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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Child Sized Dresser Redo, Part 2

Thanks for stopping back to see how I finished off my small dresser. If you want to see Part 1 you can check it out here. It turned out pretty cute if I may say so myself. Hard to believe it is the same dresser.
Since she was so old I painted most of the surface inside and out to help preserve the wood.
Using the drawer pulls as inspiration I masked off the outside of the drawers and painted them off white. I then painted them in a pink and turquoise plaid with gold dots at the intersections. I didn't do it too perfectly so it would look a bit old. Sorry for the blurry picture.
I found some old glass knobs in my stash since all the ones it came with were broken and unusable. I found two that worked well with the small drawers. I at first tried some painted ones, but the vintage glass ones just set it off better.

Check out the cool texture on the sides as well. Taking a page from MMS book I left some of the old paint on and just painted over it. Love the way it looks.
 I painted the drawers inside as well, I like the finished look.
What do you do with old books that are falling apart? Use them to line drawers with of course and use the never failing Modge Podge to finish it off. I like a bit more random look so tore some of the pages to give it a bit more movement.
I sanded the edges to give it an older look as well and then went over the whole with some cherry stain.  Waxed the whole with MinWax and buffed it out. Got to use what I already have!
Here is Zeus checking out the finished dresser. He thinks it is pretty nice too.
So just to refresh your memory, here is the before and now...
tah dah it is finally done. I am listing her on Craig's List to see if anyone might wish to give her a home. If not I won't be disappointed, I will keep her for my craft room. And in case you are wondering, this is the picture that is closest to the true color. Thanks stopping by.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Granny Jo's Memory Quilt and Pinterest Challenge

If you remember I gave you a preview of the quilt I was working on here for my Mom's 81st birthday. Well I finally finished it and my siblings and I presented it to her at our family reunion. She loved it. She said she had always wanted one so that made all the hard work worth it. I have to warn you there are quite a lot of pictures, but I did want to showcase a few of the quilt blocks.
We each made one or more quilt blocks representing our family. Some did it with pictures, others with pieced blocks. I then used a technique called twist and turn to tie the whole together since all the blocks turned out to be different sizes. I also did something totally different than I have ever done before and that was using the scraps all sewn together to sew around the outside of the quilt. I really liked the different colors used to tie the whole together.

If you remember I have been giving myself a Pinterest challenge, to use at least one of my pins each week. Well Pinterest came in very handy when I went to finish out this quilt. Not knowing how to properly bind a quilt I went to my go to resource guide and found this link. The turorial was so easy to follow I had the quilt bound in no time and it looks really great. Thanks Amy for an easy to follow tutorial.

Here are a few close ups and a picture of my Mom with her finished quilt.
My youngest son Alan and nephew Karsten holding the quilt.
Butterfly Quilt block behind my mom's head represented me. When I was a small girl I always told my mother that I wanted to be a butterfly. Also the hanky it was made from belonged to my father's sister who is now in her late 90s so the block has double significance. It is also another of my pins which you will find here.
And here is a close up of said block. I went by Vikki Jo when I was younger, much younger! :-}
My dad was a character and this quilt would not be complete without a representation of him as well. He always wore bib overalls so this square has a piece from his bibs. The picture is of him as a young man when he grew a beard for the Montana centennial.
 Cute caricature of my niece Rue and her husband Brice.
And another pin to represent my husband and I. We have both been divorced and now have a wonderful marriage. I really liked the sentiment so even though the heart I made is a bit different I used the poem and the idea I found here. This was my first paper piecing project. If you check the block to the left you can kind of see my nephew all dressed up in my father's old scout uniform. Loved that my sister-in-law included that.
Quilt block representing my second son and his wife.
And this one to represent their son. Can you believe she had hardly ever sewed before this?
Even my 8 year old granddaughter made one. I was very proud of her for doing that. She is learning to sew and loves it. She is going to be just like her Nanna one day.
This one was made by my youngest brother's wife. Love the colors. My mother's favorite color is purple and so is mine, I am really loving this.
My oldest brother's wife made these two beautiful blocks.
My oldest son's wife made this one with all the handprints in their family. Such a unique idea.
And last but definately not least, the block my daughter did to represent her youngest daughter. Her name is Zaphren, but she calls herself Zappi, she is three and full of energy and noise. Hence what Becky wrote on the block, "The Hills are alive, with the sound of Zappi!" Love the furry sheep.

All in all the quilt was a lot of work for all involved, but will give my mother much enjoyment and isn't that what life is all about? Thanks for taking the time to look at all my pictures.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Child Sized Dresser Redo, Part 1

I have been working on a child sized dresser and let me tell you it has been kind of fun. After doing this I told my husband I think I can fix almost anything. If you had seen it at first you would have said I needed to head straight for the dump with it. And can you believe I actually paid money for it?!? This is what it looked like before and let me tell you the pictures do not show how terrible it really was. The only reason I did buy it was because it is a bit unusual. It stands only 21 1/2" high. I am thinking it will be fun to use in my craft room that I am working on. 
Very dirty and nasty with spiders and yucky stuff inside. Worm holes all up and down the sides and inside the drawers. The veneer was all peeling off so it had to be  removed. Add to that the top was off and there was no back. And the drawers all needed to be rebuilt. What was I thinking? Then after removing the drawer pulls I realized they were all broken so I couldn't save even one. Lucky for me I had bought some really cute pulls years ago for something else and had never used them. They will be perfect and will be the inspiration for painting the dresser. 
It has a mirrored top, not sure if I will use it or not. I will see how things progress.
 Here you can see the sides, really nice huh? I already had peeled off most of the veneer. I usually get carried away and don't wait to take pictures.
 All sanded and put back together. Wow I was so proud of myself when I actually could see that it wasn't a lost cause. 

 I painted the dresser turquiose and dry brushed in white.
I puttied the pull holes on the lower drawers to accomadate the new pulls. 
I taped off the smallest drawers and painted the fronts white. 
These are the drawer pulls that are my inspiration. I will show you how I finish the dresser in my next post.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

1972 Class Reunion

I just returned from my 40th high school class reunion and boy was that a blast. Couldn't believe 40 years had flown by. Reconnected with some really great friends. Didn't do a Pinterest challenge this week and I am running off to a family reunion this weekend so won't be doing any more until I return. Please check back then for more Pinterest challenges.

Things didn't work out in the beginning the way I had planned. I went to the airport when I thought my flight was, didn't realize my flight had changed, so missed my flight. They were unable to get me another seat on a later flight so I went home very disappointed. My husband who is always upbeat told me to just drive, I had the time. So I hopped in my car and spent a day and a half driving to Montana. So glad I did, it was worth it. So often what we think of as a roadblock is just a detour. 

So here is the class of 1972, only a little older but much wiser.

We had great dinner up in the Mountains at the ski resort, Bridger Bowl, Bozeman, MT. I hadn't been up there in 39 years. What a beautiful setting. Had a great time reconnecting with a lot of great people.

This was one of my favorite teachers, Mr. Campeau. He taught art for many years and always wore a bow tie. I asked him where his tie was and he told me that he now only wears them to funerals.

Here are pics of some of the people in my class. Such great memories.

With my sweetheart who encouraged me to come and so glad I did.
High School Year Book
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