Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Updates on My Life

I realized, as I just posted the Sunbonnet Sam/Sue post about three months after I completed the project, that I haven't posted ANYTHING in three months! It has been a super crazy few months for me.

In February, my partner accepted a new job in a town 1.5 hours away from where we used live. Since that time, he's commuted for about a month, we moved to a new place, I've job searched, and now I commute since my search hasn't been as fruitful as his.

My new craft space is much bigger than my former space, but it is in the cool basement. I haven't found my motivation to get down there and work, and my desk contents still adorn the floor--where I left them after getting frustrated that I couldn't find something in the box that was still all packed up.

Now that we're all moved in (and actually at a place where I feel organized and like this place is more of my "home"), I'm back on track with my craft goals... though I still commute three hours a day and don't exactly have the kind of time that I used to. This weekend I am determined to start working on some more projects!

We'll see if it works out like I planned or not :)

Updates on Sunbonnet Sue/Sam Quilt

I bought this quilt a year ago from my guild's annual auction....

"I purchased two partial quilts as well.  The first one is really an interesting quilt. The previous owner clearly started hand quilting at the top. They added Sunbonnet Sue/Sam patterns to the middle of the blocks. Also, they had a fun time experimenting with fabric. Some of the blocks are old fashioned-type fabric, others have all one color fabric or metallic-typed fabric. Many of the blocks have fabric that I recognized from my grandmother's stash as well.  There is really nice batting in the middle and a neutral backing. I might add to the sides a bit to make it wide enough for a queen sized bed because right now this is a very square quilt and if I tried to use it on my own queen bed my partner and our dogs would end up with all the blanket!"

I realized after I purchased the quilt that I should've done a better job investigating what was really all there. During the silent auction, the quilt was wrapped up so that only part of the quilt was really showing. Though the quilt still works perfectly fine, my natural OCD tendencies are not a fan of the odd blocks scattered throughout.

I didn't end up adding anything to the sides, and I actually decided that this quilt was going to live just as the person who previously owned this quilt left it. Enough of the quilt is completed with hand quilting to keep the quilt together. No it's not perfect by any means, and one day when I find some energy to hand sew the sunbonnets into the middle of the already quilted sections, I might do it.

Until that point, sunbonnet sue/sam will adorn my couch, floor, car seats, beds, etc.
Here it adorns my legs, keeping me warm

one of the completed sunbonnet sam/sues

the finished product

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bathroom Sign

This project has literally been on my list for months. Maybe even since I started the blog actually. I think this project really came to fruition in September 2015... when I first bought the board that I planned to do something with for my bathroom. I bought it purely on a whim, not on sale *gasp*, with the idea that I'd hopefully do something with it sometime. My style is very reclaimed meets industrial meets old farm house. I love anything that looks distressed or like I saved it from the burn pile. This isn't quite getting there with it's perfect edges and uniform color (hey I bought it at walmart after all....) but I did really like the gray "barn wood" color.

And so it sat. And sat. And then I moved it upstairs, downstairs and upstairs again from closet to closet until I just actually found the motivation to do what I wanted (or what I thought I wanted). Sometime on one of the many adventures I've had on Etsy over the last year and a half, I found this:

I mean it's for a bathroom... how funny and totally weird. LOL. Perfect. Love it. So in the back of my head the project lived, until two weekends ago when I finished my last name sign. I mean I already had wood, drills, tools, etc. out. Why not just finish the dang thing! But not too long ago I actually found inspiration that was SO. MUCH. BETTER. Etsy for the win again!

Sorry to the Etsy person that I stole this picture from. But on another note,
if you're interested in this project you can click on the links and BUY them :)
(see its really me promoting you...... not copy right infringement...) 
Here are so many other examples of what wonderful things you could create with ball jars and reclaimed (or seemingly reclaimed like mine...) wood!! I love everything about these creations. AND I was just recently given a bunch of Ball Jars to use from my cousin who gave them to her mom who gave them to my mom (thanks Amie, Aunt Polly and Mom!!).

I didn't take a single picture while I was creating this (dang it, dang it...ugh!). Once I found the right piece of plumbing pipe connector/adjuster band things at the store, it was really simple and not time consuming at all. Because of the shape of my ball jar, the metal piece was really far away from my background wood. A simple solution was to add a piece of scrap wood to the back for support.

Finally got around to hanging it up!

My shower curtain matches so well!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pinterest inspired Hanky Quilt

I saw the idea long ago on pinterest, bought various $1 handkerchiefs at walmart and held on to them for years! I finally got around to finishing it :) Here is the finished product:

each hankie has interfacing on the back

I decided to "tie" (sew small stitches everywhere) like I do for my quillows to make sure this piece stayed nice and flat.

nice warm fleece on the back

My sister came over last month shortly after I finished the blacket and fell in love with the colors. Welp, looks like I know what to give her this year! :)