Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stylish Scissor Storage

Today's quickie project is my Stylish Scissor Storage.


I got this clever idea from Laurel at "The North End Loft" when I saw that she jazzed up an old coffee mug tree to hang her scissor collection on.



About a year ago I found a mug tree at the local Goodwill store and put it away to work on at another time.  Of course I forgot to take a picture of the original state the mug tree was in, but it was your standard issue brown, wood mug tree.


Recently I did get around to painting the stand, but finally today I added the buttons on the bottom of it where there had been an old piece of grass cloth glued to a circular area on the base which I removed before spray painting it.  I wasn't sure what I would do with this circular area, but my thoughts kept telling me to put buttons on it.  Since I have a fair amount of white buttons, I figured this would be the chosen color to use.  The green color of the tree mug is Rust-Oleum's EDEN Green which I had leftover from my recent Ironing Board Makeover project.


If you're in need of a clever way to store your scissors, keep your eyes open for a mug tree at your local thrift store.


Happy Crafting!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Giveaway Winner Announced


Hello everyone!

Today I'm announcing the winner of my
Easter Burlap Runner Giveaway.


I really wish all of you could win,
 but the lucky person chosen by a random number generator is,

Congratulations Jane!
 
Be sure to stop by and visit Jane and her husband Leo at
Cottage at The Crossroads where they are always busy with new projects that they love sharing with everyone.

I hope you enjoy your new Easter Burlap Table Runner!

Many thanks to all of you who stopped by
 and left your wonderful comments!

~Diane

 

Monday, February 24, 2014

IRONING BOARD MAKEOVER & TUTORIAL


After 37 years of devoted service,
 I thought it was about time to give my old ironing board a makeover.


 Take a look how this old girl has aged over three decades!

I've made many covers over the years, but this time I decided to spray paint those legs along with a sewing a new cover.  Poor girl, she really needed some help!


I think this bright orange dress (fabric from JoAnne Fabrics) will breathe some new life into her.  The poor thing has been through a lot and I'm thinking if I take good care of her, she will probably out live me...what do you think?

I'm sure there are better tutorials out there for covering an ironing board,
but this is how I have made mine over the years.


I used almost two yards of fabric for my ironing board.  First thing I do is to lay out the fabric and draw a chalk line about 4 inches from the board. 



After cutting the fabric along the chalk line, I fold the edge over (2 times) using a 5/8 inch measurement each time to make a casing to feed the elastic through.

Before sewing the casing I pressed the fabric so it will lay flat more easily. 
I sewed a 1/2 inch seam all along the edge, but left a 3 inch opening at the large end of the ironing board to be able to feed the elastic through.

I like using large safety pins and a 1/8 inch soft stretch elastic to feed into the casing. 

Once the elastic has been fed through, I like to use another safety pin to secure it before pulling the elastic and drawing it to fit around the ironing board.  Then all I do is tie it in a bow and tuck it under the cover so it can't be seen.
 
Once the cover was finished, I removed it and took the old gal outside to spray paint her legs.  The color I used was Rust-Oleum's EDEN Green.

This floral picture on my wall was the inspiration for the colors I used to give this old gal a face lift.



She is no longer a wallflower that blends into my craft room! 

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