Monday, September 24, 2012

A Thrifty Makeover

Last week I discovered contact paper. It's now my favorite thing in the WHOLE world! I managed to salvage a couple of nearly-whole rolls that were going to be thrown in the trash and used them to cover the wooden benches in my sewing shed. Previously they were covered with fabric, not the most practical or cleanable finish... especially when the cats just LOVE to keep me company, leaving their pesky hair on everything!

Much better!

I am a firm believer in messy=creative

I also re-finished my sewing chair, and was about half way through it when I thought I should have taken a 'before' picture. Trust me though when I say it was UGLY!

Not anymore though....

For just the cost of a can of spray paint I have a brand new chair!The seat cover is made from fabric off my old sofa cushions and is an easily cleanable microfiber. Not too shabby, eh?

A pretty good weekend makeover!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Scribbles

The past few weeks have been pretty hectic, with not much time for anything other than work. Sitting in the evening with my sketchbook on my lap is about all I've managed. Still, I guess every little bit of lettering practice helps!

When I'm not lettering, I find myself jotting down cute phrases and interesting quotes, so I have stuff to write. After all, there's only so many times you can write your own name before it starts to look like a made-up word..... Don't you hate it when that happens! The other day it was 'took'. Took. Took. Took...... damn, there I go again!

This one is courtesy of a bumper sticker they were handing out at tractor supply a few months back.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fanciful Flossery

A nice little project took up my spare time this week, and thankfully I got it finished in time for it's recipients baby shower earlier this afternoon. Now this was not your run-of-the-mill baby shower gift as the baby made an unexpected appearance two months early! Fortunately, the little dot is doing ok and her thankful parents are looking forward to taking her home sometime in the next month.

We never seem to have appropriate wrapping paper for birthday's and such, so we have now started to keep a roll of brown paper handy. Suitable for all occasions and decorated any way you like with stamps, paints, pens, ribbon etc. This is my new favorite thrifty wrapping!

So go ahead, open it up.......

A quick and easy pre-printed panel that makes up into a nice little wall plaque for the nursery! This one is wrapped around a piece of plywood, which makes for a nice sturdy base, but could as easily go in a regular picture frame.

This little project sure saved my hide this week!