Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pink Desk with Gold Bling!

              




BEFORE 


Not in too bad of shape, a few spots for wood fill, sand, and
drawer bottom repair.  The knobs were bronze, and I had a feel for gold for some bling!  After all she needed some glamor!




Distressed and waxed she is ready for a new life, I wonder who used her before, and how many sat with her?



Another desk with a file drawer!  This could be a vanity, side table, or sewing table.
 What do you think?


Take Care,
Marilyn

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Purple Pleaser Redo

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                    Purple Desk, Purple Hardware!



Purple with a girl or student in mind.
This desk is vintage with dovetail
drawers, and for the age is very clean inside.
It appeared to me a lady had this and took great care,
so a fresh new change was needed.



BEFORE
                     




Even back then (in the olden days) as my grandkids say, there was a file drawer.
 
 

I really like the footing on this one, nice curves!




Yes, even the back is pretty, love to maintain some
great wood, when I can!
Back to  more redo, I have another desk coming
in PINK!
take care,

Marilyn

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Patchwork Quilt for the Guest Room!

    Patchwork Joy Quilt
Plus a Scrap idea!


This quilt was done in 12 1/2 inch blocks
I wanted an easy and colorful quilt.
size is 60x72

I used fabric from my stash, some vintage, some modern.
I also took a visit to JoAnn's for more fabric!
I brought in what I wanted to work with for colors, just
let them know "in coming fabric".
I have tried using a photo of fabric but on hands is the best!

One more advise, when you think you have the final selection
at home, take a few days, I stacked mine countless ways, looking at the colors and patterns.  Even after cutting out all my squares and laying them on the bed, I pulled some out and arranged again.  When you have it, take a photo for sewing
placement.  Have you ever messed up you blocks?
Oh Yeah!
 
 

                                     

I machine top stitched several directions. 

I love vintage chenille, and this one is yellow and in great shape, so yellow colors were one choice. 
I did mention, I wanted the room to be bright and cheerful.

On my binding for the 1st time, I cut 2 1/2 inches
instead of 2 1/4.  Love it!  Notice the toilet paper roll,
good for keeping your binding, I always do my binding
before top stitching the quilt.  Getting to that ready made
binding is a good feeling, almost done!




BEFORE


After




Now for the scrapy idea!
Our Guest room has it's own Bathroom!
Yes, lucky guest! 
I looked and looked for towels, and was lucky enough to find some yellow and chenille looking ones.  Now towel shopping is not easy and a whole new story to tell!  To find quality towels and
ones that absorb water off your body is a true challenge, not to mention a good size and oh yes, ones that don't get snagged with threads coming from every direction!
 soooo
I used my scraps and sewed them on the towels!

Now I am on the hunt for bathroom rugs!
Take care and thanks for the visit!

Marilyn


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shabby redo of mid-century Desk

 
 
blue for this Mid-Century Desk
 
Mid-Century was right on this one!
It was really in bad condition, had an unknown rough life, but with a little work and paint
is renewed and ready for a new century!
 
 
 
The legs were strong and still wanted to stand tall.
I love the indention for the drawers, smooth lines!


 
Before
I told you it was in bad shape, but that is the challenge!
We won't even get into the drawer repair!
All are opening like spreading soft butter on toast.


 
Never give up on a piece, it came out better
than I thought.
 

This is a better true picture of the Blue, photographer
needed! :}

Due to the condition and the paint I used.  I choose to distress it lightly.
Chalk paint would have been good for this one!
 


Yes, I even did the back!  I love to save the original wood
if possible, just used poly stain.  I wanted to stain the drawer
fronts, but no way, paint needed there!



Thanks for looking and the visit!
Take care,

Marilyn


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Vintage Vanity Redo

       This was a beautiful find, only missing her 8 wheels
              and with my redo addiction I called her the
                                         "Vintage Lady"
         


                                                           

Before



 AFTER
Painted White and Distressed with her lovely
hardware, dovetail drawers, and new wheels,
her redo is complete.




















Vintage lady rolled away
to a new home!

take care,





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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day Tribute Quote


                                      Memorial Day Tribute



For Those we Lost
For Those who Fought!

Our Eagles will Soar
In Honor of You!
      -Marilyn Hogan-Ansari


RIP Mike




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter decor and craft



Easter Mantel



Real Daisy flowers, artificial Easter flowers with eggs, and the frames I painted and distressed.



Kitty Sheba sits here, it was worth a picture!
It is nice and warm and she is the center of attention!



Do you remember these?


My Grandmother made these from Xmas Cards, these baskets were popular in the 60's and 70's.  This Grandmother decided to do one with Easter cards.
I made my pattern 4 inches on the bottom and 4 1/2 on the sides.
There are patterns online search Christmas Card Baskets.
Just place the template over the area you like on your cards.
Cut out 12 cards and you will need one large card or I used poster board for the bottom of the basket.

The Bottom is also 4 inches on the sides, I just marked with pencil marks for the holes to sew your blanked stitch.  for the cards I made from tracing paper a template to mark for holes.

I found the easiest way to make my holes was with a nail, light weight hammer and of course a piece of wood for underneath.
Just tape, tape!




Make sure and pair up your cards and tap your holes so they line up for sewing.  I put a little stick glue in the middle of cards
to hold in place and very small scotch tape on top and bottom
of tracing paper.
 


To make it easier for your yarn, use your yarn needle and completely go through the hole.


Sew Blanket Stitch around each pair of cards and your bottom.
Then attach the bottom first with thread.  I used transparent thread first, not a good idea, hard time threading, and keeping track of the thread.  Aggravation and a few bad words said, before I finished it with matching yellow thread.


Finish and I added from one of the cards an Easter Greeting in egg shape, just stick glued on.  Now, Grandma did not do that, or use Easter Cards!


I put a plant inside, thinking, what am I going to put inside?
 Easter grass of some type and of course Chocolate would do!

Now on to the Scrapy, Decoupage, Quilted Easter Eggs




I have a lot of fabric scraps from quilting and sewing, This little box is nothing, I don't throw away anything!
In the sewing room going through my drawers of stuff, it came to me to do Easter Eggs with scraps?


First I poked a hole in each end of the eggs, blew them out, and almost my tonsils, until I got the hang of it!  The little pieces of fabric cover the holes, just spread Elmer glue on, take a scrap, place where you want and put more glue on top.  Using your fingers, its fun and easy to slide the pieces around, a warm rag is good for your hands, I wished my grand kids were here for this one!


Happy Spring and Easter

Take Care,
Marilyn

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