I have no idea how it is spelled, but here in South Carolina, a small gift for someone is called a searcy (cirscy? searsy?). I made little notebooks out of pretty paper (stitched a seam down the middle with computer paper), added a bright pad of paper and tied it up with twine.
Searcy's for five friends got lots of oohs and ahhs...
BEFORE and AFTER shots I trash-picked this chair years ago and fell in love with its shape and design. Needless to say, there was a reason it was in the trash - it needed major reconstruction. But I save my little birthday dollars and finally got it re-done. I love it!
Cutest pillow award, don't you think? This table was one of three nesting tables - my girlfriend and I added the sheet metal to the top. It looks nice but cuts my fingers when I pick it up. :) I'm not a big fan of fake flowers, but couldn't pass on these pretty pink ones stuck in a tin bucket.
Windowsill decoration in the bathroom (thus the "B"), little plants with a diamond jewel that fell off something or another, and a postcard of a funky door in east Berlin. I just like looking at it all.
Just got an amazing oil painting at a junk store for $20! Heiko thinks it's odd, but I loved the colors.
It was cheap because it has 2 rips, but being an optimistic person, I thought they could possibly be disguised with black shiny beads thrown on, cascading down the side. Maybe decoupaging sheer grey fabric over the holes? Any other ideas on canvas repair?? Slapping on some oil-based paint? I wish I was a painter instead of a fixer.
I haven't posted much lately because I dropped my camera battery in the dog's dish (of water, of course. It couldn't have fallen into the food part). Anyway. I taught in Japan after college and was given this beautiful kimono. It has hung in every place we have ever lived.
The coral/pink paint is a perfect backdrop for the kimono in our front hall. Wherever it is hanging, we are home.
I bought this fabric to make a seat cushion in our bedroom. It feels like ultra-suede but looks like petite-point needlework. Thrown on the floor (with an old blanket underneath) makes it look like a carpet. Does anyone have any suggestion how this could be secured (or what else to use as a cushion?) I like to think of it as a carpet from Versailles, where artisans spent months and months threading little needles with fine thread to produce silk carpets. I spent all of $14. :)
A friend gave me these three blue eggs to symbolize our three children. Safe, warm, secure, nurtured in the nest, but with the goal of breaking out and flying away to their own world. I have one still "in the nest" and two that are testing out their wings. I guess I did my job right (sniff sniff) when that happens.
How much more so are we safe in God's hands. Isaiah 41:10 says, "Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I"ll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."
KaffeeFassetis an internationally renowned textile artist with stunning quilt designs. On this one, the smaller peach and linen sheer pieces are placed on top and the back is cut out, making it look like stained glass.
In our other home, this hid the washer and dryer. Now it is in my little craft spot, decorating the wall between two windows, hung by an IKEA wire. I think IKEA should give me coupons for all of the advertising I do for them.
Our white, sterile bathroom needed a little oomph. One roll of black and white striped wall paper, put on horizontally, solved that problem.
The top of the wall was left as is, but the stripe gives it enough "pop". Come to think of it, a strip of wallpaper like this could look pretty neat going down a long hallway. Hmmmm...where could I do that?
We have three boys and tons of photos. Yannick was home for the holidays and I commissioned him to paint the various ages above the portraits. You could also use stencils or rub-ons for the numbers. Each son has a row - now it is easy and fun to see my boys and all of their various stages and looks. I can't believe they are that old. And to think, I have to add a wedding section this year!
My front hall light fixture is not anything to write home about. A perfect disguise for Christmas: A decorated wreath hung like a maypole with shiny hanging ornaments. Take three pieces of wide French ribbon, tie them onto the wreath at equal intervals , hang it upside down and tie to the top of the light fixture. I added some shiny turquoise satin ribbon to boot. 'got the idea from Tasha Tudor, an American illustrator who painted idyllic scenes with a hanging advent wreath. I tried that once and had dripping, goopy wax everywhere. This works nicer.
Extra tree boughs in a pot on the porch, which, of course, needed to be decorated.Some fabric scraps for little bows add a splash of color. Scraps are roughly 2" x 8". I grabbed pieces at random, trying to use some darker ones here and there to anchor some of the brighter colors. 'reminds me of the rag curlers we used in our hair as kids! But I don't think they were so pretty.
Teenagers from our church are soon going to Appalachia to deliver Christmas presents to needy children. So we knitters decided to include scarves in each box. The yarn I used was pretty boring, so I added 4" fabric strips at the edges. Mostly polka dots, but some plaids, checks and florals thrown in add to to the fun. I hope a little girl somewhere in Appalachia will like it!
When I lived in Germany, the only people who had cuckoo clocks were the Omas. But on my last trip there I found this little cutie and just couldn't resist. The little swiss miss bounces up and down, moving the bird across the porch! The tick-tock drives Micah nuts...he always stops the girl from swinging. Then I start it up again when he goes to school.
Underneath the kitchen bar is a great spot for stools and tons of scuff marks. Black chalkboard paint takes care of that....anyone who wants to leave a message is free to write and create. This message left by two sweet teenage girls.
My name is Kay. I am married and mother to three boys that are all taller than me. Making things brings a smile to my face and hopefully to yours too! Check out my etsy shop at www.prettywithribbons.etsy.com