Thursday, December 29, 2011

I thought of you......

Like many clever resourceful people, my Grandmother Waldron had a drawer where she kept materials from "interrupted projects". Some were her own and some were tag sale finds. Unfinished dresden plates and sun bonnet sue quilt pieces sat next to partially completed embroidery.kits. She often pulled these out during visits, handing them over one by one to add to my fabric stash saying "I thought of you and what you might do with this". The next part of the conversation was magic to me. When I would begin to describe the many possibilities spinning around in my head, she would say "oh don't worry, it's OK to cut them up!". 

So...... a portion of Mary Waldron's never finished ombre embroidered  rose linen table cloth has become a delightful set of hangers for the guest room.

If you would like to make this project yourself, just start with a few wire hangers, trace their shape on fabric, and cut out two pieces for each leaving a 5/8th seam allowance on the curved sides and two inches at the straight bottom. Cut a piece of 3/4 inch wide ribbon twice the length of the hanger hook plus two inches. Fold in half right sides together and stitch down each side, stopping an inch from the bottom. Turn right side out and slip over the hook. I like double faced satin ribbon for ease of turning. Place your  fabric pieces right sides together, stitch along the curved sides leaving a one inch opening at top and an opening the full length at bottom. Turn right side out, press, and slip the finished piece over the ribbon covered hook. I stitched up the bottom by hand, folding the fabric twice and using more ombre embroidery thread to to make a seam that ties in with the original embroidery work. You could also use a blind stitch or even leave raw edges if the fabric texture lends itself to that effect. Finish by stitching through both the ribbon and fabric cover where the hook meets the main body of the hanger and catch another short piece of ribbon to tie into a small bow. Voila! Elegant, vintage, and possibly a story or two to tell with this little recycle project!

I'd love to see what you do with this idea! Comment and link to your finished project if you wish to share. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

the making of silly things......

 Alphabet and Czech glass beads strung on elastic with "squinkies" (Don't ask, I found them in the clearance section in Walmart). Selecting the words to go with the figures was fun,
 I ended up with quite a collection of stretchy bracelets to send off in holiday packages to unsuspecting loved ones.
These guys were apparently concerned about the prospect of being skewered as well, but were ultimately spared due to their being a bit too big to make into bracelets! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Simple words for the season.........

A coat of chalkboard paint, embossed metal label brackets, and few choice words! These little boxes look right at home with last year's special project, a "snow people" homage to my grandparents Mary and Marshall! May peace, joy, and tasty cookies be part of your holiday spirit!

Friday, December 2, 2011

snips n snails n puppydog tails.........

I re-purposed some of Jackie's favorite jeans from "yesteryear" and added an applique doggie inspired by a cute children's fabric print to make grandson Reed a travel bag. Lots of other recycled materials including a felted sweater, an outdated leather jacket, and two shirting fabrics went into this "green" project.