Monday, January 30, 2012

Published Aprons!

I am published again in Stampington's Apron*ology Magazine!  It comes out February First and should be available the whole year. I find copies at Joann's and at Barnes & Noble. It should be at craft stores as well.

My son is deployed with the Army as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. We were going to a "Yellow Ribbon" event before he deployed and they gave us all little flag pins and yellow ribbons.  It reminded me of all the yellow ribbons we sold at Fabricland-way back in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm.
At that time my son was three.  I had no idea he would be involved in an ongoing version of the same war.
However, he has chosen this as his career.

And because of it, he has had several pairs of trousers completely wear out.  I couldn't sew up the crotch again! So I took them and made aprons.

This one with the two layers is called "Duty". That is one of the US Army values.  I used cotton for the yellow and the lower part of the trousers.

This half apron is the upper part of the same leg. I call it "Loyalty."  I like to use the pieces just as they are to preserve the entire look. I used the yellow to completely bind the three edges. The waist tie is threaded through the belt loops and I re-purposed the buttons at the edges.

Do you remember the John Wayne Movie She Wore a Yellow Ribbon? Love the cavalry!  Anyway, this apron is "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." I used the upper and lower part of the second leg. 
These aprons do have some stains as they have been in use for five years. Authentic! But they will last through many washings.

Check these out in the magazine and in my etsy shop.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ombre Pink Dresser

This adorable little dresser is one we found at a citywide garage sale.  I wrote about it here.
Husband finished it about two weeks ago but I haven't had the chance to post about it yet.

It is only 25 inches tall.  It has three drawers in the middle and two on each side.  He wanted to paint the dresser because it was a blah color.

It is solid wood and very heavy.  It only cost us $15.

He did some stripping but ultimately just used the deglosser.

 We bought two sample size paints and one quart.  We had white on hand.  The pinks are, from lightest to darkest, Primrose Garden, Bridesmaid, and Dragon Fruit. They are Behr is eggshell finish.
The white is Marshmallow.

He tried the original handles but didn't like them, too old fashioned.  These were $3.49 each and look much brighter and cheerier!

This little dresser is for sale! As are these two.  I have gotten tons of repins of these on Pinterest!

I still have both of these dressers and they are for sale.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Packing and Moving

Big News!  
Husband and I have decided to move! We are tired of the two story tract house we have been in for the past 8 years.  It is time to move on. We have even lived in the same town for 21 years (I include the 3 years we lived in the Middle East, as we had our "roots" here.)
We will be moving to a one story house in the next town over, about a ten mile drive East.

So in the meantime, I have started packing.  We started with the china cabinet and the close to 100 tea cup sets as we want to paint the china cabinet before we move in March or April.

This is one of my favorites.  I will be posting pics of tea cups randomly because I photographed all of them!

Wish me luck!