Small ~ Project ~ Sunday – A Yard Sale Find ExtraordinaireΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How nice of you to make time for me on this wonderful weekend 😍

No crochet news today – but what I wanna show you instead is pretty nifty. 😁

On Saturday I spend a few hours thrifting. And at one yard sale I spotted an amazing vintage embroidery πŸ’œ 

Here are some details 


Beautiful, isn’t it?!

After I brought my treasure home I hunted for a frame…I always buy them at thrift stores – just in case. And yesterday was such a case πŸ˜†

It was already stretched on a piece of cardboard…and wouldn’t you know, I had a frame that fit perfectly! πŸ˜ƒ Happy Dance! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

The frame is  was not very pretty, but is in great shape 

     Very ‘blah’ 😟
Time for some chalk paint and wax…ta-da 


I applied the paint, with a wide, flat brush, yesterday…let it dry overnight (even though it doesn’t take that long – an hour or two is plenty). Then I applied a thin layer of wax in a few spots (not all over ’cause all I had is a dark brown). Done!  πŸ™†πŸ»

A few staples in the back – the frame didn’t have any of those metal bendy thingies. πŸ€“

And here she is 


I’m very happy with it 😍 It seems like it was meant to be….the perfect fit and the color paint I had is actually a color in the embroidery. 

Now I’m sitting here admiring my lovely ‘new’ wall art ☺️

Did you ever have a spontaneous project that worked out on the first try?  (Psst – doesn’t happen all that often around here πŸ˜†)

Thanks for dropping by and reading all the way down to here πŸ€—

 

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A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment 🌺 Throwback Thursday 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for joining me today! 

I hope you don’t mind, but for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ I’d like to show you a few of my past creations. 😊

See – I’ve had this “sometimes in life the best laid out plans are ruined by unexpected goings-on” thing happening here. 😜 Nothing disastrous, just normal interruptions of my routine. So –  I didn’t have the leisure to explore the webs for awesome artwork. I hope these here will do, and add some enjoyment to your day. 😍

I made this ‘Nature Weaving’ last year ~ using twigs, enameled leaves, and ribbon to embellish the pretty yarn. 😊

This one hangs in my bedroom. I removed a large canvas (print), and used the frame as a loom. 

One of my first Dreamcatchers… πŸ’•

This here is one of my favorites. πŸ’œ I felted an old wool sweater, and needle-felted unspun wool on it. Back then I did write a ‘how-to’ post, if you love it and need (yet) another project 😝here’s the link πŸ’•

I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past! πŸ˜ƒ Maybe something inspired you to get busy! I would really love to hear about it! πŸ’œ

Oh… I did find one thing I don’t wanna keep from you…


The guy on the right looks happy πŸ˜‚ If you start now you could surprise your guy with one for Christmas! 😜 

Thanks for visiting and reading to the end! 😘

I hope you come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Fiber ~Art Moment πŸ’œ

Hello and ‘Happy Weekend’ my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for peeking in today! 

We’re finally basking in the sunshine today!β˜€οΈ It’s a perfect Saturday here in eastern Kansas😍 I hope you need a lot of sunscreen and your shades today 😁 Or is it cloudy and rainy? β˜”οΈ

For today’s ‘Fiber~Art Moment’ I’d like to show you a lovely ‘Sock Quilt’ I came across this morning. πŸ˜€

 Sadly the artist/creator of this piece was not mentioned. 

Look – isn’t it pretty….and genius I might add πŸ€“


Isn’t that awesome, and a great project to use up all the poor lonely socks you find in the dryer. 😝

What do you think? Is this a project for you? 

I hope you will join me tomorrow for ‘New Stitch Sunday’ πŸ€—

Until then 

~ Tina xoxo 

If you are – or know – the artist behind this, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due! 😍

Dear (Project) Diary

….and all you lovely people out there πŸ’•

Lots of creative bustling going on around here. 😊 Almost too much – if there is such a thing. I say ‘almost too much’ because ~ as you probably know ~ if your brain is too busy planning things you get nothing done. πŸ™ƒ
So I decided to make a list of the projects I have on my mind…and by sharing them with you, commit to them, and maybe inspire you to create your own day planner/wallhanging/art and art display. πŸ€“

1️⃣ First I wanna update you on the day planner…if you missed it- here’s the beginning
Since that post went public I’ve made 2 more calendar pages -the other 8 are going onto the to-do list πŸ˜‹

2️⃣ Next on my list is a new ‘spring-y’ wallhanging 🌺
Remember theΒ felted one? This one is similar, except the background is not a piece of felted wool sweater. For this one I crocheted a rectangle with BouclΓ© yarn.
If you would like to make one, it’s really quite simple…
1. Crochet 28 chain stitches (that number is really up to you, it depends on the desired size of your piece… maybe you want to make a blanket 😊 it just has to be an even number)
2. Place a double-crochet stitch in the 3rd chain from the hook. *Chain 2, and place a double-crochet stitch in the 2nd chain stitch. Repeat from * until your piece is the desired size. Then pick your ‘wool fluff’ and start decorating! Have Fun! πŸ˜€
Here’s my ‘wip’…

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For a quick no-sew solution, simply clip some ‘CafΓ© Rod’ clips to the top and thread on a rod or a skinny branch (my favorite 😌)


3️⃣ Painting a frame is up next.
I’ve had this print in my store when it first opened, when it was ‘Beads for Belles’. Quite fitting, don’t you think? 😊

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Well, since then I changed the name to ‘Kristabella’, and also the decor and feel of the store. So, home with me it went. It really doesn’t go with anything here…what to do πŸ€”
A new print and some chalk paint! Got both – next thing on the to-do list 😏

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I will show you the result soon!

4️⃣ Then there is the stack of wool sweaters and pretty fabrics waiting to be turned into pretty pillows, arm warmers, and wall decor – next on the to-do list- man, that thing is growing fast πŸ˜† – so I can restock my somewhat depleted Etsy shop.

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5️⃣ Last, but not least…a finished project! My growing- quite literally πŸ˜‰- plant collection. As I mentioned before in Roommate: Mother Nature , I can finally buy and keep plants. Here’s the latest addition

It seems I can’t stop buying plants, cacti, succulents πŸ’•

Here I took some minis, and replanted them into these pretty pots

Behind the pink top you can see that I’m trying to propagate some succulents. I’ll keep you posted-if you never hear about it again, it didn’t work πŸ˜‚
I wanna say that’s it for now, but I’ll probably think of more projects you don’t wanna miss. πŸ€— So please look for the next entry in my ‘Project Diary’!
Until then

~ Tina xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Wallhanging ~ fast and easy (and beautiful!)

This was a very spontaneous project! After rearranging a few things in my living-room (I got tired of looking at the same pictures  πŸ˜Š ) I needed something pretty and unique for an empty spot on one of the walls. Now, I’ve done a few weavings, created an oversized ‘Tree-0f-life’, and a dreamcatcher. All wonderful, and I enjoy them every day – but also very time consuming. And I wanted something NOW!
Lightbulb moment!   πŸ€—   Needle felting on a handy, right there surface! An old sweater I had felted for a project (that never happened ☺️ ) came to mind.
I gathered everything  – it’s not that much …let me show you 


A felted sweater (the pretty border  is a bonus, but not necessary), a rotary cutter (fabric scissors work too), needle felting tool and -mat, and wool fluff.

Later on (after this picture was taken) I realized you’ll need a sewing needle and thread for the hanging sleeve.
But that really is it.

Let’s get started….
Cut the sweater into an even rectangle, or a square. Since the felting tangles the fiber there is no need to hem the edges  πŸ€—    How cool is that?
Now lay out the wool fluff and start punching with your felting tool. It’s also a great stress release!

I love all the bright colors – but I’m already planning on making another one in green and red – Poppies!
If you’re new to needle felting, here’s a tip: Remember – nothing is permanent! Isn’t that a relief. If you punch each ‘cloud’ only 2, 3 times, and decide later on that you don’t like the arrangement, you can pull off the piece and start over.
Once you love your creation, punch every ‘cloud’ a few more times, and you’re set!

Alrighty – felting is done!
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Pretty nifty, huh? And it really only took a little over an hour!

All you need now to hang your beauty is a sleeve on the back. I cut a 2″ strip from one of the sweater leftover pieces, and pinned it to the back.
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You can (hand) sew it in place now, creating a sleeve for a curtain rod. Since the piece is not very heavy, a simple running stitch (1/4″) will do.
I used a purse handle I had laying around (also from a project that never happened  πŸ˜‹   )

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Now she’s ready to adorn your wall …

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…unless you’d like to embellish ~
Pearls or colorful beads would look great

Or you can use it to show off Grandma’s pins…
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I decided to combine this project with my love of jewelry making, and added a row of Amethysts and Crystals at the bottom

If you like this idea, and need help – let me know! I’ll be happy to walk you through!

And now you’re really done  πŸ˜   Didn’t take that long, did it?
Enjoy your creation – I’d be thrilled to see the pics!

~Tina xoxo