As promised, I went upstairs and took some photos of my pillows and some of the crafts I have been working on this winter. I am not very good at this but it’s been a lot of fun. Above is my catch all little attic closet where everything is crammed in right now until I come up with a better system! It stores a lot of my craft bags and an old vacuum and many other items I can’t seem to find a home for. I thought i would take you on a little tour of my favorite things in my room while showing you my crafts I have been working on. I will start with the fleece eyeglass cases….one done and one almost done… this one is done… and this one needs a button.
Here are some close ups…..
guitar and heart……… tree and butterfly. All of the material in each craft I got at a yard sale and I cut it to fit. The guitar and cat pattern came from two cookie cutters I have had for years. I just traced them. The rest are free hand as you can probably tell!! Then I took matching colors of yarn and braided it and surrounded the outside of the pillow with it. Next is my sunflower pillow…I made a similar one of these for my sister in law for xmas and she loved it….. ,,,the center is all buttons….
my sister in laws is much nicer than this one. The back of this one has a heart…. …. and the same material is sewn around the outside. My next pillow is a more modern approach…circles and squares….I never know how it is going to come out until I start it….
Here’s a close up…. You can really tell it is homemade in this photo! Very uneven….I am learning as I go….all by hand but someone did just give me a sewing machine….now to figure out how to use it! Here is my attempt at a Victorian patchwork pillow with yard sale material and broken jewelry from …..???….you guessed it….yard sales!! This took me a long time to do.
Being bored out of my mind I started cocheting some baby booties. I modified the pattern to make them look more like Indian moccasins….well kind of. I braided two colored and one white piece of yarn and threaded it through each bootie for a lace that looked decorative and worked to lace up as well. I don’t know why but I love these little booties! I think I need grandchildren! These came out bigger and taller and not right but I still love them.
Now as promised, some photos of my favorite things in my room upstairs….. My room is in transition but this is a little area I made in honor of my dad, who was a musician. The Martin guitar is one my husband surprised me with on my 50th birthday….before I opened it, I thought it was an ironing board!….that’s another story. I love it….it plays like a dream. The little table has a ukulele on it that belonged to my husbands grandfather. My dad played one and taught my brothers and I to play when we were kids. The sheet music in front of it is a song my dad wrote and had published years ago. It’s called Arizona Moon. I can hear him playing it and my mom singing it now….love that song. There is also an African Shakere gourd instrument, old tapes from the 50’s of us kids at xmas singing and here’s a photo of my dad and his brother and sister when he was little hanging on the wall… That’s him on the far left….he was the youngest and the cutest don’t ya think? Next is my old spice rack that I painted a pinkish color and now use for old thread. These are do-dads I have picked up here and there and will use some day in projects… My button collection is getting thin…
I have some lovely mother of pearl white ones in that mason jar. The jar on the far right is very old and I got it for .50 at a yard sale….what a deal huh? On top of my little tv I keep up there is a ceramic and glass fairy lamp…not old….just adorable and battery operated! Next to that is an old dragonfly wood block printers stamp. You may not be able to see it. I came across a box of these one time and not knowing what they were only grabbed one! I could have just died once I got home and figured it all out! The card is from a girlfriend and it is one of my favorites.
Here is the beautiful painting my mother in law painted for me probably 2 years ago now…still not framed!!! Sorry Alice!! I adore it! There is another pillow I made too. Another yard sale find….a lamp that looks old but isn’t. I have to find some globes for it so for now it holds my pink stuff! An old tablecloth is being used for the curtain until I can find what I want. This is a cheap old bookcase my parents had. I painted it and put all my favorite things on it. They all tell a story. This is an antique bureau I love with glass knobs on it. It holds most of my yarn and my material I use to craft with. On top are pincushions I have made. I am very proud of the bird ones. They have real badger feathers on them!
The antique lamp is from a yard sale as is the mirror below it and the glass shoes that have buttons in them. See the eyeball pincushion in front? That’s the only one I made. Behind that are two bottlecap pincushions….those are fun to make. More yard sale finds….depression candlestick is lovely but has a small crack in the top….I love it still! Not a very clear picture but this is my little closet corner. The wicker chair was given to me by my brother and sister in law before moving to Nashville. I painted it with two different colors of green. It needs a redo. More pillows I have made are in it. Above that is a yard sale mirror. On the floor is a little homemade Adirondack chair I found at the dump. I sanded it and painted it and guess what is sitting in the chair?? Why those are handmade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls made by our own Dawn from C & G Designs!!! She had a giveaway and I won!!! How lucky am I???? I love those dolls….they are a permanent fixture in my room now. And last but not least is a photo that is near and dear to my heart that hangs on the wall. It is one taken of my kids when they were very little.,,,,,
They were raising hell one day and I snapped this of them. They were supposed to be getting dressed and they kept chasing each other around the house. What a wonderful moment captured in time that I will never forget. Ok…..that’s my tour!! I love having my own room to just go and sit in and call my own. I will be changing it quite a bit soon to accommodate my kids when they come to stay the night. It needs a couple of twin beds I guess and more of the comforts of a spare bedroom. Do you have a room of your own???