We had a good time in Clovis this weekend kicking off the Christmas season with a fall craft show at Old Town Flea Market. Don’s lamps were a hit as they are repurposed and one of a kind. I will be listing some of them in the etsy shop soon. The last time we participated in this craft show it was 108 degrees. This weekend was so much better. The sponsors do a good job of keeping us vendors happy with free wifi and many yummy foods available. I had a mushroom & artichoke tamale that was really good. Clovis has many antique,  vintage,  and industrial items in their downtown shops. The next time you’re in Clovis check them out.

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Don made this lamp from an old bottle capper.

This tool box is a great size for a succulent garden.

This tool box is a great size for a succulent garden.

This lamp sold as well as the bottle capper. But there other random items out there just waiting to be made into a lamp.

The bike pump lamp sold as well as the bottle capper lamp. They were my favorites! However, there other random items out there just waiting to be made into a lamp.

I love maps. It could be that because I used to work as an architectural drafter its easier for me to for me to understand visuals verses words. In any case, my daughter needs some wall art for her apartment so I made a map of the US using the colors she likes. It turned out well and though really time consuming, it was very easy.
First step:
I outlined the states on a map that I wanted to copy.
Second step:
I traced the map onto the glue/bumpy side of wonder under.
Third step:
I cut out all the states from the wonder under.
Fourth step:
I ironed the wonder under onto scraps of fabric.
Fifth step:
I laid out the states on a piece of canvas and ironed them down.
Sixth step:
I zigzag stitched the edges and straight stitched all the states.
The map is ready to hang with tacks or straight pins. You can also sew a sleeve at the top and hang it from a rod.

That’s it! She loves it and all it took was a lot of time – like most DIY projects!

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We received a shipment of cool Marconi lightbulbs today! Now Don can get started on some cool lamps that he has in mind. We purchased them from 1000bulbs.com at much lower prices than any other store we’ve come across. They give off a warm golden light for that vintage look that we like.

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Happy Summer! I haven’t posted in awhile which is unfortunate, but this is what we’ve been up to; Summer Camps, Summer Vacations, Garage Sales and Upcycling random items into cool home decor. We troll garage sales looking for items we can use for our next craft faire. We’re alwyas interested in rusty metal or metal we can rust. We have found that using vinegar and salt can speed up the process. The best finds are already rusted.

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Don took a children’s small sand bucket and repurposed it into a lamp with a vintage lightbulb. He then painted it with chalkboard paint. He added a red cord which adds to the pop of red on the handle. It’s a cool conversation piece.

Hope your summer is going well.

Some of my favorite stitching projects come about because of a need for a little something up on the wall. My daughter and I decided to paint her bathroom a few different shades of green and I stitched some daisies to brighten up the room. We did the whole project with just the purchase of a some paint and a bedsheet. The rest we had on hand. Here are the little details:

I bought an egshell colored bedsheet from Big Lots for the shower curtain and added this green shabby chic fabric that I had leftover.

I had this candle holder from a long time ago. It was gold so I painted it white and tied a velvet bow on it and placed a candle on it from the dollar store.

 

This towel holder was in another room in the house on a white wall of all things. It looks so much better on this fresh green wall.

 

This is my stitching project. I had a piece of linen, and an old frame that I wasn’t sure I would keep. I sketched some daisies and stitched them with crewel embroidery yarn. It’s whimsical and casual – fits in the budget too.

 

Close up of Daisies

This project was fun and we reused some things that were in the back of the closet as well as out in plain site but in the wrong room. We got a fresh look for under $30!

I am finished with the sampler I have been working on for a few months. It looks good! I really enjoy stitching and have worked on it when I have some spare time. I posted my progress in an earlier post here. This was a fun little project and the directions were easy to follow; I would recommend it. I am planning on hanging it in my sewing room. I found a nice frame for it which I plan to paint a warm cottage white.

My z turned out a little bit different than the pattern, but that is what makes each sampler special – all the little changes that makes it yours!

A great resource for free embroidery patterns for personal use is flickr. You can join a group of fellow stitchers and share patterns with each other. There are a lot of vintage patterns and some talented people who create patterns to share. They have contest and stitch alongs so that you can upload your finished work for everyone’s enjoyment. If you love embroidery and are looking for some variety and inspiration, you should check it out here. Stitching is a relaxing hobby that produces a tangible work of art – you might as well share it!

 

 

Some of the silver plants in my yard provide the best foliage and year round good looks. The Helichrysum Icicles is a really good performer. It grows fairly quickly and loves the heat. Seems to be drought tolerant. The best thing about it though is it’s fragrance. I have it in my front yard right up against the walk because in the it smells like maple syrup. Many people stop and ask what it is because they notice the fragrance first. It’s just a bonus that it’s easy to grow.

It is in the foreground of this photo. Another great silver plant is nestled up next to the mums. It is Cerastium or “Snow in Summer”. This is a nice ground cover that hangs over walkways very nicely. It doesn’t have a fragrance, but it gets covered in white flowers that are quite pretty. These are two great silver plants that add some contrast against the darker plants in the yard.

Last Sunday my family participated in the Wharf to Wharf 10k in Santa Cruz. The run takes you along the ocean from Santa Cruz to Capitola.

There are bands along the way which makes it a really fun run. My husband is a runner and has been his whole life so it was great to see he and my daughter run it together this year. I walked it with my sister in law and nephew and we had a blast too.

 

One of my favorite things to do after the race is to visit Hart’s Fabrics.

It is an independently owned fabric store and they carry a lot of the fabrics that I love. They have Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Heather Ross and a wall of cotton prints that will keep you busy for hours. There are great linens and trims that I haven’t seen anywhere else. A must for me is the remnant wall in the back. I find small pieces of laminated cotton and oilcloth for make up bag lining. It’s like a candy store to a sewer. They also have home decorator fabric too – that’s another whole visit. Fabric overload! Is there such a thing though?

Sometimes when I stitch a new pattern it’s fun to play around with the colors to create a theme. I found a pattern that I really like which has everything I love – flowing lines, and nature. It is an Aunt Martha pattern and you can see it here for $1.50. The colors I decided to work with are a different palette than I usually use. I decided to go neutral in subdued greens and blues. I like the effect. I am probably going to make a pillow – this completed piece currently lays in the ‘now what?’ pile in my sewing room. I should probably take a weekend and have a ‘now finish’ party, but I haven’t been that ambitious yet.

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