Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hanky Quilt

I finished my hanky quilt in time to enter it into the Cache County Fair last summer.  I thought it was about time I shared the photos of it here.

My mother-in-law gave me the book "Quilt Style" by Tammy Tadd for Christmas a few years ago.  I flipped straight to the page with the Hanky Panky pattern and knew right away that I NEEDED to make that quilt.  I was a woman on a mission.  Every time I visited an antique store I looked for vintage hankies.  I also hit my grandma up for a bunch of pretty handkerchiefs.  After months of collecting, I had a gorgeous pile of hankies but I couldn't bring myself to cut them up.  I found a seller on Ebay who had a whole stack of vintage reproduction hankies for a reasonable price.  If I recall correctly the auction I won was for a lot of 25 hankies and the pattern only calls for 16.  I then had the difficult chore of choosing just 16 lovelies and arranging them in a way that felt good to me.  I'm sure I am not the only one who does this but I had to try about 186 different hanky combinations before I finally settled on something.  Also, the pattern called for white fabric to line the backs of the hankies.  The pattern showed the edges of the hankies being sewn into the seam which was silly to me.  If you have a beautiful scalloped edge, it would be a shame to cram that into the seam.  I just cut the four quarters of the hankies a half and inch smaller than the lining.  When it came time to choose a quilting design I knew I needed something that would hold the hanky down but still leave the scalloped edge free.  It took me about an hour and a half to decide on a quilting design, but I think it was well worth the time - I LOVE it!  After I got done binding the quilt I felt like it wasn't exactly finished.  The lady who quilted it for me suggested I add a little pearl to each square.  I am so glad I did, it was the perfect finishing touch!

I love the way this quilt turned out and have it hanging in my room where I can see it everyday!  Are any of you obsessive collectors?  What are you hoarding away for a future project?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Old Door Turned Picnic Table

When we moved into our home three years ago we found some old doors in the rafters of the garage. I used two of them for this project last year:

Well, I finally got around to using another one of the old doors! I have seen old doors made into tables on various different blogs like this one. I also found an article about making a picnic table out of an old door and two saw horses.
After my wonderful husband and father-in-law pulled the door out of the rafters I gave it a good cleaning. I liked the shabby-ness of the door so I decided not to paint it.

I swear sometimes the thrift store gods decide to smile on me and I find just the thing I'm looking for. I was at the Deseret Industries and found four brand new table legs for $8. I was giddy! Anyway, I attached the legs to the door with "L" brackets (which cost like twice as much as my thrifted table legs).

After flipping the table right-side-up I learned one bracket is not enough to make the table really sturdy so I'm going to have to go back to the hardware store for some additional reinforcements. I found these four lovely chairs at the Deseret Industries (over a few different shopping trips).

They are looking wonderful after a coat of paint and some recovered cushions. The fabric is from my favorite little quilt shop, Suppose. I then sprayed the chairs with a protective clear coat to hopefully protect them from the elements.

I am in love with my new picnic table and can hardly wait to have lunch under the trees this summer!

My curious little chickens wanted in on the action too.

So what do you all think I should do to protect the top of the table? I'm sure someone out there has a good idea...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

JELLO White Chocolate/Orange Mousse Recipe

Last night, I made this recipe off of the side of a Jello pudding box and I loved it!! It is so simple to make and tastes great!! So I thought you might love it too.

Here is the recipe:

*1 box white chocolate instant pudding (I used sugar free but you don't have to...also could use chocolate pudding instead of white chocolate)

*1 1/2 cup milk

*1 1/2 cup lite cool whip

*1 tsp. orange zest

Mix the pudding and milk together and wisk it for two minutes. Fold in the cool whip and orange zest. Refrigerate and Enjoy!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Alarm Clock + Spray Paint

Well, I have certainly been neglectful with my posting lately! I have been working on projects but I haven't finished many. I will share them just as soon as I get my butt in gear.

I have been in desperate need of a new alarm clock so I can stop using my cell phone's alarm ( I love my friends and family, but unless their car is on fire or they're having a baby or something, I don't want to hear from them after bedtime). I went out looking for the perfect alarm clock and couldn't find it. Isn't that how it always goes? I did however find this little guy:

I liked the shape and size of it and I thought the digits were kind of cute, all made out of squares like that. I didn't particularly like the shiny chrome finish (it had finger prints galore after the first day) and I really didn't like the big black snooze button that actually says SNOOZE on it. So I popped off the metal case and went through my box of spray paints and found the perfect color:

They make spray paint specifically for plastics if you want to try this on a plastic clock. Now on to the SNOOZE button issue. I just painted the button with white acrylic paint:

Then I went scrounging through my jar of fabric scraps and found this darling bit:

I attached the fabric to the snooze button using 3M Super 77 spray adhesive. Then I just crammed the innards back in the case (it actually took a bit of finessing to get the clock put back together). And here it is, all pink and lovely:

Where I like to link:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

We have a winner...

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway! We used random.org to select a winner and the lucky winner is...

Comment #35 bluvs2shop who said : "I signed up to follow your blog! Love your ideas and I'm starting to work on the VW Bus Quilt!!" (You didn't leave an email, so please send me a message so I can get your coupon code to you. Another winner will be selected on March 7th if I haven't heard from you.)

Also, a big thanks to CSN for the fun giveaway!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CSN Stores Giveaway!!

We are so happy to be hosting another CSN giveaway. One of our lovely readers will receive 30 dollars in credit to spend at one of CSN's many online stores!

What's so great about CSN is they have some of just about everything. Are you in the market for new bedding, shoes, a car seat for your little one? They have all that. They also have beautiful furniture like computer desks for home offices, upholstered headboards, and much more.

How to Enter:

1. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
2. Leave a comment telling me what you would like to spend the $30 on (you don't actually have to spend your winnings on that item).
3. Facebooking or blogging about this giveaway will give you an extra entry, but you must leave an extra comment for each, telling me you've done so in order for it to count as an extra entry.
4. It would be nice if you decided to follow us, but we won't make you...there is an extra entry in it for you though (please leave yet another comment telling us you already were a follower or that you are a new follower if that is the case).
5. One more chance to win, grab our button for your blog and leave another comment telling us you did so.
6. Leave me your e-mail address or make sure it is visible on your blog so in the event that you win this giveaway I can contact you.

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm MST on March 2, 2011. A winner will be chosen at random. I will notify the winner by March 3, 2011 via email (please respond within 48 hours). The winner will also be announced here on our blog. Good luck!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Homemade Silver Polish

If you read my Valentine banner post, you know I am having some friends over for a Valentine's dinner. We have lived in our house for three years now and have only used our dinning room twice, both times were Thanksgiving dinner. So, I'm trying to say I'm pretty excited to have a little get together and use the room.
I don't have a nice set of silverware. I have found several sets I wouldn't mind owning but I don't want to shell out the money for them. My solution was to buy silverware as I come across it at thrift and antique stores. I paid between ten cents to two dollars a piece for my silverware. The only problem now is that every piece is pretty tarnished.
I remember using a rag to polish my grandma's flatware and not really digging all that work. I came across this super easy and quick way to clean/polish silverware:

Homemade Silver Cleaner/Polish:
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • aluminum foil
  • glass dish
  • hot water

Line a glass dish with aluminum foil and add your silverware. Be sure it touches as much of the foil as possible because the reaction to the foil is what removes the tarnish. Sprinkle the salt and baking soda over the silverware.

Now, carefully pour boiling water over your silverware, being sure all items are completely submerged. This part is fun because it gets all bubbly and fizzy. Your kitchen should now smell a bit like a sulfur hot pot (my husband walked in and blamed the smell on the dog). Let your mixture sit for 30 minutes.

Then pour out the water, rinse off your flatware, rub it a little with a clean cloth and...

Aren't you impressed?! It looks amazing and I didn't have to rub it with a cloth all day long!

I had no idea this spoon was engraved until I cleaned off all the tarnish. So cool.

Now I'm all ready for my dinner guests!
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