Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Quiet Week

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  We got over a foot of snow here this past weekend...needless to say, the shoulder is feeling it! So have a wonderful week and enjoy my new Featured Post, in honor of Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Shirt Pillow

Well, it finally happened.  My favorite chambray shirt ripped through at the elbow.  For 15 years I was a Close To My Heart Consultant and I LOVED that shirt! So, rather than throw it out, I decided to make a pillow.

I decided on an 16-inch pillow, smoothed the buttoned shirt flat and cut (both front & back) into a 16-inch square.

After putting the right sides together, I pinned the edges - all the way around the square.


Now it was time to sew a 1/2-inch seam all the way around.  That's right, no opening for turning!


At this point, you are ready to unbutton the shirt so you can turn it right side out.


Using a 16-inch pillow form, I slid it in the unbuttoned opening, smoothed it and rebuttoned the shirt.  The pillow was done!

The entire project took about 15 minutes and it's a great way to preserve a shirt that has special meaning to you.
My pillow sits in my Craft Room.

This is a wonderful way to preserve a memory of something you did or someone you love.  I hope you'll give it a try!  As always, please share, pin, follow, etc!  😊

Have a wonderful week & thank you for stopping by the Cottage!


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Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Vintage Coat

Last summer, while digging around some antique/vintage shops, I came upon this coat.  Honestly, I am not usually a 'Vintage Clothes Gal', but this coat spoke to me.  I slipped it on and fell in love. My husband took one look and said, "Buy it".  Eighteen dollars (that's right, $18) later, the coat was mine.
This pic was taken on a hot August afternoon!

It's from the 1950's and it's is great shape:
That's the arm - not a tear in sight!
It's wool and very warm.
I did a quick search of this company.  They started in the 1950's in New Jersey.

I bought a pair of dark brown leather gloves to match.  Yes, I paid more for the gloves that I did for the coat!

The coat has been worn many times this winter and I can tell you, it's very warm! 

Short and sweet this week, my friends.  I hope you enjoyed hearing about my 'Vintage Find'.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week! 


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Friday, January 20, 2017

It's Still Winter...

...so the snowman stays!
I made this guy last fall.  I drew a pattern on paper, traced it on the pallet wood, and cut it out.


Here's a close-up:

After sanding the pallets, I screwed a piece of wood across the back to hold it together.  The hat was painted and a thin piece of wood was attached with Liquid Nails for the brim and more stability.  The rest of the snowman was painted and distressed with my palm sander.  
The final touches: painting a face and adding a red burlap scarf. The snowman was done!

I'm keeping him on my side porch, where he's not exposed to the weather.  The red burlap might 'bleed' and I don't want to re-paint! I plan to put a piece of burlap outside for a test. If it 'bleeds' I'll have to find a new scarf.   I'll let you know what happens.

I'm so glad you stopped by.  Please be sure to share, pin, follow, etc.  I love having new friends at the Cottage!


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cabinet Do-Over

My daughter makes and sells her own nail polish.  As you can imagine, she has a LOT of nail polish bottles.  For over a year, we've been talking about some sort of rack/cabinet to hold all of those bottles.  I spent some time 'trolling' her Pinterest boards to see what she liked and, low and behold, I found a little cabinet at a yard sale that needed a do-over.  Here's what I did:

This little beauty started out off-white with a plastic window and knob.  
Cute, but not the look I was going for...

As I 'trolled' my daughter's Pinterest boards, I noticed she liked 'distressed-black'. So, I got to work.  The first thing to do was remove all the hardware and that plastic window.  The window was hot-glued in and I thought I would have to heat-up the glue.  My husband gave it a little push and it popped right out!  Problem solved!
I gave the entire cabinet 2 coats of black chalk paint.  The hardest part was getting all the nooks and crannies inside the the cabinet.  I can't begin to tell you how many times I turned it over, around, and upside down! Once the paint dried, it was sanded to let some of the off-white peek through and then it was given 2 coats of polycrylic.  
A old lace curtain was cut apart for the window.  Since the wood on the door was so thin, I used a stapler to attach the lace.  The rough edges were finished with seam binding.
Since the knob was plastic, I planned to replace it.  The problem was the fact that the wood on the door was very thin and every knob I looked at was too long to bolt through it.  So, the old knob was reused.  I had some silver spray paint leftover from the hutch hardware.  Just a quick spray and it looked brand new!
This cabinet doesn't begin to hold all of her polish, but she uses it to hold her favorites.  I gave it to her for Christmas and she tells me it was a hit with all of her nail polish friends!  

If you're interested in her polish, which is hand-made without all of those harmful chemicals, you can find her Etsy Shop HERE.
Vixen Lacquers is also on Facebook.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rope-Handle Pallet Box

The holidays are over and it's a brand new year.  We've been rather busy with some big news here at the Cottage.  In a few weeks I'll be able to share, but for now, let me share another project that was a Christmas gift.
I made this box for my daughter's boyfriend.  After making the wrench-handled one (see that one HERE), I decided it was time to use some rope.  I'm starting to run low on pallet wood, so I've been using up my scraps...man, am I glad I saved them - they're perfect for the ends!
After cutting all the pieces and adding the paint/stain finish, I drilled holes in the ends for the rope.  This is the easiest handle since all you have to do is tie a knot!
For Christmas, I filled it with some favorite 'goodies' and a gift card.  
There are so many ways to use these boxes:  Gift-giving, table centerpieces, flower boxes, mail collector, the list goes on and on.  

I still have a few more scraps waiting for me, along with a new Dremel SawMax that I got for Christmas, so stop back again soon to see what else I can create!

Happy New Year from The Cottage.  Be sure to stop back again soon. You won't want to miss our big news!


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas at the Cottage

It's been a busy couple of weeks at the Cottage - we'll talk about that in a later post, but, for now, here are a few pics of our holiday decorations:
Keeping it simple with a wreath, sled, pine-bough swag, and a handmade kissing ball.

Lenox Santa Cookie Jar

Charlie Brown Tree - my favorite!

This bowl is always displayed at Christmas.

The dining room in non-traditional colors.

Ornaments that bring back so many memories!

It wouldn't be Christmas without (at least) one pig decoration!

There is so much more, but, for now, Merry Christmas from our house to yours!



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