Monthly Archives: January 2014

Not everything I do is salvage!!

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My Mom is amazing!! She is always supportive, insightful, and loving! These are all reasons I find it hard to say the following: I blame my mom!! I blame my mom for the love and joy I get decorating my apartment for every holiday from Halloween to Christmas to St. Patty’s day!! We ALWAYS decorated for the seasons and holidays and well, everything! I think it’s funny my sisters and I now do the same! But I’m blaming her for a specific reason today; that reason is the holiday wreath.

It all started two years ago in the Craft Warehouse when I thought it would be fun to make a fall wreath for my door. Of course my mom jumped on the bandwagon and helped me make it. I enjoyed it all through fall. When Christmas came, my door was naked!!! So once again mom and I went to the Craft Warehouse for wreath materials.

For the past two years, I get TONS of joy from my holiday wreaths and I’m a little sad to take them down. This year it dawned on me, why do I only have wreaths made for fall and winter?! So I went onto pintrest (I HATE that site but LOVE it too) and found sooo many wreaths. Then, one caught my eye! This wreath is made out of yarn and looks like an argyle sweater! Once again my mom supported this and now my door is no longer naked.

One of my craft helpers!

One of my craft helpers!

This finished product NOT on my door.  2 days after hanging it up my landlord had me remove it to repaint the door

This finished product NOT on my door. 2 days after hanging it up my landlord had me remove it to repaint the door

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Orange you glad I finished a project?

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I have to be honest I suffered from post holiday blues! As soon as I was feeling a tad bit better, the January Blues hit. Now for those unaware of the January Blues its something the Seattleites get in January and early February. By this time you have endured several months of dark, gray, drizzly weather and are starting to think you will NEVER see the sun again. I know I shouldn’t complain about the Seattle weather when my sister on the East Coast is suffering from blizzards and freezing temperatures but I am 😉
I’m feeling down in the dumps and have started my first project for the month of finishing. I followed my mom’s wise advice and picked the easiest one to finish first. This happened to be in Dan’s words “The Biggest Eyesore of the Apartment” aka my 1930’s sewing table. This table has been needing LOTS of love since it came to me. It was missing drawer rails and one of the side buckets was held on and together with duct tape; it was just sad.

Here She sat for months

Here She sat for months

So I did my favorite thing in the whole world; I stripped it!! For the first time in several weeks I was motivated! I went crazy!! In the same afternoon, I sanded and prepped it for painting. I was on a role! The next thing I know, I’m at the paint store buying paint. At this point the process slowed. It had been discussed that She (yes my sewing table is a she) would be gray to match the rest of the apartment. Yet for some reason I just couldn’t bare to paint her a drab color. So I walked out with a secret surprise!

Next stop was my work because she needed new hardware. I had 6 different sets picked out when I saw THEM!! The most perfect 1930’s flower shaped crystal pulls! Yes, I spend more money on the hardware than I did on the table, but every girl needs bling! 😉

This is just PART of what I went through

This is just PART of what I went through

The ones I ended up with

The ones I ended up with

She needed to be painted or at least started before Dan got home so he could not talk me out of the color…

Four days from the start of my first project here is my “little ray of sunshine”!

tada

tada

:)

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The month of finishing

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I am a GREAT project starter! I think it’s my optimistic personality. I get really excited about something and start strong….then I slowly lose interest, set it aside for the moment, start another project and forget all about it.
This is not a new personal trait of mine; I have all kinds of projects that are still waiting to be finished. Pot holders for my friend Heidi (I’m 15 minutes away and have been for 2 years), several quilts for my bed (just needing a back), Christmas presents from the past 10 years. I EVEN have 6 blogs waiting to be posted!! They just need to be proofread. And the list goes on!
With unfinished fabric projects, I can easily store them away in my sewing storage for a day when I need something to do. And I have had moments where I will finish 6 projects in a weekend and move on.
But recently I have moved from small, easy to store craft projects to large scale furniture. My loving, fiance Dan has finally put his foot down. I am no longer allowed to bring home a project (especially furniture) until I have the several pieces (5 to be exact) finished. To drive home his point, for Christmas, I was given all kinds of tools (the ones needed to finish my  “unfinished projects “.)
Moral of this rant: expect MANY blog posts this month as I attempt to finish my projects….

You don’t drink the bottle in one sitting?

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One of my favorite salvage projects to make is wine bottle stoppers!! All my friends drink wine so this has become a good “go to” for me during the holiday (or birthday season, wedding season, or all seasons).  The hardest part is first picking out the salvaged topper, secondly its drinking the wine to get a cork 😉

Poor Dan helped me make several of these wonderful stoppers; I think I may have red wined him out.

If you need to make a quick gift OR you are one of those people who don’t finish your wine bottle in one sitting these will be helpful to you.  BUT be careful you too may find yourself wined out 😉

Supplies:

  • 1 Cork
  • 1 1″ automotive expansion plug (make sure it fits the cork)
  • 1 Found Object for top
  • 1 1/4″ diameter wooden dowel
  • Two-part epoxy
  1. Prepare Expansion Plug by marking the center of the cap then, with a 1/4drill bit, drill through the center.
  2. Drill a 3/4-inch deep hole in the center of the cork. Wrap your drill bit with tape for a measured stopping point.
  3. Cut the dowel to 1-1/2-inch length.
  4. Apply the two-part epoxy to the cork head and attach the expansion plug and dowel to the cork.
  5.  If needed drill a hole in center of your salvaged object . Apply epoxy to the dowel and attach it to the top of your cork. Let dry 24 hours. Then drink and enjoy!
W is for Wine

W is for Wine