Saturday, April 28, 2012

Using up some of my "stash".....

I have a little bit of an addiction to fabric. I love having it folded into neat little color coordinated stacks. The way I see it, as long as it's in those stacks, it has so many possibilities... As soon as you cut into it, those possibilities are limited. So there it sits, with endless possibilities, but doing nothing.

But my friend Brittany (the great motivator :),) came over the other day with a bag she was cutting out for a gift. As I helped cut out the bag, I said, "I really should make one of these..." and of course, Britt wouldn't let it stop there. So we headed down to the fabric stock pile and started matching things up.

To make a long story a little bit shorter, a week later, and with much guidance from Britt, this is the end result.
After seeing how cute the fabrics were together, I couldn't leave it at just the bag. I cut the scraps into squares and decided to make a little baby/lap quilt. I used an old sheet for the background and backing.

The best part for me, was that I didn't have to go to the store and buy anything except the fusible fleece for the bag. Everything else I had on hand... just waiting. :)

So there ARE perks to hoarding fabric. (I'm hoping my husband will read this somehow.) It inspires creativity, no? Brittany teased me for keeping all the little tiny scraps. But hey, you never know, right?

I need to mention that the bag pattern is by Amy Hamberlin of Katie Cupcake, and the instructions for the quilt I found on pinterest HERE.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Antique Waterfall Vanity in White and Wood


I think I love this vanity.
I can't stop taking pictures of it.
This is what it looked like when I got it...
(Of course, in my excitement, I started sanding the top before getting a photo.)

While I liked the grain of the wood, I couldn't resist painting it.
I chose to paint it in ASCP "Pure White."

I couldn't bring myself to cover up all the gorgeous wood,
so I left the waterfall panels natural, sealing with a polycrylic.

I envisioned glass knobs on it from the beginning,
and they look so charming with the heavily distressed paint.

For as old as it is, the piece is in great condition,
sporting all the original wooden caster wheels. Love those!

The drawers are dovetailed in front and back, and they are lined with fabric.
Dimensions are: 44" wide x 66" tall x 19" deep.

And I have to include this picture of the best photo prop of all time.
She loves having her picture taken!

Have a wonderful day everybody!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dresser Makeover in Cream and Wood

(I love this photo!)

This incredible dresser came to me as a custom order from a new client.
It was a great quality dresser, with dove tailed drawers...
But the finish needed help and there were some handles missing.
I was told to use creamy white somehow, but I was free to do with it what I wanted....
Woo-Hoo!! ......and ...... (yikes!)

After toying with different possibilities, I decided to go with my first gut feeling,
Paint the bottom in "warm scones" and stain the top in dark walnut.

We filled the original holes and added oil-rubbed bronze cup pulls and knobs.

I'm very pleased with the final outcome! I wish it was mine...:)

What do you all think???

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