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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Key art

Found these cute little frames at the thrift store!

I had seen this idea in a magazine.  Great re-use for those frames you see piled up in stores for little money.....

I removed the glass and painted the frame in a semi-gloss black paint, then cut some wallpaper from my sample books and glued it to the cardboard, added the flat-backed keys (found at Michael's or Hobby Lobby, etc.), and put it all back together minus the glass.  Once the keys are added, the glass doesn't fit anymore, but it looks really cute without the glass anyway.  Too much glare.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wooden Ikea storage I rescued from my neighbor's trash.  Baskets would be even cuter, but these soft-sided bins with the open handles work better for what I'm using it as, which is for my son's toys!  Helps tidy up my living room.  When he's done, they slide right back in easily.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Unique teacup planter

This is my latest trash to treasure project.  I have cups and saucers sitting here and didn't know what to do with them.  Then a lightbulb came on.  Since it's that time of year when I get my seeds together and ready for planting indoors, I figured this would be a great gift for someone.  Enjoy!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Upcycled Infinity scarf from shirt

After donating many hardly-worn shirts over the years from my daughters, I decided to make something out of them.  I've seen the Infinity scarves being worn and I really like them.  They're quite pricey in the stores!  So I got to thinking, Why can't I make one out of a sweater or shirt?  I perused the Internet and found this great tutorial (and I watched a lot of tutorials!) on how to make one:

This is how mine turned I need to go raid my daughters' closet!  :)

As a side note, a lot of the tutorials say to use fabric with the dimensions of 60 x 12 or 13 inches.  Well, since I used a smaller shirt, I had to cut it up and sew the pieces together to get the same size of fabric in the end.  Being that it had such a geometrical print, it hid the seams quite well.  The measurement of my scarf was roughly 14 x 62.  I used a seam allowance of about a half inch for everything.  Like the other tutorials, I sewed the ends together the same way and I whip-stitched the opening that's left in the end.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fabric Wine Coasters

Wow, where did the summer go?  I think everyone's saying that!  Spent a lot of time in my gardens and vacationing in our camper.  Now that things are winding down and the kids are back in school, I thought I'd get back to my sewing.  I saw these cute coasters in a store and loved them.  They were simple enough to make, so I gave it a shot.  They're perfect for hosting parties; everyone knows whose glass is whose!  Or if you're going to a wine-tasting, why not do it in style!  Here they are..... 

For the ladies that like a little bling (color: champagne):

(color: tan/taupe)
(color: brown)
(color: wine/burgandy)
(color: sage green)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Giving away flower seeds.....

It's that time of year again.  I'm giving away flower seeds left over.  These are seeds I harvested fresh from my gardens in the fall of 2011, completely organic.  I use no chemicals on anything.  I've been Freecycling them, trading on Garden Web, so now it's time to also put them on my blog for others to see.  So if you want some, e-mail me at and I'll let you know what all I have.  You can tell me if you want perennial or annual or both.  I just have people send a SASE.....that simple!

Happy gardening!

                                                         Balloon Flower (perennial) 12-18"

Basil (Annual) 10-12"

Marigold 'Starfire Signet' (Annual) 10" (somewhat trailing)
Anise (perennial) 12-15"

Blackberry Lily (perennial)  15-18"

Blanket Flower (perennial)  Compact & Mounding  12-15"

                                                   Hollyhock 'Black Magic' (perennial) 5 ft. tall

                                                         Datura purple (annual)  2-3 ft.
                                                Butterly Blue Sacbiosa / Pincushion Flower (perennial)  12-15"

                                                          Centaurea 'Midnight' (annual)  15-18"

                                                       Cleome (re-seeding annual) 3-4 ft.

Columbine purple and pink (perennial) 12-15"

                                                                  Columbine red (perennial) 12-15"

Purple Coneflower (perennial) 2 ft.

Marigold 'Scarlet Starlet' (annual)  12-18"

Cosmos Orange (annual) 2-3 ft.

Moonflower Bush (annual) (sometimes will re-seed) 3-4 ft.

Dinner Plate Hibiscus (perennial) 3-4 ft.

                                                                    Hollyhock Pink (perennial) 5 ft.

Japanese Morning Glory (re-seeding annual) Vining to 30 feet

Four O'Clock red (re-seeding annual)  2 ft.

Morning Glory 'Black Kniolas' (re-seeding annual) Vining to 20-30 feet

Sacbiosa Fuschia/Pincushion Flower (perennial)  12-18"

Scabiosa/Pincushion Flower 'Isaac House Mix' (perennial)  12-18"

Maltese Cross (perennial)  12-15"

Yard-Long green beans (yes, they're edible!) (annual) Vining plant

Marigold 'Aurora Red' (annual) 12-15"

Morning Glory 'Heavenly Blue' (re-seeding annual) Vining to 30 feet

Sunflower (multiple small flowers on one branch) (annual) 5 ft.

Rose of Sharon pink (perennial) Fast-growing shrub. Will get as big as you'd like.  I prune mine back to about 2 feet, and by end of summer it's 4 feet.  So this can be hard-pruned it take it. 

Rose of Sharon 'Bluebird Hibiscus'  (perennial) Slow-growing shrub.  Beautiful blue flowers.  My favorite!  Haven't pruned this one at all, have had it for six years or so and it's only about 2 feet tall.  Which is another reason why I love it.  :)  I don't have a lot of space for big bushes.  Wish I did, though!

Heirloom Beefsteak Tomato

Roma - These were seeds I purchased from a month ago and this is the description:

VG00267 ROMA
Tomato Seeds

(OP) 65 days

Incredible yields of very richly flavored pear tomatoes that weigh about 2 ounces, and are 3 inches long. These paste-type fruits are meaty with few seeds and not much juice, perfectly suited to cooking, but delicious enough to eat fresh.

This is THEIR picture from their Web site, so I can't take credit for this one, but it will give you an idea of what they look like:


That's all I can think of for now.  Maybe I'll be adding more.  I need a break from uploading all of these.  :)  I've had good luck with their seeds, have been buying them for a few years now.  I like their selection too!