I absolutely love having my own office/sewing room/craft room.  I spend a lot of time here, often soaking up sappy Hallmark movies as I finish up some Christmas gift…having a tv here is awesome!

Keeping a list of projects I’ve completed is interesting to look back on;  2016 proved to be a big one;  at 42 projects, that’s nearly 1 per week! Everything from sewing bench cushions, baby blankets and burp cloths to making a broach bouquet, jewelry and wedding decor, painting and refinishing desks, bunk beds, dressers and cabinets, and so much more.

Here are some of the things I finished in time for Christmas:

  1.  A stocking for Chase, our newest grandchild.  It matches his sister Chloe’s that I made last year.  img_3744
  2. Placemats for my mom, who handed me down her green thumb.  I saw this “Succulents” fabric line from Heather at CrimsonTate.com and just had to find some project to use it on.  Mom has aloe and jade plants that are 30+ years old!
  3. After nearly two years of research, preparations and sewing, I finally got to present my sister with this quilt for her 60th birthday.  It was her childhood quilt, handmade by our great-grandmother, but overly loved and trashed. I cut out some salvageable squares (that first cut into a family quilt is HARD!), added borders, and turned it into this.  She loved it. (PS I had help from TD Quilts, who did the gorgeous! long-arm quilting.)
  4. Its really fun for me to take something that is “past its prime” and turn it into something that is once again used and appreciated.  These old “American Heritage-style” dressers were destined for Goodwill until I painted and distressed them for family-friend Jaime’s new baby girl’s room.  Big sister Hadley might just be jealous…

Now that its 2017, I hope to keep this blog more updated 🙂 as I finish at least 2 quilts, paint more furniture, and sew some more fun things.  Send me your projects!

$25 table and chairs was rough, with plaster on it, etc.

$25 table and chairs was rough, with plaster on it, etc.

One missing a slat but we don't care.

One missing a slat but we don’t care.

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Scored plank lines into it with a screwdriver.

See how perfect in his little paneled kitchen.

See how perfect in his little paneled kitchen.

Had son and his friend beat on it with chains and yard tools to distress before staining.

Had son and his friend beat on it with chains and yard tools to distress before staining.

I love to paint.  I love to find things on FB marketplaces or Goodwill and repurpose them.  Here’s a table and chairs that I found and paid $25 for…planning to paint and resell.

Well, Kid #3 saw it and decided he “needed” it in his college apartment, so he helped me paint and then we distressed the top.  First, I sanded and sanded it.  Then I set his friend and him loose with chains and various garden tools to beat the heck out of it (technical term = distress…I’d be distressed if someone beat the heck out of me with chains, too!).

Then I decided it needed to look more like planks, so I scored it with a screwdriver and stained it a bit.

Final….son LOVES it! and it fits great with whole vintage-vibe, paneled-like-1962 apartment.  Worth way more than $25.