Tag Archives: Crafts

Face Lift

In 1983 my Uncle Eric gave me my first Bible (KJV). It was white leather, or maybe simulated leather, and to keep it from getting messed up my Mom added a clear film/book cover. Unfortunately this film had a tacky glue that didn’t remove easily. I was able to get the film off the cover, but it left some glue which them made black smudges in various places. While I was at church this morning I came up with an idea to give my Bible a face lift.

First, I chose the fabric I wanted to use and cut it out to fit. Then I attached it to the best of my ability.

It turned out pretty good, including the inside where the folder over fabric is. I had a bit of a problem with the corners though.

All in all, I’m happy with the results…

except I ended up putting the fabric on upside down! DOH.

This is definitely a more permanent cover than what most people would want, but it looks much better than the smudgy, sticky cover I had originally!

Memories in Glass

My Aunt recently came across a great picture of my grandparents when they were very young.

I LOVE this picture but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I thought it would be nice to have it put into a pendant for my Mother, Aunt, and myself. But most of the pendants I saw were $35+ dollars and I couldn’t really afford to spend that much. Finally, I was reading another crafty blog Little Birdie Secrets and they mentioned Lilylane. Lilylane makes pendants similar to what I was looking at for only $12 each or $14 (for pictures on both sides). I was sold!! They don’t use sterling silver, but rather solder the glass together (think stained glass). The solder they use is 100% lead free and is perfectly safe to wear.

I decided to do the $12 route with their photo on the front and an old Swedish Proverb on the back (My Grandfather was from Sweden). The ordering process was very simple and the person I dealt with, Sarah, was extremely helpful. My total bill was $39…that’s it! For 3 pendants and shipping….$39. I was thrilled.

Today, the pendants made their way to me and I was too excited to see how they turned out.

What do you think?! Yeah, me too…I absolutely LOVE them! I can’t wait to give them to my favorite ladies and see their faces. FYI…the blurriness is from taking the picture with my cellphone instead of a real camera…the pendants are not blurry!

Happy Friday Everybody!!

Quilting on Canvas

I came across this video while searching various topics online and had to watch it…several times!

Meghan Hildebrand does a fantastic job painting the different quilt blocks. I don’t believe the video has sound, so don’t worry if you don’t hear anything! I love seeing the progression from beginning to end.

The description on YouTube answers the question “Why paint a quilt?”

“This was a great opportunity to create a piece monumental in its scale and storytelling possibilities. It also looks at local cultures, women’s roles in history and art, and provides the opportunity for multiple narratives.”

Isn’t that what’s so great about quilting, and art in general; the ability to tell a story with color, texture, value, movement, and a little piece of ourselves? I hope you enjoy!

Town Market Hardware and General Store

In Black Mountain, NC there are several small shops that are a joy to visit. One of my favorites is the Town Hardware and Country Store.

 

 

 

 

They have just about everything under the sun there. Of course, there are hardwood goods, toys, kitchen tools, books, toiletries, and the list goes on and on. What I really like about this store, is the fact that they put their folk art kits (for kids) front and center in their store.

 

 

 

They have kits for crocheting, knitting, bead work, weaving, and several other crafts. My favorite kit available:

 

 

 

I love it!  I’ve seen some of these kits at other general stores, but they’re usually hidden somewhere in the toys section. These little lovelies are treated with respect and given prime real estate here.