Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sally and the Snowy Days, Wild Hair, Craft-Hoarding projects

 Dallasites were confined to their homes for several days in a row because of the weather a couple of weeks ago.  When you live alone like I do, you better enjoy your own company because Henry, Big Dog is not a particularly good conversationalist. 

Because I am a self-confessed “craft hoarder”, I had plenty of project materials on hand.  My goal is to have everything I need to start a project at 10pm if I so choose. 

I thought I’d share a couple of things that I completed during the snow days in Dallas.

First of all, I had this small polypropolene rug that graced the floor under my kitchen sink.  It gets dirty there, and the poor little thing bore the brunt of water spills and who knows what else. 

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But the size was perfect and I liked the design, (besides…can you say “Bored”) so instead of throwing it away, I pulled out my box of acrylic paint and painted it.

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This is what is termed a “wild-hair” project, because if I had thought about how long this was going to take, I might have reconsidered, but I was stuck in the house for 4 days and time wasn’t a huge issue for me.  Besides, it was  mindless, paint-by-numbers kind of work, and it was strangely relaxing.

Here’s the finished paint-job.  I know it’s not going to last forever, but for now, I’m enjoying this shot of color in my black and white kitchen.

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The other project that I completed was the cushions for my kitchen counter stools.  I’ve been sewing since I was 12 yrs old….even sewed bedding and a line of nursery accessories back in the day and operated a successful craft business for a time.  But to be honest, I haven’t sewed much other than my pumpkins in quite a while.  (You can see them here.)

But I had thrown out the red and yellow toile cushions that I had and I needed to do something.  Luckily, in my fabric stash, I found several pieces of black and white prints, so I was able to choose 3 that I liked for the seat cushions.  I even found enough of one to make all the backs alike. 

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The punch would be cording and ties from a turquoise chenille I had laying around from a previous project.  I was all set.

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Craft-hoarder-Me even had batting for the inserts!   I had to be patient with myself since I hadn’t sewed in a while, and there were a few seams I had to rip out and do over but I think they turned out pretty well for a snowy day project. 

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It’s sad that I have to get snowed in to get anything done around here, but I’ll just be grateful for the few days I had and plan for the next one.  We’re up into the 70’s and 80’s now, so there won’t be any more snow days this year, but the machine is still out…..who know’s when I might get another “wild-hair”!

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  1. Great projects! Love those black and white cushions. You all had a particularly long week that week!

  2. What a clever DIYer you are!! Creative and practical!!

  3. I am envious of your creative drive...Atlanta was hit by snow/ice mid January and all I did was make chili.

    I love the 3 cushions working together but not the same...sort of like good friends.

  4. Funny, I'm in
    the middle of
    several projects,
    including a powder
    room re-do, and
    my mom is visiting
    to help me power
    through them all!
    She's up on a ladder
    as we speak, as I'm
    lousy at "cutting in"
    at the ceiling and
    she's brilliant : )
    Your projects turned
    out great and I love
    the colors!
    xx Suzanne

  5. You have done yourself proud and I am sitting here amazed at what you have accomplished! Nice job and very resourceful XOXO

  6. Wow.. love that rug and those mis-matched cushions. I am so glad we dont have snow days in San Diego since I am nowhere near as clever as you. Nicely done!

  7. You are so very creative! I'm in awe!!


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