Saturday, March 22, 2014

Drapery Lining Pennant Tutorial


 
First of all,
I bought this drapery lining
thinking it was the Roclon product
that everyone is painting on.
 
It was not. 
So it was tossed into the stash.
 
In the archeological dig
that I am calling
Painting My Way Out Of My Paint Room,
I unearthed it.
In the middle of the night,
it came to me...
Pennants!
 
So here is what I did.

Made a template. 
 
Vinyl flooring makes the greatest patterns!
 
You can choose what size you make,
it's pretty simple fourth grade geometry.

Make sure that you make that little area on the top to fold over.

Trace them onto the fabric.
Now I know that I could have utilized this better by making them go both ways.
But honestly,
I have lots
and
it was cheap.

You can see that I started alternating them
and
then thought, "why?"
Paint them your choice of colors,
painting right over the lines.
 
Because really,
staying in the lines is overrated.

When dry,
lightly sand.
Retrace the ones that you can't see.


Then repaint them
and
shade the edges.

 
In the event that you like my colors,
here is what I used.
The purple shading is a mix of the blue and the red.

Then,
grab your creativity
and
decorate.
 
Let the colors flow,
 
Try different combinations
that you would not normally use!
 
Be brave! 
 
Really,
this stuff is cheap,
it's a great place to experiment.
 
Dig out stencils,
try stripes
and
checks
and
plaid
and
polka dots
and
swirls.
 
Let them dry and varnish. 
 
I used a flat outdoor varnish.

Retrace them if needed
and
cut out.

Dig out that glue gun
and
some twine,
or jute,
or ribbon,
or ric rac.
 
 
And glue away.
 
 
 
 

 
Now, how fun are these? 
How many combinations could you make?
 
They would make a great gift for a kid's room,
baby's room,
deck,
porch,
doorway,
you name it. 
 
I love pennants! 
 
They are showing up everywhere at my house.
 
So festive!
 
For more pennant posts:
Fabric pennants
Wood Pennants
Camper Pennants
 
By the way,
I did order the RIGHT stuff this morning. 
 
Have to wait and see what I might do with it!
 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Recycled Easter Decor


Start with leftover glass jars,
and
plastic Easter Eggs.
 
Some paper and glue,

Some scraps of
ribbon
and
lace
and
ric rac.

And...voila!

 
Even really bad linens,
that you would think of throwing away,
have areas that can be salvaged.

 
I had a little hiccup for the week.
Yes, that is a hospital gown.
I have been having these dizzy spells
and
apparently
when you are 55
that throws
a red flag up.
So a night in the hospital
and
almost every test available
and
I am home.
 
So far, so good,
all tests looked fine.
 
Hoping it stays that way!

 
The start of the first bedspread...
making two of these. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Slow, but Sure


Spring,
it's taking it's time,
but,
it is coming!


 
I am hanging on to any green I see,
and
counting robins!
 
 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cousins


 
Saturday night
was
a
sleepover
at
Grandma's
 
At least for these four.

The boys arrived first and got out the Legos
 
 

 
But the girls wanted to paint when they got there.
They were diligent in painting their sun catchers.

 
Then settled down for a movie
and
actually were all asleep by 10 ish.

 
Breakfast on Sunday and off to their respective homes.  
 
Their is an alliance there that is pretty strong.
Gracelyn and Logan,
the bottom two in this picture
are a team.
 
The other two are not.
 
Gracelyn and Logan will let them in,
but usually one at a time.
 
The arguments ensue
mostly over seating order.
 
The funny statement of the night?
 
Tyler informs Logan,
"You know she is your cousin,
she can't be your girlfriend!"
 
At least he has that figured out young!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Letter Collection


 
On the thrift shop tours
Thursday and Friday
of last week,
I found some more letters.
A wooden puzzle missing some pieces,
that's ok,
I don't need whole alphabets.
 
Some unpainted wood letters
and
some letter cookie cutters.
 
Added to the collection. 
I



And organized, actually! 



Every drawer is different.
 
And what are they for?

 
These and more.
Just another
hoard
collection!

Monday, March 3, 2014

One Down, Two to Go


 
Or
maybe
15 or so down!
 
I really have no idea how many
of these
Dad and I
have collaborated on!
He makes them,
I paint them.
 
For the last 30+ years.
 


 
This one was made to match the markings on a horse
belonging
to the Mom of the new baby!

 
Dad has two more in the works right now.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thrift Store Day


Friday involved some deliveries
and
a few thrift shops along the way. 
It is really fun to have an outlet for the fun things
I find now. 
 
That little swan,
while it would have caught my eye
would have stayed on the shelf.
Now it is cleaned up
and
headed to the shelves
of
MY little shop
along with the
Boonton
Melamine
Cream and Sugar
 

And this planter.

Franciscan "Autumn" Candleholders
Cemar pottery Gravy Bowl
and
that jar.
I don't know what it is,
but I liked it.

Some Pfaltzgraff
Jackson china
Relpo Pottery
and
an unmarked bowl.
We had one like that when we were kids.
I already have one.
Maybe someone else wants one!

There was also some Pyrex
and
some more
childrens'
silverware.
 
All cleaned and priced and packed to go!
 
Kendall traveled along on the afternoon stops.
When I told her we were going shopping,
she wanted to know if we were going to a mall.
(She calls me Mommy Mamaw)
I explained that we were going to a
Mommy Mamaw Mall.
 
She was more than a little surprised at the first one!
By the third one,
she wanted more! 
 
Another convert!!!
 

I even managed to stop and get the fun foam.
 
Let the fish making begin!