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

New Kitchen Flooring

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This is the first thing I wanted to get done when I moved in, but I had other things that had to be done first.  I forgot to take pictures before I had taken some of the things out, so these were taken right after the installers arrived. This flooring I believe was put down in the late 90's. 

This is linoleum from Menards. It has plenty of cushion, it's not cold or slick.  

Due to lighting, I had to take the pictures from different angles than in the "before" pictures.  Next on the list are new counter tops and lighting fixtures. I'm hoping to have that done by the end of the year.  Next year I plan to get a new stove, range hood and back splash, then have a little work done in my family room and the inside will be finished.

See my other 2 posts:

Home Remodel - Outside

Bathroom Remodel

House Remodel Outside

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My goal for this year was to either move or remodel my house.  My husband and I separated in 2013 and divorced in 2015 after being married almost 30 years.  My grandpa had left me his house when he passed away in 2008.  He and grandma had purchased it in 1952 and raised my mom and her brother here, so I hated to sell it.  Each of my daughters had lived here on different occasions and it was rented for a year prior to me moving in the summer of 2014.  When my grandparents bought it, it was a very small 2 bedroom with a living room and smaller kitchen.  My grandpa, over the years, added another bedroom, bathroom, utility room, family room, added on to the kitchen and built a 2 car attached garage, At one point, it was white with pink shutters and railings on the porch.

I had planned on remodeling the bathroom and getting new flooring in the kitchen first, but since I had some shingles blow off in a windstorm, I decided that the roof needed to be first. My heating bills had been extremely high, so I decided I wanted to get new windows and insulation before winter.  I had a window in my bathroom that I didn't like since it was in my shower and I didn't want the plugs in my siding for them to blow in insulation, so one thing led to another.  I ended up having a new roof, gutters, insulation, windows, siding, front porch railings, painted the floor of the front porch, new shutters and painted the front door burgundy.

This project, along with the bathroom remodel was started in May and was completed in October.  It took a lot longer than I had planned, but am pleased with both projects.

This is how I always remember it when they lived here.

These are pictures during the remodel 

This is what it looks like now.  

He still needs to wire and mount the lights on the front of the garage and next to the back door.  Next year I'll work on landscaping and maybe doing something with the patio.

This is what the floor of the front porch looks like. 

See my other 2 posts:

Bathroom Remodel

New Kitchen Flooring

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Americana Rag Quilt

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I love the look of the rag "look".  I've made several purses, baby doll diaper bags, baby doll blankets and a few baby blankets.  This is the first lap quilt that I made.  The worst part is making the cuts on the seams and around the border.  I think it took longer to do that than to do all of the sewing.  :)  I love the Americana look and am very pleased with it.  It needs to be washed a few times yet to look "raggy".   I purchased most of the fabrics at JoAnn's.

 Squares are 5 1/2"
 Batting 3 1/2"
1 inch seams
1 1/2" around the outside
12 rows with 8 squares each

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lil Miracles Donation June 2016

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I enjoy helping local organizations typically from behind the scenes by donating items needed. Sometimes it's as simple as saving items that I'd typically throw away or recycle.  I also enjoy using my skills to make needed items as well.

This is a batch of items I made for Lil Miracles Pregnancy Resource Center (not including the doll).  I met Debbie when she first started and have had the privilege of watching it grow in leaps and bounds.  They are now a 501c3 and definitely an asset to our community.

This batch included around 30 burp cloths, 6 blankets, 8 pairs of mittens, 2 rice bags, around 30 door latch covers, some coupons and baggies.  I'd use scraps from other projects, along with cleaning out my fabric stash and buying remnants at JoAnn Fabrics.  Our local JoAnn's closed recently, so I may not be donating as often, but it's something I very much enjoy.

Saturday, March 19, 2016