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This & That Spring 2023

  A 'This & That' post is long overdue around here.  Spring has finally arrived...I think!  A couple of weeks ago it was Summer with temps in the 70s and 80's.  It resulted in a few visits to the pond for walks.   The flowers were beautiful. People were walking their dogs, fishing and just enjoying the weather! With the great weather we decided to also do some cleaning in the storage unit.   We sorted.   We organized.   We tossed.  It felt sooo good!   I took these little beauties off a rocking chair that is waiting for a make-over. They are really heavy-duty and I'm going to need big muscles to bend those ends!  I guess I have some projects in my future.   I don't have any specific plans so I'm open to suggestions! Then it cooled down.  Not winter coat cool, but cool enough to need long sleeves and a light jacket. So, I pulled this out: Pretty awful, huh?   I found it on Marketplace for $5 and I'm determined to make it into something pretty.  Be sure to

Denim Cuff Bracelets

This post may contain affiliate links. I spent last week deep-cleaning my craft room.  That was an adventure!  Now (almost) everything is organized and I know what I have in all the boxes and containers.  Denim is one of the things I have in abundance, so it's time to get started on some new projects.  First up?  Denim Cuff Bracelets. Welcome to the  Creative Craft Hop  hosted by Sara from  Birdz of a Feather .   If you just came from Jenna at The Painted Apron ,   welcome to the Cottage!  At the bottom of this post I'll direct you to the next stop on this hop, but be sure to visit all of the other stops too for some amazing inspiration. They will all be listed. I found some old jeans that had these great cuffs and decided to start with them.  Here's one: To deal with the raw edges on either end, I attached some seam binding. Some vintage lace was sewn to either side of the cuff. So far, so good! Velcro was sewn on either end so this bracelet would be easy to put on and tak

The Crooked Cutting Board

This post may contain affiliate links. They can be found at thrift stores and yard sales everywhere.  This was a yard sale find from a few years ago when I scored all sorts of goodies for $5 .  There it was, in the middle of  a pile of wood:  The crooked cutting board.    In all honesty, it wasn't a real cutting board.  It was a piece of pine that was cut to look like a cutting board, but it was uneven.  Here's a closer look: You'd think I was the one operating the saw!   Ha-Ha! This is the classic tale of a great idea gone wrong, sometimes known as 'On to Plan B'!  I had a beautiful napkin that was going to be perfect for decoupaging this cutting board so I gave it a light sanding.  Then gave it a coat of green paint. Before the paint dried, some of it was wiped-off to allow the grain of the wood to show. Just the look I wanted! Then it went terribly wrong.   I decoupaged the napkin on and it looked awful.  So bad, that I'm not even showing it.   Into the sin