Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

So Easter is right around the corner, can you believe it?  In some ways this year has gone incredibly fast, and in some ways it seems like January 1 was a lifetime ago.  It’s also been a whole year since I last posted.  A whole year!  Crazy.  It’s definitely been an eventful year for me.  Eventful last 4 months, really.  We moved cross country, and I had another baby!  But those are all stories for another time.

So back to the point, Easter is right around the corner.  I’ve been wanting to make an Easter basket for my daughter.  Last year, when she was one, I broke down and just bought a little wire one to make do.  I have scoured and scoured the internet and pinterest, but couldn’t come up with anything I loved.  Anything that seemed to fit.  I was wanting to make a basket that she could use every year.  Not for egg hunting, but to wake up to Easter morning filled with goodies.  I wanted to make a basket for her that would be a memory.

I remember when I was little, I had an Easter basket that had a stuffed bunny head on it.  A little gruesome when you write it out actually, but it was cute.  I still have that basket.  I don’t actually remember ever using it, but I’ve seen it in pictures when I was little, so I know it was loved.  So that’s what I wanted for Avery.  Except I want her to remember it.  I have these images of her waking up every Easter morning to the same basket, filled with goodies.  All the way until she leaves for college.  Then when she’s gone, I’ll cry over her basket every Easter morning, sad that she’s away.  Then when she gets older, she’ll appreciate the nostalgia of that basket, and want to use it for her own daughter….Okay, so maybe I get a little carried away.  She’ll probably not even notice the basket, just grab the stuff, and it’ll get tossed aside.  Then in a few years we probably won’t even do Easter baskets anymore, she won’t remember it, and it’ll get left in the attic somewhere.  But, I can dream, right?  So, as you can see, I put a lot of pressure on myself for this ‘Easter basket for a lifetime’.  Ha, I don’t know why I do this to myself.  Anyway, now that I have baby boy, I’ve got to do this times 2.

I wasn’t worried about it being a traditional basket so much, just wanted to find something cool and unique, so I set off for the antique store.  This is what I came up with for Avery.



It was an old metal ‘flower basket’.  A little worse for wear.  Not sure what it looked like originally, but it had been painted a green color, and it was terribly rusted.  But, it had potential.  Pretty shape, and it was big enough to hold goodies, but not so big it would be hard to fill.  I started by sanding all the loose rust I could, then primed it with a spray paint Rustoleum primer.


After it was primed, it already looked much better.  Avery’s favorite color is currently purple, and she picked out the color she wanted her basket to be.


I had some pretty blue leftover from a different project, so I sprayed the inside blue, for a little contrast.


At this point, all that was left was to give it a little personalization, so I made a bunting banner with her name.  But of course it had to be a double-sided banner.  Why?  Because I like to complicate things.  And because then I can be less decisive.  If I can’t decide between 2 different banner fabrics, why not do them both, right?  So, after all is said and done, this is what I came up with, all ready for Easter morning.



I’m pleased with how it turned out.  It may not last until my children’s children’s children, but maybe the next couple of years.  🙂  So now it’s on to Benjamin’s…


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I recently won an amazing giveaway over at Sweet Cottage Dreams.  Becky is a sweet sweet lady, and I’ve been very fortunate to begin to get to know her.  She’s gone through a terrible loss recently, and her strength, courage, and faith are truly inspiring.  If you haven’t been to her blog before, please check it out.  You’re sure to be touched.


And, in the midst of everything, she had a great giveaway, and I won!  And it was a really good one too.  I was really really really hoping I won.


There was the beautiful framed flower needlepoint, which is already hung on my wall.  The super cute ‘Monday’ hand stitched hand towel.  The patched red ‘love’ pillow, which is already in my living room, and the nesting dolls.  The nesting dolls were an extra special treat because I started looking for some a few months ago.  I fell in love with some Japanese fabric that had these dolls on them, and decided I wanted to get some for myself.  And then I won these!  Isn’t that perfect?  And, the one of the far left is actually a key chain.  I haven’t ever seen that before.  I don’t think I’ll use it on my keys, as I’m pretty rough with my keys, but it’ll find the perfect place to hang.  Maybe on one of the zippers on my bag I keep all my crochet supplies in.  And it keeps going…

100_4430The pink/white/green piece on the left is a precious vintage apron, and the 2 CD’s are relaxing music.  I listened to the piano one while reading blogs this afternoon, and I did feel quite relaxed, as a matter of fact.  And then the wonderful red and white strung pennants.  I know there’s a certain word that’s called, but I can’t think of it right now.  But I love them, and they’re already hung up in my studio.  I can’t think of enough happy adjectives to describe all the things she sent!  I love every single thing.  And I’m so happy I won!  Thank you so much!!!!!

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We bought a new fan yesterday.  Actually, it’s a very old fan, but it’s new to us.  



It’s an old GE fan.  I want to clean it up some, but I have no idea where to start.  Does anyone have a suggestion?  I’d like to get some of the rust off it, but I don’t want to damage it either.  Anyone done this before, or know how?  What to use? 


Also, here’s a sneak peek of the second and final Christmas pillow for this year.  It’s going to be 3 snowmen snowpeople.


Awww…look at this sweet face…


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I finished this pincushion today, and thought her cheeks were so cute, so named her the Cheeky Chick.  Whatcha think?


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I had to share with you this adorable “Purdie Birdie” pincushion I ordered on etsy, and flew into my home this past week.  She’s from Cupcake DD.  Check out her etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5245356 Julie from Cupcake DD shipped her out the same day I ordered her, and she got here super quick.  The piece is adorable.

 She came packaged really nicely too.  Just like a cupcake in a fancy bakery box.

Here she is.  Isn’t she beautiful?!  Love it!  Thanks Julie from CupcakeDD.

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I’m so excited that I finished my Luigi pincushion project tonight.  If you remember, Luigi originally looked like this… https://summersadie.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/100_2187.jpg , and was named Pierre. 

I fell in love with him at the flea market a couple of weekends ago.  He needed some TLC to get him cleaned up, but I think he cleaned up nicely.  And I think Luigi is just a more fitting name.  This is the finished product, now in full glorious pincushion form.  What do you think?




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Birthday Quilt

I started quilting about a year and a half ago, and these are pictures of the first quilt that I’ve completely finished, back in February.  I have quite a few tops that I haven’t quite gotten around to the quilting step, but this one got completely done.  My Mom turned 60 in February and I knew I wanted to do something really special for her.  So kind of out of the blue I decided to make a quilt.  I had dabbled a little in quilting on and off, but nothing to this degree.  I actually have some really funny ‘quilting attempt’ stories I’ll share someday.  Anyway, so I went to a local quilt shop, picked a pattern, and took a couple lessons.  The pattern is called “Days to Remember” in The Best of Black Mountain Quilts by Teri Christopherson.  But I didn’t just want to do any quilt, I wanted to put my own spin on it and make it more meaningful.  I decided to make the quilt extra special by picking exactly 60 different fabrics, and named it ’60 Fabrics for 60 Years’.  This is how it turned out.  My Mom loves it and it’s hanging on her 2nd floor banister now.  I have to say I’m pretty proud of it too.  It was the start of what is now my quilting addiction. 




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