Monthly Archives: December 2012

Painted Table

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I liked our painted kitchen table so much that I decided to paint our old round end table in the family room to match. It’s small, so it took only a moment with the palm sander to denude the tabletop. I only roughed up the legs and apron because primer can go over an old finish.

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Two coats of primer and, later, two coats of white latex to the lower section of the table modernized it nicely. Then my favorite part: wiping on dark walnut stain and watching the color change. Lastly, two coats of oil-based urethane, followed by a few days of curing before it was safe to put the decor back.

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Recycled

ImageI sadly noticed that one of my favorite, and very well-used, tablecloths had sprouted several holes (again). So I decided to make two matching table runners out of the good end sections. That finished, I was about to toss the holey middle section when I realized that I could cut it all up into nice, heavy, cotton rags.

So I folded and cut in half and half and half until I had reasonably sized rags. But those raw edges got me. So out came my serger and I zipped around all 16 rags in no time at all. I rounded the corners to save time. Ta Da!

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{Made} Bag O’ Gold

ImageThe childrens’ Sunday School class needs a gold bag for a lesson, so I created one today. All it took was a piece of shimmery gold lame’ fabric, an equal piece of muslin, and a piece of 8.5×11 paper for a pattern.

I placed the short end of the paper on the fold of the fabrics and cut around it.

Next, I stacked the unfolded lame’ on the unfolded muslin and pinned them together, and then I serged all the way around because the lame’ ravels like crazy. On the two short ends, I folded down about 1 inch to form casings for the drawstring. (Oh yes, you need something for the drawstrings too. I used two pieces of black twill tape.) Press and stitch the casings in place.

Then, at the two corners at the bottom of the bag, I traced around a big lid to get rounded corners, and cut on the lines. I stitched up the side seams just until I reached the casings, but I didn’t stitch through them. After I turned the bag right side out, I ran a piece of twill tape through both casings and tied the ends together. Then I ran the other piece of twill tape through both casings the same way, but I started and stopped in the opposite hole.

Cinched up, it’s a bag o’ gold!

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Cone Trees – Update

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Our cone trees were a huge hit at the ladies luncheon on Saturday.

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After the luncheon, we bravely offered the trees for sale in sets of three, and most of them sold! The remaining ones will be centerpieces at a second luncheon later in the month, and perhaps more will sell then. We hope to just recoup our costs.

Below is my “brown bag” lunch in a basket. I created a liner in pink polka dots, which matches one of the fabrics we used for trees. I made a cranberry-chicken croissant sandwich and added fruit for a treat.

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December 4, 2012 · 12:40 PM

I’ve Moved!

Welcome to my new blog! I had to find a new hosting site because my old one, blogger, wouldn’t allow me to add any more photos. They said I had filled my allotted space. Well, pffftt. This blog requires photos, so here I am, transferred over to Word Press. I hope they are more photo-friendly!

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