Friday, December 23, 2011

Sewing Projects

Well now that Christmas lunch and dinner is almost made I sit down to finish the old comforter I started fixing a few months back. I got tired of seeing all those things that needed fixing or repaired on my sewing cabinet so I started a couple days ago working on them all.  Fixed the elastic in 4 old sheets I had that was still sound and after all I love the old things!


This was filled with something like poly fil and when I washed it the mess balled up inside it like you would not believe. So I tore it apart and put a blanket inside it and then hand sewed the circles back in it. That’s how they quilted it from the factory but I had to hand sew them back in. Then I put the border around the edges. The border was the dust ruffle that came with it. Well actually I found another one just like it (the dust ruffle) at the thrift store and I bought it. I am going the comforter as a quilt for right now but the way I change up things I might one day have it as a comforter again. I put another piece of fabric on the back of it instead of what it came with. Thinking I might want to make some pillow shams to match it later on. So that’s another reason I bought the other dust ruffle so I will have some ruffles for the pillow shams out of it.

I put it over my table in the sewing room and it’s at night so it’s a little dark in there. I didn’t think about turning on the flood lights I have in there. lol

This next pic is a pic of the edging I put on it.


One more project finished! YESSS! It feels so nice! Now if I could just get that wall of shelves up for my sewing room! One day SOON I hope! Hubby said to wait until after Christmas!

I hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR as well!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Few Treasures

I found 3 things today at the thrift store. One I can’t post a pic of yet but the other two….. one was a sand pail full of pretty sea shells! I LOVVVVVE seashells and I have a huge lamp I found at the thrift store. Actually she gave it to me because the electrical stuff was coming apart on it. I think I have it fixed now and it’s needing it’s seashells put into it. So I think I should have enough for it now. I have done two more smaller ones with seashells in them but this one is pretty large and I like it better. I will go ahead and use one of those in our bedroom but the larger one I will use on my side of the bed since I have more space over there. The dogs bed is on hubby’s side so it’s pretty tight over there.

Will post some pix when I get that one finished. The other item I found was one of those three drawer plastic things for organizing things. I need to find out what to get black marker off with because someone wrote on it with a black marker. See pic below. I have two more of these and when I saw this one and she gave it to me for 2.00, I took it.



My sand pail full of seashells. There’s a lot of shells here for 3 bucks! LOVE thrift stores!



I will have to post pictures of the other item later on since it’s part of a Christmas present with someone.

Sure was fun shopping and finding treasures again!

More to come later! Stay tuned. Smile


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Decorating

I think I am done with the decorating on the inside. Which feels soooo nice because I was getting a little worn out.

I finished the tree today. I had planned on making a tree skirt out of this piece of fabric but maybe it will get done before next year.


Ignore the old frosty window there. I am going to hang some lace panels but I need to hem them first.






Some of the candies I have on the tree.


My daughter bought me the little gingerbread men and snowflake cookies at Cracker barrel one year.

I decided I needed some more on the tree and my gold balls were a little small so I put 3 together on one ornament hook and they turned out cute on it.






Little red bird ornaments my daughter bought me at Cracker Barrel a few years ago.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Decorating and Projects

Well I’m getting it done one thing at a time. I got the mantel done today and now for the Christmas tree. I am hoping I can rest a little while and then I will have the energy to finish the tree. Sure wish my daughter would come home tonight and help me with it.

Anyway while I was decorating the garland for the mantel I had some candy cooking in the crock pot. Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality blog gave the recipe a few days ago. You will see her link over on the side of my blog. I love to check out her blog so I keep her link posted on mine. This is so yummy and SO EASY to make! So I’ve got the candy done as well with hardly no time invested in it.

I made a little tree from ornaments the other night. It’s one of those Styrofoam forms you can buy and I hot glued the ornaments onto it. I found mine at the thrift store a few years back.  I ALMOST sold this little flower pot. I’ve never been able to figure out what I wanted to use it for until now. After I made it I decided it needed something else so I tied a bow on it.  The little silver lamp doesn’t stay. I had planned on using it in my decorating, just not on the mantel.


I also decided I didn’t like it on the mantel so I put it here. I love the glow it puts off with the lights shining above it in the garland.


Then project number 2 was the little ceramic Christmas tree I hot glued the little beads on it. I have some multi colored lights inside it.  I found the little tree at the thrift store a couple summers back for .50 and I knew I would use it one day.


Another project I did a few days ago. I cut the letters out in cardboard and covered them with duct tape and then garland and lights.


Here is the mantel all decorated up. I still need to sit the little ceramic tree on something and the picture. I didn’t want to have to hide what I sit it all on so I am trying to figure out WHAT to sit the things on. I’ve got a couple gold boxes I think I will use for the picture.


Close up of the garland decorated.



And now the crock pot candy.


Close up of the candy. This stuff is so good and it’s just too easy to make. Thank you Rhoda for sharing the recipe with us!


OKAY maybe now I can get this Christmas tree done before the nights over and then I will be just about finished with my decorating. I hope you enjoyed my little Christmas tour.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

MAKING it Work

I have started my Christmas decorating and am working on a few things in my mind. lol Yeah in my mind. I have to get it together there first. Winking smile 

I’ve been wanting a few Christmas pictures to decorate with. Someone back last summer gave me the idea that I am using. Sorry I can’t remember who or where it was that I saw this idea. If I did I surely would give them credit. Anyway they took an outdoor flag and framed it. It was VERY pretty AND nice! SO I went to Michaels and found me a huge flag because I NEED a huge one for over my fireplace mantel. The flag is 28x40” I believe it was. Well I get home and get the large frame out of the attic that I wanted to use and it was TOO LARGE, the frame that is. ughhh. SO I am bound and determined it’s going to work. So I play with it for awhile and figured out a way I can make it work! Then awhile ago on Pinterest I saw another idea I can use with THIS idea! They used clear 2” wide tape and put lace the same width as the clear tape to decorate their Christmas packages with.

You see I had to cut the top AND the bottom off my flag because it was too wide and tall BOTH ways I tried it. The top and the bottom had the words Merry Christmas and I wanted that left on there. Sad smile 

So I am going to use my Cricut and do the words Merry Christmas down the sides on each side of my picture. I’m going to have to put some cloth down the sides because the flag isn’t wide enough to fill in the frame. SO where I add the fabric to the sides I will use this idea about the lace to dress it up. THEN I will put the words Merry on one side of the flag and then Christmas on the other side on top of the lace and tape. I hope this is making sense! You’ll see, ‘cause I will post some pix.

Well here she is. I had put the Merry Christmas on there with black vinyl but it was much too bold so I went back and did it in the red and green.


Another shot of it. I just sit it up on the mantel because I haven’t gotten it decorated yet.


Now here’s another one I did. First I drew out the letters on cardboard and cut them out. Then I covered them in duct tape so it would be more weather resistant.

Here it is with the cardboard. Then I covered this in duct tape.


Here it all fixed up with the garland and the lights on it. 


Got the lights on the Christmas tree and the garland on the mantel as well but that’s as far as I’ve gotten with any of that.

But at least I have gotten started decorating!