Embroidery, Baking and Painting. Its a Trifecta of Crafting!

It has been a rough week for me, so this will be a quick post. In honor of my Mother who passed away this past week, I finished some hanger covers that I had stamped and marked and my Mom had embroidered for me. She had been a big embroiderer when I was young and she did teach me how at that time. I did a few pieces when I was young, not sure any had really survived. I’ve occasionally picked up a piece from time to time, but never have been accomplished at it. Mostly just did accents on pieces. I bought a lovely sewing machine from Singer that now does it automatically and I could never compete – time or accuracy – with its results.

My Mom had finished the pieces in the previous months, and all that was needed to complete it was to sew the seams and trim the pillow cases. And here are the finished results:

Hanger Cover1 Hanger Cover2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think they turned out quite charming. I think that I will hang one on the front of my closet door in my bathroom and the other will hang in the quest room.

Another thing I did differently was to do some baking this week. Nothing like rich, gooey, calorie laden baked goods to make the family feel better and bond me with my son. And he loved this! And it was so simple to do, I don’t know why I hadn’t done it sooner or do it more often. It is called Monkeybread and this recipe was made using Pillsbury refrigerated dough for buttermilk biscuits.

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Screen Shot 2013-03-11 at 11.01.38 PMThis was so unbelievably good, especially warm! It was gone before the day’s end. And so simple to make… you should try it!

Last but not least, this simple transformation of a beautiful little piece. It was very beautiful, but the top’s veneer was seriously damaged. I spent a few hours and a hammer and a pry tool and managed to remove it all without damaging the base piece. This allowed me to then prime the entire piece and generously applied six coats of my favorite black paint to the top. the remainder of the cabinet was the recipient of this beautiful dark purple that leans toward red when wet, but blue when dry so it just looks so extraordinary with the black that has undertones of blue as well.

I cleaned and then spray painted the hardware that was original to the piece, they were quite stunning in their own right. Not often do I re-use the original hardware, usually it is those ubiquitous Chippendale style handles that I have come to really dislike quite intensely. But with a couple of carefully applied coats of metallic black, these handles just turned out fabulously.

Here is a quick before and after photo:

Purple Before&After

Much to do this week and I have the luxury of having the Kid home with me on Spring Break. So far, “spring” has been cold, cloudy and a bit precipitous. The Kid has voiced his desire to transform a dresser from start to finish… I am excited and trying to convince myself that he wants to learn the process but I know he is doing it so that he can take a bigger cut of the profit! Either way, I get his company and help and that is worth it all!

Thank you for dropping by. And keep up the crafting!

julie

Catching up on writing and working on my karma…

I never got around to writing about this particular piece. After I had done my purple/violet ombré dresser (you can see the post here), I had a young mom contact me through Craigslist. She was hoping to be able to negotiate a lower price, as her new step-daughter loved purple. I’m sure it was about doing something that would crack the door between them and allow them to build a relationship. Unfortunately, as she explained, she was working but making barely above minimum wage and her budget just didn’t allow for spending this kind of money.

 

I had been in her shoes before. I remember a time in my life when I literally did not have two nickels to rub together. When I first got married, my husband and I used to fork over a huge share of our take home pay to child support. And I don’t exaggerate any to say that it was well over half each month. But I loved him and we both loved his kids and for the sake of peace, we did it with smiles on our face. But I remember those days vividly. And to say that pinching pennies like that was hard is an understatement.

So I wanted to do something nice. I found a decent dresser on Craigslist – not the best quality, but decent – and painted it in the purples that I had left over from the first project. And presented it to her free of charge. The only thing I had asked was that she ‘pay it forward’… someday when her circumstances allowed, she was to do something unselfish for someone else as well.

There was one more pink ombré dresser in there as well. I think this one went just as quickly as the others that came before and after. It is a popular color combination and they always seem to turn out fantastic. I just adore this color scheme.

So, that is a quick ‘catch up’ of some missed projects. Tons more in the works. Something is always brewing.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, Happy Crafting Y’All!

 

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