Friday, May 31, 2013

Reuse, Renew, Recycle, and My New Tables!

Today I don't have any quilting to share with you, but I do have a Friday Finish!

About two weeks ago I was coming home from work driving thru my apartments.  What did I see? Two twenty something bachelors throwing out two perfectly good end tables. They did not have the glass tops for the tables, but I didn't care.  I said, "Throw those in my car please!"  And they did after giving me a you're crazy lady look.

Here is the before:

So with a little paint and fabric covered 1/4 inch plywood we now have two of these:

I used fabric from the Carnaby Street line by Pat Bravo Designs.  I just love how fresh they look.  I am going to seal the top of the tables with the super gloss mod podge that is suppose to give it a glass like finish and in 4 weeks after curing I will be able to wipe off the tops.  I am so in love with these tables.

Other things in our recent history was a trip to Froberg's Fruit and Vegetable Farm in Alvin, TX to pick strawberries. Don't they look like jewels?

My main job had 1920's day recently, but since I don't own anything that even resembles that era I work 1980's attire and went back to my 20's.  I had to participate somehow, LOL.

Last but not least my dear Michael had his Spring Concert.  I am so proud how he has grown in all aspects of life and learning this year.

That's all for now.  Life hasn't given me much time for my creativity lately. Hopefully I will have more time soon.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Been MIA, so so sorry!

The grandkids went home a couple of weeks ago, and I kinda went MIA.  I have been enjoying some much needed downtime, and getting back to my sewing.  I have a couple of projects to share with you today.

First up is a pincushion I made using an upcoming paper piecing pattern by From Blank Pages.  I was so happy to be picked as a tester.  Now let me say, this pattern was perfect.  No changes needed and clear piecing instructions on the pattern.  It will be a great pattern to pick up when she releases it.  I'm sure it will be in her Craftsy store soon.

I also finally got around to making the quilt top for my dear FIL.  I have been hording these fabric since Houston Quilt Festival last year.  I had originally bought a pattern to use, but was really wanting to do something that would really show off the prints in these fabrics.  My dear FIL is an old God Fearing Cowboy.  A man's MAN.  A hard worker, and a very fair and just man.  Honest, loving, and caring.  I wouldn't trade him for a million dollars. That's how much I love him. 

I started with a pattern by In Color Order.  I loved the simplicity of this pattern but felt something was missing.

I thought it needed some length added to it due to my dear FIL being a tall man and I wanted to add the Pony Express material I had purchased for this quilt.  

I am still considering adding a border to the sides to give it a little more width, but I think he will love it.  

I also made another block for the Simply Solids Modern Bee.  I debated about how to make this block until the last minute.  We were sent the material and the pattern, but I wasn't really sure if the stars were suspose to be all one color or we could mix it up.  So of course I went with my gut feeling of how I would want the block to look.

I love how this turned out.  Thinking I am going to use this in another quilt I am working on.

That leads me to this shabby chic block I just threw together one afternoon.  This is growing quickly as I have started two more of these blocks and now am thinking of doing two star blocks using my shabby chic scraps.  The plan is to put this in a modern setting using lots of solid white Kona cotton.

And last but not least, I spent 14 hours yesterday making myself a summer top using some Carnaby Street Fabrics by Pat Bravo Design for Art Gallery Fabrics. I did not use a pattern, I did let lots of bad words come flying out of my mouth, but it was worth it.  I had a picture in my head of what I wanted and I can't wait to wear this to work tomorrow.  I am so proud of myself for sticking in there and not giving up on this blouse.  And I have to say my dear hubby was so sweet to help me pin and repin the shoulder straps.  Please let me know what you think~

Well I think that covers all my recent projects.  I hope you like them.  Please leave me a comment, I love hearing from you all.


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