I've been wanting to paint my headboard for years. It was my in-laws, and they gave it to me when I got married (17 yrs ago(yes, I procrastinate )). So last year I bought some chalk paint and redid my dresser and nightstand, but for some reason didn't do my headboard. So when I was vacuuming under the bed yesterday and had to take the bed apart to do so, I removed the headboard and spent this morning painting it.
I've been in a craft slump this year, so it was fun to get crafty again. I used gold paint as the highlight. It looked too flat when it was just off-white. I love the chalk paint. No sanding or priming was required.
I made a lamp this week!. I am very proud of myself. I've been looking for just the right lamp for my room, but was having no luck at the thrift stores, so I decided I would make one with the goal of not spending any money. I almost made it. Here is the finished product
I started with things from my stash: A swag kit I've had for at least 5 years, and a basket I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $3 a long time ago.
But the basket doesn't really match my room, so I started looking for things to cover it, and found the bottom section of a vintage velvet dress I bought a few months ago for less than $1.00. I had already cut it up to make a purse for a swap package, but the bottom hem and the gathered portion were intact. I cut it just above the seam line, then hot glued it to the basket. To cover the messy cut at the top, I dug some vintage crochet trim from my stash and used silk pins to pin it to the basket. This way I can reuse the trim at a later date and not have to worry about it unraveling. It overlaps a little, but I keep that part turned to the back.
I wasn't entirely happy with the way it looked hanging down, so I took some more pins and pinned it up inside the basket(see first picture). It gave it kind of a ruched texture that was a little more formal.
Here is a further back view(sorry for the slight blur)
Other info- My swag kit did not come with the light socket, so I bought a replacement socket at Wal-Mart for about $3.00 and wired it myself! Then, for safety reasons, I also purchased a led light bulb because they do not emit heat like incandescents and cfl's. That ran me about $15.00--but I figured it was worth not burning down my house. So it did end up costing me about $18.00, but I think it was worth it. I am really happy to finally have my vanity table not cluttered with a lamp(just cluttered with crafting supplies ).
I've been working on my master bedroom for about 4 years. I am finally almost done! I spent last week doing quite a bit of work, so I figured I would go ahead and post. I'll update as I complete things. I can;t find a before picture, but the walls were painted very dark green.
Firstly, here is what you see when you walk in the door
All but two of my hoops are from swaps here on Craftster, and the art on the left wall is also from a swap. That wall is still in progress. Two of the decorative pillows on the bed are also from a swap. I love my swap stuff!
Secondly-here are the two pieces I painted last week. I've been waiting years to paint this furniture, but never felt like dealing with the hassle. Then I discovered Annie Sloan's Chalk paint and am totally happy. No sanding or priming. I need to do some touch-up here and there, but that can wait for another day when I am bored.
The Hope picture is one I made last week. I got a sample of Louis Blue with my chalk paint order and painted a gold frame I've had around forever, then used scrapbook paper to do the word. Here's a close-up.
I can;t decide if I want to paint the jewelry box, and I need to reframe and re-mat my "Happier than a bird with a french fry" print. I was using the mannequin to take pics of stuff for etsy, but I am kind of liking it there. Now if only I can convince my dh to get new doors! Maybe I will have to paint them. I will probably not paint my desk since its an actual antique. It currently houses ou r t.v and PS3. Very unsightly, but I have 4 kids, and some of them think flat screen t.v.'s are a great writing surface.
I guess that is all for now. I'll update when I finish up all the decor on the walls.
The keychain and small bag can be hooked together to make a clutch. The keychain picture is of the backside(which I didn;t realize until just now), the front looks nicer.
I used the April bag tute from SewMamaSew, but I boxed the bottom instead of making a curve, the small bag is from a tute I found on tipnut, and the key chain idea is from a tutorial I found somewhere, but I make it differently.
The recipient was well pleased and surprised, so that made me feel good.
I made these items for the recent Alice in Craftsterland Swap. Where I live, Vera Bradley is the reigning purse queen, so I was inspired by the way her designs have a gazillion matching pieces.
First, we have the purse. To make the body of the purse I used the April bag tutorial on sewmamasew. The hardware was an amazing thrift store find! It easily comes apart, so I removed the ugly bag that was on it and reused it for this one. I am in love with the kiss locks lately(I bought myself a Vera Bradley just because I love the kiss lock on it).
The inside of the bag. I am really proud of my interior zipper.
Second--A coin purse--another kiss lock! I didn't know you could make these until I found a frame at a quilting store. I added the charm.
Third--A wallet from an online tutorial. It folds in half like a billfold.
Fourth-A tissue holder-I put hankies in it. The inside fabric is the red that is on the inside of the purse.
And last, but not least, a key thingy. I've been making these for all my friends at work, so easy and so cute.
I also did a small calender where I inserted the butterfly fabric into a clear sleeve, but I forgot to upload those pics.
I made this clock for the Alice in Craftster land swap. Your eyes are not decieving you! It is all backwards. The clock also runs backwards so that when you view it in a mirror, it looks correct. It was really fun to make.
I made this for the Wall Art Rd. 3 swap. A friend had given me some of her random craft supplies, and in it were these cool templates for embroidering on paper, but I used them on fabric. She had also given me these felt flowers, and they just seemed right to go with the embroidery. They are on pins, so my swap partner can remove them and wear them if so inclined.
This is a tea towel I just finished as an angel for the Summer Tea towel Swap. It came from an online coloring page I found. If anyone wants the link I will see if I can find it again. It is done in black and shades of purple and is done all in backstitch(with a wee bit of satin stitch). Thanks for looking.