I guess since I only paid a few bucks for it, no big deal. I still worked on sanding it down as well as I could and repainted it.
I didn't finish it right, because the paint has always been somewhat sticky and hasn't kept up the greatest, but like I said...a few dollars. I put a new drawer handle on it and painted it brown. Sorry about the picture, not the greatest, but you get the idea.
I really do like it, but wish it was real wood so I could finish it the right way and know that it would last and paint would stick right. Any tips??
A couple weeks ago, I had the awesome opportunity to go to an all day quilting retreat with some friends. There was a quilt that people were able to learn to make, or we could work on our own projects. I have been wanting to do something in the master bedroom at our house, because it seems to have been a room that has gotten pushed aside, since most people don't see it anyways. I decided that's a little backwards! It should be one of the more important rooms of the house, since it is a sanctuary and personal space for me and my hubby. So I decided to do a few things to make it a little more 'me'. No, my husband really doesn't care at all about such things! :)
I started by going to Ikea and getting a HUGE tan coverlet for about $17. I wanted to make the main pillows out of them. It ended up being so big that I made the pillows, a little decorative ruffle thing for the end of the bed, and I have enough to make a crib skirt and at least one more pillow. SO worth the money! Here is the finished product (don't look too closely...I realized the bed isn't even made real well!)
The bedskirt is made with burlap. I actually just sewed a strip of burlap, ruffling it as I went, onto an old bed sheet that I put between the box spring and mattress. I love how it turned out! Sorry...didn't even edit the photos...but if you recall, I'm just lucky to be posting at all!
The bed ruffle 'thing'. Still haven't decided what these are called! I often see throw blankets folded at the end of beds, and decided I could make just a simple strip of ruffles and have the same affect. I also did this at the retreat.
The large pillows made from the Ikea coverlet. So easy!
A small throw pillow made from simple off white muslin. I did some 'ragged' type flowers into the fabric, which I may talk about more in a different post.
To get a better idea of the texture...
Another random throw pillow. This is the accent color I plan on doing in the room (maybe one wall) when we move into our new house. The 'rag' around the edges, and some random scraps sewn on for applique. Another I did at the retreat.
Detailed texture again
And another throw pillow. I got this one in the silent auction at the retreat for a whoppin THREE dollars! What a steal! :) Elva, from here, donated it, and I love it! The burlap just ties everything together. Thanks, Elva!
And a random...wall hanging (!?!?) that I did with the extra time at the retreat. Not sure if I'll frame this, or maybe hang it with some jute string...any ideas? It is our wedding anniversary-almost 4 years!! Crazy!
So I felt like the retreat was a success! There's NO way I would have gotten all of that done in one day with my two little boys around at home! And besides the sewing, it was good company and wonderful food! Thanks to all who helped plan the event!
It still doesn't seem like much in the bedroom, but I love it SO much more than before. My husband HATES decorative pillows (why are guys like that?!), so he's not as excited, but he's willing to deal with them for my sake. Awww! :) I went with fairly neutral colors, partly because I really like that natural, clean look, and partly so it's easy to change up, or fit well into any setting. We don't have a house lined up yet for when we make the big move, so I have no idea what we'll be in! This color scheme should be fine no matter what, and the green accent color should be easy to add in around the room in other ways.
Come back soon, as I have quite a few other projects, both old and new, to share with you in the near future. I'll also try to keep you updated on our new home, and the ideas and projects that come out of that.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed week!
to become different; to become altered or modified; to pass gradually into
Pretty much defines my life lately.
I know it's been awhile again since I've blogged, and I apologize to any of my 'adoring fans' (haha) for that! Since the last time I posted, SO many things have happened! Here's a short, condensed list of some of the main things.
-We found out I'm expecting another baby (!)
-We went on at least 3 weekend trips to visit family and friends
-We took a long Christmas vacation to the Midwest
-My baby turned 1 (!)
-We found out that we will be moving across country soon (!)
So yes, you could basically say not much of anything in my life will be the same in the next few months. If you haven't noticed yet, this has also affected my website. Because of the busyness of life even just in the last year, I have updated and added new products very little. Now, with all the craziness of life coming up, I have decided to close up shop...at least for now. I plan to keep this blog going (as well as I am able) for the time being. At some point in the next 6 months or so, the URL may change slightly, so watch for that if you are interested in continuing to follow my life and the projects and crafts that I find time for in the future. I have been crafting a lot lately, so hopefully soon I can post about those things. This blog may become more 'personal' with more posts about my life and family, to keep my friends and family updated after we move. I hope you keep coming and checking for updates, or better yet... follow me through the Google link or RSS feed.
Also, if there is something that I used to carry, or that I have blogged about, that you are interested in ordering, I would still be willing to take special orders. Just contact me and we will work out the details! Thanks
That would be me at the tail end of my pregnancy with Rystin in '10. NOT looking forward to getting big again...but I'm getting there fast! I AM excited to have another little blessing in the house and cuddling with a sweet little newborn. Have been wondering if there will be some pink involved this time, but we will have to wait and see! :) I am going on 23 weeks right now, so already over halfway there! Due June 9th
This Christmas, we drove to the Midwest to spend the holidays with the friends and family we have there. We were gone for almost three weeks, which felt quite long when my baby slept horribly the whole trip! :( Otherwise, it was a fun time... my baby turned one, and my hubby found a 'job' while he was there! His dream of being a farmer in MN is coming true. We plan to move in about a month and a half and I will try my hand at being a dairy farmer's wife! Both exciting and nerve wracking. Right now, the biggest stress factor is that we don't know where we are going to live for sure. That makes it hard to plan ahead (both for our living arrangements, and for the coming baby). Keep us in your prayers that God will lead us to where He has planned, and will guide us through all these new changes. It will be a huge change in lifestyle, as you know if you have visited (or lived) in both the Pacific Northwest and the Midwestern parts of the US! We are excited to start this new phase in life, and be able to call a place 'home'.
Thanks for checking in! I hope to continue to be posting about some of my latest projects in the next couple weeks. Have a wonderful week and God bless your day!
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