Friday, May 19, 2017

Landscaping Project # 1

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Last year I did a big remodel on the outside of the house along with gutting and redoing the bathroom and new flooring in the kitchen. This year's main project is landscaping. I'm really pleased with the results.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Poncho Set for 18" Doll

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This is another set I made recently for my granddaughters. It's a very quick and easy project. I used 2 different patterns I found on Pinterest for the poncho and hat, I just added the scarf.  It's all made out of fleece.

Scarf - 4" x 24"

Sleeping Bag Set for 18" Doll

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My oldest 2 granddaughters, ages 10 and 8 both have American Girl dolls. The youngest is more into them than the older one. I recently made a sleeping bag set for the younger one and will make another one soon. I found the pattern for the sleeping bag on Pinterest, but did the pillow and bag on my own. These are easy and fun to make. 

Pillow Case - 7" x 8" - 1 edge turned under 1/2", folded in 1/2 lengthwise.  
Pillow - made it out of muslin 6" x 7"and stuffed with polyfil

Drawstring bag - 10" x 16"

Doggy Sleep Sack

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One of Rosie's favorite things to do is to burrow in a blanket. Fleece blankets are her favorite. I saw a pattern for a sleep sack on Pinterest. I had not heard of them, so I looked up more patterns until I found one I liked. It was fairly easy to make and she loved it. I need to make her a lighter weight one for summer.

My Little Rescue

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There is a local home based rescue that I follow on Facebook and have for a few years. They obviously post pictures of pets all the time whether they are up for foster/adoption or if they are a lost or found pet. I will share some of the posts on occasion, but that was about it. I had been thinking about getting a dog for a little while, but hadn't yet committed to the idea. When she posted a picture of Rosie last November, I couldn't stop thinking about her. I finally decided to go meet her. She was a sweet girl. She had been found roaming the streets and no one had claimed her. When they took her to the vet, they estimated her to be 6 or 7 years old. I picked her up a couple of days later for a 2 week foster-to-adopt. I decided to keep her, although we had quite an adjustment period. We were just getting settled when I met someone and after he moved in, we started all over. She's now his buddy, too, so things are going well.  I can't imagine being without her now.  She is very calm and sleeps a lot. She typically minds well and rarely barks. Although through our adjustment periods I thought a few times about giving her to my dad, she's turned out to be the perfect little dog for me.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Girl's Rag Purse

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I made this rag purse for my granddaughter for her birthday.  I had taken her shopping earlier in the week, but woke up the morning of her party and decided I wanted something for her to unwrap, so I made this purse at the last minute.

I cut:
  • 10 - 4 1/2" squares out of the main fabric 
  • 10 - 4 1/2" squares of the lining fabric (both are light weight denim) 
  • 10 - 3 1/2" squares of batting
  • Handle: 1 -  34" x 2" (finished width is 1")
Sandwich your squares, wrong sides together with batting in the middle.  Sew an "X" in each sandwich from corner to corner.  When assembling your purse, make sure your seams are on the outside. 

I glued velcro on for the closure. 

I filled it with some gum, Tic Tacs, money, lip balm and tissues with a matching cover that I made.  I love making those tissue covers.  Very quick and easy.  Great way to use scraps and add a little extra to a gift or stocking stuffer. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Americana Door Stop

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My bedroom door doesn't want to stay open and it drives me nuts!  I had a stool holding it open and I finally decided it was time to change that.  I searched Pinterest for patterns, as I usually do.  I found several, but this one from Shabby Art Boutique was my favorite.  I made an inner bag out of muslin and filled it with rice so that I can wash the outer bags.  It's perfect!  I made another one just like it to use at my front door in the summer.

Bathroom Remodel

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As I mentioned in my previous post, Home Remodel - Outside, my grandparents bought this house in the early 50's and my grandpa later added the bathroom.  It had been pink and black since then.  I was SO glad to see that tile and the window in the shower go away!  The vanity had been white trimmed in gold when I moved there and they had clouded shower doors. I painted the vanity black and updated the hardware and added a black shower curtain.  It helped a lot until I could get it remodeled. It took them 2 long weeks to get it finished.  It's my only bathroom, so 2 weeks seemed like a very long time.  :)


Day one


I'm in love with it!  Drastic improvement!!

See my other 2 posts:

House Remodel - Outside

New Kitchen Flooring