Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A really neat bracelet

Hello friends! I hope everyone enjoyed their first week of Spring! I know I have. We've been busy at home, refreshing, repainting, and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.

One of the perks of refreshing, or should I say, reorganizing, is the fact that we often come across things we forgot we had.  A little something special that was found upon going through some closet baskets were vintage purse handles purchased for a buck fifty!

So what did I decide to do? Make bracelets! For starters, the bead holes were the perfect size for pulling through some stitched fabric straps. Second, who doesn't love wooden beads? And third, those purse handles are still good for a bag, this time with fabric straps :) Just take a look at how easy this came to be!

The handle part that attaches to the actual purse was screwed into place.
That made it so easy to take the beads off.

For my daughter's bracelet, I re-purposed some fabric scraps I had no use for. But you can easily use single fold bias tape and just sew it closed to create a fray free edge!

Wasn't that a really quick project? I'm sure it will sprout into a ton of ideas! How about some necklaces? One thing's for sure, next time I'm vintage shopping, I'll be keeping my eyes open for unique beads!
Happy Spring Days till next time!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Colorful Quilt & Happy March!

Am I the only person who loves it when it rains outside? You'd think with a dog, 2 cats and chickens I would hate the mud. But the perks of getting to sit indoors and sew throughout the day outway my couple of minutes slushing through the yard to make sure all our little pets are ok!

Already budding in the yard! I just love it!

Having said that, we've been fortunate enough to have some extremely mild weather here in O-H-I-O. Like.... my girls were wearing shorts and t-shirts playing soccer outside! Yes - and that was in February. Now I've heard through work that there's an old wives tale; "if it's green at Christmas, it'll be a white Easter." So.... I'm not saying goodbye to any snow just yet. Even though multiple gardening mags have found their way to our mailbox, I promised myself not to do anything "gardenwise" yet. We'll see how long that will last...

I started making this colorful quilt about a month ago. This was one of those, little by little projects that I didn't rush to finish. Inspired by Craftsy's  quilt kits, I didn't want to purchase a whole new project, being that I have a lot of fabric that needs to be used up. So.... I gathered my solids, and found 2 block patterns on Pinterest that I wanted to try. This, my friends, was a total "we'll see how it comes out" plan. Towards the end of the project, I felt something was missing. A border. So I researched some more a found a cute striped border idea that combined all the colors! I love it and so does everyone in the family! It's a true compliment when your hubby says, "please don't give this one away." :)

Next, I need to get this baby quilted. I'm seriously contemplating sending it away to be professionally done. The idea of feathered quilting plus geometric lines has me picturing this one as a real beauty. I've been practicing free motion myself, but I'm too nervous to take that step. For the backing, it's gotta be some beautiful words with "text" fabric.

On the agenda for the upcoming months. De-toxing my body from that horrible winter food I've been eating. I've hit the Vitamin Shoppe and made some purchases that already have me feeling 'cleaner'. But.... how long can I do away with sweets? Till next time, I'll be staring at my kids eating those tasty Reese's peanut butter cups. :)

May March's trails make you smile!