Friday, July 5, 2019

Upcycle Antique Sewing Machine

In our family, we love 'Junking'
~taking something that has been discarded and generally looks unsalvageable and making something else with it.
This old sewing machine was in the garbage heap. It actually looked as if it had sat somewhere very wet for a long time.
Like this, but with more wood attached.
{I forgot the cardinal rule...'take a before photo'}
There were no drawers with it.
 The actual machine was heavily rusted and the top of the table was broken. I did have it all apart at one point. {note to self...label your screws as you remove them} So, I scraped, sanded and cleaned it with a wire brush. I decided to just keep the machine separate {will do something with that later} I repainted the cast iron parts with black paint, then dusted it with brass. It really is very pretty now. All the wood got a solid 3 coats of semi-gloss crème color paint.
Right now this is the latest addition to my 'happy place' It has cubbies on each side for rolls of things, and a lovely little shelf underneath. I am on the hunt for a top to make it into an extended top table.
A few more up cycle ideas...
Thanks Pinterest and Pinners


Friday, June 21, 2019

Snarky Cards

Snarky Cards, a great way to use up bits and pieces from the stash.
 Or a stack of paper you love !

Thanks Pinterest and Pinners for the inspiration

Friday, June 14, 2019

Winged People ATC

 Making Traders for a swap I am hosting.
Theme is Butterfly Winged People

I used old music papers, with TH Doll Cut-outs and $store wings,-a bit of scrap trim and a sentiment. Done.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Neverland Mini Book

This is a mini book. Perfect for smaller boy photos.
 Just covered the base of a black shaped chipboard from the stash
 Most of the pages have a tuck pocket for the tiny messages
 Fussy cut detail from the feathers page. {really the reason I grabbed this paper pack, well that and I can't resist Tinkerbell}
 Tinkerbell background and a washi tape border as well

 The graphics are just so detailed and fun

 I would follow this map to Neverland, just to see the Blue Mountains

Because the best intensions....
and there is something wrong with me...
I laughed too hard at this one.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Dad, the Man the Myth The Legend

Thank You Creative Scrapbooker Magazine for picking up this layout of our Hero. It is so hard to get a good photo of him. I had to promise I was just getting a photo of the pocket. 
He doesn't get much time off work, but when he does we tend to work on large projects. It was a very hot day and we had been at it since early in the morning. I was grumbling about how my scrapbook fingers weren't really meant for diving into the pail of very sharp screws. Then I look over and burst out laughing. Steve had the perfect solution. The magnet on the back of his phone was holding them to the outside of his coveralls.

As it turned out this pair of coveralls were ready for the rag bin. Naturally I had to cut off those awesome metal clasps and use them for the closure on this layout.
I reinforced the paper back with waistband stiffener from the sewing stash so that the stitching didn't break the paper. I also used an awl to pilot the holes before cross stitching the clasp to the layout.
Heart is a stylized daisy stitch. I was thinking the other day that my Grandmother on my Mom's side taught me how to embroider when I was 5. That was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with all things cloth and thread. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Summer is Coming

Things to Try with a bit planning, a little of try hard and A LOT OF PHOTOS to scrapbook!


...{Thanks Pinterest and Pinners}

Friday, May 17, 2019


I haven't had time to make much of anything. But, I do sit and color while my favourite TV show is on some nights. 
I have some plans for these tiny bee houses. These were stamped on heavy mixed media paper. Then I used dabs of re-inkers with a watercolor brush to shade. After fussy cutting, I highlighted with sharpie markers for definition.
I dug out an old {but sadly never used} palm tree sponge stamp. I was so impressed with how quick and easy it was to make this little vignette. Just load the stamp pretty heavy with ink. Stamp your central image, then ghost stamp around and behind to add dimension. Palm tree on right is a messy  gesso stencil dried then inked. This is for a small signature insert booklet exchange.

make them over the fire.