Taking a Break, Yep

I thought I’d take a break and see what was going on in the blogosphere…(I really messed up spell check with that one.) (mostly I’m putting off ironing the Mr.’s work shirts) while I’m waiting for the most resent project to dry. I’m re-doing the lamp shades in the master bedroom, one to go, lampshade that is, I have the seat for the vanity to do yet and I still waiting for the new bed… but he says he’ll get to it. Don’t think I didn’t find the exact bed at a furniture store in BR, even sent the Mr. a picture… so we’ll see how that works out. I’m thinking if he doesn’t get it done this weekend I’m gonna take the done pictures anyway and move on to the next room. I’m sure if I squint I’ll see the bed as I want to see it! Right?! Right!

I do need to get at least the main part of the house done… all the way. The In-Laws are coming… the In-Laws are coming! Just in time for Mardi Gras, I can’t wait to take them to New Orleans. The boys will be out of school, the Mr.’s taking the day off, should be tons of fun. I’d love to, while they’re here, take them to Homas House, its the best plantation tour I’ve ever been on and the gardens…fanatic!

Break times about over… so I’ll leave you with a few pictures to show you what I’ve got going on, today…

 

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The Biddy Girl’s computer sleeve. Turn out better than I thought it would. Two thumbs up from Biddy so it’s all good!

 

 

 

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Not as sad and lonely, it is still pretty early in the season for a whole lot of flowers, but I’m seeing it chocked full of flowers and pretty green plants.

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Aren’t they cool…. They caught my eye so home they came.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The last lampshade, before picture. (it’s drying)

 

 

 

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What to do with Mardi Gras beads? Fill a vase!

Well, I’m off to do something, even if it’s wrong..  Till next time..XOXO

Singuter

 

Hip Deep

So I’m hip deep in paint, varnish and silver leaf. I’m doing a master bedroom re-do. Remember the picture….

 

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Yep, that one… Welp, I’m working on making our bedroom look mostly like this, or at least my vision of this. I’ve already got the duvet  cover in place. To knock off the mirrored furniture I’m using silver leaf on the drawers  of the night stands and the dresser, after painting them a rich brown color. I have the material to do the pillows and the throw. I just love Joann’s! Also I’m subbing the chase lounge (which I’d love to have) with an all ready owned rocker, that I’m gonna paint and recover in…..  fur. The Mr. is making me the bed… I feel like that show on HGTV, where the hostess knocks off a designer look for tons less. Now all that’s left is the lamps… umm… I’m thinking a trip to Goodwill is on my agenda, Oh, and curtains! Can’t forget the curtains!!

And I’m not doing the wallpaper… paint and stencils, that I found on-line, If y’all need big stencils, OMGstencils has some amazing stencils!!  Jimmy Black the owner will do customs! (Nope, he doesn’t know me from Adam… but the stencils are so cool and they got here so quick he deserves  the plug!)

 

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So this is what I started with…. minus the drawers, I’ve noticed 98 was a good year for buying furniture. 😉

 

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Just the top painted.

 

 

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Silver leafing is really messy. But it’s pretty easy after you get the hang of it. Tutorial later? maybe for the dresser drawers.

 

 

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Done with the leafing…. wait, it gets better.

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After a coat of varnish, all the lines and such just disappear.

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Waiting for the second coat to dry, hit it with some steel wool, and back to bedroom with these!

I’m hoping to get started on the sewing part of this project today, (keep your fingers crossed) cuz it’s also laundry day! And I should probably clean house… But ya know it won’t take long to knock out the sewing portion of this project, (she says hopefully). So I guess it’s time to wrap this up and get started.

 

Till next time… XOXO

Singuter



Table Thursday

I’ve been so wrapped up in redoing my living room tables I haven’t done any ,uh, hardly anything else… strip, sand, chase sanding dust, stain…. wait to dry…. well you get the picture. My project started, as all good projects do, on Pintrest. When I came across this picture

I got my craft skills and my maniac need to finish what I start as quickly as possible from my mama.   Typically, my mom does big crafts like building a glass block wall in her shower and stenciling entire rooms. A few weekends ago, she bought a new wood coffee table, and decided it needed a …

Pretty isn’t it. Click the picture to see how she did her’s!

I’ve been so tired of my tables…. we bought them in 1999, so we’ve had them awhile. I do like them, they’re well made and heavy suckers. I was just tired of looking at ’em. But I didn’t really want to replace them, I like the shape and that they aren’t matchy match. So anyway, I showed the Mr. and shock and amazement  he said he liked that look, but why didn’t I just redo the whole table. What I thought was gonna be a fairly quick project has turned into a long project since each table takes a couple of days to do with dry time and picky diamond drawing.

Come in to my living room and I’ll show you how I did mine…

 

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This is what I started with… well-loved coffee table

 

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It all starts with this, I love this stripper. Easy to use and the best part is it works! 😉

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Before sanding, see the stripper really, really works

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Diamonds all taped, wrong but taped.

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Taped right, at least for what I wanted. I took the measurements (The Mr. did the math.) then I divided the table in quarters and drew the diamonds on the diagonal with my quilting ruler. Starting in the middle. Yes the middle… It worked that’s all I know

 

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I taped every other one, in every other row.

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Tons of taping and sanding, with Anna to help make sure I got it right.

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Border time…

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Diamonds done, border done, now for the second color of stain

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See, subtle.

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All done. New pulls added to lighter stain gives a whole new feel.

 

Now only 2 more tables, well, really one. A little twist to the tops, they are all gonna have different patterns… all still diamonds, but different.

 

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See different

I’m off to finish the last one…. whew! Till next time …XOXO

Singuter

 

 

Craft time…

I have had four tons of projects this summer… and wouldn’tcha know I failed to take pictures of any of them. So I’ll share my latest. I’m pretty proud of it… but fair warning it’s not really done.

The Mr. finishes cutting down the pretty Red Bud tree that overhung the deck, I love Red Buds they are so pretty. But this one was sick… weak and angled right over the deck. So it really has to come down, welp, I asked him to cut it off level I was thinking maybe to turn it into a seat? Then I thought I just mosaic it… off I went… I thought at first I’d use old plates and such… Then (light dawns) glass tile? Nope, glass filler, ya know for vases, Yay… winner winner, chicken dinner!

 

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Here is Himself, cutting it down… what is it about power tools?

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Here is the start… I had thought to use tile adhesive but I didn’t have any on hand and didn’t really feel like running across town to Lowe’s. So Liquid Nails to the rescue!

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All done but for the drying and the grouting

 

 

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Shiney…. and a point of interest in the garden. My version of a gazing ball

 

So today now that it’s finally dry, I’ll be grouting it. So to recap….  Easy, easy project all you need is a tree stump.. old plates, glass tile, vase filler, whatever…. although if you use old plates put them in a brown paper bag, break up with a hammer… Carefully! Then take whatever you’ve  chosen to use glue it to the top of the stump… wait to dry… mix up your grout… smear it all over, making use to fill in the gaps… wait for it to dry to a haze… take a wet sponge and wipe off the grout from whatever you’ve used, being careful not to pull the grout out of the gaps… let dry…. TADA… pretty stump!

 

Till next time, XOXO

 

A Little of this, Some of that

Sometime last week or so, I got a catalog from my favorite store, Coldwater Creek, with pants that were just too cute for spring. Now as ya’ll know I just love them, I don’t feel like I’m trying to put my short fluffy, self in teeny bopper clothes. But as much as I like them, I hate paying for them… (books, fabric, boy stuff…) So what was I to do, Recreate them of course.

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Aren’t they just too cute? If you’d like these ones… Here is the link to them.

On to my knock off…. 🙂

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Thrifted Jeans, That I had all ready took from wide leg to skinny. But never did hem… Laziness just sheer laziness .

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Way long… but there were comfortable!

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First to hem them into ankle pants! let me tell ya what… this was so easy… Using this Tutorial

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Try on your pants. pin to the length you want, sew (in a straighter line), right next to the original hem

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Cut off the excess, below your seam.

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Voila, your Jeans are now hemmed. Iron down flat.

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All hemmed, at at a nice length.

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Ankle Jeans

On to the part That will make them cute when cuffed…

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I used a 7 inch wide piece of scrap fabric, with a half inch fold at the top and bottom of the fabric leaving it 6 inches wide. Pin all around the inside of each leg, right on the hemmed part. Cut the excess fabric to size

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Sew close to the top of the scrap fabric and as close to the original hem as you can.

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Unless you are right up close, you really can’t see the top stitches and if somebody wants to get that close…. I guess they’ll see the stitchen!

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Cuffed! And almost as cute as the original ones, but for alot less!

I have to say all total… with trying on and taking off, this prolly took about 45 minutes to do. The hardest part way figuring out what length I wanted them to be. Remember.. where you pin the Original hem is how long they will be when you’er done.  So have fun and play with different fabrics for different looks!

Busy, Busy, Busy

It’s been quite the weekend. Busy work, but have I started packing, yet… Nope! Not a thing and the house goes up Tuesday! To tell the truth I’m really not expecting to much foot traffic there are tons of houses for sale in our neighborhood. While I hope they can get it sold… it’s gotta to be a burden on them, I really dislike have to interrupt my routine! It’s only going to be a few weeks… I can do this! 😉

So mostly this weekend I spent in my craft room! YAY!! New purse done, (the straps on the first just didn’t cut it.)

 

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New one… same design as the last.. but thinner straps, and maybe a smige bigger.

 

 

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Fun polka-dot lining

 

 

 

 

 

The Mr. decided my Goodwill table was ugly, just now! It’s been sitting there for months… and he decides now it’s ugly.  (FYI, it’s not ugly… just well-loved) it does need some work but I’m waiting until we get moved and the weather warms up to have at it, not to mention I haven’t really decided what exactly to do to it. So off he goes to Lowe’s… Home he comes with bags from K-Mart, which is going out of business, and what do you think he got at K-Mart to help my ugly well- loved table… A table-cloth! In a really lovely color. Goes well with bench cushions but not so much the place mats… There is my next project along with finishing the pantry (all will move with us, Thank God!)

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Pretty.. Light and springy and more along the line of the colors I’m switching over to. Place mats… not so much.

 

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Random Liath picture, because I can.

 

On to our lovely spring weather……

 

 

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Look at all the spring falling from the sky….

 

That’s all there is, there ain’t no more, (at least for today)  Have a great day all, until next time… XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

No crafts here, Just some Bloggers

With the weather being sooooo nice and warm, I’ve been spring cleaning, which means no craft room time, ;(. But I have a nice clean house…. for the most part. So instead of one of my crafts I thought I’d show you a few of my favorite crafty, DIY’ers  bloggers. (Just FYI, none of these Ladies know who I am… or that I’m writing about them!) I just love their blogs and the ideas they come up with are amazing!

First on the list…

 

Sew Crazy Monthly Challenge with Crazy Little Projects

Crazy Little Projects Amber is a stay at home mom with 4 boys, who describes herself as a  crazy project doer, who loves it all. She always has a cool project or 2 going, she also does a monthly challenge with a different theme each month.

Jamielyn, is the blogger behind I Heart Nap Time, which shows even with limited time, you can still be creative and have fun doing it!!

D.I.Y. Louisville

D.I.Y. Louisville Craft Cooperative was founded in 2010 by friends Julee Lair and Kim Gillespie.The blog itself is written by Julee. I love their idea about forming a co-op what a way to meet fellow crafters! They have really cool projects with easy to follow how to’s.

 

These are the blogs I check out when my creativity is running low or I just need a boost! Check them out I think you’ll be happy you did! Until next time, XOXO

Easy Placemats

As winter is still dragging on… I needed a pop of color to cheer the graying skies and cloudy weather. What’s easier than Placemats? They add a pop and they are temporary which does my easily bored brain good. Looking for placemats is fun but can be harder than it looks, I have bigger dishes so I like a bigger placemat, problem solved! I’ll just make ’em! And after this so can you!

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This was probably the hardest part, deciding how big to make them. The first ones I made were cute… but much to small for my table. So… after much thought, and some alberga (who said you’ll never use it again?) I came up with 15″ X 21″ I rounded the corners using a round plate. At about 3 1/2 inches from each side, drew a line… cut… tada, rounded corners.

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Here’s the top fabric all cut. It’s a heavyweight duck fabric from, JoAnn’s. Bright and fun I think… just right for the pop of color I wanted.

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The bottom fabric came from a shower curtain I thrifted from The Attic Store. Loved the texture and I can flip them over… (who am I kidding… white?! They never get flipped!) Pin right sides together, then off to the sewing machine.

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Sew with a 5/8 inch seam allowance.. No reason that’s just what I used.

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Clip the corners, it lays so much better. Don’t clip the seam (bad.. very bad.)

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Make sure you leave a gap big enough for you hand. Turn right side out.

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I used this chopstick to make sure all the corners were all the way turned, and smoothed out.

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Iron flat, makes life way easier!

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Top stitch around the whole thing, I uses a decorative stitch, make sure you catch the gap, you left to turn.

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Tada, all done! For all 6 I used about 1 1/2 yards of each fabric, and took a couple of hours to make them all, including the first one that was too small.

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Top stitching on the backside, just makes it pretty, in case I ever lose my mind and have the white side up.

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On the table

All in all a really nice easy project, That’ll take you an afternoon to whip up. Not to mention you can make them any size, shape or color! Hope ya’ll enjoyed… and if anything is unclear please feel free to drop me a line or comment in the comment section. Now off with you… Go create!  xoxo

Necklace Re-Do

I got this necklace a few years ago…. it wasn’t exactly what I wanted but I had a credit that I needed to use up… (before it went away) So I thought how bad can it be? Well… it’s really Gold… shiney in your face gold. And while I like gold… yay… not quite so much. Cruzing around Pinterest, (go figure) I found several ways to revamp old jewelry or new… Like this one Here or this one There or yet Another, however none of them were quite what I was looking for. But I would like to try them at some point…  especially the last… neon necklace! (great for a Pop!) So why not try to change it, I mean I don’t wear it now, so if I mess it up?! It’s ok… but if it works?? I have a great new/old necklace!

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Here is the necklace.. Love the shape, the over the top rhinestones… hate the shiney gold! So I got out my trusty 150 grit sandpaper and started sanding. The earrings were easy, The necklace… a little less easy but not hard by any stretch. So sand,sand, sand. I tried to get off most of the shine… front and back.

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Here is the back.. starting with a pretty thin coat of just metallic antique bronze craft paint, and a foam brush. After coating it pretty good and trying not to fill up the chain, I let it dry for a few hours flipped it over and did the same to the front.

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You can see it starting to come together… for the links between the rhinestones I used a Q- tip dipped in paint. The whole thing took about 3 or 4 coats of paint due to the links in the chain. and they’d wiggle around and I’d find more gold… what’s left, is not much and kind of accents the whole deal.

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The finished deal! Way better to my eye… and when I get bored… I’m thinking black metallic spray paint!  So who knows what you can do.. Until you try it!

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Spring Purse

I loved my winter purse… but now I’m hoping for spring!  So I decided a new purse was in order, (hint, hint Mother Nature!) A little background on the fabrics before I get to the making… my friend Katy, over at Buffalo Gals Mercantile  inspired me to make a burlap bag! She makes the cutest bags, aprons and her Biscotti is to die for! She ships all over the country and has some great prices!!  So on to the inspiration part… I love the look of her bags… so I thought I’d whip one up, ( Katy’s are still better :))  But it was fun to make. And it makes me feel spring really is just around the corner…

 

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Cut out 2 pieces of burlap, the measurements I used were, 19 across by 10 high

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I did add a clear iron on interface to give the burlap some body and help it keep it’s shape. do this before adding the peats

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I made 6 pleats in each rectangle, which made my final measurements about 12 inches across, but yours could be different depending on the depth of your pleats.

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baste the pleats… after pining… trust me… pin, pin, pin

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you need 2 smaller rectangles, mine are 5 inches by 12.. the 12 I got from taking a soft tape and measuring the curve.

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Looks too small, but really it’s not. ease the smaller rectangle in and pin, pin, pin! It’ll fit.

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See fits fine. Sew together

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all sewn together… do the same for the other side. Pin right sides together… sew all the way around.

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Do the same with the lining as you did with the outer. *

Make your handles, mine are 5×23, and go side to side, close to the side seams,  put you lining inside your outer fabric… wrong sides together, fold the top in, for the outer fabric and out for the lining, pin close, sew around the top.

By the time I got to this part I quit taking pictures , ( I had to go pick up the J-boy from pre-school!) So I was in a semi hurry to get it done!! Sorry bout that.  If you have any questions on anything… feel free to drop me a line or comment in the comment section…

*Also for the lining… I doubled it, right sides out so what showed through the burlap would be pretty, and when you looked in it would be pretty.

For the rose… I used an easy tutorial that you can find Here 

 

 

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All done! And went together quick, about 3 1/2 hours. Try it… you might like it!