Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A Happy Customer

Anyone who loves antiques understands the thrill of the hunt
for a special treasure...and that feeling when you find it.

An Etsy customer of mine, Susan, experienced just that.  She had been searching for a register grate to complete a stair renovation project she had been working on.  The stairs had been covered in 1973 shag carpeting.  She had refinished the stairs and needed a grate for under the stairs to allow light and air to flow through into the basement stairwell to their family room.

She purchased this Victorian-era cast iron grate from my shop.  It had old chipped paint, as well as rust.

After more than 3 hours spent with a putty knife and sandpaper, she had scraped away the layers of history--black, green, white, baby blue, brown and yellow paint. Here is an after pic, once the paint was removed.  

She then used old-fashioned stove blacking and buffed it to a sheen.  
And here it is installed in its new home.  Doesn't it look beautiful?


"It makes me happy every time I pass by it." --Susan

I love finding old treasures and connecting them with new owners.  It makes me happy to know the pieces will continue to be used and loved rather than end up in a landfill.
And I love it when a buyer shares their "after" story with me!  Thanks Susan!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

I was in on the launch team for Max Lucado's new book, How Happiness Happens. My copy arrived today, along with his book, Grace, free with pre-order of new book. The first five chapters were available to the launch team and let me say, Max did not disappoint with this book! Can't wait to read the rest of it!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring Sale at the Barn

The spring sale I participate in at My Dad's Farm is coming soon.  Here are a couple of pics of some of the goodies I delivered to the Barn last weekend.

If you have never been to the sale, you are missing out!  It runs the first two weekends in May.  If you are local to the area, you won't be disappointed.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Craft Room Organizer from Upcycled Denim

I created this organizer from upcycled denim for my granddaughter's craft space.

  It has lots of pockets for storing scissors, glue, markers or other supplies. 

Here's how I made it: 

I upcycled a denim dress for the backing fabric.  I decided on the final size and cut two pieces from the skirt part of dress.  I placed them right sides together, machine stitched together, leaving room to turn it right side out. 

I then blind-stitched the opening. I ironed it so the edge was flat and straight. Then I machine stitched around the perimeter about 1/2" from the edge to give a finished look. 

I folded the top edge down on the back side to create a rod pocket, then glued it down with good old white school glue.  I used clip clothespins to hold it together until it dried. I purchased a dowel rod and cut to length. You can either tie a cord on either end to hang it, or you could use cup hooks on the wall and rest the ends in them. 

I had a stack of jean pockets in my stash that I had salvaged from old worn jeans.  I cut around each pocket, trimming close to the edge.  This kept the leg part of the jean on the back of pocket.  I arranged the pockets on the backing piece, layered some on top of each other.  I then applied glue to back of each one, pressing them in place.  I added some buttons for accents, gluing these in place.  I also created a flower from lace and added that also.

I think it turned out really cute! My granddaughter loved it.

I also used denim pieces from the legs of the old jeans to cover tin cans of various sizes.  Trimmed these out with old lace and other trim.  Glued the three together for a cute pencil holder for her craft desk.

So what do you think?